This week 5 Things To Do In Norwich is brought to you by Marie from Tummy2Mummy. Mum of 1, she has been out and exploring Norwich with kids, and so with family activities in mind she’s sharing her favourite days out with us!
Welcome to Norwich. It is a perfect combination of modern city life and fascinating history. There are beautiful landmarks inside and outside of the city including a bustling market place in the city centre. Whether you enjoy a glass of wine by the river, a burger in the buzzing city or a stroll around one of Norwich’s many art galleries – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
After becoming a Mum for the first time in December 2017 to my daughter Jasmine, I’ve been exploring a whole new aspect to the city. Seeking out different, child-friendly places with a toddler has been lots of fun!
Somewhere Free – Millennium Children Library Norwich (The Forum)
The Early Years Library has recently has a fresh new make over and it’s stunning. It’s full of bright coloured rugs, toadstools to sit on, bookcases that double up as tunnels, not to mention a huge selection of children’s books – it really is a lovely place to visit. There’s even a baby section with soft cushions and sensory toys with all age appropriate books nearby. Jasmine loves playing with the huge spaceship toy and all the little attachments in the book circle.
There’s also a story book section where you can dress up as your favourite character from a book. It’s a lovely clean space and she loves picking out her favourite stories and sitting tuning the pages. She’s also guaranteed to make a new friend upon each visit. It’s hard to believe it free.
Somewhere for the Whole Day – Petits Animal Adventure Park
This one is just outside of Norwich in the village Reedham, but it’s so much fun not too mention good value for money. The Animal Adventure Park is home to different animals including monkeys, reptiles, meerkats and also lots farm animal – all with lovely spacious enclosures. There’s rides which would suit younger children under 7 and play parks to burn off lots of energy. There’s plenty of picnic benches to bring a picnic and a café. It seems much bigger than it probably is, as there are lots of different areas within the park to visit – and don’t forget to visit the chicken shed for a surprise!
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Somewhere Outdoors – Eaton Park
Early Years Library is one of Norwich’s most beautiful historic parks. There’s over 80 stunning acres packed with things to do for all ages. You can play crazy golf, enjoy the cafe and many people like to sail model boats on the lake. The architecture around the grounds is stunning and we often enjoy walking the dogs around the park. The park is also enjoyed by sports teams, cyclists and wildlife. Although its lovely in the sunshine, it really does capture all the seasons beautifully in autumn, spring and we even let the dogs have a run around there in the snow. It looked magical.
Somewhere to Eat – The Willows
My favourite local find is currently The Willows in Drayton. A newly re-branded and completely refurbished bistro cafe, The food is full of variety and is made with delicious fresh, local produce. My favourite part is the family room upstairs, complete with stair gate. Jasmine can play with the selection of toys and crayons available and all the tables are close enough so she doesn’t have to be restricted in a high chair until the food arrives. It’s clean, fresh with friendly staff and great service. They also serve an awesome selection of fresh cakes and pastries.
Somewhere for Rainy Days – Tots Town
Tots Town is a unique interactive play centre based around a child sized town. Think supermarket, café, doctor’s surgery, town square, hairdressers, shoe shop and even a theatre. Take coffee orders, be the star on the stage, examine patients X-Rays or check mum’s shoe size. Watch your child immerse themselves in their imagination and join in to help make their play believable. Jasmine favourite profession is dressing up as an ice-cream seller!
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There’s also a café selling a range of drinks, cakes and snacks. You do have to book on to one of their sessions which is shared with a few other tots in set times throughout the day. You can enter this small town to observe your child learn through believable play.
I hope you manage to check out at least one of these places if you venture to Norwich with kids.
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