The next location in my UK travel series is Norfolk. Kelly-Anne from Mimi Rose and Me has shared 5 of her favourite things to do in Norfolk with her family.
Spring is one of my favourite times of year, with the sun breaking through the clouds, seeing the beautiful flowers bloom, watching the days get brighter and looking forward to all those afternoons relaxing in the garden. This is also the time of year where we start to make plans for lots of family adventures, so today I thought that I would share some of my favourite days out for families in Norfolk. I have lived in Norfolk for many years, and it’s a beautiful place to live with every turn you make there’s always a beautiful new discovery.
Somewhere Free: Norfolk Lavender
I don’t know about you but there’s nothing more exciting than heading out the front door with the family to go and discover an adventure or two. Not only is Norfolk blessed with beautiful coastlines and local attractions there are so many woodland and walks throughout the whole of Norfolk just waiting to be explored and discovered. With it being Spring it’s the perfect time to head outdoors for a spring walk and discover Spring in all it’s glory.
A perfect splash of colour signalling that the sun is definitely on the way, the delicate purple flowers are definitely appealing in the gardens at Norfolk Lavender. I also like the fact that you don’t have to travel to far to discover such a beautiful place and the fact that there is no admission fee to enter to grounds and meadow makes it even better. Norfolk Lavender is open all year round. The lavender distillery is on view to the public at a small charge. Visitors can book a tour with a Guide who will talk about the history of Norfolk Lavender, how they harvest and distill to get the oil for Norfolk Lavender’s world famous perfume and toiletry range.
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Somewhere For the Whole Day: Hunstanton Beach
I have to say that I do feel so lucky to live so close to so much of the beautiful coastline. Breathing in the fresh sea air of the tranquil Norfolk coast, walk on unspoiled sand where my little girl can build sandcastles, paddle, have a picnic, walk the dog, you are certainly not short of a few ideas. This is one beach you won’t forget with its candy cane striped cliffs and plenty of fossils to dig up. Hunstanton beach is an extraordinarily diverse and unique beach.
Well, on the one hand you have the South beach, or main beach as it’s known, which has all the modern seaside attractions that many desire, with the fairground, donkey rides, seal boat tours, attractions such as crazy gold and The Sealife Sanctuary. That’s not even including the many great places to eat, the ice cream shops or action packed amusements.
Then on the other hand you have the North beach where you’ll discover the wonder of nature at its very best. With three incredible candy striped tiered cliff face, huge boulders covered in green moss in straight lines that defy nature, and a great place for families to explore.
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However, just a short car journey away you can discover Old Hunstanton Beach which is something completely different. Personally, this is one of my favourite beaches in Norfolk. You will be able to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hunstanton Beach and enjoy the tranquility. There is more than ample parking available making it easier for bigger families or if you love taking your dogs for a walk along the beach.
Somewhere Outdoors: Sandringham Estate
Sandringham Estate and all its surrounding splendour, is a spectacular site and one that I would highly recommend a visit to, whether you live in Norfolk, or whether your visiting Norfolk. Sandringham House, the Royal Family’s country retreat, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and certainly one of the most beautiful. With acres of stunning gardens, a fascinating museum of Royal vehicles and mementos, and their charming collection of decor are open to the public. You can really make a day of your visit because there is so much to see.
Before you even go into the main grounds there are so many other things you can do. The woods are the perfect place to have a picnic and go explore the outdoors. Why not create a scavenger hunt for the family or follow the directions on the nature trails at Sandringham to help you explore nature. My family have been going on picnics and woodland walks for years, and there is even a little wooden adventure playgrounds that little ones will just love.
After a little play at the playground, you could walk over to the visitor centre or gift shop, indulge in a cream tea, or some homemade snacks or delicious cakes at the restaurant. There is even a garden centre that full of inspiration of plants, flowers or herbs that you could put in your own garden. There really is something for everyone at Sandringham Estate.
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Somewhere to Eat: Congham Hall
Congham Hall is a stunning Georgian country house and it’s the perfect place to come alone or as a couple to enjoy everything it has on offer. Congham Hall boasts a stunning restaurant & spa, its very own herb garden, set within 30 acres of lawns, secret gardens and orchards as well as parkland that allows you to really explore the outdoors and enjoy this beautiful location. Inside, log fires and fine ceramics create a warm, homely atmosphere perfect for enjoying an Afternoon Tea of tasty sandwiches, homemade cakes, fresh scones with homemade preserves and your choice of tea, fruit infusions or coffee.
Congham Hall is the perfect place to sit and enjoy afternoon tea or morning coffee, perhaps after a walk around the herb garden and orchard. It’s a pretty luxurious place to eat, but when you’re surrounded by beautiful and tranquil settings how can you don’t indulge in a little luxury.
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Somewhere for Rainy Days: Bircham Windmill
Children are always full of energy and are only too pleased to get themselves into mischief. However when it rains and they are cooped up inside their energy levels are turned up a notch, making it difficult to keep them occupied whilst trying not to pull your hair out!!! So don’t let the rain spoil your day and go have some fun.
That’s the reason why we really like Bircham Windmill, you are able to have some fun, get lost in the wonderment of one of the best still remaining Windmills that is in working order and open to the public. Visitors can climb the five floors up to the fan stage and, when possible, on windy days, visitors can also see the sails and the milling machinery turning.
At Bircham Windmill little ones can try their baking skills in the Children’s Baking Corner within the busy bakery making their own rolls or mini-loaf to take home. However there are also plenty of opportunities to get up close to some of the animals at Bircham Windmill where little ones can get in with the goats and sheep and even feed them, at a small charge.
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