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things to do on rainy days

We are lucky that Norfolk is the sunniest and driest county in the country, but of course we have the odd rainy day. And when we do, rain doesn’t need to stop play in north Norfolk! There’s still plenty to do indoors, and here are some of our favourite things to do if it rains.

1. Underwater adventure. In Hunstanton at the Sea Life Sanctuary, you can stay dry while enjoying underwater life. Marvel at magnificent sharks, ogle at an octopus, see sea turtles and peer at the penguins and piranhas.

2. Magnificent museums. North Norfolk has fantastic museums providing an insight into the area’s past and heritage. At Cromer Museum, you can see the bones from a 600,000 year old mammoth that were discovered at nearby West Runton beach. The lifeboat museums in Cromer let you find out about the area’s maritime heritage. Explore the Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History, and the Shirehall Museum in Walsingham reveals the history of this place of pilgrimage. And take a look in one of the country's smallest museums, the Maritime Museum in Mundesley. Despite its size, the museum is packed with exhibits from ship wheels to illustrations, telling the story of 200 years of the town’s maritime history.

EXPLORE NORTH NORFOLK MUSEUMS

3. Monkey around: Put your waterproofs on and take a look at the South American animals at Amazona Zoo in Cromer. And if gets too wet, there is a super indoor play area, Jungle Tumbles, for children to enjoy as well as a café.

FIND ZOOS & FARMS IN NORTH NORFOLK

4. Historic houses and buildings. Discover the history and heritage of north Norfolk by heading to one of the many stately historic houses. With paintings, artefacts and museums, it’s a fascinating day for all ages. Take your pick from Holkham HallHoughton Hall & Gardens and the National Trust’s Blicking Hall and Felbrigg Hall. Head to Creake Abbey and explore the remains of a 13th century abbey church, then go indoors to the café food hall and courtyard shops where you can see locally made jewellery and artwork as well as home décor. Check seasonal opening times before you go.

FIND STATELY HOMES & HISTORICAL BUILDINGS

5. Off the beaten track: North Norfolk has some fantastic heritage railways that journey through the beautiful scenery. Take the Poppy Line between Sheringham and Holt and enjoy great views of the coast and countryside. You can reach the Poppy Line from the main rail network - by taking the Bittern Line to Sheringham. The narrow-gauge Bure Valley Railway runs through the heart of the Broads National Park between Aylsham and Wroxham. Hop onto the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway and take a four mile journey on the longest 10-and-a-quarter-inch narrow gauge steam railway in the world. The Wells Harbour Light Railway is another narrow gauge railway that runs from Wells town to the beach, where you'll find the famous pinewoods and beach huts. Finally, just one mile from Reepham is Whitwell station where you can enjoy train rides, museum and a café.

DISCOVER HERITAGE RAILWAYS

6. Have a hoot at Pensthorpe’s Hootz House. Set in the beautiful Wensum Valley, Pensthorpe Natural Park is a great day out for the whole family. On rainy days, head indoors for an epic adventure at Hootz House. Children can clamber up huge tree towers, scurry through twisting tunnels and race down winding slides while unearthing facts about the enchanting species that share our natural world.
7. Wroxham Barns. With shops, craft studios and places to eat, adults can enjoy a visit to Wroxham Barns. For children, the Junior Farm is great for children with its indoor playbarn, Piggy’s Play Sty.
8. Get wet! Put on your waterproofs, wellies and get wet! There’s nothing to stop you going for a walk in the countryside or along the coast with puddles and mud to enjoy! And stop off afterwards for a warm and dry bite to eat.