Sealife Hunstanton

great days out at north norfolk attractions

North Norfolk is home to a huge range of award-winning family-friendly outdoor and indoor attractions, to be enjoyed whatever time of year you visit, come rain or shine.

There's really something for everyone and every age. Why not take a journey back in time aboard a steam railway, or visit a magnificent 18th-century stately home or travel back even further to the dinosaur age! Immerse yourself in the largest privately owned military museum in the United Kingdom. Visit a miniature world with model railways, watch expert local craftsmen revive traditional skills and browse around independent shops where you can buy the works of local artisans.

Learn some interesting facts about wildlife conservation and see the exotic creatures of Asia and South America, and from the sea.  Unwind on the beautiful Norfolk Broads, Britain’s magical waterways or stroll through peaceful gardens. For the more energetic amongst you, take the children to one of the themed family adventure parks where you can visit farm animals, zip through tree tops and for the adventurous, freefall onto a giant air bag!

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Close to Nature Attractions

Amazona Zoo in Cromer, is home to over 200 animals from tropical South America including jaguars, monkeys, otters, snakes, owls, macaws and tapirs. The zoo has a 30ft yurt for learning and educational films and an expansive outdoor play area called Rainforest Springs with two large jumping pillows. There is also Jungle Tumbles, a large, well-equipped indoor play area. Enjoy watching the animals being fed, meet the zoo keepers and learn about the history of South America and the Rainforest.

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Amazona Zoo

Thrigby Hall. At home in the landscaped grounds of Thrigby Hall near Gt Yarmouth, is a special collection of rare animals from Asia. You will find endangered tigers, huge crocodiles, noisy gibbons and many more exciting animals. A unique network of raised walkways allows you to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures.

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Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

SEA LIFE Hunstanton is Norfolk’s only seal sanctuary open to visitors and is home to over 2,000 creatures, including jaw dropping sharks, a giant green sea turtle, playful otters and Humboldt penguins with their very own penguin beach! Meet the team of friendly Rainforest Rangers for the chance to hold a snake, lizard or a giant creepy crawly from the deepest depths of the jungle. Enjoy the daily educational talks and feeding demonstrations where you can get closer than ever before to these amazing creatures and discover something new! 

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Hunstanton Sealife Centre

Former home of BBC Springwatch, multiple award-winning Pensthorpe Natural Park in Fakenham is a modern-day nature reserve with a focus on inspiring the next generation to enjoy wildlife and the great outdoors. Let the children run wild around WildRootz, a nature-themed outdoor adventure playground and then head indoors to Hootz House where you can scuttle across rope bridges, climb ginormous tree towers and race down winding slides. Explore the nature-rich park and build a den, discover more about birds and complete the Hootz & Friends Discovery Trail.

With its diverse attractions and activities, Pensthorpe Natural Park offers a fully immersive day out for families, bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts and garden lovers. 

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Pensthorpe Natural Park

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham. Enjoy a beautiful natural woodland garden with ancient trees, more than 3.5 miles of paths and a private broad where you can take a boat trip. Visit in spring for candelabra primulas, bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas; summer for hydrangeas and wild flowers; autumn for fabulous colours and fungi and winter for wonderful walks.

Take a boat trip on the private broad, daily (weather permitting) The 20 minute trip is perfect for little ones, or take a relaxing 50 minute cruise, great for wildlife watching. Stop off at the tearoom for delicious cakes, visit bird hides and enjoy a busy events programme.

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Fairhaven Woodland & Water Gardens

Wroxham Barns is a popular day out for the whole family as it's the perfect destination with lots to see and do. There's free parking and entry, with plenty pay-as-you-go activities. Take a look around the independent shops, see local crafts and enjoy delicious food and drink. Everybody loves to meet the animals on the Junior Farm where there is an indoor play area, and there’s all the fun of the fair too with rides, slides, train, remote controls and ride-ons and even an 18-hole adventure mini golf course.

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Wroxham Barns

Family Adventure

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure. Head to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Park for an award-winning, dinosaur-themed family day. Featuring Dippy’s Splash Zone with 31 water play features and Norfolk’s largest indoor play area ‘Dinomite’ with three levels of fun including climbing nets, bridges, ball pools right and three massive slides which go from gentle slopes to a terrifying vertical drop! You can also follow the Dinosaur Trail – with 85 acres and over 110 life-sized dinosaurs to discover.

For high wire adventures, whizz over to Predator High Ropes and go on the world's first parallel sky rails, an exhilirating high ropes adventure. Visit the Secret Animal Garden and take a walk through the park to spot the life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. And for younger visitors, there is Dippy-Ville, an indoor soft play area, where you can enjoy an interactive BEAM floor game.

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Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

Hilltop Adventure. Give school holiday boredom the boot with an action-packed Family Adventure Days at Hilltop Outdoor Centre in Sheringham, open during the school holidays. The whole family can enjoy the Big Zipper, Super Swing, Climbing Wall, Archery, Tree Top Trial and the popular AIR JUMP! Adults can join in or watch the fun from the side-lines. (Booking essential).

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Hilltop Airjump

Broads Tours. Join award-winning Broads Tours in Wroxham for a river trip in the Broads National Park. All trips include an entertaining live commentary covering the history, wildlife and other points of interest. For the independent explorer, Broads Tours also operates a fleet of self-drive dayboats and day cruisers.

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Broads Tours

Shopping, Artisans & Studios

Dalegate Market. Enjoy independent shopping, great food and drink, and local artisans and producers at Dalegate Market in Burnham Deepdale throughout the year. There are permanent shops, pop up shops that change weekly, the Deepdale café and special events all year round including a local artisan and producers. A fantastic north Norfolk coast hub, where you can relax, shop and meet with family and friends.

NEW FOR 2021! Haunted Deepdale - The Wild Ride! at Dalegate Market (22 to 31 October 2021, 11am to 8pm). An exciting outdoor spooky, enchanted theatrical halloween happening! A promenade performance using story telling, music, and movement to tell stories of myths and ghosts of Norfolk. Can you find the witch? Will you get lost in the spooky graveyard? The later you come, the spookier it becomes! The whole experience will take approximately 1.5 hours. PRICES: adult £13, children (16 & under) £9.50, family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £40.

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Deepdale Spring Market

Alby Crafts & Gardens, Epringham. Spend a day among some of Norfolk's finest craftspeople surrounded by four acres of beautiful gardens and ponds. The brick and flint Norfolk farm buildings are also home to a gallery and gift shop, furniture showroom and tearooms. Situated at the edge of the beautiful Norfolk Broads and a short distance to the north Norfolk coast, Alby Crafts & Gardens has been established for over thirty years. During that time, it has been home to many resident craftpeople who run a range of workshops from basket weaving to sculpture courses, to linoprint to learning mosaic techniques.

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Alby Crafts and Gardens

Langham Glass. Experience a fascinating live glassmaking demonstration with informative commentary from the expert glassmaking team. You can also create your very own glass masterpiece ranging from tealights to glasses and vases. Langham Glass runs half and full day glassmaking courses. 

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Langham Glass

History & Exhibitions

Holkham Hall. Visit the magnificent 18th-century stately home and experience a fascinating day out. Surrounded by parkland rich in wildlife including a large free-roaming herd of Fallow Deer, visitors can enjoy nature trails and a beautiful six-acre walled garden. There's plenty of fun in the interactive Holkham Stories Experience with its tractor simulator and test your head for heights in the woodland play area and ropes course. Explore the landscape and Repton-designed lake by foot or hire a boat or bike.

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Holkham Hall

Bure Valley Railway. Experience a nostalgic trip by steam on Norfolk’s longest narrow-gauge railway which runs between the market town of Aylsham and bustling town of Wroxham, at the heart of the Norfolk Broads. The 18-mile round trip (45 mins) runs through beautiful Bure Valley countryside following the River Bure through meadowland and pasture. Along the line are wayside halts serving the picturesque Broadland villages of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall where you can hop off and explore. Then continue your train journey by flagging down the driver to stop.

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Bure Valley Railway

Wroxham Miniature Worlds. Visit the UK’s largest indoor modelling attraction stretching over 10,000 square feet and see some of the largest model railways in the world! Admire the different ‘worlds’ of model railways, slot car displays, a whole city made from Lego bricks, model boat displays and a host of toys from across the decades. Enjoy the vintage penny arcade, interactive flight simulators, train simulators and more new railway layouts; some of which you can drive yourself.

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Wroxham Miniature Worlds

Muckleburgh Collection.  The museum located on the site of the Second World War and post-war Weybourne Anti Aircraft Training Camp. Today, the site still has a RAF radar receiving station and is the location of the University of East Anglia Weybourne Atmospheric Observatory and a Metrological Station. The museum has over 150 artillery pieces, tanks and other vehicles, most of which are in working order. The museum is home to The Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry collection, the North Norfolk Amateur Radio Group and numerous special displays. 

Visitors an enjoy rides in a military vehicle or take a tank driving session in a FV432. Among the 25 working tanks are Panzer P-68, Chieftain and Stuart M5A1, Soviet T-55 and Canadian-built Sherman tank. 

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Muckleburgh Collection