Things to do with children in Norfolk

We are so lucky to live in Norfolk UK, when we are not travelling we make the most of our beautiful county with staycations and days out.

Despite seeming out on a limb, this county has so much to offer both residents and visitors alike. Whether is is culture, countryside or watersports, Norfolk has it covered.

If you are planning a holiday in Norfolk, our quick guide of things to do with children will hopefully give you some inspiration.

Free things to do with children in Norfolk

Free activities in Norfolk (not including parking or snacks) are happily quite readily available, of course the offerings change dependant on the season but these are just a few of our personal favourites.

Pack your spades and head to the beach

One of our favourite things to do on a warm (it does happen sometimes) summer evening is to pack our buckets and spades and head to our closest beach for fish and chips at the seaside. Nothing clears your head better from a day at work, school or routine in general than a sea breeze and and battered sausage. Many of the smaller seaside towns also offer free parking, so apart from your food expenditure this really is a free activity that suits the whole family.

Take a walk around one of the Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads are a true highlight, being voted the counties favourite attraction during recent Norfolk Day celebrations. Many of the Broads offer free parking, such as Ranworth and Salhouse where you can feed the ducks and stroll the boardwalks. If you make a list of wildlife to spot, or natural items to collect – you can keep little adventurers busy for hours without spending a thing.

Get spotting with the Go Go Hare trail around Norwich

Download the Go Go Hares app and enjoy spotting the beautifully painted hares dotted around Norwich. The trail supports Break, with local artists and school children lending their time to decorate each of the 50 large hare sculptures.  In addition there are 164 small leverets dotted within shops and indoor locations and 18 moongazer hares across the county. Ok so its not completely free if you download the app as there is a small charge of £1.99, but that benefits Break, alternatively you can download the trail map for free here

Enjoy Norwich for free with children

Norwich is a beautiful city that is so easy to navigate with children. It is entirely walkable and pram friendly and there is plenty to do for free. Visit the Forum in the centre and enjoy the cities library, in addition you will often find craft fairs, science exhibitions and comedy performances within.
Norwich Cathedral offers free guided tours around the 900 year old cathedral, just the grounds alone are beautiful and the cloisters are reminiscent of Hogwarts. Norwich Castle overlooks the city, and whilst you will have to pay an entrance fee to visit beyond its thick yellow stone walls, you can enjoy a stroll or picnic in the surrounding castle gardens and imagine the archers leaning over the battlements in times gone by.

Enjoy a day at the park

Norwich parks are some of the best in the country, sprawling areas of green and quaint cafes greet you. Many of our parks, such as Eaton host original pavilions, manicured greenery and a boating lake. Waterloo is a personal favourite of ours, with free parking and a fantastic splash play zone for amazing free water play in the summer months.