We are extremely lucky to be able to spend alot of our time during the school holidays in North Norfolk. If you get to spend any time in this beautiful part of the country and are looking for a great family day out, then I would highly recommend this place. Located near Lenwade between Norwich and Fakenham, Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure is a great fun filled day out and offers something for all the family.
This is in fact the 4th year we have visited Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure. Over those 4 years we have seen huge improvements made to the whole park and the addition of new attractions. The most exciting of which, The Predator! High Ropes had just opened when we visited in the May half term.
Both kids now know the park so well, so armed with their maps we let them take the lead when we arrived. To start with we crossed base camp and the large outdoor play area and headed to the Neanderthal Walk. A short walk on a wide open path meandering down the hill to the bottom of the park, lined with models of the era. I loved how the kids still got so excited to spot the models and start the days adventures.
At the bottom of the park is the Secret Animal Garden, so whilst we were waiting for The Predator! High Ropes to open we headed there. It’s a victorian walled garden that is home to lots of farmyard favourites, as well as some reptiles and other animals. They also have daily animal encounters where the kids can get up close and personal with some of the residents.
Within this area there is a ‘faux’ cow where the kids can try their hand at milking. For some reason my kids LOVE this and always make a bee-line for it! They also have various bits of play equipment and swings dotted around as well as the main play areas, so the kids are constantly running from one thing to another.
We then made our way to The Predator! High Ropes, which was about to open. A 34m long high ropes adventure course and parallel sky rails. They have 3 lanes and 2 levels of difficulty to choose from. There was a queue, as expected with a new attraction, but no more than 30 mins later we were having our safety briefing and donning our harnesses ready for our very high adventure.
The kids were not phased at all, and opted to go straight to the top level! I fet a little daunted if I’m honest, but it was really good fun! Challenging enough, but felt perfectly safe, and it ended with a fun zip line.
The kids wanted another go straight away, but it was nearing lunch time so we headed back towards base camp to find a good picnic spot. Although we took a picnic, there are 2 cafes, the new Explorer’s restaurant, a fish and chips kiosk as well as snack shacks dotted around the park, so no shortage of food and drink to choose from. We had our picnic on a table amongst the large outdoor play area. No sooner had we finished eating, the kids were off again on the numerous wooden climbing frames, swings, slides, scrambling nets and a large dinosaur where you can slide out his mouth or down his tail.
Neighbouring the outdoor play area there is Dippy’s Splash Zone. If I’m honest we have never used this, mainly because mummy always forgets to take swim stuff and towels! The kids have literally not stopped going on about going back just so they can go to the splash park!
After a bit of playing on the outdoor equipment we headed into The Lost World A-mazing maze, where the kids darted around looking at the models hidden in the woodland, and finding the right path taking over bridges and to bongos and tree houses.
Next was the Dinosaur Trail. A longer walk through a wooded area gently sloping down a hill. Lined with model dinosaurs including a huge brachiosaurus! The kids love pointing them out, and Isla practiced her reading and tried to pronouce all the dinosaurs names.
Around the park are various stamps that the kids can collect, and if you collect them all you get a medal. My children have quite a collection now, but I love how excited they get when they get a new one!
It was getting close to the end of the day, and the kids decided they wanted to spend some time in the large Dinomite Indoor Play Area with the attached Pterodactyl Treehouse. I really don’t know where they get their energy from. They had spent most of the day running around, and continued to do so in the large spacious play areas. The slides looked terrifying! However, it did give us adults a chance to sit down and enjoy a well earned rest and a cuppa.
We had a full and fun packed day and still didn’t manage the X-Tinct fossil sand pit, the Raptor Racers, the Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf, the Stone Age Road racers, the Splash park or the Deer Safari!
To end our day the kids had a choice of either face painting or a small gift from the shop at Base Camp. Oliver headed to the shop to add to his ever growing plastic dinosaur collection, whilst Isla opted for a pink Triceratops face paint.
All in all we had a fantastic day (again!), and no doubt we will continue to be regulars at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure. Next time I really must remember swim stuff so they can tray out the splash zone!
Have you been to North Norfolk before? Is Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure something your family would enjoy? I’d love to hear if you’ve been before in the comments and what you thought of it.
Disclaimer: We were given a complemntary tickets to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in return for this review, however all words, thoughts and opinions are my own.
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