We spend a lot of time, especially during school holidays, in North Norfolk. One of our favourite places to go for a great family day out is Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure. Located near Lanwade between Norwich and Fakenham, this I think was our 5th or 6th time visiting the park, and yet every time we go our day is different.
As we have become regular visitors to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, I thought it would be a good idea to give you my top tips on how to make the most of your day at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, even if you visit during school holidays and at peak times.
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Get Your Tickets On-Line Before You Visit
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Wear Comfortable Shoes
The site is over 85 acres, so there is a lot of walking to do, some of which is up and down hills. The kids never seem to mind though as there is plenty to look at and do whilst you wander around, expecially when you are on the Neanderthal Walk, Lost World A-mazing Adventure and the Dinosaur Trail. However blisters are no fun for anyone so make sure those shoes are comfy! There are some other clothing requirements depending on what you plan to do in your day, which I will cover later.
Arrive When The Park Opens
Try to arrive when the park opens or soon after. Usually that is 9.30am, but check on their website near the time of your visit. There are numerous benefits to doing this. Firstly you get to park near the entrance of the park (believe me you will be doing enough walking throughout the day so any saving is a winner).
The main benefits though are that this is when the park is at it’s emptiest. Try not to let the kids be seduced by the large indoor play area (more on that later) or the vast expanse of outdoor play equipment. Instead move to areas such as the Raptor Races where the kids can have a quick go without queing. We then like to head through the Neaderthal walk down to the bottom of the park and take the opportunity to look around the secret animal garden when its quiet.
The other massive beneift of getting there when it opens is you can fit more in. We have never in all the times we have visitied managed to fit everything in, but we are getting pretty good and fitting in all our favorite things.
Check Out The Animal Encounters
The secret animal garden is a victorian walled garden home to lots of farmyard favourites, reptiles and other animals. They also have several animal encounters during the day in the Animal Encounters Barn. There is a big sign at the entrance to the animal garden and at the barn which lists what encounters are happening that day. It’s a good idea to check this out early so you can plan any encounters that the kids want to do in the day.
The children loved meeting the corn snakes!
Predator! High Ropes
This attraction opened last year and is now one of our highlights. It is a 34m long high ropes adventure course and parrellel sky rails, with 3 lanes and 2 levels of difficulty to choose from. You can go back and forth as you please as long as there is only one person on each element at a time (excluding parents helping their children).
My advice would be to get there about 15 minutes before it opens which is currently 11am (opening times may vary so check on the website before your visit). That way you are only in a short queue and one of the first to get on it. It’s an attraction that can get quite busy, so if it’s a must for your kids make it one of the first things you do.
If you are planning on doing it then you must wear closed in shoes, long hair must be tied back, and not skirts or dresses. Children over 1m can go on the high ropes if accompanied by an adult, and if they are 1.2m they can go on unaccompanied. It looks scary, and there were plenty of adults up there that were terrified! However it is perfectly safe and you are securely strapped into a harness. There are some other restictions so check on the website if you’re not sure.
Dippy’s Splash Zone
If it’s nice weather then don’t forget to take some towels and swimsuits or change of clothes for the kids. I always forget about the splash zone, but this year I was organised and remembered to pack some stuff. It’s open April to September when the weather allows (check website for up to date information) 11am till an hour before the park closes.
The park is close to the carpark so you can always pop your stuff back to the car afterwards to save you lugging it around for the rest of the day.
My kids absolutely loved it. Their highlight was the little slide and the large bucket which when full of water tips over on to the waiting kids below!
Take a Picnic
Do’t get me wrong there are plenty of places to eat and drink at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure including 2 cafes, the lovely Explorer’s restaurant, fish and chip kiosk and various snack shacks around the park. However, if your children are anything like mine they don’t want to waste time eating, there is far more important things to do!
We have found that taking a picnic means we can stop in the central adventure play area and grab a quick sandwich and let the kids go off and play whilst we take a well needed rest. My kids tend to graze on snacks then for the rest of the day which keeps the hunger away but doesn’t stop play.
There are plenty of great areas for picnics and loads of picnic tables dotted around if the weather allows.
On entry each child is given an activity sheet. There are a few activities inside, however the most important is the Young Adventure’s Challenge on the back. Around the park there are 8 stamp station where the kids can stamp their sheet, and at the end of the day they can exchange it for a medal.
My first top tip is get a spare sheet and stamp it yourself as you go round, it saves a lot of tears if a sheet gets accidently lost!
Second top tip is before you start, find out where all the stamps are so as you walk round you don’t miss any. No one wants to go all the way back to the secret animal garden to collect the stamp you’ve missed! To be fair they are not strict and if you’ve missed a couple you will still get a medal, but for my kids it’s all about getting a complete set of stamps. (Psst Spoiler alert- if you want to know where all the stamps are located before your visit scroll to the end of the post, just don’t tell the kids!)
Third top tip is when you come to collect your medal most people head to the Base Camp shop at the exit, but at the end of the day it tends to get busy. Instead go to guest services at the entrance to Dinomite where there is usually only a tiny queue and the kids can pick their medals up there.
Leave Dinomite Till Last
Dinomite is Norfolk’s largest indoor adventure play area. It is huge and my advice would be to leave it till the end of the day. Why? Firstly if the kids go in there at the beginning of the day you will never get them out again! Seriously though they can wear themslves out pretty quickly in there, and may use up much needed energy for the rest of the day. I’ve also found, especially when the weather isn’t so nice, that it tends to be quieter towards the latter part of the day.
Like all other soft play centres socks are essential, but they do sell socks in case you forget!
Ther are some pretty terrifying slides in there but the kids absolutely love them. Arms and legs must be covered if the kids want to use them, so if it’s a hot day pop some light trousers and long sleeve tops in a bag. You can get a yellow wristband from guest services if you want your kids to use the slides without covering their arms and legs as a sort of disclaimer. However those friction burns are a real possibility and are not very pleasant, especially on the vertical red slide so don’t say you haven’t been warned!
Enjoy the Day!
Lastly my best top tip for visiting Roarr! Dinsoaur adventure is have a great day and enjoy yourself! It really is a fun day for all the family. The kids obviously have so much to see and do, but it is equally as enjoyable for us adults. This time I visited with my parents, and they were more than happy wandering around the beautiful park settings, in and out of woodland clearings, relaxing with a cuppa whilst watching their grandkids have fun. This place really is an amazing day for family fun, and a great place to make memories.
Have you been to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure before? If not, do you think it’s somewhere you would go? If you have been I’d love to hear if you have any top tips I may have missed out.
Spoiler alert!!! If you don’t want to see where the 8 stamps are located in the park, then look away now!
Woolly Mammoth- On the Neanderthal Walk
Ankylosaurus- Near the Dinomite building and the Pterodactyl treehouse
Animal Encounter Barn- Outside the barn in the Secret Animal Garden
X-Tinction- By X-Tinction between X-Tinction and the big dinosaur slide
Predator High Ropes- Near the T-Rex
Brachiosaurus- to the left of the brachiosaurus on the dinosaur trail
Bongo Telecom- In the A-Mazing Adventure
Triceratops- Again on the dinosaur trail
If you enjoyed reading this then check out our review post from last year a Roarrsome Family Day at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure.
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We were gifted our tickets in exchange for writing this blog post, but all opinions and words are my own.