We are extremely lucky to be able to spend most of the Summer holidays in North Norfolk, and this year we have come up with our Ultimate Family Bucket List For Visiting North Norfolk to make the most of our time away.
This year as the kids are a little older, and have spent several holidays here before, I thought it would be fun to come up with a ultimate bucket list that we could tick off as we went along.
It includes lots of things we have done before, which we love so much we want to do again and again, and some things that despite spending time here every year since the kids were born, we haven’t done yet.
So if you are lucky enough to visit beautiful North Norfolk and explore then maybe some of these things will make it onto your bucket list too!
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Visit all 6 Blue Flag Beaches
North Norfolk has an amazing coastline and we love spending days at the beach. We have our favourite beaches which we visit time and time again- some popular and others hidden gems. North Norfolk has a total of 6 blue flag beaches which have been awarded the prestigious blue flag and are all a stones throw from us. So we will be making an extra effort to visit Sheringham, Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling, East Runton and West Runton.
Swim in the Sea
This might seem obvious if we are going to visit all those beaches, however my kids have never actually swam in the sea. Sure they have jumped the waves and splashed around, but I mean actually swim, feet off the ground and all! We are armed with our wetsuits so I am keeping my fingers crossed the weather stays pleasant for us.
Oliver has a real interest in history and everything prehistoric and I have always wanted to take him down to the south coast to go fossil hunting on the Jurassic coast. Little did I know that right on our doorstep is a 22 mile stretch of Deep History coast, amongst which West Runton was the site for the most complete fossilised mammoth skeleton to be found in the UK. So fossil hunting has to be on our bucket list.
We enjoy taking our metal detector to the beach with us. The kids are desperate to find treasure! Sadly so far we have only found old bits of wire, bolts and nails but we will continue to take it with us.
Eat Fish and Chips by the Sea
You really can’t beat eating fish and chips out of the paper using a little wooden fork at the seaside listening to the waves crashing onto the beach, something I want the children to try too.
Have an Ice Cream by the Sea
This was very much the kids idea! Apparently you can’t possible go to the seaside and not have an ice cream!
Despite visiting Norfolk every year we haven’t actually done any crabbing with the kids, so it’s on our bucket list this time!
Beach Scavenger Hunt
We love beach combing, so on this trip we want to devise a scavenger hunt that we can use again and again whenever we visit the beaches in the future.
There are several beaches in North Norfolk which have some great areas for rock pooling. So this year we are armed with nets and buckets so we can go and explore and see what we can find.
Paint Some Pebbles
We enjoy painting rocks and pebbles and hiding them in our local villages, but we have never done it Norfolk. We are hoping to find a few suitable stones to paint, and then return them to the beach which they have come from for others to find.
Fly a Kite
Norfolk is a great place to fly a kite. With the wide open beaches that you can often have to yourself, exposed cliff tops and the wind coming off the North Sea it’s the perfect setting to just go fly a kite!
Again another pursuit we enjoy doing at home, but haven’t really explored it in Norfolk. It appeals to the kids ‘treasure hunting’ instincts but also is really enjoyable for us adults too.
Eat Cromer Crab
You simply can’t come to Norfolk and not have a Cromer crab. I read that it’s due to the chalk wreath that the Cromer crabs feed on that makes them taste so sweet. I’m yet to persuade the kids to try one, but i’m working on it! This one is definitely always on my bucket list when we visit Norfolk.
Take a Boat Trip on the Broads
We absolutely love doing this. The kids love the adventure, and us adults find it a very relaxing day. You can also see so many bird species and you sail down the broads, and it’s great fun mooring up at a pub for lunch!
There are several boat trips that you can take to go seal spotting. However our favourite place to go is Horsey beach. Often the seals are out on the beach, and if they aren’t then you can often see their little heads popping up out of the water not far off shore checking us out. The beach is often not too busy so you can spend a whole day there, and dogs are allowed as long as they are well controlled. You can park close to the beach, and occasionally there is an ice cream van in the car park, but be warned there are no shops, cafes or toilets so take plenty of snacks and drinks if your planning to spend a lot of time there.
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventures is one of our favourite attractions in North Norfolk, and Oliver’s number one destination. Whenever we plan a trip here he asks if we can go. We try to go every year, and this year will be our 5 or 6th time we’ve been. It never gets old and it’s a fabulous family day out that’s fun for everyone.
If you are planning a visit here don’t forget to read my Top Tips to making the most out of your day here.
Playing the Penny Slots
With so many seaside locations, there are also the traditional British arcades. You can’t possibly visit and not have a little go on the penny slots. Ok they aren’t penny slots anymore, and don’t get me wrong I don’t want to encourage gambling in my children. However we like to change up a £1 into 2ps and then love playing the penny falls.
BeWILDerwood is another of our favourite attractions in North Norfolk. Honestly I have lost count how many times we have been, but it’s a lot. It’s always a must visit we we come up here. It’s another great day out for the whole family.
Pensthorpe Natural Park
This one’s a recent find of ours and really is a hidden gem. The outdoor and indoor play areas are amazing, and the grounds and setting are just breath taking. Frequently visited not just by families, but those that enjoy walking and photography too. You literally can feel the stress lifting from your shoulders as you walk round.
Ride the Poppy Line
The Poppy Line is also known as the North Norfolk Railway which is a Hertitage steam railway that runs from Sheringham to Holt. We see the beautiful steam train every time we visit Sheringham, but have yet to ride on it so it’s our bucket list for this visit!
So that’s our ultimate family bucket list for visiting North Norfolk with over 20 family friendly activities to see and do. Have you visited North Norfolk before? What would be on your bucket list?
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