I’m usually all for overseas adventures, but you can’t beat family holidays in Norfolk! We’ve been going ever since we started our little family of four. A family holiday in Norfolk, especially North Norfolk never disappoints.
In this post I’ve included all my recommendations and tips for your very own family holidays in Norfolk.
Easy Ideas for Your Cheap Family Holiday in Norfolk
Where to Stay in Norfolk
I’d definitely recommend staying as near to the beach as possible, so that means looking at places like Sheringham, Wells-Next-The Sea (try this holiday park or if you’d prefer an apartment, this stylish one) and Holkham (the best beach in Norfolk in my opinion, but more on that below).
My personal favourite spot is Holkham Beach. There are no loos, restaurants or arcades (part of the appeal in my opinion) and it’s gorgeous.
Family accommodation in Norfolk is really reasonable. Last time I booked a luxury Norfolk cottage through this site.
More of an Airbnb kinda traveller? These are my top 10 Airbnbs in Norfolk.
How Long to Spend in Norfolk
It’s super easy to spend a week in Norfolk. I’d recommend spending at least three days to get the most out of your time there.
That said, depending on where you’re travelling from, a day trip is better than no trip. That’s what I did last week!
Things to do in Norfolk With Kids
This adorable seaside town may be small, but it has lots to offer. You’ll want to spend at least one day there, if you can. You could fill it with any or all of the following…
See the Vintage Trains at Sheringham
There’s a steam train that pulls into station that’s been loving preserved as a step back in time. You can buy a ticket for a ride along the coast or you can simply sit at the station waving the passengers off and watching the steam shoot out.
We did the latter as we’d already explored the train stops by car. We had a quick peek on the train when it stopped at the station and that was more than enough to entertain our boy.
Eat and Drink in Sheringham
There’s a main street that runs from the station down to the beach. It’s full of a few souvenir shops, a couple of arcades, but also some good cafes. We loved Grey Seal Coffee (parent fuel!) and Camellia Cottage (delicious cakes). The street is dressed in bunting and the town has that cute seaside vibe, rather than a tacky tourist feel.
Come dinner time grab fish and chips and sit on the seafront. Our toddler loved having a ‘picnic’ and chasing the seagulls.
Enjoy the Beach at Sheringham
The beach at Sheringham is deceiving. If the tide is in it looks like there isn’t a beach and the little glimmer you can see looks like a pebbly one, but when it’s out, wow. You’re rewarded with beautiful, flat sandy beaches.
We visited in August and often had the beach to ourselves. Our boy would run about chasing the sea foam or poking the crabs. It was stunning and not at all how I’d imagined it.
Visit Wiveton Hall
Wiveton Hall: Wiveton Hall, 1 Marsh Lane, Wiveton, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7TE
Wiveton Hall is on the north Norfolk coast, just a 20-minute drive from Sheringham. It’s such a good spot! For us, it wasn’t about the manor house but the secret garden, pick-your-own fruit farm, adorable café and shop, and the replica of the manor house.
We loved this place and really enjoyed the relaxed vibe. There were no queues and we simply helped ourselves to the baskets. We discovered the garden trail as we parked and followed the discreet signs, feeling like we were wandering through a secret meadow.
Our boy loved the tree swing (perhaps not as much as me!) and when we found the pigs, cows and chickens he couldn’t stop grinning. We only spent a few pounds for a really good family afternoon.
Visit Holkham Beach
If you only go to one beach in Norfolk go here. It’s stunning! Like seriously beautiful and so much so, that sometimes we drive a 5-hour return trip just to visit for the day.
The car parking is a bit of a pain as the beach is a 15-minute walk away. When your carrying all your children’s gear it can feel a bit much, but it is a gorgeous walk and well worth it.
Tall pine trees serve as a backdrop to the beach so you have gorgeous sea views in one direction and a beautiful woodland in the other. The sand is mostly that super soft, golden kind that disappears beneath you.
The beach stars in the film Shakespeare in Love, it’s been voted as one of the top beaches in the UK (numerous times) and the royal family are said to visit from time to time (Sandringham is nearby). It’s also used by the Household Cavalry so you’ll often see horses cantering up and down the beach. We absolutely loved it and even in August we barely saw a soul.
Roarr!! Dinosaur Adventure
Roarr!! Dinosaur Adventure: Lenwade, Norwich, NR9 5JW
Like most boys, our little one loves dinosaurs so it made sense to take him to Dinosaur Adventure. It’s a 45 minute drive from Sheringham, so a good chance for a nap on the way. Children under three years old are free and adult tickets are just over a tenner, so it’s definitely affordable.
As well as replicas of dinosaur, some of which move and roar (don’t get off guard like me and scream!), there’s crazy golf, karting, sandpits, parks and a little animal garden. There’s a splash park so bring kids swim clothes or at least a change of clothes and a towel.
We arrived around 10/11am and didn’t leave til around 3pm and that was without going into the splash park, so it really is good value for money.
The park is set in over 85 acres of woodland and they’ve taken steps to keep visitors safe around Covid-19, particularly that you need to pre-book tickets. You can read about the measures here.
If you want a theme park, but perhaps not along the dinosaur theme try BeWilderwood. It’s an adventure playground, with rides, story-telling, den-building, crafts and more.
We’re yet to go because the beach always pulls us in, but loads of friends have recommended it and this place gets rave reviews.
It’s geared up for Covid-19 precautions. You’ll need to pre-book your tickets online.
This is another cute little town that we really like. We’ve had good coffee at The Black Apollo Coffee House, though it’s rather pokey so don’t take a pushchair in here. We spent most of our time wandering up and down the little lanes, letting our boy burn off some energy as we peered into the lovely shops.
Folly Tearoom looked particularly enchanting with its vintage vibe, but we didn’t manage to try it out. Instead we ate lunch at The Kings Head because they had an outdoor area that was fenced in so our boy could run about.
Have you been to Norfolk? Do you have any recommendations to add? X
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