Following on from the “5 Things To Do in Leeds With Kids” post, the next installment in my guest blog series centres around 5 things to do in Norwich, and is written by Charlotte from Our Adventurehood.
Over to you, Charlotte…
First up, I’m not indigenous to Norwich. I was born in Kent and moved to Norwich for University. Like many graduates from the UEA, I ended up staying in Norwich and starting my family there.
For this reason, there are times when I still very much feel like a tourist where I live. Even more so now that I have children and I get to visit all the places that make up my husband’s childhood memories.
Norwich, and Norfolk in general, is a great place to raise kids. Between the sea, the broads and one of the UK’s best small cities, we feel like we’ve got it all.
Visit the Castle
You can’t visit Norwich and not see the castle. I mean it literally sits on top of a hill in the middle of the city centre.
However, a visit inside is a great way to spend a couple of hours with kids. You can “Pop in for a Pound” at lunchtime and have a cheap afternoon out too.
With a castle keep full of suits of armour and a dungeon full of torture devices it is a guaranteed hit with the kids. There are plenty of activities too, including dressing up, colouring in and crafts.
Cycle Along Marriotts Way
Marriotts Way is a cycle path that runs from Norwich through Reepham to Aylsham. If you want to see some of the best bits of Norwich and Norfolk, then this is the way to do it.
Because it follows an old train line, it is a reasonably flat route making it perfect for kids. If they are cycling for themselves or on the back of your bike, it will be an easy ride.
Plus, there is lots to see and do along route. From parks, pubs and paddocks, wherever you need a stop you’ll have a good spot to do it.
Take a Trip to the Dinosaur Park
We had season passes for Roarr! (Locals call it The Dinosaur Park) for about three years and it was totally worth the money. If you are looking for a full day out with the kids, then this is it.
Located about 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre, this adventure park has something for all ages including the adults.
There is a dinosaur trail that winds through the woods to look at some of your favourite prehistoric creatures. Then you’ve got one of the best playgrounds ever, with slides, climbing frames, tunnels, swings, trampolines, zip lines and more.
At the other end of the park is a secret garden, that is essentially a small farm. You can find an array of farmyard animals as well as some more exotic friends.
If it is a super sunny day, you can get your swimmers on and visit the splash park. If it is raining, head indoors to the soft play area. It’s huge so you don’t need to worry about your kids being too big.
Visit One of Our Many Great Parks in Norwich
Norwich is a great city for families not least because we have lots of great parks. Scattered around the edges of the city you can find Sloughbottom, Waterloo, Eaton and Wensum.
Sloughbottom has a playground and a BMX racing track, as well as field space for football. We even saw someone kite landboarding there once.
Waterloo is great for younger kids. It has a huge, well contained playground with a splash park in the middle. There are toilets and in good weather an ice cream van normally shows up.
Wensum is beautiful if you want more than just the playground. Situated along the river you can take a nice stroll along the waters’ edge. There’s a playground too, of course, and a splash pool to cool off if you need it.
Eaton Park is a whole day out. One of my favourite parks of all time. It has a playground, a lake for RC boats, a skate park, BMX track, football pitches, basketball courts, a café, mini golf and a little train that sometimes runs.
Go Paddling In a Stream
One thing that you may not think of doing when in Norwich is paddling in a stream or river. But we have a couple of great spots for it.
Gunton Lane Recreation Ground is a lesser known place that has a small river that runs through it. In the Summer, you can take the kids there and they can paddle about and do a bit of fishing with a net.
There is also Ringland, next to The Swan Inn. Here you can have a sit in the sun and splash about in the river, before heading to the pub for a cold refreshment, bit of lunch and a play in their playground.
There is no end of things to do with in Norwich with kids. New ones pop up all the time, so make sure you check on what is going on for when you plan to visit.
Words and images: Charlotte from Our Adventurehood unless otherwise stated – thanks Charlotte!
Charlotte and her partner Dan have packed their suitcases and set out on a trip around the world with their two kids. Our Adventurehood showcases their experiences as family as they settle into full-time travelling life. You can find them over at their blog, Our Adventurehood; or on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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