If you want to indulge your kids, give them some wild adventures, great holiday memories and the opportunity to burn off some of that seemingly never-ending energy, book into one of the boutique hotels in Norfolk and enjoy some of these great outdoor activities. Of course, the weather may not always be perfect, but there are indoor activities and cafes at most of these venues should you need to wait out a shower or warm up a little.
This huge adventure playground offers lots of climbing opportunities, with its tree-high mazes, slides, wobbly wire zipwires and rope bridges. Set in a tranquil woodland setting, there are also interactive storytelling activities in some of the tents and wooden shacks dotted around. This wooded world is home to strange creatures, such as Boggles and Twiggles, and includes boat trips and walks through the marshes. If you need to restock on your energy levels, you can indulge in a Boggle Banger Hotpot or a BeWILD burger at one of their three themed eateries.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
Boggles and Twiggles are one thing, but the creatures living in the gardens of Thrigby Hall are real … and a little scary! These rare animals all originate from Asia, including the pair of Sumatran Tigers, Kuku and Dua. With only the small island of Sumatra as their indigenous home, these tigers are critically endangered with just 400 left in the world!
Other interesting inhabitants include the tree-dwelling Red Panda, rare leopards, including the Snow, Clouded and Amur. The Amur Leopard is possibly the most endangered big cat in the world, with only 70 adults left in the world. Thrigby Hall also provides a home to some comical meerkats, acrobatic gibbons, as well as a range of rare birds and reptiles.
With over 280 acres of countryside surrounding it, Whitlingham Country Park is an ideal sport for hiking, cycling, birdwatching or having an idyllic meadow picnic. If this all sounds a little too sedate, then focus your attentions on Whitlingham Adventure where you hit the water on a stand-up paddleboard, try your hand at a spot of archery or develop your bush skills. Situated less an hour’s drive from the Harper North Norfolk, it’s a great day out for the family or to discover a new hobby with a friend.
Holkham Hall & Woodland Play Area
This venue has many things to offer, from classical music concerts, to bird-watching and winter walks through the deer park. Young adventurers with a head for heights will enjoy the soaring tree house in the adventure play area and will burn off plenty of energy scrambling along rope ladders, whizzing down zip-wires and exploring the tree-top walkways. Children over the age of five can skip over a stepping stone bridge or crawl through a tunnel while toddlers can play in a special area just for them, complete with sand pit and swings.
The Field to Fork exhibition is a fun, interactive experience that teaches children where food comes from, while the Discovery Trail quiz will challenge them and turn turgid history into a fun exploration. After all that activity, take the weight off and enjoy the relaxing space of the Courtyard Café where you can order ice-cream from a traditional cart.