May half term holiday is nearly upon us and if you are stressing about what to do to keep the the children occupied, don’t worry, we have you covered for a last-minute getaway with the family. In addition to the holiday packages we offer at our parks in Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, there are plenty of activities to do in these areas which will keep your kids entertained for the whole day!
There is so much on offer in Great Yarmouth that the kids will love. Visit the Sea Life Centre, which is suitable for younger children, and is indoors – fantastic if it rains! The centre’s ocean tank has also become the home to two green turtles! There are tropical sharks and fish to see too.
On a hot sunny day – and hopefully, we will see a few of these over the half term week! – Great Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach is the place to go. There is a mixture of rides, traditional attractions and then the beach itself to lounge about on. Also, don’t miss out on the Britannia Pier!
In Wroxham Norfolk, Bewilderwood is one of the best places to head to for a family day out. The award-winning forest adventure park encourages parents to play along with their children. There are also jungle bridges, treehouses, zip wires, a sky maze and boat trips to try! There is also a restaurant on site, and picnics are allowed too.
Norfolk offers loads of fantastic places to see wildlife, from a boat ride on the Broads seeing the local birds and creatures, to Blakeney Point with the seals, to various zoos and farm parks. You can see exotic and animals like tigers and leopards at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens and Banham Zoo or deer which you can feed by hand at Snettisham Park. Then there is the Dinosaur Adventure Park, where your kids can see dinosaurs come back to life!
Go Ape, Thetford
This is a fun family attraction, and great for the older kids. Set within 50,000 acres of pine trees, Go Ape takes you up into the treetops, flying along zip wires, walking on ropes and unleashing your inner Tarzan! For those who are a little scared of heights, there is also the Forest Segway Adventure to try.
Beautiful Framlingham Castle in Suffolk is welcoming to all ages, and feel free to bring along a picnic to eat in the grounds of the castle. Dogs are also permitted in the grounds too. Three are often activities for the kids to take part in too, and you can see the sights of the gorgeous Suffolk countryside on a walk of the castle’s walls.
Just like neighbouring Norfolk, Suffolk offers some great attractions where you and the kids can get up close to a variety of wildlife. Visit the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Aspal which has over 80 raptors! There is also Africa Alive at Lowestoft where you can explore the sights and sounds of Africa, from lions, giraffes, meerkats and snakes. Suffolk also has Jimmy's Farm, which is great for younger children with its ponies, donkeys, sheep, ducks, pigs and more.
Skegness is one of the UK’s most popular seaside resorts, and there is an endless number of things to do. There are rollercoasters, water rides, an all-weather Galactic Play Zone and more at Fantasy Island, right by the beach. If you fancy something a little more chilled, take a picnic with you and have a day at the beach!
Burghley House and Gardens
One of the country’s grandest country homes, this Elizabethan house is full of surprises, and a wonderful place to head to for a family day out. The house has an amazing collection of art, and the house has a wonderful history to explore. And when you step out outside you can find a Secret Garden. The garden is full of magic, with a mirrored maze, amazing animal sculptures, a delightful water feature and plenty of places to kick back and relax.
On a lovely sunny day, why not head to one of these attractions to see all sorts of animals? Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary is very child-friendly, and there are lots of donkeys and other animals to say hello to. At Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in Boston, you and the whole family can see some exotic animals – there are 2,000 birds homed here, including the UK’s largest collection of parrots! Ark Wildlife Park is Lincolnshire’s newest rescue zoo and wildlife park, and there is a wide variety of animals to see from reptiles to carnivores as well as some great farmyard friends.