The Broads National Park is the perfect place to get children outside and active, so here are a few of our favourite things which are on all year round to keep them entertained…
For children big and small, the Museum of the Broads has got something for everyone. Their exhibits include an array of fascinating objects from egg collections to boats of all kinds and there are plenty of hands-on activities to try such as knot tying and even a boat-helming simulator. Not to be missed is a ride on their charming steamboat, Falcon, who takes visitors off on a steam-powered journey through the waters of Stalham.
Where: Stalham, Norfolk NR12 9DA
In the quintessential market town of Beccles is the open-air swimming pool which is known as the Beccles Lido. With a 30 x 15-metre pool and a separate toddler paddling pool of 0.75 metres, it’s the perfect venue for entertaining the kids. Keep an eye on the website so that you don’t miss the chance to play during the giant inflatable aquarun sessions!
Where: Beccles Lido, Puddingmoor, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9PL
Enter the magical watery world of BeWILDerwood, half story-world, half river wonderland. There is everything from boat trips to zip wires and all in the company of crocklebogs, thornyclods and snagglefangs. For an adventurous day out with the kids this is the perfect destination to escape to another world completely.
Where: Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk NR12 8JW
The wherry is an icon of the Broads and the perfect way to introduce children to the beauty and excitement of the water. Wherry Yacht Charter has events through until the end of September and the wherries can be hired for special trips. Wherry Yacht Charter is a charity caring for five of the last eight wherries in existence, so a trip with them will go towards funding the future restoration of these historic ships.
Where: Wherry Yacht Charter, The Wherry Base, Barton House, Hartwell Road, Wroxham, Norwich NR12 8TL
The Broads National Park might not be the first place you think of when you hear the words ‘Sumatran tiger’, ‘snow leopard’ or ‘mangrove snake’ but all three of them can be found in the Broads and many more besides at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens. Discover an array of amazing rare animals and learn about conservation work and the places they come from.
Where: Filby Road, Thrigby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR29 3DR
Inspire children with the amazing collection of wind energy paraphernalia on display at the Wind Energy Museum. The museum is the lifetime’s work of local enthusiast Ronald Morse, whose collection of mechanical wonders is sure to wow children and adults alike. The museum hosts regular events from open days at Thurne Mill to strawberry walks.
Where: Repps-with-Bastwick, Norfolk NR29 5JU
Wroxham Barns has an array of activities to offer from minigolf to meeting their farm animals. They have an on-site restaurant which is filled with vegetarian and gluten-free options and the crafts barn is full of local artists selling their work and demonstrating their craft. Kids will love the on-site funfair, and feeding the farm animals is sure to be a highlight.
Where: Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Road, Hoveton, Norfolk NR12 8QU
The Broads Authority runs boat trips at Whitlingham Country Park on the national park’s solar-powered vessel, Ra. Ra is fully accessible to wheelchair users and takes up to 12 passengers. Whitlingham is a gateway into the Broads from the city of Norwich, giving even city dwellers the chance to escape onto the waters of the national park.
Where: Whitlingham Visitor Centre, Whitlingham Country Park, Whitlingham Lane, Trowse, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 8TR