With the Bank Holiday Weekend coming up, and the Summer Holidays on the horizon, it's a great time to get out and about with the family. Whether you're a North Norfolk native, or you and the kids are visiting on holiday, there's always plenty of fun to be had for all the family.
In this week's blog we've put together our top 5 fun family things to do in North Norfolk.
The Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary is the perfect place for a family outing, particularly on a rainy day! The Sea Life Sanctuary is home to over 2000 sea creatures, including sharks, turtles, piranhas and penguins. A particularly popular attraction are the playful and mischievous Asian Short Clawed Otters, Summer, Twix & Smartie.
The Sea Life Sanctuary is not just a home for exotic animals, however, it also serves as a seal rescue centre and hospital. The North Norfolk Coast has the highest density of Common Seals of anywhere in the UK, and since opening in 1989, the seal hospital has rescued and rehabilitated more than 750 seals! The sanctuary is open to the public, and visitors can greet the new arrivals through an underwater viewing area, while juveniles can be seen in the nursery ward.
A visit to Snettisham Park, a 329 acre working farm, is a family day out with your children you will never forget.
This is an interactive farm, which means your little ones will be able to get hands on with some of the animals, including grooming the ponies, and bottle feeding the baby lambs and calves!
One of the highlights of a visit to Snettisham Park (for adults as well as kids), is the Deer Safari Land Rover ride where you will be taken out on a 45 minute trip to vist the herd of tame free roaming Red Deer. If you take the Deer Safari in May, June and July then keep your eyes peeled for the newborn deer calves!
A Trip to the Beach
A trip to North Norfolk with the family wouln't be complete without a trip down to the beach. The North Norfolk area is blessed with a stunning, sandy coastline, and some of the nation's best loved beaches, including Hunstanton, Holkham, Brancaster and Sheringham. Each beach has its own merits, and while Holkham may perhaps be the most picturesque, the likes of Sheringham and Hunstanton are more traditional 'seaside towns'. and may prove more attractive to families with children.
Crabbing is a great activity that all the family can enjoy together, and North Norfolk, with its creeks, estuaries and quaysides, is one of the finest locations in the country to do it. Some of the best places to go are Blakeney, Wells Harbour, Cromer Harbour, Brancaster Staithe, Titchwell, Burnham Overy Staithe and the rockpools of Hustanton.
Just make sure that your children use sea water in their buckets, and that they release the crabs gently back into the water before too long.
See The Seals
One of the most enjoyable things to do in North Norfolk is taking a trip out to see the seals. The colony at Blakeney is among the biggest colonies in England, with around 2500 seal pups, while seals can also be found lazing around on the sandbanks of the Wash from Hunstanton.
Boat trips regularly depart from Hunstanton promenade, and from Blakeney, to visit the seals. The seals are friendly and playful, often coming up to say hello while bobbing and swimming alongside the boats.
Now is a great time to visit the Common Seals in Hunstanton, as seal pups are born between June and August.
Take a trip on the Searles Seal Safari from Hunstanton, with child tickets starting at just £8.50. Please call 01485 534444 for more details.