One of the great things about Norfolk is that, even when the British weather isn't on your side, there is still so much to do. There are indoor activities for fun-seeking families and retreat-seeking couples alike. But with so much choice, it can be difficult to know which activities should be on your priority list, which is why we have compiled a list of the top five things to do in Norfolk when it rains!
Sea Life Centre - Hunstanton
Hunstanton's Sea Life Centre is open 10am until 5pm every day of the year, except Christmas Day, making it a great rain-safe option, whatever the time of year. The centre is home to a vast array of different sea life, including seals and sharks, as well as some jungle creatures! There is plenty to see and do, as the centre offers talks and the chance to watch feeding times, as well as hosting a range of different events that change throughout the year, so no two visits need ever be the same. Everyone can enjoy the Sea Life Centre, as it is wheelchair and pushchair friendly throughout, with a range of different ticket options for groups and parent and toddler visitors.
The Poppy Line - Sheringham
The rain doesn't have to mean you can't enjoy the beauty of the North Norfolk countryside. This 10.5 mile round-trip on the steam train will take you through some of the county's areas of outstanding natural beauty, and with a rover ticket you can hop on and off to explore the local area, if the rain does ease off! However, the fun lasts longer than just the train trip, as there's plenty to see and learn in the stations on the route. Most of the trains are wheelchair and pushchair accessible, and dogs are even welcome for a small extra charge - so the whole family can enjoy a day out on the Poppy Line. However, it is advisable to ring in advance if you have any special requirements.
RNLI Henry Blogg Museum - Cromer
The Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer commemorates the deeds of the RNLI's most decorated lifeboatmen. You'll learn all about how brave lifeboat crew have put their lives at risk to save strangers over the years, as well as having the chance to try on lifeboat 'kit' for yourself, practice Morse code, check out some of the model lifeboats and learn some fascinating stories from interviews with the crew members. The museum has disabled access, which means everyone can enjoy a day our here, in spite of the rain!
Holkham Hall - Wells-next-the-Sea
A visit to this beautiful country house isn't ruined by a spot of rain, as there's still so much to enjoy inside. Explore the exquisite rooms inside the house, including the magnificent marble hall, stunning statue gallery and the chapel as well as much more. If the rain does hold off, you could enjoy a relaxing walk in the beautiful gardens, but if not, their 'What The Butler Saw' and 'Field to Fork' exhibitions enable you to learn more about the estate. Holkham Hall makes a great day out for all the family, as it is fully accessible, and even have wheelchairs onsite, if necessary.
The Muckleburgh Military Collection - Weybourne
The site used to be an Anti-Aircraft Artillary range and represented the main live firing training ranges for ACK-ACK Command in World War II. Today, however, visitors can learn plenty as they check out the 120 vehicles, tanks and guns - the centre also includes 3,000 additional back up exhibits. Visitors can also see the compound area, which is almost unchanged since World War II, as well as a range of operational radios from the early days of the war. During the holidays, visitors can enjoy a military ride round the old Royal Artillary camp, as well as tank demonstrations (excluding Saturdays).
As you can see, there's plenty to do in Norfolk. even when the weather isn't perfect! The most difficult part is deciding what to do first!