3 Norfolk Day Trips Worth Taking in 2020
Renowned English poet and broadcaster John Betjeman once said: “I am still reeling with delight at the soaring majesty of Norfolk.” Norfolk is known to be one of the most charming counties in England and is considered to be one of the best vacation destinations in the country. While there are many attractions within walking distance of most locations in Norfolk, being privy to a car can open up a whole new world of adventure for you and your family as far as day-trips are concerned. Whether you are looking to get better acquainted with wild animals or prefer spending a day on the beach, here’s a closer look at some of the most enjoyable day-trips around Norfolk.
Plenty to see at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
Located to the south of the village of Filby and eight miles outside of Great Yarmouth, Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens is well worth the drive. First opening its doors in 1979, Thrigby Hall is now home to a range of animals including Sumatran tigers, red pandas, snow leopards, golden cats, gibbons, crocodiles, and a variety of birds. Apart from exploring the park through the use of a unique set of walkways, visitors can also partake in informative talks and witness various animal feedings.
Apart from looking at the animals, children can also burn off some energy in the large play area while adults will undoubtedly come across a few treasures in the gift shop that stocks everything from toys, books, and souvenirs to clothing and local produce such as jams and confectionery. If you get hungry, simply head on over to the Cockatoo Café and indulge in a range of eats and drinks such as hot dogs, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, coffee, juice, and ice cream. Apart from being enjoyable, the Gardens are very accessible with onsite disabled toilet facilities and both the café and shop sporting wheelchair ramps.
Set a day aside to frolic on Hunstanton Beach
Although it isn’t summer yet, it is never too early to plan a day-trip to Hunstanton Beach. The two-mile-long beach that is locally known as ‘Sunny Hunny’ is approximately 40 miles from Norwich, making it the perfect single-day road trip destination. There is plenty to do at the beach including taking walks along the beach, boat trips, a Sea Life center worth visiting, and incredible watersport opportunities.
The resort is perfect for picnics, too, although there are a number of cafés and shops worth visiting. As you gear up for your road trip to Hunstanton Beach, choosing to drive a larger vehicle such as an SUV or 4×4 is wise so you can pack all you want. Driving a larger vehicle will allow you to make the most of the day by taking along a picnic basket, beach umbrellas, bodyboards, and any kite surfing equipment you may have.
Everyone loves Wroxham Barns
Wroxham Barns is only a 25-minute drive from Norwich which makes it the ideal day-trip destination for the entire family. Set in the gorgeous countryside near the Norfolk Broads, there are countless things to see and do for children and adults alike at the award-winning attraction. The younger members of the family will undoubtedly have a ball at the Junior Farm.
Here, they can engage in a range of enjoyable and educational activities such as crafting, collecting eggs, learning how to milk a cow, and cuddling with rabbits and guinea pigs. Adult visitors will enjoy watching the craftspeople at work and browsing the on-site shops that are filled with toys, unique gifts, and stylish clothing. The Wroxham Barns Restaurant is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat and relax for a few moments after a busy day of exploring. There is a special menu for the children that features wholesome, delicious menu items such as a Mini Full English breakfast and a Kids Picnic on a Plate.
There are many great destinations in Norfolk that are ideal for a day away from home. With so many options to choose from you may very well end up taking more road trips across the county than you could ever have imagined.