Don’t let the winter weather put a downer on your holiday with us! Here is a list of activities and attractions close by in which you can either embrace the winter elements… or alternatively stay indoors!
1. Seals at Horsey Gap.
The seal pups at Horsey are an absolute must-see over the winter. With the grey seal population growing in Norfolk every year this is a perfect opportunity to witness them relishing in a safe and protected environment. Sprawled for miles, you’ll see them making the most of our flat sands and shallow waters from the ideally situated viewing platforms along the dunes. The best time to view the seals is anytime between late November and early February. Parking is also available.
2. Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens.
Perfect for young families, Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens is home to a vast array of animals from Asia set in acres of marvellous grounds in the Norfolk countryside. Open daily from 10am all year round, Thrigby allows you to witness the feeding times of spectacular species such as tigers, leopards, gibbons, alligators, their latest edition of meerkats, and many more… Thrigby is certainly more than a Wildlife Garden!
For further information please visit http://www.thrigbyhall.co.uk/
3. Ice Skating.
Put in place especially for the festive season, a glide on the popular ice rink situated in Castle Mall Gardens, Norwich is a Christmas must. The atmospheric lighting and festive music makes it a wonderful experience for everyone! The ice rink is open from December 16th to January 8th.
Ticket prices and opening times are available at http://icerinknorwich.co.uk/ticket-information/
4. Woodland Walks.
Enjoy a beautiful walk through Fairhaven woodland and water gardens and discover 130 acres of their natural and wild plantings. You can roam 4 miles of pathed woodland walkways enjoying the picturesque surroundings, stunning in all seasons. Facilities include a tea room, gift shop and visitors centre.
For more information visit http://www.fairhavengarden.co.uk/index.html
5. Norwich Castle.
There are plenty of indoor attractions in Norwich that mean the winter weather doesn’t have to spoil your day! Norwich Castle, one of the city’s most famous landmarks, has extensive and fascinating collections of fine art, archaeology, and natural history. While the museum has an interesting past and impressive array of artefacts, it is also ideal for children and has interactive activities to keep them enthralled!
For further information visit http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/visit_us/norwich_castle/index.htm
6. Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre.
Another fantastic indoor activity is Great Yarmouth’s popular Sea Life Centre. Highlights include a walk through the tropical ocean tunnel, and witnessing the animal feeding times. Children will particularly enjoy this one as it allows them to get up close with penguins, crocodiles and even touch a starfish in the rock-pool!
For ticket prices and opening times visit https://www2.visitsealife.com/great-yarmouth/
7. Wroxham Barns.
Wroxham Barns is a leisure and shopping complex with boutiques, craft studios, a junior farm, coffee shop and restaurant. It’s an ideal place to take young children with arrays of activities for them enjoy. It’s also a brilliant place to enjoy afternoon tea and cake- whilst our own Susie’s coffee shop is in hibernation of course!
For winter opening times please visit http://www.wroxhambarns.co.uk/
8. North Norfolk
North Norfolk is renowned for its spectacular coastline, fantastic wildlife, miles of glorious beaches, seaside communities and a beautiful surroundings of rolling countryside, picturesque market towns and villages. North Norfolk must be the birdwatching capital of the UK, and you can even take a boat trip to see our seal colony at Blakeney Point.
Sheringham is one of many picturesque seaside towns dotted along the North Norfolk coast. It’s a town popular with tourists but still has a quaint feel to it with lovely architecture and plenty of small independent shops for you to browse.
Cromer, perched on the very edge of the North Norfolk coast, is famous for its tasty crabs, wide open beaches, a traditional pier complete with a theatre providing a Christmas seaside special variety show. Like Sheringham, Cromer also features many small independent shops.
For more information about show tickets and times please visit http://www.cromerpier.co.uk/
9. A walk around the Broads.
Take a walk around the beautiful and renowned Norfolk Broads. Experience a wealth of wildlife both on the broads and in the surrounding countryside. Whether you’re a keen bird-watcher or just enjoy the great outdoors, you will experience the peaceful sites of nature at its best. There are plenty of routes to choose from. We suggest starting at Clippesby church and doing the circular walk through Thurne. Please ask in reception if you would like a map.
For a well-deserved break after all that walking, there are plenty of local pubs. A favourite of ours is Acle Bridge. Sitting by the warm fire you can enjoy their classic pub food or simply relax in the cosy atmosphere with a drink.
For further information please visit http://www.aclebridge.co.uk/
10. Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular.
A unique show featuring the amazing water spectacular, the Hippodrome Circus introduces acts from around the world to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. The Historic Hippodrome is Britain’s only surviving total Circus Building. Performances of the hugely popular Christmas spectacular are running from December 17th up until January 8th .
Booking is essential so to ensure you don’t miss out please visit http://www.hippodromecircus.co.uk/
With the exception of Sheringham and Cromer, all of these attractions are within 25 minutes of Clippesby Hall.