Don’t expect amusement arcades and hot dogs here – this is a quieter beach that’s so peaceful a Tern colony has moved in. Okay, maybe not…. Climb to the top of this windmill for a scenic panorama and up-close look at wind energy production. Alongside all the big High Street names and the largest city centre Marks & Spencer outside London, over 40 per cent of Norwich’s shops are independent, which means shoppers get the best of both worlds. Enjoy the south Norfolk countryside while imagining the derring-do of the flame-haired, Roman-ravaging queen whose Iceni tribe lived in these here parts. 58 Have tea or stay at The Maids Head Hotel in Norwich, reputed to be the oldest hotel in the UK. It’s the ancestral home of Anne Boleyn and her ghost is said to appear once a year. The flat water makes it ideal for beginners or freestylers. 46 Been to a football game at Carrow Road in Norwich to see the mighty Canaries and join in a rendition of the oldest known football song, On The Ball City, which goes: Kick it off, throw it in, have a little scrimmage,Keep it low, a splendid rush, bravo, win or die;On the ball, City, never mind the danger,Steady on, now's your chance,Hurrah! 30 Flown a kite from Beeston Bump, the 203 feet highest point of the Cromer ridge of undulating cliffs. One of the nicest ways to experience The Broads is by boat. Highly rated activities with free entry in Norfolk: The top things to do for free. There’s more to Norfolk’s capital than Alan Partridge and treasure hoards: here are the best things to do in Norwich. 72 Ended up in the lovely cul-de-sac community of Heydon in the Broads. (93 when the tide’s out). That’s ravage, not ravish… there’s no mistaking the two in Boudicca’s case. 50 Been to a show at the Pavilion Theatre, Cromer – the last end-of-the-pier show in the world! The National Trust properties put on Easter Egg Hunts for the children which always prove to be very popular. In the second world war, it was here, hidden from view, that allied troops were trained to use specially-modified tanks that could float, swim and drive once on dry land in preparation for D-Day. Order them and salivate as you watch them being made before your very eyes! 43 Been to Swaffham’s independent and eponymous museum – and found out why Tutankhamun discoverer Howard Carter was a Mummy’s Boy. We also have the best malting barley, on the north Norfolk coast, due to the long, warm summers, the moistening sea frets and the terrain’s height… yes, really, Noel Coward, who wrote in his play Private Lives, ‘Norfolk, very flat’, didn’t know what he was talking about. They’re faster than you might think! This could be where you meet your Waterloo… in miniature. Try Wherry Yacht Charter or Norfolk Wherry Trust. A geological feature called a kame, the Bump looks like a giant molehill – and is ideal for kite-flying. Source: flickr. 63 Visit Houghton Hall, home of England’s first Prime Minister! Flat, indeed! 78 Discovered Nelson’s Norfolk at Great Yarmouth or north Norfolk. At the swearing-in ceremony he put his left hand on the Bible. Yes, Nosey Parker was a Norfolk guy! Lets explore the best things to do in Norfolk: 1. 14 Visited the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich, the first permanent re-creation of an Elizabethan theatre. To learn more or withdraw consent, please visit our cookie policy. 5 Walked amid the dunes and marram grass at Winterton-on-Sea beach. Dinosaur Adventure. 67 Enjoyed the adrenaline rush of orienteering or trail cycling in Thetford Forest. Yoga & Pilates in Norfolk. Only imagine, mind, don’t go stepping on anything! 99 Had a pint of Woodforde’s wherry sitting outside the brewery tap, the thatched Fur and Feathers at Woodbastwick in the Broads. Yes, the Broads are man-made. The park was laid out by Humphrey Repton, one of England's most celebrated landscape gardeners, and another highlight is the rhododendron garden (best in May and June). 54 Hunted down ‘Deal rows’ in the Brecks. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in January. Some say this is the Fortnum and Mason of Norfolk. Just don’t let any vegetarians know. They’re available at Wells-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton and Cromer. Nightlife. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination. Hic! Nothing beats a crab sarnie on brown after a gentle 34-mile drive…. 40 Seen a real moated country house at Oxburgh Hall, near Swaffham, one of our top ‘Downton Abbeys’. The clerk said, 'Your right hand, my lord,' and Nelson famously replied: 'That is in Tenerife'. It’s a rare visit that you won’t see an inquisitive seal taking a look at those odd two-legged things in clothes on the shore. The Centre also hosts regular exhibitions. Imagine you’re a Norman knight from Monty Python & The Holy Grail. Miss this and you really are a stupid boy! We say climb… you won’t be needing ropes, crampons and breathing apparatus. Follow us on social media to add even more wonder to your day. We’re never sure…. Things to Do in Norfolk, Virginia: See Tripadvisor's 11 696 traveller reviews and photos of 107 Norfolk attractions. 75 Visited the Time & Tide Museum at Great Yarmouth and discovered what a bloater is. The trail starts in the unique Brecks and heads 46 miles up to the north Norfolk coast where the Romans had a camp, and then joins the Norfolk Coastal Path. 29 Met the Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles at BeWILDerwood, a huge forest of family fun and adventure. Discover 6 hidden attractions, cool sights, and unusual things to do in Norfolk, Virginia from Doumar's Barbecue to Mary Hardy MacArthur Memorial. The 13 best things to do in Norwich. It is Norfolk’s first official arts district, creating a place for public art to exist, as well as long time institutions like the Harrison Opera House and Chrysler Museum of Art. 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Find what to do today, this weekend, or in January. 51 Had a pint of beer made by one of our microbreweries – we have more than any other county in the country. To choose from, there’s the Royal West at Brancaster, Sheringham, Hunstanton, Links Country Park at West Runton, Royal Cromer, Mundesley, Caister-on-Sea and Gorleston-on-Sea. 83 Stood on a deserted United State Army Air Force runway and ‘heard’ the planes returning. One of the best places to do this is at Wiveton Hall in north Norfolk. Find Seclusion. You’ll be entranced by storytelling, boat trips, marsh walks, jungle bridges, treehouses and zip wires. Two years after moving in, the prince razed the hall to create what we see today. And take a look at the statue of Thomas Paine while you’re here – the man who saved the American War of Independence. In 1901 Arthur Conan Doyle, on a golfing holiday at the Links Hotel in West Runton, dined with the Cabbell family at Cromer Hall. 81 Visited Sandringham, the royal datcha in north west Norfolk which also has an excellent museum. Attractions in Norfolk, East Anglia: See Tripadvisor's 120,672 traveller reviews and photos of things to do when in Norfolk. This cannonball stands as a reminder of the final act of a fleeting governor amidst a revolution. Don’t take any food with you…. Chrysler Museum of Art You can also visit the dungeons and go up onto the battlements for SUPERB views of the city! 61 Seen the village sign at Heacham in west Norfolk and spotted Pocahontas. Windmills probably came from the East with returning Crusaders, and at one time this region had the densest population of them in the country. Don’t tell anyone! Comprising a museum and art gallery all located inside an 11th-century Norman Castle, this is one of Norwich’s most impressive sights and sits right in the heart of the city centre. Pop into The Lord Nelson (known as The Plough in Horatio’s day. 65 Travelled ‘The Poppy Line’, otherwise known as the North Norfolk Railway, from Sheringham to Holt. Oak and clinker-built with a single large black gaff sail, it’s a wide, shallow-draughted boat with a keel, designed for the Broads and able to take 25 tonnes of goods. 88 Walked along Wells-next-the-Sea beach. Below we have put together a list of just some of our favourite and more unusual things to do on your next trip. Take a stroll in the gardens and park – and then take a look out at the military model re-enactments. 7 Who needs Venice when you’ve taken a day boat out from Wroxham in the Broads? Did we say it’s got really, really good ice cream? Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. Please click below to consent to the use of this technology while browsing our site. Festivals, Concerts, and Outdoor Shows Norfolk plays host to a wealth of premier festivals and special events, providing entertaining, culturally enriched experiences for individuals and families alike. Just imagine how the wide river might have flowed all the way to the coast and entered the sea through a mile-wide estuary with castles on either shore, at Burgh Castle and Caister. Like Atlas Obscura and get our latest and greatest stories in your Facebook feed. 27 Hired a beach hut for the day, our very own garden shed by the seashore. In fact, use your imagination and you could be out on the plains with giraffes and lions. These lines of Scots pines are unique to this part of the country… if you ask us, they look like acacia trees in the African savanna. Things to Do in Norfolk, Virginia: See Tripadvisor's 11 717 traveller reviews and photos of 77 Norfolk attractions. Are we missing something unusual in Norfolk? Their range of locally-sourced food is excellent too. See Tripadvisor's 11,720 traveller reviews and photos of Norfolk free attractions Here are 12 activities that travelers can put on their itineraries, for when they visit this lovely area. Just remember these are not places to lose your shirt – save that for sunbathing. Look out for the cute and colourful thatched roundhouses too. High Altitude Trampoline Park, ExTREEme Adventure and Archived Alive. No, it’s not the same as Holkham beach. Secondly because the archers’ success gave us a naughty two-fingered salute! The summer show is NOT TO BE MISSED – a gallimaufry of gorgeous comedy, dance, music and more! No purchase necessary. There’s a rewarding circular walk where you can learn about the medieval inundated peat diggings. Enjoy the tranquillity, the birdlife and beautiful countryside of Britain’s largest protected wetland as you slip along. 44 Been to the three-day Wells Pirate Festival in September and gone along the quay doing an impression of Long John Silver. Most of the external scenes from the still-popular BBC series were filmed in and around the town, with Thetford Guildhall used as Walmington-on-Sea Town Hall. 69 Be a flaneur for the day and take a gentle stroll around Norwich, with over 1500 historic buildings within the city walls. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. Winner will be selected at random on 02/01/2021. Offer available only in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). 9 miles from Norfolk. You’ll find the charm and hospitality of a small town and the opportunities of a big city. No, that’s not somewhere Fag Ash Lils used to frequent, it’s where the fish that were brought into port were cured to give them a longer shelf-life. 48 Discovered if you have Norfolk ancestry at the Norfolk Heritage Centre. It’s had the All Saints sing Pure Shores on it. Who’d have thought?! 12 Seen Walmington-on-Sea, the home of Dad’s Army, at Bressingham Steam and Gardens. There are lots of shortish cycle routes through quaint and picturesque waterside communities, like Ranworth, Salhouse and Woodbastwick, where you can stop for a refreshing pint of Norfolk Wherry. 41 Watched the sunset at Hunstanton, the only east coast resort where you can do so. More funky venues can be found here too, including the Push Comedy Theater and d’ Art Center, and even outdoor … 95 Located Kett’s Oak between Wymondham and Hethersett in lovey south Norfolk countryside. It’s still got agriculture, farming and the countryside at its heart and is rated in the top three of county shows in the country! 3 Driven the A149 coast road of north Norfolk. We have reviews of the best places to see in Norfolk. It covers over 20,000 hectares and has its own unique microclimate. You can bump into Lady Hamilton and Horatio Nelson at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival (don’t get press-ganged), the Broads Outdoors Festival, the Crab and Lobster Festival and many more. Over-shadowed by near-neighbour Great Yarmouth, Gorleston has all the hallmarks of a traditional seaside resort with a huge beach, great cafes and really, really good ice cream. A look back at the history of our Fine City, you’ll find a first edition of The Revelations of Divine Love, the first book published in English that was written by a woman, Julian of Norwich, and considered one of the great spiritual classics. 21 Tasted proper English whisky at the St George’s Distillery, the first of its kind in over 100 years. Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre is the home of adventure in Norfolk and a place where you can do all sorts of activities such as canoeing, bushcraft, tree climbing and much more. In fact, it has the best climate in the UK. If you love a little mystery, then they’re definitely right. 28 Ridden a Snail at Joyland in Great Yarmouth. A cement mixer-turned-kaleidoscope in downtown Norfolk offers different views of the city. No, it’s not someone who ate all the pies. You can take a tour and see how whisky is made, using the best local ingredients. 86 Been beachcombing along Norfolk’s very own version of the Jurassic Coast, walking in the footsteps of the first people to arrive in Britain. Every weekday we compile our most wondrous stories and deliver them straight to you. 73 Enjoyed one of our quirky events, like the Blakeney Greasy Pole contest or the World Snail Racing CHampionship. The NEON (New Energy of Norfolk) District, is pretty much the place to be if you are a mural arts enthusiast. The brick tower mills with movable, boat-like wooden caps and four wooden sails covered with canvas are unique to Norfolk. 11 Enjoyed family fun at Norwich Puppet Theatre, in the converted medieval church of St James in the heart of the city. Take off your shoes and socks and wade in the shallow pools and pick among the razorshells. Downtown Norfolk. You could even imagine what it looked like in 1549 when Robert Kett camped his troops up here prior to attacking Norwich (see 95). And that’s just one of many heritage railways Norfolk has. There are wonderful woodland walks, gardens rich in wildlife with an eclectic mix of native and cultivated plantings plus a private broad – if you’re lucky you’ll get it all to yourself! 89 Spotted birds! (It was Jarrold who published 30 million bestseller Black Beauty by Anna Sewell). Not to be confused with plague churches, which are much smaller - the reason they’re on their own is that the wooden village they served got burned down to eradicate the Black Death! Carolina House with a Natural Cavern underneath. 47 Or watched the sunset behind Breydon Water and Halvergate marshes at Roman Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth. 22 Walked in the footsteps of Black Shuck! 24 Ogled the fabulous food selection at Bakers & Larners of Holt. 85 Taken a look around the family-run Jarrolds, Norwich’s wonderful independent department store, the Harrods of the East, with an award-winning book department that has over 40,000 titles. This lovely park high above the city has great views looking down on the cathedral, castle and city centre. Did we say it’s flat? 70 Do the traditional things on Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile – roll your trouser legs up and have a paddle, eat an ice cream, build a sandcastle. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in January. If you are looking for a brilliant day out without extravagant costs, consult our list of 14 free things to do in Norfolk below… Redwings Horse Sanctuary. 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