Days out and attractions in East Anglia and surrounding areas
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The East Anglia Coast, Norfolk and Suffolk
When looking for places to visit in East Anglia, you can start by exploring the coastal towns and villages like Lowestoff, Southwold, Cromer, Sheringham, Holkham, East and West Runton, and Mundesley, where many beaches hold a Blue Flag Award.
Set on the unspoilt North Norfolk Coast, Burnham Market has become known as ‘Chelsea-on-Sea’. Visit its attractive green, independent and specialist shops, or enjoy a day out with the children at nearby attractions.
Down the road is Wells-next-the-Sea, a colourful fish quay home to a fleet of little boats, narrow streets and traditional flint buildings. Not far from Burnham Market you can visit the seals and birds on a Beans Boat Trip or learn to sail at the Sailcraft Sea School. Not far from Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham National Nature Reserve is one of the most diverse coastline reserve, with a fascinating mix of habitats and wildlife.
The West Norfolk Coast with its coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a great place for families. Visit Hunstanton’s Sea Life Sanctuary, Norfolk’s leading marine rescue centre. The Sanctuary houses an indoor aquarium, a seal hospital and rescue centre, penguins and otters. Among the rich diversity of life in the displays are sharks, seahorses and rays.
Jump on a steam train running on The Poppy Line on the North Norfolk Railway or visit the Suffolk Coast with its 40 miles of Heritage Coast including the seaside towns of Alderburgh and Felixstowe, both offering activities likely to appeal to younger children. Visit the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and see some of the country’s most precous wildlife habitat.
Come to Norfolk, the most complete medieval city in Britain, with a superb cathedral and many more visitor attractions. Alby Craft & Gardens is a Norfolk craft centre situated in four acres of beautiful gardens, and comprising of a set of traditional North Norfolk farm buildings. Not far from Norfolk, Holkham Hall is one of the most magnificent houses in England, with its sweeping Park – home to a large herd of Fallow Deer and a small herd of Red Deer.
One of the UK’s most popular seaside resorts, Great Yarmouth’s has an historic quayside with old merchants’ houses, museums and narrow medieval alleys.
Looking for things to do in East Anglia on a rainy day? The Time and Tide Museum tells the story of Great Yarmouth from ice age to present day and is perfect location for a day out with kids in Norfolk or for anyone interested in the history of the local area
Relax in informal surroundings in this quiet secluded Victorian Farmhouse with spectacular views. The Farmhouse is situated half a mile from the A143 between Bungay and Harleston. All rooms are decorated to a high standard with unique stencilling and hand painted finishes.
Ickworth House and Park is a fine example of a Georgian Italianate palace in an idyllic English landscape, situated in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Suitable for visiting by all ages and in any weather
Beds, Cambs, Essex and Herts
Visit the historic town of Bedford, dating back to Saxon times, or come to Woburn, great for antiques and collectables, the Woburn Abbey and Safari Park. Other attractions nearby include Shuttleworth Swiss Gardens, Birds of Prey Centre, and Vintage Aircraft and Cars Collection .
Explore the river with Let’s Go Punting and marvel at the unique view of the imposing building of Cambridge University with its ancient colleges and churches. Visit the beautiful city of Ely with its magnificent cathedral, The Bishop’s Palace, and Cromwell House. Take your kids to meet wild birds at the Raptor Fundation.
If visiting Essex, spend a great family day out at Audley End House, England’s grandest stately homes built to entertain royalty, or visit the Boyce Hill Golf & Country Club for an excellent round of golf. Barleylands Farm and Craft Village is a great place for a day out with the kids in Essex, whether it is sunny or it rains. The museum is used as an educational facility to teach children about the agricultural history of the local area.
For lovers of historical buildings and beautiful gardens, why not visit the Hatfield House, St Albans Abbey, Hitchin Lavender or the Burston Garden Centre in Hertfordshire. Take your children to the College Lake Nature Reserve, the Shepreth Wildlife Park, the Paradise Wildlife Park, or go for an adventure with friends at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.