Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse (2 miles)
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Enjoy a fascinating journey through the story of rural Norfolk. With a thrilling woodland adventure playground, a historic workhouse, traditional farm and many indoor displays, Gressenhall is the perfect setting for the perfect day out whatever the weather!
Green Britain Centre (10 miles)
Green Britain Centre
Unique windmill with internal viewing platform, educational and environmental displays and projects, organic gardens and orchard. Plus see the Greenbird: the world record holding, fastest wind powered vehicle on the planet.
City of Norwich Aviation Museum (15 miles)
City of Norwich Aviation Museum
A great collection of aviation history with plenty to see both in and outdoors! For kids really into planes, remember to take a camera and sketchbook or notepad.
Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum (15 miles)
Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum
Splendid grounds seasonally blanketed with snowdrops make for excellent family rambling, plus a hands on museum and a spooky old prison to explore.
Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell (16 miles)
Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell
A museum dedicated to the story of Norwich and its people. A number of galleries, packed with collections and displays, many of which are interactive like the listening and smell stations!
Norfolk Tank Museum (17 miles)
Forncett St Peter
Norfolk Tank Museum
Learn about tanks, military equipment and vehicles in this hands on experience. You can climb aboard some of them and operate the controls! Accompanied children under 12 years can visit for free.
Wroxham Miniature Worlds (20 miles)
Wroxham Miniature Worlds
The UK's largest indoor modelling attraction with stunningly intricate scenes from around the world laid out in amazing detail. 10,000 sq ft of 'wow'! Under 5s would require assistance to view some sections.
The Mo Sheringham Museum (22 miles)
The Mo Sheringham Museum
A stunning museum telling Sheringham's fascinating history. We have a beautiful collection of boats and lifeboats. Our social history galleries include a historical street scene, an art gallery, exhibits about the history of the town, and a temporary exhibition gallery. Our tower offers 360 degree views...
The RAF Air Defence Radar Museum (23 miles)
The RAF Air Defence Radar Museum
Tells the story of the development of Radar including how it was used during the Battle of Britain, the Cold War and is now used both in the UK and on deployed Operations. A place that all the family will enjoy, informative atmospheric visitor attraction with a hands on approach to it's exhibits.
Trues Yard Museum (23 miles)
Trues Yard Museum
Step back in time and discover King's Lynn's lost fishing community. Explore tiny cottages, smell the fish hanging in our Victorian smokehouse, and take a look at the Activity fishing smack as you learn about the lives of the fisherfolk.
Museum of the Broads (25 miles)
Museum of the Broads
The museum's unusual collections and educational displays explore the area's social and economic relationship with it's waterways, but beyond this there's also a real steam boat ride, kiddie quiz, explorer packs, trails, dress up, a play boat and accessible picnic area! A great all rounder...
Moyse's Hall Museum (31 miles)
Bury St Edmunds
Moyse's Hall Museum
Provides an excellent setting in which to trace the unfolding story of West Suffolk, through displays which range from prehistoric times right through to the present.
Nelson Museum (34 miles)
Avoid the rats and beware of the cannonfire in Below Decks, a recreation of a man-of-war. Try their hammock, play ship's games, examine cannons from Nelson's time or relax in the picnic area of the Maritime Courtyard.
Time and Tide (34 miles)
Time and Tide
offering permanent and temporary exhibit galleries all representing fascinating angles of local history, plus a charmingly recreated Victorian Row houses an explorable Fisherman's Cottage!
Museum of East Anglian Life (34 miles)
Museum of East Anglian Life
Discover the history and natural world of East Anglia on this beautiful 75 acre site, get steamed up with the powerful engines, meet the friendly animals including Suffolk Punch Horses and rare breads of cattle and sheep, plus 15 splendidly restored historic buildings and lots more to do.
Yesterdays World (34 miles)
Discover an amazing 125 years of British social history magically brought to life with life size street scenes and shop displays! Our award winning museum attraction recaptures our amazing past and is considered to be one of the best collections in the UK. New figures and movie theatre.
National Horse Racing Museum (37 miles)
National Horse Racing Museum
The story of the people and horses involved in racing from its Royal origins to Lester Piggott, Frankie Dettori and other modern heroes. Explore the galleries with their Junior Fun Tour and enjoy dressing up in the Practical Gallery.
Burwell Museum (38 miles)
Learn local history; visit the windmill and other authentic buildings. Vintage vehicles, mobile butcher’s shop and interactive Victorian schoolroom, plus dressing up in the Nissen hut. Free for under 5s.
The Village Church Farm (41 miles)
The Village Church Farm
is Lincolnshire’s only open air museum in the heart of Skegness. Outdoor activities and gardens. Exhibitions throughout the year. Tea room, shop, open access and free parking.
The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey (41 miles)
Bentwaters Cold War Museum (44 miles)
Bentwaters Cold War Museum
An interesting and informative look at the role of the base since World War II until the early 1990s. Great exhibitions in an unusual building including the restored War Operations room and Battle Cabin.
Thorney Heritage Museum (44 miles)
Thorney Heritage Museum
Concentrates on the time from the first settlement by these monks, but relates human life to the geology and water courses of the natural world.
Ipswich Transport Museum (46 miles)
Ipswich Transport Museum
A small and friendly museum with a great collection of vehicles to explore inside and out. There are over 90 different including a fire engine and police car, buses, bikes and prams plus lorries, lawnmowers and a hearse!
Cambridge Museum of Technology (46 miles)
Cambridge Museum of Technology
The museum shows the history of power through the ages, collections include letterpress-printing and pump station equipment, information and artefacts from local industries.
Centre for Computing History (46 miles)
Centre for Computing History
is a hands on, interactive computer and video games museum dedicated to the history of the technology that has changed our lives! Many of the computers can be played with and we have programming guides for you to follow and learn to code!
Museum of Cambridge (47 miles)
Museum of Cambridge
Local social history museum housed in a 17th-century timber framed building, which operated as the White Horse Inn for 300 years. Wondeful, varied collections are displayed in nine room settings, each filled with intriguing objects, some dating back to the1600s.
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences (47 miles)
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
Varying range of exhibitions, encompassing more than 500 million years of Earth's history, plenty of it dinosaur related. Try the Trail after!
Whipple Museum of the History of Science (48 miles)
Whipple Museum of the History of Science
holds a pre-eminent collection of scientific instruments and models, dating from the Middle Ages to the present including microscopes and telescopes, sundials, early slide rules, teaching and demonstration equipment, pocket electronic calculators and laboratory apparatus!
The Fitzwilliam Museum (48 miles)
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Enjoy tales of mighty rulers, warrior kings and powerful armies, plus explore world class collections of works of art and antiquities, and pick up a Fitz Kit full of adventurous activities for kids to embark on in the galleries!
Railworld (50 miles)
A large Wildlife Haven and habitat creation project, with steam engines in the process of restoration, the worldâs first 100MPH hovertrain, a large garden railway, and an amazing 7 track OO gauge model railway - REDUCED admission if you - Take a ride on the NVR Train and make a 'Delightful Day of...
The Bubblecar Museum (50 miles)
The Bubblecar Museum
A museum with over 50 micro cars from the 50s and 60s, plus scooters on display, a row of recreated shops to explore, and loads of memorabilia to look at.
Cromwell Museum (53 miles)
The purpose of the Cromwell Museum is to interpret his life and legacy through portraits, documents and objects associated with Cromwell. Impressively impartial!
Imperial War Museum Duxford (53 miles)
Imperial War Museum Duxford
One of the world's most spectacular aviation heritage complexes with 200 aircraft, the American Air Museum and a fine collection of military vehicles plus special exhibitions including, the Normandy Experience and Monty. The Museum holds four Air Shows, a Military Vehicle Show plus other events...
Saffron Walden Museum (54 miles)
Saffron Walden Museum
We are a family friendly museum where you can have fun exploring ancient history, natural history, local history and world cultures. We have an archaeological sandpit, where you can come and excavate, animals to stroke, microscopes to peep through, fossils, quizzes and much, much more.
Felixstowe Museum (54 miles)
14 galleries full of displays about the social and military history of Felixstowe with lots of interesting things to see such a models of aircraft, ships and tanks, uniforms, Roman jewellery and coins plus Victorian toys and fashion.
Colchester Castle Museum (55 miles)
Colchester Castle Museum
Lots of hands on exhibits of appeal to children and adults alike. Displays on castle prisons, medieval and Norman Colchester, lots going on.
Hollytrees Museum (55 miles)
Examine 200 years of clocks, study a dolls house replicating the house you're standing in, interact with the hands on exhibits like period dress up and see if you can spot a live costumed character to talk to!
Natural History Museum Colchester (55 miles)
Natural History Museum Colchester
Find out about wildlife habitats and climate change in a family friendly environment full of hands on activities, all of which are free! Best bits: crawling through a super sized badger sett and using their microscope!
St Neots Museum (59 miles)
St Neots Museum
Find out all about St Neots in this small but fascinating museum. A number of hands on activities for kids plus police cells to visit! Free entry for local residents.
Royston Museum (59 miles)
is a museum that celebrates local history and local people.
Dinosaur Adventure Park (8 miles)
Dinosaur Adventure Park
Come face to face with giants of the past on our dinosaur trail. Discover their amazing world. Explore the Dinosaur Trail and Neanderthal Walk. Meet the animals in the Secret Animal Garden. Plus DINOMITE, 3 levels of indoor adventure play with terrific slides!
Bewilderwood (22 miles)
A family day out where mums, dads and grandparents can play alongside their children, running, jumping, swinging and creating stories and treasured memories together, whatever the weather.
Pettitts Adventure Park (28 miles)
Pettitts Adventure Park
There are rides for small children and families, children's theatre, animals and birds, and lots of animals to feed and pet. Good day out in Norfolk for young kids 7 and under.
Pleasure Beach (34 miles)
Spread over nine acres, the Pleasure Beach offers huge family fun: full-throttle white knuckle rides to exhilarate and thrill, water attractions to catch your breath and fun rides to keep the children happy for hours. Some height restrictions.
Pensthorpe Natural Park (10 miles)
Pensthorpe Natural Park
Get closer to nature at Pensthorpe Natural Park - Explore the wildflower meadow, enjoy the natural beauty of our gardens, take a walk around the park, discover underwater wildlife, become a bug detective and run WILD in our extraordinary outdoor adventure play area WildRootz!. Voted Norfolk's Best Large...
Banham Zoo (17 miles)
- is an award-winning family attraction and one of the most exciting zoos in the country with over 2,000 animals from around the world.
Bishops Boats Seal Trips (19 miles)
Bishops Boats Seal Trips
offer a boat trip out to see the Seals in their natural habitat, and Landing on Blakeney Point Bird Sanctuary. One of the many family places to go if you're looking for things to do in Norfolk with kids!
Amazona Zoo (23 miles)
is home to over 200 tropical animals including Jaguars, Monkeys, Snakes, Tapirs, Flamingos and other birds including a newly acquired Toucan. As well as extensive grounds it also has a large indoor soft play area for Under 12s!
Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary (26 miles)
Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary
An amazing variety of animals from Otters and Penguins to a full Seal rescue facility and hospital. Classic walk through tunnel, touch pool, interactive rock pool and pirate ship play zone too!
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens (30 miles)
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
has a large range of monkeys, birds, pandas, wild cats and other animals housed in the grounds of Thrigby Hall. Rather unique tree boardwalk viewing platforms.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Museums and Galleries near East Dereham with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Norfolk can enjoy the great day out as well.
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