Pensthorpe Nature Reserve & Gardens (10 miles)
Pensthorpe Nature Reserve & Gardens
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!
Banham Zoo (17 miles)
is an award winning family attraction and one of the most exciting wildlife attractions in the country with over 2000 animals from around the world in almost 50 acres of parks and gardens!
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!
Happisburgh Owls (27 miles)
A small and friendly place to meet and hold owls that won't break the bank. There are also chickens, turkeys and geese to meet, plus pigs, goats and ferrets.
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.
Oasis Camel Centre (30 miles)
Oasis Camel Centre
A great family day out with all the friendly animals: camels, alpacas, llamas, donkeys, goats, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs and even ferrets!Indoor and outdoor play areas,crazy golf, mini maze and land train ride (weather permitting) all included in admission price
Amazonia World of Reptiles (34 miles)
Amazonia World of Reptiles
Have a rainforest adventure with over 50 species of Lizards, Snakes and Insects thriving in a Tropical Jungle Environment.
Sea Life Centre Great Yarmouth (34 miles)
Sea Life Centre Great Yarmouth
brings you closer than you ever imagined to a breath taking world of underwater life. The Centre is home to more than 40 displays, including a 250,000 litre tropical Ocean Display where you can see our new arrivals: The Sea Stars exhibit!
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary (35 miles)
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
Meet some owls, meerkats and enjoy other wildlife. Over 80 raptors to see, some flying in display. Woodland walk with bird hide, Raptor hospital and Sensory Garden. Experience days and parties available.
Pets Corner (36 miles)
For monkeys, meerkats and more, take the whole family down to Oulton Broad where you can feed and pet many of the animals from the terrific range on show. Plus bouncy castle!
Africa Alive (37 miles)
Take your family on a walking safari at one of the UK's largest and most exciting wildlife attractions. Explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover, giraffes, rhinos, cheetahs, hyaenas and hundreds more African animals and birds. See The Plains of Africa an awe-inspiring recreation of the...
Natureland Seal Sanctuary (41 miles)
Natureland Seal Sanctuary
Everyone loves our resident seals and there are always loads more too! Penguins, Aquarium (find Nemo and friends), Tropical House (creepy crawlies), Tropical Butterflies (April to October) and Pets Corner too. Natureland is fun for all ages from toddlers to grandparents.
Parrot Zoo (43 miles)
Now the UK’s largest collection of parrots with nearly 2000 birds covering over 100 species, but there’s not just parrots here, you will also see Marmosets, Meerkats, Lemurs, Giant Tortoises, Snakes, Kookaburras and many more.
The Raptor Foundation (46 miles)
The Raptor Foundation
A bird of prey sanctuary and hospital. It is a unique and exciting place for children and adults alike to meet and learn about owls, falcons, hawks and buzzards in a 30 acre site.
Havergate Island (47 miles)
A haven for large numbers of ducks and wading birds, also a great place to see brown hares at close range. Access is by boat only and pre-booking is essential.
Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary (49 miles)
Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary
A sanctuary caring for over 30 donkeys, plus 2 zeedonks, horses, and shetland ponies! There are also ducks and chickens to meet, it's free to visit and there are carrots available to feed to the animals: yay!
Linton Zoo (49 miles)
There is a wealth of rare and exotic creatures to see including Grevy's Zebra, Snow Leopards, Tigers, Lions, Tapirs, Lemurs, Binturongs, Owls, Parrots, Giant Tortoises, Tarantula Spiders and many others.
Shepreth Wildlife Park (54 miles)
Shepreth Wildlife Park
See animals of all kinds, from tigers to creepy crawlies. Get hands on in our Discovery Centre. There are two indoor soft play areas and a cafeteria, as well as an outdoor adventure play with pirate ship and fort! Plus Keeper talks run throughout the day.
The Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary (55 miles)
The Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary
A visit here offers a unique nature experience. Walk through two acres of sand dunes only fifty metres from the sea and gain first hand experience of some of the county's most stunning wildlife.
Hamerton Zoo Park (56 miles)
Hamerton Zoo Park
Terrific and well cared for collection of animals, they also recently built two excellent standard completely new play areas, one for babies and toddlers and the other for older children.
Colchester Zoo (57 miles)
One of the finest zoos in Europe with over 260 species of animals set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes. Includes the unique chance to help feed the elephants and giraffes yourself, plus the new Butterfly Glade exhibit for 2015!
Melsop Farm Park (8 miles)
Melsop Farm Park
is a complete day out for all the family with a fantastic range of animals, we also have outdoor adventure facilities and a soft play indoor area with some ride on toys. We are also the home of Norfolk Reindeer!
Wroxham Barns (21 miles)
An award winning Junior Farm with the undercover piggery and Piggy's Play Sty, an 18 hole mini adventure golf course and children's funfair, lots of hands on activities, feeding and grooming the animals. Don't miss the children's menu in the restaurant too. One of Norfolk's most...
Church Farm Stow Bardolph (22 miles)
Church Farm Stow Bardolph
Make friends with a wide variety of friendly tame animals and experience all their young at close quarters throughout the season, with play areas to keep the kids entertained both inside and out.
Dinosaur Adventure Park (8 miles)
Dinosaur Adventure Park
Come face to face with giants of the past on our dinosaur trail. Discover the lost world maze and meet creatures great and small in the Secret Animal Garden. Plus 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.
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.
Norfolk Tank Museum (17 miles)
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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
Discover King's Lynn's lost fishing community.
Step back in time as you explore the tiny cottages, where nine children once shared one bed! Smell the fish hanging in our Victorian smokehouse and take a look at the Activity fishing smack as you learn more about the lives of the fisherfolk.
Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell (23 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!
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...
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!
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.
Waterworld and Breckland Leisure Centre (19 miles)
Victory Swim and Fitness Centre (21 miles)
Victory Swim and Fitness Centre
Offers a great condition full size swimming pool with Fun Family Session for parents and children with floats, balls, zoodles and water toys.
Splash Sheringham (21 miles)
Tropical Leisure pool featuring 150 ft giant waterslide. Children's paddling area. Sun terrace and poolside cafe.
Swimming at Oasis Leisure (26 miles)
Swimming at Oasis Leisure
25m warm water swimming pool with separate toddler fun pool; whirlpool spa and a whopping 33m aqua slide! On same site ice skating and indoor play: you can't go wrong!
Marina Leisure Centre (34 miles)
Marina Leisure Centre
Facilities include a large swimming pool with wave machine, water chute and indoor beach. MCs diner is open all year serving all sorts of food. Mikki's Madhouse indoor play area is open weekends through the winter and everyday in the summer. The Piazza has monthly Wrestling events and a Summer Pantomime...
Planet Zoom (< 1 mile)
Imaginative play facility offering the youngsters the chance to run amok in complete safety and security.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks 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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