Summer is for... family time

Keeping everyone entertained over the summer months can be challenging at the best of times!
Luckily, Norwich has variety to suit every age - and every mood!

Our city is a small but perfectly formed one, with an ancient history and a rich cultural scene: discover well-preserved medieval buildings, cobbled streets, a Norman castle, two cathedrals and plenty of museums which cater for all ages. Norwich is great for entertainment too, home to great independent theatres, performance venues and outdoor events. And - close to the iconic Norfolk broads and the county’s wide, open beaches - a city break in Norwich is perfectly placed if your ideal getaway features watersports, cycling, or a day at sea. 

Whether you’re visiting family and friends in the city, staying in Norfolk by the coast, or taking time in the countryside, a day trip or two into Norwich adds variety to precious time away from home.


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Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery


For a day of exploring

  • Climb on board an open-top routemaster bus for a bird’s eye view of the city. The City Sightseeing bus is a hop-on-hop off service, so you can take the day at your own pace!

  • A short drive from the city is the magical BeWILDerwood. Enter the forest world of Twiggles and Boggles by boat to explore treehouses, build dens and have a day of outdoor fun!

  • Hop on the train for a short ride to the coast for beautiful beaches, rock-pooling and paddling. During the summer months, seals can be seen at Hunstanton and Blakeney point, and if you want to try your hand (feet?) at surfing, try Gorleston or Sea Palling beaches. 

  • Roam the countryside with dinosaurs at Roarrr dinosaur adventure. This is an attraction for all ages, for all day: younger ones can enjoy the water at Dippy’s splash zone, and older children can head for the heights on the Predator High Ropes.


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Roarr Dinosaur Adventure. Photo by Laura Francis.


Something for a rainy day

  • Spend the day at Norwich Castle: once a Norman residence, then a prison, now a fantastic museum. The castle holds varied collections ranging from Natural History, Romans, Egyptians and art galleries. Drop a penny down the eerie castle well to hear it hit the bottom in the Norman Keep, pit stop at the cafe for scrumptious scones or sausage rolls before heading down into the subterranean depths of the castle dungeons. Or climb to the battlements for a breath-taking views of the city.

  • There's plenty on offer at Riverside Entertainment with a swimming pool, Odeon cinema, ten pin bowling and Gravity trampoline park, plus restaurants and shops close by. 

  • Quasar's futuristic arena is great for laser tag, or  older children and teenagers can while away the hours at One Life Left gaming cafe on St.Benedicts Street.

  • Ever been to a Puppet Theatre? Ours is 40 years old this year, and housed within a beautiful Grade 1 listed church. This venue is an absolute fairy-tale-come-true. Visit for dreamy shows, the special atmosphere, and workshops (all materials are provided, for these).


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Exploring Norwich Castle Keep. Photo: Hannah Hutchins


For unexpected days

  • See things a little differently at Norwich Cathedral this summer. From August 8 - August 18, ‘Seeing it Differently’ are bringing a real-life 40ft Helter Skelter to the cathedral, and installing it in The Nave. Visitors will be able to ride the towering slide, and see the Medieval cathedral from a completely new perspective. There will also be a special ‘Lie down, look up’ area, where yoga mats will be available so people can lie back on the cathedral floor and engage with the sheer scale of the building.


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Artists' Impression of the Helter Skelter in Nowich Cathedral. Photos: Annette Hudson/Paul Hurst/Irvin Leisure.


  • Fly a kite on Mousehold Heath! Norwich is overlooked by a beautiful, panoramic heathland, perfect for hot summer days and unspent energy. Make sure you stop by the Britannia Cafe for an ice cream and a panoramic view of the city. 

  • Follow Alice down the rabbit hole to enjoy an Alice in Wonderland themed Afternoon Tea at The Assembly House this summer.

  • Taste flavours from around the world at Norwich Market.

  • Get hands on and learn to make cheese at Fielding Cottage to take home and share or keep all for yourself! If you’re visiting in a large group then a stay at Fielding Cottage is perfect: this working farm has 4 self-catering cottages on site, and all 4 can be booked at once (subject to availability).


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Norwich Market. Photo: Hannah Hutchins


And for overnight days...

  • There are plenty of places to stay within a 5 or 10 minute walk of the city centre (see more on our accommodation page, here). Holiday Inn Norwich City offers unrivaled views of Carrow Road Football Stadium, so is perfect for any visiting football fans!

  • Stay in a home from home in a cosy self-catering cottage, of which Norfolk has plenty - see a full selection here. 

  • Love the water? Water babies can swim to their heart’s content at Poolside lodges: a collection of self catering cottages built around a small pool (perfect for teaching little ones to swim!).

  • Really, really love the water? Stay on board a kitted-out cruiser, and spend the week exploring the iconic Norfolk broads. Alternatively, stay by the waters’ edge and surround yourself with peaceful countryside and nature’s soundtrack.


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