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Poolside Lodges @ South Lodges, Salhouse Road,

Rackheath, Norwich, Norfolk NR13 6LD

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PLACES TO VISIT

Attractions and Experiences

There's plenty to do in Norwich; beautiful architecture and museums, Norwich Lanes independent retailers ranging from delightful cafes/coffee bars to art galleries.  Norwich has a wide range of eating and drinking venues both for the daytime and evening to suit all.

During the winter months why not visit the seals at Horsey Gap; you will often see the seals in the sea and in December through to April, during breeding time, their young can be seen on the beaches.

Please see below for a small variety of family attractions, places to visit and experiences in close range of our site. 

Family Attractions
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BEWILDERWOOD

An awarding winning, outdoor adventure park, children can crawl, climb, slide and swing their way round a mystical world. A great attraction for all the family to enjoy together!  

A great range of activities for all ages.  It's a great outdoor adventure where children can explore and use their imagination.  You might even spot a Boggle!  See BeWILDerwoods Video below to see whats's on offer

Bewilderwood (6.5 miles)

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Roar!!!   Dinosaur Adventure

A great day out for all the family – so many areas to explore; Woodland trails, water splash area, climbing and play equipment to suit all ages and abilities, farm, deer park and of course lots of dinosaurs.

 

The park also has a large indoor soft play area and activities, great for those rainy days.  The Dinosaur slide is great fun!

Dinosaur Adventure ( 14 miles)

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Wroxham Barns

Farm style attraction ideal for families with young children.  Children can have a go at feeding the lambs and Pigmy goats, have cuddles with Guinea pigs and of course learn about various farm animals. 

 

There are craft shops and local traders, crazy golf, rides as well as a restaurant.  Great for younger children.

 

Wroxham Barns (5 miles)

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Thrigby Wildlife Park

Thrigby Wildlife Park is a a small homely still wildlife park and hosts mischievious monkeys, magnificient tigers as well as a couple of snappy crocodiles.

 

A lovely place to spend the afternoon discovering and learning about widlife.

Thrigby Wildlife Park (15 miles)

Norwich is a welcoming city, steeped in history and architectural buildings - take a guided walk to discover the stories behind the sights.  Perhaps you prefer to immerse yourself in the culture & arts:

​- Norwich boasts a number of music festivals and has venues of varying sizes to showcase both local talent and well-known artists

 

- Norwich Film Festival takes place in November is a great way to sample independent films, both acted and animated.

 

- The Norwich and Norfolk Festival runs in May for 3 weeks and transforms our public spaces, city streets, parks, bringing people together to experience inspirational events.  Spanning music, theatre, literature, visual arts, circus, dance and free outdoor events there is lots to experience.

​For more information on Norwich events and to learn more about our City of Stories, please take a look at the Visit Norwich Website.

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Exploring 

Horsey Gap -  Seals

Take a leisurely walk along the beach at at Horsey Gap and here you will stumble across the seals favourite patch to come up and rest.  During the winter months (November to February) the seals come to this area to have their pups so you'll see lots of fluffy white pups playing about.

You can get a close up view of these beautiful creatures, but remember not to get to close as they are wild and come to rest.

Horsey Gap (21 miles)

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East Ruston Gardens

East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens is a privately owned garden, home of  Alan Gray and Graham Robeson. You can loose yourself in their gardens, there are many areas planted in different styles and themes (we particularly like the desert style gardens).   A lovely place to explore, meander and feel like you have been transported to somewhere completley different.

The cafe is not to be missed and has some delightful homemade cakes and quiches .   

 

East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden (13 miles)

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St Benet's Abbey

Combine a history monumnet tour together with exploring the broads.  St Benet's Abbey can with be accessed from Ludham, with a short meander along side the waterway or you can pull up your boat and explore.

 

Such a peaceful place - you can only hear the birds and the wind rustling through the reeds. 

St Benet's Abbey (11 Miles)

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Southern Comfort Trips

This double-deck paddle boat is a great way to see the Broads.  Trips typically run for 1.5 hours and takes you from Horning to Ranworth.

Sit back, take in the view over a cuppa or something a little stronger.

A really relaxing way to see the Broads.

Southern Comfort Boat Trip (10 miles)

The Norfolk Coastline

Martin from Norfolk Outdoor Adventures will help you explore the beauty of the Broads by Kayak or Stand Up Paddle

- daytime or sunset

Explore the Broads

May be you fancy an Indian Head Massage, Reiki or an Acupressure Facial Massage.  Sarah from Funky Skin Care can come to site to offer treatments 

Pamper Yourself

Annie at Burnt Fen Alpacas is nestled away in the middle of Broads with her charming Alapcas.  Book a session where you can learn about the alpacas and take them for a trek.

Walk an Alpaca

Experiences

Our very talented friend Darren from Darren Breeze Woodturning offers day courses to learn how to work with wood. 

 

At the end of the day you will leave feeling proud with a piece you have created.

Day of Woodturning

Travel in style on a steam train. 

 

Trains run from Sheringham to Holt, the North Norfolk Railway runs through the county’s most stunning coastal scenery.

 

Many special events throughout the year

Steam Train Journey

See the spooky side of Norwich... Tombland, Elm Hill and many more.

 

The Shadowcaster will take you on a journey through the most haunted areas of the city. Hear tales of the many lost spirits and poltergeists who are still seen, and heard, to this day!

Ghost Walks