Posts categorised as Attractions

Somerleyton Hall & Gardens

27 May 2014

stately-homeThis stunning 5,000 acre estate features a classic example of British architecture and is situated in the village of Somerleyton near Lowestoft. It is only a 10 minute drive away from Broadland Sands and offers something to do and see for everybody.

Somerleyton Hall has been owned by the Crossley family (the internationally renowned manufacturers of Crossley Carpets) since 1862 and is open to the public between 1 April – 30 September (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday only – adding Wednesday’s to the timetable between 16 July – 10 September*) and gives visitors the chance to view one of Britain’s most popular stately homes along with its beautiful gardens.

Start your visit at the house itself which is steeped in history and boasts numerous lavish rooms to include: The Entrance Hall, The Ballroom, The Library and The Dining Room.

Once you have walked around the interior of the hall, the gardens are a delightful experience, with an abundance of beautiful trees, flowers and plants as well as the yew hedge maze, which constantly challenges every visitor to complete it’s 800 yard route to the centre without getting lost or stuck!

The Estate has plenty of activities for all ages – the children will enjoy the adventure playground, Viking fort, pony treks and farmyard as well as the wellie walks and cycle trail!

For the grown ups there are also a wide variety of activities available to include rowing and guided boat trips along Fritton Lake, a nine-hole golf course, horse riding, football and croquet.

If you are looking for something to eat there is the Kitchen Garden Restaurant which offers a choice of hot and cold sandwiches, home made soup with crusty bread, a choice of cakes and beverages to include a Suffolk Cream tea. For something more substantial, The Dukes Head is a great Gastropub offering a wide variety of reasonably priced meals such as fish and chips, steak and chips, Sunday Roast lunch etc.

Bank Holidays and special occasions also seem to feature on the Somerleyton Calendar with free admission offered to all accompanied Dad’s on Fathers Day and the increasingly popular “Jazz on the Lawns” on August Bank Holiday (25th) where live music is provided between 2 – 4.30 pm along with a BBQ*.

For a great way of absorbing some local history whilst enjoying the view, Somerleyton Hall makes a lovely day out.

*Best to check their website for current dates and events.

 

 

 

Walk with the Dinosaurs…

23 April 2014

If you are looking to take the family on a fun but educational day out then why not visit Dinosaur Adventure?

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Dinosaur Adventure is just under an hour’s drive from Broadland Sands and was voted Norfolk’s Best Large Visitor Attraction for 2013.

Start your expedition with The Dinosaur Trail which will take you on an amazing journey where you will see numerous life size dinosaurs.

Using your Adventurers Guide and radio, as well as the lookout towers and field stations, The Park Ranger will ask you to keep count of the T-Rex that you spot along the way.

Once you have made it through the trail why not go and meet some real animals? The Secret Animal Garden is a beautiful outdoor area where the kids can meet and have fun with some furry friends such as wallabies, rabbits, guinea pigs and the sheep, kune kune pigs and donkeys. For those of you that prefer something not so cute – check out Arachnophobia!

For more fun and adventure, the 100 acres of land that the park covers also contains a brilliant adventure play area that caters for all ages – for the older kids check out the 23m climb-asaurus, whilst for those under the age of 5 there is the Tiny’Terror’saurs.

The park has lunchtime more than covered with a wide range of venues providing hot and cold meals with vegetarian options and children’s meals. You can choose from a number of eateries to include Dippy’s Diner (offers daily specials, jacket potatoes, vegetarian options), the Dinomite Café (large coffee shop providing a choice of hot and cold meals and snacks) and Gardener’s Cottage Tea Room (located near to the Secret Animal Garden – variety of hot and cold meals and refreshments available). If you and the family just want to grab a quick bite to eat then maybe just visit one of the many “Snack Shacks” situated around the park.

There is so much to see and learn at Dinosaur Adventure you won’t have time to even say Tyrannosaurus Rex!

 

Great Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach – Thrills and spills and a high-octane family day out!

23 March 2014

Gt-YarmouthHaving opened in 1909, the Pleasure Beach continues to dominate the skyline of Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile and provides an outstanding day of pure family fun. The park boasts nine acres of white-knuckle rides such as the Sky-Drop and Mulan, and water attractions such as the Log Flume but it is the pleasure beach’s 82 year old rollercoaster that has remained the main and most popular feature since it originally opened in 1932!

The park also hosts a 4D Cinema which promises a fantastic time for the whole family featuring moving seats, special effect lighting and water sprays, these being a few of the continuous surprises which all add up to a fun filled experience!

The park is situated just under 8 miles away from Broadland Sands and it became one of the UK’s Top 10 Free Entry Amusement Parks in 2013, during which time it played host to over 1.1 million visitors.

Although entry is free, rides are paid for by the purchase of either pay as you ride tokens or the purchase of a wristband. Prices of wristbands do vary and are dependent upon seasonal/concessions available at the time of visiting the park, but typically they will permit unlimited access to 25 rides! Parking at the Pleasure Beach costs £5 but is free with any wristband purchases exceeding £10*.

If you and the family are looking for a break away from the fun of the fair, why not take a short trip over to the Pleasure Beach Gardens? The peaceful gardens are a great location for a picnic or you can grab a hot/cold meal along with snacks and drinks at Sarah’s Tea Rooms.

Once you have recharged your batteries, how’s about a game of 12-hole Adventure Golf – or what about the Segway Grand Prix? For the younger members of the family, there is also the 10-car Junior Driving School.

You and the family couldn’t complete your day without stopping off at the Pleasure Beach’s Rock Shop. Alternatively, why not visit the Ice Cream Parlour and indulge in something sweet?

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is over 100 years old but continues to move with the times, constantly changing and providing fun days out for everybody!

*2014 prices.