Easter Holiday Ideas

With the prospect of warmer weather looming and the Easter holidays hopefully providing some time to enjoy it, we thought it would be helpful to highlight some of the great activities on offer in our region.

On first glance at the map, a posting to Marham can look like you are heading into the middle of nowhere, especially if you are used to living near a city – but take the time to look around and you soon realise there are advantages in living where people choose to come on holiday!

Yes, most of what’s on offer does involve a drive, or a bus ride, but maybe join forces with some friends and take it in turns to choose a place to explore and you might just be surprised…

The Hive can help with leaflets and ideas, but here are a few tried and tested places in the local area. High Lodge Thetford Forest is about 40 minutes drive away, and has a huge adventure playground, a ‘Go Ape’ and cycle and walking tracks throughout the Forest to suit all abilities. Oxburgh Hall is a 15th Century Manor House, complete with it’s own moat! It is the closest National Trust property to Marham, about 20 minutes drive away. Castle Rising and Castle Acre also offer a piece of local history and the added excitement for kids that you can scramble up and down the dry moat and have a real ‘hands on’ experience of what life in the castle would have been like – English Heritage offer free entrance with your service ID at Castle Rising.

For a bit more money and slightly further away, is the unique and brilliant Bewilderwood, a full day out and great for kids of all ages. The Dinosaur Park, Pettits, Banham Zoo, Pleasurewood Hills and the Sea Life Centres also offer full days out – check out their websites or visit the HIVE for more details. For those who enjoy quieter activities, the area is home to many great pubs and restaurants. Norwich, King’s Lynn and Cambridge all have theatres, restaurants and good shopping centres, and Cambridge is accessible by train from Downham Market or Watlington where parking is free.

Free activities! If you haven’t already been there, the Norfolk coast is definitely worth a visit. From the windswept and beautiful beaches of Brancaster and Holkham, to the seaside towns of Hunstanton and Wells, there really is something for everyone. Visit the RNLI Lifeboat Stations at Sheringham, Wells and Hunstanton, bird watch at Titchwell and Snettisham or go crabbing at Blakeney or Wells. Car parking is plentiful and convenient, but be prepared to pay and display.

Closer to home is the Sandringham Estate, which reopens on the 30th March, the grounds are free, and provide a lovely walk. There is a children’s playground and many a young child can be seen honing their bike riding skills on the paths, afterwards visit the café for wide selection of refreshments. During the 12-14th April, there is also a Craft and Food Fair. To visit the Sandringham House please check the website for opening times but discount is available with your ID card.

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