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All Things Days Out showcases great places to visit in Norfolk for that memorable day or night out. Whether your are looking for a Cultural day in a Museum, relaxing on the Norfolk Broads, enjoying the heritage of Steam travel through the beautiful Norfolk Countryside, an adrenalin ride in a Sports Car or seeing your favourite band, come rain or shine there is always plenty to do and see in Norfolk.

The Staithe
Village, Town or City: Stalham
Postcode: NR12 9DA Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Contact Name: Nicola Hems
Phone number: 01692 581681
Website: Website Title

Enjoy the only waterside Museum of Broadland life at the historic and picturesque Stalham Staithe.  We are family and dog friendly, have an accessible site, with a small café and picnic area.

So why visit?

  • Superb displays using a variety of media telling the story of the Broads including Vikings!
  • A cracking range of boats ranging from a water bicycle, an airborne lifeboat, racing yachts, punts to an ice yacht and loads more!
  • Plenty to do for Children including our play boat, our steering boat and why not try out our new Ellis Eel trails for families!
  • Displays of life on the Broads from marshmen, boatbuilders to holidaymakers and including life during the two World Wars.
  • Sail back in time and watch Broads wildlife on board our Victorian steam boat, ‘Falcon' or on our electric accessible boat "Marsh Harrier"
  • Take a hat selfie during your visit and share it online.
  • Our lovely riverside setting is perfect for a picnic
  • Free entry to our shop and cafe selling gifts, some great books plus hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice cream.

Don’t just take our word for it check out our Trip Advisor reviews and #makeitstalham 

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2022 Opening times and admission prices:

The Museum will open again on 14 April 2022.

Tuesdays - 11am to 3pm

Thursdays 11am to 3pm

Sundays - 11am to 3pm 

Adult: £7, Children and Young People  (5-18): £3.00

Free admission to: Children under 4, Friends of the Museum, a Carer of a Disabled visitor, and members of the Museums Association (please show card).  Please note, we are not part of Norfolk Museums Service and cannot accept their pass card.

Steamboat trips 60 mins: Adult: £8.00, Child: £4.00; 30 mins: Adult: £6.00, Child: £3.00

Under 4's free.  Well behaved dogs are welcome.

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Facilities:
  • Cafe
  • Parking
  • Outside Seating
  • Disabled facilities
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
  • Pets Welcome
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Pensthorpe
Village, Town or City: Fakenham
Postcode: NR21 0LN Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01328 851465
Website: Website Title

Pensthorpe is the ultimate destination for discovery. Explore magical gardens, educational experiences, adventurous play, and a breath-taking nature reserve filled with flora, fauna and fun. 

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We’ve got four fabulous gardens to explore, and our species-rich, internationally recognised nature reserve is as diverse as it is delightful. Explore wetlands and hedgerows, woodland and riverbanks, and farmland and water meadows, all from our easy-to-follow trails.

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At Pensthorpe, you’re guaranteed to get up close with a wide variety of native bird species, but if you prefer your bird-spotting a little more tropical check out our resident flamingos and majestic Eurasian, East African and red-crowned cranes.

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Pensthorpe also offers awesome adventures for little nature lovers. From our impressive outdoor eco-friendly play area, WildRootz, to rope bridges, snaking slides, and tree-top towers inside Hootz House.

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And there’s lots more to keep young minds buzzing. Ride off-road on the Pensthorpe Explorer, check out fascinating fossils in the Discovery Centre, and set off on our activity-packed trails.

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Need to recharge? Our café is the perfect pitstop, with a selection of drinks, snacks, light lunches and freshly prepared hot meals. And our shop is stocked with everything from handcrafted jewellery, homewares and bird feeders to handpicked wildlife books, wellies and children’s toys – not to mention locally produced food and drink.

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Ideally located, close to Fakenham and a 45-minute drive from Norwich and King’s Lynn, Pensthorpe makes for an action-packed outing for the whole family. It’s where little adventures happen every day, and we hope you’ll visit us soon.

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Facilities:
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Outside Seating
  • Disabled facilities
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
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Broom Marine Services, Riverside
Village, Town or City: Brundall
Postcode: NR13 5PX Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01603 712334
Website: Website Title

Broom Boats has been a part of the Brundall boating community for over a century. Our heritage is boat building, but our future is focused on protecting and opening up the Broads waterways for the benefit of its wildlife and people.

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We’re reviewing every aspect of how we do business. We aim to bring a greater range of services to our customers and the Brundall community, and to protect the environment of the Broads.

In addition to providing luxury boating holidays, we also maintain and repair all makes and models of boats. For boat owners, we provide a small number of private moorings at our marina on the South Broads.

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We have a fleet of 24 luxury hire boats which can be booked throughout the year, alongside electric day boats and fishing boats which are available to hire for days out on the Norfolk Broads.

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You can visit local attractions and amenities using your foldable Broom Bike and explore the peace and tranquillity of Norfolk on two wheels. We have recently added the Food Vault to our site, an on site café which serves a range of freshly cooked food, available to both boating holiday customers and passing visitors from the local community. We have also built an indoor seating area for the café. 

We have expanded our range of services by becoming a floating Waterlodge distributor, the perfect way to have a holiday on the water.

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We have great belief in young people and are members of the 5%Club. The 5%Club is an organisation which promotes apprenticeships in the UK and we are proud to say 18% of our workforce are apprentices. We want to ensure the valuable skills which our workforce boast are passed on to future generations, maintaining the level of quality which has always been demanded by Broom. The future is in good hands.

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Sustainability is always at the forefront of our intentions at Broom Boats, by protecting and caring for our environment, we can ensure it will be here to enjoy for future generations. By using carbon offsetting, ground, air and water source heat pumps, renewable energy, water monitoring and electric transport, we are helping to sustain the natural environment in which we operate.

We welcome visitors to our site in Brundall, many changes have been made over the last two years and we welcome people to visit to see how our site continues to develop. We are lucky to be situated in such a beautiful part of the Norfolk Broads, so visit us for a coffee and watch our marina in operation.

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Facilities:
  • Cafe
  • Parking
  • Outside Seating
  • Disabled facilities
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
  • Pets Welcome
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Holt Road
Village, Town or City: Horsford
Postcode: NR10 3AQ Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01603 984000
Website: Website Title

A community hub for all of Norfolk

Located on the outskirts of Norwich, The Nest is the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation’s brand new community hub.

Facilities at The Nest include a floodlit 3G pitch, high-quality grass football pitches, residential bunk boxes, cafes, conference spaces and an outdoor Challenge Woods adventure area, all set in a green and leafy secure 22-acre site.

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It’s the perfect venue for businesses, sports teams, school groups, private functions, children’s birthday parties and more.  

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Inside the two Hub and Clubhouse buildings are engage and multi-use spaces, two cafes, four changing rooms, meeting rooms, a physiotherapy room and an IT suite.

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Unique on-site accommodation comes in the form of five bunkboxes, which can sleep up to 70 guests at a time.

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As the home of the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, a number of weekly community sports sessions run at the venue, including:

  • Run For Me – free running group, focussed on supporting mental wellbeing

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During holidays, it is also the venue for the Foundation’s Soccer Schools.

We pride ourselves on excellent value and great service, and the team will be there to support you every step of the way.

Challenge Woods

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It's a great play area for parents with young children looking for something to do outdoors.  It's free for 0-3 year olds and £3 for children.

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Visit thenest.org.uk to find out more.

Facilities:
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • W-LAN / WiFi
  • Parking
  • Outside Seating
  • Disabled facilities
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
  • Air condition
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Aylsham Station, Norwich Road
Village, Town or City: Aylsham
Postcode: NR11 6BW Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01263 733858
Fax Number: 01263 733814
Website: Website Title

The Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk’s longest Narrow Gauge Steam Railway and operates between the old market town of Aylsham and the bustling Broads towns of Wroxham and is within easy reach of Norwich and the coast.   It was built on the track bed of part of the former Great Eastern Railway and the nine mile line runs through a stretch of lovely, rural Norfolk, following the river Bure through meadowland and ancient pastures, stopping occasionally at small country villages.

Trains operate on a daily basis from the beginning of Easter to the end of October with special events throughout the year, including Santa and Mince Pie Specials.  For those who would like to realise their childhood ambitions to be a train driver, Driver Experience Courses are available during the off-peak periods.

The railway’s facilities include an 80-seater café at Aylsham, which can provide everything from a cup of team to a full meal, a large souvenir and model railway shop.   The railway’s workshops are also based at Aylsham and often open to the public.   At Wroxham Station there is a gift shop and a large second-hand book shop with over 5,000 books run by the Friends of the Bure Valley Railway.  

All trains have special wheelchair accessible coaches and disabled toilet facilities at both Stations.  Free parking is also available at both Stations. We are also Dog Friendly.

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Facilities:
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
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156 Southwell Road
Village, Town or City: Norwich
Postcode: NR1 3RP Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Contact Name: Paul Dickson
Phone number: 01603 666011
Fax Number: 0871 989 2094
Mobile Number: 07801103737
Website: Website Title

Paul Dickson is an independent tour guide offering walking tours in Norwich and the Broads National Park. Book Paul direct for the following tours:

Norwich Tours

Shardlake's Norwich

Norwich: An Introduction

Norwich: A Black History

Historic Pub Tour

River, Merchants and Markets

The Great Market

The Maids Head Hotel and Tombland

 People and Places - Colegate and Elm Hill

 Boardman and Skipper, Victorian and Edwardian architects

Norwich on the Dark Side.

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Broads National Park Tours

Rails, Trails and Sails - a half day tour starting in Norwich with a train journey to Reedham and an exploration of the area with stories of the wherries, railways and Romans.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden & South Walsham Marshes

Paul is an official City of Norwich Tourist Guide. 

Paul is also an independent publisher working with Norfolk writers.

 

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photographs courtesy of Daniel Wildey/English National Parks Experiences Collection.

Facilities:
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
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