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Rainy Day Activities in West Norfolk

Come rain or shine, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained in west Norfolk. Shelter from the wet weather and explore our fantastic selection...

Come rain or shine, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained in west Norfolk. Shelter from the wet weather and explore our fantastic selection of indoor attractions including museums, theatres, art galleries, children’s play areas, and more.

Museums and Heritage Centres

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Lynn Museum

Step back in time and visit Lynn Museum. Walk through fantastic exhibitions including Seahenge, a Bronze Age timber circle. There are also many astonishing artefacts including archaeological evidence of early Roman invaders and magnificent Victorian fairground gallopers.

Stories of Lynn

Stories of Lynn tells the stories of King’s Lynn’s most celebrated characters including Frances (Fanny) Burney, a famous English satirical novelist. Your little ones also have the opportunity to dress up as gaolers and prisoners and explore the dark dungeons!

Discover Downham

Learn more about how Downham Market’s local trades, communities and location helped shape the historic market town at Discover Downham. The heritage centre features interactive displays, exhibitions and artefacts relating to Downham Market and the local area.

True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum

True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum is all that remains of King’s Lynn’s old fishing community, the North End. The heritage site and town museum explores how the fishing community contributed significantly to Lynn’s economic and social life for 900 years.  

Hunstanton Heritage Centre

From the Bronze age to the development of the purpose-built Victorian resort, Hunstanton Heritage Centre celebrates the history of Hunstanton and welcomes visitors to see their collection of unique artefacts. The heritage centre is currently closed for the Winter Break but will reopen on Wednesday 14th February 2024 with new displays.

Captain Fawcett’s Marvellous Barbershop Museum

Stroll through the world-renowned Marvellous Barbershop Museum, Captain Fawcett’s personal homage to tonsorial art and antique objects with a story to tell, inside a grand Emporium in King’s Lynn. The museum recommends all visitors book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Historic Buildings

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Oxburgh Estate

Oxburgh Estate is a stunning National Trust brick manor house with surrounding moat. Visitors are welcome to step inside and look at the Victorian Gothic interiors as well as learn about Oxburgh’s medieval past, visit the second-hand bookshop, and dine in the newly refurbished Servants’ Hall tearoom or Pantry Café.

Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall is an elegant 18th century Palladian style house situated on the northern edge of west Norfolk, based on the designs of William Kent and built by the 1st Earl of Leicester, Thomas Coke. The fascinating Holkham Stories Experience celebrates the many stories of Holkham’s 400-year heritage.

Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall was once the home of Sir Robert Walpole, Britain’s First Prime Minister. The magnificent State Rooms were decorated by William Kent and the Palladian mansion also houses the largest private collection of model soldiers in the world at their Model Soldier Museum.

Sandringham

Sandringham Estate is the much-loved private country retreat of Their Majesties The King Charles III and Queen Camilla. The stately home houses a collection of treasures ranging from the Victorian era to present day. Sandringham Shop sells a fantastic range of locally sourced products entirely developed around the estate and the Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and Afternoon Tea.

Indoor Play Areas

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Farmer Fred’s Adventure Play Barn

Farmer Fred’s Adventure Play Barn is an indoor play centre for children aged 0-12 years old. Children are transported to a world of adventure and fun with giant slides, ball mazes, 2-4 low ropes adventure course, and much more! There is also a dedicated 0-2 years play area for the little ones to play in.

Little Sharks

Little Sharks is an underwater themed, indoor soft-play and sensory room in King’s Lynn. The centre provides enjoyment and sensory learning for babies, toddlers, and children up to the age of 12.

Hootz House Indoor Play

Hootz House is a nature-themed indoor play area at Pensthorpe. Little explorers can enjoy rope bridges, snaking slides, and a special under 3s zone with softplay.

Theatres and Cinemas

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Alive Corn Exchange Theatre and Cinema

Alive Corn Exchange is a popular entertainment venue located in the heart of King’s Lynn. The venue features everything from opera to pantomime all-year-round and welcomes talents from across the globe including top comedians, musicians, actors, and more!

St. George’s Guildhall

St. George’s Guildhall is the oldest working theatre in the United Kingdom and supports a year-round programme of theatre, dance, music, lectures, and film events.

Princess Theatre

You will find Princess Theatre on the coastline of Hunstanton. The beloved theatre offers a variety of performances including superb live music acts, film screenings, comedy nights and pantomime productions.

Art Galleries

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GroundWork Gallery

GroundWork Gallery is an award-winning gallery that is dedicated to art and environment. The King’s Lynn gallery exhibits the work of contemporary artists who care about the planet. Their out-ward looking programmes showcase all forms of visual arts including painting, film and sculpture by internationally known artists and emerging talents.

Aquariums

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SEALIFE Hunstanton

SEA LIFE Hunstanton is home to over 2,000 creatures and is Norfolk’s only seal sanctuary open to visitors. Visitors are invited to explore the spectacular aquarium zones and can get close to a wide variety of species including snakes, lizards, curious critters, and more.

Please note that the information provided on this webpage was accurate on the date and time it was published [08/12/2023 at 09:37]. Details may have changed after this time and date.

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