It’s a week in to the summer holidays.
Odds on, you’ve already:
✔️ Been to the beach
✔️Schlepped to the library
✔️’Baked’ (they licked the bowl whilst you did the rest)
✔️ Taken up residence in the paddling pool
✔️Spent a squillion pounds on activities that lasted eight minutes
Well, put down the debit card and hold off the squished banana packed lunches: I’ve got the solution for you.
The Norfolk Museums Family Pass.
For £100 you can buy a family pass that lets you in to ten museums across Norfolk for a whole year.
Absolute stinking bargain.
That includes Norwich Castle which is the bee’s knees. There’s masses to do and touch and play with and muck around in. Always a hit are the stuffed animals which, as a grown up, I think are a bit grisly but my macabre children LOVE. Until September there is a Viking exhibition on too. Most schools seem to study Vikings in year three or four so you can feel all smug going and can tick off Summer Hols Homework.
Also included as one of the Museums is Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth. It’s free to park (petty but important) and you can go for a cone of chips on the beach afterwards and at the moment there’s an exhibition on Medieval Medicine which, again, held a gruesome fascination for my children. There are boats to clamber on, herrings to fish for and boat paintings to lust over. We love it.
And then there’s Gressenhall: our family favourite. We are always last out when it shuts for Winter and first back in for Spring. We love it. It’s got a brilliant adventure play ground, a working farm with tractor rides and animals, it’s got a fascinating work house museum and the staff are lovely. It’s a full day out and even though we go every month, we still absolutely love it.
Each museum has a great cafe and the kids’ meal deal box is a sub-fiver bargain and the quiche is delish and the sausage rolls are the best county-wide.
So these three and seven other museums? What are you waiting for?! Head to the Norfolk Museums website and start planning your visits.
See you there!
I attended a Press Day at Norwich Castle but I am a paid up Museum Pass holder and have been for years.