Annual Passes and Memberships for Families in Norwich
Annual Passes and Memberships
Updated May 2021
Wow, things have changed in a year. Thankfully, there are many wonderful attractions in Norfolk now open and ready to welcome you back. There are still restrictions in place and some elements remain closed so it’s always best to check with each venue before you buy membership.
We love our family annual memberships – usually a gift from the Grandparents at Christmas – it’s great just to rock up, hand in your membership pass and go right on in! It usually takes a lot of pressure off planning days out too!
In the past, we’ve enjoyed a summer at BeWILDerwood and a year making the most of every activity Norwich Castle has to offer! We’ve held National Trust Membership for the past 3 years which we use as we travel around the country.
So if you’re looking for a great annual pass or membership near Norwich, here are some ideas:
Treehouse adventure land! Den building, story telling stage, bubble parade, crafts, slides, Sky Maze, boat ride.
Ticket prices by height:
Born to BeWILD (under 92cm) free
Almost WILD (92cm-105cm) £17.50
BeWILD now (over 105cm) £19.50
Still WILD (over 65) £12.50
Annual pass: Almost Wild £75 BeWILD now £80 Still Wild (65+) £50. With an annual pass you also get 15% off grub and gifts
How many visits: For the equivalent of an annual pass, you would need to visit BeWILDerwood 4 times.
Banham Zoo, Kenninghall Road, Banham, NR16 2HE
Big cats, monkeys, lemurs, zebra’s, meerkats, there’s plenty to see at Banham Zoo, along with experiences including ‘feeding the animals’ and ‘being a zookeeper.’
Child: £15 (3-15)
Under 3s : £1
Annual pass: Adult £65 Child £45 Under 3s £10
Two year pass: Adult £110 Child £80 Under 3s £15
How many visits? For the value of an annual pass, adults and children would need to go 3 times. An annual pass includes free entry to Africa Alive! 10% discount in gift shops and main restaurant and 10% off day admission tickets when visiting with friends and family. If you already have one, you can renew your annual pass for a cheaper price.
Post Covid info: Any member who had a valid annual pass on 1st January 2021 will receive a 3-month extension to their pass and an additional 5% on top of the current 10% discount at gift shops and main restaurants at both ZSEA Zoos (for a total of 15% off) from 12th April – 1st July 2021
Extra Info: Africa Alive Annual and 2 Year Pass holders get up to 20% off the admission prices at a range of local and regional attractions. These include:
Paradise Wildlife Park
Sea Life Great Yarmouth
Shepreth Wildlife Park
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
Woodside Wildlife Park
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
Easton Farm Park
Africa Alive! Whites Lane, Kessingland, NR33 7TF
As above. An annual pass includes free entry into Banham Zoo.
Thrigby Hall, Filby Road, Thrigby, Great Yarmouth. Norfolk NR29 3DR
A special collection of rare animals from Asia. You will find endangered tigers, huge crocodiles, noisy gibbons and many more exciting animals.
How many visits? An adult and child would need to go 3 times for the value of an annual pass.
Post Covid Info: Valid Season Tickets will be extended to cover the period of time that we have been closed. Any tickets the expired during the period of closure will also be extended. Please bring your Season Ticket with you so that we can issue a new pass with the extended date on.
Extra Info: 20% discount from the following places with a season ticket. Use the code THRIGBYHALL21 when booking tickets for Africa Alive and Banham zoo to claim your discount. Offer valid until 1st March 2022.
Paradise Wildlife Park
Sealife Centre (Great Yarmouth)
Shepreth Wildlife Park
Woodside Wildlife Park
Amazona Zoo, Hall Road, Cromer Norfolk NR27 9JG
Home to over 200 animals from tropical South America, including jaguars, monkeys, peccaries, otters, owls, macaws, parrots, capuchins, spiders, snakes, flamingos, rheas, guinea pigs, iguanas, caimans, pumas and tapirs.
How many visits? An adult and child would only need to go twice to get the equivalent of a membership pass.
Post Covid Info: indoor soft play Jungle Tumbles is currently closed. (May 2021 updated)
Extra Info: If you are an annual member, you get 20% discount from 9 attractions. This offer is valid until March 2022
SeaLife Centre (Great Yarmouth)
Paradise Wildlife Park
Shepreth Wildlife Park
Woodside Wildlife Park
Roarr! Dinosaur Park, Lenwade, Norwich NR9 5JE
Indoor play, splash zone, dinosaur trail, animal garden, maze, raptor racers, crazy golf, palaeontologist camp, deer safari, there’s a lot more to do than see the Dinosaurs!
Child under 90cm : free
Discovery Pass: £55 per person valid until 31st Oct 2021, online purchase only. (Unlimited access to the park until 31st Oct 2021) Prices will be £27.50 per person for Registered Disabled/Adult/Child/Carer passes.
How many visits? An adult and child can visit 3 times before 31st Oct for the equivalent of an annual pass.
Post Covid info: The Discovery Pass in the only pass being offered in 2021. Pass/Season Tickets that were still valid on 12th April (when we re-opened) had 58 days automatically added on – to compensate for the days we were closed.
Pass/Season Tickets that expired after the 29th December to the 12th April were reviewed and days added corresponding to the number of days we have been closed – taking into consideration the relevant expiry date of each ticket.
Pensthorpe, Fakenham, NR21 0LN
Nature reserve, animals including red squirrels, flamingos and herons. Huge outdoor play area and indoor soft play. Art trail, maze, beautiful walks and stunning conservation site.
Non member Adult £12. 95
Non member Child £11.95 (3-16)
Under 3s Free
Annual Membership: Adult £50 Child £45 Senior £45
How many visits? Adult and child would need to visit 3 times for the annual pass.
Post Covid Info: Pensthorpe is open 5 days a week, Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm. All visitors, including members and children under 3 years old, will need to pre-book tickets online, whilst government restrictions are in place, to ensure that we can safely manage numbers.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Rd, South Walsham, Norwich NR13 6DZ
A haven for wildlife enthusiasts, 4 miles of woodland pathways to explore and a private Broad. Events include den building, musical afternoons and canoe trails.
Age 0-3 free
Membership, Adult £30 (18-60), Family £70 (up to 4 children)
Half Year Membership available
How many visits? An adult would need to go 3 times.
Benefits: Membership helps with the conservation of this ancient woodland, access to the gardens every day, discounts and free events. This is a great low cost membership option which gives a family the opportunity to explore woodlands and a Broad any time that suits them.
Post Covid Info: Entry to the garden is allowed via pre booked arrival times only please, with a maximum of 30 guests per half an hour time slot. Boat trips are not currently running.
National Trust Membership
In Norfolk alone there is Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Brancaster Activity Centre, Blakeney Nature Reserve, Sheringham Park and Oxburgh Hall.
This is my personal favourite. I love the fact the car parking is free, we take a picnic and enjoy the playgrounds, beautiful views, the Houses if we want to and make the most of the day whatever the weather. As a family, it’s our fall back on ‘what shall we do today?’ Let’s spend the day at Blickling!
Family on the day tickets: (examples) Blickling Hall: £25 Felbrigg : £20
Annual membership: Family: 2 adults and their children or grandchildren (17 and under) £126 / £10.50 per month
Annual membership : Family : 1 adult and children or grandchildren (17 or under) £78 / £6.50 per month
How many visits? Family could go 5 times to Blickling or 6 times to Felbrigg to make the equivalent of an annual pass.
Post Covid Info: Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. When space is available, particularly on weekdays, pre-booking isn’t always necessary. But to guarantee entry please always book in advance.
Norfolk Museums Pass
This pass can get you into 10 museums (normally!) Currently, 3 of the 10 museums are still closed.
Norwich Castle (Norwich castle is open but cafe and shop currently closed)
Gressenhall Workhouse and Museum
Strangers Museum (closed)
Time and Tide
Norwich Museum at Bridewell
Tolhouse Gaol (closed)
Ancient House (closed)
Other benefits include discounts on events, talks and tours as well as in the shops and cafes. Also, fast track admission at Norwich Castle.
Norwich Castle (example) : Family 2 adults and 2 children : £23.22. Family 1 adult and 2 children £17.19
Annual pass: Family (2 adults and children) £108
Annual pass: Family (1 adult and children ) £91
3s and under Free
How many visits? For Norwich Castle, a family of 2 adults and 2 children would need to go 5 times for the equivalent of a family museums pass.
Post Covid Info: Admission tickets must be booked online. Tickets are currently not available on the door. We’ll take payment for your membership when you arrive at the museum.You will need to choose a specific day and time for your visit and you will need to wear a face covering.
For just £6 a month, you could become a member of the RSPB, which gets you in free to over 170 nature reserves. In Norfolk, this includes Strumpshaw Fen, Titchwell Marsh, Snettisham and Buckenham Marsh among others. A family membership is for up to 2 adults and 5 children. 90% of net income goes on conservation, advocacy and education.
Annual Family Membership, £6 per month (£72 per year)
How many visits? You could take the whole family 5 times for the equivalent of an annual pass.
Post Covid Info: You don’t currently need to pre-book your visit, but please be aware that some of our sites have limited car parking, so can quickly become full. The visitor centre at Strumpshaw Fen is closed. Please wear face coverings in the Hides unless you are exempt.
Farm animals and petting at the junior farm. Lovely individual shops, focusing on local produce. During the pandemic, Wroxham Barns had a bit of an overhaul and now junior farm and fun park tickets are combined. Pay once for a full day out including jumping pillows, sand play, water wars, train, mini golf, Go Karts, pirate ship, jumping frogs plus all the animals at Junior Farm.
Junior Farm & The Fun Park are open weekends and everyday during School holidays, between Feb & October Half Term.
Combined ticket : £8.99 for everyone aged 2 and over
School holiday combined ticket : £12.99
Season ticket: See info below.
Post Covid Info:
All season passes have been automatically extended for the period we have been closed, so you can use it as normal for 3 additional months after its expiry date. Due to changes to our operation days/hours, it isn’t practical for us to continue selling and promoting season passes moving forward, all season pass holders will receive a £30 thank you voucher to spend anywhere on site, we really appreciate your support, and this isn’t goodbye it’s welcome to a new an exciting era! We are formulating special seasonal passes for the school holidays and other time periods, which will still continue to be fantastic value for you and your family.
Tots Town, 4, Station court, Station Ln, Hethersett, Norwich NR9 3AY
Indoor children’s play area promoting learning through pretend play.
Child: £7.95 (under 1s are free with siblings)
Annual pass: *WAS* £60 for unlimited play.
How many visits? You would need to visit Tots Town 8 times for the equivalent of an annual pass.
Post Covid Info: We are currently operating with reduced numbers of visitors in order to create extra space for play. We’ve taken a short pause selling Play Passes to help current play pass holders to visit after lockdown reopening. We will start selling Play Passes again in July. *currently out of stock on summer passes and annual passes*
City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Old Norwich RoadHorsham St. Faith NORWICH NR10 3JF
A registered charity with a diverse collection of aircraft, a small friendly tearoom and a range of educational displays.
Annual pass: *No current info* (Adult £15.00 or family £25.00. Under 8s FREE.)
How many visits? You could visit the Museum three times for the equivalent of a pass.
Post Covid Info: Restricted museum access – café, aircraft interiors or buildings access available.
*This is a Mumbler chat group recommendation, I haven’t been, but it sounds ideal for a couple of hours, somewhere different and staffed by a friendly and enthusiastic group of volunteers. It’s now on my list to visit.*
Playbarn, West Green Farm, Shotesham Road, Poringland, Norwich, NR14 7LP.
Indoor and outdoor centre especially designed for children under 7. Beach barn, soft play area, ball pool, climbing frame, tractor courtyard with ride ons.
Current Ticket prices: (May 2021)
Child: 7 years and under £6
Adults £3 with a hot drink
Additional charge for indoor play £3 per child, no extra charge for accompanying adults, but only 1 adult per child.
Membership: three months for £40, unlimited entrance for one adult and one child. Additional sibling membership £20 for 3 months.
How many visits? An adult and child would go 4 times for the equivalent of annual pass.
Post Covid Info: Our indoor play is open and can either be reserved in advance or purchased on the day(subject to availabilty) we have unlimited outdoor space. Open Tues to Sunday 9.30-4. *No pony rides or tractor rides at the moment*
NOTE: All prices correct as of May 2021, but please do check before you visit.