Annual passes and memberships for families in Norwich
Annual Passes and Memberships: Updated
Each year, the Grandparents give us money to buy an activity or membership for the whole family; this works well for them as they have 9 grandchildren spanning from ages 1 -14, and quite frankly, it’s getting tricky to choose the right gift!
There are lots of amazing places to visit in Norfolk and it’s great to just rock up, hand in your membership pass and go right on in!
In the past, we’ve enjoyed a summer at BeWILDerwood and a year making the most of every activity Norwich Castle has to offer!
So if you’re looking for a great annual pass or membership, here are some ideas:
Treehouse adventure land! Den building, story telling stage, bubble parade, crafts, slides, Sky Maze, boat ride.
Ticket prices by height:
Online advanced: (under 92cm), free! Almost Wild (92cm-105cm) £14.95, BeWILD now (over 105cm) £16.95
On the gate: (under 92cm) free! Almost Wild (92cm-105cm) £16.50, BeWILD now (over 105cm) £18.50
Annual pass: Almost Wild £70, BeWILD now £75
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.’
Adult: £20.85 Child: £15.40 Under 3s FREE
Annual pass: adult: £60, child: £40
How many visits? For the value of an annual pass, adults would need to go 3 times and a child twice.
Conclusion: If you love the zoo, a pass would be worth it to see the animals as many times as you like! Also, Banham Zoo and Africa Alive are part of the Zoological Society of East Anglia – a charity with a mission to help improve conservation and bring people closer to nature, your money will be helping a good cause. AND an annual pass gets 50% off other attractions, including Roarr! Dinosaur Park, Sea Life Great Yarmouth, Thrigby Hall, Jimmy’s Farm and others ( not available on public holidays, check ahead).
Africa Alive! Whites Lane, Kessingland, NR33 7TF
Child, £14.50, under 3s FREE
Annual pass: £60 adult, £40 child.
See reasons above!
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.
Child £10.50. Under 4s FREE
Annual pass: Adult £45 Child £30
How many visits? An adult would need to go 3 times and a child twice for the value of an annual pass.
Conclusion: Like Banham Zoo and Africa Alive – an annual pass with Thrigby Hall means unlimited visits all year round, along with the benefits of 50% off entrance to other attractions, including Banham, Africa Alive, Linton Zoo, Jimmy’s Farm, the Sealife centre and more.
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.
child: £8.50 (under 4s FREE)
Family ticket: £35.00 – 2 adults, 2 children
Membership ticket: Adult £27.00, child £20.00
How many visits? An adult and child would only need to go twice to get the equivalent of a membership pass.
Conclusion: once again, the membership pass entitles you to 50% off 9 other attractions, so definitely worth thinking about.
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!
Annual pass per person: 12 months £100 , 25 days £75, 10 days £60
How many visits? With a 12 month pass, the equivalent cost would be 6 times.
Conclusion: It’s good to have options with these tickets, there’s enough to do for several visits.
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.
Online advanced: Adult £10.95, child £9.95
On the gate: Adult £11.95, child £10.05
Annual pass: Adult £60, child £55, under 3s FREE
How many visits? Adults would need to visit 5 times, and children 5 times for the equivalent of an annual pass.
Conclusion: Pensthorpe is ideal for all ages. It has a large outdoor play area which can delight small or big kids! If it’s raining, there is indoor soft play and plenty of shelters around the reserve to watch the animals from. Again, your money is going towards conservation and education.
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.
Child £3.95 under 5s FREE
Membership, Adult £25 (18-60), Family £55
How many visits? An adult would need to go 3 times, a family of 4 would need to go twice.
Conclusion: 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.
National Trust Membership
In Norfolk alone there is Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Brancaster Activity Centre, Blakeney Nature Reserve, Sheringham Park, Oxburgh Hall and others.
Family on the day tickets: (examples) Blickling Hall: £37, Felbrigg : £29
Annual membership: Family: 2 adults and up to 10 of their children or grandchildren. £126 a year, £10.50 a month.
How many visits? Family could go 3 times to Blickling or 4 times to Felbrigg to make the equivalent of an annual pass.
Conclusion: 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!
This pass can get you into 10 museums. Norwich Castle, Gressenhall, Strangers Museum, Time and Tide, Bridewell, Cromer and more.
Norwich Castle (example) : Family £34.85, adult £9.90 child £8.50
Annual pass: Family £97.20, adult £38.70 child £20.50 UNDER 3s FREE
How many visits? For Norwich Castle, a family could go twice in 1 year for the equivalent of a family museums pass.
Conclusion: Completely worth getting a pass if you can. Norwich Castle alone is amazing for a day out, or even just a couple of hours of exploration and fun. Then with 9 other museums on top of that, you won’t get a chance to wonder about what to do with the children that day.
For just £5 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.
Membership, £5 per month (£60 per year) for 1-2 adults and up to 5 children.
How many visits? You could take the whole family (and friends) once a month for £5.
Conclusion: A great value for money idea for a weekend walk in a beautiful place. also 90% of net income goes on conservation, advocacy and education.
Farm animals and petting at the junior farm. Lovely individual shops, focusing on local produce. Also a funfair on site.
General admission Junior farm: £7.95
Season ticket: £40
How many visits? You would need to visit Wroxham Barns 5 times for the equivalent of an annual pass.
Conclusion: There are other combinations of tickets, including advanced and combo tickets for the junior farm and funpark. You can also just visit the shops and cafe for free and enjoy just browsing.
Tots Town, 4, Station court, Station Ln, Hethersett, Norwich NR9 3AY
Indoor children’s play area promoting learning through pretend play.
Child: £6.95, 1 adult is free, an extra adult £2.50
Annual pass: £60 for unlimited play.
How many visits? You would need to visit Tots Town 8 times for the equivalent of an annual pass.
Conclusion: If your child loves the interactive play at tots town, an annual pass would make a great gift.
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: 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.
Conclusion: 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.
Child: 7 years and under £8.50
Adult and children over 8: £1.50
Membership: three months for £40, unlimited entrance for one adult and one child.
How many visits? An adult and child would go 4 times for the equivalent of membership
Conclusion: If you live locally, it’s great value for money as you can pop in every week if you like for 3 months. An ideal routine!
NOTE: All prices correct as of January 2020, but please do check before you visit.