What family friendly attractions are open in Norfolk?
As the Government starts to ease lockdown, some Norfolk venues are open, while others remain shut.
Here’s a list of what is currently open in Norfolk as of 1st July 2020.
Recently, the Government announced that zoos and safari parks in England could reopen from Monday 15th June. Other attractions have already opened and some remain closed until July at the earliest.
We know that many of the places in Norfolk where families loves to go have had a really tough time over lockdown. If you would like to fundraise or make a donation to support your favourite place, you can do this via the venue’s webpage or social media pages.
Here is the current information for what’s open in Norfolk. Please check ahead of your visit and stay safe.
*Written on Friday 19th June 2020*
*Updated Wednesday 1st July 2020*
*Updated Wednesday 15th July 2020*
Norfolk Zoos and Nature Parks
Banham Zoo and Africa Alive:
1st July for annual pass holders, 4th July for the general public. Book your tickets online prior to arrival. Takeaway food and drinks available, no indoor exhibits.
”Your incredible continued support will allow us to rebuild the future for Banham Zoo and Africa Alive.”
(Image from Banham Zoo website)
Reopened to the public on 4th July.
All tickets must be booked in advance, season ticket holders must bring their season ticket and booking confirmation to gain entry and to extend the pass.
“We can’t wait to welcome you all back to Thrigby.”
Reopens 1st July
You must book online through the website in advance. The booking will give you a time slot in which to arrive and a booking reference which must be shown to gain entry. Indoor and outdoor play areas remain closed. Full details of changes on the website
Pensthorpe Natural Park
Reopens 24th -28th June to annual pass members only. From 1st July to the general public. You must book tickets in advance so they can measure capacity.
”We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can.”
All of our animals will be so pleased to finally meets some visitors!
Wroxham Barns Junior Farm
Reopening on 4th July, tickets available from 19th June. The Junior Farm is open at weekends, the shops are open every day from 10-5. The newly furnished outdoor Fun Park opens from 22nd July.
Book in advance and check the website for more details.
Sea Life Hunstanton and Great Yarmouth
Open now to everyone, visits must be pre-booked.
The attraction/ resort meets the Government and public health guidance on COVID-19 and we have all the required health and safety processes in place to ensure our visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
Open now to everyone. You must book online in advance. Take away food is available to eat in the picnic area. The Bistro continues to sell groceries and take away frozen meals.
Holkham Park will be a cashless site, welcoming only card-based transactions, with contactless preferred.
Holt Country Park
Open for people to enjoy a walk outdoors in the woods.
“The toilets, car park and Hetty’s tea rooms have all reopened, but the children’s play area remains shut. We ask all our visitors to adhere to Government guidelines on social distancing.”
RSPB Strumpshaw Fen
Trails, toilets and car park now open – from 1st July. The visitor centre and hides remain closed and there is limited capacity. A one-way system is in place and some trails remain closed to keep everybody safe.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
No confirmed date yet for reopening.
“How have you been affected by the pandemic? Have you been issued effective PPE? Made redundant? Have you given up work to care for loved ones? Share your pictures on the facebook page and we’ll add it to our museum collection.”
Taking bookings from 4th July
“Our llamas are ready and waiting to lead you out of lockdown as soon as restrictions are lifted!”
Gardens, wider estate and car park open now. The House is still closed. You must pre-book car parking in advance.
Likewise, the gardens and wider estate are open now, the house remains closed. Pre-book your ticket.
Open for advance booking. Tickets released every Friday and you will need to book your car parking space by 3pm the day before your visit.
Roarr Dinosaur Park
pre-book your visit, plenty of outdoor seating available if you bring your own food, but take-away food is also available. To book Dippy’s splash zone, head to the attraction and a crew member will book a slot for you.
“Things will look a bit different, as you may expect, but rest assured that Dippy and our Dinosaurs will be ready to give you the Jurassic and very safe experience that you have come to expect from us.”
Aiming to reopen on Saturday 18th July. Pre-booked tickets only. Please read the information on our website to plan your visit.
“We have all of our fingers and toes crossed, and we hope yours are too! However, please keep an eye on our social media and website for any updates, as life is pretty unpredictable right now and we’ll only open the park when it is safe to do so.”
Riverside Leisure Centre
No reopening date yet, but working towards early July.
“We are working hard on re-opening plans which follow government and public health guidance. We will be in touch with customers directly regarding opening dates.”
UEA Sports Park
Reopening on Monday 27th July.
“We have utilised the enforced closure to bring forward a number of significant facility improvements, which are now nearing completion. We can’t wait to see you.”
Whitlingham country park is open but the Whitlingham adventure Centre remains closed until at least September.
” We understand that this will be disappointing to customers but public safety remains our priority. Norfolk County Council needs to ensure the right measures are in place to safeguard our teams and the public.”
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library: Reopened its doors on 6th July. The Early years children’s library is NOT open at this stage and the first floor will remain closed for a bit longer. The ground floor is open to use pre-booked pCs and to pick up children’s grab and go bags with a selection of books inside.
Libraries opened on Tuesday 7 July :
Mile Cross Library: opening hours are Tuesday 2pm to 6pm, Wednesday 10am to 6pm, Thursday 2pm to 6pm, Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Downham Market Library: open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 1pm to 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Acle Library: open Tuesday 10am to 6pm, Wednesday closed. Open Thursday 10am to 6pm, Friday 2pm to 6pm and Saturday 1pm to 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Sprowston Library: open Tuesday and Wednesday 10am to 6pm, Thursday 2pm to 6pm, Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Measures to keep you safe include:
You can only enter the building on your own or in a pair to reduce the number of people inside at once
If you want to visit the library you must bring your library card with you. If you don’t have your library card we may refuse you entry.
Each library will have a one-way system to allow for social distancing
Hand sanitiser will be available for use on the way in and out of the library
Open from 10am to 4pm for individual prayer. Check details on their website to learn more about how to visit within social distancing rules.
The castle museum remains closed, but you can join in with ‘Snap at home’ via the social media pages. Sing songs, rhymes and look at amazing museum objects with Snap the Museum dragon.