Fun activities at Wood Farm for a rainy day

As much as us Britons long for a hot summer, we know that our wishful thinking only goes so far. We’ve prepared a list of some fun things to do at Wood Farm on a rainy day, perfect for children, teenagers, adults, or the whole family!

 

Board games

Board games don’t have to be boring! Take the opportunity to bring the family together; team up and reveal your competitive side to each other whilst it’s pouring outside. For those who haven’t come equipped with board games, why not stick to the old reliable favourites of charades or Pictionary.

 

Cook up a storm

Get your creative juices flowing by digging deep into a cookbook and creating a gastronomic masterpiece. Whether you choose to plan and prepare a slow cooked meal or bake a delicious treat, you can utilise our equipped kitchens in the cottages to cater to your culinary needs.

 

 

 

 

 

Put on a classic

Who doesn’t enjoy a good film? Embrace the rainy weather and curl up on the sofa with a glass of wine and bowl of popcorn with your loved ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice your mixology skills

This one is for adults only! Use a lazy afternoon to try and test all your favourite drink combinations, be as creative as possible!

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Experience the extraordinary at Thursford museum

The magic never stops at Thursford; a popular museum known for its collection of steam engines, organs and fairground attractions.  Not only does Thursford provide a spectacular winter wonderland, it also hosts an array of special events throughout the year.

Thursford holds the world’s largest collection of organs and steam engines, as well as offering exciting backstage tours.

 

 

Enjoy a wholesome lunch at the restaurant, or make the most of the family picnic benches in nice weather.

 

 

Thursford’s ‘olde worlde’ collection of shops has something to cater to every taste; including a boutique offering fashion, crafts and gifts, as well as a traditional sweet shop, a traditionally British store, and an all year-round Christmas store supplying everything needed for the festive season!

 

 

The adventure play park is perfect for children who can’t sit still! The zip wire, swings and slides are certain to please children of all different ages.

 

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5 fun outdoor activities in North Norfolk

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to make the most of the rather temperamental British weather.  We’ve gathered a list of our favourite sun-spots in North Norfolk which are perfect summer outings for your loved ones.

 

  1. Holkham Hall

Enjoy the coastal treasure that is Holkham hall for a fantastic day out with the family. The Holkham Estate has acres of parkland are the ideal location to soak up the sun and appreciate the grand hall, home to the Earls of Leicester and the Coke family.

Embrace your active side and hire bikes to venture the wooded paths, or explore via boat, canoe or kayak along Holkham lake or Holkham beach along the Norfolk coast.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden

Fairhaven Garden is rich in wildlife, with an extensive range of plants dotted around 130 acres of land. Through the summer season, boat trips run regularly, providing plenty of opportunities to escape into nature and relish in the sun.

With free entry to the tearoom and gift shop, it’s a great excuse to treat yourself to a homemade cake! http://www.fairhavengarden.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

3. Hilltop Adventure

Once Hilltop Adventure has been discovered by the kids, they’ll never want to leave! Whilst the kids have the time of their lives on the air jump, big zip wire and climbing wall, you can sit back and enjoy a coffee at the café on the sunny decking area with a slice of cake. http://www.hilltopoutdoorcentre.co.uk/

 

 

  1. Pensthorpe Natural Park

Pensthorpe Natural Park is a fantastic day out with all the family; experience the beauty of the natural world with the lakeside wildlife trails, stunning woodland walks and gorgeous gardens. For adventurous families, embrace the thrill of rope bridges, tree towers and assault courses. http://www.pensthorpe.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. BeWILDerwood

Be enchanted at BeWILDerwood the magical adventure park. Expect charming tree houses, exciting zip wires, jungle bridges, storytelling and nothing less! This fairy-tale adventure will leave you and your family feeling captivated in its delightful allure. https://lovelybookingstuff.bewilderwood.co.uk/webstore/shop/viewitems.aspx?CG=BWCG&C=BWC

 

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The perfect family getaway

Spending time with your loved ones couldn’t be easier at Wood Farm. Our family-friendly facilities and warm atmosphere around the farm create the perfect destination for those of all ages.

On the farm we have an outdoor play area which is loved by the little ones, featuring exciting apparatus like a tree house, a wooden climbing frame, a spring-free trampoline, swings, five-a-side football pitch with goals and more.

If you want to keep an eye on your kids, the wooden swing seat provides the ideal place to put up your feet and relax whilst providing a wonderful view of the garden and fields.

For inevitable English rainy days, do not fear! We have a well-equipped indoor games room with table football, table tennis, a pool table, badminton and a darts board.

Around Wood Farm there are plenty of activities which are sure to please all ages. If it’s a sunny day pick up your bucket and spade and head to a beach like Cromer or Wells for a day of crabbing, arcades and fish and chips.

From tiny tots to older teens, Wood Farm caters for all!

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Photographers Heaven

You could be an amateur with a smart phone or a professional with a camera, but capturing those perfect holiday snaps is a priority for many of us. Photos capture memories that can live forever; anything from an incredible sunset to a precious family moment.

For an excellent backdrop for a countryside photograph, explore the grassy verges and forest paths that run alongside Wood Farm.

Animals can often be seen in the fields around us – have your camera ready for deer, pheasants, rabbits and if you’re lucky perhaps a peacock!

Take a visit to one of the many local beaches like Cromer or Wells for some sandy snaps, or for some alone time with your camera head along to Scolt Head Island to Norfolk’s hidden beach – accessed only by boat.

Your inner foodie definitely won’t be able to resist taking a cheeky picture of some of the locally served food…our favourites include No.1 Cromer for fantastic fish and chips, and The Black Lion Hotel for a wholesome, locally sourced meal.

See the beauty in everyday – it may be hidden in the most ordinary or unusual places, but we believe that Wood Farm can help bring out the magical moments in everyday life.

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Explore Holt

The picturesque Georgian town has many delights to offer and is only a 15-minute drive from Wood Farm. Unique and independent shops are nestled into the town centre, as well as several shopping courtyards with bakeries, butchers, banks, clothing boutiques and many other independent speciality shops.

As well as the charming shopping experience, Holt is surrounded by wonderful woodland walks, such as at the Holt Country Park. A short walk from Holt’s centre, the park is bustling with nature and striking wooden carvings, perfect for families to enjoy the accessible paths, play area and viewing tower.

For the perfect day trip for nature lovers, visit Norfolk’s oldest nature reserve, Cley Marshes. Bring your binoculars and enjoy the magnificent views across the marshes which are armed with wildlife. The Cley Marshes is also home to an eco-friendly visitors centre, a café perfect for tea and cake, as well as a gift shop with a fantastic view.

Every July, Holt holds the Holt Festival, an annual celebration that encompasses all types of performing arts. From Saturday 22nd July – Sunday 30th July 2017, events will take place around the town centre, with a variety of performances from comedy to music, and theatre to fine arts, there’s something to entertain everyone!

For those who love to explore museums and exhibitions, Holt has holds many alluring sights such as the Muckleburgh Military Collection, Holt Antiques & Interiors Centre, Baconsthorpe Castle and Saint Margaret’s Church.

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Escape the City

Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life doesn’t have to involve jetting off to an expensive location. Wood Farm is the ideal destination for a weekend retreat, whether you choose to immerse yourself in the countryside lifestyle or instead do absolutely nothing!

 

The Pigs pub is five minutes’ walk down the road, perfect for a lazy brunch, casual drink or a cracking Sunday roast. Or if you fancy cooking up your own food, make the most of the locally sourced products like Sarah’s eggs, £1 for a dozen, for sale in our courtyard, from our neighbour just up the road. The fully equipped kitchen has everything you’ll need to serve the perfect meal for your loved ones – as well as a dining table for cosy family feasts or romantic candle lit dinners.

 

Walking is one of our guests’ favourite activities at Wood Farm, due to its stunning location in the heart of the countryside. Local routes along the fields and forests are easy to find, or there’s many nearby coastal routes if you want to experience the fresh seaside air.

 

If the sun is shining, take the opportunity to sizzle some sausages on the barbeque with a bottle of beer or glass or wine. The fenced gardens overlook the large monkey puzzle tree with stunning views of the fields and forests.

 

Whether you’d rather stay in and make the most of the charming cottages or explore the local attractions, a stay at Wood Farm will always provide happiness and magic.

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Medieval Kings Lynn and the ancient heritage of Norfolk

Take a step back in time with International Hanse Day

Experience something like no other with the medieval happenings at the King’s Lynn Hanse Festival. On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May 2017, the vibrant streets of King’s Lynn will be lined with market stalls, music and dancing.

Watch the Hanseatic heritage be reborn as fire breathers, medieval characters and knights on horses line the streets and enthuse the crowd. Don’t miss out on the medieval dancing or the prehistoric craft of archery, as well as an archaic market and craft demonstrations from the locals. We recommend soaking up the atmosphere of the vibrant square whilst tucking into the hog roast and BBQ or sipping on a drink!

Have an exploration of the streets to see old merchants’ houses stretch along to the river, nestled between the harbour and cobbled paths. Whilst visiting King’s Lynn, take the opportunity to see the heritage sites and attractions like the Oxburgh Hall or the Castle Acre Priory. Fantastic guided tours are available to take you round the sites and teach you of the Hanseatic history and heritage.

Finish the evening with a peaceful walk along King’s Lynn’s waterfront for a perfect end to an active and exciting day in the medieval era!

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Runners paradise

If getting fit was on your list for 2017, what better way to stay active than running through the luscious countryside of North Norfolk? Wood Farm is perfectly located near gorgeous forest paths and stretches of green fields, ideal for a morning run or evening jog.

Take a breath of country air and embrace the smell of nature – the perfect escape from the urban life. Run along the fields at the back of Wood Farm to completely immerse yourself in the wilderness, or turn into the peaceful streets of Edgefield and see the village pond.

There’s plenty of hills for the keen runners who love a challenge, but for those who prefer a steady jog there’s many flat paths through the village. We highly recommend trying to catch the sunset at the end of your run, the perfect way to finish your day (then perhaps a large glass of wine!)

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Listen to that birdsong….

I have spent a wonderful afternoon today wandering around the countryside and was blown away by the amazing noise made by the birds, even near busy roads, and realised that the sound really does make me happy. We had a fantastic meal at the Pigs – they offer a Sunday roast and pudding club (this means for an extra £3 on top of roast you can have unlimited puddings – and we did) – hence the need to wander around the lanes ;). The food was excellent. Now time for the Sunday papers. Perfect!

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