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Bank Holiday on a Budget

Everyone loves a Bank Holiday but as the long school holidays roll on, it can be just another big hit for your wallet. If you're trying to keep yourself, or your family, entertained over the long weekend (Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August), here's a look at what's going on and what it's going to cost you. 

Image: Enjoy a day out with the animals at Amazona Zoo for £35 for two adults and two children.



Treat yourself to some spa time with a message or a manicure and feel your best over the Bank Holiday weekend. Check out Sprowston Manor, Barnham Broom, Dunston Hall and Park Farm Hotel for ways to lay back and get pampered!

For a change of pace, adrenaline junkies can swing through the trees at Theford forest or whizz along the woodland on segway with a trip to GoApe! - Tree Top Adventure: Gorillas (16 years plus) £33, Baboons (10-15 years) £25, Forest Segways: £35, Tree Top Junior: £18.



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Image: Nothing says 'treat' like beautiful, tiny cakes 

How about a day at the zoo? Banham Zoo has more than 2000 animals to see in 50 acres of countryside. Book online and in advance for tickets from £20.85 for adults and £15.40 for 3-15 year olds. Also, see special summer offers here 

Test your wit in an escape room at Cryptic Escape or History Mystery - both attractions are £45 for two players (£22.50 per person), £55 for three players and £65 for a team of four, book in advance as spaces fill up quickly. 

Or, indulge and unwind with a Champagne Afternoon Tea. Soak up the atmosphere at the Assembly House with sandwiches, cakes and bubbles for £27.90 per person. If you don't want the fizz you can enjoy a sober afternoon tea for £19.95 per person. 



Image: Hire bikes from Broadland Cycle Hire in the BeWILDerwood Car park and see some of the county.

For just under £20, see how the giraffes like to spend their Bank Holiday with a visit to Africa Alive; book online for tickets from £19.95 for adults and £14.50 for 3-15 year olds. See special summer offers here.

While there's still some sunshine out there, pack swimwear for the children and let them join Dippy for the summer beach party at  Dinosaur Adventure  - child tickets from £16.10 for 3-15 year olds and £13.20 for adults. 

Families can discover the magical world of BeWILDerwood this Bank Holiday; prices are done by height, ranging from £15.50 to £13.50 and there are discounted tickets (£8.50) for over 65s.

For a wonderful wildlife experience, get up close to crocs and tigers at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens - adult tickets £14.50, children (age 4-14) £10.50.

Discover the beauty of South American wildlife with a trip to Amazona Zoo near Cromer - adults £11.50, children (4-6) £8.50, family (2 adults, 2 children £35).

If you're looking for some peace and quiet, explore the countryside at your own pace with bikes from Broadland Cycle Hire - adults from £12 per day, 14 and under from £9 per day.

Or, sit back and take a scenic trip on Bure Valley Railway with a return journey Wroxham - Aylsham (your trip can begin at either location) for £13 adults and £6.50 for 5-15 year olds. 



Image: You don't have to be a tourist to see the city sights in comfort, hop on the open-top bus

Relax on the waterways with a Broads Tours two-hour guided river trip from Wroxham - £10 for adults and £6 for ages 5+.

See the sights of Norwich in comfort with a trip on the City Sightseeing Open Top Bus Tour - adults £10, under 16s £5, concession are £8.

Let history come to life with a visit to Norwich Castle Museum -  adult £9.15, conc. £8.70, child (4-18) £7.30.

Did you know that the UK's largest indoor modelling attraction is in Wroxham? Take a look at Wroxham Miniature Worlds - £9.95 for adults, £6.95 for ages 5+ and £3.95 for ages 3 and 4.

Children under seven will love The Playbarn, there are pony rides, farm animals and play areas - children £6.50, adults £1.50 (closed Saturdays)

Step into tranquility with a relaxing wander around Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden - adults £6.50, concessions £5.90, children £3.75.

Visit Plantation Garden, Norwich's secret garden in the heart of the city - £2 entry per adult, plus you can buy afternoon tea to take on the lawn on Sunday 27th August.

Get some healthy competition going with a round of Crazy Golf at Eaton Park with family or friends - £4.50 per adult, £3.50 for 7-16 year olds and £3 for 3-7 year olds. 



Image: Look up when you walk around the city streets and see how many colourful murals you can spot 

Norwich Duck Race: Free to watch and fun for all ages as thousands of ducks -  in fancy dress - bob along the river on Sunday 27th August!

Bandstand Concert: This Sunday is the final bandstand concert of the summer. Grab some space in Chapelfield Gardens, pack yourself a picnic of treats (alcohol-free) and sit and enjoy the sounds of Norwich Accordian Band from 3pm. 

Picnic in the parkPack some sandwiches at home and enjoy one of the many pretty parks around the city or in the surrounding market towns.

Explore the countryside: There are so many scenic places to have a walk in Norfolk. Take a look at Norfolk Trails for routes.

Take the mural trail: Have a wonder around the city and see how many murals you can spot and pick your favourite.

Enjoy the BroadsHead out and explore beauty of the Broads, there's plenty of wildlife to spot along the way and lots of opportunities for painting, drawing or photography.


  • Always see if you can book online and in advance of your trip, as you could save yourself some money on admission. 
  • Can you get a group of people together? Many attractions have family/group rates, so check before you book
  • Search online for Bank Holiday discounts - (Banham Zoo is offering one free child ticket with every adult ticket on Saturday 26th August and Africa Alive is offering free entry for one child accompanied by a full-admission paying adult on both Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August)
  • If you frequently visit an attraction, work out how often you are likely to go and whether they have a season pass that could save you money over the year. 
  • Many attractions will allow you to bring your own food for a picnic so you don't also have to pay to feed the family when you arrive, check websites before you go to see what the rules are. 


*Always check with the attraction before you travel to be sure of opening times and costs on the day.



Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.

East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.

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