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Sunday the 17th of June is Father’s day. A day dedicated to the man who loved you, raised you, filmed your school plays and in my case, played Bat out of Hell full blast out the car window whenever he picked you up from a house party.

Yes, this year you could get him another pair of socks, BUT before you consider another knitted token of your affection, take a look at all these Father’s day events going on around Norwich and Norfolk…

A Big Breakfast!

The historic Maids Head Hotel are hosting a special breakfast on the morning of Sunday 17th. Start the day right in their bright hotel restaurant, choosing from a selection of breakfast and brunch items specially selected in honour of the day.

£15.00 per adult, £7.50 per child. Dad’s eat free!
Pre-booking essential


Chips and Beer!

Enjoy a pint and explore Norfolk’s brewing heritage both past and present, at the fantastic Gressenhall Museum near Dereham. Discover unique collections of objects from Norfolk breweries and pubs, and get creative in Art Attack! Afterwards, refuel with a free cone of chips in the Mardlers’ Rest Café for all dads!

Included in standard admission prices.

Hidden bears and den building!

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden has got some very special visitors at the moment… Fairhaven volunteer Andy Usher has carved six bears out of wood from the garden and hidden them next to trees. Armed with a trail map, showing location clues, you can have fun this weekend hunting the bears, learning about the trees in the garden and making up names for the bears. There’s also a den building competition for you to take part in! Simply build your den, take a photo, then post it on Fairhaven Garden Facebook. The best den wins a family membership for the year!

Included in garden entry price, adult £6.85, concessions £6.60, children £3.95 and free for Fairhaven members and under 5s. 

Free entry to the Zoo!

Amazona Zoo is giving dads a special treat with a free entry ticket on Father's Day! This special zoo in North Norfolk is a great day out where families can learn about a varied and fascinating selection of animals native to South America. Home to over 200 tropical animals, including jaguars, pumas, ocelots, monkeys, snakes, caimans, flamingos, tapirs and Tic-Tac the toucan – find out more in our blog post all about their 10th birthday!

Andy Usher with one of his Fairhaven Carved Bears! Photo by: Paul Dickson
Andy Usher with one of his Fairhaven Carved Bears! Photo by: Paul Dickson

Steam trains and lunch!

Starting from Wroxham, experience a nostalgic journey by steam through nine miles of beautiful Norfolk countryside, following the Bure Valley, before arriving at Aylsham. On arrival at the Whistlestop Café, receive a complimentary drink and sit down to a two-course set lunch, including coffee and mints. addition, each Father has the opportunity to drive a steam engine!

Tickets: Adults £25.00, Children £12.50
Pre-booking is essential

Father's Day VIP on Bure Valley
Father's Day VIP on Bure Valley

Survival Skills!

Celebrate Father’s day with a morning or afternoon in the woods around a campfire at Holkham Hall  (right by the North Norfolk coast). Learn some essential survival skills including knot tying, den building and fire lighting - not forgetting some very important marshmallow toasting! Materials, hot chocolate, marshmallows and parking are included.

Tickets: £10 per child (5-11 years) per session. Dads go free. 


Boats and a Sailor’s Hat!

If your dad or grandad fancies being the captain of his own vessel on Father’s Day, hire a Broads Tours day boat and they’ll supply the Captains Hat! This offer is only valid for families when Dad comes too, and at least two adults are required on board. One hat per hire only.

£19 per hour, for full details please see the VisitNorwich website.

Dens and fires at Holkham Hall
Dens and fires at Holkham Hall

BeWILDerDad Twiggle Treat Day

Treat your dad to a free* trip to BeWILDerwood this Father’s Day, and enjoy a day in the woods where children and grown-ups alike can play on the towering tree walks and oh so Slippery Slopes! There are lots of special (and inclusive) father’s day activities to try… Race in the annual Zippy Races, make your dad a Twiggle Charm, and leave him a message on the beautiful beribboned message tree!

Admission prices are based on height rather than age, as there’s some things in the park that require longer arms and legs!: Under 92cm free; 92–105cm £14.50; over 105cm £16.50; over 65’s £9.50


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. Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen and Amsterdam, and seasonally from Guernsey and Jersey.

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