Beaches, seals, beer and cheese

Take your buckets and spades to Southwold, Holkham or Winterton-on-Sea. See seals at Horsey Mere. Tour the Broads with Loddon Pacific Cruisers. Go Ape at High Lodge, get a daily dose of culture at Norwich Arts Centre, then sink cocktails at 42 King Street, or beer and cheese at the Fat Cat.

Country kids

Buckets and spades at the ready for trips to Winterton-on-Sea, Holkham and Southwold, with their traditional seaside delights. Head to Horsey Mere to glimpse seals in winter. Get on your bike to enjoy Norfolk’s pancake-flat routes, or hire boats and tour the Broads, from Loddon Pacific Cruisers.

Go Ape at High Lodge Forest Centre, or enjoy a huge forest of family fun and outdoor adventure at BeWILDerwood, including treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, storytelling, boat trips, marsh walks and yummy food. At Melsop Farm, there’s lamb-feeding, rabbit-handling, paddocks, ponds and another scrummy café.

Get your camo gear on and get down to Ellough Park Combat Games for modern-day urban combat. A great chance to legally shoot dad. Stay there for go-kart racing at Ellough Park Raceway. Or try Africa Alive to meet meerkats and aardvarks close up or a personal guided tour on a Plains of Africa Experience.

Shoot lasers at Quasar, ride BMX at Sloughbottom Park; take up tubing at Norfolk Snowsports Club; or jump, fly and flip at High Altitude Trampoline Park. Go up the wall at Highball Climbing Centre, pitch-and-putt at Eaton Park, or ride the Barton House Railway, for a nostalgic steam experience.

For the grown ups

Number one on your to-do list might be Norwich Cathedral, with free entry, beautiful stained glass and in an idyllic spot close by the river and meadows. Garden fiends will love East Ruston old Vicarage, with around a dozen themed gardens, mixed hedgerows, banks, wildflower areas and ponds.

Head to the RAF Radar Museum’s 20 exhibition rooms, located on the site of the world’s longest continuously operating radar site, for a unique take on the history of radar. Or join 5000 other daily visitors at Norwich’s Forum, with an eclectic mix of free exhibitions, events, activities, catering, shopping and learning opportunities.

Norwich Arts Centre’s the place for a daily diet of live music, theatre, dance, live art, visual art, literature and comedy. For a left-field jaunt, try Surrey House, home of Aviva Insurance and of saucy tales, architectural magnificence and a £2-million clock.

Outdoor types will love the beaches at Holkham, home of miles of windswept sands, dunes and forests, and Wells-Next-the-Sea, with its picture-postcard harbour. There’s golf at Dunston Hall and Caldecott Hall. And Norwich is the place for lively nights out, including cocktails at 42 King Street, and beer and cheese at the Fat Cat.