Fun Activities for Grown Ups in Norfolk
Published date: November 2019
Research shows that being playful makes us happier, more open-minded, allows our creative juices to flow and helps us bond with others. That’s why so many companies offer team-building days – it can even help those suffering from depression. We are hardwired to play, and this doesn’t stop when we reach a certain age or become an adult.
There is always so much emphasis on keeping the children entertained, with endless guides, information and suggestions of where to take them come rain or shine. Adults get overlooked, so if you are wanting to spice up your life or just fancy something a little different on your next date night, here are some fun activities for grown-ups in Norfolk.
Gin Tasting at the Gin Temple - Norwich
Book a place at the Gin Temple, a relaxed and informal setting in the centre of Norwich and sample their array of tasty gins. They offer a 4 or 6 course gin tasting menu that includes many local Norfolk gins. Learn how they are made, what they contain, and the best mixers and garnishes to use for each individual gin. A thoroughly fascinating experience, perfect for those who are partial to a gin or three. 6 course gin tasting, 2hr 30 minutes is £35pp and 4 courses costs £25pp and lasts around 1hr 30 minutes. To find out further details about gin tasting at the Gin Temple and to make a booking, visit their website or give them a call.
Gin Temple - 6 Pottergate, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1DS
Tel: 01603 944079
Cinema City - Norwich
There is watching a film at the cinema and there is watching a film at Cinema City – it’s a whole different experience. Enjoy a glass or glasses of your favourite tipple whilst watching the film of your choosing. Norwich’s much-loved three-screen cinema also has a pretty courtyard and stunning restaurant - The Dining Rooms, located within a beautiful 17th-century building. Enjoy a seasonal à la carte menu as well as lunches, brunches, afternoon teas, Sunday roasts and bar snacks. Watch a film, relax in the bar and enjoy a meal – not your standard cinema experience, a whole lot nicer.
Cinema City - St Andrews Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4AD
Tel: 01603 625145
Escape Rooms King’s Lynn
There are 60 minutes on the clock and a handful of clues. Together with your team you must complete a variety of brain teasers and escape the room. Have you got what it takes to get out in time? Escape Rooms King’s Lynn with its 3 themed rooms, requires players to think logically, have an eye for detail and work in a team to solve clues and riddles within an allotted time. Price £20pp.
Escape Rooms King’s Lynn - 36A Norfolk Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1AH
Tel: 01553 777035
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - Norwich
Argueably one of the best art galleries in Norfolk, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts has both touring exhibitions as well as a vast and beautifully presented permanent collection that is free to view. Located on the campus of the University of East Anglia, it showcases some of the most remarkable works of art assembled in the UK, spanning 5,000 years of human creativity.
To find out more about the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, including its touring exhibitions and opening times, please go to their website.
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ
Tel: 01603 593199
Norwich Pub Tours – Central Norwich
Take a historical tour of Norwich through the eyes of its famous pubs. There are many excellent pubs dotted around the old streets of Norwich’s historical centre and the team behind Norwich Pub Tours will take you round some of the city’s finest watering holes. These local guides will share anecdotes about the history of the city and will captivate with stories about these old inns whilst you sample some fine local beers. There are three tours currently available: the Original Norwich Pub Tour, Blood and Gore Norwich Pub Tour and Death, Fear and too much Beer. Offering a unique insight into Norwich’s fascinating past, there are drinks deals and exclusive access into some of the pubs’ hidden rooms. Tours vary in length, typically 2-hour tours and 4-hour tours are available. Prices from £7pp.
To find out more about Norwich Pub Tours, please visit their website.
Highball Climbing Centre - Norwich
New to climbing? Try a taster session at Highball Climbing Centre in Norwich and experience both climbing with ropes and bouldering - climbing without ropes and harnesses. Climb, train and hang out at Highball, a dedicated indoor climbing centre for people of all ages and abilities. Prices from £10pp.
To find out more about Highball Climbing Centre, please visit their website.
Highball Climbing Centre - 1 Twickenham Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 6NG
Tel: 01603 513513
Balloon Flights - Norwich
Broadland Balloon Flights fly all year round subject to weather and ground conditions and tend to fly about an hour after sunrise, and a couple of hours before sunset, as these are generally the best times of day for hot air balloon flights. Once airborne, the flight duration is around an hour, but can sometimes be almost an hour and a half. It is recommended that you allow 3 to 4 hours for the whole experience. Floating along on the breeze with no means of steering means that each trip is unique, with no route or plan. The trip finishes when a suitable place to land is found, so you may travel 2 miles or 22 miles. Flights start from Norwich itself, and passengers enjoy unrivalled views of the city, Carrow Road - the home of Norwich City Football Club, the historic castle and cathedral, as well as breath-taking countryside and may even include views of the Norfolk Broads. Don’t forget your camera for endless photo opportunities. Prices from £99pp.
If you would like more information about balloon flights in Norfolk, please visit their website or give them a call.
Tel: 01603 952 800
Norfolk Broads Boat Trip - Wroxham
Enjoy a cruise along the network of stunning waterways that wind through the beautiful landscape of the Norfolk Broads. This relaxing and effort free trip includes live commentary as you lazily meander through the broad whilst learning about how the broads were created, its native wildlife and visiting inhabitants. Sip a drink from the on-board bar and marvel at this unique part of the county that attracts many visitors each year. If you would like a more private experience you may want to hire one of their smaller vessels and explore the broads at your own pace. To find out more about booking an organised tour or hiring a day boat to explore the area on your own, please visit their website or give them a call. Prices from £9pp.
Broads Tours - The Bridge, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8RX
Tel: 01603 782207
Sheringham Golf Club
Tee off at one of Norfolk’s most picturesque golf clubs, overlooking the beautiful north Norfolk coastline. Golfers of all abilities receive a warm welcome at Sheringham Golf Club and visitors are sure to enjoy a round of golf along their cliff-top course subject to advance booking and availability. Visitors are welcome in the bar and dining areas and prices per round start from £55pp for non-members.
For more information about visiting Sheringham Golf Club, please go to their website.
Sheringham Golf Club - Sweetbriar Lane, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8HG
Tel: 01263 823488
Norfolk Lavender – West Norfolk
Visit the powerfully scented purple fields of world-renowned Norfolk Lavender, England’s premier lavender farm, with nearly 100 acres of lavender under cultivation. Open all year round, it is especially beautiful during the summer months when the fields are bursting with colour and perfume. Visit the distillery where the fragrance is extracted to make perfumes and soaps and learn about growing and caring for these plants when you book a tour. Wander around the various gardens, meet the resident animals, browse the well-stocked gift shops and garden centre and refuel in their tearooms and restaurant.
For more information about Norfolk Lavender, please visit their website or give them a call.
Norfolk Lavender - Caley Mill, Lynn Road, Heacham, Norfolk, PE31 7JE
Tel: 01485 570384
Treetop Challenge and Segways – Go Ape Thetford Forest
Venture high into the treetops at Thetford Forest and channel your inner adventurer on this dual high-ropes course. Choose which obstacles and crossings to tackle including a tricky Mallards Ladder, and energy zapping cargo nets. Who will scream the loudest on the tandem zip wire and dual Tarzan Swings? Regular price £33pp although discounts are sometimes available.
Maybe an all-terrain self-balancing Segway to explore the woodland trails of Thetford Forest is more your thing? With four purpose-built routes of varying difficulty, put your ability to the test and try and master the twisty bends and inclines these trails offer. Prices from £28pp.
To find out more about Treetop Challenge and Segways, please go to their website.
Go Ape Thetford - High Lodge Forest Centre, Brandon, IP27 0AF
Lotus Driving Academy - Hethel
Enjoy a tour of the Lotus production facility at Hethel in Norfolk, including a behind-the-scenes look at where their skilled workforce hand built the car you are about to drive - the new Lotus Exige Sport. Alongside one of their professional Lotus driving instructors, you will be taken onto the famous Lotus test track, where every single Lotus has been designed and tested since 1966 and will experience the raw power and acceleration of this new Lotus car. Prices from £349pp.
For more information about the Lotus Driving Academy, please visit their website.
Group Lotus - Potash Lane, Hethel, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 8EZ
Tel: 01953 608547
Anglia Karting Centre - Swaffham
Located in the heart of Norfolk, on the outskirts of Swaffham, Anglia Karting Centre, with its two outdoor racetracks guarantees a day of exciting racing. There are various options available including Arrive & Drive Biz Karts that have 200cc Honda engines for adults and a Track Drive Experience and a Track Race Experience. Prices start from £17pp.
For more information about Anglia Karting Centre, please visit their website.
Anglia Karting Centre - The Airfield, North Pickenham, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 8LL
Tel: 01760 441777
Clay Pottery Courses - Scottow
Richard Wilks offers clay pottery courses for those who are interested in getting creative. Suitable for all abilities, from complete beginners to those wishing to brush up on their techniques, courses include taster sessions, ceramic courses, sculpture classes and private tuition.
To find out further details, please go to Richard’s website or give him a call.
3 Stakebridge Farm Cottages, Scottow, Norwich, Norfolk, NR10, 5DQ
Tel: 01692 538320
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