Welcome to West Norfolk, a charming corner of Norfolk, brimming with history, natural beauty, and exciting family-friendly activities. From majestic castles to pristine beaches and immersive wildlife encounters, West Norfolk offers a diverse range of activities that promise a fun day out for visitors of all ages. In this guide, we’ll delve into some of the top family-friendly activities that make West Norfolk a must-visit destination for families.


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Explore the Majestic Sandringham Estate

  • Delve into royal history with a visit to the Sandringham Estate, the much-loved country retreat of His Majesty The King. 
  • Wander through stunning gardens, woodlands, and parklands, and explore the magnificent Sandringham House, where generations of the royal family have lived.
  • Enjoy family-friendly activities such as nature trails, outdoor play areas, and the charming Museum & Gift Shop.
  • Only 10 minutes from Fring Estate

Beach Fun at Hunstanton

  • Affectionately known as “Sunny Hunny,” Hunstanton beach offers golden sands and clear waters, and with amenities close by it is the perfect spot for families. 
  • Build sandcastles, paddle in the shallow waters, or try your hand at traditional seaside amusements along the promenade.
  • Head to Old Hunstanton for a quieter beach experience, ideal for exploring rock pools, flying kites, and enjoying scenic coastal walks.
  • Only 14 minutes from Fring Estate

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Wildlife Encounters at Pensthorpe Natural Park

  • Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature at Pensthorpe Natural Park, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and families alike.
  • Discover diverse habitats, including wetlands, woodlands, and meadows, teeming with native and exotic species.
  • Enjoy interactive exhibits, bird watching hides, nature trails, and hands-on activities that educate and entertain visitors of all ages.
  • Only 25 minutes from Fring Estate

Pool Day at Fring Estate

  • With exceptional facilities available to guests you don’t even need to leave the Estate for a fun day with the family. Enjoy a day by the outdoor heated swimming pool, complete with onsite changing spaces and a small kitchen area. 
  • Challenge your family to a tennis tournament on the Estate’s tennis courts, situated through the parkland and next to the outdoor pool.
  • Or, relax in the beautiful Estate parkland and formal walled gardens, enjoy a family picnic under an ancient tree or play a game of bowls on the lawns of the walled garden.
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The outdoor heated swimming pool at Fring Estate


Family Adventures at Snettisham Park

  • Embark on a farmyard adventure at Snettisham Park, where families can get up close and personal with a variety of friendly animals.
  • Feed lambs, cuddle rabbits, and watch captivating falconry displays showcasing the park’s majestic birds of prey.
  • Take a tractor safari through the park’s scenic countryside, spotting deer, ponies, and other wildlife along the way.
  • Only 6 minutes from Fring Estate

Historic Exploration at Castle Acre Priory and Castle

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  • Step back in time with a visit to Castle Acre, home to the impressive ruins of Castle Acre Priory and Castle.
  • Explore the atmospheric priory ruins, once home to a community of Cluniac monks, and marvel at the well-preserved earthworks of the nearby castle.
  • Enjoy family-friendly walks around the historic village and picnics amidst the tranquil surroundings of Norfolk’s rural landscape. 
  • Only 30 minutes from Fring Estate



From royal retreats to sandy shores and captivating wildlife parks, West Norfolk offers a wealth of family-friendly activities that promise excitement, education, and endless opportunities for making cherished memories together. Whether you’re exploring historic sites, getting back to nature, or simply soaking up the seaside atmosphere, West Norfolk invites families to embark on unforgettable adventures in one of the UK’s most enchanting regions. So book your stay at Fring Estate and start your adventure to West Norfolk.