Norfolk, let it expand your mind and blow away the cobwebs…

Norfolk – let it expand your mind and blow away the cob webs… 
2017 is here and so are my more adventures in Norfolk. Lets face it, its not quite spring yet and yet Norfolk is so much more than a place to be when its warm. In the cold of winter, after a morning of fresh walking, stone throwing and welly jumping. How about a nice place to warm up and expand your mind. How about visiting some of these lovely museums. I’ve chosen four beauty’s and well worth visits. These are all near to Norfolk’s Hidden Gem properties. 


1.Lets start with a classic, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Built by the Normans as a royal palace over 900 years ago. It comes with, a Norman keep, a natural history collection – children find these fascinating, adults alike. Lots of archaeological finds, I found the Boudica uprising against the Roman empire section very interesting. As a family outing I recommend it, especially as they have family activities going on throughout holidays and weekends. Check out http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk or call 01603493625 to find our specifics to your holiday dates. Type in Farmers Avenue, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU to the sat nav. Parking is close to museum but as its so central, expect to pay. 
2. A museum close to many of our properties in North Norfolk, Cromer Museum. This is based in the East Cottages, Tucker Street, Cromer, Norfolk, NR24 9HB. It is the resting place of some of the bones the West Runton Elephant, a mammoth (not the wooly kind) found in 1995, said to be 600,000 years old. You can also see casts of a Mosasaur skull, a marine reptile found in the seas over 80million years ago. They also have a Geology gallery full of fabulous fossils. It also tells of the history of victorian Cromer and what became of it. The museum puts on lots of activities, like guided walks, children workshops and much more so contact them to find out whats going on during your stay. http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk, 01263513543. 


3.The newly refurbished The Mo- Sheringham Museum, at Life boat plain, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR268GB. Now this is one for the boat fans out there and those who would like to bring some history to there walks along the North Norfolk coast and its commercial boating history. It is a great family centre, with things to do for all ages. They re open for the 2017 season February half term. They look like they have some exciting musical performances happening this season too so worth looking on their website http://www.sheringhammuseum.co.uk to find out what they have to offer this year. 


4.Gressenhall Farm and Work house is to the east, in Gressenhall Dereham. It is steeped in interesting social history of the work house and the people who lived there. Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, Gressenhall,Dereham,Norfolk,NR20 4DR is the address for your sat nav. it has beautiful gardens and a working farm of rare breeds. Excellent adventure playground if the kids need to let off some steam. During holiday times like most museums they have extra family activities going on.www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Gressenhall to find out more. 


5. A little bonus Museum for the list. This museum however is only open only between May and October but if you are staying in our properties near the Broads or day tripping that direction it’s worth having a look. If you have your four legged friends with you, they allow them in. The waterside setting is surrounded in the natural beauty of the broads and also has a steam boat, falcon that offers trips down the river check there website for details. http://www.museumofthebroads.org.uk The price is very reasonable for a family afternoon out. Type in The Staithe, Stalham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 9DA

I really am a fan of museums and there is nothing like social history to put a place into context. So we hope you find something to take your interest here. If you find out anything really interesting don’t hesitate to share it with Norfolks hidden gems. We are on twitter @NFKshiddengems and Facebook. Please take the time to post a pic for our other lovely Norfolk visitors, we love inspiring others to visit your hidden gems.

Have a fantastic 2017! From the Norfolk Hidden Gems team. 

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