Treat your dad this Sunday: 15 things to do in Norfolk on Father’s Day 2017
PUBLISHED: 09:03 18 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:49 18 June 2017
From tractor to stream trains, water skiing to high-wire aerial antics, food festivals to toasting German beer, there is something for all tastes and interests.
Big Boys Toys
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, June 18, 10am-5pm, £11.95 (£11.40 cons), £9.55 under-18s, under-4s free, £40.65-£30.50 family, 01362 869263
Classic cars and heavy machinery galore, Gressenhall is the place to engineer a great Father’s Day. There will be a huge display of farm machinery – from tractors to combines, binders and drills. Meet local classic car groups including the Norwich Classic Vehicle Club and a chance to see the Panhard et Levassor, Norfolk’s oldest working car. There will also be special behind the scenes tours of our unique collection of objects from Norfolk breweries and pubs and meet the head brewer from Panther Brewery.
Norwich Food and Drink Festival
Forum, Norwich, June 18, 10am-5pm, admission free
Annual celebration of the county’s food and drink that is perfect for foodie loving dads on Father’s Day. The legendary Battle of the Bangers returns as does the producers street market, foodie fun zone, plus live music and Splat the Dad! There is also a German Bierfest in Chapelfield Gardens from Friday to Sunday.
Barton House Railway
Hartwell Road, The Avenue, Wroxham, June 18, 2.30pm -5.30pm, £3, £1.50 child, 01603 782008
Ride on two miniature garden railways controlled by full-size M&GN signal box. M&GN museum, refreshments on the lawn or by the river, drive your own train. Electric boat service from Wroxham Bridge to Barton House Railway – continuous during opening times.
Father’s Day Boat Hire
Broads Tours, Wroxham, June 18, 9am-5.30pm, £36 for 3 hours, 01603 782207
Let your dad be the captain of his own vessel on the glorious Broads waterways with this special Father’s Day boat hire offer. Enjoy three hours for the price of two. Only valid for families when Dad comes too. Maximum of eight people on board, including at least two adults.
Museum of the Broads, Stalham, June 18, 10am-3pm, £5.50 (£5 cons), £2.50 children, £14 family, 01692 581681
Treat your dad to a day at Broads museum and a trip on Falcon, their old fashioned steam boat, at no cost to yourself. Accompanied fathers of all ages go free. Booking essential for boat trips aboard the Falcon trips extra £3.50, £2.50 children.
A Date with Dad
Titchwell Marsh, June 16-18, 10am, £1 per child (nature activity only), 01485 210779
The Great Get Together, a national celebration of togetherness, sees the RSPB’s Titchwell Marsh host activities over the Father’s Day weekend. Children are invited to take part in the special activity trail celebrating nature’s own amazing dads. There are also special picnic lunch platters available from the café to share in the beautiful surroundings.
Dad’s Day Out
East Anglian Transport Museum, Carlton Colville, June 18, 12pm-4.30pm, £9 (£7 cons), £6 children, under-5s free, 01502 518459
Special day at East Anglian Transport Museum designed to show the development of mechanical transport over the best part of a century. Vehicles of yesteryear, trams, trolleybuses and more can be seen in action. Take dad along today for a father’s day treat and possibly have a go at conducting on a trolleybus or even guarding a train, all under supervision of course.
Dad’s Den Building Competition
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, June 18, 10am to 5pm, included in garden entry £6.75 (£6.15 cons), £3.85 children, under-5s free, 01603 270449
Fairhaven has 130 acres of cultivated, wild and natural plantings and is a haven for wildlife, with miles of woodland paths to explore as well as stunning views over the private Broad, so it’s a perfect place to take the family. And this Sunday have a go at den building. The best den wins a family membership for a year. To enter build your den, take a photo, then post it on Fairhaven Garden Facebook page.
Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, June 15-18, admission free
A German village comes to Chapelfield Gardens with a Bierfest that concludes on Father’s Day. Sit outside and get the refreshing vibe or enjoy a bratwurst and one of the three different specially-brewed Bavarian beers. In addition, you can visit our ‘Fun Time Area’ and get yourself a Heidi wig in the special German souvenir house. In the evening, join our party in the Bier Tent – grab your Lederhosen or Dirndl!
Vintage Rally and Country Fair
Goodrich Park, Palgrave, June 17-18, 10am-5pm, £8, £6 children
Journey Through the Ages show celebrating the rural past with plenty to see and do. Vintage tractors, steam engines, fairground organs, classic cars, heavy horses, re-enactment displays, there is something for everyone young and old. Countryside demonstrations, animals, fun dog show, birds of prey flying display, fun dog show, and more. It takes place in the stunning surroundings of Goodrich Park, located just on the Suffolk/Norfolk border near Diss.
Desert Rats Association Memorial Day
Thetford Forest Park, June 18, 10.30am-3pm, £3.50, under-12s free, 01366 347316
Military vehicles, marching band, 40s singers at this event that this year will also involve support from across the civilian and military communities of East Anglia: Regular and Army Reserve Units, military vehicle trusts, Veteran Organisations, Army Cadet Forces and willing volunteers. Military stalls and stands and food and drink. Memorial service starts at 2.30pm.
Hanseatic Water Skiing
South Quay, King’s Lynn, June 17-18, 10am-3pm, admission free, 0788 4001786
Formula 1, 2 and 3 water ski racing in the Historic Maritime Quarter of Kings Lynn on the South Quay.
Ready to rival the Diamond Race which is a world renowned water ski race in Belgium, close to the Hanseatic town of Antwerp this event will be of a high octane nature with racing speeds of close to 100mph. Watch from the banks of the River Ouse whilst competitors race across the choppy water surface. Full programme of races at the website.
Big Toys For Big Boys
Church Farm, Lynn Road, Stow Bardolph, King’s Lynn, June 18, 10am-5pm, normal admission, 01366 382162
Fathers Day provides the perfect opportunity for Church farm to roll out all the large machinery. Tractors, the combine harvester, the beet harvester and other interesting equipment will be on display for you and even have a sit in. Plus tractor rides, animal encounters and pig feeding and pig racing. Dads and grandads go free.
Go Ape, Thetford Forest, open daily, £33, £25 ages 10-17, £18 children (over 1m tall), Segway tours £35 per person, prebook 0843 770 3748
Take your dad on a family adventure and dare him to do something different. At Go Ape at Thetford Forest brave the high ropes and an epic zip wire. If your dad doesn’t have a head for heights, you can enjoy a Segway forest tour with the family.
Up the Amazona!
Amazona Zoo, Hall Lane, Cromer, June 18, 10am-5pm, £11.50 (£10 cons), £8.50 children, £35 family, 01263 510741
Fathers go free this Sunday at Amazona Zoo where families can explore and learn about 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. As well as the wide variety of animals, the zoo also has Jungle Tumbles play area, outdoor jumping pillows, tarantula spider house and South American guinea pig village.