15 things everyone did as a child in Norfolk during the summer
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• Rode on the snails at Joyland
The iconic snails have been a feature at Joyland since the park opened in 1949 and are undoubtedly an unforgettable memory of time spent in Great Yarmouth as a child. You probably lost count of how many times you went on the ride, before finally becoming brave enough to tackle the Scenic Railway Roller Coaster.
• Met Woody Bear at Pleasurewood Hills
A trip to East Anglia's very own theme park was always a treat, you didn't need Alton Towers or Thorpe Park when you had the Rattlesnake roller coaster, chair lifts and carousel to ride on. Photos with Woody Bear were mandatory every time.
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• Took a boat trip on the Broads
It isn't summer in Norfolk until you've hired a boat and gone out on the Broads, basking in the sunlight, enjoying the scenery and learning a thing or two about the local wildlife as you move across the waterways.
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• Visited the Sea Life Centre when the weather wasn't so great
The bad weather would put a damper on summer fun, but a trip to the Sea Life Centre (be it Yarmouth or Hunstanton) would always make up for it, especially when you got to hold a starfish.
• Ate fish and chips on the beach
Because not only does Norfolk have some of the finest beaches, they've also got some top notch chippies. You could never go wrong with a Mr Whippy ice cream for dessert either.
• Visited Pettitts Animal Adventure Park
Those theatre shows were something else and the rides/animals/adventure playground weren't bad either.
• Spent hours playing, making dens and climbing trees at Mousehold Heath
Sometimes a day exploring the great outdoors was just what the doctor ordered.
• Saw your favourite animals at Banham Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
• Went swimming in one of Norfolk's old pools
St Augustine's, Sheringham Splash, Lakenham outdoor swimming pool, Gorleston swimming pool, Norwich Aquapark...
• Wasted all your coppers in the amusement arcades
That keyring was right on the edge, but for some strange reason it would just never fall off, no matter how many two pence pieces you put into the machine.
• Played Forty forty, What's the Time Mr Wolf, Bulldog or Manhunt with your friends.
And you never wanted to be 'it'.
• Rode around your neighbourhood on your bike/skateboard/rollerskates
Days upon end could be spent this way, because sometimes simple activities proved to be the most fun.
• Visited the Dinosaur Park
You followed the trail religiously, collecting all the stamps in hopes of claiming a medal at the end.
• Spent time navigating the squirrel maze at Thetford Forest
Finding the giant squirrel play area in the middle was like finding presents under the tree at Christmas.
• Went crabbing at Cromer, Wells or Blakeney
You were so proud of yourself when you caught the crabs, but when it came to holding one? That was a totally different story.
• What are your favourite memories of summer in Norfolk? Let us know in the comments below.