15 things everyone did as a child in Norfolk during the summer

Childhood memories of summer in Norfolk: Riding the snails at Joyland, visiting Pettitts Animal Adve

Childhood memories of summer in Norfolk: Riding the snails at Joyland, visiting Pettitts Animal Adventure Park and crabbing in North Norfolk. - Credit: Archant

Do you remember doing these 15 things when you were younger? Share your favourite memories in the comments below.

The traditional Snails ride at Joyland in Great Yarmouth.Picture: James Bass

The traditional Snails ride at Joyland in Great Yarmouth.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

• 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.

Woody Bear with Marble Madness – a new ride for July, 2014 at Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Woody Bear with Marble Madness – a new ride for July, 2014 at Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: SUPPLIED. - Credit: Archant

• 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.

Boats on the River Bure at Acle during a heatwave in July.Picture: James Bass

Boats on the River Bure at Acle during a heatwave in July.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass


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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.

Lego City at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre

Lego City at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre - Credit: Archant

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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.

Fish and Chips by the sea. Photo: Miles Davies

Fish and Chips by the sea. Photo: Miles Davies - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

• 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.

The broadland village of Reedham on the River Yare in Norfolk.Pettitts Animal Adventure Park.Picture

The broadland village of Reedham on the River Yare in Norfolk.Pettitts Animal Adventure Park.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

• Visited Pettitts Animal Adventure Park

Those theatre shows were something else and the rides/animals/adventure playground weren't bad either.

The football pitch and bandstand area on Mousehold Heath. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The football pitch and bandstand area on Mousehold Heath. Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

• Spent hours playing, making dens and climbing trees at Mousehold Heath

Sometimes a day exploring the great outdoors was just what the doctor ordered.

A Siberian tiger lounging at Banham Zoo. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

A Siberian tiger lounging at Banham Zoo. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

• Saw your favourite animals at Banham Zoo

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Norwich Aquapark

Norwich Aquapark - Credit: Archant

• Went swimming in one of Norfolk's old pools

St Augustine's, Sheringham Splash, Lakenham outdoor swimming pool, Gorleston swimming pool, Norwich Aquapark...

Atlantis Resort, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

Atlantis Resort, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2009

• 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.

Children running. Photo Phil Barnes Photography

Children running. Photo Phil Barnes Photography - Credit: Archant

• Played Forty forty, What's the Time Mr Wolf, Bulldog or Manhunt with your friends.

And you never wanted to be 'it'.

Children on the skateboard ramp at Fiddlewood community centre. Photo: Sonya Duncan

Children on the skateboard ramp at Fiddlewood community centre. Photo: Sonya Duncan - Credit: © ARCHANT } NORFOLK 2002.

• 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.

Dinosaur Park. Photo: Nolan Lincoln

Dinosaur Park. Photo: Nolan Lincoln - Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

• Visited the Dinosaur Park

You followed the trail religiously, collecting all the stamps in hopes of claiming a medal at the end.

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• 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.

Two young competitors in last year's World Pier Crabbing Championships at Cromer. Picture: CRAB AND

Two young competitors in last year's World Pier Crabbing Championships at Cromer. Picture: CRAB AND LOBSTER FESTIVAL - Credit: Archant

• 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.

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