We would all cherish the fiction of
long, hot sunny days lasting all summer long but (and don’t get me wrong, it’s
an absolutely fabulous summer day as I write this) but we all suffer the
vagaries of the English weather.
We have designed Cranmer Country
Cottages to offer facilities even in less than great weather. We have a lovely
heated indoor swimming pool – salt dosed for comfort and a well stock games
room with table tennis, darts, pool, books and DVDs.
However the kids will want to go
out and there are lots of things you can do, even if it’s raining. Here are a
few of our favourites:
This is our guests' number one favourite destination. Pensthorpe Natural park is an "award-winning mix of meandering nature trails, beguiling woodland walks and a showcase for British Wildlife and nature conservation." It works for both adults and children
and this year opened Hootz House, a truly amazing indoor nature adventure
playground. It fits seamlessly with all the natural ethos of Pensthope. Guests
at Cranmer get special discount vouchers.
The North Norfolk Steam Railway
My particular favourite. Travel the
Poppy Line between Sheringham and Holt through North Norfolk’s Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty – lovely whatever the weather. Enjoy the nostalgia
of the Sheringham buffet, where you can eat in or have a picnic and watch the
activity on the station platform. Sheringham is the quintessential east coast
seaside town, so is well worth a visit.
For more traditional adventure
playground fun with a country twist Farmer Freds Playbarn at Norfolk Lavender
is great fun for children aged 0-12 years. There is fun filled maze of slides,
tunnels, rope swings, drop slides, walkways and bridges. Toddlers can play
safely in a separate area. There is also an Animal Farm, the Walsingham Farm
Shop for tasty treats and a lovely café for after fun sustenance.
Ok, I admit younger children might
not like the idea of trailing around a stately home but the Sandringham Museum
is full of the most amazing finds. We all have stuff we never get to through
out but with this house the ‘stuff’ is really interesting. Vintage cars and
fire engines (they had their own), costumes, vintage household equipment and
not too much stuffy history. Oh and there’s a fabulous café and restaurant with
freshly prepared local food by Royal Warrant holders, Debbie Steward Catering.
Many of the artists and artisan producers in
North Norfolk offer workshops aimed at children and grown ups.
Dale at the Chocolate Deli in
Walsingham offers chocolate making courses, Langham Glass in Fakenham for
glassmaking, Salt Glass Studio in Burnham Thorpe for creative glass and print
You can learn to paint and decorate
pots at Doodle Pots in Holt.
Information on all the above and more can be
found in our Games Room. Have a wonderful stay at Cranmer and enjoy all the delights of Norfolk.