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to think that Norfolk isn't the only place you can holiday with Toddlers?

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punnedout Wed 21-Jan-15 12:47:10

Seriously, I need a change but everybody I speak to seems to think that the north Norfolk coast is the ONLY (vaguely northern) place to go and have a good time on holiday with Toddlers. Can anybody help or am I going to have to go to the bloody overpriced and not that nice Sandringham café twice again this summer (once on the way and once on the way home)?!

JuniperTisane Wed 21-Jan-15 12:50:49

I've got 2 preschool children and I've never been to Norfolk. (well, once, but not for a holiday).

I'm southern not northern but we manage quite nicely with Somerset, Devon, Peak district and Lake district, all of which have enough going on to entertain little ones for a few days.

SaucyMare Wed 21-Jan-15 12:51:57

what about scotland? the bottom left coastal bit is nice

TheBiscuitStrikesBack Wed 21-Jan-15 12:53:21

saucymare is the rest horrible?

farfallarocks Wed 21-Jan-15 12:53:54

Yanbu and I love Norfolk! We found Ibiza a pretty amazing place with a toddler but then I find flights with kids easier than drives.

laylaloulou Wed 21-Jan-15 12:55:08

We live in Norfolk and so have never been on holiday here.

If having a UK holiday we either go to Center Parcs (one in Suffolk quite near us) or to Devon.

I prefer foreign holidays though.

throckenholt Wed 21-Jan-15 12:58:38

we went to the north coast of Scotland when we had toddlers (we live in Norfolk !).

Don't see why you can't take toddlers to anywhere (although for me not a city).

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Wed 21-Jan-15 12:58:54

There's also Cornwall and Wales wink

We're thinking about Norfolk for this year as it happens... or Suffolk.

PotteringAlong Wed 21-Jan-15 13:03:27

Norfolk isn't in the north... confused

North east: beamish museum is fab, Newcastle has lots of stuff for toddlers : discovery museum / Hancock / Baltic are free; centre for life not free but excellent. Ditto seven stories children's books museum. Beaches on your doorstep, city beach in Newcastle on the summer.

South Shields beach is big and long, next to a rEally good park with a train ride in it.

Head to the north grin

DandyHighwayman Wed 21-Jan-15 13:03:33

Please come to Wales. It's got gorgeous beaches and reasonable priced cafes.

laylaloulou Wed 21-Jan-15 13:04:44

I agree, Norfolk definitely isn't North. I consider myself to be very much a southerner....

Hoppinggreen Wed 21-Jan-15 13:10:40

I like Norfolk ( although it's certainly " the South as far as we are concerned)
I also like Northumberland and North Wales

punnedout Wed 21-Jan-15 13:11:37

Yes, I take your various points about north/south comment! I actually live in the 'proper north', what I was trying to get at was that I don't want to travel as far as the popular (very) southern holiday destinations of Cornwall/Devon etc

punnedout Wed 21-Jan-15 13:13:23

... and thanks for the various suggestions, I will look in to them all!

Pengyquin Wed 21-Jan-15 13:14:17

Ha. Norfolk is definitely south.

Where abouts do you go that you don't like? North west norfolk is divine. Why on earth would you go to the Sandringham cafe??! (genuinely confused!)

MsMcWoodle Wed 21-Jan-15 13:16:33

Northumberland. Look at bamburgh beach.

foolonthehill Wed 21-Jan-15 13:17:43

holidays with toddlers we have enjoyed:
Farm stay UK....loved it!
Northumberland fab out for the wind
Lakes....low level walking round the big lakes and fab cafe's though need good waterproofs!
New forest: ponies and pooh sticks, cafes, beaches to drive to
South coast: southbourne, Bournemouth both great for families
Eastbourne...take a mini scooter for the seafront, airshow and bands on the prom, also south downs for a windy walk and one of those simple kites that pack in a pocket.
Gower coast for beaches and cliff top walks
Isle of Wight...old fashioned fun

toddlers grown to children and teens now...still doing the same things more or less grin

skinoncustard Wed 21-Jan-15 13:19:12

I find it amazing and to be honest sad , that you consider Norfolk to be North !
Great Britain is not a huge country , but it's really sad that many ( not all) 'southerners ' have such an insular view.
There are many beautiful places in Britain if they would only look beyond the end of their nose .

squoosh Wed 21-Jan-15 13:21:28

Why is Norfolk so popular??

punnedout Wed 21-Jan-15 13:21:55

I've enjoyed all my Norfolk hols Pengyquin, it's just we seem to go to the same places every year and I would like a change. As for the Sandringham café, that's my husband's fault (he likes old houses!) Out of interest though, where would be the place you would recommend in north west Norfolk? We normally stay north central, maybe that's where I'm going wrong?!

punnedout Wed 21-Jan-15 13:22:33

Thanks for the suggestions foolonthehill, sounds like you've had great hols!

squoosh Wed 21-Jan-15 13:24:03

I think Pembrokeshire is (possibly) the most beautiful part of the UK.

punnedout Wed 21-Jan-15 13:26:46

squoosh, it's because East Anglia has quite a reliably temperate climate, good beaches and plenty of things to do with children.

I live in Yorkshire skinoncustard so it's not that I'm being insular, it's just that I spend all of my time in the north so would like to holiday somewhere different, and Norfolk is the most northern of the holiday destinations I have considered!

punnedout Wed 21-Jan-15 13:27:47

Yes squoosh I agree, I love Solva/St David's in particular. Bloody awful to get to though!

AndHarry Wed 21-Jan-15 13:28:54

I've got a 4yo and a 2yo and have never been on holiday to Norfolk. We take them to a lovely campsite in Snowdonia mostly, the Isle of Wight and places around the Peak District and Cannock Chase Forest in Staffordshire.

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