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Cheap family days out in Norfolk and the East of England

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Whether you're in the wilds of Norfolk and Suffolk, on the coast or inland as far as Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, there's something to fill up a holiday day for mere pennies. Here are some of East Anglia's best (cheap) secrets.

Wroxham Barns, Norfolk

“Wroxham Barns is lovely – lots of craft shops and places to picnic, a small petting farm, and quite cheap entry fee from what I remember. Wroxham itself has a nice little town centre and is a lovely spot to visit to watch the boats on the broads.” OFSTEDoutstanding

High Lodge Forest, Thetford

“You really can spend a whole day here, and all it costs is the parking charge (a maximum of £11 for the whole day). Archery, pony riding, miles of bike trails suitable for all abilities, several excellently designed play areas for all ages, including a great 'sound trail' – a hit with the younger members of the family. You can even hire one of the barbecues on site and bring a gazebo to sit under, or just pack a picnic.” incogKNEEto

High Lodge forest

Orford Ness, Suffolk

“Orford is nice – there is a castle which is worth a visit. If you time it right you can take a boat to the peninsula (Orford Ness) which has lots of experimental radar buildings from the Cold War.” DrDre

“Orford Ness is a desolate, other-wordly nature reserve now that you travel to by ferry from Orford Quay. National Trust-run and odd opening hours but worth the trip.” bluevista62

Southwold beach and pier, Suffolk

“Southwold and Walberswick are lovely and delightfully old-fashioned. Love the quirky pier at Southwold!” ArcticRoll

Southwold beach huts

Langdon Visitor Centre, Essex

“This is on the site of the old Plotland houses (used by Londoners during the war) which has been allowed to return to nature. There are three waymarked walks, I think the shortest is only about 1.2km and takes in the one remaining Plotland cottage, which is now a small museum. At the visitor centre there's a wildlife garden and you can get a hot chocolate – a lovely way to spend a couple of hours." create

Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire

“Wimpole Hall is probably my favourite local attraction – plenty of space to let off steam and there's Home Farm with lots of animals to see close up, ride-on tractors and more.” helenlynn

British Schools Museum, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

“The British Schools Museum in Hitchin is open on Sunday afternoons. My two love it and there are lots of hands-on things for kids to do. There's a great cafe on Bridge Street, just over the road, called Just Desserts which serves fantastic puddings and cakes.” MummyDolt

Baby eating cake

Woodside Animal Farm, Luton, Bedfordshire

“Woodside Animal Farm near Luton has llamas and soft play. Result!” NigellaTufnel