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East Anglia is a great destination at any time of year offering vibrant cities, historic market towns, beautiful countryside and a stunning coastline – you will be spoilt for choice during your stay! Please visit Park Reception for more information, we are always on hand to help with some local knowledge and advice!

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Festive Fun

Dust off your Christmas decorations and dig out your best Christmas jumper as we’re planning a big weekend of festive fun, competitions, carol singing and mince pies in December!

More info coming soon…!

Local Events To Check Out

Diss Christmas Switch On

Saturday 23rd November

The big reveal will take place at 5.15pm in the Market Place! But head over early from 2.30pm for a fantastic programme of activities; see Santa arrive along Mere Street on a festive-lit vintage fire engine, meet this year’s Corn Hall panto cast from Robin Hood, hear live music from Joe Aiken, Groovapolitan, Ramblers Ceilidh Band and Ellen Fairey, see magician Ali Shazam and have your facepainted by Sunshine Artists!

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

8th November to 23rd December

Thursford Collection, Fakenham, NR21 0AS

Thursford’s Christmas Spectacular has attracted over 5.4 million visitors and is the largest Christmas show in the country. Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians deliver a 3hr performance of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety.

Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular

7th December to 5th January

The Hippodrome, St. Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR302EU

With outstanding lighting, sound and special effects which has been dubbed by the Daily Mail as one of the 7 wonders of the British seaside, the iconic Hippodrome with its Edwardian splendour and Las Vegas style family blockbuster show is not to be missed, a Christmas treat for all the family.

Meet Santa at Banham Zoo

Saturday & Sundays throughout December

Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE

Bring your family and friends to enjoy the magic of Christmas at Banham Zoo! Children can enjoy the thrill of meeting Father Christmas in his brand new workshop and receive a fantastic gift. There is also festive fun including Christmas crafts and face painting in the Activities & Education Centre.



17th December to 19th January

Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Join us for the timeless tale of a rag to riches servant girl who falls in love with Prince Charming. Will she get together with the man of her dreams or will her nasty sisters thwart her happiness? The star-studded cast includes Hollyoaks and Dengineers favourite Joe Tracini, Casualty’s Amanda Henderson and Wicked & EastEnders David Witts.

Christmas Party at The Barrel

Saturday 21st December

The Banham Barrel, Appleyard Courtyard, Banham, NR16 2HE

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a ska party at The Barrel! We’ve got a treat with Chainska Brassika this year, an energetic squad of young South Londoners presenting a tantalising blend of authentic Ska rhythms, exquisite brass, and melodic vocals, making it impossible to deny your feet a chance to dance! Tickets available from The Barrel or online.

NYE at The Barrel

Thursday 31st December

The Banham Barrel, Appleyard Courtyard, Banham, NR16 2HE

Celebrate the arrival of 2020 by partying with one of The Barrel’s favourite local bands, The Butcher’s Dog. Playing a mix of down and dirty rock ‘n’ roll mixed with some punky, soulful goodness; from The Saints to Nick Cave via Nancy Sinatra and The Sonics, these guys are sure to kick off the New Year in style!

Things to See and Do


Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE

Two mind-bending escape rooms to test your brain power. You’ll need to solve the clues and beat the clock to get out in time! If you’re looking for something a bit different to do, Bamboozled is the challenge for you. Our unique form of entertainment will appeal much more than the usual tour bus, boat ride or cinema trip – we are taking entertainment to a whole new level!

Banham Zoo

Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE

Make your stay a little more exciting and spend the day at Banham Zoo, Norfolk’s award-winning family attraction. Discover 2,000 animals from around the world and enjoy lots of fun activities including daily animal feeding talks, a free Safari Roadtrain and one of the most exciting ‘Birds of Prey’ displays in the UK!

Banham Car Boot

6.00am to 1.00pm, every Sunday

Banham Zoo car park, Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE

Banham Car Boot is well established and has been in operation since 1984, with up to 200 stalls each week including bric-a-brac, food, plants, antiques and clothing. Come and explore hundreds of stalls and grab a bargain!

Bressingham Steam & Gardens

Low Road, Bressingham, Norfolk, IP22 2AA

With nearly 20 acres, four linking gardens and 8,000 species, Bressingham Gardens are renowned worldwide for their horticultural excellence. Why not take a trip on one of the four railways, the collection of working locomotives will take you round the magnificent gardens and woodland.

River Wensum

Pull’s Ferry, 29 Ferry Lane, Norwich NR1 4DZ

A hand-in-hand walk along the River Wensum is one of the most romantic ways to spend your day in Norwich. Take in some history including the Cathedral, Pull’s Ferry and Lollard’s Pit before reaching Elm Hill quay, where you can hop in a boat for a picturesque river cruise through the city.

ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure

Weston Park, Lenwade, Norfolk, NR9 5JW

Explore this amazing world of dinosaurs! Discover DINOMITE, a prehistoric paradise of climbing nets, bridges and ball pools and new for 2016, get wet and wild at Dippy’s Splash Zone, a water play park filled with jets, fountains and slides – all just a 40mins drive from Applewood Countryside Park.

High Lodge Thetford Forest

High Lodge, Thetford Forest, IP27 0AF

Discover a forest adventure at High Lodge Thetford Forest where you can walk, cycle, play, picnic, barbecue or simply relax. Unwind with beautiful forest trails or try the excitement of bike trails, Go Ape and adventure play.

Knettishall Heath Country Park

Knettishall Heath, Thetford, Suffolk, IP22 2TQ

Knettishall Heath Country Park offers acres of heathland and woodland for you to explore. Perfect for picnics and some lovely, well signed walking trails along the Little Ouse River. It’s also the start point for Peddars Way.

St Georges Distillery

Harling Road, Roudham, East Harling, Norfolk, NR16 2QW

St Georges Distillery, home of The English Whisky Co. is the first distillery in England in over 100 years and part of Norfolk’s heritage. Do a tour to see the gleaming copper stills or just browse the shop where you can also find over 200 different whiskies for sale and a wonderful selections of gift ideas.

Local Pubs

The Banham Barrel

The Appleyard, Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE

A family run pub, The Banham Barrel welcomes children, dogs and drinkers! With live music most weekends, home cooked specials served every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and a large selection of beers, ciders and speciality gins, it’s the perfect place to while away an evening.

The Garden House

Overcross, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2BY

Serving real ales, craft lagers, traditional ciders and 100’s of imported spirits, The Garden House is home to a pool table and a traditional jukebox. It’s American food menu offers gigantic portions and is all smoked in-house.

The Inn on the Green

Chapel Street, New Buckenham, Norfolk, NR16 2BB

Nestled in the centre of picturesque New Buckenham village, The Inn on the Green offers the real pub experience where people can wander in with walking boots and dogs to enjoy good company, fine ales and a cosy table by the roaring log fire. The food menu is definitely worth a look too!

Ox and Plough

The Green, Old Buckenham, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 1RN

Famed for hosting Two Wheel Tuesdays, a weekly meet that has grown into the second biggest bike venue in Norfolk, attracting many bikers from across the county to the village’s pub and large open common, perfect for alfresco beers in the sunshine!