Living in Norfolk there are so many different attractions to go and visit. Whether you are looking for the tourist attractions such as Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, Pleasurewood Hills or one of the historic Norfolk museums.
Whilst I am a tourist who stayed and still love to visit the different tourist areas that I did as a teenager on holiday. I also want to explore the hidden gems that Norfolk has to offer. From Redwings Horse Sanctuary, the English Heritage sites and one of my latest visits to Fritton Lake.
Fritton Lake, Norfolk
Located just 8 miles away from the hustle and bustle of Great Yarmouth’s seafront, you are transported from golden beaches and amusement arcades to the tranquil pace of a country walk.
Fritton Lake is free to entry, however, there is a car parking charge of £10 per car. Which has risen steeply in the past couple of years from the £3 charge it once was. Parking in a large field, there is no real guidance on rows so it can be a little of a muddle when you get that one car who parks wherever they like (there is always one).
Having visited Fritton Lake as a teenager with my parents and then again with Roo a few years ago I was disappointed to see that many of the facilities that were once open had closed down. A large barn where you used to enter, housed a cafe and kids activities were no longer in operation. Instead, you entered the nature reserve via the larger play area with a giant inflatable pillow, wooden castle, and various climbing frames which are perfect for the children to burn off some energy.
Having arrived at lunchtime we picked a spot to sit down and enjoy the picnic I had brought with us (thankfully my money saving ploy worked otherwise I’m not sure what we would have eaten). With the large play park at our feet, Roo and Tigger mixed playing with eating whilst Piglet and I made the most of the summer sun.
It’s always funny going back to a place you haven’t visited for a few years as there are parts of it you’ll remember and then others that you’re not sure were always there or of something is missing. This is how I felt as we walked through the beautiful gardens down towards the lake. I want to say that there was so much more to Fritton Lake when I last visited. So much more to interact with rather than just walk around the trails and sit by the lakeside watching the world go by.
With the children having enough of lakeside walks and woodland trails we headed back to the play park. Whilst the children happily played I sat back and wondered why it was that I was disappointed with the trip. The children were happy, Fritton Lake was just as beautiful as I remembered and the weather was glorious. I guess I just looked around and could see how much more they could do to make this a must-visit attraction and that in itself would take away from the hidden gem it is to the locals.