Fritton Lake, Norfolk

August 28, 2016

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.

Fritton Lake - Roo

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.

Fritton Lake - Tigger

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.

Fritton Lake - Piglet

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.

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  • Kim Carberry August 28, 2016 at 10:05 am

    What a lovely place to visit….It really does sound like it’s a hidden gem.

  • Pinkoddy August 28, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I think it is also that we have so many happy memories of a place that we want to share those with our children – and when things are different it just feels like they haven’t got to experience what we did – well that’s what happens with me anyway. £10 a car for a day outdoors with a full car I guess isn’t that bad and it looks a lovely place. Your children seem to have grown a lot too x

  • Sarah Ebner August 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    It’s a shame you were disappointed, but it sounds as if it had changed a lot since you went. But your kids still seem happy and it looks like you still had a lovely day. And you’re lucky, in Norfolk, to live near so many amazing places!

  • Heidi August 29, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    I haven’t been to Fritton Lake since my youngest was tiny and I think we were put off by the steep increase in parking fees too but if you take a picnic and can manage to spend most of the day there I suppose it works out as an inexpensive trip. We’ll have to try to get there before the summer is over.


  • Keitha August 30, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Looks like a lovely place to visit. It is hard to go back to places and see how they have changed over the years. Glad you kiddos enjoyed their day. #countrykids

  • Coombe Mill August 31, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    It’s always a little sad when we see places we loved visiting in the past turn into something different, I know I’ve been let down trying to show my kids one of my favourite places to see how much it’s changed. It’s great that the day was overall a success with the kids and you had lovely weather. I hope that in time they reintroduce some fun things from your memory to make Fritton Lake much like it was in your memory.

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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