Back in September I took the children to explore the Wroxham Barns complex in Norfolk. Wroxham Barns was approximately a 16-miles drive from our campsite in Hemsby. We didn’t pick the best day to visit, to be honest … it wasn’t just threatening to rain – it really rained! But that didn’t stop us enjoying ourselves.
About Wroxham Barns
Wroxham Barns is an award-winning visitor attraction in Norfolk. Located close to the Norfolk Broads it’s a little oasis of individual (local, independent) stores, along with galleries, a garden centre, various eateries, and several children’s play areas. Junior Farm is also located here – and we were really excited to visit.
When my children were younger we used to spend lots of time in children’s farms; we loved them. With them now being older (10 and 8 at the time) I was worried that they’d think it too babyish. But I have two children who love animals – and how can you resist feeding cattle and goats?!
As you enter you can buy bags of food in paper bags – this is a must! There is also a board showing the timings of activities going on that day, such as face painting, cuddling the guinea pigs and chicks, and an animal hunt. We headed straight to the cattle shed to say hello to the cows …
We spent ages in here … not only because it was tipping down with rain outside, but because we were rather taken by the bovine characters that were called Ferrari, Bentley, Suzuki and Kia. They had just been fed (we’d missed a feeding session), but they were so friendly. They have very expressive eyes!
Between showers we said hello to (and fed) the chickens, turkeys, ducks and pigs. Of course, we had to stop and watch the piglets playing (and sleeping).
But then we met the goats… Oh they were SO cute! And SO cheeky! While talking to one of them on one side of the barn, another on the other side was stretching its neck out desperately trying to reach the bag of food! I swear it was a well-orchestrated plan, as yes – we took an eye off the ball, and Toby (goat, not my son!) stole the paper bag of food … and ate the lot! We fell in love with these creatures – a little bit smaller and I’d have snuck one out under my coat 🙂
Toby (son, not goat!) had a go at milking a pretend cow … and then we headed off back out into the Wroxham Barns complex to have lunch.
The Pantry Café
Along with everyone else in Norfolk we all timed our lunch for the same time … so alas we couldn’t get a table in the restaurant. However, there was a café where we could grab a selection of things, including hot coffee, hot pies, sandwiches, cakes and cold drinks. It hit the spot and was much needed.
After lunch we took a look around the complex of shops. The Scrummy Pig local produce shop had lots of lovely looking products made in the region. Beers, hot sauces, chutneys, pickles, mustard, jam, marmalade, honey, and a fabulous deli counter.
Just outside was The Norfolk Cider Shop, selling, yep, you’ve guessed it.
We walked around a stained-glass studio, a studio selling wooden items, a gallery, sweet shop (that also sells doggy ice cream!) and their main store that sold lots of lovely gifts where the children spent their pocket money.
There was so much more to do at Wroxham Barns – a lot outdoors too. But the rain was so persistent it forced you indoors. A huge shame as we only scratched the surface of what the attraction has to offer.
We are heading back to Hemsby this summer with Betsy the caravan. I’m sure we’ll revisit – on a nicer day – and do all things we didn’t get to last time.
For more information, and to plan an outing to visit, please visit their website here.