West Stow Anglo Saxon Village & Country Park
One of England's great archaeological sites, West Stow Anglo Saxon Village is a great day out for all members of the family with a recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village surrounded by 125 acres of woods, heathlands, a river and a lake, plus nature trails, walks and an adventure playground.
West Stow also boasts a wonderful interpretive trail which has been inspired by the ancient saga of Beowulf and Grendel. The trail takes you on a journey through parts of the unique Breckland landscape including, heathland - where you will meet the sleeping dragon - woodlands and lake settings. There are six large themed carved sculptures that capture not only capture the story but fire your imagination about life in the region 1,500 years ago.
Next door is West Stow Country Park, with 125 acres of unspoilt countryside, trails, heath and woodland walks, to explore for free. For wildlife enthusiasts there are two bird hides and a bird feeding area as well as a lake and the River Lark with all the life that this attracts. Families can also enjoy the free Beowulf and Grendell Adventure Trail.
Cost: Adults - £7, Concessions - £6, Children (5-16 years) - £4, Family (up to 5 family members, 2 adults) - £21.
Entry to West Stow Country Park free
Charges apply for car parking.
Book online at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village website.
Listed at number 5 in England's most visited free attractions, the historic Abbey Gardens are the perfect place to enjoy a cost-free day out.
Home to the remains of the Abbey of St Edmund there's also outstanding floral displays, an aviary, family play area, a café and riverside walk to enjoy.
It's a great place to enjoy a picnic and an ice cream, discover the town's 1000 year history, let off steam and watch the world go by.
Clare Castle Country Park
Nestled in the town of Clare, Clare Castle Country Park contains the remains of the 13th Century stone castle keep set upon its 60ft high motte overlooking the town, as well as its inner and outer baileys.
The Park has a variety of walks and trails to enjoy; follow the paths along the gently flowing river and seek the ivy-covered outer bailey walls as you make your way past the ponds. There's also a play park where kids can let off steam and you can enjoy a coffee, slice of cake and an ice cream at Platform One Cafe.
Spend a day at Nowton Park and you're in for cost-free, wonderful wildlife-filled experience! Children will love looking out for the wooden dragon which has been carved from a cedar tree that was growing in the park but was struck by lightning. In the centre of the arboretum, you will find a 35ft totem pole; carved from a western red cedar which is the species traditionally favoured by Native Americans for their totem poles.
During the summer months, Nowton Park's maze, which takes on the shape of a stylised oak tree, is made up if 2,500 hornbeam trees and is a fun and free activity for all to enjoy.
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