A perfectly pre-historic day out in Norfolk – here is what to expect from a visit to this family favourite attraction!
If you need a place with an abundance of space to run around and plenty of play equipment, Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Park is the place to go! There are so many nooks and crannies to explore, so let’s get started!
As one of the best features of the park, I’m delighted to say the Dinosaur Trail remains almost completely unchanged from when we visited as children 25 years ago. My brother distinctly remembers many of the dinos, and with the exception of a fresh coat of paint and some enhanced audio, they haven’t changed a bit! Its no surprise that they are still hugely popular with visitors – which kid doesn’t love being face-to-face with a life size brachiosaurus!
Pedal-powered go-karts. They really are nothing more than that, but let me tell you, a lot of time was spent here! There are 2 small tracks, both of which were a hit for our family, and it’s great that there are a combination of single karts and karts with a passenger seat for little ones. I can imagine this area is busy in the school holidays, but during term time its great!
Lost World A-Mazing Maze
Another wonderfully themed area, this walk featured lots of hidden surprises and a fun rope bridge (which can be avoided if you have a pushchair or wheelchair). Look out for raptors!
Secret Animal Garden
Tucked away in a quiet corner, this lovely area gave us a welcome break from the charging pace of the rest of the park! Say hello to a drove of donkeys, interact with some guinea pigs and maybe even stroke a snake! Be sure to check the timetable so you don’t miss out on these animal encounters.
‘Dinomite’ Indoor Play Area
Awarded ‘Best Indoor Play Area’ by families, this is the all-weather jewel in the Dinosaur Park’s already gleaming crown! With a combination of ball pits, bridges and slides for all ages and abilities, you’ll find yourself in here for a while – good job there are refreshments! No need to worry about the little ones either – there is an area developed specially for under 5s called ‘Dippy-Ville’, featuring interactive activity walls and digital floor games.
…And there is still so much more to do!
Check out some of the other amazing areas and attractions to explore on your visit, including:
- Dippy’s Theatre – a new indoor theatre with live entertainment (open seasonally)
- Dippy’s Splash Zone – an outdoor water play space (open seasonally)
- Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf – a family friendly course
- Neanderthal Walk – a walk through scenes of our early ancestors
- Pterodactyl’s Treehouse – a fantastic sheltered outdoor play area
- Predator High Ropes – a treetop assault course (open seasonally, weather permitting)
- X-tinction – a fun fossil dig site
Despite already being a ‘roarsome’ day out, the park is about to receive a three-phase expansion which will include a number of new rides, attractions and refreshment offerings. You can see more details on their official website. Did someone say ‘annual pass’?!
- Bring a buggy. The pathways throughout the park are pushchair and wheelchair friendly, though parts of the Dinosaur Trail and Neanderthal Walk venture through natural woods meaning there is uneven terrain. If there is any chance your kid’s legs will get tired, take the pushchair – there is a lot of ground to cover!
- Take a picnic! The food options here are extremely limited during term-time, and even when the restaurant is open, the menu isn’t exactly diverse. There are a ton of places, both indoors and out, where you are invited to enjoy your own food and drink, so utilise them! It is also worth noting that you can return to your car and re-enter throughout the day, so no need to pack light either!
- Download the app. With an interactive park map, live show times, discounts and more, the Roarr! app is packed with all of the information you need to get the most out of your day. You can download it here.
- Purchase tickets in advance. In order to give everyone a safe and enjoyable visit, Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Park are still advising customers to pre-book online with a predetermined arrival time. You can do this as late as the night before by clicking here.
Whether your kids know their diplodocus from their datousaurus or not, they will have the best day running wild in this classic Norfolk attraction. I have many fond memories of the Dinosaur Park from my childhood, and it’s lovely to see it has survived the test of time and that our children can now enjoy it too. It’s not a zoo, nor a funfair – it truly is a day out with something for everyone, and remains both nostalgic and current for all who are able to visit.
Address: Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Park, Lenwade, Norwich, Norfolk, UK, NR9 5JE
Telephone: 01603 876310
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