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Walk in the Park

Family friendly walks

Become history hunters in the Norfolk countryside and medieval quarter of Norwich.

All family friendly walks have free activities to keep children engaged and to spark their curiosity about the Pastons and the natural world.

The walks are a good length for little legs and the Norwich walk is buggy friendly. We've recommended family friendly things to do nearby to help you plan a fun day out. 


A countryside walk starting at Paston church and taking in Paston village which has a lovely playpark. This walk is near the seaside and is walking distance from the sandy Blue Flag beach of Mundesley.

A countryside walk through magical Broadlands and past the grand home of the Pastons. It has lovely picnic spots by the river and at certain times of the year can be reached by steam train.

A buggy and pram friendly walk exploring the medieval city of stories. The family friendly Norwich Castle is on the route for picnics (book ahead for Castle entry) and also the iconic Norwich market with its tempting street food stalls.

Walk activities for children

Download our fun Explorer Hunt activity and see if you can tick off all the Paston family related things as you do the walk. Or try out one of our simple, prep-free walk activity ideas.

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Paston walk activity

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Oxnead walk activity

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Norwich walk activity

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Simple walk activity ideas to spark curiosity that require no prep

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Walk audio tours that older children might be interested in

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Post walk activities to find out more about the Pastons and the times they lived through

Simple activities to do on a walk with children

Get the most out of your family walk and spark children's curiosity and creativity with these simple, prep-free activity ideas from our Education Consultant Georgia Knee.

Follow the leader

Hand navigation over to the children and see if they can use the map and instructions to follow the route. Reading the facts and information provided, they can become your very own tour guide.

A Paston's view

Ask children what they think the Pasotn family would have seen on the walks that we can still see today? Point out both natural and man-made features (eg: trees, rivers, buildings) and discuss their thoughts and ideas.

Drawing with nature

Take a bag on your walk and collect natural materials as you explore. Use them to create a self-portrait on the ground at the end of your walk or when you get home.

Rainbow hunt

Try and spot an object for every colour of the rainbow. Maybe you can collect several or put them in coloured bags!

Sound hunt

Ask children to listen out for sounds. Create a list to tick them off or ask older children to record them as a soundscape for the walk.


Collect acorns, flower, pine-cones etc to take home and dissect to see what they look like on the inside.

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