When visiting Norfolk recently, we decided to head somewhere that I haven’t been to since I was a child. Tucked away in a charming and picturesque Norfolk village, not far from the Norfolk coast, is a cheap day out for all of the family, full of beauty, wonder, peace, exploration, excitement, nature and most of all, fun!
When we arrived in Glandfordpark, we parked up near the church gates. As soon as we stepped out of the car, the church bells were chiming on the hour with a little tune and some great big bongs. The children loved hearing these and darted up the hill to get a closer look of the church.
Archie has always loved old buildings and churches, so this was a point of interest for him. He was delighted to find the church unlocked, so that we could explore inside. It is such a beautiful church with intricate wood carvings, impressive chandeliers and a set of stairs hidden away that caused much intrigue with the boys.
After we spent time exploring, the boys signed the visitor’s book with the following statements:
Archie: ‘The pulpit is beautiful and I love it. I’m thankful they made it to think about God.’
Rocco: ‘I like the red carpet.’
I had thought I would sneak in a bit of writing practice for Archie, but he was just too interested in what he was seeing, so dictated to me what he wanted to say whilst he continued to explore.
After we had finished exploring inside the church, we went outside to have a look around. There was a kind of ditch built around the church that we spent some time discussing and walking around. After some deliberation, we decided it must be part of a drainage system for the church.
At the bottom of the hill, you will find a quaint flint building with a porch on the front and a subtle sign above the door saying ‘Sir Alfred Jodrell’s SHELL MUSEUM Built 1915’. The Shell Museum is very small, but full of wonderful and interesting shells and artefacts. It really is a cave of curiosities and there is so much to see packed into this small space.
The museum itself is open Tuesday to Saturday from Easter Saturday through to the end of October. The opening times are 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm.
- Adults – £2.50
- Senior Citizens – £2.00
- Children – 50p
- Under 5s – FREE
With the museum being so small, there are no facilities on site, but if your little ones are in need of a toilet or nappy changing facilities, there are public toilets in the village – just a short walk away! There is also a cafe in the same area as the toilet facilities, perfect if you are in need of some refreshments.
If you want to find out more about the museum, head to the website HERE.
Our next stop was less than a minutes walk down the road from the Shell Museum…The Ford! The River Glaven crosses the road in Glandford, making a ford that is supposedly unsuitable for vehicles to cross. However, we did enjoy watching a couple of locals in their 4x4s having a go and making it across – they were clearly pros!
The ford was so much fun and the boys loved exploring in different ways. Archie enjoyed wading across from one side to the other and exploring the gentle current that runs across the ford. We also ventured under the bridge to find a mini waterfall with some slippery stones. Rocco enjoyed a little paddle but was more interested in plopping stones of all shapes and sizes into the water.
Having managed to keep relatively dry (we only had spare shorts in the bag, but no t-shirts), Rocco managed to tumble with the most almighty splash into the water with just minutes to go, causing the biggest of belly laughs from us all, after making sure that he was OK of course!
We would HIGHLY recommend heading to Glandford for an afternoon out. It was so quiet and we had a great couple of hours there. The boys would have happily stayed longer, which I think is a sign of a great day out!
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