The best dinosaur days out and attractions for children in East Anglia.
Dinosaurs are roaring across East Anglia with attractions filled with life-sized models and adventure trails. If your little one is obsessed with all thing’s dinosaurs, we’ve pulled together some great days out where they can embrace their inner palaeontologist.
The World of Dinosaurs at Paradise Wildlife Park
White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne EN10 7QA
This is the closest you’ll get to a real dinosaur. The World of Dinosaurs, an area of the park, uses life-like animatronics to create a realistic dinosaur habitat. Discover 35 huge replicas including a Triceratops and Spinosaurus, hiding among the trees. They move, roar and even breathe! See if you can spot the famous Indoraptor from Jurassic World. In addition, there are over 800 animals to view, including big cats such as Amur tigers and white lions, plus red pandas, penguins, the largest Green Anaconda on display in the UK and more. If the kids still aren’t worn out, let them loose at one of the five adventure playgrounds.
Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village
Stansted, Essex, CM24 8SP
Towering over the village, the reconstructed Castle and Norman Village offers a chance to experience what life would have been like during the Norman era. The buildings stand on land believed to have been an early Iron Age fort and Roman, Saxon and Viking settlement. History comes to life with costumed characters and events throughout the year, while rescued animals such as chickens, goats and deer roam free. Once you’ve explored the castle, take a walk through the life sized dinosaur display on your way to the Toy Museum. There’s the opportunity to try fossil hunting at the Palaeontology House.
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
Lenwade, Norwich NR9 5JE
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure is an 85-acre family-owned Jurassic-themed park, situated in Lenwade, Norfolk. The perfect attraction for dinosaur lovers, the park is a great value and mammoth day out, with things to do for all members of the family.
From Dippy’s Splash Zone to the winding dinosaur trail – there’s also Dippy’s Raceway, Dinomite Indoor Adventure Play (the biggest indoor play area in Norfolk), Predator High Ropes and new for 2021, Dippy’s Theatre. With plenty of food outlets available across the park, there’s also Dippy’s Picnic Area for picnics and packed lunches.
The park has an array of measures in place to keep guests safe including plenty of hand sanitiser dispensers, social distancing dinosaur footprints, increased cleaning around the park and pre-booking of some activities.
Playground & Dino Trail at Knebworth House
Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage SG1 2AX
Enjoy a day of outdoors adventure with the family. Young visitors can follow the Dinosaur Trail in the Wilderness Garden and find the 72 life-sized dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures. Make them roar with the wind-up sound box. Don’t miss the huge chalk board where children can create their own cave man drawings! Spend the day exploring the pretty gardens with a maze and walled kitchen garden. Enjoy the historic Deer Park and huge Adventure Playground at Fort Knebworth with its astro slide and drop slides, zip wire and splash water play features. The House is also open to visitors where knowledgeable guides will share stories of Knebworth’s long history. It’s fun for the whole family!
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EQ
This free day out is better suited to older children keen to learn more about the history of dinosaurs. Explore the display of fossils and bones on display in the gallery and learn more about the 800 species that roamed the Earth for more than 160 million years. The museum hosts events and activities throughout the year. Find out more.
Jurassic Links Adventure Golf at Kingsway Golf Centre
Cambridge Road, Melbourn, Royston, SG8 6EY
The family-run centre course opened in spring 2021 and got off to a roaring start post-lockdown. However, its dinosaurs hit troubled waters when a 30-foot T.Rex got caught up in the Suez Canal blockage. It’s still detained by Egyptian authorities. Not wanting to let visitors down, the Jurassic themed golf course which includes 18-holes of adventure, river and waterfall challenges, have since welcomed the arrival of a Pterosaur flown in from China. This autumn sees the new addition of a metre long Guanlong Wucaii from the late Jurassic period in China, 2.5metre long Dilophosaurus Veneifer and 3.4metre baby Stegosaurus. The golf centre recently opened its Jamaica Blue restaurant, the perfect place to refuel after an afternoon amongst the dinosaurs. Book your tickets here.
Tower complex, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 2EW
An interactive experience, which will make visitors feel as though they’ve transported to Jurassic times. There are over 10 electronic moving installations and a chance to get up close with life like Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and T.Rex in the walk-though exhibit. Hands-on experiences such as fossil digging, scavenger hunt and roaring installations make this a must visit for any dino-enthusiasts! Book here.
Congo Rapids Lost World Adventure Golf
Ufford Park Hotel, Yarmouth Rd, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1QW
The family can practice their swing at the adventure golf course featuring a jungle plane crash, lost temple and volcano. Take on the challenges before entering the land of dinosaurs. Face the menacing T.Rex and 5metre tall brachiosaurus at the 13th hole before taking on the dinosaur claw.
Gulliver’s Land Dinosaur Park
Livingstone Drive, Milton Keynes MK15 0DT
A fun-filled day out for the whole family, the theme park features the ‘Lost World of the Living Dinosaurs’. Children can get up close to 30 huge tail-thrashing dinos and learn about the Jurassic period with activities along the way. Take your trip to the next level with an overnight stay at one of the themed cabins including the Lost World Dino Den and Deluxe Dino Den which features a cool campervan. The attraction includes multiple themed areas with mazes, rides, splash zone and play areas.
Zoorassic Park at Whipsnade Zoo
Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2LF
This summer sees the arrival of roaring dinosaurs to Whipsnade Zoo. Until 5 September, dino-mad kids can travel back in time and come face-to-face with life-size animatronic dinosaurs, learn about the species and why they become extinct.