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Rain -windowIn our last post we suggested some outdoor activities for the summer holidays - but what if the weather takes a turn for the worse and the amazing outdoor event you planned to go no longer looks so appealing?

This being the UK That's always a distinct possibility, so we thought it only prudent to look into some indoor summer games and activities just in case!

Norfolk Museums, Arts and culture

Norfolk are no shortage of truly amazing Museums and art galleries - from small, specialised museums in almost every town (such as the award winning Diss Museum near us at Bressingham) to large, impressive affairs.

For a grander museum experience you the Norwich Castle Museum houses a surprising amount of stuff - ranging from egyptian mummies to collections of victorian chintz!

The castle keep itself is also fantastic fun for kids to explore and usually has activities on offer.

If the rain lets up they even do tours of the roof, providing great views of this fantastic medieval city.

If you fancy a trip out to the coast you could do worse than a visit to The Time & Tide museum in Gt Yarmouth housed in a former Victorian herring curing works.

The museum curators have done a great job bringing the story of Gt Yarmouth’s past to life with great reconstructions of period homes and shops, games, free audio guides and film shows, and activities for children.

Something more spectacular?

Sticking to Gt Yarmouth another great attraction is the Circus and Water spectacular at the Hippodrome.  The building itself, set back from the bustling seafront, has great period feel and the show features some amazing acts - for sections of the show the circus ring is filled with water becoming a swimming pool!

For something a bit different you can visit the Ecotech Centre at Swaffham.  The centre is housed on a wind farm where - for a small charge - you can climb to the top of one of the Turbines.

If the weather’s not too bad you can get spectacular views out over the Norfolk countryside - apparently it’s even possible to see as far as the coast.

Our top Stay at home Summer activity

Being stuck in the house during a wet, miserable summer holiday can actually be a great opportunity to spend time with the family - as long as you can avoid arguments!

One of the greatest ways for a family to alleviate the boredom and vent petty grievance and rivalries (or, just as often, cause them) is a really good boardgame - but we thought we’d look further afield that the usual Monopoly, Cluedo or Snakes & Ladders.

Befittingly we found one that even features trains - it’s called Ticket to Ride.

It’s a brilliant boardgame which can be learned very quickly and involves each player attempting to build the most train routes across a map - which sounds really simple but becomes very, very challenging.

It’s simple enough to be played by a children 8+ but involves some serious strategic decisions - so prepare to get hammered by your children!

Are there any local places or events you think we should know about?

If you’ve particularly enjoyed any places or events in Norfolk or Suffolk let us know.

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By Alastair Baker at 28 Jul 2015, 08:00 AM