We were thrilled to visit Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure last week. My son has always had a keen interest / obsession with dinosaurs and when he came across a leaflet for this Dinosaur themed park he asked many times after ‘when can we go?’. I’ve also had many Lincolnshire based friends recommend the place. So for a birthday treat I booked for us to stay in Norwich for the night so that we could visit. If you aren’t local to the area a stay in Norwich is well located for visiting this park. Or it is well located for many for just a day trip. Roarr! Dinosaur adventure is located in Lenwade which is north west of Norwich in Norfolk.
You can purchase tickets online, in advance, for Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure. These tickets are discounted, you will still have to queue at the ticket offices upon arrival to be issued with a wristband. Once you have purchased your tickets or shown your confirmation for your online booking you are given a wristband to wear. You can then choose to have your photo taken in front of a green screen which you can view and purchase if you wish afterwards (your photo will include a fun dinosaur theme behind you). We chose not to do this. There are a few other photo opportunities around the park. You also enter next to a self service cafe and a large shop.
The kids are also handed their own map of the park with various activities to complete. The main activity being collecting stamps. As you walk around you will notice stamp stations. If you collect all of the stamps on your sheet your child can choose a free dinosaur medal at the end. This was a big win win for my son as he loves finding things and adores medals.
What is there to see and do at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure:
There’s a couple of dinosaur themed walks around the park which I will talk more about below. As well as these walks the dinosaur theme runs throughout most of the park. You are never far from a dinosaur at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure. A few of them were animated however most weren’t. They had plenty of atmospheric noises playing as you walked around the park which added to the fun.
The Neanderthal walk was the first thing that we did after arriving at the park. There was rain forecast for the day so we wanted to fit in as much as we could as quickly as we could. It’s not a long walk and there’s not a huge amount to see however it was fun and we found a stamping station.
There’s plenty of signs around the park telling you a little about the dinosaurs and the displays that they have on these walks.
We went on the dinosaur trail just before lunch. I think we approached it from the wrong end though as I think you are supposed to start down by X-Tinction. You stamp in and out and follow the trail looking for T-Rex. We found many other dinosaurs but not many T-Rex. There’s one really tall dinosaur which provided perfect shelter from the rain. The trail is quite hilly and set in the woods. My son loved the walk and spotting the dinosaurs along the way.
It was the parks mascot’s (Dippy’s) birthday during our visit so many of the dinosaurs had been decorated accordingly.
Lost World A-Mazing Adventure
The Lost World A-Mazing Adventure is a fun dinosaur themed maze located to the right of the splash park. We actually went on this walk during a downpour and luckily all the trees provided a lot of shelter. The maze itself wasn’t too difficult to work out. There were plenty of fun things to do along the way though. There was a wobbly bridge, bongoes, a look out tower, many dinosaurs to spot and much more.
X-Tinction is a lovely part of the park and it all looks relatively new. It’s under cover so it was perfect shelter for us from the rain. There are two large sandpits with brushes where kids (and adults) can brush away to their heart’s content to find dinosaur bones and fossils. There’s also two smaller raised sandpits with ammonites. My son could have spent hours in here!
Right next to X-Tinction there is a giant dinosaur where you can see your kids inside ‘it’s stomach’ and then they can slide down out of its mouth. What fun!
Dinosaur Crazy Golf
After the torrential rain I didn’t think we’d get a go at the crazy golf. They have 8 short themed holes which are mostly themed on volcanoes. You helped yourself to putters and balls. Sadly there were hardly any balls left so only my son could have a go. This wasn’t because it was busy. It would be nice to see this part of the park staffed or maintained a few times throughout the day to make sure golf balls weren’t going astray. Jamie loved it and it was a relatively easy course for him to complete, perfect for beginners.
What else is there to do at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure?
Dinomite Indoor Play Area
The adventure play area is indoors and it looked very big. Because it was a rainy day it was very busy for summer and my son didn’t want to venture off to play. There are lots of seats inside and outside plus somewhere to get snacks and drinks. The soft play area has 3 floors of fun and also a separate area for under 5’s. There’s even a large outdoor climbing area which looked a lot of fun. It was nice that my son preferred to be outdoors on this occasion however I’m sure this would have been lots of fun.
Predator! High Ropes
Predator! High Ropes is very new to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure and opened in July 2018. Unlike a lot of places where these courses are an additional charge this is actually included in the admission price. My 5 year old is tall enough for the 1.2m height limit however he is still a little young to understand the concept of courses like this. I am determined to persuade him on something like this one of these days as I think he’d love it. But for now I have to be resigned with a big firm no. It looked so much fun though. Apparently it takes around 5-15 minutes to complete the course with two different levels of difficulty. They have some rules and regulations which are worth reading up on beforehand.
Secret Animal Garden
They have a small farmyard at Roarr! Dinosaur adventure. There’s not a huge amount to see there however it was nice to walk around and they had some incredibly cute pigs. If you head off down past where you go on the deer safari there’s a wooden walkway above some goats which is worth finding. They have animal handling at various times throughout the day in this part of the park.
Stone Age Road Race
Confession we never found this! I think it is located at the side of the indoor play area. It is an indoors race track with mini quads and jeeps which are free to use. Drivers must be over 110cm. If you are under 110cm you can ride with an adult. There is also an outdoor pedal circuit next to the crazy golf.
Outdoor Adventure Play Area
Not far from the main entrance you will find a large outdoor adventure play area. There’s plenty for all ages to play and climb on. There’s even a dedicated area for under 7’s to play and have fun. My son’s favourite was this giant lizard pictured below. He had a great time running into its mouth and out at the other end!
Dippy’s Splash Zone
After the hot weather we’ve been having it was a shame that the rain came and dropped the temperature. The splash park looked a lot of fun. They have slides, a big bucket that tips water, smaller splash areas and more. It’s all dinosaur themed and looked great fun. Photography of the splash zone is not allowed when it is open. There are lockers where you can store your clothes etc. for £1. There’s also a snack shack and plenty of benches for the adults to rest if they don’t want to join in with the splash fun.
The Deer Safari is not included in the admission price. As everything else is free to use at the park I am unsure as to why this is. I am assuming it’s so that the numbers are controlled so that not everyone is wanting to go on the safari. It is £1.95 per adult and £1.50 per child. I am glad that we did it as it was very good. You have to prebook your time at the ticket office next to where the safari jeep departs from. We chose the 12:50pm tour as we managed to fit in lunch beforehand. The Jeep has two trailers with seating and we chose the lower down trailer which seemed to have more leg room and better views.
You enter the deer area via a large security gate. They have red deer and fallow deer which follow the jeep until it stops as they are then fed by the lady leading the tour. She gave a very engaging and informative talk and we learnt all sorts about deer. The stag was quite a character and it was amazing to hear how much his antlers grow each day. The Deer Safari’s run from Easter until October half term.
Eating and Drinking at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
There are a few places where you can eat and drink at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure. You are also allowed to bring along a picnic if you so wish. There is the Dinomite cafe over at the Soft Play with indoor and outdoor tables which is self service. There is also Dippy’s cafe over by the entrance, again self service and various snack shacks around the park including fish and chips (Nautilus).
We chose to seat at the recently opened Explorers over in the walled garden, by the animals. This has seating indoors and outdoors. While you have to order at the till your drinks and food are then brought to you at the table. The menu was varied, mostly healthy and certainly different to what you expect of a theme park. It is a themed restaurant based on steampunk Jules Verne 20,000 leagues under the sea. We all enjoyed our lunch and I’d certainly eat there again.
Currently if you purchase your tickets online in advance you will benefit from a discount. Online tickets are £14.95 for an adults, £16.95 for a child aged 3-15 and under 3’s are free. They have special reduced rates for disabled children and their carers. Plus photo packages and multi tickets discounts. Currently they have a seasonal online multi saver discount which is £55 for 4 tickets (adult or child), 5 tickets for £70, 6 tickets for £85. The multisaver ticket is available online only between 2 6/05/18 until 30/09/18.
. The Predator High Ropes course is included in the admission price. Children need to be 1.2m or taller to participate.
Watch this space for a video of our day out coming soon……………..
Overall we had a really good day out at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure. It was fun to explore and there’s certainly enough there to keep you entertained for a full day.
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