We recently took a trip to Hemsby after our first visit last year when we enjoyed some coastal adventures around Norfolk.
This time we returned when Hemsby Beach Holiday Park invited us to experience their newly refurbished leisure complex, The Yacht Club, that is celebrating their 75th anniversary,
The Yacht Club complex is part of their £10 million investment which includes over 300 new accommodation units, 13 luxury lodges – each with its own hot tub – a new entertainment and restaurant complex and a 400-seat state-of-the-art show bar.
The leisure complex has also become a Go Active resort to provide a wide range of sports facilities, including a swimming pool, fitness room, a traversing wall, an outdoor multi-use games area and an indoor activity room.
As from this year, The Yacht Club is now open to local visitors as a day attraction, where you can now go in and eat in Posh Plaice, the new fish bar and kids can try one of the many sports activities on offer.
As soon as we arrived we headed straight to Posh Plaice for lunch.
On the menu you will find a typical Fish & Chip menu, fish, pies, burgers, chicken and kids meals.
I went for cod and chips, Alex and Elliot chose a burger and chips and Tobias and Georgie chose the kids chicken nugget meal, which came in a box with a carton of juice and a pencil/pad.
The food was delicious and very generous portion sizes. We often find that days out can be ruined by the prices of food so we were pleasantly surprised by the cost of our lunch and it was just what we needed on a really nippy day. Our meals came to £22.30
While you wait for lunch there is a soft play area directly next to the seating area where the kids happily played while waiting (about 5-10 minutes).
The seating area and soft play are separated by a wall with windows so you can keep an eye on the kids while waiting for your food.
You also have some ride ons to choose from if this is what your kids prefer.
There is a large bar next door to Posh Plaice with numerous screens dotted around if you want to watch some sports.
Particularly loved these beach hut style booths.
After lunch we headed outside to the outdoor play area and brand new Crows Nest activity – an exciting new high-rope climbing experience for kids who are a minimum height of 1m.
Because of the heights of our kids it meant the boys were able to go on the high ropes on their own after getting harnessed up.
The boys both absolutely loved the high ropes and got on really well with it.
But if your kids are a little cautious like the boys were to start with, there are members of staff on hand to help them out, who were absolutely brilliant.
While waiting for her brothers to finish on the high ropes, Georgie had a play in the outdoor play area which is directly next to the high ropes activity.
Also if you took part in the GoGoHares trail last year you can find one of them here!
The boys were allowed on the high ropes for about an hour and with Georgie being too little for these, there is also something for the younger kids (max height of 122cm) called Sky Tykes.
After we all finished on the rope activities it was time to head back in to the Yacht Club for our next activity, Panna Soccer.
It’s a giant inflatable football pitch where the aim of the goal is to score 3 goals or to nutmeg your opposition.
Georgie was a bit apprehensive at first and instead of choosing to get involved straight away, chose to watch from the sides with me.
It didn’t take long for her to realise what she was missing and soon started begging to be let in to play!
The boys were very good while in there though and didn’t kick the ball too hard at her.
After Panna Soccer they all received a certificate which was a lovely touch as the kids all felt like they had accomplished something.
This one gave it his all and needed a quick lie down before we moved on to our next activity!
After Panna Soccer we went to the room directly next door to the Traversing wall.
It’s like traditional wall climbing, but instead of climbing straight up you actually climb across.
This is absolutely ideal for younger kids or for kids just starting out climbing.
Its also a great way for helping kids to build core strength needed for wall climbing and to practise their technique!
The best bit about the Traversing wall is that you can time yourself. You have a button at the start and the aim is to then race across to the end and push the button to stop the timer. It all became very competitive.
So if you have ultra competitive kids like we do, then this is a perfect activity.
Pro tip though – if you stay low to the ground, it’s easier and you will be able to make your way across quicker!
For anyone visiting, non-residents (day visitors) can turn up and pay for the activity they would like to do. The only activities not available to day visitors is the Climbing Wall and Sky Tykes as they are in a resident-only area. The water activities (the pool is for the use of residents only) are also off limits to day visitors.
Day visitors can also enjoy eating in the Yacht Club and also use the soft play free of charge. And to book activities, visitors just need to book at the leisure desk which can be found in the Yacht Club.
If you are interested, here is the full list and prices for each activity including the ages.
We had an absolutely brilliant day out, the kids had the best time and we really like the fact that local residents are able to access and use the facilities here which are usually only reserved for staying residents.
Thank you Richardson’s for a truly perfect day out.
Nb. We were gifted our experience at Richardson’s Hemsby Beach holiday park in order to share our experience of the day out. All views and opinions are our own.