For my niece’s 2nd birthday we visited Bircham Windmill near Kings Lynn in Norfolk. We had never been before as it is a 120 mile round trip but it is Beth’s favourite windmill. It was an overcast but humid day – hence the dark skies.
Bircham Windmill consists of a tea room, museum, animal petting area, gift shop, cycle hire and garden area which is equipped with a sand pit, play area and several wheeled toys . The play area was partially enclosed meaning Adam was able to run around freely. There is a mound with a network of tunnels inside where the children can push small cars through – Adam was in his element!
Bircham Windmill was built in 1846 and worked until the 1920s when the sails were removed and the tower abandoned. Restoration of the windmill started in the 1970’s and now the mill is in full working order. You are able to climb the 5 floors and see the machinery in place. Adam loved climbing the ladders independently – although coming down was fun!
At the top there was just enough room for us all to stand on the fan deck.
There are several animals at Bircham Windmill. At 2pm each day visitors can watch Esme, Imogen, Amelia, Gloria and Custard the sheep come up the ramp into the mini parlour to be milked. The milk is used in two cheeses which are made on site. As well as sheep, goats, a donkey and ponies there are rabbits and guinea pigs in the animal petting area.
The Bircham Windmill Tea Room serves a selection of light lunches and home made cakes – including dairy free options. Inside the Tea Room is the Art Gallery which houses the work of a different artist each month.
In the Children’s Baking Corner, Beth and Stevie had great fun baking their own bread. The bread is left to rise for 20 minutes and then cooked for 10 minutes after which they got to take their bread home. This activity cost an additional £2.40 per child.
Bircham Windmill is a great venue for toddlers and plenty to keep them occupied whilst you sample the many delights from the bakery.
The Bircham Windmill, tearoom, bakery and cycle hire is open every day from April to September. Adult tickets are £4.95 although Season tickets are only £6.00. Under 4’s are free.
Check our other toddler friendly venues in ‘Adventures of Adam around Norfolk’.
Adam was 2 years and 2 months old.