Up the fun with some senior-friendly games and fun activities in North Norfolk, from bowling to bingo and everything in between.
From social opportunities and relationship building, hitting up local games, easy sports and other fun activities in your area can be a fantastic way to help an elderly friend or family member to get some exercise and mental stimulation – as well as getting out and having some fun, of course. There’s more to life than cups of tea, after all!
More energetic games and activities, such as skating or five-a-side, become less practical the older we become, but there are still plenty of ways to play, no matter how old you are. We don’t resign our seniors to sitting around and waiting on the next afternoon tea or bad soap opera.
Bowls Clubs in Norfolk have always been very popular. Bowls are designed to travel a curved path because of a weight bias which was originally produced by inserting weights in one side of the bowl. This is no longer permitted by the rules and bias is now produced entirely by the shape of the bowl. As a very popular, inexpensive sport, it attracts the sporting attentions of many thousands in the country.
Norfolk has excellent venues for both types of game, with numerous club facilities for the enthusiast to enjoy. Playing bowls is recommended by health professionals, especially for older individuals, due to its ability to enhance fitness, coordination, skill development, self-esteem, and confidence.
Golf is the perfect game for older men and women to keep their fitness up without being too over-exerting. Playing golf engages your brain and improves strength and balance. It takes a lot of mental work and strategy to plot the course to hit a tiny ball into a cup that is hundreds of feet away. It also hones attention, memory and learning as you improve your skills.
Any form of exercise is shown to lift your spirits and relieve stress. The original nine-hole course at Sheringhamopened for play in April 1892. With increasing membership and visitors, an additional nine holes were added, and the 18-hole course was opened on 14th May 1898.
With some of the quietest trout lakes in the UK, Norfolk is studded with picturesque fisheries open to experienced and inexperienced anglers every day of the year. Chapel Lake is well-stocked two-acre fishery with an average depth of around 3ft, it boasts two feature islands and holds a mixture of coarse species. With species ranging from Tench, Bream, Roach, Rudd, and Carp. There is disabled access around the fishing lakes, and parking by most swims.
Whether for mental stimulation, an afternoon (or longer) out of the usual surroundings, or for the sheer fun of it, games and activities like these are a fantastic way to spend time with senior friends and family whether you’re a carer or not. From classic pastimes like bingo and bowling to something a bit different like Adventure Golf, there’s so much to do in Norfolk to get out and about than just popping out for a cup of tea.