Get yourselves organised – next week it’s half term, so there’s plenty going on in and around Norwich. Too many activities to list, actually, so we’ve selected our top family-friendly highlights:
Image: join in the Boggle Wish Bonfire at BeWILDerwood!
Raveningham Gardens is a must-visit all-year round, but in the spring it particularly shines as the grounds are filled with beautiful snowdrops. In fact, they open especially for Snowdrop Season during February, and this Sunday 12 February sees a special day of free (with garden admission) snowdrop walks! Find out more in our blog post and visit their listing here.
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts have some great Half Term activities taking place next week, and one of our favourites is their Children’s Holiday Studio. On Thursday 16 February (10.30am - 3pm) they’re exploring pattern and decoration throughout the Sainsbury Centre; kids can explore various techniques and skills with a practising artist as well as learning about certain artwork and objects in the collections. £18/£14 concessions which includes materials, suitable for ages 5-7. Then on Friday 17 February (10.15 - 11.45am) there's a Mini Studio session - multi-sensory sessions which are great for pre-school kids and their parents/ carers. £8/£6 concessions, free for accompanying adults. Booking is essential.
For toddlers with plenty of energy, take them to The Garage’s Toddler Disco (17 February, 10.30 -11.30am) – the studio will be transformed into a disco hall complete with songs, dancing, props and games to ensure that there’ll be plenty to stimulate the senses! £3 per child, booking required – find out more here.
Head to Amazona Zoo from 11 February and see some amazing animals from South America, including monkeys, pumas, parrots, macaws, jaguars and many more! It’s a great way to spend a day during half term because there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Find out more in our blog post all about Amazona Zoo.
Join The Library Restaurant’s head chef, Nigel Raffles, for a fun cookie decorating session – kids can let their creativity flow and create a sparkling, exciting cookie to eat there and then or take home! Just book a table at The Library on Thursday 16 February and enjoy the fun! Pre-booking is essential. More details here.
Image: the special edition Get Giggly cocktail at Giggling Squid
Not only can you enjoy absolutely delicious Thai food at Giggling Squid (check out our review of it here), but in celebration of the ‘day of love’ they’re releasing a special Valentine’s cocktail, only available between 9 – 19 Feb, and it sounds absolutely delicious! It’s called ‘Get Giggly’, and it is described as “a splash of vodka infused with strawberries, hibiscus flower and dry rose wine topped with pink Prosecco and ice”. So, whether you love Valentine’s or hate it, who cares – either way, this is a real treat!
They’re also running a great competition to celebrate Thailand’s love of selfies: simply take a selfie with your Get Giggly cocktail and post a pic on Instagram or Twitter using #GetGiggly, for the chance to win a fancy three course dinner for two!
If you haven’t yet been to a puppet show at the amazing Norwich Puppet Theatre, there are a few brilliant shows this week – the perfect way to celebrated Half Term. See the classic tale of Pinocchio re-enacted with Patrick Lynch from CBeebies pulling the strings – it’s set to be a great adventure! Sunday 12 February, tickets £9 individual or £30 for a family of four.
Or how about a carnival of animals (also at Norwich Puppet Theatre)? Yes, it’s as intriguing as it sounds: “we take inspiration from the music by Camille Saint-Saëns, a little help from Darwin and a whole lot of cardboard to mash up a show full of puppet possibility.” You’ll be amazed what animals can be created from cardboard! Tickets are £9 or £30 for a family of four. Find out more here.
Norfolk’s magical adventureland, BeWILDerwood, always offers some fun and unique activities for Half Term week - and they actually re-open this Saturday! Make sure you don’t miss their Boggle Wish Bonfire, from 11 – 19 February. Make a special wish and send it into the flames or whirl it up into the trees, and join in the hunt for characters hiding their pinecone wishes around the park – find all the letters and collect your special badge! You can even learn how to dance like Boggles and Twiggles! It's going to be a bit of a chilly weekend, so take full advantage of the warm bonfire and hot chocolate - delicious!
Included in park admission; find out more here.
The much-loved Teddy Bear Express is back at Bure Valley Railway for the half term; climb aboard and join their Teddy Bear mascot for a children’s quiz, colouring fun and lots of other teddy bear themed events! Plus – even better - kids can travel for free when accompanied by a fare-paying adult! Find out more here.
Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse opens specially for a week (13 – 17 February) starting Monday for Half Term. Explore this amazing museum which is packed full of interesting galleries, interactive displays and objects from its time as a workhouse (and afterwards as a home for the elderly). There’s also a brilliant new exhibition space, Voices from the Workhouse, which tells the stories of the workhouse’s past inhabitants. It’s immersive, emotional and really interesting – a great half-term activity for all the family! Find out more about Gressenhall here.
During February Half Term we’d definitely recommend you head over to Eaton Park Crazy Golf at some point; they’re open from 10am to dusk during the school holidays and have special offers for groups. They're also offering a half price second round of golf on the same day! Find out more here.
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