With plenty of attractions open once again for the 2017 season and some fab events this week, there’s plenty to do – particularly with the imminent bank holiday!
So to help you decide what to do, here’s our top picks for this week:
Image: Running Wild at Theatre Royal - photo by Dan Tsantilis
Flintspiration, organised by the Norwich Historic Churches Trust, will fill this bank holiday weekend with over 50 free events taking place all over Norwich, as a way to celebrate the city’s fantastic medieval churches. It takes its name from the flintwork which often adorns many of the churches, and events range include guided walking tours, self-guided trails, undercroft tours, craft activities, storytelling, artwork, medieval songs and many more! Find out more here.
As well as their usual collections and exhibitions, Norwich Castle have some great activities this weekend including ‘In the Parlour with the Candlestick’ on Saturday, which links in with their Small Stories exhibition, where UEA based author Henrietta Rose Innes will lead a session on writing your own story-house. There’s also the ‘Meet The Stonemasons’ event, also on Saturday, where you can join members of the Stonemasons' Guild of St Stephen & St George as they show you some stone carving techniques!
In the lead up to the 2017 Norwich Film Festival there are various events taking place, and one this week – a screening of feature length documentary The Final Reel – is a must-see. It gives an entertaining overview of the history of cinema and includes a mix of footage including interviews, archive footage and interesting information about England’s cinema scene.
Tickets £4, concessions (students and over 65) £3; buy online.
Image: Somerleyton Hall
Holkham Hall have their annual Pedal Norfolk event which takes place over the weekend, and for those not into their cycling the Field to Fork Tractor Trailer Tour is perfect. Visitors can take the tractor trailer tour and learn all about farming in Norfolk and where your food comes from (£4 per adult, £2 per child). They’ve even got trampolines and other entertainment on site, so there’s entertainment for everyone at Holkham this bank holiday!
Image: the carousel at Thursford
The Thursford Collection have significantly reduced their admission prices, offering very reasonable entry rates (adults £5.50 and children under 16 years old now enter for free) leaving you no excuse! Head over and visit this amazing collection of quirky and unique items (with the world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs), all set in an ‘oldy-worldy’ fairground… and yes, there are rides too! Find out more here.
Here’s a quirky venue to see a show in (especially one which isn’t puppet-based): Norwich Puppet Theatre! They’re showing The Producers from 26 – 29 April and it looks set to be an impressive production filled with hilarity, show-stopping hits and off-the-wall jokes – all performed by a fantastic cast of actors, singers and dancers. You won’t want to miss it!
Image: Banham Zoo
Norfolk has a wealth of amazing places to see exotic animals; try Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Banham Zoo, Amazona Zoo and Africa Alive to see a whole array of animals, or for the more extinct type of animal try Dinosaur Adventure. All these fantastic attractions have plenty of fantastic Bank Holiday activities to enjoy as well!
Continuing with the animal theme this week sees Running Wild at Norwich Theatre Royal until 29 April; see incredible full-sized animal puppetry in this family-friendly show which has been highly praised by critics. It looks set to be a very special experience! 25 – 29 April, various performance times. Tickets £7 - £21.
This is one kids will love – a treasure hunt at one of our favourite green spaces in Norwich: the Plantation Garden. Hunt the clues around the garden and try to find the hidden treasure and you might end up with some chocolatey treats! There’ll also be craft activities and refreshments available, so let’s hope for sunshine!
30 April, 2-4pm, Plantation Garden, £4 per child, £2 accompanying adults.
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