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Swallows and Amazons


6 things to do this week

We're counting down to the long weekend! If you're lucky enough to have Monday off, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your bonus holiday day; here's what's going on over the next week. 

Image: Swallows and Amazons at Maddermarket Theatre


Have an evening out with John, Susan, Titty and Roger at the Maddermarket Theatre for Arthur Ransome's much loved classic, Swallows and Amazons (running until Saturday 2nd September). Follow their adventures on the 'holiday of a lifetime' where they encounter fearsome foes, secret islands and dastardly pirates. Tickets: £15/ £10, family of four £42, adult & child £21



Go back to your childhood with a ride on the miniature railway in Eaton Park on Bank Holiday Monday.  Eaton Park's miniature railway comprises the original elevated track and a longer ground level track which runs through a beautiful meadow. It was built, and is run, cared for and developed by the Norwich and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd (NDSME) and is one of the park's most popular attractions. The railway will operate on Bank Holiday Monday from 1pm to 5pm. Tickets are £1. While you're in the park, visit the 1928 boat pond where you can sail your own model boat or watch other enthusiasts launching theirs.  



Every Friday is market day in Wymondham; the picturesque market town is just seven miles south of Norwich and is on the Norwich to Cambridge train line. The market is open from 9am to 2.30pm with a range of local produce and delicious treats to take home. While you're in the town, visit the impressive 900 year old Wymondham Abbey and find out about its interesting history. 



Rana Begum can do things with colour, space and form that will leave you looking on with awe. Her work has transformed the Mezzanine Gallery at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts with an immersive installation and wall-mounted reliefs, taking advantage of the light and space of Norman Foster's architecture. This is her first museum show anywhere in the world and it's open until Sunday 1st October. The Sainsbury Centre is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm - closed Mondays.  Admission to this exhibition is £7 and £6 concessions.  



Sunny days were made for splashing around with dinosaurs. Join Dippy for the summer beach party at Dinosaur Adventure every day until Sunday 3rd September. Pack swimwear for the children and have a splashing good time in dippy's Splash Zone as well as all the other dinosaur attractions on offer in the park. Adult tickets are £13.20 and children (3-15) are £16.10 if you book online in advance. 



And now for something completely different! How about heading out in the evening on the trail of bats? Join a guided bat walk in Holkham Park where you can use detectors to listen out for activity and find out all about British bats. The walk takes place on Tuesday 29th August from 7.30pm and must be booked in advance as numbers are limited. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children ages 5-16.  Tickets will not be available to purchase on the day of the event after 4.30pm. For booking and more event information visit the website.


**More ideas here - see our Bank Holiday on a Budget post**



Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.

East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.

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