The school holidays are finally here and the first week is packed with family-friendly events of all kinds, from dinosaur encounters to dolls houses and even a visit to Wonderland.
Image: Enjoy a day out at Houghton Hall this week
Puppet Zoo Animals at intu Chapelfield
intu Chapelfield Kids' Club members (aged three and over) can get creative in a series of free weekly workshops. This week they'll be making their own puppets inspired by the furred, feathered, scaly and scuttling residents of Norfolk's zoos, and led by the team from Norwich Puppet Theatre. Activities are free for Kids' Club members - just bring your membership cards with you. If you're not already signed-up, click here to join. Check the website for more information and to book in advance. Join the puppet zoo Wednesday 26th July and Thursday 27th July, 10am-4pm.
Alice Back in Wonderland
Alice is fed up with everyone asking her about her adventures in Wonderland, after all, the whole thing was only a dream – or was it? When the White Rabbit reappears and tells Alice that Wonderland needs her once again, she is forced to revisit her old adventures and face many new ones. A fun-filled musical adventure for all the family, from the writer of 'High School Prom Queen' and 'Peter Pan Return to Neverland'. Catch up with Alice and her adventures at Norwich Theatre Royal from now until Saturday 29th July. Tickets £6 - £12. Under threes free!
Wymondham Abbey Celebration of the Bells
Do you love the sound of church bells ringing? Bell ringers from across the Diocese of Norwich are preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the installation of 10 bells at Wymondham Abbey with a bell ringing competition. The Wymondham Bell Ringers have invited teams from the Norwich Diocesan Association of Ringers to take part in a ringing competition this Sunday, July 30. Five teams, including one from Wymondham, are due to take part. The competition runs from 2.15pm to 4.45pm.
Dinosaurs come to life
Grab your compass and join an intrepid explorer to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child's favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few! This show is for all the family, ages 3+ and is running from Thursday 3rd August to Saturday 5th August at Norwich Theatre Royal. Tickets £6.25 - £12.50.
Tigers and Lions
Find out everything there is to know about big cats on Saturday 29th July as Banham Zoo celebrates International Tiger Day with ferocious fun for all the family. There are more animal adventures to have at Africa Alive throughout August with 'Let's Play ANIMALS' running daily. Join in the fun with dressing-up, monkeying around and discovering all about the world of animal play. Usual admission prices apply and tickets can be booked in advance online. Africa Alive from £19.95 for adults and £14.50 for 3-15 years. Banham Zoo from £20.85 for adults and £15.40 for 3-15 year olds.
Norfolk by Design
If you haven't visited Houghton Hall yet, now's the time as there's an incredible Richard Long exhibition to see and a Norfolk by Design pop-up shop in the stables until Saturday 30th September. In line with this year's Richard Long exhibition, many of the artists and craftspeople included in the exhibition use natural materials, subject matter and forms, that will reference features found within the grounds and park at Houghton Hall. Items on display include paintings, drawings, sculpture, shell work, photography, print making, furniture and decorative design to include woodwork, lighting, ceramics, basket weaving, textiles and jewellery. Houghton Hall is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 11am.
Summer at Strangers'
If you're looking for something different to do during the school holidays, visit the Small Stories exhibition of dolls' houses and miniatures, including the Norwich Baby House, at Strangers' Hall. On Wednesdays visitors can enjoy a talk and tour around the house, there's also a changing programme of family friendly trails and dolls' house craft activities. Special events are included in admission: Adult £5, Conc. £4.75, Child (4-18) £4, Family (1 adult) £12.80, Family (2 adults) £17. Strangers' Hall is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am - 4pm and Sundays 1 - 4.30pm
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