It may be Christmas weekend, but there’s still plenty to do - for all tastes and ages - in the lead up to the big day on Sunday!
Image: Cathedral of St John the Baptist
Norwich Cathedral have a Crib Service on Christmas Eve (ideal for kids) which will bring the nativity story to life. Ideal for all ages, it will start at midday. Later on, at 11.15pm, gather in the Cathedral for their Midnight Eucharist and discover the real meaning of Christmas.
At the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, there’s a range of services on Christmas eve, ranging from the First Vespers of Christmas at 3.15pm to Solemn Midnight Mass at 12am.
Image: Norwich Cathedral
Head over to Wymondham Abbey and enjoy their Christmas services on Saturday and Sunday, or enjoy festive services over the weekend at Holy Trinity Church in Loddon, St John the Baptist church in Harleston and St Mary's Church in Diss.
MY FIRST PANTO: CINDERELLA
For little ones who are experiencing the first Christmas with any idea of what’s actually going on, The Garage have the perfect way to celebrate. My First Panto: Cinderella re-imagines this classic story and creates an immersive theatre experience, suitable for 2 – 5 year olds and their families! Tickets for the Christmas Eve show have now sold out but there are still tickets left for various performances this week, in the run up to Christmas! (9 - 24 December, find out more here).
BIGGER & BETTER ICE SKATING
The Norwich Ice Rink is back again this year, in the Castle gardens, and this year it’s even bigger! Due to last year’s popularity, the rink is now 300 square meters, and is a great way to feel like you’re skating in a winter wonderland whilst enjoying a view of the impressive Castle! It’s closed Christmas Day but open Christmas eve and 26 December - 8 January. Tickets £8 children, £12 adults (family and concession tickets also available, see more details here).
Why not opt for a game of crazy golf this Saturday? Have a round with the family at Eaton Park Crazy Golf – it’s set in a lovely heritage park and is plenty of fun for all ages. Though closed on Christmas Day, they’re open Boxing Day if you want to plan some post-Christmas family fun!
100 MINI PRINTS
Nestled in the pretty Norwich Lanes, Norwich Art Shop is hosting an exhibition of 100 mini art prints, each unique, specially created by 15 artists and framed for visitors to see. Pop in and have a browse - you might find the perfect present for someone! Norwich Art Shop is open until 5pm on Christmas Eve (closed Christmas day).
HAVE A DINOSAUR ADVENTURE
Image: Dinosaur Adventure by Andy Dennington
Dinosaur Adventure is a really fun day out; kids will love exploring this 85-acre park filled with attractions, play areas and – of course - huge dinosaurs! Head to the Animal Encounters barn to see not only their weird and wonderful creatures but also some special festive craft stalls, and Santa will also be there between 11am – 3pm!
The park is open Christmas Eve and re-opens after Christmas on the 27th December.
COMING TO VISIT?
Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Abellio 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.
Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.