An empty weekend stretching out before you? Fill it with some of the great things happening here in Norwich, and a little further away.
Image: Horse + Bamboo's production of Hansel & Gretel, opening this weekend at Norwich Puppet Theatre
This is a great, hands-on exhibition on tour at The Forum which has plenty of interactive fun for all ages. Visitors can try out gadgets and place themselves in animations as well as making their own using special equipment – and keep an eye out for Morph, too! In fact, there’s so many interactive activities to take part in that you’ll probably find you’ve whittled away hours there. Free entry, suitable for all ages. Open 10am – 4pm until 21 January 2017.
The Maddermarket Theatre’s Christmas show, George’s Marvellous Medicine, has its opening night this Saturday. Some shows are sold out but there are still a good number of seats available if you fancy experiencing this hilarious play, based on the much-loved children’s story by Roald Dahl. Tickets £10 - £13, various dates and times until 31 December 2016.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you need to stay inside all weekend – Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens are open from 10am – dusk and have loads of amazing animals from Asia, right in the grounds of Thrigby Hall. Explore 25-acres of pretty landscaped gardens with walkways to get up close to the animals. Find more information and admission prices here.
Image: West Runton Pavilion, © Syd Shelton
We’ve already raved about this great exhibition commemorating the vibrant punk scene in Norwich between the 1970’s and present day, so read all about it in our blog post here. The trail may be over, but why not pay a visit to The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell? They have a great display of music posters and local information all about how punk influenced so many parts of society! Until 28 January 2017, usual admission applies.
It is this week too that the Ice Rink opens in Castle Gardens, skating starts on Friday 16th December until 8th January, open daily between 10am and 9pm with the last session starting at 8pm. Set in the shadows of Norwich Castle high above the city, take the opportunity to enjoy the views especially as the sun comes down. And after a good hours exercise, head down to Gentleman’s Walk - grab a coffee from Delice and park yourself at the foot of the mound to enjoy the original festive projections onto the Castle until 5th January!
Ice rink: Family tickets £32, £12 per adult and £8 per child. Closed Christmas day.
This is a brand new Christmas market at OPEN which will be packed full of lovely items and unique gift ideas – plus, to add a 19th century vibe, the stallholders will be dressed in Victorian attire! There’ll be food and drink to enjoy and kids can meet Father Christmas in his grotto! 17 December 9am – 5pm & 18 December 10am – 4pm, free entry.
Can you escape in 60 minutes or less? It’s time to find out…
Cryptic Escape is a great attraction that can be experienced in a pair or in a bigger group – either way your logic skills will be put to the test! Hunt down the clues and solve the puzzles to secure your escape from ‘the room’ - there are currently two game rooms to pick from, each offering a different storyline and mystery to solve… if you don’t run out of time, that is! Find out more here.
Norwich Puppet Theatre’s Christmas (though not strictly Christmas-themed) show also kicks off this weekend, with Saturday being the first of 12 performances leading through to New Year’s Eve (17 – 31 December, no shows on 19 & 25 December). It’s a classic favourite brought to life with puppets (what else?) to delight all ages! Produced by Horse + Bamboo, it’s suitable for ages 4+ (kids under 5 years old can attend the 11am performances), and is described as “a feast for the senses”. Tickets £9, family tickets £30.
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