If there’s one place to visit this Easter to guarantee quirky and unusual entertainment for a range of ages and tastes, it’s Norwich’s fantastic Puppet Theatre.
Situated in a converted medieval church, this theatre has real community spirit at its essence – step inside and enjoy puppet shows (of course!), family, adult or children’s workshops, and special shows suitable for little ones and babies. This Easter there’s a jam-packed schedule awaiting you there, so get planning now to avoid disappointment – here are a few of our highlights...
Chester Tuffnut looks set to be a charming and quirky show about curious creatures. Chester is a treemole who loves a good adventure, and will bring plenty of fun to his fellow woodland inhabitants – and to the audience too!
Saturday 8 April, 11am & 2.30pm. Tickets £9 adult, £9 child, family tickets £30 (2 Adults & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children). Find out more here.
Here’s another magical show, this time about a soldier who gets hold of a special tinderbox that “gives him the power to summon three extraordinary dogs to do his bidding” – intrigued? The Tinderbox is suitable for ages 4+; kids will love this new imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale!
Saturday 15 April, 11am & 2.30pm. Tickets £9 adult, £9 child, family tickets £30 (2 Adults & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children). Find out more here.
If you fancy yourself as the next Pixar creator, look no further than this Easter-inspired workshop which will teach budding film-makers between 10 and 16 years old to bring their creatures to life! Led by film-maker Tim Edwards, this two-day course will cover computer programmes, stop motion animation and sound skills, and you’ll receive a copy of your film afterwards – what you create is completely up to you!
Monday 3 & Tuesday 4 April, 10.30am – 3.30pm each day. Suitable for ages 10+. £70 per person. Find out more.
There’s a great range of workshops for kids over the Easter holidays which will appeal to every interest, covering Fantasy Beasts, Aliens and Space Crusaders, Brilliant Birds, Beasts and Beauties, or how about Enchanted Objects? The workshops are all suitable for ages 5+ and cover a full day of creative fun. Kids will learn how to make their own puppet, using their imagination and creativity, and they can take their creation home at the end of the day!
Various dates and times depending on workshop. £9.50 per child. Ages 5+. View a list of workshops on their website.
Just cause we’re not kids anymore doesn’t mean we don’t fancy getting creative – and doing it as a family is a lovely way to spend a day together! Get involved with the Puppet Theatre’s Forest Creatures workshop, on 8 April, and be inspired by their Chester Tuffnut show. Make your own woodland creatures to take home – and why not see the 2.30pm show afterwards?
Alternatively join in the ‘What comes out of an egg?’ workshop on Saturday 15 April - a decidedly Easter-themed workshop where kids and adults alike can make birds, reptiles and even dinosaurs – or perhaps your own crazy creature?
Various dates and times depending on workshop. £9.50 adult, £9.50 children. View a list of workshops on their website.
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