It may feel like Christmas is only just behind us, but there’s another excuse to down tools for a week (if you have kids or are a teacher, that is…): half term!
Here’s our favourite ways to celebrate Half Term, or enjoy a weekend away for Valentine’s Day… There’s so much to do in Norwich for every taste, age and interest. A few of our highlights include:
- Work on your golf handicap (well, as much as you can whilst dodging obstacles of varying difficulties!) at Eaton Park Crazy Golf. Open during school holidays every day from 10am until dusk, this course offers 18 holes of crazy golf fun and is surrounded by beautiful parkland – great for all the family! Plus they're offering a second round of golf (on the same day as the first) half price during February Half Term! More details on this offer here.
- Track down Jack Valentine’s missing belongings at Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, and learn more about Valentine’s traditions and Jack himself in this great week-long event 'Cue Valentine' (13 – 17 February, 10am – 4pm). Usual admission applies; find more details here.
- The hugely popular Teddy Bear Express returns to Bure Valley Railway for Half Term. Children travel free with paying adults on the Teddy Bear Express during the half term week, and there’ll be lots of fun activities including colouring activities, a quiz and lots more teddy-themed fun! Kids, don’t forget to bring your teddy!
- Norwich Castle hosts a family-friendly performance charting the history of the greatest empire the world has ever seen: the Roman Empire. Performed by actor Neil Paris, the performance packs all that history into just 20 minutes so is ideal for all ages… even those with short attention spans! Find more details here.
- Take a trip on the Broads – Norfolk’s connected waterways with beautiful lakes, rivers and marshland, waiting to be explored - with Broads Tours. They’re offering trips for children free of charge during February Half Term when accompanied by a paying adult! Terms and conditions here.
- Catch some of the University of East Anglia's brilliant Spring Literary Festival, with speakers and authors ranging from Ali Smith and Lionel Shriver to Louise Doughty and… Ed Balls! It’s a real smorgasbord of today’s literary stars, and tickets for each event are only £8 (£4 for students).
- Visit the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts during the Half Term week for Masters of Japanese Photography. This exhibition showcases the work of some of the leading Japanese photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, with artists including Nobuyoshi Araki, Eikoh Hosoe and others. See work from artist’s studios as well as from private collections. Until Sunday 19 March; find more details here.
- Get your mind working overtime at one of the city’s two fantastic escape-based game rooms, Cryptic Escape and History Mystery! Cryptic Escape’s games are filled with riddles and mystery, focusing on fictional stories, whilst History Mystery is based on real-life historical cases that have puzzled and shocked Norwich in the past. Both can be completed working in larger groups or in a pair, if you prefer, and both are based in wonderfully historic buildings – Cryptic Escape in Augustine Steward House in Tombland (read our blog post about the ghost of the lady in grey here) and History Mystery in the Guildhall; both hugely iconic Norwich buildings. Fantastic mind-boggling fun!
- Book a spa day at Sprowston Manor - A Marriott Hotel & Country Club. Their La Fontana Spa has some amazing treatments; find out more & enter our competition to win your own spa break here or visit their website for more information.
- Head to Raveningham Gardens who are opening in February especially for their Snowdrop season, and see the beautiful garden which surrounds the 18th century Hall filled with snowdrops – plus enjoy refreshments in their Tea Room. The Snowdrop season lasts throughout the month of February; for more information please visit their website. This is a ‘must see’ visit!
Top image: Cryptic Escape
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