At the beginning of December, I walked past a café where two ladies were sat outside chatting.
“Can you believe it’s that time again?” said one to her friend. “It’s scary that it’s almost Christmas – I’m not ready at all”
I thought at the time that although I felt exactly the same – that my hopes for posting cards before the 23rd were quickly diminishing – that this was a bit of a daft thing to say. We know Christmas is coming. We’ve known it all year. In fact, it’s handily on the same date each time it appears in our diary.
I’m sat here writing this post about what to do in half term, and that does feel a bit scary. January has basically gone, and February has sneaked into its place, promising us pancakes, romance and school holidays.
Well, not to worry about the school holidays; we’ve got a handy guide for you below. These are our highlights of family-friendly activities to keep you and the kids busy during the February break.
Title image: Star night at Fairhaven Garden
Fairhaven is getting us all outdoorsy this Half Term, and is putting on two wonderful events at their woodland and water garden.
On Saturday the 10th of February, from 7pm until 10pm, get back to nature and gaze at the stars with astronomer Mark Thompson. Your ‘Four Questions about the Universe’ will be answered in a talk by Mark, and hot food, coffee, tea and cake will be available. Feel free to bring your own telescope too!
Tickets are £3.50 adult, £2.50 child. Free to Fairhaven members. You can book in advance via www.fairhavengarden.co.uk. Limited tickets on the door.
Fairhaven will also be holding a competition for ‘best den’ as part of their ‘Design a Den’ week. Head into the garden’s dedicated den building space, and get to work engineering the finest wooden shelter that Fairhaven has ever seen! All the wood is coppiced on site, and has been prepared ready for your creations. Upload the picture of your den onto Fairhaven’s Facebook page to be in with a chance to win a family membership for the year!
This is included in standard entry to Fairhaven: adult £6.75, concessions £6.15, children £3.85 and free to Fairhaven members and under 5s.
From Sunday 11th of February to Sunday 18th of February 2018, join Broads Tours to explore the magic of the majestic Broads National Park. Better yet, during this time kids go free!
Your skipper will give a live commentary explaining the origins of the Broads, whilst pointing out the local wildlife and interesting bits and pieces along the way. Norfolk’s waterways are so peaceful, and what better antidote to the rush of school and work than a cruise down a leafy waterway, wrapped up warm!
Sunday 11th February 2018 – Saturday 17th February 2018 inclusive
£9.00 per adult, children go free, maximum 2 children free for every fare paying adult
11:30am and 14:00 for 1½ hours
Booking not essential
The majestic Norwich Cathedral is not only a place of worship, but also city-centre destination for events, activities, exhibitions and festivals. This half-term, the Cathedral will be playing host to a day of arts, music, dancing and stories for families and little ones.
There will be drop-in crafts and other feature stands all around Cathedral, and two dance workshops that you can come and sign up for on the day. There’s a small baby toddle area too!
Simply come along on the day, check in at the Hostry entrance, and all the information you need will be on boards upon arrival.
Entry £3 over fives, free for under fives and accompanying adults
10.30am to around 3pm
OPEN are going wild at half term, with so many things for kids to do, no matter what their age.
For 4-6 year olds, there will be Little Kids Dance on Thursday 15th of Feb, and Little Kids get Sporty on Friday 16th of February.
For those a little older, aged 7 – 12, there’s lots going on across the whole of half term week!
On Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th:
Then on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th:
Dear Zoo, the timeless children’s classic book, makes its stage premiere at Norwich Playhouse this half term.
Rod Campbell’s best-selling and beloved lift the flap book has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982. Since then it’s sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.
This production will charm everyone who’s ever read the book (both young and old) as it unfolds with engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction. And at the end, find out what the zoo has sent: the perfect pet!
Saturday 10th Feb – 1.30pm & 3.30pm
Sunday 11th & Monday 12th of February – 11am & 11.30pm
Tickets: £14 full, £50 family ticket, £10 groups 10+ (+ £1.50 per transaction when tickets are posted)
See a Right Royal Drama at Norwich’s famous 12th Century Castle, during one of their Kings, Queens and Dirty Rascals days. learn to defend the realm with TV Fight Director Keith Wallis, make a Kings and Queens of England Timeline, plus Scallywags' School, Cheeky Crafts, Posh Talks, Royal Tours, and Castle Capers galore.
Activities run 10.30 - 3.30 and from the 10th to the 17th of February (excluding Sunday 11th), and the programme changes daily - contact the castle ahead of your visit to find out what's planned!
Activities are FREE included in standard castle admission: Adult £9.15, Conc. £8.70, Child (4-18) £7.30, Family (1 adult) £23.30, Family (2 adults) £31.10
Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia 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.
To plan a trip to Norwich check out our website www.visitnorwich.co.uk