With half term in full swing this week, there’s plenty to keep kids (and adults, for that matter) occupied. We’ve selected some of our favourite events, activities and things to do for the rest of this week and into the next...
Image: English Touring Opera coming to Norwich Theatre Royal
NORWICH CASTLE’S HALF TERM ACTIVITIES
Image: Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
As always, there’s a vibrant and fun schedule of children’s activities taking place at Norwich Castle, and some of our favourites include: storytelling in Who's Been Living in My House? (1 June); finding out more about homes in nature with Dr David Waterhouse in Nature's Secret and Unusual Homes (1 June); and the chance to meet and find out more from the Norwich Bat Group in Bats! (3 June), plus many more. See individual event listings for admission prices and further information.
FAMILY WORKSHOP: WOODLAND WANDERERS
Whether you saw Garlic Theatre’s crazy performances of Robin Hood and Red Riding Hood, or not, you’ll definitely want to get involved in this family workshop! Create your own woodland creature puppet inspired by either Little Red Riding Hood or perhaps one of your favourite fairytales at Norwich Puppet Theatre – everyone can get involved, whatever their age (ages 3+). Workshops cost £9.50 per participant children must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday 3 June, 10.30am – midday, Norwich Puppet Theatre. Find out more.
HALF TERM FUN AT OPEN
Image: OPEN Norwich
OPEN Norwich always have a great range of activities for Half Term, and we like the look of these – climbing, dancing, making your own radio show, photography, science experiments, fun sporting activities – it’s all here for ages 7-12! There are some activities for ages 4-6 too. The cost is £16 for one day courses, and £30 for two day courses. Find out more here.
Thursday 30 May – Friday 2 June, 10am – 3pm.
Image: Amazona Zoo
As we’re lucky enough to have plenty of choice when it comes to great zoos in Norfolk, we’d suggest making a day of it and visiting one of our favourites over half term. Plan a trip to Africa Alive, Amazona Zoo, Banham Zoo, or Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, and learn something new about some of your favourite animals – many have special half term activities taking place too!
FRANKENSTEIN FOR KIDS
Image: Frankenstein at Norwich Puppet Theatre
Norwich Puppet Theatre have a fun performance for all the family – Frankenstein! This version is a little more kid friendly and will feature a friendly monster who need to be taught how to dance. It’ll be fun, hilarious, and a little crazy! Tickets £9 or £30 for a family of 4.
Friday 2 June, 11am, Norwich Puppet Theatre. Find out more here.
GROWN UP ACTIVITES TOO…
GUIDED CANOE TRAIL
Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden is the (lovely) location for a guided canoe trail this Sunday, run by Free Spirit Canoe Tours who have over 40 years’ canoeing experience between them! This is a great chance to explore the area’s ‘hidden waterways’ and get closer to nature (but hopefully not too close, of course – stay in your canoes!). Tickets are £18 per adult; £12.50 per child (10-16 yrs) and £9.50 per young child (5-9 yrs).
Sunday 4 June, 1.30pm – 3pm & 2.30pm – 4pm, Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden. Find out more.
MUSIC FOR A SUMMER EVENING
Image: Music for a Summer's Evening at Wymondham Abbey
Hear Handel’s The Cuckoo and the Nightingale performed on a summer’s evening in the grounds of Wymondham Abbey! Tickets: £16, seniors £14, under 18s £5 available from the Theatre Royal, Norwich – book online or call 01603 630000.
Saturday 3 June, 7.30pm, Wymondham Abbey. Find out more.
HARLESTON OPEN GARDENS
If you haven’t visited Harleston, a pretty market town to the south of Norwich, yet then this is a perfect opportunity to do so. There’ll be over 25 private gardens and allotments open to visitors over this weekend (3 - 4 June), and this year’s theme is “Through the Garden Gate’ – we’re looking forward to seeing the variation in how gardeners have interpreted the theme! There’ll also be extra activities and events taking place to celebrate. £3 for one adult or £5 for up to 5 people.
Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 June, 11am – 4pm, Harleston Town Centre. Find out more.
ENGLISH TOURING OPERA
Image: English Touring Opera
This is your opportunity to see one of two amazing operas performed at Norwich Theatre Royal – either Puccini’s Tosca on Thursday or Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience on Saturday (or both - why not?). Tickets from £8 - £37.50, available online or by calling 01603 630000.
Puccini’s Tosca - Thursday 1 & Friday 2 June, 7.30pm / Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience – Saturday 3 June, 7.30pm, Norwich Theatre Royal.
PUB FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR: STROLLS & STORIES EVENING WALKING TOURS
This evening walking tour celebrates Norwich’s pub legacy and takes walkers on a guided tour around some of the finest and most interesting establishments in the city. Learn what happened in them, to them, and where they got their (often strange) names! Tickets £5 for adults or £1.50 for kids, available from the Tourist Information Centre website or by calling 01603 213999.
Tuesday 6 June, 6.30pm, starts from Erpingham Gate at Norwich Cathedral. More details here.
COMING TO VISIT?
Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 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.