Half-Term Must Do's
It may be post-Christmas, when most of us are still fighting the January blues, however we believe the best way to overcome this is to dive right into great activities and events taking place in Norwich and beyond! Norwich is a hugely cultural city with a plethora of different things to enjoy for all ages plus with attractive market towns and the Broads on its doorstep visitors can enjoy the best of three worlds!
- Eaton Park Crazy Golf is open from 10am until dusk throughout the half-term, so there’s plenty of time for you to visit and let out all that back-to-work (or school) stress over a game of crazy golf! Get all your family and friends involved and may the odds be ever in your favour.
- One for the grown-ups: UEA’s Spring Literary Festival has a fantastic line-up including Ed Balls, Ali Smith, Louise Doherty and many other fantastic authors and speakers.
- Take a stroll down to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and enjoy the amazing artwork on display. Their current exhibition - Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific - ends on the 12th February so catch this one earlier in the week. And afterwards why not head to one of their cafés for tasty food with a view - look out over the ever-so scenic lake and greenery which surrounds the centre. There's also outdoor sculpture courtesy of Henry Moore to marvel at.
- Norwich Puppet Theatre always have an array of fantastic events lined up to fill a school-free week with! Have the kids get in touch with their creative side in one of their puppet-making workshops or watch a fairytale come to life with Cardboard Carnival, Gingerbread or Goldilocks.
- Many of the city’s museums put on extra activities for children during half term, which are usually included in their entry costs. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell are an excellent cultural stop for both the little ones and adults.
- Head down to The Forum for Makers Month - a creative event over half-term with demonstrations and activities for all ages and abilities. So why not learn to knit, sew, weave, embroider (and more) this February.
- Celebrate the life of David Holgate with Norfolk Contemporary Art/Craft Society and Norwich Twenty Group. Exuberance is Beauty, the title of the show, is taken from one of David's pieces of letter carving. Best known for his statues of Mother Julian and St Benedict on the west front of Norwich Cathedral this exhibition will be a don't miss event.
- Head to Norwich Cathedral for a day of fun and frolic with the whole family with their Spring into Spting Family Fun Day. There's no need to book, so have a lovely day around the Cathedral Quarter, go explore and then hear some storytelling or music with all the family.
- Teach the kids about the true meaning of Valentine’s Day and the traditions of this day by taking a trip to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. Mr Jack Valentine has visited but he’s lost his belongings so he’ll need all the help he can get to find them!
- Show the kids that winter is almost over with a budding welcome to spring at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden with Signs of Spring week! Seek out signs of spring in this gorgeous woodland garden and jump for joy as the sun starts to melt away the cold.
- Explore the Broads National Park this February by joining Broads Tours for a boat trip. Find out about the wildlife and other points of interest; it’s great fun for both adults and kids. Oh, and did we mention kids go free with each paying adult as part of their special Half Term offer?
- The ever-so-popular Teddy Bear Express at Bure Valley Railway returns for February! The resident bear will take charge again at Alysham station to ensure fun for all the family. There will also be a competition to see how many teddy bears can be spotted, so start training now - this is serious business! Better yet, it’s free travel for every child when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.
- This is one for you romantics during half term: join Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden and Norwich Astronomical Society for Star Night, featuring telescopes, talks and teas all evening. Wrap up warm, bring your own telescope if you have one and immerse yourself in this beautiful starry night!
- The Loddon Swan know exactly how to banish away those winter blues with their Winter Blues Summer Party. There’s nothing like some live music, cocktails, adult face painting and games to get you through winter. Free entry for all - dress for the beach!