12 family fun activities in Norwich & Norfolk this half term

Family fun activities this half term

With October half term fast approaching, we know lot’s of you will be looking for ways to keep the little ones busy. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered! Here’s our rundown of 12 amazing family-friendly activities to enjoy in Norwich and Norfolk this half term. Escape games, spooky parades, nature adventures and more.


BeWILDerwood Glowing Lantern Parade

It’s that time of year again – the Glowing Lantern Parade is here! Starting on 17 October, the parade is one of BeWILDerwood’s most popular and most-loved events, with the park set to glow like never before in a magical light extravaganza! Come along and journey through the woods, explore the stunning lights, and enjoy some spooky fun! To ensure appropriate social-distancing, the parade must be booked in timeslots.

Photo: The Glowing Lanterns at BeWILDerwood

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

Roarr! is one of Norfolk’s most popular attractions, and a fantastic day out for the family. This 80-acre, Jurassic-themed adventure park offers up hours of fun for all ages. On October 4, Roarr! will be celebrating Grandparents’ Day with half price entry for all grandparents. And from 24 October to 1 November visitors can enjoy ‘Dippy’s Halloween Days’, with hours of spooky family fun!


Photo: Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

Bure Valley Railway

Enjoy a family day out on Norfolk’s longest Narrow Gauge Steam Railway. Bure Valley Railway is an 18-mile round trip running through the stunning Bure Valley countryside, following the meandering River Bure through meadowland. Throughout October half term (24 Oct – 1 Nov), kids go free with any full paying adult (max. 2 kids per adult).

Photo: Bure Valley Railway Boat Train

Banham Zoo

Discover tigers, leopards, sea lions, giraffe, monkeys and more at Banham Zoo. With 50 acres to explore and 2,000 animals to discover, Banham is one of the most exciting wildlife attractions in the county. A truly immersive, family fun day out.

Photo: Banham Zoo

Wroxham Miniature Worlds

Wroxham Miniature Worlds is the largest indoor modelling attraction in the UK. Discover model railways, slot cars, retro arcades, and much more. Visitors can enjoy £1 off ticket prices per person until 20 December 2020. And if that wasn’t enough, get one free child’s ticket with every visit until 1 November 2020! Head to their Facebook page to redeem your discounts.

Photo: Wroxham Miniature Worlds

Africa Alive!

Experience the sights and sounds of Africa at this stunning 100-acre park. Africa Alive! is home to over 80 species of animal, from lions and cheetahs, to rare birds and reptiles. Spend the day exploring the park as a family, discovering African wildlife.

Africa Alive!

Photo: Africa Alive!

Pensthorpe Natural Park

700 acres of woodland walks, wetlands, and nature trails teaming with wildlife. Former home of BBC Springwatch, Pensthorpe Natural Park is a modern haven for wildlife and nature, offering hours of exploration and discovery. From 22 Oct 2020 – 1 Nov 2020, visitors can enjoy Pensthorpe’s ‘Eerie Explorers’ Halloween celebrations.

Photo: The dedicated Flamingo area of Pensthorpe Narural Park. By Steve Adams

Holkham Hall

Enjoy boating lakes, high-ropes, nature trails, deer parks, and walled gardens at the stunning Holkham Hall. Come and enjoy Holkham’s ‘Grimm Halloween’ this half term. Live mini-performances, spooky story-telling, pumpkin carving, and more. There’s even the chance to conquer the tree top terrors under the cover of darkness on the ropes course!

Halloween at Holkham Hall

Photo: Holkham Hall

Amazona Zoo

A must-visit for the animal lovers in your family. Home to over 200 tropical South American animals, Amazona Zoo is one of Norfolk’s most loved venues and a truly unique day out. Make sure to book your tickets online before visiting the park.

Photo: Amazona Zoo

Plantation Garden

Often referred to as Norwich’s ‘Secret Garden’, Plantation Garden is a haven from the rush of city life. This 3-acre Grade II English Heritage registered garden boasts huge gothic fountains, flower beds, lawns, woodland walkways, 10 metre long Victorian-style greenhouse and rustic bridges. Entry is only £2 per adult (cash only)!

Escape the everyday in Norfolk this Autumn

Photo: Plantation Garden

Norfolk Broads day boat hire

The Broads National Park offers over 125 miles of navigable waterways, with adventure around every bend. Why not hire a day boat with Norfolk Broads Direct and explore the winding waters at your own pace. You could always extend your day of fun by hiring a riverside cottage for the night.

Broads Tours

Photo: Norfolk Broads

City Escape Games

A truly unique way to discover Norwich city centre. City Escape Games offer a wide range of immersive outdoor city adventure games for all ages. Explore Norwich’s landmarks in your own detective story or find all of the city’s urban art as you hunt down a notorious art thief. Or why not dive into the darker side of Norwich’s past in ‘Revolting Earls & Body-snatching Bishops’ – a perfect family fun Halloween celebration!

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