Fun Things To Do in Norwich this Half-Term

Fun Things to Do in Norwich this Half-Term 

It doesn’t seem like Easter was that long ago, but already on the horizon is the May half-term. And it’s going to be a good one. For one thing – it also falls on the Jubilee Weekend. So, get ready for a week packed full of fantastic fun! And if you’re feeling particularly patriotic make sure to check out our Jubilee Events blog. 

Theatre and performance 

The half-term is a great time to enjoy some one-off events taking place in Norwich & Norfolk. Fancy an evening at the theatre? Head to Norwich Theatre Royal for a dazzling performance of Dreamgirls, the smash-hit musical. Running from 31 May to 11 June, and with tickets from £31.50 – you won’t want to miss out. Over at Norwich Playhouse there’s another show that’s perfect for lovers of classic musicals – A Chorus Line! Tickets from £19.  

Of course, we can’t mention half-term events and not include the Norfolk & Norwich festival – one of the biggest events of the year. The festival showcases performance, music, comedy and more running from 13 –29 May. There’s plenty of great events for kids and families – we love the sound of the ‘Build a Book’ family friendly workshop at The National Centre for Writing on 28 May.  

Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Norfolk & Norwich Festival Garden Party

For families with older children, or adults who just fancy doing something by themselves – you can take a tour through the history of the Guildhall with ‘Every Step is a Different Height’. Tickets are pay what you want from £5. Or make the most of the (hopefully) nice weather and enjoy a free self-guided walking tour celebrating the city’s literary heritage and the 10-year anniversary of being a UNESCO City of Literature. Simply pick up a tour map from the box office from 13 May.  

And keep your eyes peeled for some creative window displays when you’re out and about in the city during the festival. As part of the Ad/dressing the City project, 10 Norfolk-based artists have dressed the windows of local businesses to celebrate. Make sure to visit the sites to appreciate this showcase of creativity and art. Visit the Norfolk & Norwich festival website to see the full program of events and more details.  

Outdoor 

There’s a new city-wide trail set to take over Norwich this May celebrating 900 years of Norwich Castle! Kicking off as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival programme on the 13 May, the interactive ‘Keeping it Regal’ trail runs until 30 June. It will lead you through city lanes to reveal 9 centuries of Norwich Castle’s history – from a royal visit to stories of rebels and radicals.  

Family walking towards Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle

Follow the trail and use the QR codes at each of the sites to unlock some unique digital content such as short films of dance, drama and poetry exploring what it means to be regal. The trail is available via a downloadable digital map. Or, you can pick up a map from any of the nine trail sites (Norwich Castle, Norwich Cathedral, Cinema City, Museum of Norwich, Jarrold, St John Maddermarket, Strangers’ Hall, The Garage, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts).  

As part of the Keeping it Regal program, there’s some exciting events taking place for the Jubilee weekend! This includes a stunning royal tea party window display in Jarrold department store, brought to Norwich in partnership with the British Museum. Cinema City will also be screening some regal themed films across the weekend, including Hamlet Live from the Met on Saturday 4 June and The Lion King on Sunday 5 June. Take a look at the Norwich Castle website to find out more.

Norfolk 

Venture outside of Norwich and you’ll find plenty of fantastic activities to be enjoyed – perfect for a family day trip. Pensthorpe Natural Park is hosting a royal tea party from 28 May to 5 June with a jam-packed activity programme. The courtyard, café and shop will be dressed up to the nines and there’ll be plenty of chances to tuck into some cakes, scones and sandwiches in the café. There’s a special trail around the park to learn about the kings, queens and blue-blooded creatures in the park. And that’s on top of free activities like pond dipping and arts and crafts. Park admission adults £12.95, children £11.95. The park has also just launched indoor play only tickets for the award-winning Hootz House. Kids will love the wooden tunnels, bridges, ball drops, boardwalks and slides and there’s a play area just for toddlers. Tickets are only £6.95 for a child and an accompanying adult, with additional adults an extra £2. 

Park

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Meanwhile Holkham is having a ‘Jubilant Half-Term’. Book a Walled Garden and Holkham Stories ticket and you’ll get to discover a range of activities, including a trail around the Holkham Stories exhibition, crafting in the Ed Shed, a climbing wall, penalty shoot-out, caving experience and an obstacle course! Not all activities are available for the whole half-term – check the website for details. Adults £9, children £4.50, family tickets £25.  

Take a Jubilee journey with Bure Valley Railway between 28 May and 5 June. Along with a royally decorated station, there will be a special themed activity for the children to complete. Plus, free union jack flags will be given to the children to wave out the window! It will surely be a journey they won’t forget.  

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

The stunning Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is also a brilliant day out. And there’s plenty of additional events you can sign up for during the half-term. We love the sound of the family canoe trail, taking the exploration of the broads to a new level. Glide through the waters and see the best of South Walsham broads while keeping your eyes peeled for Herons and Kingfishers. The trail costs £70 per family and garden entry cost is included, alongside a 2-hour magical ride on the water. The boat holds up to 4 adults, or 2 adults and 3 children.