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Here’s our rundown of ‘not-to-be-missed’ things-to-do across Norwich and Norfolk this February half-term. And many of them are absolutely FREE, that’s a win-win in our book, for all the family! From festivals of light, family days at the theatre, and picture-perfect pancakes, here’s our top pick for family fun activities.
Love Light Norwich; 13-15 Feb, FREE 5.30-10.30pm
Technically not a half-term event, but the perfect way to kickstart the one-week break! And it’s at night too – surely you won’t mind the kids having one late night? Think of your lay in the next day!
Love Light Norwich is a free, three-day festival of internationally renowned light artworks, interactive installations, live music, light and fire performance across Norwich city centre. This is one for every generation of your family.
Find out what’s on at: https://www.lovelightnorwich.co.uk/
The Light House Experience, intu Chapelfield; 10-22 Feb FREE
An enlightening experience at intu Chapelfield. Head to the shopping centre and spend time in their three light houses, designed to evoke feelings of calmness, happiness and relaxation. This event will coincide with Love Light Norwich, so make sure to head to intu Chapelfield if you’re here for the festival! On Wednesday 19 Feb, you can join the Family Club team to create your very own light box to take home.
Find out more at: https://intu.co.uk/chapelfield/events/light-house
Boggle Wish Bonfire, BeWILDerwood; 15-23 Feb
It’s a brand-new year and a time for wish-making at BeWILDerwood! Head to the bonfire and throw your wishes into the flames, look for hidden clues in the forest trail or explore the Sky Maze. With new activities and events happening every day, there is plenty to keep the little ones entertained.
See, Make, Do. Norwich Theatre Royal; 17 & 20 Feb FREE
Join Norwich Theatre Royal for their ‘See, Make, Do’ family days this February half term. Taking place on Monday 17th and Thursday 20th, families can drop in and take part in arts classes, movement and dance workshops, or crafts and costumes classes.
Prices: Free, but must be pre-booked
Ages: 6 – 11 years
Venue: Circle Lounge, Norwich Theatre Royal
Find out more at: https://norwichtheatre.org/take-part/children-families/
The Wizard of Oz, Norwich Theatre Royal; Monday 17th Feb FREE
Free for all to attend. Come along and enjoy this family-friendly production of The Wizard of Oz.
Ages: Certificate U
Venue: Stage Two, Norwich Theatre Royal
Free to attend but must be pre-booked. Limited tickets remaining.
Book tickets here: https://norwichtheatre.org/whats-on/the-wizard-of-oz-screening
February Half Term at OPEN Norwich; 18-21 Feb
A range of one and two-day workshops and activities to entertain the children (and wear them out) this half term. From gymnastics and musical theatre, to rock climbing and combat workshops. Phew!
Age: 4-6 & 7-12
Venue: OPEN Norwich, Banking Hall
Prices: Varies based on course
Book tickets here: https://opennorwich.org.uk/youth-activities/whats-on/february-half-term/
Amazona Zoo – A Braziliant half-term
A unique half term day out where the whole family can explore and learn about fascinating animals native to South America. From big cats to creepy crawlies, spend your day discovering over 200 tropical animals across 15 acres. Rest your legs at the lakeside café or entertain the little ones at Jungle Tumbles, the interactive, indoor play area. And if the weather’s good then maybe afterwards go for a walk along Cromer beach – and treat yourselves to some chips!
Prices: £35 family tickets (2 Adults + Children). Under 4’s go free.
Free parking all day
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure – Fantasy February; 17-23 Feb
A week of fantasy adventures, magical and enchanted activities, spellbinding team quests and family fun. Take part in the Dinosaur Trail or head over to the Secret Animal Garden for fantasy crafts sessions.
50% off gate admission for children in full fancy dress (T’s & C’s apply).
Prices: Family Saver Tickets starting from £55 (family of 4). Children under 90cm go free.
Pensthorpe Natural Park
Former home of BBC SpringWatch, this 700-acre nature reserve is a great spot for adventurous families. Spend your day exploring woodland walks, nature trails, lakes and habitats bursting with wildlife. If February decides to bring us rain, you can relax and keep warm at Hootz House, the award-winning indoor play area. And no trip would be complete without a visit to the gift shop (they have a truly great shop!) for a little treat: children’s toys, and great local produce to take home.
Prices: Starting from £11.95 for children aged 3-16.
Free parking all day
Norwich Puppet Theatre
Keep the little ones entertained this half-term with a trip to the Norwich Puppet Theatre. With a wide range of crafts workshops and performances for all ages, there is something for everyone. Have fun making moveable plasticine characters at the Armatures workshop (18 Feb), learn the basics of puppet making at ‘Cats and Dogs’ (19 Feb), or take part in ‘Story Land’ (20-22 Feb), a special family-friendly event that even grown-ups can take part in!
Ages: Varies based on event
Find out more here: https://www.puppettheatre.co.uk/whats-on
Bure Valley Railway – All aboard the Teddy Bear Express! (15-23 Feb) FREE for children*
Jump aboard the Teddy Bear Express at the Bure Valley Railway this February half-term, 15th to 23rd February. You’ll be welcomed onto the train by their resident teddy bear mascot, before taking part in a ‘spot the teddy bears’ quiz, colouring activities and a teddy tombola. Don’t forget to bring your own Teddy!
*Free travel for every child when accompanied by a full fare-paying adult (max 2 children per adult).
Find out more: https://www.bvrw.co.uk/events/teddy-bear-express
Norwich Castle – Hidden! Half Term (15-22 Feb)
Delve into the past this half-term, with a range of free* family friendly activities at Norwich Castle. With a programme that changes daily, you’ll experience events inspired by prehistory, archaeology, landscapes and unknown objects. Plus, a chance to explore Laura Wilson’s ‘Deepening’, an exhibition featuring well-preserved Bronze Age vessels that have been excavated from the Must Farm, near Peterborough.
Times: 10:30 – 15:30 & 10.30am – 3.30pm
Price: Adult £9.90, Child £8.50 *Free family activities with paid entrance to the castle
Crazy Golf Eaton Park
Family-friendly and fun for all ages in one of Norwich’s most splendid historic parks. Spend your day mastering this 18-hole crazy golf course and leave with the bragging rights over your friends and family. Why not get some practice in before the game by spending time at the putting green? Once finished, spend your afternoon wandering the park, exploring the boating lake or catching a ride on the miniature train. And don’t forget there’s a great café too!
Prices: £13 for a group of 4.
Find out more: https://www.eatonparkcrazygolf.co.uk
Free activities in Castle Quarter
The newly rebranded Castle Quarter is offering up a fantastic calendar of free events this year. As part of their ‘Meets in the Mall’ programme, you can join their stay & play session on 15th February and take part in a range of free activities. Or head up to the Ping Pong Parlour, where you can enjoy hours of free fun – just grab a bat, find a table and play!
More events at: https://castlequarternorwich.co.uk/fun/
Pancake Day at The Cosy Club; Tuesday 25th February 9am onwards
This one is a bonus event, taking place just after the Feb half term but it’s definitely worthy of the list! Celebrate Pancake Day at The Cosy Club this year with buttermilk pancakes only £1.25 each. Add as many delicious toppings as you like; maple syrup, raspberry puree, vanilla ice cream and more. How high can you stack ‘em? Make sure to book a table in advance.
Find out more: https://cosyclub.co.uk/event/pancake-day/