What to do this October Half-Term

What to do this October Half-Term

There’s plenty to do in Norwich this October Half-Term, from fantastic art exhibitions to science festival fun. So, whether you’re looking for something to keep the kids occupied, or you just want to discover something new in Norwich and Norfolk, we’ve got you covered.


Norwich Science Festival, The Forum

Do you want to be inspired by incredible science and innovative ideas? The Norwich Science Festival is the perfect opportunity, for kids and adults alike, to learn something new and exciting. With almost 200 events over 8 days, the programme subjects include environment to extinction, fossils to forensics, and sustainability to space! Meet the scientists whose research has changed our world, and debate some of the big questions with some big-thinkers from 23 – 30 October. Ticket prices vary and must be prebooked.

Norwich Science Festival 2019

Norwich Science Festival 2019

Gaia Exhibition, St Peter Mancroft Church

This free exhibition at St Peter Mancroft is a great way to experience a beautiful art installation right in the heart of Norwich. Gaia measures 6-metres in diameter and has been created from detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, giving you the opportunity to see the planet from a very different perspective. There will also be a surround sound composition, written by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones, which will play alongside the sculpture to make the experience even more special.

Perfect for adults that are looking to delve a little deeper, there will be a series of talks, presentations and discussions looking at our planet and the climate crises from the perspective of both science and faith. The exhibition runs from 1 – 30 October and is free, with events ticketed separately.

The Gaia art installation, which will be coming to Norwich

The Gaia art installation will be coming to St Peter Mancroft in Norwich

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is a fantastic day out for the whole family, a trip with friends, or as a place to go just for yourself to soak up some culture. Entry is free to the permanent collection, which includes a huge range of artworks to enjoy from renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Edgar Degas and more. And if you want space for the little ones to run around, or somewhere for you to stretch your legs, you can’t leave out a stroll through the Sculpture Park. New to the park is the Goodwood Steps by Anthony Caro – a monumental sculpture spanning over 35 metres in length and over 3 metres in height.

And if you really want to make the most of the centre, you can book a ticket to one of their exhibitions. We’d recommend Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years, the first exhibition to survey the famous artist’s earliest forays into the art world, where he addresses themes of gender and identity. Tickets are £12 and must be booked in advance.

GoGoDiscover T.rex Sculptures, Norwich Cathedral

You may have spotted some fantastic T.rex sculptures dotted about the city over the summer, and the good news is you can go see them again! In a special farewell for now event, some of your favourite dino friends will be available to see in Norwich Cathedral’s Cloisters this half term (24th – 31st October), celebrating Dippy’s last week in Norwich. Entry is free although there is a suggested £2.50 donation to charity.

One of the T.rex sculptures part of the GoGoDiscover trail

One of the T.rex sculptures part of the GoGoDiscover trail


Take some time on a day trip out of the city and you’ll find even more to enjoy this half-term in Norfolk. From railway fun to LED light shows!

Houghton Hall

An exciting new exhibition is opening at Houghton Hall this half-term that’s perfect for families, couples, art lovers and more to enjoy. The grounds of the Hall are going to be transformed by a major solo exhibition of contemporary British artist, Chris Levine. 528 Hz Love Frequency will run from 22 October – 23 December, and will feature holographic artworks, print works, and large immersive laser and LED installations! If you’re not excited yet we’re not sure why.

Holkham Hall

Explore the Magic of Nature this half-term at Holkham Hall. From woodland trails to creepy crawlies, wildlife safaris to fungi forays, twilight walks to bushcraft and terror in the treetops on the ropes course. There’s absolutely tons to get involved in. How about hopping on board a Deer and Wildlife Safari? See how many deer you can spot from the tractor-trailer on a whistle-stop journey around the park. Or perhaps you’d like to get a bit more hands on? In that case you can enjoy some family bushcraft with a Wild in the Woods Family Bushcraft Experience (25 – 29 October), with tailored bushcraft sessions suitable for ages 6+. Activities taking place 23 – 31 October, see the dates and prices on the Holkham Hall website.

Day becomes night wildlife walk at Holkham

One of the activities on offer this half-term is the day becomes night wildlife walk at Holkham

Bure Valley Railway

Kids go free this half-term at Bure Valley Railway with a full return paying adult – so what are you waiting for? Get yourself some tickets now! Enjoy a day out as you journey between the historic market town of Aylsham, and the exciting heart of the Norfolk Broads Wroxham. And don’t forget the Whistlestop Café at Aylsham Station, where you can round off the day perfectly with a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Maximum of 2 children (0-15) per adult, running from 23 – 31 October. Adults £15.