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The school holidays are now in full swing – and there’s plenty happening in Norwich and Norfolk to keep the whole family entertained. And don’t worry, if you’re stuck for ideas on what to do, we’ve got all the inspiration you’ll need right here.
The Norfolk Museums Service always put on great school holiday activities. And this summer is no exception. At Norwich Castle there are plenty of activities available Monday to Saturday, 25 July to 3 September. Taking place across the museum exploring themes from the fantastic The World We Live In exhibition, they’re all included with museum admission (£7 adults, £6 children).
How about a Ukulele workshop in The Plantation Garden? The workshops are led by performing musician and ukulele tutor Clara Wiseman. Start with a Beginners Ukulele Taster 4th August; then with Ukulele Songmakers 11th August, where you will create your own piece of music inspired by the gardens! Suitable for players who can change between C, F and G7. Tickets £7.50: for children 12+ and adults.
The GoGoDiscover sculpture trail continues this month across Norwich and Norfolk. And while you’re hunting dinosaurs, why not pop into John Lewis to see a magnificent mammoth which has been made out of denim in celebration of the trail! And for when you get peckish, pay a visit to Ed’s Easy Diner which is getting a dinosaur makeover! For only £3.99 there’s a delicious dino-themed menu where children will get a special dinosaur themed colouring sheet AND there’s a surprise gift for every child dining in dinosaur themed clothing or a dino costume until 10 September. The menu is for the under 12’s and includes a main, side and a drink.
Want to inject a bit of musical magic into your summer? Waitress, starring Lucie Jones (Les Miserables, Ghost the Musical, Legally Blonde) as Jenna is “a slice of five-star musical pie” (The Times). Playing 15 – 20 August at Norwich Theatre Royal, it’s the perfect show to see for a fun evening out! Tickets from £10 up to £56.50.
Children will love this relatively new attraction in Norfolk, in Lenwade. BugzUK is a bug zoo where you can see creatures such as scorpions, centipedes, giant water bugs, cockroaches, spiders and tarantulas and so much more. There are 3 large tropical invertebrate houses housing over 200 species, plus a café and gift shop. Tickets £9.90 for adults, £7.90, plus £1.50 for handling sessions. Under 4’s free.
If you love animals, you’ll want to pay a visit to Amazona Zoo in Cromer. The zoo specialises in animals native to South America and it’s home to over 200 tropical animals, including Jaguars, Monkeys, Snakes and Flamingos! The zoo is committed to helping visitors discover nature and providing education on conservation issues and is set within 15 acres on the north Norfolk coast. So, you could also pair a visit to Amazona Zoo with a trip to the beach for a truly fantastic summer day out. Adults, £13.50, children £9.50 under 4’s free.
Holkham Hall has some amazing activities for all ages this summer. There are walks, outdoor theatre shows, boating, cycle hire, guided tours, pond dipping, bushcraft and so much more on offer. There are a range of free activities, with some an additional cost, so check the website to find out more.
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
Roaar! Dinosaur Adventure has a new interactive and immersive experience to enjoy, so there’s never been a better reason to visit this summer! Valley of the Dinosaurs features 50 animatronic and static dinosaurs to transport visitors back in time as they discover the park. Also new is Dippy’s Exploration Adventure, situated in the old church ruins. In this indoor adventure, visitors can explore the dark ruins through the tunnels and climbing obstacles. Plus, don’t miss Dinos in the Dark for s really special treat on 6 August, tickets £9.95. For details of this and more go to their website.
Pensthorpe have just launched their new Glade Sculpture Garden which is home to a magical sculpture fairy that resides nearby with a pool of glistening water at her feet. And don’t miss out on the park’s Beats and Beaks summer event. In collaboration with Orchard Toys, two new trails have been created. Through bespoke activity booklets, The Mammoth Maths Hunt and Creature Hunt encourage children to put their detective hats on to decode some mystery words and discover facts about wildlife – all whilst playing in WildRootz, the eco award-winning play area. Tickets Adults £13.95; Children & Seniors (3-16) £12.95; Green Traveller £9.95 (if you arrive by bus). Also, if you want to visit again, you’ll get a 50% discount voucher to visit until Tuesday 5th September.