(Please check events haven’t sold out/run out of tickets before you attend!)
Norwich Science Festival
You can use the filter function on the Norwich Science Festival website. These are the ones that come up with you filter for ‘FREE’ and ‘FAMILY’ events. For the full list, including paid for events and tickets please see the Science Festival brochure or website.
18th – 26th October
Hidden elements trail
A new interactive trail celebrating 150 years of the Periodic Table is being launched as part of the Norwich Science Festival with chemical elements hidden in businesses and venues around the city to find. The family-friendly Hidden Elements trail sees 23 element posters placed in 19 venues around the city centre, with a further eight elements to find in a fringe trail at Norwich Research Park. Those who take part will receive a certificate and be entered into a prize draw for each trail, with four tickets to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure for the winner of the city trail and a science bundle worth £50 for the fringe trail.
Sunday 20th October: Body and Mind – Health and Wellbeing Day. Researchers from UEA bring a whole host of hands-on activities for you to explore.
3.30pm–4pm Cataracts: Blow the Clouds Away Age: 7+ at The Forum.
Monday 21st October: Amazing Animals – Zoology Day. Come and explore the wonderful world of birds and beasts in our zoology day. Discover the amazing wildlife right here in Norfolk, and the work being done to save threatened species from extinction.
12pm–12.30pm Phytoplankton: The First Architects of Nature and Earth’s Oxygenators! Age: 7+
2pm–2.30pm Shifting Sands: Stone Curlew and Arable Landscapes Age: 7+
3pm–3.30pm Spiders Aren’t Scary Age: 7+
Tuesday 22nd October –Our Natural World – Nature Day. Explore the wonders of our natural world, from the tiniest creatures imaginable to the vastness and importance of our oceans.
Mini Monsters, 11am-3pm at Castle Quarter. Meet some creepy crawlies and reptiles. Free story-telling and crafts. Age 5+
Wednesday 23rd October: Norwich Research Park Day: Pop into the Gallery for some free, drop-in talks from scientists from the Norwich Research Park. First come, first served.
11am–11.30am Microbes: Science’s Jekyll and HydeAge: 5+
12pm–12.30pm Silent Orchards: The Importance of PollinatorsAge: 7+
Soil Salvation – How soil might save us. 1.15-2pm Age10+. FREE booking required.
Fun with Code-a-pillar. Storytime with a difference – meet Code-a-pillar and learn some early coding skills. Perfect for young digital explorers aged 4-6. 3.30pm-4.15p Mile Cross Library
Thursday 24th October: Molecular Materials – Chemistry day. Discover how small molecules can have a big impact, and how chemistry shapes the world around us.
The Power of Party. 2.30pm–1pm, 1.30pm–2pm at the Forum. Age 4-11. FREE, all tickets gone, waiting list in place.
Coder Robot. 11am-12.30pm at Earlham Library Age 6-9. FREE, booking required.
Friday 25th October Build a better world – Engineering and Technology Day
Flights of Fancy: a collection of hands-on activities exploring the science behind flight and flying. Where will your flight of fancy take you? Multiple times, FREE at the Forum
Stop Motion Film-Making, Make your own amazing LEGO film, using stop-motion animation. Age 8-11 at Earlham Library, 3pm-4.30pm. FREE but need to book.
Stop Motion film-Making. As above at Plumstead Road Library. Age 8-11. 3pm-4.30pm
Saturday 26th October: Physics Fest and Astronomy Day. A day dedicated to everything from the structure of atoms to the vastness of the Universe.
10.30am–11.30am The Sun’s Family: A Tour of our Solar System Age: 10+ at the Forum Gallery
1.30pm–2.30pm Small Island, Big Volcano (And the People Who Roared Back) Age: 10+ Please note this talk is now ticketed
11am-12pm, Millennium Library, Early Years: Picture book reading for families Age 3+ FREE, booking required.
Friend In Deed
Thursday 31st October 10am-12pm.
All ages are welcome to join our older friends at Harker House Care home to decorate some spooky cookies. Fancy dress is optional but the residents do love it when a little pumpkin or witch walks in 😀 Sign up as ‘going’ if you can make it.
The Green Room, Norfolk Record Office, The Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DQ
Are you brave enough to enter The Archive Centre lair? Visit us to make Halloween decorations and crafts including your own witch charm based on a real charm from 1600 and see the original……if you dare! £3.50 per child. Under 3s and adults FREE Tickets via Eventbrite.
Norfolk Historic Churches Trust Horrid Halloween
Thursday 24th October 2019, 12pm-4pm
All Flints activities are at Norwich Historic Churches Trust, St Martin at Palace Church, NR3 1RW – close to Tombland.
Everyone is welcome to take part but most activities are suitable for ages 4+. Get ready for Halloween with medieval inspired spooky crafts. Explore medieval church gargoyles and make your own from clay . Ward off evil by brewing your own witches’ potion with ingredients from folk-law. £1 per activity per child, drop-in.
Thursday 31 October, 6pm to 8pm
Norwich City Council, Chapelfield Gardens. Ghoulish activities and fancy dress competitions
Castle Quarter – Mini Monsters
Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 11am-3pm in the Kastle kids room.
Part of the Norwich Science Festival – see above.
Planetarium Space Exploration at INTU Chapelfield
24th – 26th October, 10am-4pm
Step inside the amazing science dome for an incredible 40 minute show about space exploration and how people have investigated and come to understand the Universe beyond the Earth.