A list of free events for all the family over summer 2019 in Norwich and the surrounding area.
FREE and low cost events this summer holiday 2019
Here we go… I’m sure there’s more to add, but I know that a lot of people are planners, and definitely more organised than me, so this is your starting point! When I find and add more events, I will let you know that there is an updated version via the social media pages.
Norwich Millennium Library:This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is Space Chase – an out of this world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.
Under 5s can collect stickers for sharing stories at home.
Bandstand Concerts 2019:Every Sunday from 7th July to 25th August in various Norwich parks.
Norwich Evenings:Free live music and Covent Garden style street performers every Thursday evening between 4.40pm and 8pm, 4th July – 29th August 2019. City centre locations.
Intu Chapelfield Summer:Wed 31st July to Thursday 29th August. Become a bug expert this summer with arts, crafts and lots of fun. Join us this summer for heaps of fun, we have 5 weeks of bug inspired activities with help from the experts; Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Natural England, The Broads Authority and RSPB Norfolk.
Hobbycraft Kids Club:Kids Craft Club ,suitable for 4+ including Slime Saturdays, Decopatch, Ceramics, Windchimes and foam shapes.
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach Fireworks: Free entry amusement park and every Wednesday in the summer holidays there is a free fireworks display. Hemsby Beach Fireworks: Free on Tuesday nights through summer.
Redwings Horse Sanctuary: 1st July to 8th September 2019, open daily from 10am to 4pm. A FREE family day out, dog friendly. Meet friendly rescued horses and donkeys. Redwings, Aylsham, NR11 6UE and Redwings, Caldecott, NR31 9EY
Norwich City Council parks and theatre family days: “School’s Out” Children’s summer holiday activities. Neighbourhood parks, fun days and outdoor theatre for children.Play Days: Suitable for children up to 8 years old Magic shows, arts and crafts, circus skills, soft play and games. Bring a picnic and make a day of it!
Monday 29 July – Henderson Community Park, Ivy Road
Tuesday 30 July – Frere Road Park, Frere Road
Wednesday 31 July – Harford Park, Locksley Road
Thursday 1 August – Mile Cross Gardens, Losinga Crescent
Monday 5 August – Clements Park
Tuesday 6 August – Jubilee Park, City Park
Wednesday 7 August – Mousehold Heath Fountain Ground, Gurney Road
Thursday 8 August – Chapel Break Village Green, Chapel Break
Monday 12 August – Jenny Lind Park, Vauxhall Street
Tuesday 13 August – Peterson Road, Peterson Road
Wednesday 14 August – Ketts Cave, Balfour Street
Thursday 15 August – Clover Hill Village Green, Humbleyard
Monday 19 August – Sewell Park, St Clements Hill
Tuesday 20 August – Pilling Park, Pilling Park Road
Wednesday 21 August – Heigham Park, The Avenues
Thursday 22 August – Wensum Park, Drayton Road
Theatre; Inspirational science, hilarious history, captivating circus, and classic characters await at our free outdoor theatre sessions for children every Friday this August.
Cley Calling: Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st July 2019. Big Butterfly Count at Cley Marshes Visitor Centre in Holt.
Strumpshaw Tree Fair (under 16s free) : 20th and 21st July, Strumpshaw Hall, Low Road, Norwich.10am to 5pm both days.
Beach Cleans: Great Yarmouth – 24th July meet at restaurant patio near Sea Life Centre, 5.30pm-6.30pm. Gorlseton – 25th July meet at bandstand near the Ocean Rooms, 10am to 11am.
Family Circus Workshop: Friday 26th July at Harford Community Centre, 10 The Lastings, Hall Road, NR4 6ET. 10.30-1PM, acrobatics, juggling, hula hoop, plate spinning.
Free Fortnight at two Museums:Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell and Strangers Museum: Free as part of Freeman’s Fortnight 30 July – 10 August.
Norfolk Day 2019:Saturday 27th July, Activities across Norwich and further afield to celebrate Norfolk Day
Gorleston Clifftop Festival:Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2019. A free, family orientated and fun festival. 40 hours of live music, a large fun fair and lots of stalls. Children’s arena and fun dog show.
Old Buckenham AirShow (children under 12 go free) : 27th and 28th July 2019.
Free Family Fun Day at the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum. Sunday 28th July 2019 10am-5pm, The Street, NR35 1NZ Bungay. We devote our time and focus to letting families and especially children that visit, enjoy the Museum with plenty of “hands on activities” Free Parking, Free Entry
Norwich Cathedral Family Fun Days: (Free for under 5s) 1st August and 21st August 10.30-3.30pm: Suitable for all the family with activities for children up to 12 years old. £3.50 for children over five years, under-fives and adults free.
Petting Zoo and Wildlife Day: Friday 2nd August from 2pm to 5pm. Netherton Steak House, The Street, Long Stratton, NR15 2XG, Bert’s amazing creatures petting zoo and Norfolk wildlife encounters.
Children’s Fun day at Peter Beale’s Roses Ltd: Friday 9th August 2019, 10am to 3pm. Peter Beale’s Roses, London Road, Attleborough, NR17 1AY. Crafts, games and face painting. Story telling trail and summer bug hunt. Bring a picnic if you wish. Free entry and parking. Small charge for face painting
Norwich in Wonderland Day:Saturday 17th August 2019 Chapelfield Gardens 11am-4.30pm. An Alice in Wonderland themed family fun day with live music, dancers, stalls, bouncy castles, Alice in wonderland themed games, character actors and much more.
Cromer Carnival:Sat 17th August to Friday 23rd August, Cromer Carnival is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Free entry but tickets required for certain events.
Grand Norwich Duck Race:Sunday 25th August 11am-3.30pm The Ribs of Beef, Norwich. Free to watch, £2 to sponsor a duck. Money raised goes to Break.
Carrow Fire Station Fun Day: Sunday 25th August 2019 11am to 4pm. Meet the crew, look round a fire engine, search dog demonstrations and safety demonstrations. Free to attend, any funds raised on the day go to chosen charities. Bracondale, Norwich, NR1 2EE
Our Superhero World: Thursday 29th August 2019 10am -3pm Free family fun at Waterloo Park. Discover the real -life superpowers that are all around us. Make your own slime, free face painting, do the animal superhero trail, get up close with super creepy crawlies.
Ketts Fun Day and Fayre:(£1 for adults) Sunday 1st September 2019 10.30am-4pm. Medieval village, Black Knight re-enactors. Come and celebrate Ketts Rebellion. Adults £1, kids free. Free parking.
This section is taken from Katrin’s post last year, it’s so comprehensive, it deserves another outing!
Explore the Outdoors
We live in such a beautiful city and are spoilt for choice when it comes to parks, gardens & nature reserves. Lots are free to enjoy or have a small entry fee. Have a walk, bike ride or take a picnic…Make it more exciting with nature bingo, a hunt or doing some leaf rubbings – Lots of free ideas available with a quick internet search.
Here’s just a few places to explore: The Broads – Ranworth and Salhouse have all been recommended by Mumblers Strumpshaw Fen Whitlingham Country Park Thetford Forest Holt Country Park Taverham Mill
Playgrounds We have so many parks and playgrounds to visit in Norwich. There is a list HERE, if you visit any then take a snap and send it to email@example.com I’ll post it on the listing for that park so other Mumblers can see what is there before they visi
Home based Activities
Board Games /Jigsaws – Dig out some board games or jigsaws and enjoy some old-fashioned fun.
DIY Pamper/Spa Day – Foot soaks, facemasks, nail painting, cucumbers on the eyes, hand massage, what a treat!!
Scrap Booking – With so much going on in and around Norwich this Summer, there will be plenty for your little ones to put in a School Holiday scrap book. Keep leaflets/tickets etc for them to stick in, photos, maps & drawings, should keep them busy a while!
Karaoke / Disco dancing – turn on some tunes, get the hairbrush microphones out and sing and dance to your hearts content.
Olympics – With sports days done, the Mini Mumblers will be well used to sporting contests, so set up a mini Olympics. Obstacle courses, egg and spoon races, balls in buckets, the list goes on.
Pizza Making – Fun and gets a meal sorted at the same time. Either make your own base or buy ready made/pitta bread for a quick option.
Origami – Lots of patterns/instructions available online for free. Patience required!
Junk Modelling – Empty the recycling box and get creative. Space rockets, robots, wherever your imagination takes you!
Do GIANT drawings – I have had a giant roll of paper from IKEA for yonks and it’s still going. £4 well spent. You could draw round each other, create some story paths of your favourite stories (where you draw a path and then draw parts of the story in order down the path), practise letter/number writing or just do mark making.
Indoor Treasure Hunt – this would require a bit of organising but could keep them searching for a while! Choose written clues for older ones and picture clues for younger ones.
Other low cost activities
Cinema City Wild Challenge FridaysRSPB Strumpshaw Fen. Normal reserve prices apply – RSPB members free, Adults £4.50, children (5-17years) £2.50. One child per family goes free. Plus £2.50 per child taking part in the event.