School Holidays Norwich


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Aladdin at Theatre Royal, Norwich


Come and join us on a mystical magic-carpet ride this Christmas for our popular family pantomime Aladdin. Steven Roberts(Hollyoaks, The History Boys) takes on the title role aiming to outwit the evil Abanazar, played by Emmerdale and Casualty star Rik Makarem.

Joining them will be Milkshake favourite Kiera-Nicole Brennan as the Genie, Theatre Royal panto stalwart Richard Gauntlett as Widow Twankey, and Norfolk-based comedy entertainer Ben Langley as Wishee-Washee, plus further casting to be announced.

Written and directed once again by Richard Gauntlett, the show is set in the Far East and promises dazzling costumes, a stunning set, mischievous fun, and entertainment for all the family. Book now.

Children UNDER THREE are welcome FREE of charge and may share a seat with you.

01603 630000

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All Christmas Listings…

Lots of the listings below are from 2017, but I will be updating them with this year’s information ASAP.

Keep your eyes peeled on the Norwich Mumbler Facebook Page for news on when the Christmas page is fully updated!

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Christmas Celebration at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

As the magical time of Christmas gets closer, the Winter Wonderland comes to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure – with festive fun aplenty.

Come along and meet Santa (additional charge) and enjoy our magical park decorations – the sparkling family fun is not to be missed!

Experience some winter excitement with Dippy’s Christmas Disco Dancing – join in the fun and show us your best moves.

With special activities on over the weekends and the final countdown to Christmas, coming to visit us at the most wonderful time of the year should be at the top of your Christmas list.


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Intu Chapelfield – Elf University

Elf University is back! Santa needs your help, but elves need to be trained and graduate from Elf Uni first. Family Club members are invited to come and be an E.I.T (Elf in Training) in November. Free, fun workshops start on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November and continue every Thursday 4-7pm throughout November (except on 15 Nov, when we have a Meet Santa event), finishing with a special graduation day on Sunday 2 December.

Saturday 3 Nov 11am – 5pm, Clothing manufacturing department
Every elf needs a hat, come and make your own to wear with ‘elf satisfaction

Sunday 4 Nov 11am – 5pm, Elf Food Workshop
The whole family can get involved in icing some North Pole Melt Cookies. A special treat enjoyed by elves.

Thursday nights – we are open until 9pm on Thursdays in November and December

Thursday 8 Nov 4-7pm, Testing Station
Grab your lab coat and goggles (provided!) and pay a visit to the North Pole Laboratory, where all the best tests happen!

Thursday 15 Nov 4-8pm, Meet Santa
No Elf craft workshops this week, but children can come and meet Father Christmas. Due to popularity, we are taking bookings online. Please bring along your email confirmation to the information desk to collect your token on the night.

Thursday 22 Nov 4-7pm, Elf Communications Department
Ever wondered how elves communicate? How messages go between departments? Well now you’ll know as you make and decorate your very own ‘Elf Communication Device’…..its magical!

Thursday 29 Nov 4-7pm, Post and Delivery Department

Make special ‘super speedy’ reindeer food – a favourite activity that will be needed again to guide the reindeer on Christmas Eve –  plus a magical elf door. Did you know that elves use their own magical door to gain access to houses to ensure that they can update the Naughty & Nice List and more importantly to make sure everything is ready for Santa on Christmas Eve.

First year E.I.Ts can also make a label for Santa’s Special Key, because access to houses without chimneys is important!

Sunday 2 Dec 11am – 5pm
Elf University workshops and Graduation

The intu Family Club is free to join. Simply sign up and then bring in your welcome email to collect your membership cards and pack from the information desk.

Sign up HERE

Broads Tours Santa Cruise

Bure Valley Railway at Christmas

Bure Valley Railey, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW

Starting 1st December – 24th December 2018

Steam Trains to Santa departs from Wroxham travelling to Santa’s Grotto, where Santa and his railway sleigh are there to welcome you all. Then, the moment everybody has been waiting all year for…a visit to Santa in his Grotto!

Contact 01263 733858 for more information.

Christmas at Africa Alive!

1st – 2nd December, 2018
8th – 9th
15th – 16th
20th – 24th

See Santa Claus here at the park and enjoy some festive fun in the Discovery Centre.

01502 740291

Christmas at Banham Zoo

1st – 2nd December, 2018
8th – 9th
15th – 16th
20th – 24th

See Santa Claus here at Banham Zoo and enjoy some festive fun including Christmas crafts and face painting in the Discovery Centre

01953 887771

Christmas Visits at Bressingham

Bressingham Steam & Gardens, Low Road, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2AA

Santa and his wife and elves, will be at Bressingham on the  1/2, 8/9, 15/16, and 21,22,23,24 December 2018. Entry times vary depending on the day.

All days but the 24th have entry from 2pm to 5pm close no earlier than 6pm. 9, 15, 16 have an additional 12pm to 2pm entry slot, 24th has an 11am to 2pm entry slot and we will close earlier.

This year Santa is including:

  • A ride on the Steam Train on the Fen Railway for everyone
  • For those up to the age of 12 a visit to Father Christmas and a present from him. Rides on the Gallopers are included too.
  • The Dads Army Exhibition will be decorated for Christmas and a Childrens entertainer will be in the Village Hall.

Cinema City: Enchanted Screens

Cinema City, St Andrews St, Norwich, NR2 4AD

This Christmas, Picturehouse Cinemas invites you to enter the magical world of folklore and fairy tales – a land of joy and wonderment for adults and children alike.

12th November – The Red Shoes (U)
13th November – Labyrinth (U)
19th November – La belle et la Bete (PG)
26th November – The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya (U)
2nd December – The Princess And The Frog (U)
2nd December – The Box of Delights (U)
5th December – The Nutcracker
19th December – The Gruffalo + The Gruffalo’s Child (U)

Cracking Christmas at High Altitude

91 Whiffler Road, Norwich, NR3 2AW

Friday 21st December 10am-11:30am 2018
Sunday 23rd December 9am-10:30am

We’re throwing 2 festive parties just for little people.

£5 per toddler + £2 per adult
1 Hour bouncing
Juice & Biscuits
Story Time read by Santa
Soft Play free to use
Fancy Dress Prizes

Santa’s Grotto will be available to pre-book £3pp

Adults pay on the day.

Suitable for under 5’s. All children must be accompanied by an adult with a ratio of 1 adult to 2 children.

Saturday 22nd December 7.30pm-9.30pm, 2018
£15 Per Person

Suitable for 6+ unaccompanied. Younger bouncers can join in but will need an adult.
* Vegetarian option available

Contact 01603 567200

Enchanted Felbrigg

Felbrigg Hall, Felbrigg, NR11 8PR

1st-3rd December, 12.30pm-7pm

Join us for an outdoor seasonal experience for all the family to enjoy.
Follow a winter trail through the gardens and enchanted woodland. Enjoy the opportunity to unwind, surrounded by nature in all its winter glory. On your journey, you’ll be able to enjoy music, crafts, and tasty winter treats.

More information about this event will be available nearer the time. Last entry is at 6pm.

Adults £6, Children £3. Under 5s free. National Trust members admitted free.

There is a £2 car parking charge for non-National Trust members.
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.

Family combination: Pop-up Christmas

Norwich Puppet Theatre
Sat 23rd Dec 2017 to Sat 30th Dec 2017
£15.00 – £55.00
11am show and 1pm workshop

Enjoy an 11am performance of our beautiful Christmas production, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, followed by a family workshop. In this workshop, artist Roberta Wood will teach families the art of pop-up and you’ll have chance to create and decorate your own paper castle inspired by the paper dancer’s home in the show.

A wonderful opportunity to spend a festive day at the Theatre together and a chance to extend the magic of puppetry beyond the show.

11am – approx. midday – The Steadfast Tin Soldier performance

Midday – 1pm – Lunch break

1pm – 2.30pm – Family pop-up workshop

Further information

When you purchase combination tickets, seats for the show will be automatically allocated. If you wish to select your seats or require the accessible row, please phone our box office on 01603 629921.

Family Workshop: Santa’s Workshop

Norwich Puppet Theatre
Sun 24th Dec 2017

Ages: 3+

A fun-packed workshop where children, mums, dads, grandparents (all the family!) can have fun creating a puppet character together.

The workshop will begin with making the basic puppet form. Then it’s time to let imaginations run wild to create a new puppet character using a vast array of materials.

Contact 01603 629 921

Fly in to Christmas

International Aviation Academy, 5 Anson Road, Norwich, NR6 6ED


Santa is flying into the International Aviation Academy Norwich.

On Saturday 9th December, come and see Santa aboard our Boeing 737, and recieve an aviation themed gift!

Create Christmas crafts and enter our bauble design competition.

GroWild, Christmas in the Woods

GroWild, White House Farm, Blue Boar Lane, Norwich, NR7 8SB

2018 – The Giving Tree

The woolly woodland elves are back! This year they need some help to decorate the mighty mythical oak tree with edible treats for the wild animals. Escape the xmas mania with festive stories read by chief elf, hot chocolates and marshmallows around the campfire, PLUS lantern making and croony crimbo singing to finish! Join us for a magical and alternative christmas workshop in the GroWild woods in the busy festive period.

12th, 14th and 15th,  10am-12pm

Contact 01603 626741

Holt Hall Christmas Fair

Holt Hall, Kelling Road, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6RT

25 November at 10:00 to 26 November at 16:00
A 15 foot Christmas tree and log fire will greet visitors in the entrance hall.

There will be over 60 stalls showcasing an inspiring array of innovative and quality Christmas gifts ranging from locally produced food and drink, jewellery, clothing, crafts, paintings, children’s books, Christmas wreaths and decorations, glassware art, lampshades, prints, cushions, bunting, candles, bath products and plants. Refreshments will also be available.

The Fair is on over the weekend of 25th and 26th November between 10am and 4pm on both days.

Norwich Christmas Lights Switch On

Thursday 14th November 2017 6pm-10pm – 2018

Don’t miss the party of the year when the streets of Norwich sparkle and shine and music fills the night at the annual Christmas Switch-on.

There’ll be a parade with Father Christmas, entertainment in front of City Hall and the switching on of the city centre lights.

The Tunnel of Light is back this year! The tunnel will be going live at the same time as the lights in the City. To get in on the action use the hashtag #MyTunnelOfLight on both Twitter and Instagram when posting your photos, and use our very own Geofilter on Snapchat!

And for even more excitement the projections on the Castle are back. This year the projections will show 10 3 minute films.

Norwich Ice Rink

The Norwich Ice Rink is back by popular demand for its third magical year! We’ll be situated in the Castle Mall Gardens, and open from 15 Dec 2017 – 7 Jan 2018.

Tickets available from the website.

Pensthorpe Christmas Market

26 Nov 2017 – 26 Nov 2017
10am – 4pm

Escape the hustle and bustle of a busy high street and join us for a heart-warming day where you can get into the Christmas spirit and browse, at your leisure, an array of craft stalls around our Courtyard hub, which will be adorned with twinkling lights and Christmassy sights and sounds.

We will have something for everyone this Christmas, plus a local brass band group will get you in the festive mood and entertain you whilst you shop and Annual Members will receive a complimentary glass of mulled wine and mince pie.

Special event offer – reduced entry into our Park – £8pp for all visitors! (under 3’s free)*

01328 851465

Pleasurewood Hills Christmas Spectacular

18th-24th December
Leisure Way, Lowestoft NR32

Why not join Woody Bear and his festive friends in the newly refurbished Castle Theatre at Pleasurewood Hills, as we celebrate Christmas like never before!

Tickets are on sale now for Woody’s Christmas Spectacular.
£12 for adults and £10 for all children (under 12 years of age).

A magical full length musical theatre and entertainment show for all the family this Christmas!

From traditional Victorian carol singing to a wonderful glimpse inside Santa’s busy, colourful workshop, Woody’s Christmas Spectacular is Christmas as it was meant to be.

With classic songs, sparkling new routines and comic crackers aplenty, this is the show that will have you singing all the way ho-ho-home and leave you all set for the perfect Christmas!

The show is produced by the internationally renowned Stage and Production Company.

Santa at Highway Garden & Leisure

Highway Garden & Leisure, Loddon Road, Framingham Pigot, Norwich, NR14 7PW

Breakfast with Santa – every weekend in December and from 19th-24th December at 9am

Santa’s Grotto – 17th November to 24th December
Various times available to book online.

Contact 01508 494665 for more information.

Santa Specials at Eaton Park


Sunday 2nd and Sunday 9th December 2018, between 1130 and 1430.  All the fun of trains and Santa too!  The flat fare is just £6 per person.

Applications via the website are open now. Only a limited number of tickets are available on each day!

Snowflake Extravaganza

The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Unthank Road, NR2 2PA Norwich, Norfolk
17th December, 4.3opm-8.30pm 2018

Doors Open at 4.30pm. Carol Concert starts at 6.30pm.

On arrival you will be greeted by some of Santa’s little helpers, the amazing smells of mulled wine and mince pies will fill the air as you as you enter the beautiful Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich, which will be decorated with a flurry of magical snowflakes.

Standard entry is £2.00 per ticket which gives entry in to the Christmas Market as well as the Carol Concert. (Entry for children under 1 year of age is free).

Donations raised from this event will be helping to change young lives locally by supporting the work of Break. Together we can make a difference.

Sportspark Mini Springers

Sporstpark UEA

Extra Drop-in Sessions
Saturday 2nd December
2.30pm-3.30pm-4.30pm for 45 mins

Suitable for children who are walking up to 8 years old. Children can play on all the apparatus with parents supervising their children. Pre-school rules apply. £4 a session.

The Polar Express Trainride at Mid-Norfolk Railway

Dates throughout end of November and December

Do you believe? We do at the Mid-Norfolk Railway and that is why we are proud to be hosting an exciting magical experience like no other. After the fun of last December, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is returning to the Mid-Norfolk Railway this December with the magic of the 2004 motion picture THE POLAR EXPRESS™ being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the Christmas season!

01362 851723

Thursford Santa’s Magical Journey

Thursford Collection, Thursford, Fakenham, NR21 0AS
Dates from end of November and throughout December

Remember the excitement of your first visit to see Father Christmas? Give your children, grandchildren or your class a day they’ll never forget. Come and visit Father Christmas in the magical setting of Thursford this Christmas. It will be a treat to cherish for everyone who wants to experience this magical fantasy journey and visit Father Christmas in his very special house. Booking is essential!

Contact 01328 878 477 for more information.

Visit Father Christmas in his Yurt

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham NR13 6DZ

15th & 16th December 11am-5pm – 2018

Have yourself a woodland Christmas experience in our winter garden. Take a stroll through our woodland to meet the reindeer and visit Father Christmas tucked away among the trees. There will be live music, craft stalls, illuminations and an Elves’ Workshop with Christmas crafts to keep the children busy. Seasonal food in the tearoom and marquee. An event for all the family to enjoy.

Garden entry applies for adults and concessions. £10 per child to visit Father Christmas and receive a present (includes garden entry from 10am). Pre-booking is essential to visit Father

Contact 01603 270449

Whitwell and Reepham Station – Santa Specials

Whitwell & Reepham Station, Whitwell Road, Reepham, NR10 4GA
14th-21st December – 2018

This year Father Christmas has taken over a magical building and we need to go on a train trip to try to find him….. there will be mince pies, mulled wine and soft drinks on the train.

If we find the magical building with Father Christmas in, he will hand presents to all of you who are under fourteen years old.

He will spend some time with the children.

Note: An Infant is up to 2 years old and will only get a present if selected on the booking form.

Ticktes: Adults & Children (age 2 and over): £14.00 each Infants: (under 2 years old) FREE or £5.00 each with a present from Santa.

01603 871694