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.
UNDER 3’s FREE!
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.
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
December 1 – December 24 2018
Come on board the Vintage Broadsman with Santa and his Pixies for an hour of Family Festive Fun. The Pixies will serve mulled wine and mince pies for the adults and a soft drink and festive cookie for the children. While Santa’s sleigh is flying overhead, children can take part in our seasonal quiz, sing along to Christmas songs and enter our colouring or drawing competition. Santa will then land on the roof, and come down into the cosy saloon with a sack bursting full of named quality presents for all the 1-15 year olds. Presents can be available for under 1’s at £5.00
£13.00 for all tickets, under 1 year old go free
Booking is essential for the Santa Cruise, please call the office on 01603 782207
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.
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.
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
Norwich Puppet Theatre
The Princess and the Pea
20th-24th December 2018
The Frog and The Princess
Superheroes and Sidekicks
Please phone our box office on 01603 629921.
International Aviation Academy, 5 Anson Road, Norwich, NR6 6ED
Saturday 8th December 2018, 11am-3pm
Join us for another exciting day of activities and an opportunity to meet Santa on the plane.
The event is open to ALL! but it is mostly aimed at children 7yrs -12yrs. Boarding the plane you must be age 7+. Please be advised, if children are younger than 7 please, contact us as this need to be under ASP staff discretion.
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:
Cinema City, St Andrews St, Norwich, NR2 4AD
2nd December – A Christmas Story (PG)
3rd December – Tee and Mo: Winter (U)
5th December – Home Alone (PG)
8th December – Christopher Robin (PG)
9th December – A Muppet Christmas Carol (U)
11th December – Messy goes to Okido: Christmas (U)
15h December – CBeebies Christmas Show (U)
19th & 20th December – The Nightmare before Christmas (PG)
21st December – The Wizard of Oz (U)
22nd December – Home Alone (PG)
24th December – Stick Man (U)
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
Weekend/holiday events – Family Fun
Saturday Dec 8th 11 to 12 Noon Café Britannia, Britannia Road, Norwich NR1 4LU £7 per child
Sunday Dec 9th 10.30 to 12 Noon Brundall Memorial Hall, Links Ave, Brundall NR13 5LL £8 per child
Sunday Dec 16th 11 to 12 Noon Café Britannia, Britannia Road, Norwich NR1 4LU £7 per child
Thursday Dec 20th 10.30 to 12 Noon Sports Hall, Acle Recreation Centre, Acle £8 per child
Saturday Dec 22nd 2.30 to 4pm Brundall Memorial Hall, Links Ave, Brundall NR13 5LL £8 per child
Family Funs are for families with children aged between 2 and 11 years old, who wish to spend some quality crafting time together. There is a 25% ticket discount for siblings.
Full details of what crafts will be made at each event, and online booking can be found on our website.
Felbrigg Hall, Felbrigg, NR11 8PR
7th-16th December, 3pm-7pm 2018
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.
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, Kelling Road, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6RT
24 November at 10am to 25 November at 4pm 2018
There will be over 55 stalls showcasing an inspiring array of innovative and quality Christmas gifts ranging from local food and drink, clothing, crafts, paintings, plants, Christmas wreaths, decorations, glassware, art, prints, cushions, bunting, candles, pottery, make-up, skin care and bath products.
Refreshments are available from outdoor stalls which includes a selection of delicious crepes, pizzas, cakes, sausage rolls, soup, hot and cold drinks.
The Kastle Kids team are back on Friday 21st December with some Festive Fun!
Children will have the chance to make some magic reindeer food to take home and sprinkle on their drive on Christmas Eve.
Our resident storyteller will be reading the tale of The Night Before Christmas to the children to really get them in the festive spirit.
Santa is going to be visiting Castle Mall every Sunday and you can come take a selfie with him!
You will find Santa in his throne, by the main staircase between 11am and 3pm every Sunday from 25th November until 23rd December.
We really want to see the selfies you take with Santa so please share them on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #cmsantaselfie for your chance to win a massive £250 to spend in Castle Mall!
19th -29th December 2018
Soul Church Nursery
**CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY!!
Large Family Fairground
(All Rides £1.00 per ride….. Excluding Dodgems-Bungee Trampolines-Bumper Carz at £2.00 per ride)
Meet & Greet Characters Elsa & Anna
Pick N Mix
Traditional Handmade Fudge
Street food stalls
Roasted Chest Nuts
Hot dogs & Burgers
Donuts and Candy Floss
From 19th – 29th December…..
opening daily from :
13.00pm – 20.00pm
Thursday 14th November 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.
The Norwich Ice Rink is back by popular demand! We’ll be situated in the Castle Mall Gardens, and open from 14 Dec 2017 – 6 Jan 2018.
Tickets available from the website.
25th November 2018
10am – 4pm
Escape the hustle and bustle of a busy high street and swap it for craft, food & drink stalls, live music and the switching on of our festive lights as well as complimentary mince pies and mulled wine for members.
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 MINIATURE RAILWAY
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 & 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.