School Holidays Norwich

May Half Term

Featured Listing

BeWILDerwood – Mildred’s Fabulous Maypole Fete

May 26th – 3rd June 2018

BeWILDerwood is buzzing with excitement for our fabulous fete and spring celebrations!

Mildred, the Crocklebog resident of the Scaaaaary Lake, has been practicing for weeks, and would like you all to join her in some BeWILDerwood maypole dancing! Swirl and twirl to help wake up our bugs for Spring!

But of course, it wouldn’t be Mildred without a little bit of mayhem…expect fun and frolics at the Grubbles Mini Games! A series of fete style activities to delight our friends!

It’s a beautiful time of year, make sure to look around at the beautiful wild woods as you race across treetop bridges and zoom along the zip wires.

Tickets from the website.

Featured Listing

Dinosaurs in the Shopping Centre

Castle Mall, 29th May, 11am – 3pm

Dino Trail
Find the 5 dinosaurs hiding throughout the centre and return your trail sheet to get your sticker!

Dig & Dust
Calling all budding archaeologists! Help us dig for bones and dust down your discoveries in St Johns area.

Join us the hear ‘Dinosaurs in my school’ and ‘Dinosaurs in the supermarket’ by Timothy Knapman. Find us in the Kastle Kids room now next door to TK Maxx.

Craft workshop
Make your very own dinosaur to take home! Join the Kastle Kids team in our new room next door to TK Maxx.

A Country Fair at Hoveton Hall

May 27 – May 28th 2018

Hoveton Hall Estate, Nr Wroxham, Norwich, NR12 8RJ

See the colourful displays from the East Norfolk Militia, a local Red Coat Napoleonic era re-enactment group as well as exciting falconry displays. There will be a range of craft and art displays to browse and buy something that little bit different. Families can also try their hand at some old fashioned garden games, archery and clay pigeon shooting. For the little ones we have Punch and Judy and storytelling taking place. For those of you with four legged friends why not enter them into our fun dog show which will take place in the afternoon on both days.

The fun starts from 10.30am to 5pm
The categories for the dog show are to be announced.

01603 784297

A Sprinkle of Spring

Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham, NR21 0LN
26th May – 3rd June 2018

With Spring in full swing, what better way to spend half term than to feed the ducks, explore the great outdoors and play in our award winning indoor and outdoor adventure play areas!

Celebrating all that is wonderful about the natural world, this event features hands-on activities such as guided pond dipping, nature-inspired craft making and a spring trail weaving through the woodlands and wetlands of the reserve.


Big Bird Hunt – Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

May 26th – 3rd June 2018

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

Family event: Using a spotter sheet find all things birdy in our woodland garden.

Included in garden entry. Free to members. No need to book.

01603 270449

Children’s Puppet Making Workshop – Fairies & Trolls

June 1st  10:30 am12:00 pm

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.

Children will be working with their peers supported by our workshop leaders. Accompanying adults may relax in Theatre foyer or return to collect at the end of the workshop.

01603 629921

Cinema City

Cinema City, St Andrews Street, Norwich NR2 4AD

26th May 2018
Peter Rabbit 11am Kids’ Club
: Exclusively for children and their parents or carers. Unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

29th May 
Tractor Ted: Munchy Crunchy and Other Stories 11am

Contact 0871 9025724

Collage Workshop for 6-12 year olds

The Children’s Art Barn, North Farm, Burgh-next-Aylsham, Norwich, NR11 6TW

At The Children’s Art Barn we offer art and craft workshops for children aged 6 to 12 years. Workshops take place in a covered barn set in beautiful countryside, with plenty of outdoor space to run around. Workshops run from 10am till 3pm and cost £25 per child. For more information or to book a workshop please contact Katie Baxter on 07470 335701.

Costessey Fete and Fayre

The Costessey Centre, NR8 5AH

The Costessey Fete and Fayre is in its 8th year and this year is going bigger and better with it over two days incorporating two varied styles
SUNDAY – gates open at 12noon, there will be craft and food stall, fun fair, dog show, classic and American car displays, military vehicles, WW1 interactive trench, spitfire and hurricane replica aircraft. There is to be a sunset ceremony to commemorate all who have given their life in service.
MONDAY -gates open at 12noon. There will be a wider selection of stalls with 120+ attending, fun fair, dog shows classic and American car displays, birds of prey, various entertainment throughout the day and into the evening finishing with a fireworks display at 10pm.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT TO ATTEND.(£2 for all day parking)

Dad’s Army Live! – North Norfolk Railway

May 27thMay 28th 2018
North Norfolk Railway

Don’t Panic, it’s Dad’s Army Live!

This family friendly weekend is sure to get you giggling. Re-live some of the best moments from the hit BBC comedy with live action from our friends at the Thetford Dad’s Army Museum.

The famous “Royal Train” episode of Dad’s Army was filmed at Weybourne Station back in 1973. Now Corporal Jones’ much loved Butchers van brings the Walmington-on-Sea stars to life again at Weybourne as the station is taken over by the Home Guard courtesy of Thetford Dad’s Army Museum; Timescape will be entertaining one and all with songs of the era and the NAAFI will be open selling supplies!

Contact 01263 820800 for more information.

Discover a Wonderland!

30th May, 10.30 am3.30 pm, 2018
Strangers’ Hall Museum, Charing Cross
Norwich, NR2 4AL

A family day to celebrate the extraordinary world of Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic story Alice in Wonderland, with curious crafts, games and character trail. Then take’ tea’ with Alice in the garden. Free with museum entry. No need to book.

Everything Goes – Bure Valley

May 26th-28th 2018

Sat Nav Postcode
Aylsham: NR11 6BW
Wroxham: NR12 8UU

Any train, any time – Everything Goes fares allow unlimited travel on day of issue so you can ride as many Locos as possible!

No Pre-booking required, just arrive 15 minutes before the departure time of the train.

Contact 01263 733858 for more information.

Music in the Garden – Blickling

26th May, 3pm 2018

Blickling Hall, NR11 6NF

Our bluebell festival culminates in an afternoon of music in the garden.Our bluebell celebrations culminate in an afternoon of music in the garden on 26 May. Join us for music by Zingaro Blue, Hot Cold Ground and Bass Tree String Band.

Fairy Fair

26th-27th May 2018
Primrose Woods, Stradsett Estate, PE33 9HA

Sat 26th May         Fairy Fair, Norfolk:  Workshops include Elf Training, Fairy Flowers, Fairy Gardens, Fairy Training and Animal Hospital.

Sun 27th May        Fairy Fair, Norfolk: Workshops include Elf Training, Fairy Flowers, Fairy Gardens, Fairy Training and Animal Hospital.


Family Activity Days – Hautbois

Hautbois Activity Centre – 2018
5 Great Hautbois Road, 
Coltishall, NR12 7JN

Each of our Family Activity Days has a different theme for the day.

29th May, 11am-3pm Canoe Safari

31st May, 11am – 3pm Jungle Adventure:
Activities will include – MONKEY CLIMBING & ABSEILING

2nd June, 11am – 3pm Outdoor Pioneer
Activities will include – Stand Up Paddleboard & Pioneering.

Contact 01603 737357

Family Fun at The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

29th-2nd June 2018
The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

Find out about a Norwich childhood almost a century ago. Let Ethel take you around the museum and tell you, in her own words, what life was like in Norwich almost a hundred years ago. Play street games in our courtyard, work out the cost of goods at the local shop and discover how to get in to the cinema when you don’t have any money.

01603 629127

Fantastic May Half Term at Holkham

27th May – 1st June 2018

Holkham Estate,Wells-next- the-Sea, NR23 1AB

Families, head over to Holkham this May half term for a fun-tastic daily changing programme of crafts, challenges, bike rides, bouncy castles, zorbing, circus skills and outdoor activities.

Visit our website to find out dates and times of all events.

01328 713111

Green Man Pub & Restaurant Family Fun Weekend

Green Man Pub, Wroxham Road

Family Fun Weekend
Saturday, Sunday, Monday 26th-28th May, 12-6pm

Bring the kids down to enjoy a free family event including;

Bouncy Castle
Face Painting
Treasure Hunt
Craft Tables
Garden Games
Children’s Goody Bags

Plus with a paying adult Kids Eat Free ( under 12)

01603 920990

Half-term fun at intu Chapelfield

A free club for Norfolk families has launched at intu Chapelfield just in time for May half term.

intu’s family club will offer parents and their children a number of fun activities to enjoy together at the popular shopping destination. There will be the chance to race each other around a giant Scalextric track and pose for silly snaps in a photo booth, over the week-long school holiday.

Family club members will also receive a series of special offers, free gifts and the opportunity to take part in more events at intu centres across the UK as part of their membership.

More than 500 children across the country as well as members of intu’s ‘Shopper view’ panel, which is made up of customers from its UK centres, were given their say on everything from the activities the new family club will offer to the free gifts they’ll receive.

All activities are free.

  • Fun family portraits 30 – 31 May, 10am until 4pm

Smile for the camera! Pop on some fancy dress and step inside intu Chapelfield’s fun photo booth for a hilarious free family photo.

  • Giant Scalextric 30 – 31 May, 10am until 4pm

Calling all speed demons! Race to the chequered flag on an epic Scalextric racing track. Suitable for age 8+

Knight Fever at Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Shirehall, Market Avenue
Norwich , NR1 3JQ

26th May – 2nd June 2018

Be chivalrous and act like a Knight in our drama workshops, join in our Quiz Knight and see a recreation of Heath Ledger’s dance scene from a ‘Knight’s Tale’. Plus mighty arms and armour demonstrations, crafts, talks and more.

01603 493625/495897

Love Norwich Market Celebration Day

Norwich Market

30th May – 1st June 10am-4pm

Norwich in Wonderland will be running a Norwich Market in Wonderland three-day event. Come and join your favourite characters including the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts and Alice herself on market stalls 14 and 15.

There will be a free treasure trail around the market with prizes. Face painting will also be available.

Love your zoo – Banham Zoo

May 26th – 3rd June 2018
Banham Zoo, Kenninghall Road
Banham, NR16 2HE

As part of BIAZA’s Love Your Zoo week, we will be celebrating Banham Zoo’s 50th birthday with a walk down memory lane

May Half-term

I’m currently putting together a list of all the events and activities on over May Half-term.  If you have an event, class or activity for families that you would like to put on Norwich Mumbler then please let me know, HERE.

Mini Professors Science Classe

Eaton Park Community Centre, South Park Avenue, Norwich, NR4 7AZ

Saturday Science Mini Professors Norwich – June 2nd
9.45 am BUBBLES (ages 2&3)
10.45 am AIR PRESSURE (ages 3-5)
11.50 am AIR PRESSURE (ages 3-5)
Classes are suitable for children currently in Reception class.

Our Mini Professors get to wear their own mini lab coats and learn about the basic principles of scientific experimentation, whilst having lots of fun and generally getting stuck in.

Places are strictly limited and therefore early booking is advised.

Mini Springers at Sportspark UEA

From 28th May – 31st May the following Mini-Springers sessions will be running each day.

10am – Pre-School Spring (walking to school age)
11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm: Mini-Springers (walking to 8 years old)

All sessions cost £4, normal rules apply. To book your place call 01603 592398 or you can pay at reception before the session (if there are remaining places)

Norfolk Snowsports Club Tubing

Whitlingham Lane, Trowse
NR14 8TW Norwich, Norfolk

Junior Tubing. It’s back!

When? May Half Term
Who for? Kids aged 4 – 9
How much? £7
For how long? 1/2 hr on the nursery slope
How do I book? Call reception now 01603 662781, places limited

Norwich Gaming Festival

28th May – 3rd June 2018

10am – 4pm

FREE, for all ages

The Norwich Gaming Festival is a Free, family-friendly celebration of video games, organised and brought to you by The Forum Trust.

Last year we welcomed over 40,000 visitors and 2018 promises to be bigger and better than ever!

Enjoy a jam packed programme of indie, mainstream and retro games, seminars, talks, workshops, demos and shows.

Norwich Junior Cycling Club

Earlham Park, Salisbury Road Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TQ

Every Saturday 26th May – 16th June 2018

Ages 4 – 14.

British Cycling Go Ride club

Activities include skills & techniques, confidence, fun activities & bike games, trail rides, races and competitions

Norwich Puppet Theatre – May Half term

Tue 29th May 2018

Circus Performers: Children’s Workshop
29th May 2018
Ages: 5+

Colourful clowns, jolly jugglers and mesmerising magicians. Celebrate 250 years of Circus with some big top favourites!

Acrobats: Children’s Workshop
30th May 2018
Price: £9.50
Ages: 5+

Create your own fearless acrobat. This is a special type of puppet with moving parts which we have never made before!

Children’s Workshop: Amazing Animals
31st May 2018
Ages: 5+

Talking parrots, dancing horses, jumping dolphins and flying squirrels. Animals come in all shapes and sizes and can do some incredible things! What amazing animal will you create?


Where the Light Shines
Kaboodle Theatre
1st Jun 2018
First ticket includes 1 adult in price, extra child tickets £5, extra adults £9
Running time: 30 minutes
Ages: 3+

Join us on a journey to a magical place filled with glowing lights, curious smells and unusual creatures.

The DaSilva Marionette Circus Troupe
Noisy Oyster
2nd Jun 2018
£9.00 – £30.00
Running time: 45 minutes
Ages: 4+

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – the Circus has come to town!

Family Day: Big Top, Small Circus
Sat 2nd Jun 2018
Price: £15.00 – £55.00
Running time: 11am show and 1pm workshop
Ages: 3+

Watch the fabulous The DaSilva Marionette Circus Troupe and make your own marionette style puppet. Clowns, aerialists, ringmasters and more! A great way to celebrate 250 years of circus.



OPEN Norwich – 4 to 6 year olds

On offer are the following one-day activities aimed at 4 – 6 year olds
Tuesday 29th May
Little Kids Pop Video (Sold Out)

Thursday 31st May
Let’s Kids Cheerleading

Friday 1st June
Little Kids Gymnastics (Sold Out)

And we have the following two-day activities on offer for 7 – 12 year olds

Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th May
Introduction to Climbing
Pamper Party
Discover Mad Science (Sold Out)

Thursday 31st & Friday 1st June
Phenomenal Photography
Be a YouTuber (Sold Out)
Stop Frame Animation (Sold Out)

Out There Forest School

Family Forest Fun

Out There Forest School, Attleborough, NR17 1AJ
1st June 2018, 1.30pm-4pm

Come and enjoy the woods at our Family Forest morning … fresh air and fun with Den building, mud kitchen, woodland craft, tool use, hammocks, swinging, climbing and snacks round the Campfire.
Suitable for families with children aged
Children must be accompanied for this session, so bring the family and explore our beautiful woods together! £6 per child ticket, each child ticket includes one accompanying adult.

Gravity Toddler Pyjama Party

Gravity Trampoline Park, Riverside Centre , NR1 1WT

May 25th 11am-12pm 2018

Pyjama party themed Parent and Toddler party. Come down and enjoy with your Tot and have a hot drink after your bounce. (1 FREE per every adult paying to bounce). FREE face painting!
Each bouncer is £5.00 and £1.00 for socks.

Book in advance online call the Call Centre on 01603 964 949

Create! Toy and Games at Gressenhall

26th May – 3rd June 2018
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Dereham, NR20 4DR

Join us and discover family fun activities every day of the school holidays. Find out about toys and games from the past and have a go at creating your own.

Please note we do not allow dogs, other than assistance dogs, on site. We would also strongly recommend that animals are not left in locked cars.

Explorers’ Family Fun Day

Norwich Cathedral, 65 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH

31st May 10.30am-3.30pm

Family Fun Day
You know how this works.
Just £3.00 for over 5s, free for under 5s and accompanying adults, NO TICKETS NEEDED, just loads and loads of smiles and fun.
This time the theme is ‘explorers’.
See you there!

Sunday Teas – Plantation Garden

May 27, 2pm4pm

Sunday Teas

We will be serving teas from 2pm – 4.00 p.m. every Sunday throughout the summer. There will be musical entertainment on most Sundays – see details of our 2018 summer music series on the events page of our website.

Whitlingham Adventure

Whitlingham Adventure
Trowse, Norwich

National Go Canoeing Week 2018 is perfect for everyone from complete beginners to seasoned paddlers. We want YOU to take part!

We will have a range of sessions available in Canoeing, Kayaking or Stand Up Paddle boarding! Join us in helping to reach the 45,000 mile target! Just £7.50 per person, per session!

01603 632307

Wild touch – Fairhaven

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
May 30th, 11am-3pm 2018

Family event: Wild Touch wildlife rescue is a small, experienced rescue service in Rollesby rescuing and rehabilitating wild and exotic creatures. Come and meet some of their animals and get closer to nature than you ever expected. Hold a Barn Owl, play with a Raven and get to know a variety of other animals that you would never normally get the chance to meet.

Drop in activity. No need to book. Does not include garden entry. There may be a small charge for some activities.

01603 270449