School Holidays Norwich

Summer Holidays

Africa Alive! Summer 2020

Open to the public with safety measures in place.

Please book ahead and check the latest updates before your visit.

Face masks are now mandatory in the restaurant when ordering and in the gift shop.

Africa Alive is part of an urgent fundraising appeal to save our zoos.

Banham Zoo Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Open to the public, all changes are listed on the website.

Face masks are now mandatory for all indoor facilities at the zoo. You can buy a mask for £1 at the zoo.

BrickLive UK’s BIG CATS now at Banham Zoo. Life size brick models of big cats, can you find them all?

Banham Zoo is also part of the fundraising appeal to save our zoos.

BeWILDerwood Summer 2020

Summer 2020

BeWILDerwood is back.

Find out about all the changes in a blog post written by Katrin after her recent visit.

Blickling Hall Summer 2020

Summer 2020

The parkland and gardens at Blickling Hall are currently open, the House itself and the cycle hire facility remain closed.

You must book your visit in advance otherwise you will be turned away.


Bowling House

Summer 2020

Bowling House is a cocktail bar, karaoke venue and restaurant that is also a bowling alley.

*Bowling is currently unavailable at this time due to the coronavirus pandemic (updated 4th August 2020)*

Bowling House IS taking part in the ‘Eat out to Help out’ scheme during August and has other offers on to encourage you to use this independent business.

Bressingham Steam and Gardens summer 2020

Summer 2020

Bressingham Steam and Gardens

Now open for pre-booked visitors.

Open: toilets, snacks to takeaway, fun rides (cash only) outside play area.

Castle Quarter Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Castle Quarter is currently open to the public. Visitors must wear a mask at all times and there is a list of shops on their website which are open.

Children’s Activities at the Norfolk Record Office

Norfolk Record Office is currently closed.

However, there is a lot of creative content on their facebook site for the summer holidays including:

1/ how to make super sound effects using every day objects around your home

2/make a junk model bathing machine.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Cley Marshes : open

Children’s Wildlife Watch events have been cancelled in August but there is a lot of creative content on the facebook site with a weekly theme.




Cromer Carnival Week 2020

Summer 2020

Sadly cancelled in 2020, but we look forward to seeing everyone again for the carnival in 2021.

Dotty Pottery

Summer 2020

Open to the public to come to the studio and paint. Please book ahead, we cannot accept ‘walk ins’.

We are open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 9.30-5pm.

We also offer our caddy ‘takeaway’ service for anyone who would prefer to paint in their own home.


Gorleston Clifftop Festival 2020

Summer 2020

Sadly cancelled this summer but the festival will return in 2021!

Gravity Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Gravity trampoline park In Norwich is open from 25th July.

Due to restrictions, the airbags, inflatables and framed play are not currently open.

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach 2020

Summer 2020

Sadly all summer fireworks events at Great Yarmouth have been cancelled.

The Pleasure Beach rides are open to the public with a series of safety measures in place, please check the website before your visit.

Hobbycraft Norwich 2020

Summer 2020

Hobbycraft Norwich are hosting online zoom creative workshops from cupcake icing techniques to making large 3D flowers.

Holkham Hall 2020

Summer 2020

Holkham Hall Estate.

Feast in the Park: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August, and bank holiday Monday.

Open Air Cinema: Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing, The Greatest Showman and Rocketman.

How Hill 2020

Summer 2020

There is no family fun day this year, but the gardens are open to the public.

The tea room and toilets are closed but there are two portaloos near Toad Hole Cottage.

Car parking is free, but due to no schools visiting the venue this year, donations are greatly appreciated.  There are donation boxes at the entry to the gardens.

intu Chapelfield Summer

Summer 2020

Almost all of the shops, cafes and restaurants at Intu Chapelfield are now open. Face masks must be worn at all times.

Check with the website for which shops are open.

Hautbois Hall 2020

Summer 2020

Treasure Island Open Air Theatre has been cancelled.

Labyrinth Laser Tag and Play Cafe Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Back with a limited opening to the public.

Taking part in the ‘Eat out to help out’ scheme, with laser tag play on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at specific times. Places are very limited so book ahead. We cannot accept walk ins at this time.


Norfolk Museums Summer 2020

Summer 2o20

Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell: closed

Norwich Castle Museum : closed

Strangers Hall: closed

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse : open

Time and Tide Museum : open

Entrance to the museums is by ticket only, which you need to book in advance. Tickets will not be available on the door, and you will not be allowed in to the museum without a ticket. You will need to choose a specific day and time for your visit and arrive within 15 minutes of your start time.

Norfolk Snowsports Club Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Now open to previously signed off members for a limited number of sessions.

Face coverings must be worn by all attending the club. You must book in advance.

Taster sessions and tubing remain closed for the time being.


Norfolk Treasure Hunts

Norfolk Treasure Hunts are a fun way for families to get out-and-about and explore our wonderful county. Follow the directions, solve the clues, and win epic bragging rights for completing the trail. There are several treasure hunts, of varying distances, scattered across Norfolk.

Find us at the Norfolk Treasure Hunts website.

Norwich Cathedral Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Free children’s trails through the Cathedral : join Ploddy, Norwich Cathedral’s dinosaur puppet, enjoy a prehistoric picnic in the Cloisters and enter our dinosaur themed competition for young artists.

There will be a new trail to follow every Monday. Pick up a trail sheet in the hostry.

Families will be able to follow the trails when the Cathedral is open to general visitors – Sunday 1pm-3pm, Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, and Saturday 10am-3pm.

Norwich City Council Summer 2020

Summer 2o2o

School’s Out: children’s summer holiday activities – sadly cancelled.

Outdoor Theatre and fun days in August – sadly cancelled.


Norwich Historic Churches Trust 2020

Summer 2020

Sadly the summer events calendar has been cancelled.

However, on their website, there is a list of creative family activities you can have a go with at home including links and print outs.


Norwich Millennium Library Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Take part in the summer reading challenge

Every Wednesday over the summer, live-stream story events. Also, online bounce and rhyme sessions with Hannah.

The children’s library is not yet open but there are story packs to take away.





Norwich Puppet Theatre Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Norwich puppet theatre is online! While the building is closed, you can find:

  • behind the scenes clips
  • “how to make” videos
  • downloadable resources

Go to the facebook page or YouTube site.  You can also order cotton fabric face masks for £5 in 4 different sizes, made by volunteers, with the donations going towards the puppet theatre.

One Life Left Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Norwich Gaming Cafe, NR2 4PF

open with restrictions in place.

Please check ahead before your visit.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden 2020

Summer 2020

Fairhaven Woodland is now open to the public.

Please book ahead for your timed slot and turn up on time as we can only have 25 people per half hour.

There is a one way system with 3 different routes.

The boat trips are currently not running. The tea room offers food to eat in the picnic area or to takeaway. The gift shop is also closed.

Pensthorpe Natural Park Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Pensthorpe, Fakenham NR21 0LN

Open to the public including the Wildrootz outdoor area. Indoor Play centre is currently closed.  There is a new Hootz and Friends Big Summer Trail for 2020.

You must book in advance and wear face masks in the shop and cafe.

Pettitt’s Animal Adventure Park summer 2020

Summer 2020

Pettitt’s adventure park, NR13 3UA.

Animals, play areas and rides.

Open to the public, you must book online, there is no facility to pay at the gate. Please check the website for all safety measures before your arrival.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Redwings Aylsham will be reopening to the public on a trial basis from 8th August.

Saturdays and Sundays only from 10am to 3pm.

You must book a time slot in advance. Entrance is still free but we would welcome any donations to ensure our work can continue.

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Park summer 2020

Summer 2020

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure park is now open to the public, you must pre-book your ticket in advance. Please arrive within your 30 minute time slot. You can stay for as long as you like on the day.

Check the website for what’s open at the site and the safety measures in place.



RSPB Norfolk Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Strumpshaw Fen : trails, toilets and car park open. The visitor centre and hides remain closed. Please be aware of the one way system and be mindful of others.

Titchwell Marsh:  Car park, trails, toilets, Fen Hide and limited cafe options open. The shop, Parrinder Hide and Island Hide remain closed for now.

Berney Marshes: All trails and car park open, any other facilities closed.

Buckingham Marshes: All trails and car parks open, any other facilities closed.

Wroxham Barns Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Wroxham Barns, Hoveton, NR12 8QU

Open to the public with restrictions in place.
The farmyard cafe is open, the restaurant is open for takeaways and tray service options but we can’t offer table service.
The Junior Farm and new fun park are now in a combined ticket option and now open to the public. You must book tickets in advance.
Shops are open with social distancing in place and face masks required.
Please check the website ahead of your visit.

Thrigby Hall summer 2020

Summer 2020

Open every day from 9am.

You must book ahead of your visit. Face coverings must be worn in the gift shop but are not mandatory around the park.

The cafe offers a takeaway selection with limited outside seating. You are welcome to bring your own picnic.

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway Summer 2020

Summer 2020

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Now open to the public.

Please note there are new car parking charges as Wells is getting very busy!

Whitlingham Country Park summer 2020

Summer 2020

Whitlingham Country Park has reopened the Flint Barn, Lime Avenue, Old Quarry and Picnic Site car parks. The Parks paths, woods and green spaces are open and there is plenty of room for visitors to maintain social distancing.

Whitlingham Adventure Park is closed until at least September 2020.