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Seven family events taking place during half term in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 13:11 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:50 18 October 2018

Norwich Science Festival 2017 Credit: Simon Finlay

Norwich Science Festival 2017 Credit: Simon Finlay

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From PrimEvil to a family rave, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained over half term week.

What: PrimEvil

Where: Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade NR9 5JW

When: Until November 3

Cost: £19.95 with fast track options available

Norfolk’s number one scare attraction returns for 2018 complete with five haunted mazes - Carnevil of Terror, Forest of Fear, Mayhem Manor Hotel, The Crypt and Arachnophobia. Dozens of live scare actors prowl around the attraction and there is a spine-tingling walk through the woods if you’re brave enough. New for 2018 on November 2 and 3 for guests aged 18 and above there will be PrimEvil EXTREME which will be even more scary and will also include a firework display, the world’s first augmented reality glasses horror experience called The Zombie Holomaze.

What: Loco Horror Train

Fine City Blues Explosion with Steve Dulieu in 2014Fine City Blues Explosion with Steve Dulieu in 2014

Where: Mid-Norfok Railway, Dereham, NR19 1DF

When: October 22 to October 31, 5pm (select dates)/7pm/9pm

Cost: £40 for 5pm trains, £45 for all other trains (pre-booking essential)

Produced by some of America’s top Halloween Scare Attraction experts, LOCO Horror Train is the UK’s first extreme live scare train experience.

The horror train will run for 10 nights of petrifying performance, with two to three trips each night, and will boast a scare crew and cast team of 70 over 20 miles of track. Expect surprises along the way as it won’t be long before your scenic journey is interrupted.

READ MORE: Trick or treat: 10 fangtastic things to do this Halloween in Norfolk



What: Fine City Blues Festival

When: October 18 to 28

Staff at the Dinosaur Park prepare for the Primevil event. Photo: Bill SmithStaff at the Dinosaur Park prepare for the Primevil event. Photo: Bill Smith

Where: Various Norwich venues and Diss Corn Hall, IP22 4LB

Cost: Free

Here’s the latest news on the fifth Fine City Blues Festival in Norwich and Norfolk. This year the Festival features a variety of great blues artists and blues bands who will be making appearances in several Norwich city venues and Diss Corn Hall. Headlining is the internationally renowned blues diva Dana Gillespie who will be singing with The Dave Thomas Band at Norwich Arts Centre on Saturday, October 27. In addition to international and national blues artists, the Festival will feature some of the best local blues bands and soloists. See the full programme here.



What: Norwich Science Festival

When: October 19 to 27

Where: The Forum, NR2 1BH, and venues across the city

Cost: Various prices, visit website for tickets

Norwich Science Festival returns this October half-term with nine days of fun-filled experiments, hands-on messy science, cutting-edge research, inspiring shows, and intriguing talks from scientists and celebrities. Explore our future world and discover how developments in science and technology will shape our future, and what we can do to help make it sustainable. New this year is a day dedicated to celebrating our oceans, seas and rivers – from aquatic wildlife to our responsibility to protect the marine environment. Plus free hands-on fun in The Forum’s ‘Explorium’ looking at nature and wildlife, physics, astronomy and space, technology, engineering, chemistry, medicine and health and more. Norwich Science Festival is for all ages and all levels of knowledge, and is a partnership initiative coordinated by The Forum, working with organisations across the city, with headline sponsorship from Anglian Water.

What: Big Fish Little Fish Rave

When: October 21, 2pm to 4pm

Where: Epic Studios, Magdalen Street, NR3 1JD

Cost: £9 adults, £7 children, free for pre-walking babies

Parents get ready to party as Big Fish Little Fish family rave returns to the city. The event, which has been running for five years, has a ‘Sailing the Seven Seas’ theme, and will include themed crafts, giant balloons, glitter cannons and the famous ‘BFLF parachute dance’. Fancy dress is encouraged at the event and ‘old-school’ music will be played by DJ Nookie and DJ Trax and percussionist Paul Fistfunk Crowley will also perform. The rave is designed to appeal to parents from the post-rave generation who are now responsible for young children.

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What: Feast of Stories

When: October 24, from 11am

Where: Great Yarmouth Library, Tolhouse Street, NR30 2SH

Cost: Free

The first event will start at 11am and is a Family Jam Storytelling Hour. Artists, writers and Great Yarmouth locals share tales of family crisis, home, love and the food that brings them together. Food is provided by the GYROS community who support newcomers and migrant communities across Norfolk. From 2pm to 4pm there will also be a storytelling with food workshop open to 11 to 19 year olds. Get a taste for the art of storytelling, other cultures and traditions with Iranian born performer and writer Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambahksh. Make new friends, eat Persian cuisine and grow your storytelling skills.

What: The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade

When: Until October 31

Where: BeWILDerwood, Horning Rd, Hoveton, NR12 8JW

Cost: From £14.50

Have the best day exploring the magical woodland, meeting the BeWILDerbats and seeing the spooky decorations in the park. But make sure you stay for dusk, that’s when the real fun begins! BeWILDerwood will glow in a magical light extravaganza with the chance to see the woods in a whole new light as all the inhabitants come out of the darkness for the Glorious Glowing lantern parade.

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