26 things to do over May half term in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 15:34 15 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:18 20 May 2019
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From Horrible Histories live on stage to a Unicorn and Wizards Festival, there are plenty of events taking place to make sure it is a magic half term.
What: Let's Rock Festival
Where: Earlham Park, Norwich, NR4 7TQ
When: May 25, 11am to 10.30pm
Cost: £46.20 (including booking free), children aged 3 to 13 free, letsrocknorwich.com
You're in for a rocking weekend as chart-toppers from the 80s to Norwich for an unforgettable weekend of music.
Headliners at this years event are Trinidadian-English R&B singer Billy Ocean, Andy Bell, best known as the lead singer of synth-pop duo Erasure, and Marc Almond whose biggest hit was 1989 number one single Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart, featuring Gene Pitney.
There s plenty to entertain all ages including a Kids' Kingdom with an interactive circus, face painting and inflatables.
What: The Legend Returns
Where: Norwich Castle, NR1 3JU
When: May 25 to June 1 (excluding Sunday), 10am to 4.30pm
Cost: Included with museum admission - adult £9.90, concession £9.40, child (4-18) £8.50
Voyage into the world of the Vikings, explore beautiful Viking objects, tackle a trail, enjoy guided tours, discover the Nordic origin of local place names, plus costumes and more.
What: Sunday Sessions
Where: Earlham Park, Norwich, NR4 7TQ
When: May 26, 12pm to 10.30pm
Cost: £53.90, children aged 2 to 12 free, norwich.sundaysessions.net
The line-up includes Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Razorlight, best known for hits America and In The Morning, The Coral, Neon Waltz and Ducking Punches who are a four-piece punk rock band from Norwich.
There is plenty for all the family to enjoy including circus workshops with Bigtopmania Circus, face painting, crafts, a funfair and children's entertainers.
What: Horrible Histories
Where: Norwich Theatre Royal, NR2 1RL
When: May 23 to 25, various times
Cost: £13-£17, theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
Prepare yourselves for two amazing shows with Horrible Histories live on stage - Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians.
Hear the legends and the lies about the torturing Tudors and from the fascinating Pharaohs to the power of the pyramids, discover the foul facts of death and decay with the meanest mummies in Egypt.
Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two shows are guaranteed to thrill you and your children.
What: Costessey Fete
Where: The Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Old Costessey, NR8 5AH
When: May 26 12pm to 10pm, May 27 12pm to 5pm
Cost: Free and £2 parking all day
On Sunday there will be over 100 craft and community stalls, a funfair, go karts, reptiles, princesses and live music throughout the day and Irish dancing.
From 6pm there will be a performance from an Abba tribute band and then at 10pm there will be a free firework display.
On Monday the fun kicks off at 12pm with the same stalls and funfair and live acts including a magic bubble blowing car, East Coast Truckers, a car display and a fun dog show.
What: North Norfolk Country Fair
Where: George Weston Community Field. Sheringham Road, Weybourne, NR25 7EY
When: May 25 to 26, 10am to 4pm
Cost: £4, under 15s free
On both days there will be two large marquees with arts, crafts and local food and drink stalls and lots of stalls outside too.
To keep the kids entertained there will be miniature railway rides, fairground rides and games and on Sunday there will be archery and a climbing wall.
The programme also includes a Falconry Display, Dog and Duck Show and Cromer and Sheringham Brass Band.
What: Norwich Games Festival
Where: The Forum, Norwich, NR2 1TF
When: May 27 to June 1, check norwichgamesfestival.com for timings
Norwich Games Festival returns to The Forum offering free gaming fun for all ages until Saturday June 1 with the opportunity to explore the latest releases, classic retro games, coding and game technology.
Events include a pop-up Tabletop Games Cafe on May 31 from 10am to 4pm and June 1 from 10am to 5pm and the chance to see props and games from the hit Netflix Black Mirror show Bandersnatch from 10am to 4pm until June 1.
What: Run for Wildlife at Banham Zoo
Where: Kenninghall Road, Banham NR16 2HE
When: May 24, 5.30pm to 9pm
Cost: Adults 5k (13+) £10, children's 1.6k fun run £7.50 including free spectator ticket per entrant, spectator tickets £5, banhamzoo.co.uk
Come and join in an evening of fun at Banham Zoo on Friday 24th May and have an unforgettable experience as you spring, stomp, slither or run past some of the world's most endangered animals.
This is a fantastic opportunity for you and your family to get involved and help raise vital funds for Wildlife conservation.
The under 13s race starts at 6.15pm followed by the adults race at 7.15pm and the registration desk is open from 4pm.
Banham Zoo is also open year-round with plenty to see and do for the whole family and lots of activities to entertain the whole family.
There are over 2,000 animals from around the world in 50 acres of parkland and a range of book-on-the-day experiences, getting closer to the tigers, cheetahs, owls, giraffe, armadillo, iguana, meerkats or gelada baboons.
The park is open from 9.30am to 5pm and entry costs £19 for adults, seniors (65+) £17.20 £13.55 for children 3 to 15 and under 3s are free.
What: Africa Alive!
Where: Whites Lane, Kessingland, Lowestoft, NR33 7TF
When: Daily, 9.30am to 5pm
Cost: £18.10 adults, seniors (65+) £16.30, £12.65 for children 3 to 15 and under 3s free.
Explore the impressive 80 acre park, under your own steam or at leisure on board the free Safari Road Train.
There are more than 80 species of animals from around Africa fascinating and endangered species including lions, white rhinos, zebras, giraffes, mongooses, antelopes, meerkats, otters, hunting dogs and porcupines.
Be sure to visit the zoo's latest adorable characters the delightful red river hogs, affectionately known as the 'punk pigs' who are happy in their recently opened Hog Snorts home.
What: World Ju-jitsu Federation Norwich Kicks Cancer Seminar
Where: Norman Centre, Bognold Road, Norwich, NR3 2QZ
When: June 1, 9am to 5pm
Cost: Juniors session 10am to 11.30am (£5 minimum donation) seniors 1pm to 4pm (£7 minimum donation)
A charity fundraising day on behalf of one of their students, Kerri Parker, who has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.
She is seeking alternative treatment in the US and Mexico but needs fund to pay for this and all money raised will go directly to her cause.
Everyone is welcome to both the junior and senior sessions on the day with demonstrations by guest instructions.
They also have star wars character Boba Fett, wrestler Saraya Knight and the mayor attending along with face painting, stilt walkers tombola, refreshments and other fun activities.
What: The Stody Rainbow Garden Party
Where: Stody Lodge Gardens, Melton Constable, NR24 2ER
When: May 25, 1pm to 5pm
Cost: £7, children under 12 free
Stody Lodge Gardens near Holt in North Norfolk will once again extend a special welcome and invitation to the LGBT+ community, as well as family and friends, to celebrate diversity in all its forms within 14-acres of colourful rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias.
The event has been organised by the owners of Stody Lodge Gardens in close conjunction with Norwich Pride and Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Pride and their will be delicious rainbow cakes and teas, with funds going towards Norwich Pride on July 27, and activities and entertainment including live music, face painting and games on the lawn.
What: Hemsby Beach Holiday Park
Where: Beach Road, Hemsby, NR29 4HR
Cost: From £5 per person, richardsonsholidayparks.co.uk
Richardson's Holidays have recently invested £10 million into their Hemsby Beach Holiday Park which included refurbishing their leisure complex, The Yacht Club, which is also open to members of the public to visit as a day attraction.
Visitors can dine in the Yacht Club and use the soft play for free and for a small charge enjoy some of the sites activities including archery, zorbing, the traversing wall as well as the brand new high rope experience, The Crow's Nest, which can be booked at the leisure desk reception.
What: May Half Term Activities
Where: OPEN Norwich, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich NR2 4SF
When: May 28 to 31, 10am to 3pm
Cost: Two day activities £30, one day activities £16, opennorwich.org.uk
Keep the kids entertained over half term with exciting activities including a treasure hunt, abseiling, climbing and workshops on mad science and becoming a YouTuber.
What: The Green Ship by Quentin Blake
Where: Various libraries
When: May 28 Mile Cross, May 29 Gaywood, May 30 Thetford, May 31 Fakenham, all 12pm
Cost: £5 thegreenship.co.uk
The beautifully illustrated story The Green Ship by Quentin Blake is brought to life this Spring in an epic 60-day tour of 50 library venues.
A groundbreaking arts organisation, Librarian Theatre is breathing life back into libraries on a national scale by temporarily transforming them into theatres.
A magical, family friendly hour-long play about childhood, friendship and the power of the imagination; the project is supported by Arts Council England funding and directed by Alexander Lass.
What: Red Rooster Festival
Where: Euston Hall, IP24 2QW
When: May 30 to June 1
Cost: Weekend tickets £69.50, free under 12s, day tickets available redrooster.org.uk
The Red Rooster Festival, taking place just across the border, celebrates the best of R&B, Americana, soul, blues, roots and country music across three stages with camping included in the price of tickets.
The line-up on the main stage features The Budos Band, Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets, Birds of Chicago, Blackfoot Gypsies, Carson McHone, Errol Linton, Howlin' Jaws, James and the Ultrasounds, Jesse Dayton, John J Presley, Muddy Gurdy, Oh! Gunquit and Powersolo.
Tasty food and drink on offer include The Mac Factory, Soulshakers cocktails and Meat Street BBQ.
What: Mildred's Magnificent Messy Fete
Where: BeWILDerwood, Horning Road, Hoveton, NR12 8JW
When: May 25 to June 2, 10am to 5.30pm
Cost: Online price: Born to be BeWILD (under 92cm) free, Almost Wild (92-105cm) £14.95, BeWILD Now (over 105cm) £16.95, Still Wild (65+ years) £8,95, bewilderwood.co.uk
BeWILDerwood is buzzing in excitement for a magnificently messy fete and spring celebrations.
Mildred, the Crocklebog resident of the Scary Lake, has been practicing for weeks, and would like you all to join her in some BeWILDerwood maypole dancing.
There will also be plenty of games and with the weather improving it is the perfect chance to explore the woods and race across treetop bridges and zoom along the zip wires.
What: Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
Where: Lenwade, Norwich NR9 5JE
When: Daily, 9.30am to 5pm
Cost: Half term online price: £14.95 (90cm and over), seniors £12.95, £2 more on the gate, roarrdinosauradventure.co.uk
Youngsters are in for a rawr-some time at Roarr! this half term with an adventure play area, dinosaur trail, high ropes, a treehouse and more.
Also new for 2019 is Dippy-Ville which is a soft play area for younger guests with interactive digital floor games.
What: The Jungle Book
Where: King's Lynn Corn Exchange, PE30 1JW
When: May 30 to 31
Cost: £17.50 to £19, kingslynncornexchange.co.uk
From the producers of the Corn Exchange pantomimes, Jordan Productions in association with Wicked Productions present a brand-new hilarious family production of The Jungle Book.
The Jungle Book tells the story of Mowgli, a young boy who is raised in the jungle by a family of wolves.
When Shere Khan the tiger swears to kill the child, Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, agree to take the boy to the man village for his safety. But the jungle holds danger and surprises for them all in this adventure of a lifetime.
What: Music and Tea at The Plantation Garden
Where: Earlham Road, Norwich, NR2 3DB
When: May 26, 2pm to 4pm
Cost: £2 on the gate, members and under 16s free
The summer season begins with tea, coffee and homemade cakes and scones served on the lawn.
There will be live music from the Norwich City Concert Band from 2pm and all children will receive a free activity book and pen.
Judy Bailey, fundraiser for the YMCA will also have a stall where she will run a tombola.
What: Pensthorpe Natural Park
Where: Fakenham, NR21 0LN
When: Daily, 10am to 5pm
Cost: Online prices £10.95 adults, £9.95 children (3-16), seniors (60+) £9.95
Explore the wild side of nature at Pensthorpe Natural Park, a stunning 700-acre nature reserve located within the Wensum Valley, just 11 miles inland from the north Norfolk coast.
Interactive trails, seven bird hides and a number of charming boardwalks weave through the wilderness of the reserve, whilst hands-on activities such as wildlife spotting, pond dipping and bird feeding present an opportunity to get closer to the native and visiting wildlife.
What: Whitsun Firework Display
Where: Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, NR30 3EH
When: May 29, 9,30pm, park open 11am to 9.30pm
Cost: Wristbands from £10.62, book by midnight the night before to receive 15pc discount, pleasure-beach.co.uk
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach will be hosting a Whitsun Half Term firework display.
Why not make a day of it and book your wristbands by midnight the night before to receive a 15pc discount on wristbands, with rides including the Big Apple Coaster, Flying Dumbo and Freefall.
What: Unicorns and Wizard Festival
Where: Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Road, Hoveton, Norwich NR12 8QU
When: May 25 to June 2, 10am to 5pm
You're in for a magical day out at Wroxham Barns with activities including spell school, wand making, flying school and a unicorn shoe hunt.
There will also be plenty going on at the junior farm including the chance to feed lambs and goats, cuddle rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks and the Piggy's Play Sty indoor soft-play area.
What: Hoveton Hall Gardens Country Fair and Food Festival
Where: Hoveton, NR12 8RJ
When; May 26 to 27, 10.30am to 5pm
Cost: Adults £7.50, overs 60s £6.50, children aged 4+ £4, under 4s free, family ticket (2 adults, 2 children £20), hovetonhallestate.co.uk
Families can try their hand at some old fashioned garden games, archery and clay pigeon shooting and their will be Punch and Judy for the little ones.
You will also be able to see colourful displays from the East Norfolk Militia, a local Red Coat Napoleonic era re-enactment group, as well as falconry displays.
A fun dog show takes place from 2.30pm on both days and the categories are best veteran (over seven), best puppy (under one), waggiest tail, agility, scruffiest mutt and best in show.
New for 2019 is the food and drink festival with a wide array of stalls from local producers and the chance to indulge in Norfolk treats.
What: The Fairy Fair
Where: Bradmoor Woods, Narford Lane, King's Lynn, PE32 1FQ
When: May 26 to 27, 10am to 5pm
Cost: £7.50 advance, £9 on the gate, under 3s free fairylandtrust.org
Discover the magic of nature this May when the Fairy Fair returns with its 21st fair.
This year the fair will be held in the beautiful Bradmoor Woods, West Acre and features workshops, live music, entertainment and lots more for a magical day-out where families with young children can connect with nature.
New for this year there will also be a human-sized Actual Reality Arcade where you can make 10 iconic games come to life.
What: Wind in the Willows
Where: St George's Theatre, King Street Great Yarmouth, NR30 2PG
When: May 31 to June 2, 2.30pm/7.30pm
Cost: £8 adults, £6 concessions, stgeorgestheatre.ticketsolve.com
With the arrival of spring and fine weather outside, the good-natured Mole loses patience with spring cleaning.
He flees his underground home, emerging to take in the air and ends up at the river which he has never seen before.
Here he meets Ratty and we follow their adventures and meet unusual characters including the infamous Toad.
What: Funtastic Half Term at Holkham
Where: Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB
When: May 26 to May 31
Cost: Admission starts at £3 for adults and £1.50 for children and there is free admission to the woodland play area, holkham.co.uk
The estate has a jam-packed, daily changing programme of events, plus daily cycle trails, face painting, quizzes, games and crafts.
Other events include a sports day and two days of inflatable fun with an obstacle course and soft play area for younger visitors.
And there is even the chance to channel your inner Bear Grylls with survival skill sessions.
Some events will be chargeable and some are included in standard admission.