7 day guide to half term
Half term already?!? No fear, Muddy is here with our favourite daily picks for the week.
Last minute mums unite, there’s tons of stuff happening across the county this May Half Term. Check out our daily guide to keeping the ‘mudlings’ entertained.
SATURDAY 25 MAY
Horrible Histories, Theatre Royal, Norwich
Giggle and squirm your way through the Awful Egyptians and the Terrible Tudors with the Horrible Histories gang. History has never been so gruesome (or so much fun!)
Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Aylsham, (on all week)
Daft about donkeys, mad for mules or can’t resist a cuddle with Shetlands, Redwings has lots of horsey activities this half term. Plus as winners of our Muddy Awards 2019 Best Family Attraction it’s a Muddy must visit!
Free entry and parking
SUNDAY 26 MAY
The Fairy Fair, Bradmoor Woods, West Acre (Sat 26 & Sun 27 May)
Set in the beautiful Bradmoor Woods, the fairies return to bring you lots of magical workshops from fairy crown making to elf training school. We attended this annual festival for years when the girls were little and it’s such a brilliant ‘back to nature’ day out. Live music and great street food too – now where’s my tutu?
Music & Tea at Plantation Gardens, Norwich
A little haven in the centre of Norwich, I absolutely love this enchanted sunken victorian garden. A good old fashioned fete (not festival) with tea, cake, music and tombola. Plus free activity book for kids.
£2 on the gate and under 16’s FREE
Whitlingham Adventure, Go Paddling the Big Adventure, Trowse
Kayak, canoe and paddle board taster sessions. We gave this a whirl and it’s great for the bingo wings ladies!
Book tickets: £9.50 per activity
MONDAY 27 MAY
Norwich Games Festival, The Forum, Norwich, (until Sat 1 June)
Returning for another year offering techies and gamesters the opportunity to explore the latest releases, classic retro games, coding and game technology. Plus the chance to see props and games from the hit Netflix programme – Black Mirror ‘Bandersnatch’
Mildred’s Magnificent Fete, BeWILDerwood (all week)
Spring celebrations with Mildred the Crocklebog and friends this half term. Zip and Zoom amongst the tree tops plus craft, face painting and may pole dancing. If you haven’t checked out their latest addition – The Towering Treetop Tangles – here’s your chance. Read our Muddy review HERE.
Book tickets: £8.95 – £16.95
TUESDAY 28 MAY
Africa Alive, Kessingland (on all week)
Jump aboard the safari road train and explore this 80 acre animal park. See lions, rhinos, zebras, giraffes, meerkats and 75 other species of animals from Africa. New to the park this year, the incredibly cute Hog Snorts – home to the red river hogs aka the ‘Punk Pigs.’
Book tickets: £12.65 kids, £18.10 adults
Open, Norwich, until 31st May
Open always has a great programme of events especially for the older kids, such as workshops on ‘Mad Science’ and ‘How to become a You Tuber.’ Perfect for working mums and dads as you can leave the kids for the day plus they offer an early drop off service too. Climbing, abseiling and games – worth booking ahead for the Summer holidays!
Book tickets: £16 per day
WEDNESDAY 29 MAY
1st Birthday Party celebrations at intu Chapelfield, Norwich (29 & 30 May)
intu family club are celebrating their 1st Birthday with a two day programme of party games, face painting and clowning around. Absolutely worth joining the intu family club (it’s free) as you get access to free kids activities and exclusive offers and discounts.
Life lesson for the week is ‘compromise’ – kids get a little treat and mummy gets to shop!
Pirates & Mermaids – Sea Life Centre & Whitsun Fireworks, Great Yarmouth
Tons of stuff to do at the Sea Life Centre including getting up close to a mermaid! The Pleasure Beach are hosting a FREE fireworks display in the evening which will certainly give an extra thrill to the rollercoaster!
Book tickets: from £10.77 (Sea Life Centre)
THURSDAY 30 MAY
The Jungle Book, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange
Kings Lynn is definitely on my hit list this half term. Loads of great foodie places popping up and this comedic version of the timeless classic by Rudyard Kipling looks perfect for cheeky little monkeys!
Book tickets: from £17.50
Norfolk Museums, county-wide
Another packed half term programme at the ten museums across Norfolk, here are a few of our top picks.
- Legend Viking programme at Norwich Castle,
- Lotions and potions at Time and Tide in Great Yarmouth
- Retro revival at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
- Art of Lego at Strangers Hall, Norwich
- Pills for all Ills at the Museum of Norwich, Bridewell
- Become a servant for the day at Elizabethan House, Great Yarmouth
- The Criminal Cranium at the Tolhouse Gaol, Great Yarmouth
- Secrets of the Dark Darkroom at Cromer Museum
Book tickets: from £4
FRIDAY 31 MAY
Pensthorpe Natural Park, Pensthorpe
Pensthorpe comes alive in spring and this half term you can get back to nature on guided pond dipping, nature-inspired craft making and a ‘Sounds of Spring’ trail. Plus there’s the brilliant out door play area – Wild Rootz and indoor play area – Hootz House.
Book tickets: from £10.95
Wind in the Willows, St Georges Theatre, Great Yarmouth, until Sun 2 June
Join Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad on their river bank adventures My three girls saw this at Easter and gave it a big ‘Mudling’ thumbs up! Plus this stunningly converted Grade I listed former chapel is an amazing building to watch a show.
Book tickets: from £6
SATURDAY 1 JUNE
Unicorns & Wizard Festival, Wroxham Barns, on all week
Ssshhh it’s a real unicorn!
Spell school, wand making, flying school and a unicorn shoe hunt – should keep them busy for hours. Plus of course animal feeding/cuddling sessions and a quick wander around the craft and food outlets for the grown ups!
Book tickets £7.95
Norwich Puppet Theatre, Stories in the Dark
SUNDAY 2 JUNE
Houghton Hall, Henry Moore Exhibition, until end of September
The first significant show of Sir Henry Moore’s work in the region for many years and will include several of Moore’s most identifiable sculptures; large-scale bronzes and fibreglass pieces will be displayed in the park and grounds, while a selection of smaller works including models and drawings will be displayed inside the Hall.
Holkham Estate, Holkham, on all week
Take a trip to Holkham Hall this half-term and dive into some of their ever-changing daily activities! Whether it’s bushcraft, zorbing, slippery inflatables or just a long walk along the beach, it’s the last day of the holidays – hooray! The kids will be happily exhausted and you can sit back with a large gin and celebrate them going back to school tomorrow!
Book tickets (prices vary)
Phew – see you on the other side!