Half Term Sorted!
From littlies to tweenies we've scoured the county and shortlisted our favourite 28 Muddy things to do this February half term.
Love Light Norwich, Thurs 13th – Sat 15th February
Kick off half term with this fabulous and free activity from the City of Stories! Love Light Norwich is a bright new festival bringing internationally renowned light artworks, interactive installations, live music, light and a fire performance for three nights of fun for all the family. Don’t miss the Love Light Parade – French troubadours Picto Facto bring Lampaphadores – a fantastical colourful world of inflatable characters with gleeful childish wonder to the streets of Norwich on Sat 14th Feb.
We love Ponies, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Aylsham & Caldecott, Fri 14th – Mon 24th February
Make a new four-legged friend this February half-term, when “We Love Ponies” returns to Redwings in Aylsham and Caldecott. Join in with their exciting activity trail and meet some of the neighhhbours, before crafting in the visitor centre and treats in the café!
FREE (including parking)- Friday, Saturday Sunday and Monday, 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays). Dogs on leads are welcome too.
Norwich Museums, Sat 15th – Sun 23rd February
Delve into the curious and unknown at Norwich Castle with their programme of ‘Hidden’ events. Highlights include a not-so-secret mission across the museum to discover mysterious messages hidden in paintings; a spectacular science show exploring the hidden science of our everyday lives; and an opportunity to explore the puzzling pictures surreptitiously scratched into the medieval walls of the castle keep.
The Museum of Norwich is celebrating Norwich’s shoe making history with a pop-up exhibition from Milly J Shoes & Art Work, shoe design workshops (adults only) and shoe-spotting trail for the kids.
Finally – ‘Art of Home’ through the ages at Strangers’ Hall. Lots of creative fun to be had – create a picture frame inspired by Victorian scrapbooks and quilting, make a sampler to take home (Wednesday 19 February only) and check out ‘Window Wanderland’ – a special artwork created for Norwich’s Love Light Festival which will illuminate the windows of Strangers’ Hall over half term too.
The Light House Experience launches, intu Chapelfield, Sat 15th – Sat 22 February
Stressed out Mums – enter The Light House Experience for a much needed sanity boost. This creative collaberation between intu and a team of colour psychologists, light artists and designers aims to create happy shoppers up and down the country. The Happy, Calm and Energise houses feature different colour effects to evoke three different emotions including happiness when walking into a rainbow, calmness when sitting in a silent soft blue-lit room and an energy boost when walking through a glowing, neon-orange charged room. See you in the blue room!
Frrozen, Puzzle Hunt Adventure, Go Ape, High Lodge, Sat 15th – Sun 23rd February
Love this family team building challenge. On arrival you will be met by a tutor from the Academy of Seasonal Wizardry and given your detectives’ pack and a short briefing. You then have 60 minutes to follow a series of clues and puzzles to discover the Winter Witch’s lair, break her spell and let Spring commence. Teamwork makes the dreamwork – let the argueing commence!
Book tickets: £65 for 4-6 people. Suitable for all ages but under 14s need to be accompanied by at least one adult.
Boggle Wish Bonfire, Bewilderwood, Hoveton, Sat 15th – Sun 23rd February
BeWILDerwood is back and they’ve extended Twiggle love by opening a brand new site in Cheshire!
Always tons of outdoor adventure to be had scrambling through the Sky Maze, racing across the Broken Bridge, flying down the slides and following the Twiggle-tastic trail. This half term you can write a wish on a pine cone and send it into the flames through their ‘Wish Whirly-gig’ and then make your very own Wish Whirler in the Big Hat!
Book tickets: from £9.50 (under 92cm free)
Woods, Trees, Birds and Bees – Half Term Family Fun, Holkham Hall, Sat 15th to Sun 23rd February
Head to Holkham Hall and immerse your family in nature with a whole host of events from bushcraft to nature trails and high ropes.
Book Tickets: £2.5o for children & £5 adults
Family Half Term Fun, Pensthorpe Natural Park, Sat 15th – Sun 23rd February
It’s National Nest Box Week and Pensthorpe have a whole host of bird related activities planned. There’s a NEW trail around the park, free craft activities including nest box building (to take home), plus great indoor and outdoor play areas – so a good option come rain or shine!
Book tickets: from £10.95 online/£11.95 on the gate
Children’s Holiday studio, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, Tues 18th & Wed 19th February (10.30 – 3pm)
Artist Francesca Cant will lead an interactive session on designing buildings for the future and what better inspiration than the surrounding university campus. Kids will get the opportunity to try gelli plate printing and make plaster cast moulds.
Book tickets: £18 (£14 concessions) Tuesday’s session is for 5-8 yr olds (with accompanying adult) and Wednesday is for 8-12 yr olds.
The Sainsbury Centre run lots of creative activities for children including their weekly Saturday Story Pot (1-5 year olds), Sunday art sessions (1st Sunday of the month) and monthly Mini Studio creative sessions (First Thursday of the month for 1-5 year olds).
See, Make & Do – Norwich Theatre Royal & National Centre for Writing, Mon 17th – Fri 21st February
Six of the East of England’s most exciting arts spaces are coming together this February half-term to present a variety of hands-on, mostly cost-free, family- friendly activities. Bravo!!!
There are tons of fab things going on across the two Norfolk venues – Norwich Theatre Royal and National Centre for Writing including a Hans Christian Andersen trail, dance workshops, build your very own book workshop and crafting costumes.
Book tickets: mostly free!
The Princess and the Goblin, Holkham Hall, Tues 18th February
The Lady Elizabeth Wing is the stage for this enchanting tale of faith and courage based on the beloved novel by George MacDonald. Suitable for everybody from the age of 4 upwards.
Book tickets: Adult £12, Child (2-16yrs) £6, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £33 (includes car parking).
Captain Calamity’s Crazy Science Show, St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Tues 18th February, 2pm
February Half Term Activities, OPEN Norwich, Tues 18th to Fri 21st February
Working parents looking to entertain the kids this February half term? Check out Open’s programme of creative workshops – science, gymnastics, musical theatre and more!
Book Tickets: £16 for 1 day activities, £30 for 2
Deepening x ST*ART Masterclass, Norwich Castle, Tues 18th February
One for the older kids and any budding artists – a brand new masterclass in hand-building with clay, inspired by the Bronze Age finds at Must Farm and Laura Wilson’s film work, Deepening.
Free: Two workshops, aimed at 11-16 year olds and 16-25 year olds (booking essential)
Make me a Tote Bag, Abbey Farm, Weybourne, Wed 19th February (10 -3pm)
Learn how to cut out a pattern, sew confidently on a machine, decorate and hand sew – a lovely girlie gang activity! Mums – you can pop into Holt for a mosey round the shops and leave them to it.
Book tickets: £55 per child (age 8+) includes materials, fabrics and haberdashery. Drinks and snacks provided but bring your own pack lunch. Contact Clare Wood 07795 665011 or email@example.com
Teenage Skincare Workshop, Bellamia’s Party, Thurs 20th February
Pampering for tweenies with Bellamia and their half term skin care workshops for ages 10+! Plus fun in the Selfie Studio and a chance to win a goody bag!
Book Tickets: £15 mocktail on arrival!
Scira Viking Festival Grand Finale, Sheringham, Sat 22nd February
The Vikings arrive in Sheringham with combat displays, a torchlight procession and burning of a Viking Longboat on the beach. Not something you see every day!
Puss in Boots, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Sat 22nd FebruaryPatrick Lynch from CBeebies brings this classic fairy tale to life with a host of puppets, a working windmill and an avalanche of fruit and nuts! Sounds like the puuurfect end to half term.
The Cats and Dogs puppet making workshop looks like great creative fun too!
Book tickets: £9.50
Snow drop tours, Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough
Get outdoors and enjoy a snowdrop walk around the gardens and woods at Oxburgh Hall. It’s completely free entertainment – the kids can run wild and build dens to their heart’s content. We’ll be in the Bedingfeld pub next door!
Book tickets: Guided tours are available at weekends (11.30 and 2pm) but no need to book, just turn up on the day and wait by the ticket office. Each walk will take around 40 minutes.
Magical and enchanted activities, spellbinding team quests, storytelling and fantasy fun trails at Roarr Dinosaur Adventure. Plus Norfolk’s biggest indoor play area – you can’t go wrong!
Book tickets: £16.95 (50% off gate admission price for children who come in full fancy dress – see full T&C’s)
Build a waterproof shelter, light a fire without matches, forage for food and learn how to navigate with a map and compass. Come prepared for a full day out in the Norfolk backwoods!
With societal rules for adolescents mutating quicker than you can say Tik Tok – this might be a useful insight into the teenage years! Dr Victoria Cann (UEA) will explore how gender is articulated in our contemporary culture, Dr David Bainbridge (University of Cambridge) will explain the strange and wonderful science of our teenage years and local youth activist Taryn Everdeen will share her experiences from the frontline of adolescence. Followed by a swift drink!
Book tickets: FREE