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School Holidays are GO

Right we've spent quite enough time on the sofa thanks very much. Summer's here, school's out and life is for living. We've got it sorted from toddlers to teens. Let's go!

GO TO A FESTIVAL

Summer dreaming

It’s the one and only Latitude at Henham Park 22 — 25 July

Yes, it’s back! The fabulous international festival really does have something for every single age, alive with incredible music, dance, comedy, poetry, theatre, literature, podcasts, family activities and wellness. Babies with cheeks squashed by ear defenders evolve into exotic teens vanishing into the woods at dusk, glittering like fireflies.

Festival baby

Music headliners include Wolf Alice, The Chemical Brothers, Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club, Damon Albarn, Supergrass and good old Rick Astley, flying in from the 80s. Plus the comedy line-up is fantastic – and Gawd knows we need a laugh.

Social bubbles

Latitude’s going ahead as one of the government’s series of test events so you’ll need a negative lateral flow test or proof of full vaccination before you grab the glitter and fairy wings. Or you could dress as a guinea pig. Just sayin’…

So are you coming or are you coming? Tickets here!

GO TO THE MOVIES

And action!

Hideaway Cinema heads to Holkham for an epic five-day festival of film with screenings throughout the day. State-of-the-art tech guarantees an incredible, outdoor cinematic experience with a fab combo of Hollywood blockbusters, cult classics, family favourites and child-friendly specials such as Moana, Paddington, The Greatest Showman, Harry Potter, brand new In the Heights and many more! Full programme here.

There’s yummy food and drink for movie snacking and if you can’t be bothered to lug a chair about, you can hire one. Or upgrade to the golden circle for a proper VIP vibe.

Wed 18 to Sun 22 August at selected times throughout the day from 10am to 9.30pm. Tickets start from £12.63. Book here.

Things are looking Up

Or stay in the city for a weekend of outdoor cinema in Chapelfield Gardens, central Norwich. Take a blanket and chairs and settle in for popcorn, prosecco and wood-fired pizza as the sun sets. There’s hot coffee and ice cream too…treats for all tastes and er…weathers. Films include Ratatouille, Up, School of Rock, The Big Lebowski and for those who’ve gone on holiday by mistake, Withnail and I.

Tickets £13.50 per screening (1 child under 14 free with a paying adult ticket, additional child tickets over 3 years £5. Under 3’s are free). Full programme and tickets here.

GO TO THE CIRCUS

Jack Jay and Johnny Mac

An East Anglian Summer phenomenon, Great Yarmouth’s must-see Summer Spectacular Circus & Water Show at the Hippodrome is Britain’s longest running summer season. A bona fide hit with all ages (oh just drag teens if you have to) it stars the world’s greatest circus acts alongside legendary hosts Jack Jay and Johnny Mac. Most gasp-inducing moment? The Water Spectacular where the entire ring sinks to reveal a gigantic swimming pool. An original 1903 feature that’s still an absolute winner. Love this place!

Adults £21-£26, Concessions £18-£23, Child £13-£16 Book Here.

Core skills

Or try Glory from Circus Cortex at Runton Rd, NNDC car park in Cromer. This modern Cirque show buzzes with the energy of the street. This is circus with an urban vibe. Performers are skilled in Parkour, Tightrope, Pole,  BMX, Unicycle, Acrobatics and Dance, beating with the rhythm of the city. Perfect for the whole family from wide-eyed toddlers to skateboarding teens. In Cromer from 22 July-3 August. Adult tickets start at £19, Child at £15. Family tickets also available. All tour dates, venues and ticket info here!

GO FOR GOLD

Nice tackle

Fired up by England’s lion-hearted team? Or maybe your cubs haven’t yet found the sport that makes their hearts beat faster. There’s something for everyone at The Festival of Sport at Holkham if only you get the chance to give it a try, so whether you want a brilliant day out or a whole action packed weekend, read Muddy’s 7 Reasons to Book the Festival of Sport. Let’s get physical!

GO FOR WALKIES

Standing up is overrated

Made by dog lovers for dog lovers, bring your pooch to the Norfolk Showground on Sunday 29 and Bank Holiday Monday 30 August 2021 for The All About Dogs Show, a weekend packed with exciting arena displays, expert advice, shopping and lots of have-a-go activities – and if you’re the one family left who didn’t get a dog last year there’s plenty of fun for humans too! Tickets start at £6.50 for kids, £12 for adults. Camping pitches £59.

GO WILD

There’s always something magical happening at Norfolk favourite BeWILDerwood! This summer holiday they’re celebrating being outside and running WILD the Boggle & Twiggle way! Can you wiggle like a Twiggle? Not after eating my way through however many lockdowns there were. Luckily there are games of Boggle-butt which sound more like it.

Where were you when we were getting high?

BeWILDerwood is always fantastic Summer fun with slippy slides big enough to fit the whole family in one go, daring treetop climbs and craft activities for quieter moments.

Is it lunchtime yet?

We’re not joking when we tell you tickets sell out fast and small Crocklebogs don’t like being disappointed…So make sure you Book here!


GO TO THE THEATRE

Illustration by Quentin Blake who is an actual genius.

Join Heartbreak Productions at Holkham on Wed 11 August, to celebrate Annabelle’s 10th birthday, hosted by everyone’s favourite MP candidate, Janet Crumb! (Almost) everyone is welcome… that is, everyone apart from Chloe’s particularly smelly new friend, Mr Stink.

Holkham’s Walled Garden is the setting for David Walliams’ best-seller on the outdoor stage. Pack a picnic, grab a chair and dress for the weather. Packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, a touching tale for perfect family entertainment.

Gates open at 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start. Adult tickets £15, Child: £10 (2-16 yrs) and Family (2+2): £45. Dogs have to stay at home.

Pirates. Never not cool.

Or sail away to Treasure Island for a classic swashbuckling family adventure. Strange Fascination Theatre sails into beautiful outdoor venues around Norfolk until mid-August. Check their Facebook page for dates, times and ticket information. Renowned for engaging immersive productions their mission is to make entertaining and provoking theatre, whilst helping to build a sustainable professional industry in East Anglia. We’ll drink to that! Yo ho ho! And some rum for Mum?

GO BACK IN TIME

Dippy the dinosaur‘s about 150 million years old which makes 900 year old Norwich Cathedral sound like a new build. The Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus cast is in residence until 30 October 2021. There’s loads of fab info for mini paleontologists at the Dippy microsite. Entry is free – and popular – so plan your visit or be consigned to history by the kids.

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Dippy ready for his close-up

GO-GO T-REXS

GoGoDiscover is Break’s latest art trail in partnership with Wild in Art. Norwich has been stalked by gorillas, dragons, hares and now dinosaurs!

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Jurassic Bling

It features 21 individually designed T-Rex sculptures which have stomped through the streets of Norwich as a guided route to Norwich Cathedral and Dippy the Diplodocus. Explorers of all ages can have fun and learn more about the City while also raising vital money for vulnerable children and young people across the region. The Jurassic trail will be on the streets of Norwich until Saturday 11 September 2021.

GO WEST

Was it something I said?

Getting the hell outta here for the summer? Then Muddy’s guide to the 18 best beaches in the South and South West might come in handy. Check out the local editors’ inside line on the coolest activities, foodie joints and sundowner spots. We know it’s not as good as Norfolk, but don’t tell them that. Anyway, a change is as good as a rest. Whatever that is. Already in the car? Blimey! You’ll need these quick links to CORNWALL DEVON HAMPSHIRE ISLE OF WIGHT DORSET


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