What’s On in Half Term
What a difference a year makes! There's so much going on this Half Term it's all a bit overwhelming - so we've picked the best bits for to make the most of precious family time in Norfolk. Yes, teens too!
NEW FIRE ON THE WATER FESTIVAL
Fab for all ages, Great Yarmouth’s new Fire on the Water event from Out There Arts will transform the Venetian Waterways into an immersive night show trail experience. A 60-minute walking journey with dramatic outdoor dance and acrobatic performances, hypnotic water projections, light installations and a night-time fire show. Accessible for wheelchairs and buggies too!
21 October – 6 November 2021
Tickets costs from £6 for up to six people. Book here.
GLORIOUS GLOWING LANTERN PARADE
BeWILDerwood – winners of 2021’s Best Family Attraction Muddy Award – host their magical annual Lantern Parade, a light extravaganza suitable for all ages! The Crocklebogs, Twiggles and friends just love to see everyone celebrating this magical time of year in spooktacular costumes, so don’t be afraid to dress up as a nice witch, BeWILDerBat, Creepy Crawly or even a Crocklebog! And don’t worry – it’s spooky but definitely not scary!
The Parade has scheduled evening time slots and is a separate ticketed event to day entry. Tickets need to be booked online in advance. If visitors wish to play in the woods during the day and embark on a magical walk in the evening, they will need to make two separate bookings. Tickets to this event are £10 each (under 92cm, wheelchair users and carers are freeee!) More info here. At time of writing there are tickets available for Sunday 17 and 31 October so make haste!
DRIVE IN MOVIE
Forget Zooms, it’s time to Phone Home! Grab your minis and teens, pop on your pyjamas, grab a duvet and head to Westacre Theatre, near Swaffham, for hot dogs, pop corn and this heart warming family favourite! Who doesn’t love E.T.? An early evening showing of this iconic 80’s movie (Rated PG) is just the ticket for the half-term break.
Thursday 28 October. Gates open 4.30pm. Film starts 5.30pm
£25 Per Car – Rear seats may have a restricted view.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Norfolk BHM has a host of fantastic events celebrating the diverse contribution of black people to the history of Norwich and Norfolk. We’re heading to The Ancient House Museum in Thetford to find out about Princess Catherine Duleep Singh, daughter of Maharajah Duleep Singh of Punjab and Mahamari Bamba from Abyssinia. There’s a special exhibition and hands-on activities too. Museum admission from £4.70 for children. (Free for Ancient House Friends and Norfolk Museums Passholders.) Find out more here.
Loads to inspire all ages here with a fantastic new exhibition drawn from the Sainsbury Centre collection. Rhythm and Geometry: Constructivist art in Britain since 1951, celebrates abstract and constructed art made and exhibited in Britain since 1951. Over 120 objects including sculpture, reliefs, mobiles, painting, drawing and printmaking. Ideal for artists, designers, mathematicians and scientists alike the show explores kinetic art forms, the emotive and optical effects of colour and pattern and more.
Artists include Robert Adams, Rana Begum, Anthony Caro, Lygia Clark, Mary Webb, Stephen Willats, Victor Vasarely, Gillian Wise and Li Yuan-Chia.
Entry is free but tickets must be pre-booked before arrival. Last admission 5pm on weekdays or 4pm at weekends. There’s a free daily tour Tuesday-Sunday at 11.30am. Limited places available, please go to the front desk to reserve a free space. Until 30 January 2022.
One for older children (10+) Great Yarmouth’s famous Pleasure Beach brings back the award-winning Halloween event, Fairground Frights – it scooped a European award for best scare entertainment at the annual ScareCON awards. BOO! 25 rides and 5 nights of fearsome entertainment with ghostly costumed actors, spooky surprises, scares and projections. One for fans of classic 80s movie The Lost Boys!
5 to 8pm from Wednesday 27 October to Sunday 31 October 2021.
£19.50 per person for unlimited access to all rides and attractions (height restrictions apply) for three hours – definitely ages 10 and over.
Hosted by Jack Jay and Johnny Mac, The Hippodrome Circus Halloween Spooktacular is always a monster hit. Amazing edge-of-your-seat acrobatics, daring stunts, aerialists and hilarious comedy all set against a spooky backdrop with incredible lighting and special effects culminating in a spooky party. Come in Halloween costumes!
22 to 31 October from £19 per adult and from £12 per child. Book here or call 01493 738877
COASTAL ART FESTIVAL
Chalk*Clay*Sand*Salt – Exhibition and Autumn Festival –
A seasonal festival combining a contemporary art exhibition featuring local and national artists, workshops (ceramics, textiles, life drawing, rock balancing & drawing), film, live performances, guided walks and talks – a dynamic collaboration between the arts and other communities, exploring the changing nature of our coast. Plenty of cross-generation events for gentle families.
21-31 October 2021 – More information here.
TIME TRAVELLING AUDIO WALK
Kunsthalle Cromer always intrigues and delights so we’re excited for their new project The Sea Cure, a publication and accompanying sound walk created with the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. The walk will take you on a time travel loop treading in the footsteps of Empress Elisabeth of Austria when she visited Cromer in 1887. One for thoughtful older children and teens – plus their adults! A lovely invitation to slow down, focus and see the town in whole new way. Launches 21 October – check their Instagram for details.
GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
We’ve all fallen in love with gardening in the last months so head to the lovely International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition – a gorgeous celebration of the world of plants, showcasing over 40 images from across the world. Open daily in the tranquil surroundings of the Bower garden at Sheringham Park and featuring categories including ‘The Beauty of Plants’, ‘Beautiful Gardens’ and ‘Abstract Views’ plus a newly added category ‘Plants & Planet’ – where a portion of the competition entry fees were donated to WeForest to plant new trees. A nice one for taking green-fingered grandparents.
At Sheringham Park. Info here.
FACE YOUR FEARS
Teenager alert! The scary folk at PrimEVIL insist ‘Screaming won’t help !!!!’ but it sure as hell makes being terrified a lot more fun! With five nerve-shredding haunts on offer, there’s something to scare the pants off everyone. Prepare to jump out of your skin! All the freaky favourites – killer clowns, ravenous cannibals, spooky dolls and er…a terrifying virus on the loose. Where DO they get their ideas, eh?! Cue: maniacal laughter.
From £21 per person. Are there child tickets? Don’t be ridiculous! Only for 12+ with spirits of steel! Book here.
THE AMAZING BUBBLE MAN
Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. Always a hot ticket at the Edinburgh Fringe he explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles – square bubbles, rocket bubbles, tornado bubbles, flying saucer bubbles – with audience participation and spellbinding bubble tricks conjuring shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. Pop!
Tickets from £11.50 available here.
25 & 26 October at the Norwich Playhouse
MYTHS AND GHOSTS
Norfolk’s ghosts walk among us during a brand new outdoor spooky, enchanted theatrical happening! Witch hunting, graveyards and the gathering dark…Haunted Deepdale – The Wild Ride! is a promenade performance using story telling, music and movement to rekindle local myths and hauntings.
Friday 22 to Sunday 31 October 2021
Performances from 11am to 8pm
Check different timings for different ages and Book tickets here.
RARE ANIMAL LOVERS
The landscaped grounds of Thrigby Hall near Great Yarmouth feature a special collection of rare animals from Asia this includes a pair of Sumatran tigers, cute Red pandas, Meerkats, huge crocodiles, noisy gibbons, Otters and a pair of Snow Leopards, Nima and Mohan, who successfully raised two male cubs called Jamir and Jamal as part of the European Breeding Programme. The Thrigby Hall Conservation Fund supports a range of conservation projects both locally and worldwide.
The park is wheelchair and pushchair friendly and offers free parking and picnic areas. Adult tickets are £14.50, children aged 4-16 years £10.50 and infants aged three and under are free. Book here.
SUPER COOL SCIENCE
If school science lessons were like this, children would be fighting to sit at the front. This annual festival is always an absolute joy, jam-packed with fantastic, fun events which make learning a blast. Sometimes literally! There are over 200 events (101 of them free!) covering everything from dinosaurs and to environmental journalism. We reckon teens (16+) will love Our Disgusting Planet busting taboos and normalising the disgusting through frank, funny and filthy comedy with scientists Belle Taylor and Charlotte Mykura. (£5)
Stuck at home? There are now 24 free online events and activities to choose from, with new family shows including a spectacular Wonka-esque show from BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates on The Science of Sweets. That’s what we call a Golden Ticket! Book here.
HOW D’YA LIKE THEM APPLES?
Forget boring old Granny Smith, at Gressenhall‘s annual Autumn celebration you’ll find out all about heritage varieties with the East of England Apple and Orchard project. Plus a (golden?) delicious appley treat cooking demo.
Add a tipple of warm apple cider, campfire, creative workshops, local produce stalls, tractors, catapults, chainsaw carving, feathery friends, Morris Dancers and magical storytellers plus getting your groove on with the Keel Band. We reckon that’s a top seasonal day out for the whole famalam. Visitor numbers will be limited so please book in advance to avoid feeling sour.
Adult £15.00, Concession £14.25, Child (4 -18) £13.95, Child under 4£0.00, Museum Pass Holder – Adult £0.00, Museum Pass Holder – Concession £0.00, Museum Pass Holder – Child (4 – 18) £0.00, Adult(s) in a family group £13.50, Child(ren) in a family group (4-18) £12.51
Not keen on apples? There’s more to do at Gressenhall here!