Your bumper guide to half term
Box of plasters – and tumbler of wine – at the ready? Here’s our round up of what’s on this half term to keep kids – from tots to teenagers – occupied, out of mischief (and sane!). Let’s get ready to rumble, come rain or shine…
IF… THE SUN PLAYS BALL:
Lamb Feeding, Wroxham Barns, Hoveton – from Sat 11 Feb:
Wroxham Barns is one of very few places in East Anglia where visitors can bottle-feed lambs so early on in the year. Sessions take place every day in the main barn of Junior Farm at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. At these times, children and adults can have a go at feeding the lambs while learning more about them. When the cold kicks in, head to the brightly-decorated café with its hot and cold drinks, scrumptious cakes and homemade sausage rolls.
Tel: 01603 783762 wroxhambarns.co.uk
Boggle Wish Bonfire, Bewilderwood, Hoveton – Sat 11 to Sun 19 Feb:
Come to the warming fire with a pinecone found in the park (or one the Boggles have collected for you),write a wish for someone you love and send it into the flames. The Twiggles will listen to your wishes from their treehouses as the smoke swirls by… and might just make your wish come true. Then, dance the last of the winter chills away with a lesson. Tummy rumbling? Hop, skip and jump over to the Munch Bar for yummy hot treats… including a new special just for February half term!
Tel: 01692 633033 bewilderwood.co.uk
Blickling Estate, Blickling – Sat 11 – Sun 19 Feb:
If the sun is shining, the gardens are the ideal natural playground, with 55-acres of perfect hide and seek spots. Follow the winding paths to discover the animals of Blickling wood in the secret tunnels, have a go at a garden trail or see if you can find the secret garden. There are plenty of secret nooks and crannies, just waiting to be found…
Tel: 01263 738030 nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate
Kids Go Free at Banham Zoo, Banham – Sat 11 – Sun 19 Feb:
Banham Zoo has organised a roaring good offer for half term with free entrance for a child accompanied by a paying adult (and on presentation of a voucher which can be downloaded from the website below). Part of the Zoological Society of East Anglia, Banham Zoo is an award-winning attraction set in 500 acres of Norfolk parkland. With 2,000 animals to inspect, listen to and marvel at, a great day out is guaranteed.
Tel: 01953 887 771 banhamzoo.co.uk
IF… THE SUN IS BEING A MISERY GUTS:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Norwich Playhouse – Sat 11 – Mon 13 Feb:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 and has now made its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ features 75 lovable puppets adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Tel: 01603 598598. norwichplayhouse.org.uk
High Altitude Trampoline Park, Norwich – Sun 12 – Sun 19 Feb:
Bounce your way to half-term success at High Altitude, the trampolining concept that’s sweeping the nation – if not the world. Teach your under 5’s that the sky’s the limit at in an environment designed for fun and learning. There are musical corners for your little ones to explore, squishy teddy bears to befriend, beach balls and an array of toys to enjoy on a huge soft bouncy bed of trampolines. There’s a softplay area and a café here, too. High five’s all round!
Tel: 01603 567200 highaltitudepk.co.uk
Tots Town, Hethersett – Sun 12 – Sun 19 Feb:
Fantastic play-centre based around a child-sized town. Let their imagination go wild as they buy food in the supermarket, drink tea in the café, complain about their aches and pains at the doctor’s surgery, have their locks chopped at the hairdressers and shop for shoes (black and sensible please kids) at the shoe shop. Each scene is crafted to promote self-confidence, communication skills and social awareness in a familiar, real-life scenario.
Tel: 01603 928080 tots-town.co.uk
Youth Circus, The Oak Circus Centre, Norwich – Mon 13 – Fri 17 Feb:
Get your kids off the sofa and onto their feet this half term with the brand new Oak Circus Centre. A week-long programme of workshops taught by tutors from the Lost In Translation Circus Company range from learning how to juggle and do basic acrobatics to hair-raising aerial stunts. Each session last three hours and costs £35.
Tel: 07940 173268 litcircus.com
Half-term Fun, OPEN, Norwich – Tues 14 & Wed 15 Feb:
Got 7-12 year olds? Then look no further than OPEN with two-days of events designed to exhaust and excite (hopefully in equal measure). Try your hand at climbing on the venue’s large indoor wall, take part in Music Mayhem – making music with your iPad – write your own spells in the two-day Wizard Academy or Make your own Movie with the help of experts.
Tel: 01603 252110 opennorwich.org.uk
DIY Animation Workshop, Cinema City, Norwich – Wed 15 Feb:
Calling all budding young animators… Join the amazing Cinema City for a one-day workshop with animator Becca Barry. Discover the magical world of animation and learn how to create your own home using stop-frame animation techniques and other accessible skills. Suitable for ages 7-12.
Tel: 01603 625145 picturehouses.com/cinema/cinema-city
Max The Brave: Family Picture Book Concert, The Halls, Norwich – Fri 17 Feb:
Ed Vere’s vivid children’s book comes alive in this delightful piece of music theatre, with live music performed by Britten Sinfonia. Max
is a kitten, a brave and fearless kitten in search of a mouse. But in order to be a mouse-catcher, Max needs to know what a mouse is. Join author and illustrator Ed Vere and Britten Sinfonia as they take you on an exciting and unexpected musical journey: the ‘purr-fect’ way to introduce the young and their families to classical music (sorry!). Suitable for ages 3–7 year olds.
Tel: 01223 300 795 brittensinfornia.com