Norwich Puppet Theatre

I haven’t been to the Norwich Puppet Theatre since I was a kid and honestly I don’t know why, we’ve literally been to every other attraction that Norfolk has to offer with the kids but have only just rediscovered the unassuming jewel in the heart of Norwich’s arts crown. 

Location, Location, Location

The Norwich Puppet Theatre is within the beautifully quaint St. James’ Church on the corner of Barrack Street. It’s the other side of the roundabout from Magdalen Street and is adored with old puppets and memorabilia.

I could see parking being a little tricky on busier shows but don’t let that put you off. There’s quite a bit of parking close by and down Magdalen Street. This street in particular is well worth a visit with lovely coffee shops and the wonderful Looses Emporium. I could get lost in there for hours, plus there’s loads more arty/vintage shops along the street too.

We parked behind one of the puppet theatre vans as directed by the lovely chap at the door and the charm continues at the bar where Anne (bit of a celebrity in the arts world) warmly greeted us before serving up some very reasonably priced refreshments and chocs (for the kids).

Norwich Puppet Theatre

Straight away, my two headed for the colouring area which tied in nicely to the show we were seeing ‘The Goose Who Flew’. This was followed with a go at the kids’ puppet theatre. Wilba has now demanded I make one from the leftover shed – I feel another project coming on!

As we walked into the theatre we were show to our seats by Anne. Yes the same one as before! She’s left the refreshments behind and like super-gran herself has reappeared in her new role of usher.

The first thing that you notice in the theatre are the constellations that are painted on the walls. There’s beautiful old fashioned rake seating which leads to a small dimly lit stage surrounded by cushions for the kids.


Norwich Puppet Theatre

My two were a bit nervous at first but soon made there way down for a front-row seat. The show is aimed completely for children as you would imagine and fidgety movement, the odd rustle or loo request were not scolded or damaging to the performance. The solo puppeteer was obviously very experienced with child audiences and everyone felt invloved. 

My two stayed transfixed as the beautiful tale of ‘The Goose Who Flew’ was beautifully crafted with fluttering feathers and odd creatures including one created solely from the sole of the puppeteers’ foot! I’ve never stared so long at one woman’s foot with such interest. The show was the perfect length for tiny people and lasted about 45 minutes. It’s a great alternative to a soft-play session too.

I would say it’s perfect for the younger audience who still love a good bedtime story and an ideal trip for grannies and grandads. But it doesn’t stop there, the Norwich Puppet Theatre has other sessions on including puppet-making workshops and term-time toddler sessions. Head along to their website for full details and booking information.

We really enjoyed our trip and are looking forward to going back for one of their interactive sessions.

I was kindly gifted my tickets in exchange for this review but as always my words and views are my own!