January is over, its time to leave the comfort of the sofa and get out and about with the kids. I’ve got some great ideas what you can do this half term and it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Check out these great Norfolk attractions below and let me know if there are any I’ve missed in Comments.
Kids Pop Party
Its back and bigger than ever with two venues to choose from. We are heading to the Ocean room in Gorleston but the sell out show will also be hitting the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich from the 15-18th of February. The Monster club show was an undeniable success and is one of my favourite October activities. Kidz Pop Party is equally as unmissable.
The Joe ringer band accompanied by some talented singers take you through 80 minutes of chart topping hits from Arianne Grande to Trolls the movie. Including my fave a 90s tribute section! I will definitely be up dancing and educating the kids on the classics. Pip will also be there with hilarious comedy and circus acts and apparently some size 11 white platform shoes! Tickets start at just £13! Kidz pop party is Top of the pops. Click here for tickets.
Its not February half term without a trip to the Fantastic Wroxham Barns lambing live event. The kids couldn’t believe their luck when they saw a live birth last year in the maternity barn.
Entry is £13.50 for 2 years and above and includes the junior farm and unlimited play in the fun park. The 18 crazy golf and bouncing pillows are favourites for my two. I prefer an amble through the gorgeous shops and pop up craft stalls. There’s a café and restaurant on site with undercover seating, or ample seating for those bringing a picnic. Read what we’ve had to say during our previous visit.
BeWILDerWood is back open in the February half term after its winter break and the award winning park is a firm favourite with kids of all ages big and small. Once you are in all the activities are included from story telling to craft making, boat rides and face painting. Carers can get a free ticket and children under 92cm are free. Want to go more often? The annual pass makes a great present and this year they have reduced the price to £75 for children over 105cm and £65 for those 92cm- 105cm it’s a great idea for those living close by. Check out one of our previous visits here.
Bure Valley Railway
All aboard the Teddy Bear Express this February Half-Term. The beautiful tiny train runs from Aylsham to Wroxham and is a great day out for the kids. KIDS GO FREE this half-term week! maximum 2 children 0-15 per paying adult. Children can also take part in a themed activity for their journey. The Whilstlestop Café will be decorated and serving teddy bear lunch boxes (not included in ticket price). Get your ticket here.
Sea and Seals
Another FREE (well apart from the car park) and firm family favourite of ours is a visit to see the seals at Horsey. Wrap up warm and head to the beach. Seals can be seen from November until February. I find it best to visit in January or February as there are more Seal pups to Oooooo and awwwww over. Bono likes coming too but make sure you keep dogs on a lead and don’t get too close to the Seals however soft and squishy they look.
Norwich Puppet Theatre
I love the Puppet Theatre, it conjures up memories from my childhood and it’s one of those local, small attractions that relies on volunteers and lots of word of mouth. This half term you can go to one of their fab workshops or See Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom for just £10 a ticket. These workshops give children the chance to get creative and enjoy making their own characters to take home with them. please go show them some love.
From the 11- 19th of February there will be a range of events and activities to help you make your own Holkham stories this half term with brilliant book-themed trails, creative bookworm crafts,. Inside activities are £5.50 for adults and £2.50 for kids. We are fans of just turning up with our bikes and paying the £5 car park for a cheap day out. There’s a free parkland tales trail and the woodland play area is awesome, there are hundreds of free roaming deer and it never gets old seeing them around the park. Take a picnic or visit the cafe for a light bite.
Footprints and Faeces hits Pensthorpe this Half term. We loved last years Poo trail and this time we are challenged to investigate footprints too. Indooe play at Hootz house, the most amazing outdoor aventure play and trails makes this one of our favourite destinations that the whole family will enjoy. Mums even got her seniors pass.
Dodo and Dinosaur, a Norfolk-based studio creating designs celebrating the Earth’s Extraordinary Extinct™ creatures, is creating a special free Extraordinary Extinct™ Dinosaur Trail for Chantry Place. The self-led dinosaur-themed poster trail around the Centre will enable families to go on a dinosaur hunt around the Centre to discover some fascinating fossil facts to be in with a chance of winning a £100 H&M voucher and goodies from Dodo and Dinosaur. The FREE trail takes place from 4-18 February 2023 at Chantry Place Norwich and trail maps can be picked up at Langleys in Chantry Place and at The Forum Norwich
The city centre festival is back Saturday 11 – Saturday 18 February 2023. A celebration of science! Get ready for intriguing discoveries, inspiring talks, engaging exhibitions, cutting-edge research and lots of family fun! Presented by The Forum, Norwich Science Festival combines cutting-edge research with fantastic events; revealing the fascinating science of the world around us.
With more than 180 events taking place over eight days, there’s plenty for everybody to enjoy. As well as free, family activities in The Explorium each day,
Out There Arts
Out there Arts are back again with a fantastic free event these guys are awesome and do so much to promote the Arts. Spice up your half-term week with a jamboree of mirth, mayhem, high-energy Latin festivities and marvellous music with Carnaval! on the 17th February 2023.
Carnaval! is a day long, Latin infused festival taking place at The Drill House. The day is split into two events:
Family Friendly Fiesta!
- Rhino Mask Making with Reprezent Project
- Circus Performances & Circus Workshops
- Special Drillaz Circus School Performance
- Fancy Dress Competition
- Face painting and Glitter Station
- Portuguese Food and Drink
- Music with Trio Alcatifa (of Kumpania Algazarra fame)
- Loveboat DJs
- Samba Drumming Workshop with Fine City Samba
Then into the evening of this day-long celebration party late into the night with musical fusions from Portuguese band, Trio Alcatifa. Expect genres from turbo folk to psychedelic Arabic to get your body moving on The Drill House dance floor.
Enjoy a family-fun pirate-themed river trip aboard the Cordon Rouge this February half term Pirates have commandeered the Cordon Rouge and have been seen flying the Jolly Roger on the Norfolk Broads. Rumour has it they’re seeking lost treasure on the Broads and they’re looking for crew to help them find it.Featuring pirate-themed decoration, children’s activity packs and commentary from our Pirate ship Captain Flint. Don’t forget to dress like a pirate! Trips last for 1.5 hours running twice daily on weekdays during February half term.
We really love Sandringham its another cheap day out all you need to do is pay for the car park. You can explore the Royal Parkland by foot or by bike, and then run around the amazing Children’s Woodland Play Area. They do have a snowdrop event on too which is chargeable. Snowdrop craft sessions and snowdrop tours need to be booked in advance.
Their catering outlets are open but we usually take a picnic. You can have a hearty brunches or just grab sandwiches and cakes from the Terrace Café. They will have a Children’s Afternoon Tea in the Restaurant too.
We always head to Waterloo park in the summer for the splash pad and lush café. However I’m definitely popping over this half term as they are running a week of fun FREE activities for families (including kite flying, biscuit decorating, a pancake race and more) during the February half-term. It’s all free they just ask that you purchase something in the café during your visit. The Feed cafe is a great social enterprise and aim to prevent poverty, hunger and homelessness in Norwich.
From 11th-19th February, Roarr invite you to join a journey of storytelling adventure with creature crafts and animal encounters. No matter which fantastic team you choose. Mermaid Dragon, fairy or troll. You’ll have a Roarr-some time. Take a picture at ROARR! in your favourite costume during Fantasy February and tag them on Instagram for a chance to WIN 4 tickets to the Park. Winner will be contacted directly following the event.