February 2020 Half Term Fun in Norfolk
Published date: February 2020
Half term is almost upon us in Norfolk, so it’s a good time to start thinking about places to visit around the region. The weather in February can be rather wet, so here are some indoor and outdoor destinations to keep the children entertained this coming holiday.
Running from Monday 17th February through to Friday 21st February 2020, there is plenty of time to fit lots of fun into the week – and it doesn’t have to cost a small fortune!
See the seals at Horsey Beach
Take a trip to the Norfolk coast and see the seals from the viewing platforms on Horsey beach. Stay as long as you like watching these fascinating creatures who have pups from late October/early November through to February. Cordons are in place to protect the seals and their pups, so please make sure you stick to the waymarked paths. There are volunteer wardens on hand, should you have any questions about the seals.
If you would like further details about the seals at Horsey, please go to the following website:
Visit this award-winning zoo that is home to over 2,000 animals from around the world and set in 50 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland. Great for the whole family, Banham Zoo has a range of activities each day, including informative feeding time talks, a safari road train and an education centre.
Admission prices for February half term (up to 29th March 2020)
Standard Price (including donation) Adults £15.95, Child (aged 3-15 years) £11.95, Under 3s free, over 65 £13.95, registered disabled child/adult/carer £7.95.
Please visit their website for full details.
Banham Zoo, Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE
Tel: 01953 887771
Wroxham Miniature Worlds
The largest indoor modelling attraction in the UK, Wroxham Miniature Worlds stretches over 10,000 square feet and has some of the largest model railways in the world on permanent public display. A great wet weather attraction, visitors can view the many zones that include model railways in various scales, slot car displays, a whole Lego city, model boat displays and many toys from across the decades. There is an onsite café.
Admission costs: children under 5 FREE, children 5 to 16 £6.95, seniors over 60 £8.95 and adults £9.95.
For full details, please visit their website.
Wroxham Miniature Worlds, Station Business Park, Horning Road West, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8QJ
Tel: 01603 781728
Try quad biking or tackle their assault course this February half term at ExTREEme Adventure in King’s Lynn. See how they fare on the army-style assault course; a sure way to get rid of all their pent-up energy! Or, take a quad bike safari through the woods - available to those aged 16 years and over. High ropes reopens April 2020.
Prices start from £20.00 pp – go to their website for full details.
ExTREEme Adventure, High Street, Weasenham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2SP
Tel: 07775 593477 or 01328 838720
Pensthorpe’s Hootz House Indoor Play
Hootz House is an indoor adventure of epic proportions! Watch them as they clamber along rope bridges, up tree towers, down winding slides and into ball pits. There is soft play equipment for toddlers and under 5s and a great café to refuel. If the weather is dry, then a walk around the reserve at Pensthorpe is a must. Discover wetlands, hedgerows, woodland, water meadows, riverbanks, farmland, breck and heath, bird hides, wader scrapes, aviaries, landscaped gardens and more. Listen to warden talks and watch bird feeds and learn about the wildlife that can be found at Pensthorpe. The gift shop at Pensthorpe stocks many beautiful and unusual gifts as well as a vast array of locally produced food, drink and handmade crafts.
To find out more, including opening times and admission costs, please visit their website.
Pensthorpe Natural Park, Pensthorpe, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0LN
Tel: 01328 851465
This multi-purpose sports facility is located on the campus of the University of East Anglia and is the perfect place to visit on a rainy day. Facilities include 5 x glass-backed squash courts, a 10-metre-high climbing wall with bouldering cave, martial arts studio, 2 large indoor arenas which can accommodate many different sports and an Olympic sized swimming pool. There is also a fitness centre and Sportscafe, offering a good selection of food and drink throughout the day.
To find out more about what’s available at the UEA Sportspark, please go to their website.
Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ
Highball Climbing Centre
This dedicated indoor climbing centre offers first class climbing facilities where people of all ages and abilities can come together to climb, improve, and achieve. A great destination whatever the weather, it’s especially good when the weather’s not as it’s fully indoors. With taster sessions, club sessions, private coaching, school holiday sessions and birthday parties, there is so much going on at Highball Climbing Centre. To find out more, please visit their website.
Highball Norwich Bouldering & Climbing Centre, 1 Twickenham Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 6NG Tel: 01603 513513
The majestic castle in the centre of Norwich is a popular visitor attraction and an ideal destination on a rainy day. Built more than 900 years ago by the Normans as a Royal Palace, this popular Norfolk landmark that was once a prison has a museum and art gallery and is packed with treasures, such a fine art, archaeology, an Ancient Egypt gallery and natural history. Learn about the castle’s own history and go on guided tours of the battlements and fighting gallery.
For more information about Norwich Castle, including opening hours and admission costs, please go to their website.
Norwich Castle, Castle Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU
Norwich Theatre Royal
This February half term there are a variety of events and activities taking place at the Theatre Royal in Norwich. Some are free drop-in activities with no need to book. Other ticketed performances are also taking place. To find out more about what’s going on this February half term, please go to the Theatre Royal website.
Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1RL
Tel: 01603 630000
Time and Tide Museum
Set within one of the UK’s best-preserved Victorian herring curing works, Great Yarmouth’s Time and Tide Museum tells the story of Great Yarmouth from its Ice Age origins through to the present day. Listen to fascinating tales of wreck and rescue and meet some of the unique characters who made their living from the sea. Uncover the town’s rich maritime heritage and see how it grew into the popular seaside resort it is today. Take a peek inside the homes of a local fisherman and his neighbours and visit the smokehouses, where the lingering aroma of smoked herring is still present.
For further details, including opening hours and admission costs and more about their current exhibition - British Tattoo Art Revealed, please go to their website.
Time and Tide Museum, Blackfriars’ Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3BX
Tel: 01493 743930
Sea Life Hunstanton
Go on an undersea odyssey at Sea Life Hunstanton and get up close to some awesome sea creatures. Discover jungle beasties such as snakes, lizards and giant creepy crawlies. See the penguins and seals and listen to informative talks and watch feeding demonstrations. Leave with a head full of interesting facts, figures and new-found knowledge.
To find out more about Sea Life Hunstanton, such as opening hours, admission costs and special events, please go to their website.
Sea Life Hunstanton, Southern Promenade, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5BH
Tel: 01485 533576