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October 2019 Half Term Fun in Norfolk

Published date: October 2019

October 2019 Half Term Fun in Norfolk

With October half term fast approaching, here’s a look at some of the ways you can keep the kids entertained throughout Norfolk.

Broads Tours - Kids go FREE October 2019 half term!

Between 19th and 27th October 2019, kids go free!! October half term is the perfect time of year to get out on the Broads, with the leaves changing colour and the wintering birds returning. Book a Broads tour and listen to the skipper as they give a live commentary, explaining the history of the Broads as well as pointing out all the wildlife. There is a fully licensed bar that also sells hot drinks and children are welcome free of charge, maximum of 2 per every full paying adult.

11:30am and 2pm - both for 1.5 hours. £9.50 per adult, kids go free, maximum 2 kids per every full paying adult. To find out more go to their website or give them a call.

Tel: 01603 782207

Broads Tours, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8RX

Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail - High Lodge, Thetford

Have fun outdoors at High Lodge, Thetford this coming October half term. They have partnered with Aardman and Studiocanal to celebrate the release of their new film, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon. After an alien spaceship crashes into Thetford Forest, Shaun the Sheep is on a mission to help the spaceship’s passenger. A lovable alien called Lu-La needs help to charge her communicator so she can call home and get rescued. You’ll need to hurry as Lu-La is being chased by Agent Red and her hapless helpers the Hazmats – have you got what it takes to help her out? Download the free app before you arrive at High Lodge as the signal is patchy in the forest. Then use the app to complete challenges and solve UV puzzles in the forest which will charge Lu-La’s communicator, unlocking an augmented reality photo moment with Shaun and Lu-La as they appear in the forest in front of your eyes!

Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail Pack is available from the information point and includes a UV pen, activity book, stickers and Shaun ears. It is priced at £3.50. Please note the trails are not suitable for wheelchair access and the event is aimed at families with children between the ages of 5-13. Trail length is 2km. To find out full details, please visit the following website:

High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Brandon, IP27 0AF

Alive West Norfolk

There are loads of October half term activities in West Norfolk, at 4 different venues: Alive St. James Pool and Alive Lynnsport in King’s Lynn, Alive Downham Leisure in Downham Market, and Alive Oasis in Hunstanton. From holiday and breakfast clubs to trampolining, indoor adventure play, Tumble Teds, roller skating, swimming family fun sessions and loads more. To find out exactly what’s on at each venue, prices and to make a booking, visit the following website:

Tel: 01553 818001

Alive West Norfolk – Lynnsport, Greenpark Avenue, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 2NB

Halloween Fireworks – Pleasure Beach, Great Yarmouth

Enjoy a free firework display this October half term - Wednesday 23rd October 2019. The display starts at 7:30pm by the Pleasure Beach Gardens. With a mix of white knuckle and child friendly rides, you may want to make a day of it, if rides are your thing. Don’t forget the donuts, candy floss and ice cream too!

Tel: 01493 844585

The Pleasure Beach - South Beach Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3EH

Norwich Science Festival - Norwich

Running during October half term, 18th – 26th October 2019, Norwich Science Festival returns for nine days of inspirational exhibitions, sensational shows and an abundance of hands-on science activities for all ages and all levels of knowledge. Plus, there will be a dedicated learning programme for schools, youth groups and home-educated learners. It promises to be the biggest Science Festival yet and has over 180 events this year, in various venues around the city including the UEA, Norwich School, The Forum, Norwich Castle Museum, The Assembly House, Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich Theatre Royal, Lush and Waterstones. There will be free hands-on activities and well-known names from the worlds of science, conservation and TV, plus children’s shows, panel debates, workshops, and talks for all. To find out more about what’s on where and when and to book tickets, go to the Norwich Science Festival website. Many events are free, but charges do apply for others. Details can be found by visiting the following website:

Norwich Castle – Like a bat out of hell

Running this October half term, 19th -26th, (excluding Sunday), visitors can explore all things dark and spooky across their natural history, costume and textiles, art and history collections, with crafts, tours, tales, a hellish photo-booth and a torch-lit tour of the Natural History Gallery. Adult: £9.90, Concession*: £9.40, Child (4-18): £8.50, Family with 1 adult: £26.10, Family with 2 adults: £34.85, Twilight Ticket (1 hour before closing): £2. *Concessions: over 65s, people with disabilities, students, adults receiving benefits. Museums Pass holders and children under 4 go free. For more information, go to their website.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery - Castle Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU

BeWILDerwood - The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade

The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade is BeWILDerwood’s most famous, fabulous, fantastical event of the year and will run over half term from Saturday 19th October through until Thursday 31st October 2019. Explore the magical woodland at BeWILDerwood, meet the BeWILDerbats and see the spooky decorations in the park as the kids run wild through the tree houses and zip on zip wires. Make sure you stay for dusk as that’s when the real fun begins and BeWILDerwood glows in a magical light extravaganza and all the inhabitants come out to celebrate the Glorious Glowing lantern parade! Prices are by height - Under 92cm – Free, 92-105cm - £14.95, over 105cm - £16.95, 65 years+ - £8.95.

Tel: 01692 633033

BeWILDerwood - Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8JW

OPEN - October Half-term Spooky Fun

Between Tuesday 22nd – Friday 25th October 2019, OPEN will be holding their October Half Term activities for 4-6 and 7-12-year olds. All with a spooky twist – get ready for magic, costumes, zombies, ghosts, arts and crafts, circus skills, musical theatre, music videos, creative writing and more!

Activities for 4-6- year olds are run over 1 day from 10am-2pm. Activities for 7-12- year olds are run over 2 days from 10am-3pm. They are also running two 1-day courses for 7-12-year olds from 10am-3pm. Two-day activities cost £30 + booking fee, for the one-day activities it is £16 + booking fee.

Full details can be found on their website.

Tel: 01603 763111

OPEN - 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4SF

Sheringham Park

There are some fun events this October half term at Sheringham Park.

Spider Safari - Monday 21st October 2019, 10:30 - 12:30

Arachnophobes beware! Eight-legged freaks or fascinating fly-munchers? What’s your take on these interesting creatures? Explore the ’truth is stranger than fiction’ world of British spiders in this family workshop at Sheringham Park. Learn about some of the amazing spiders that live in the Park and look for them in their natural habitat and then get up close to them in the microscope lab. Includes a spider craft activity and is most suitable for 6 -12-year olds. Children must be accompanied by an adult and booking is essential. Prices – adult £4.00, child £6.00. £6.00 parking charges for non-National Trust members.

Fabulous Fungi Trail - Saturday 19th - Sunday 27th October 2019 - 10:00 - 16:15

Some taste delicious, some will kill you and some will even glow in the dark! Find out about the fungi and toadstools that can be found at Sheringham Park and follow the trail and complete the quiz to win a prize. This event is suitable for all age groups and costs £2.50 per child. £6.00 parking charges for non-National Trust members. Children should be accompanied by an adult and dogs on leads are welcome.

Night Hike - Monday 21st October 2019 - 17:30 - 20:00

Visit Sheringham Park at sunset to see what’s stirring as night falls. Muntjac and roe deer come out of hiding, and the stars can be spectacular on a clear night. Most suitable for 6-12-year olds and children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults £4.00, child £6.00 and £6.00 parking charges for non-National Trust members. Unfortunately, dogs are not welcome at this event. Booking is essential.

Family Survival School - Wednesday 23rd October 2019 - 10:30 - 15:30

Could you survive in the wild? Hone your survival skills with a bitesize bush craft adventure at Sheringham Park this October half term. Build a shelter, light a fire, forage for food and learn how to navigate with a map and compass. Booking is essential and children must be accompanied by an adult. Most suitable for those 9 years and older. Prices include a survival kit for participating children. Accompanying adult £18.00, child £22.00. £6.00 parking charges for non-National Trust members. Unfortunately, dogs are not welcome at this event.

To find out more about any of these October half term events at Sheringham Park, visit their website.

Sheringham Park - Visitor Centre, Wood Farm, Upper Sheringham Norfolk, NR26 8TL

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