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May Half Term

Written by Laura Foster on

Two children running on grass

Another Half Term is just around the corner……
Monday 26th May – Friday 30th May 2014

Norfolk has so much on offer to keep the children entertained. Here is a list of just some of the fantastic events happening at the end of May.

Bygone Beasts at Kings Lynn Museum
24 May 2014, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Price: £2 
Visit the museum and discover the wild and wonderful creatures that roamed the fens long ago. 
Help create a Wild Boar sculpture and make your very own critter to take home. 
Kings Lynn Museum, Market Street, Kings Lynn PE30 1NL
01553 775001

Fly Away Home! at Norwich Castle 
24 May - 31 May 2014, 11am  - 3.30pm
Price:   Included in museum admission - Adult £7.95, Conc. £6.50, Child £5.20 
Swoop in at half term for a fabulous array of stories and crafts. 
Find out the mystery of migration: where do birds go and why do they do it? 
Plus get up close to some real museum specimens, including some feathered friends. 
01603 495897 

The Great Grubby Boat Race at Bewilderwood
24 May - 1 June 2014, 10am - 5 pm
The Grubbles are here, the Grubbles are here! These round and cosy characters from 'A BeWILDermuddle', the third in the series of BeWILDerwood books, form a nomadic tribe and are very good friends with the Boggles. Arriving at the same time each year in a great flotilla of coracles, they paddle their way down the Dismal Dyke to set up camp at The Long Lagoon.
This May half term the Big Hat will be a hub of activity - here you can get busy building magnificent blow boats - as extraordinary and unexpected as you like - join in the race to get to the Twiggle turreted houses and petite Grubble grottos. There will be plenty of newspaper, willow and cardboard, cork and cotton reels, and lots of other pretty materials to help master your creations.
01692 633033

Turtle Fest! at The SEA LIFE Centre, Gt Yarmouth
24 May – 1st June 2014, 10am - 4pm
Hear special turtle talks and join in a range of turtle-related fun events for all the family. The event is included in the admission price.

Norfolk Coast 50 things Adventure Day at Blakeney Quay
25 May 2014, 10am - 4.30pm 
29 May 2014, 2 - 4.30pm
Are you up for a challenge? On the Norfolk Coast there will be a number of activities taking place from the 50 Things to do before your 11 ¾…... ranging from hunting for bugs, to catching a crab to finding a geocache and many many more. . This is a great opportunity to experience a wide range of ‘50 Things' whilst visiting some amazing places... 
These activities are designed to be self-led by you as a family. You will be supplied the relevant equipment, pointed out the best places for you to do the activity and given any help or advice needed. All adults must be accompanied by a responsible child! 
Blakeney NNR, Blakeney Quay, Blakeney, NR25 7NE
01263 740241

The Fairy Fair at Holt Hall
25 -26 May 2014, 10am - 5pm
Price: £10 per adult & £8.50/child (under 3s go FREE and do not need a ticket).
Expect to find lots of magical activities and workshops, great live music, walkabout performers, entertaining shows and storytelling.
Plus you can discover walks through the grounds, browse the craft stalls and eat and drink at the many refreshment outlets.

Medieval Display Weekends at Castle Acre
25-26 May 2014, 10am - 5pm
Castle Rising Castle is one of the most famous 12th Century castles in England.
Come and see history in action with a medieval display.
Castle Rising Castle, Castle Rising, Castle Acre, PE31 6AH
Telephone: 01553 631330

Woodland Art & Clay Creations at Holkham Hall
26 May 2014, 10am - 12pm & 1.30pm - 3.30pm 
Price: £5 per child per session.
A great chance for families to explore the woods at Holkham Park. Also have the chance to get creative using natural materials, take part in a mini-beast hunt and be inspired to make your own mini-beast or woodland inspired animal to take away. 
This event is suitable for children aged 4-11 years.
To book please telephone Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111.

Park Discovery Day - Pond Dipping at Holkham Park
29 May 2014, 10am - 12.30pm & 1pm - 3.30pm
Price: £2.50 per child per session, accompanying adult free.
Join Holkham’s education team in Holkham Park for some fun hands on family activities exploring the wildlife found here. 
Fancy a dip? Have a go at pond dipping and discover what lies beneath the water in Holkham lake. 
01328 713111

Bug Week Bonanza at Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden
24 May - 1 June 2014, 10am - 5pm
Price: Included in garden entry: £6.10 adult; £5.60 conc.; £3.60 child; under 5’s free; dogs 25p. Free to members.
Search the woodland garden for as many mini beasts as you can find.
Then tick as many creepy crawlies off your list and win a small prize.
01603 270449

Family Event Day Pirates Ahoy! at Lynn Museum 
27 - 29 May 2014, 10am - 5pm
Price:   £2.00 or £1.50 Friends and Museum Pass Holders 
The pirates are looking for the place they have buried their treasure, make a map to help them find the place it is hidden. Find the hidden treasure chests and you shall be rewarded with a prize!
01553 775001 

Wise Old Witches & Peculiar Potions at The Tollhouse Museum
27 - 29 May 2014, 11 - 5pm
Price: Adult £5.20, Conc £4.30, Child £3.70
Learn about the famous Great Witch Trial and discover the wiser side of witches. Make healing potions with a museum herbalist and medicine man, then compose your own spell.
01493 745526

Come on You Yellows! at Bridewell Museum 
27, 29 & 31 May 2014, 2pm - 2.45pm
Price: Included in museum admission - Adult £4.95, Conc. £3.95, Child £2.95  
We've got football fever! Join us for a talk on the history of Norwich City Football Club, see our archive footage and have a go at our NCFC pub quiz! 
Crafts and football trail every day. Booking essential for talk 01603 629127.
01603 493625 

Create! Half Term Family Fun at Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse 
27 - 1 June 2014, 10am - 5pm
Get creative this Half Term and see Gressenhall in a whole new way. 
Be inspired by Lorina Bulwer's embroidered three meter long letters and search the site for different styles of text. 
Have a go at copperplate writing with pen and ink and try your hand at printing your name in Art Attack! 
See if you can stitch like Lorina in an extra special activity on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
01362 860563 

Pinewoods Discovery Day at Wells-next-the-Sea
28 May 2014, 10am - 12.30pm & 1pm - 3.30pm
Price: £2.50 per child per session, accompanying adult free. 
Join Holkham’s education team for some hands on, fun family activities exploring the wildlife you can find on the National Nature Reserve pinewoods.
Meet us in the pinewoods at Wells beach following signs from the Beach Road car park.
Beach Road Car Park, Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea Norfolk NR23 1DR
01328 7713111 

Mammal Magic at Horsey Windpump
30 May 2014, 10am - 12pm
Get outdoors and closer to nature! Explore our nature area to find out what mammals live here.
Look for signs and learn how to catch small mammals safely.
Suitable for families with children.
Horsey, Great Yarmouth, NR29 4EF
01493 393450

Picnic at Norwich Puppet Theatre
31 May 2014, 11am - 4pm 
Price: £8.50 
Come and spend the morning, the afternoon or the whole day at a mini-festival, plus a picnic at the Puppet Theatre, Norwich. 
There will be super puppetry performances throughout the day, including the wonderful Little Fawn Caravan and the forever fun Garlic Theatre.
There will also be a drop-in glove puppet workshop where you can make your own character, guided by our expert workshop leaders and with a huge selection of magic materials and delightful decor to make your puppet completely unique. 
Bring a rug, grab a hot dog, tea and cake, soft drinks and partake in general Puppet Theatre merriment. 
The day will end with the return of the Pied Piper in the main auditorium. 

Soccer on the Sands at Great Yarmouth Seafront
31 May - 1 June 2014, 10.30am - 4pm 
Over 1000 girls and boys are welcomed to Great Yarmouth's Central Beach for this event, which is staged in partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council. 
This youth beach football event – the biggest of its kind in England – incorporates 128 teams, ranging from U7's to U13's, all taking part over the course of a fun filled weekend. 
The Tournament captures the imagination of the entire county and is a fantastic event for your team to be involved in, so be sure to get those applications in early!
(Please note: all events are subject to change).
Great Yarmouth Seafront, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EN
Kate Dixon at Norfolk FA 01603 704050

Laura Foster

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Enjoys running, cycling, going to the theatre and supporting Norwich City Football Club.