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May half term events!

Written by Georgia Dawson on

Happisburgh Lighthouse, Norfolk

The May half term is approaching quickly, and the children are off school for a whole week! There is a variety of fun activities going on in Norfolk. Below are a few suggestions of how to keep your family entertained during the May half term:

- Saturday 26th May & Sunday 27th May 2018
Mildred's Fabulous Maypole Fete at BeWILDerwood

Head to the fun-filled, family friendly BeWILDerwood this May half term and join Mildred, the Crocklebog resident of the Scaaaaary Lake, in some BeWILDerwood maypole dancing. Swirl and twirl amongst the gorgeous trees to help wake up our bugs for Spring. But of course, it wouldn’t be Mildred without a little bit of mayhem… expect fun and frolics at the Grubbles Mini Games. Why not take part in a series of fete style activities in the gorgeous weather. Run amongst tree tops and zoom along zip wires this May half term. Head to the Face Paint Pavilion to get your face decorated with sparkle and colour. Pop into the Big Hat to make a unique, imaginative marvelous mask. Play in the costumes available at the Storytelling stage, or come in your own. 

- Saturday 26th May & Sunday 27th May 2018
Country Fair at Hoveton Hall

Head to Hoveton Hall between 10:30am and 5pm this May for a colourful day out at the Country Fair. There will be amazing displays, a local Red Coat Napoleonic era re-enactment group and exciting falconry displays. Alongside this, there will be fun arts and craft displays where you can browse and buy something extra special. Families can experiment with playing some old-fashioned garden games, archery and clay pigeon shooting. For the younger kids, there will be a classic Punch and Judy display as well as storytelling. Why not bring your doggy friend along to the Country Fair and enter them into the fun dog show which will be taking place in the afternoon on both days. The Hoveton Hall Country Fair really is a fun day out for all the family!

- Saturday 26th May & Sunday 27th May 2018
Happisburgh Lighthouse open days

Have you ever looked around the inside of a lighthouse? The famous Happisburgh Lighthouse is hosting open days this May to allow you to have a browse on the inside of the easy coast landmark. Happisburgh Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse on the Norfolk coast, so an open day would be a fantastically memorable day out for everyone. Unfortunately, children below the height of 1 metre will be unable to climb the 112 steps up to the lantern. Entre will cost £5 per adult and £1 per child.

- Saturday 26th May to Sunday 10th June 2018
Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios

Over 450 artists will be taking part in the amazing Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios this year. Every year, a little over 2 weeks every year, Norfolk artists will be opening their studio doors for the public to have a look around, buy any work they like and ask any questions they have. All studios are completely free to the public. The art will be displayed across 250 studios and venues across the county. 16 Norfolk schools are also participating.

- Sunday 27th May 2018
Spring Tours of the Private Gardens at Holkham Hall 

Join one of the landscape team at Holkham Hall and enjoy a wonderful opportunity to view the private gardens at Holkham Hall. The private gardens are usually closed to the public, so the spring tours are a fantastic opportunity to discover the spectacular arboretum with its many unusual and rare specimen trees, the magnolia trees and the Tulip Tree resplendent at this time of year, the new foliage emerging on the acers and the carpet of bluebells in a variety of colours. Explore the intricate patterns of the formal parterres on the terraces surrounding Holkham Hall, designed by leading landscape gardener W.A. Nesfield in the 19th century. His work can also be found at Kew Gardens. Each Tour will last approximately one hour and will cost £10 per adult, and £5 per child (2-16 years incl.)

- Monday 28th May until Sunday 3rd June 2018
Norwich Gaming Festival 2018

Head to the Forum in the centre of Norwich for the fun-filled, family friendly celebration of video games at the Norwich Gaming Festival 2018. Discover the latest releases, classic retro games, coding and game technology. Enjoy a whole week of free gaming fun, no ticket required. Keep an eye on their website for special events such as industry days, bake sales, competitions and showcases.

- Wednesday 30th May 2018
Made in Norfolk at Felbrigg Hall

Visit Felbrigg Hall on 30th May for an event entirely dedicated to all things 'Made in Norfolk'. Discover the best that Norfolk has to offer with variety of stalls selling food, crafts and produce. This is a free event and is open from 11am until 5pm. This is an outdoor event so please dress appropriately!

- Wednesday 30th May 2018
50 Things Woodland Wednesday at Oxburgh Hall

Visit Oxburgh Hall this May and discover various fun and interesting ways to enjoy the woodlands. Activities will include den building, children's trails, bug hunting and colour wands. Collect your 50 Things tick sheet and see how many things you can do. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The events start at 11:30am and end at 1:30pm. This is a free event but normal admission charges for Oxburgh Hall applies. Please note there is a walk of about 20 minutes from the car park to the event area.

- Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June
Bee Weekend at Oxburgh Hall

Visit Oxburgh Hall this June. The West Norfolk Bee-keeping Association will also be there, alongside various other exhibitors, to educate you about bees. Interactive displays, children's activities and trails will be available. To top the day off, pop into the Tea Room for a special bee-inspired menu.

- Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June
Elveden Country & Craft Show & Festival for Dogs

Head to Elveden Country and Craft Show this June for a day of food, dogs, farmyard animals and music. With Julia Chernogorova from the Great British Bake Off 2017 and Jonathan Marshall from Game of Thrones, it is not an event to be missed. Spend the day in the sun, with your entire family - the Elveden Country and Craft Show will be fun for everyone.    

- Sunday 3rd June 2018
Sunday Afternoon Riverside Walk and Café

On Sunday 3rd June, 2pm - 4:30pm, you are invited to discover a beautiful riverside walk and to enjoy lovely tea and cake in the pop-up cafe along the way. The cafe and starting point is Surlingham Church (NR14 7DF) and the walk is 2 miles long (2 more miles are available, but optional). Participants will be provided with instructions of the route and fun quiz.

Georgia Dawson

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