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Things to do near Norwich with the kids this summer!

The Summer holidays are upon us once again, so what is going on to entertain the little ones this summer? Here are some of our top picks for a day out with the kids!

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

This summer holiday celebrate being outside and running wild with Boggle & Twiggle! Twirl down to Storytelling and learn all BeWILDerwood’s best dance moves. Can you wiggle like a Twiggle? Will Swampy finally make someone laugh in a game of Boggle-butt? Wait, was that a teeny tiny Crocklebog I just saw zipping through the trees…?

BeWILDerwood is fantastic fun for a Summer’s day with soopa slippy slides and daring treetop climbs.

Norwich Yoga Festival Whitlingham Country Park, Whitlingham Lane, Norwich, NR14 8TR

Saturday 6th August 2022

This summer time Saturday has been crafted to incorporate the best of Norfolk wellness. The organisers want you to leave the festival feeling energised, happy and inspired.

With a whole host of Yoga and Pilates classes in the big tent, and guest speakers covering a huge selection of topics all day, you won’t be short of things to do.

Your ticket grants you access to as many of the Yoga Classes in the Yoga tent as you can manage (booking will be available), and allows you to attend as many of the guest speakers workshops as you’d like.

There will be other events, activities and enjoyment to get your hands on too such as a sauna and plunge pool, fitness classes and face painting.

The Yoga Festival is keeping it local, with local companies showcasing their incredible wares, from Yoga Mats to eco candles, we’ve got your wellness shopping list sorted. Kids under 3 go free! Family tickets available

Pensthorpe Natural Park Pensthorpe, Fakenham NR21 0LN Summer 2022

Pensthorpe is the ultimate destination for discovery. Explore magical gardens, educational experiences, adventurous play, and a breath-taking nature reserve filled with flora, fauna and fun.

The staggering 700-acre site includes five fabulous gardens and a species-rich nature reserve. Take a trail through wetlands and hedgerows, woodland and riverbanks, and duck into a bird hide along the way to get up close with feathered friends.

There are awesome activities for little nature lovers too. From the impressive outdoor eco-friendly play area, WildRootz, to rope bridges and snaking slides inside Hootz House. Enjoy a ride off-road on the Pensthorpe Explorer and check out fascinating fossils in the Discovery Centre. Finally, don’t forget to wet your beak at the café and stop in our shop for wildlife books, toys, bird feeders, and local produce.

Ideally located, close to Fakenham, Pensthorpe makes for an action-packed outing for the whole family with family events on offer all year round.

Summer at the Garage

Let your little one’s imaginations soar at The Garage, opposite Norwich’s Chapel Field Gardens, this August.

Make the most of the summer holidays every Friday with the My First gang. Explore tropical rainforests, go wild on safari, discover what lurks at the bottom of the ocean or dig for treasure on a magical island!

Aimed at 2-5-year-olds, these dance and drama sessions last one hour and are a fun way to unlock their creativity. They run on 5, 12, 19 and 26 August.

Got a Reception to Year 2 aged child who likes making a song and dance about everything? The Garage’s Creative Summer Club is perfect for the mini musical theatre or drama lover in your family!

The two-hour sessions run 8-12 August with plenty of chances to dress up and learn moves to their favourite showtunes. A great way to develop creativity, make new friends and build confidence.

Going back to school in September isn’t all bad. That’s when The Garage’s dance, drama and music classes for all ages restarts!

They’ll soon be revealing their two – yes, two – festive shows for youngsters. So, watch this space!! Find out more at and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

All About Dogs Norfolk Showground, New Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk, NR5 0TT

Sunday 28th and Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2022

Bring your dog to the Norfolk Showground for a weekend packed with exciting arena displays, expert advice, shopping and lots of have-a-go activities – and if you don’t have a dog, there’s plenty of fun for humans too!

Doors: 9.30am – 5pm

Parking: FREE

Dogs: Permitted on lead. Must have full and up-to-date inoculations and you must clear up after your dog.

Day Tickets available online: Adults from £12 Children from £6.50 Under 5s free

Bishop’s House Open Garden Bishop’s House Garden, Saint Martin-At-Palace Plain, Norwich, NR3 1SB

You are invited to celebrate 250 Years of the N&N at the Bishop’s Garden. Enjoy the beautiful gardens in the City of Norwich with family and friends.

Bring a picnic blanket to relax with refreshments, homemade cake, plant stalls, with live music from the Saxonettes and much more.

Sunday 31st July 2022

Admission price is £5 per adult – accompanied children under 16 years and wheelchair users are free. Assistance Dogs only.

Visit the Diocese of Norwich website to book

Summer Fun at Blickling Hall Blickling Hall, Blickling, Norwich NR11 6NF

Summer 2022 – 19th July – 5th September

Keep your little explorers busy this summer with family activities across the estate. Enjoy everything from bike rides and family trails to garden games and sport activities. Starting from Wednesday 28 July and running every Wednesday and Saturday (10am – 3pm), join archery instructors as they share their archery skills.

Check the National Trust website for full details.

Boogie on the Broads Broads Tours, Wroxham, Norfolk NR12 8RX

Take to the Norfolk Broads with a floating disco or a sunset cruise this summer!

Boogie on The Broads Every Wednesday from 6th July – 31st August 2022 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Tickets are £20 per person (this event is over 16s only)

Sunset Cruise Every Thursday from 28th July – 1st September 2022 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Tickets are £14.50 adults and £8.50 for 5-15 years. £1 for under 5s.

Phone: 01603 782207

KIDZ POP PARTY & Bop in Eaton Park Eaton Park, South Park Avenue, Norwich, NR4 7AZ

Sunday 28th August, 2022, from 1.30pm to 5pm

MEGA kids dance party featuring:- Joe Ringers ‘Kidz Pop Party’ live band & dancers – as seen at St Andrews Hall & the makes of ‘The Monster Club’

Singers, Dancers & Circus stars

Perfect for 2+ years featuring your Kids Fave Pop Stars & Characters – Disney, Little Mix, Trolls Ariana & Much More.

Licensed bar, street food and a mocktail bar for the little ones.

KIDZONE Bouncy Castles and Kids attractions. All inclusive bounce – wristbands available on the day & ‘paid for’ rides & attractions

Cost: Under 3s: free Early Bird Tickets KIDZ POP PARTY only £7.50 (3+) Encanto & Kids Pop Party* £12.50 (3+)

Bressingham Steam and Gardens Steam in Miniature Weekend Bressingham Steam and Gardens, Low Rd, Diss IP22 2AA

Miniature Models that pack a Steamy Punch.

Sat 13th Aug to Sun 14th Aug 2022

Bressingham’s annual Steam in Miniature weekend has come around again where working scale models of steam locomotion are on show.

  • Gardens are fully open

  • Full steam service

  • Outside play area

  • Book tickets online in advance

Castle Quarter Tricera-Top Days Castle Quarter Shopping centre, 100 Castle Quarter, Norwich, NR1 3DD

The Dinosaurs Are Back in 2022!

Join us every Tuesday from 26th July until 30th August for a dino-mite adventure for fun and learning with some triceraTOP appearances as follows:

Tuesday 26th July = Roary the T.rex Tuesday 2nd August = Sassy the Spinosaurus & Drippy the Dilophosaurus Tuesday 9th August = Terri the Triceratops Tuesday 16th August = Albie the Ankylosaurus Tuesday 23rd August = Ralph the Raptor Tuesday 30th August = Brian the Brachiosaurus

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Summer Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Bewick House, 22 Thorpe Road, Norwich, NR1 1RY

Come and discover Norfolk wildlife as a family in 2022! Every event is enjoyable for all ages, making them a wonderful way for families to explore the natural world together. Family events vary in location and theme. Whether you are interested in marine wildlife, wetland wildlife or arts and crafts, there is something for everyone.

  • Wildlife Watch

  • Dyke Dipping

  • Free family fun days

  • Coastal creations

  • Bespoke family days

  • Family membership helps to look after Norfolk wildlife

Create at Gressenhall Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 4DR

Mon 22nd August – Fri 26th August 2022, 10am – 3pm

Enjoy exploring our farm, museum and woods and try your hand at lots of different art activities and drama games. A week of holiday fun for 7 – 11 year olds, with plenty of time to play on our adventure playground.

Email for booking details.

Dinos in the Dark at Roarr! Roarr Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade, NR9 5JE

Saturday 6th August 2022 from 6pm to 10pm.

Come and experience a magical midsummer’s evening. For the first time ever the Valley of the Dinosaurs will be alive under the stars.

We hope this blog has inspired you to go out and explore in and around Norwich with your little ones this summer!

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