I’ve never been to Norwich, it’s an area of the country that I would love to visit but it’s so far from where we are right now that it’s not really been possible yet. I love the look of BeWildERwood though and would love to go there at some point.
Today I have a guest post for you from someone sharing 5 ideas for family fun in Norwich.
Rain or shine, there’s always plenty of family fun going on in Norwich. Whether you’re planning a big day out with the little ones or looking for somewhere to have a nice meal out, here’s a list of fantastic places designed to entertain those tall and small.
A different kind of theatre
Based in the converted medieval church of St James the Less, the Norwich Puppet Theatre is one of three building-based puppet theatres in the entire country. They offer a variety of different shows and workshops for toddlers, children and even adults, so no one’s left out. To see the selection of upcoming productions, visit their website here. (It’s highly recommended that you book in advance, as popular shows can sell out!)
Escape to the woods
Image source: Karen Roe via Flickr Creative Commons
Take advantage with our few remaining sunny days with a trip to BeWILDerwood, the magical theme park that has zip wires, treehouses, jungle bridges, boat trips, marsh walks and much more. Based on the books A Boggle at BeWILDerwood and The Bewilderbats by local author (and owner of the park) Tom Blofield, BeWILDerwood features many of the book’s characters and plot lines, although you certainly don’t need to be familiar with the series to thoroughly enjoy yourself here. For more information about booking and opening times (definitely check ahead of time to confirm they will be open the weekend you’re thinking of going), visit their website here.
It can be tough to eat out as a family, what with finding somewhere truly kid-friendly and accommodating everyone’s picky preferences. However, Jamie’s Italian Norwich balances a laid-back family atmosphere with fresh Italian cuisine that will appeal to all ages. They have an award-winning kid’s menu with a range of tasty, healthy options, and they’re open seven days a week – perfect for a delicious meal after a long day of exploring.
A walk through history
Norwich Castle (Image source: Mark Harris via Flickr Creative Commons)
Travel back nearly 1000 years and explore Norwich’s rich history with the Secret 12’s Time Traveller’s Trail. This guided walking tour is especially designed for young historians, beginning with the oldest building (the castle – building started in 1067!) and ending with the newest (the Curve – opened in 2000). To download a copy of the map and discover the secrets of the city, click here.
Sit back and enjoy story time with your young ones at the library! The Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library hosts regular events every week for toddlers and babies (as well as book groups and discussions for adults). The best part? All the events are free and there’s no need to book ahead of time. For more information on the different sessions, visit the library site here.