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11 half-term activities in Norfolk that the weather cannot spoil

10:48 15 February 2016

Teddy Bear Express at the Bure Valley Railway. Picture: Denise Bradley

Teddy Bear Express at the Bure Valley Railway. Picture: Denise Bradley

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The schools are out and you’re looking to keep the children entertained — but what if it isn’t suitable for fun outdoors? SIMON PARKIN picks some events and activities that the weather cannot spoil.

• A Viking’s Guide to Deadly Dragons

Norwich Castle Museum, normal admission prices £8.35 (£7.50 cons), £6.25children, £23.50-£17.50 family, 01603 495897, www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

As part of the exhibition inspired by Cressida Cowell’s best-selling children’s books How to Train Your Dragon, numerous events this half-term. Help artist Kate Munro breathe life into the Castle’s dragon (Feb 13/20, 10am-4pm). Make your own dragon wings and Viking helmets (Feb 13/15/20, 10.30am-3.30pm). Get flighty with the RSPB as we explore the dragonfly family (Feb 15, 10am-4pm). Neil Paris brings Hiccup Horrendous Haddock to life in a fun performance (Feb 16-18, 1pm/2pm/3pm).

• Nursery Rhyme I-Spy

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway, February 13-21, £9 return/£7.50 single adult, £7 return/£5.50 single children, under-4s free, 01328 711630, www.wellswalsinghamrailway.co.uk

All aboard the railway for a fun game of I-Spy! From your sheet of clues, spot the answers down the line as you travel on the smallest public railway in the world! Four trains daily. Standard fares, no extra costs.

• Teddy Bear Express

Bure Valley Railway, February 13-21, 9am-5pm, £13, children free (2 per adult), 01263 733858, www.bvrw.co.uk

Join the Bure Valley Railway mascot bear for a week of fun. There is free travel for every child when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (max 2 children per adult). There is also a children’s competition to see how many teddy bears can be spotted on the journey. Don’t forget your own teddy so Railway Bear is not lonely!

• Art Week

Whitlingham Country Park, Trowse, February 15-20, 01603 756094, www.broads-authority.gov.uk

Get arty at Whitlingham with a series of half-term workshops drawing and/or painting wildlife and nature around the country park. February 15 (2pm-4pm) is aimed at young people who have an interest in art between the ages of 16-25. On February 19 (2pm-4pm) is a ‘drop-in’ session aimed at families. And on February 20, everybody’s artwork by hosting an exhibition in the Barn at the park.

• Family Fun

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, February 15-19, 10am-4pm, £10.50 (£9.50 cons), £7.50 under-18s, under-4s free, £30-£22 family, 01362 869263, www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Each day Euan and Harold of The Fools Puppet Theatre Companie will be staging three enchanting shows. Take a guided tour behind the scenes and see a range of fascinating objects including the tusk of the West Runton Mammoth. Experience what lessons were like 100 years ago in the Victorian schoolroom. See what is cooking in Cherry Tree Cottage and see if you can help find the missing Gingerbread Man.

• Scooby’s Street School

The Garage, Chapel Field North, Norwich, February 15-16, 10am-3pm, £50-£45, 01603 283382, thegarage.org.uk

Two days of holiday dance fun for 7-11 year olds at The Garage with legendary tutor Scooby. You will be put through your paces, play games and dance. Plus participants will learn one of Scooby’s routines to perform to an audience of family at the end of the second day.

• Craft Activities

Wymondham Abbey, February 16, 2pm-4pm/February 18, 10am-12pm, £5 per child, 01953 607062, e-mail learningandevents@wymondhamabbey.org.uk

Wymondham Abbey is staging two children’s craft activities events. Sessions will include making art and craft to take home, spring activities, stories, games and music. Suitable for ages 4 to 11, each session is £5 per child (drink and snack included).

• Pattern & Decoration

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, February 16, 10.30am-3pm, £18 (£14 cons), 01603 593199, www.scva.ac.uk

Half-term studio fun at Sainsbury Centre focusing on celebrating pattern and decoration. The session includes artist-led activity in the studio and creative looking and learning about objects and artworks in the galleries. Price includes materials.

• Panda-monium

intu Chapelfield, Norwich, February 16-18, free admission, 01603 753344, intu.co.uk/chapelfield

Half term of ‘panda-monium’ as Norwich’s Chapelfield shopping centre celebrates the forthcoming return to cinemas of everyone’s favourite dumpling-eating Kung Fu master, Po, in Kung Fu Panda 3 with a range of fun activities. Far-Eastern inspired Kids’ Club workshops including arts and crafts, Kung Fu adventure interactive story-telling, noodle challenges and more.

• Marvellous Models

Strangers Hall, Charing Cross, Norwich, February 17, 10am-3.30pm, included in normal admission £4.50 (£4.10 cons), £3.40 children, £12.60-£9.50 family, 01603 667229, www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

See Norwich Model Railway Club’s fascinating working locomotive layouts which appeal to enthusiasts of all ages. Plus make a model to take home.

• Pirates, Pistols and Gold Doubloons

Time and Tide Museum, Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, February 17, 11am-4pm, included in normal admission £5.20 (£4.70 cons), £3.90 children, £14.50-£10.90 family, 01493 743930, www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Its all ‘shiver me timbers’ at the museum, join us on a jolly adventure into the world of pirates and learn the skills you’ll need to survive a life at sea.

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