15 events taking place at Norfolk museums this October

PUBLISHED: 11:01 03 October 2018

Herring Day at Time and Tide Museum Credit: Norfolk Museums Service

Herring Day at Time and Tide Museum Credit: Norfolk Museums Service


From Apple Day to events leading up to the Armistice Day centenary, there is plenty to keep you busy this month.

Apple Day at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Credit: Norfolk Museums ServiceApple Day at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Credit: Norfolk Museums Service

As the days get colder and with half-term just around the corner, Norfolk Museums Service round-up some of the best events taking place across the county.


1. Shirehall Courtroom Tour

Thursday October 4, 2.30pm

Go through the prisoners’ tunnel to the nineteenth century courtroom to find out about the real trials of the past. Age 12+ booking advised 01603 495897 / 493625. Suitable for adults and older children.

Adult £9.50, Conc. £9, Child (4-18) £8.10, Family (1 adult) £25, Family (2 adults) £33.40.

2. Castle Writers

Double Bumper History Day at Elizabethan House and Tolhouse Gaol Credit: Norfolk Museums ServiceDouble Bumper History Day at Elizabethan House and Tolhouse Gaol Credit: Norfolk Museums Service

Saturday October 6, 1.30 - 4pm

Budding writers are invited to join author and tutor Amanda Addison for this informal and supportive class. Booking essential 01603 495897 / 493625.

Adult £8, Conc. £7.50, Museums Pass £7.

3. Armistice: Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk

Saturday October 20 2018 - Sunday January 6 2019

Exhibition showing the impact of the First World War on the county, alongside the stories of the people whose lives were transformed by it. Celebrating resiliance as well as commemorating loss, the rich displays show fine art and textiles alongside locally manufactured goods. Posters, photographs and interactive displays complement the diverse objects from around the county. A series of finely crafted artwoks by Paddy Hartley focus on the subject of memorialisation; called Papaver Rhoeas, these unique poppies will gradually change throughout the exhibition.

Adult £9.50, Conc. £9, Child (4-18) £8.10, Family (1 adult) £25, Family (2 adults) £33.40.

Mystic Medicine at Elizabethan House Credit: Norfolk Museums ServiceMystic Medicine at Elizabethan House Credit: Norfolk Museums Service

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4. Dementia Friendly Coffee Morning

Thursday October 25, 10.30am

Join specially trained staff for a relaxed friendly get together for people living with memory loss, and their friends and family. Enjoy a short walk around the museum followed by refreshments. Booking recommended 01603 629127.


5. Norwich Science Festival

Thursday October 25, 10am - 4.30pm

As part of our Picturing the Past exhibition find out about the scienctific processes in early photography.

Adult £5.95, Conc. £5.65, Child (4-18) £5, Family (1 adult) £15.70, Family (2 adults) £20.95.


6. Apple Day

Sunday October 14, 10am - 5pm

Celebrate apples and all things autumnal. Bring your mystery apples to be identified and taste apple juice or scrumptious cider. Stroll around the orchard with traditional Norfolk varieties. See local craftsmen demonstrating their skills and buy fresh local meats, autumn fruits, preserves and cakes.

Special Event Day charges apply: Adult £15, Conc. £14.25, Child (4-18) £12.75, Family (1 adult) £39.60, Family (2 adults) £52.80.

7. West Runton Mammoth Tour

Tuesday October 16, 11am, 1.30 & 3pm

Join Dr David Waterhouse and other experts as they reveal the fascinating story of this extinct giant in its purpose-built research facility. Advance booking essential, tel. 01362 869251 or visit

£5, Museums Pass £4.50.

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8. The Praise of the Red Herring: Thomas Nashe in Great Yarmouth

Friday October 5, 11.30am - 12.30pm

The Elizabethan pamphleteer and playwright Thomas Nashe arrived in Great Yarmouth in late 1597, a fugitive from London after his stage comedy was judged to be ‘seditious and slanderous’. The product of his stay here was his last and most idiosyncratic work, Nashe’s Lenten Stuffe, inspired by gratitude for the shelter he received at Yarmouth. By Charles Nicholl (Nashe’s biographer, Thomas Nash Project).

Adult £3.50, Museums Pass Holder £2.50.

9. Herring Day

Friday October 26, 11am - 4pm

It’s our favourite day of the year, Herring Day! Celebrate our town’s hertiage, meet the Fisher Girls as they gut and prepare their herring and equipment and venture on the wild side to learn about our coastline’s marine biology. Get creative with family-friendly activities and don’t forget to bring your pocket-money as we’ll be hosting some fabulous local crafters in our first ever Craft Fair!

Adult £5.95, Conc. £5.65, Child (4-18) £5, Family (1 adult) £15.70, Family (2 adults) £20.95.


10. Poppy Trail

Thursday 18 - Saturday October 27, 10am - 5pm

Try your hand at our museum trail to win a small prize.

Museum admission only: Adult £4.50, Conc. £4.25, Child (4-18) £3.80, Family (1 adult) £11.80, Family (2 adults) £15.85.

11. Coffee Morning: Pumpkin Carving

Wednesday October 31, 10.30am - 12pm

Coffee, cake and collections - A coffee morning with a twist! Carve your own pumpkin to take home.

£1 including museum admission.

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12. Scars of War - Lino Cutting and Printing Workshop

Saturday October 6, 10am - 2pm

Printing workshop, based on soldiers’ graffiti from World War One, found on the library tower in King’s Lynn. Part of a remembrance project between six heritage and educational organisations in King’s Lynn, called Scars of War. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks. Booking essential 01553 774297.


13. War Memorial

Tuesday October 16, 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Luke Shackell, Trainee Archivist, discusses the creation of the monument in Tower Gardens, the project’s troubled start and how the issues were overcome; along with the production of the Roll of Honour, detailing those lost in World War I. The museum is currently closed, but King’s Lynn Borough Archives can be visited Tuesday - Friday 12.30 - 4.30pm or the first Saturday of each month 10am - 2pm.



14. Double Bumper History Day - Furry Familiars and Wicked Witches

Wednesday October 24, 11am - 4pm

Discover a time where the simplest suspicion could turn into a witch hunt. Hear tales of real life toil as well as those that could come straight from a fairy tale. Create your own familiar fiend just in time for All Hallows eve!

Special event price! Two museums for £3.50 per person!

15. Mystic Medicine

Monday October 22, 11am - 4pm

Learn about tried and tested (and terrifying) historical remedies from the past. This is the go-to guide for how NOT to seek medical relief!

Adult £5.20, Conc. £4.95, Child (4-18) £4.40, Family (1 adult) £13.75, Family (2 adults) £18.30.

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