Seven family friendly ways to make the most of the dark across Norfolk and Waveney as days shorten and nights get longer

Moon light in darkness autumn forest. Beauty nature background. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto/ro

Moon light in darkness autumn forest. Beauty nature background. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto/robertsrob - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Embrace the autumn equinox with wolves in Thetford, lights in King's Lynn and stars in Hunstanton

1 Twilight zone at Strumpshaw Fen, near Norwich

Search for owls, moths, bats and other creatures of night on a family twilight walk at the RSPB reserve. Watch bats leave their roost and track them on their feeding frenzy around the woods using bat detectors.

Saturday, September 23 and Saturday, September 30, 6.30-8pm. Hot drink included in admission price. Booking essential.

2 Running with wolves

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A thrilling piece of theatre comes to Thetford Forest Park this weekend – with the audience running, or walking, alongside the action.

Angela Carter's mysterious modern classic The Company of Wolves has been turned into a promenade production.

In a village on the edge of the mountains, a young girl puts on her red shoes and cloak, and heads into the forest alone, watched by unseen eyes. As the shadows lengthen, she begins to run and the hunt begins. The action takes place across two to three miles of forest paths for walkers, and four to five miles for runners, with different route options for audience members to choose during the play. Bring a torch – and do not stray from the path because wolves lurk all around…

Performances continue today and tomorrow, September 22-23, 7-10pm. Free entry to High Lodge, Thetford Forest.

Tickets £18, or £15 for children, from

3 Lighting up King's Lynn

Waves of colour and light break over the ruins of an ancient monastery and the stone tower slowly fills with shimmering water. A street away, cloaked skeletons and a sea monster scale the Minster turrets and vast bright clocks whirl through starry skies. On the quayside mariners set sail for uncharted lands and in the market square a bank is built, decorated and decays, over and over as dusk deepens. The free Lynn Lumiere sees mesmerising pictures and patterns projected on to some of the town's most beautiful buildings, every evening from dusk.

4 Technicolor!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft from September 26-30.

Bill Kenwright's sparkling touring production has been seen by 15 million theatre goers – and the record-breaking tour is in Lowestoft with Joe McElderry as Joseph.

Tickets from 01502 533200 or

5 Explore the night sky at Hunstanton

Join the King's Lynn and District Astronomy Society on a free astronomy walk on Thursday, September 28. Meet at Hunstanton Old Lighthouse; 8-9.30pm

6 Bat walks

Explore the night-life of an old railway line with bat expert Rob Coleman. He will lead a free all-age walk from the Weavers Way car park, Church Road, Felmingham, near North Walsham, at 6.30pm Wednesday and Thursday, September 27-28.

No need to book.

For more information email or call 07843 069567.

7 Star Party

The largest star party in the UK is taking place at Kelling Heath this weekend, with hundreds of amateur astronomers from across the country making the most of the dark skies of north Norfolk.