17 things for children to do in Norfolk over the summer holidays

Summer holiday activities: get closer to wildlife at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, practice football sk

Summer holiday activities: get closer to wildlife at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, practice football skills with Norwich CFS and take part in Junior fun sessions at Highball. (L-R) - Credit: Archant

Looking for a way to keep your children motivated and active during their break from school? Here are 17 fun things happening across the county that will keep them entertained.

• Pensthorpe Summer Fun, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve

Visit Pensthorpe Nature Reserve this summer where there will be a range of activities to get stuck into, from discovering underwater wildlife with guided pond dipping sessions to den building. The Reserve is open from 9.30am to 6pm and daily activities will be posted on the blackboard.

• Sportspark's Sportscamps, UEA Sportspark

Children aged five to thirteen can take part in the Sportspark's weekly multi-activity camps which offer a variety of sporting activities such as archery, swimming, climbing, football, tennis, Korfball, basketball and badminton.


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• Dance Summer School, The Garage

The Garage will be holding a three-day Dance Summer School in August to help students work on their contemporary and ballet skills. Taught by professional dance artist Emma Brady, those aged 16 and over will learn well-known choreography as well as working on movement vocabulary and style.

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• Tots2Teens Club, Broadland District

Run by Broadland District Council, Tots2Teens is a summer holiday scheme that runs activities for children ages five and upwards at various locations across the Broadland District, predominantly in village halls and community centres. Activities include street dance, visits to White House Farm (with tractor rides), making iced fairy cakes, rounders, puppet making, karate and T-shirt design. To be eligible, children must live or go to school in Broadland.

• South Norfolk Council Kids Camp, Long Stratton Leisure Centre and Wymondham Leisure Centre

South Norfolk Council's Kids Camp is an Ofsted registered holiday child care provision that runs during school holidays and offers children aged five to fifteen a programme full of sports, games and craft activities, including the exclusive use of swimming pools.

• Highball Climbing Centre, Norwich

This climbing facility run a range of junior fun sessions and private taster sessions for children aged four and over at various times throughout the week. These supervised 60 minute sessions consist of fun based climbing and games and prices start from £9.50.

• Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre

If your child is looking to try something a little different this summer, Whitlingham's range of courses might be just the thing. From kayaking to windsurfing and archery, there's something on offer for everyone.

• Barracudas Activity Camp, Norwich High School for Girls

Barracudas run a range of Easter and Summer activity camps across the country. Their Norwich based camp, which is Ofsted registered, is for children ages 4.5 to 16 years and boasts over 80 fun activities including kinball, creative arts and motor sports.

• Abraham's Bosom, Wells-next-the-Sea

This outdoor leisure area on the North Norfolk coast has lots for children to do, including trampolining, canoeing and crazy golf. The area is located only 100 metres from the beach and is right next to its own natural five-acre lake.

• Norwich Penguins Learn to Swim, Various locations

Why not enrol your child in swimming lessons this summer? Various Norwich Penguins beginner classes take place across the city at locations such as Heartsease Primary Academy, Colman Junior School, City Academy, Taverham Hall School, Hethersett Junior School, Norwich High School for Girls, Thorpe High School, Sprowston High School, and Hellesdon High School.

• Summer Soccer School, Various locations

Norwich City Community Sports Foundation runs various soccer schools throughout the school holidays in Norfolk, offering football coaching for five to eleven year olds. Children of all abilities are welcome and will take part in games, competitions and general Norwich City themed fun. Locations include Carrow Park, Fakenham Academy, Downham Market Academy, Cromer Sports Centre, North Walsham Sports Centre and Swaffham Infant School and Nursery, among others.

• Beginner Kids Karate Classes, East Coast Black Belt School, Great Yarmouth

This month, East Coast Black Belt School will be enrolling children in their beginner kids karate classes, which vary depending upon age. Children aged three to five can take part in Little Dragons classes, ages six to eight are Young Jedis and those aged nine to thirteen are classed as Juniors. The school also offers childrens kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts.

• Summer Workshops, OPEN

From July 26 to September 2, OPEN will be running a series of two-day workshops for children aged seven to twelve, each of which cost £30. The workshops include music making, science, stop frame animation, photography, climbing, cooking, abseiling, computer gaming, musical theatre, creative writing, gardening and fashion.

• Kingswood Camp for Young Adventurers, West Runton

The Kingswood Camp for young adventurers offers a friendly home away from home atmosphere for children aged eight to fourteen who are looking to learn new skills, make new friends and have fun. Camp activities include low ropes, problem solving, arts and craft, caving, abseiling, zipwire, surfing, fencing, quad biking and scavenger hunts.

• Beginner ski and snowboard lessons, Norfolk Snowsports Club

Although the Norfolk Snowsports club will be closed from July 25 to August 14 while the slope undergoes its annual clean, once it reopens children aged six plus can take part in their ski or snowboard lessons. Four week courses run throughout the year, but dates vary so you may need to check with reception for availability.

• XUK Residential Summer Camp, New Eccles Hall School

XUK provides children with a range of activities, which change weekly to ensure that children who stay longer than a week have a fresh, fun experience. This includes bungee trampolining, quad biking, high ropes, camping and air rifle shooting as well as ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, martial arts, DJ workshops, jewellery making and pottery.

• Summer Theatre Academy, Atrium Theatre, North Walsham

From the 23 to the 27 August, the Atrium Theatre will be running a summer academy for children ages eight to seventeen, where they will have the opportunity to put on a new comedy musical in just one week. Children will have the chance to take on a role on stage or help out as part of the crew backstage and will work as a team to produce a fun show to be performed at the end of the week.

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