Things to do in Norfolk with children this summer
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From free entertainment to fun family days out, here's a range of activities and events to do with the children this summer.
1. Dippy the Dinosaur
Norwich Cathedral is currently hosting Dippy, the Natural History Museum's iconic Diplodocus cast. To celebrate Dippy's arrival, Norwich is enjoying a summer of dinos with plenty of activities planned - including a colourful trail of 21 Tyrannosaurus Rexes around the city centre as part of the GoGoDiscover dinosaur trail.
Dippy will be at Norwich Cathedral until October 30 and the free exhibition is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, and on Saturdays from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
2. Brick Dinos at The Forum in Norwich
The Forum is asking people to step back in time with a free family-friendly exhibition featuring a huge selection of dinosaurs created from LEGO.
The educational exhibition, which was created by artist Warren Elsmore with palaeontologists, features a range of prehistoric creatures from tiny insects to four-metre long raptors. It ties in with Dippy's visit to the city.
The exhibition is open until Monday, August 30, with a huge collection of dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures made of LEGO bricks.
Entry is by booked ticket only, to book visit here.
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3. Head Out Not Home 2021
Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) is also hosting a music and street festival that takes place in Norwich city centre on Sunday afternoons from July 25 to September 5 at 2 to 5pm.
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The free entertainment involves performances from local talent and performers from across the country.
Norwich BID said: "Perfect for families, couples, friends, and anyone who wants to enjoy the sunshine in the city with the welcome company of music, performance and more.
"Take in free live entertainment while exploring Norwich’s excellent array of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, and get the most out of your summer."
There will be six stages on Gentleman’s Walk, St Gregory’s Green, Westlegate, Tombland, Riverside and the Millennium Plain.
Performers include local singer-songwriter Lucy Grubb, folk group Inlay, and musical duo The Foreign Locals.
4. Adventure Trails Norfolk
Odin Events brought the popular UK Adventure Trail to East Anglia for the first time. The woodland walk, designed for children aged two to 10, is open until August 31. It features "fantastic beings and magical creatures" for families to discover from dragons to pirates and aliens.
Odin Events said: "Eagle-eyed adventurers can spot more than 80 characters nestling in the woods, with six themed zones to wander through.
"At just under 1.2km, the trail is the perfect length for little legs and usually takes between 45 and 60 minutes to complete.
"With so many things to look out for, there’s no danger of children getting bored, and each intrepid explorer will receive a trail booklet to keep track of what has been spotted in the woods."
Tickets should be booked online and entry to the trail is £8 per person, with children under two going in free.
For more information and to book tickets visit raynham.co.uk/go-wild-at-raynham-this-summer
5.Pensthorpe Natural Park Summer
Families can explore the park and nature reserve near Fakenham on missions which include finding keys to uncovering facts about the different species that live at Pensthorpe.
Other activities include pond dipping sessions, craft making activities and storytelling, to bird feeding and educational sessions in the Discovery Centre.
The trail is open until September 5 and adult tickets are £12.95, senior (60+) tickets are £11.95 and child tickets (three to 16) are £11.95.
6. BeWILDerwood Summer
BeWILDerwood in Hoverton offers fun family days out this summer with "slippy slides and daring treetop climbs".
Tickets to the woodland adventure park should be pre-booked.
For more information visit norfolk.bewilderwood.co.uk
7. Watatunga Wildlife Reserve
Watatunga is home to rare deer and antelope, along with threatened birds like the great bustard.
Families can book their own buggy and ride around the reserve in a guided tour and learn about the conservation of the birds and animals on site.
Guided four-seater buggy tours are priced at £60 and a six-seater buggy tour at £90.
For more information visit watatunga.co.uk/guided-tours