Things to do

We all want to have fun, enjoy our hobbies, follow our interests, relax with friends, or go out for a day trip with our family.

Search the Norfolk Directory for things to do for children and young people with SEND that are suitable for the whole family. You can also find mainstream clubs and activities which are accessible to children and young people with SEND. 

Norfolk County Council and Clinical Commissioning Groups invite nominations for representatives to sit on the new Norfolk All Age Autism Partnership Board.

The Board’s purpose is to provide the structure and governance to enable the implementation of the statutory duties and improved life opportunities of all people with autism and their families through co-production and partnership.

To support this, expressions of interest are sought from the following:

  • Young autistic person (aged 14-24) – two posts
  • Autistic adult (aged 25-65) – two posts
  • Older autistic person (aged over 65) – two posts
  • Family member or carer of autistic person – three posts

View further details of the selection process. Expressions of interest need to be emailed to alastair.corrigan@norfolk.gov.uk no later than Monday 2 April.

Come along to Breathing Space in Norwich, Old Catton, Gorleston or Lowestoft – have something to eat, make some new friends, try something new, be kind to yourself and support your own wellbeing.  All welcome!

Services offered include:

  • Signposting and advice
  • Mental health support
  • Tackling isolation
  • Encouraging independence
  • Links to local services
  • Wellbeing activities, such as massage and arts and crafts

Venues, dates and times:

Norwich group - Nuffield Wellbeing Gym, Barrack Street, Norwich NR3 1TS

  • Fridays 2-4pm - 23 March, 20 April, 18 May, 22 June

Old Catton Group, Parish Council Recreation Ground Meeting Room, Church Street, Norwich NR6 7DS

  • Mondays 10am-12pm - 19 February, 26 March, 23 April, 21 May, 25 June

Gorleston Group, Elmhurst Estate Community Room, Amethyst Close, Great Yarmouth NR31 6DE

  • Fridays 10am-12pm - 16 March, 13 April, 11 May, 15 June

Lowestoft Group, Gunton Community Meeting Hall, Hollingsworth Road, Lowestoft NR32 4AY

  • Fridays 1-3pm - 23 February, 30 March, 27 April, 25 May, 29 June

For further information visit www.thebefriendingscheme.org.uk, email Verena.waldock@thebefriendingscheme.org.uk, or call 07818 267015.

For all vision-impaired little ones under 5, Rainbow Sparks, run by the Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB), is the fun place to be!

With Musical Keys, the Sensory Rainbow Sparks Tent and the Rainbow Sensory Room, there’s lots to do and always coffee and cakes!

NNAB’s ‘YoungEyes’ group aims to provide support, friendship, advice and fun activities for vision-impaired children and young people under 18 years old and their families in Norfolk.

As part of the support network in Norfolk they work very closely with the Virtual School Sensory Support and other local organisations, sharing training and ideas and working together on projects and events.

Dates (Thursdays):

  • 22 February
  • 22 March
  • 26 April
  • 24 May
  • 21 June
  • 23 August
  • 27 September
  • 25 October
  • 22 November

Times:  10.30am -12pm

Venue:  The Bradbury Activity Centre (NNAB), Beckham Place, Norwich NR3 3DZ

Further information:  Please call Dorothy Bowen, ‘YoungEyes’ Co-ordinator at NNAB, on 01603 629558 for information about all events and activities, or email dorothybowen@nnab.org.uk. Please note - places are limited for the digital music workshop so if you are interested contact Dorothy to book a place.

Volunteer tenancy mentors for young people aged 16-25 are being recruited across the county by Your Own Place, who are offering free training over two days.

Mentors complement other support workers or social workers. They are aged 21 and over and are from all backgrounds, someone whom a young person can turn to for help, informal support, money skills guidance, goal setting – or just someone to chat to when they are moving to independence.

As a mentor you will get:

  • New skills, confidence and a peer network just for you!
  • A volunteering opportunity in your local community
  • That great feeling from helping a young person who really needs your support

The two-day training includes:

  • Being a Mentor
  • Taking an Asset-Based and Solution Focussed Approach
  • Working Restoratively
  • Money Skills
  • Child and Adult Protection

Dates:

  • 20 and 21 March in Great Yarmouth
  • 27 and 28 March in King’s Lynn
  • 11 and 12 April in Ipswich
  • 17 and 18 April in Norwich
  • 24 and 25 April in Long Stratton
  • 9 and 10 May in Lowestoft
  • 23 and 24 May in Stowmarket
  • 12 and 13 June in Ipswich
  • 27 and 28 June in King’s Lynn
  • 10 and 11 July in Thetford
  • 18 and 19 July in Great Yarmouth
  • 1 and 2 August in Cromer
  • 15 and 16 August in Diss
  • 11 and 12 September in Lowestoft
  • 25 and 26 September in Bury St Edmunds
  • 10 and 11 October in Norwich
  • 30 and 31 October in Stowmarket

Further information:

Please get in touch with Rebecca White rebecca@yourownplace.org.uk on 01603 611910 or 07530 028446, or go to www.yourownplace.org.uk for further details.

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust (NPHT), supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is presenting its first regional exhibition in the fantastic setting of Norwich Cathedral.

This free exhibition will run from Saturday 3 March through to Tuesday 22 May.  It will bring together, for the first time, the stories and heritage of the British Paralympic Movement.

The inspirational Paralympic story began 70 years ago when Sir Ludwig Guttmann began using sport as an aid to recovery for badly injured returning servicemen.  In 1948 the first Stoke Mandeville Games were staged, which became the foundation for the Movement.

At this unique exhibition local organisations, including Active Norfolk, will join local Paralympians to share stories about disability in sport and the positive impact that physical exercise can have on disability.

The exhibition will also feature a Celebrating Diversity event on Saturday 21 April, which will include a special service and the opportunity to try the Paralympic sport of Boccia in the cathedral nave.

Dates and times

Saturday 3 March to Tuesday 22 May, 10am-4pm

Further information

Email admin@paralympicheritage.org.uk or telephone 01296 489929 for more information, or visit the National Paralymic Heratige Trust website.

Our tennis sessions are for people with a learning disability who want to get active, have fun and meet new people!  Tennis is a great way to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing and can be adapted to suit everyone.  Courts, rackets and balls can be adapted for all abilities.  Never played before? Why not give it a go!

Sundays:

  • 11 and 25 March
  • 22 April
  • 13 May 
  • 3 and 24 June
  • 15 July

Time: 1.30-2.30pm

Venue:  East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club, Lime Tree Road Norwich NR2 2NQ

Cost:  £3 per session - no need to book

If you have any questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate get in touch - call Derek Perry on 07966 455012 or email Norma Bowen at disability@norfolktennis.org.

Inclusive Tennis Open Day on Sunday 15 April

Come along and try tennis, whatever your age or ability.  Qualified coaches will be there to help you.  Free equipment will be available , including specialist sports wheelchairs, various sized rackets and adapted balls.

  • Wheelchair/physical disability session - 11am-1pm
  • Open session for all - 2-4pm

Our tennis sessions are for people with a learning disability who want to get active, have fun and meet new people!  Tennis is a great way to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing and can be adapted to suit everyone.  Courts, rackets and balls can be adapted for all abilities.

We can provide a sports wheelchair for those who want or need to use one during sessions.

Sundays:

  • 11 and 25 March
  • 22 April
  • 13 May 
  • 3 and 24 June
  • 15 July

Time: 12-1.30pm

Venue: East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club, Lime Tree Road Norwich NR2 2NQ

Cost: £20 for five sessions, or £5 on the day.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate get in touch - call Derek Perry on 07966 455012 or email email Norma Bowen at disability@norfolktennis.org.

Inclusive Tennis Open Day on Sunday 15 April

Come along and try tennis, whatever your age or ability.  Qualified coaches will be there to help you.  Free equipment will be available , including specialist sports wheelchairs, various sized rackets and adapted balls.

  • Wheelchair/physical disability session - 11am-1pm
  • Open session for all - 2-4pm

Meetings for people with a learning disability aged 16 and over in Norwich and the surrounding areas – an opportunity to have a say about the things that matter to you and to plan group activities for the year ahead.

Any parents, carers or professionals are also welcome to attend.

Dates, times and venues:

  • Tuesday 3 April (postponed from Thursday 1 March due to the weather) 11am to 2.30pm - St Andrew’s Eaton, 41 Church Lane, Norwich NR4 6NW
  • Tuesday 8 May (VIP session) 12 noon to 3.30pm - Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1AW 
  • Tuesday 10 July 11am to 2.30pm - The Union Building, 51-59 Rose Lane, Norwich NR1 1BY
  • Tuesday 11 September 11am to 2.30pm - The Union Building, 51-59 Rose Lane, Norwich NR1 1BY
  • Tuesday 6 November 11am to 2.30pm - The Union Building, 51-59 Rose Lane, Norwich NR1 1BY

Bookings and further information:

Lunch and drinks will be provided so please book your place. Contact the Royal Mencap Society: email emily.flores-gutierrez@mencap.org.uk or phone 07989 448554.

An exciting new support programme from Active Norfolk and Norwich Mind is recruiting people with mental health issues who might be struggling to cope at the moment to join a regular running group.

Pace of Mind will provide support services alongside physical training to create an inclusive community of regular training partners who feel comfortable discussing shared issues, and to help alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety.  The first sessions of the project are taking place in the Lakenham and Tuckswood areas of Norwich for residents who may be experiencing mild to moderate emotional distress.

The format of the 16-week programme will see runners supported to develop their physical and mental health whilst training for a 5k or 10k race.  Experienced running coaches, including Double Olympian Paul Evans, will offer regular help to encourage participants to improve their fitness and learn to run safely.  Participants will also have access to physiotherapists, equipment, and lots of encouragement from volunteer ‘buddies’, many of whom run to maintain their own recovery from mental ill health.

The training programme will begin on Monday 9 April, giving participants 16 weeks to train for the Run Norwich 10K road race on Sunday 5 August if they're interested.

Recruitment and further information:

Recruitment will be open until Monday 19 March.  To apply or volunteer, visit www.norwichmind.org.uk/paceofmind or email Dudley Garner (project coordinator) paceofmind@norwichmind.org.uk.

A free three-week training course is offered in April to young people aged 18 and over who are interested in entering the security industry.

Clarion Housing Group will be running a SIA (Security Industry Authority) course in Norwich starting on Monday 9 April. A pre-screen for the course (at the same venue) will take place on Wednesday 28 March.

You do not have to be a resident of Clarion Housing, but they will pay for your SIA licence upon completion of the training and successful exam passes.

However you must be in receipt of either JSA, UC or ESA and be able to prove this. You will also need a range of documents to prove your identity from the outset, including two passport photographs.

Dates:

Friday 9 April, Friday 16 April and Friday 23 April

Venue:

Norwich Central Baptist Church, Duke Street, Norwich NR3 3AP

Bookings and further information:

Contact Paul Cleghorn at Clarion Housing to book a place. Email: Paul.Cleghorn@clarionhg.com

Weekly social club at the Vauxhall Centre in Norwich, featuring arts and crafts, drinks and confectionery, pool table, raffle and bonus ball game.

Dates (Wednesdays):

  • 11 April - featuring Disco and Women’s Group
  • 18 April - featuring Disco and Cookery Group
  • 25 April - featuring Disco and Cookery Group
  • 2 May - featuring Quiz Night
  • 9 May - featuring Disco and Women’s Group
  • 16 May - featuring Disco and Cookery Group
  • 23 May - featuring Disco and Cookery Group
  • 30 May - featuring Bingo with prizes
  • 6 June - featuring Indoor Sports Session
  • 13 June - featuring Disco and Women’s Group
  • 20 June - featuring Disco and Cookery Group
  • 27 June - featuring New Programme Launch and Choices Workshop

Times:  7-9pm each week

Venue:  Vauxhall Centre, Johnson Place (off Vauxhall Street), Norwich NR2 2SA

Cost and booking:  BUILD members £5, non-members £10. Payable on entry – no need to book, just turn up!  Make sure you also bring money to spend in the cafe for refreshments.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Using music and dance to inspire, a special night out aimed at 13 to 25 year olds with learning difficulties and disabilities.

This is an inclusive event, so families, friends, support workers and carers are all welcome to attend.

Dates:

  • Wednesday 12 April
  • Thursday 1 June
  • Thursday 10 August
  • Thursday 21 December

Times:  7-9.30pm

Venue:  OPEN Youth Trust, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich NR2 4SF

Cost and bookings:  Tickets are £5 each on the door.  Price includes admission also for one family member, friend or carer.

Join in an exclusive BUILD-hosted trampolining party for people with disabilities, including music and light show, every Monday night.

The one-hour Bounce session runs from 6pm, but you must be there at least 15 minutes before for booking in and safety briefing.

Dates:  Mondays from 16 April to 25 June

Time:  5.30pm-7pm

Venue:  Gravity Trampoline Park, Riverside, Norwich NR1 1WT

Cost and booking:

£7.50 entry plus £1 sock hire. Food and drink on sale at venue.  Carers only pay if they bounce. Ideally, and to save time on arrival, please book in advance online at www.gravity-uk.com – or you can just turn up on the night.  Make sure you wear loose fitting comfortable clothes, and bring entry fee and money for refreshments.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Option 1:  Meet at the Queen of the Iceni Wetherspoon’s at 5.30pm for pre-bowling dinner

Option 2:  Meet at the Hollywood Bowl at 6.20pm to play two games of ten pin bowling

Date:  Tuesday 17 April

Time:  5.30-8pm.  Choose from either Option 1 or 2 above.

Cost and booking:  £5.80 entry, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and make sure you also bring money for food and drink.  Please book and pay any fees by 7 April. Maximum number of 16 places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Signalong is a system of signs based on British Sign Language which is designed to help people with communication difficulties to understand and express their needs, choices and desires.

This Signalong Foundation Training course will teach participants all the skills necessary to gain access to the entire Signalong vocabulary.

This is a six week course and participants will be expected to attend all sessions.

Dates (Wednesdays):

  • 18 April
  • 25 April
  • 2 May
  • 10 May
  • 16 May
  • 23 May

Time:  9.30–12.30pm

Venue:  Park View Resource Centre, Birch Tree Close, King’s Lynn, PE30 5QD

Cost:  £85 which includes an Adult Learning Disability Core Vocabulary Manual and a Signalong Certificate.  Participants will be invoiced for the fee.

Booking:  Please book by 13 April

For more information or to book please contact Tina Allen (Communication Development Worker) - 01553 666680 or email tina.allen@nchc.nhs.uk.

Public swimming session in Norwich’s Riverside swimming pool supported by the centre’s lifeguards.

Please be aware that BUILD staff and volunteers are not able to assist with dressing or personal care.

Date:  Saturday 21 April

Time:  11.30am-1pm

Venue:  Riverside Swimming Pool, Wherry Road, Norwich NR1 1WX

Cost and booking:  £5.10 entry, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and don’t forget your swimming costume, towel and a 20p coin for a locker.  Please book and pay any fees by 11 April.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Audio-described performances are delivered live during a performance via headsets available from the Welcome Point.  Booking in the front stalls is recommended.

A BSL interpreter will also stand on the stage and give a signed interpretation of the text sung or spoken by the actors and singers on the stage.  The signer will usually stand stage left.  Booking in the centre front stalls is recommended.

During a captioned performance there will be caption units displaying spoken or sung words as they are delivered on stage.  It’s best to avoid the front three rows when booking to view the captions comfortably.

Date and time:  Saturday 21 April at 2.30pm

Venue:  Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Top price seats at all performances are half price for those registered blind or partially sighted and this concession is offered to one companion.  For details please ask at the Box Office (01603) 630000.

If you would like to receive a Braille, big print or audio brochure posted to you every time they are released, please contact Jo Ross at j.ross@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call (01603) 598524.

A walk round the grounds and surrounds of Dunston Hall, a lovely old country house hotel.  Enjoy a drink and a snack at the hotel afterwards.

Bus Buddies for everyone from Norwich.

Date:  Sunday 22 April

Time:  11.50am-2.30pm

Venue:  Meet at Norwich Bus Station, Surrey Street, Norwich NR1 3NX

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 12 April. Make sure you wear weather-appropriate footwear and clothing, and bring money (or bus pass) for travel and for refreshments.  Maximum number of 12 places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Option 1:  Meet at the bowling alley at 5.30pm for pre-bowling dinner

Option 2:  Meet at the bowling alley at 6.20pm to play two games of ten pin bowling

Date:  Tuesday 24 April

Time:  5.30-7.45pm.  Choose from either Option 1 or 2 above.

Venue:  Strikes Bowling Alley, Station Road, Dereham NR19 1DF

Cost and booking:  £5.90 entry, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and make sure you also bring money for food and drink. Please book and pay any fees by 14 April.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Your Own Place work with young people from all backgrounds – they may be leaving care, leaving school, leaving prison, leaving supported accommodation, going to college or university or just leaving home for the first time. Your Own Place are there to take the stress and anxiety out of transition in their lives.

Midweek three-day tenancy courses are offered in Norwich. They’re jam packed with engaging activities, resources and information.

Guest speakers include representatives from Anglian Water and Norwich Credit Union, a ‘peer tenant expert’, and a housing officer from the local housing authority. Groups tend not to be bigger than eight and 1-2-1 is possible too.

Free follow-up sessions for attendees are offered as well, particularly those seeking to improve their money skills.

Dates:

  • Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 April
  • Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 May
  • Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 June
  • Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 July
  • Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 August
  • Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 September
  • Tuesday 2 to Thursday 4 October
  • Tuesday 30 October to Thursday 1 November
  • Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 November
  • Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 December

Venue:

The Training Flat, 23 Johnson Place, Norwich NR2 2SA

Bookings and further information:

The cost for TILS training is £275.00 per place. Go to www.yourownplace.org.uk or phone 01603 611910. Referrals for a young person can be made via the Your Own Place referral form.

A new venue for nightclub party night in Norwich specifically aimed at people with disabilities, their friends, families and supporters.

The price has gone up a bit, but DJ Barry is back – so the same great experience as before is promised, with a full bar and an added chill-out area and river terrace to enjoy.

Entry for those aged 16 and over. Proof of age may be required.

Date:  Friday 27 April

Time:  6.30-9pm

Venue:  The Waterfront, 139-141 King Street, Norwich NR1 1QH

Cost and booking:  £5 entry for people with disabilities, with up to two carers or supporters per person getting free entry.  No need to book, just turn up and pay on the door.  Make sure you also bring money for drinks at the bar.  Dress to impress.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Join BUILD for a special springtime treat!

The Alpaca Walk starts with meeting your alpaca and learning how to behave around them.  You then go for a nice slow walk with them across the farm, followed by a feeding (for them) and a cup of tea (for you).

Bus Buddies for everyone from Norwich.

Date:  Saturday 28 April

Time:  9.10am-3pm

Venue:  Burnt Fen, Burnt Fen Road, Horning, Norwich NR12 8LA

Cost and booking:  £10 for walk, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee).  Make sure you wear sensible shoes, wellies or trainers as it can get damp, and long trousers.  Bring a packed lunch and money or bus pass for travel.  Please book and pay any fees by 18 April.  Maximum number of six places only, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Gig Buddies support local people aged 18 and over with learning disabilities when it comes to the practicalities of enjoying a day or night out.

Mencap and BUILD work together to run the Gig Buddies project, and they are looking for people with a learning disability who might like to become a buddy volunteer themselves.

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and try new places.  A person’s ‘gig’ doesn’t necessarily have to be about music, it can be any shared interest or hobby with their buddy – watching a football match, going to the cinema, or entering a pub quiz.  And if they want to stay up and party, they can!

Come and talk to the project coordinator about becoming a Gig Buddy volunteer, or how you can make a new Gig Buddy friend, at the following events:

Learn more about Gig Buddies

The Forum Atrium, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1AW

  • Saturday 28 April, 10am-4pm

Broad Thinking Norwich

Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1AW

  • Tuesday 8 May, 12-3.30pm

Norfolk and Norwich Festival Garden Party

Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich NR1 3BF

  • Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May, 1-3pm

Or visit https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-mencap/gig-buddies.

Further information:

Please email Hannah Riches (Gig Buddies Coordinator) at hannah.riches@mencap.org.uk with your name and contact number and Hannah will get straight back to you.  Gig Buddies need to live in or near Norwich or Long Eaton and must be able to use public transport or taxis to get to and from nights out.

Group outing to the VUE Cinema in Norwich Castle Mall.

Please note that mainstream cinema showings change regularly, so the film on offer will not be decided until about a week before.  Contact BUILD to register your interest and confirm attendance once you have been sent the details.

Date:  Sunday 29 April

Time:  To be confirmed – afternoon screening

Venue:  Meet in foyer of VUE Cinema, Castle Mall, Norwich NR1 3DD

Cost and booking:  £4.99 admission (pay at venue), plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and make sure you bring money for refreshments.  Please book and pay any fees by 19 April.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a truly unique museum and a great day out, whether you want to learn about the lives of Norfolk people in the past or relax and have a fun time with your friends and family.

Visit its 50-acre site and discover:

  • The historic workhouse building (featuring new exhibition galleries exploring ‘Voices from the Workhouse’)
  • The museum of life on the land
  • The traditional farm with rare breed animals
  • The beautiful, unspoilt grounds and an exciting adventure playground

Early openings at the museum are offered on selected dates to children who have autism and other needs, along with their families, carers and siblings. You are welcome to bring anything that will you make you more comfortable, such as assistance dogs, ear defenders or toys. Projections and noises in the museum galleries will be off until 11.00am to allow you to enjoy the galleries in a quiet environment. It is hoped you will stay after this time to explore the site, which closes at 5pm.

Dates:

  • Sunday 29 April
  • Monday 30 July
  • Tuesday 23 October

Venue:

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Gressenhall, Dereham NR20 4DR

Bookings:

Tickets are free but must be pre-booked, and you will receive a visual story via email before the event - go to the art tickets website.

Option 1:  Meet at the Queen of the Iceni Wetherspoon’s at 5.30pm for pre-bowling dinner

Option 2:  Meet at the Hollywood Bowl at 6.20pm to play two games of ten pin bowling

Date:  Tuesday 1 May

Time:  5.30-8pm.  Choose from either Option 1 or 2 above.

Cost and booking:  £5.80 entry, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and make sure you also bring money for food and drink.  Please book and pay any fees by 21 April. Maximum number of 16 places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Join BUILD for this ‘Energise’ fitness session which will include a gentle exercise class for people of all abilities plus a bit of dancing, a bit of stretching and a lot of fun.

Open to people with disabilities, families and carers, BUILD volunteers and staff.

Date:  Thursday 3 May

Time:  7.30-8.30pm

Venue:  Vauxhall Centre, Johnson Place (off Vauxhall Street), Norwich NR2 2SA

Cost and booking:  £5 per person in advance (no activity support fee).  Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes, trainers and bring a bottle of water.  Please book by 23 April.  Maximum number of 15 places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

VICTA, the support organisation for families of vision-impaired children, is running a spring family weekend at Norwich Lakes Activity Centre for children aged 5 to 17 and their immediate families.  The theme is ‘VICTA On Safari’.

The centre set over 65 acres near Norwich boasts an exciting range of water sports plus 25 land based outdoor pursuits.

Activities on offer include paddle boarding, canoeing, high ropes, archery, caving, and rock climbing, as well as a themed party night with a fancy dress competition and prizes up for grabs!

Dates:  Friday 4 May to Monday 7 May

Venue:  Norfolk Lakes Activity Centre Quarry Lane, Lyng, Norwich NR9 5RS

Cost:  £50 contribution per person (welcome price for new families £35 per person)

Bookings and further information:  Go to the VICTA website for full details and an application form (including parent consent form) – closing date Tuesday 20 February. Or you can call 01908 240831 or email activities@victa.org.uk.

Ahoy there!  Join BUILD for an afternoon of crazy golf fun.  Pirate’s Cove is an 18-hole Adventure Golf Course which has been entertaining visitors for more than 20 years and still offers an unequalled miniature golf experience!

Bus Buddies from Norwich on request.

Date:  Saturday 5 May

Time:  1-3pm

Venue:  Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 2ER

Cost and booking:  £7.50 to play, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee).  Make sure you wear sensible shoes and bring money (or bus pass) for travel and for refreshments.  Please book and pay any fees by 25 April.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

British Blind Sport is pleased to confirm its 2018 annual National Visually Impaired (VI) Youth Swimming Gala in Birmingham.

This event has been held successfully for over 20 years and is the only VI specific youth swimming competition in the UK, always attracting participants from across the country. Open to all abilities, whether you are a beginner or competitive swimmer, come and have a go! Entrance is free for all blind and partially sighted children aged between 8 to 17 years old.

In addition to the main competition, this year British Blind Sport is offering one-to-one or small group lessons for 5 to 7 years olds, delivered by qualified coaches with experience of working with people with visual impairments.

Venue:

Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Blossomfield Road, Solihull, Birmingham B91 1NB

Date:

Saturday 5 May

Time:

2pm to 6pm

Bookings and further information:

Contact Alex Pitts. Email alex@britishblindsport.org.uk or phone 07929 356428.

A visit to an appealing country inn on the outskirts of Norwich, close to the picturesque River Yare – a great stop for a warm and welcoming Sunday lunch.

Check out the menu online at www.vintageinn.co.uk.

Bus Buddies from Norwich on request.

Date:  Sunday 6 May

Time:  12-2pm

Venue:  Marsh Harrier Pub, 158 Ipswich Road, Norwich NR4 6DX

Cost and booking:  Pay for your own meal and drinks and bring money or bus pass for travel. £5 activity support fee for BUILD non-members.  Please book and pay any fees by 26 April.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Come along to one of Norwich’s newest gym and fitness centres, where fitness coaches will support a fun activity session to improve physical health at a pace to suit you.

Open to people with disabilities, families and carers, BUILD volunteers and staff.

Date:  Tuesday 8 May

Time:  7-8.15pm

Venue:  Norwich Fitness Academy, Unit 3, Guardian Road, Norwich NR5 8PF

Cost and booking:  £5 per person in advance (no activity support fee).  Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes and trainers and make sure you bring a bottle of water.  Please book by 2 June.  Maximum number of 15 places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Nightclub party night in King’s Lynn with music, bar and dancing, specifically aimed at people with disabilities, their friends, families and supporters.

Entry for those aged 16 and over. Proof of age may be required.

Date:  Thursday 10 May

Time:  6.30-9pm

Venue:  Dr Thirsty’s Club & Lounge, 22-24 Norfolk Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1AN

Cost and booking:  £4 entry for people with disabilities, with up to two carers or supporters per person getting free entry.  No need to book, just turn up and pay on the door. Make sure you also bring money for drinks at the bar, and dress to impress.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

With the pressure growing to address concerns about the amount of plastic in our seas, join this beachcombing activity to see what rubbish is being thrown into the sea, and what we can do about reducing it.

Travel by minibus to a local beach, learn about the impact plastics have on marine life, and do your bit to keep British beaches clean.

This event is part of BUILD’s Skills for Life programme supporting independent living skills for young people with disabilities.

Date:  Saturday 12 May

Time:  10.30am-3pm

Meet at the Vauxhall Centre, Johnson Place (off Vauxhall Street), Norwich NR2 2SA

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 2 May.  Make sure you wear old clothes and bring gardening gloves, a packed lunch and some money for drinks.  Maximum number of six places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Enjoy someone else’s hard work in the garden on this day trip walking around the National Trust’s Blickling Hall, Gardens and estate near Aylsham.

Look at what they grow, how they grow it, and what they do with it.  There will also be a chance to visit the gift shop, cafe and garden shop.

Date:  Sunday 13 May

Time:  10am-4pm

Meet at the Vauxhall Centre, Johnson Place (off Vauxhall Street), Norwich NR2 2SA

Cost and booking:  £20 entrance per person, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee) including transport from Norwich.  Please book and pay any fees by 3 May.  Bring a packed lunch and some money for drinks.  Maximum number of six places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Option 1:  Meet at the Queen of the Iceni Wetherspoon’s at 5.30pm for pre-bowling dinner

Option 2:  Meet at the Hollywood Bowl at 6.20pm to play two games of ten pin bowling

Date:  Tuesday 15 May

Time:  5.30-8pm.  Choose from either Option 1 or 2 above.

Cost and booking:  £5.80 entry, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and make sure you also bring money for food and drink. Please book and pay any fees by 5 May. Maximum number of 16 places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Everyone is invited to visit Your Own Place and find out a little bit more about what they do at the training flat in Norwich.

They'd love you to pop in for a slice of cake and chat about working together!

Date:  Thursday 17 May

Time:  10am to 4pm

Venue:  23 Johnson Place, Norwich, NR2 2SA

Further information:  Admission is free. Contact Rebecca White rebecca@yourownplace.org.uk on 01603 611910 or 07530 028446, or go to www.yourownplace.org.uk

Learn about American culture and take the new culture quiz at this fun and casual American style diner on Riverside.  Choose from a large range of delicious options, including burgers, pasta, and puddings!

Menu available at www.frankieandbennys.com/menu/home.

Date:  Thursday 17 May

Time:  7-9.30pm

Venue:  Frankie and Benny’s, 2 Wherry Road, Norwich NR1 1WZ

Cost and booking:  Pay for your own meal and drinks. £5 activity support fee for BUILD non-members.  Please book and pay any fees by 7 May.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

A free event in Norwich, open to all over sixteens with a disability, presented by Active Norfolk and featuring:

  • Football
  • Athletics
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Boccia/Curling
  • Table tennis

Venue:

UEA Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ

Bookings:

Contact Ellen Valint ellen.vanlint@activenorfolk.org for a booking form, to be completed by Friday 4 May. Or go to www.activenorfolk.org/disability for further details.

Public swimming session in Norwich’s Riverside swimming pool supported by the centre’s lifeguards.

Please be aware that BUILD staff and volunteers are not able to assist with dressing or personal care.

Date:  Saturday 19 May

Time:  11.30am-1pm

Venue:  Riverside Swimming Pool, Wherry Road, Norwich NR1 1WX

Cost and booking:  £5.10 entry, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and don’t forget your swimming costume, towel and a 20p coin for a locker.  Please book and pay any fees by 9 May.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

A chance to explore the High Ash Farm in Caistor St Edmund, two miles south of Norwich.  This is sustainable farmland with wild flower meadows which support many birds and insects.

Please note that here are no available refreshment stops on this walk.

Bus Buddies for everyone from Norwich.

Date:  Sunday 20 May

Time:  12-2.15pm

Meet at Norwich Bus Station, Surrey Street, Norwich NR1 3NX

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 10 May.  Make sure you wear weather-appropriate outdoor wear and shoes, and bring a packed lunch and a drink, plus money or bus pass for travel.  Maximum number of 12 places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Test your general knowledge at the Big BUILD Pub Quiz, to be held at a Norwich location yet to be confirmed.

Date:  Thursday 24 May

Cost and booking:  There will be a small entrance fee.  Please book by 14 May.  Teams of between two and four people.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Group outing to the VUE Cinema in Norwich Castle Mall.

Please note that mainstream cinema showings change regularly, so the film on offer will not be decided until about a week before.  Contact BUILD to register your interest and confirm attendance once you have been sent the details.

Date:  Sunday 27 May

Time:  To be confirmed – afternoon screening

Venue:  Meet in foyer of VUE Cinema, Castle Mall, Norwich NR1 3DD

Cost and booking:  £4.99 admission (pay at venue), plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and make sure you bring money for refreshments.  Please book and pay any fees by 17 May.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information

Option 1:  Meet at the bowling alley at 5.30pm for pre-bowling dinner

Option 2:  Meet at the bowling alley at 6.20pm to play two games of ten pin bowling

Date:  Tuesday 29 May

Time:  5.30-7.45pm.  Choose from either Option 1 or 2 above.

Venue:  Strikes Bowling Alley, Station Road, Dereham NR19 1DF

Cost and booking:  £5.90 entry, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and make sure you also bring money for food and drink. Please book and pay any fees by 19 May.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Nightclub party night in Norwich with music, bar and dancing, specifically aimed at people with disabilities, their friends, families and supporters.

A new venue with everything on one level.  The price has gone up a bit, but DJ Barry is back – so the same great experience as before is promised, with a full bar and an added chill-out area and river terrace to enjoy

Entry for those aged 16 and over. Proof of age may be required.

Date:  Thursday 31 May

Time:  6.30-9pm

Venue:  The Waterfront, 139-141 King Street, Norwich NR1 1QH

Cost and booking:  £5 entry for people with disabilities, with up to two carers or supporters per person getting free entry.  No need to book, just turn up and pay on the door.  Make sure you also bring money for drinks at the bar.  Dress to impress.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Journey by minibus from Norwich to Morston Quay and take a one hour boat trip out to Blakeney Point to see the inquisitive seals.  This is now home to the largest grey seal colony in the UK, and you will be able to get up close to spot the ever changing array of sea birds that visit the area too.

Date:  Saturday 2 June

Time:  8.45am-2pm

Meet at the Vauxhall Centre, Johnson Place (off Vauxhall Street), Norwich NR2 2SA

Cost and booking:  £17 covering transport and the boat trip, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 23 May.  Make sure you wear warm and waterproof clothing and bring money for refreshments.  Maximum number of six places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Travel by minibus from Norwich to visit this village pub in Coltishall, set right alongside the riverbank for a chilled Sunday lunch.  The Rising Sun’s menu includes all the usual pub favourites and Sunday roasts.

Date:  Sunday 3 June

Time:  11.15am-3pm

Meet at the Vauxhall Centre, Johnson Place (off Vauxhall Street), Norwich NR2 2SA

Cost and booking:  Pay for your own meal and drinks and £5 for the minibus, plus £5 activity support fee for BUILD non-members.  Please book and pay any fees by 24 May.  Maximum number of six places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Option 1:  Meet at the Queen of the Iceni Wetherspoon’s at 5.30pm for pre-bowling dinner

Option 2:  Meet at the Hollywood Bowl at 6.20pm to play two games of ten pin bowling

Date:  Tuesday 5 June

Time:  5.30-8pm.  Choose from either Option 1 or 2 above.

Cost and booking:  £5.80 entry, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and make sure you also bring money for food and drink. Please book and pay any fees by 26 May. Maximum number of 16 places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Two free Mencap workshops that are open to anyone with a learning disability and their carers and supporters living in Norwich and Norfolk.

Know Your Rights workshop

Tuesday 5 June, 10am-2.30pm

  • Focusing on your rights in hospital and how to get good health care

Campaigns workshop

Thursday 28 June, 10am-2.30pm

  • Focusing on training you in how to campaign for better healthcare for people with a learning disability

Venue:  The Union Building, 51-59 Rose Lane, Norwich NR1 1BY

Bookings and further information:

Please contact Bindya Mistry (Mencap campaigns officer for Central England) on 0116 2795037 or 07960 453592, or by emailing Bindya.Mistry@mencap.org.uk.  Places are limited.  Tea and coffee provided, but please bring a packed lunch.

Join BUILD for this ‘Energise’ fitness session which will include a gentle exercise class for people of all abilities plus a bit of dancing, a bit of stretching and a lot of fun.

Open to people with disabilities, families and carers, BUILD volunteers and staff.

Date:  Thursday 7 June

Time:  7.30-8.30pm

Venue:  To be confirmed

Cost and booking:  £5 per person in advance (no activity support fee).  Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes, trainers and bring a bottle of water.  Please book by 28 May.  Maximum number of 15 places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Audio described performances at the Theatre Royal are delivered live during the show via headsets available from the venue’s Welcome Point.  Audio links will stream MP3s directly through your browser or default media player.  Booking in the front stalls is recommended.

During a captioned performance there will be caption units displaying spoken or sung words as they are delivered on stage.  It’s best to avoid the front three rows when booking to view the captions comfortably.

Dates and times:

  • Thursday 7 June at 2.30pm – audio described performance
  • Thursday 14 June at 2.30pm – captioned performance

Venue:  Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Please note that at all performances top price seats are half price for those registered blind or partially sighted, and this concession is offered to one companion too.  For details please ask at the Box Office on 01603 630000.

Meet outside the cafe in the central bandstand area of Norwich’s Eaton Park for some planning and organisation ahead of BUILD Charity’s ‘Picnic Party in the Park’, to be held on the afternoon of Sunday 2 September.

This event is part of BUILD’s Skills for Life programme supporting independent living skills for young people with disabilities.

Date:  Saturday 9 June

Time:  10.30am-12.30pm

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 30 May.  Make sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring money to spend in the cafe for refreshments.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Here comes summer on the BUILD allotment in Norwich – time to check on what’s been growing there and to make some food from them.

Date:  Sunday 10 June

Time:  10.30am-12.30pm

Venue:  BUILD allotment, Plumstead Road East, Norwich (close to NR7 9XN).

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 31 May.  Make sure you wear old clothes and bring gardening gloves.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Come along to one of Norwich’s newest gym and fitness centres, where fitness coaches will support a fun activity session to improve physical health at a pace to suit you.

Open to people with disabilities, families and carers, BUILD volunteers and staff.

Date:  Tuesday 12 June

Time:  7-8.15pm

Venue:  Norwich Fitness Academy, Unit 3, Guardian Road, Norwich NR5 8PF

Cost and booking:  £5 per person in advance (no activity support fee).  Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes and trainers and make sure you bring a bottle of water.  Please book by 2 June.  Maximum number of 15 places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Nightclub party night in King’s Lynn with music, bar and dancing, specifically aimed at people with disabilities, their friends, families and supporters.

Entry for those aged 16 and over. Proof of age may be required.

Date:  Thursday 14 June

Time:  6.30-9pm

Venue:  Dr Thirsty’s Club & Lounge, 22-24 Norfolk Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1AN

Cost and booking:  £4 entry for people with disabilities, with up to two carers or supporters per person getting free entry.  No need to book, just turn up and pay on the door. Make sure you also bring money for drinks at the bar, and dress to impress.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Public swimming session in Norwich’s Riverside Swimming Pool supported by the centre’s lifeguards.

Please be aware that BUILD staff and volunteers are not able to assist with dressing or personal care.

Date:  Saturday 16 June

Time:  11.30am-1pm.

Venue:  Riverside Swimming Pool, Wherry Road, Norwich NR1 1WX

Cost and booking:  £5.10 entry, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and don’t forget your swimming costume, towel and a 20p coin for a locker.  Please book and pay any fees by 6 June.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Hopefully a sunny city and riverside walk taking in views of the Canaries’ home ground plus a refreshment stop along the way.

Date:  Sunday 17 June

Time:  1-3pm

Meet at Norwich Bus Station, Surrey Street, Norwich NR1 3NX

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 7 June.  Make sure you wear weather-appropriate outdoor wear and shoes, and bring a packed lunch and a drink, plus money or bus pass for travel.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Option 1:  Meet at the Queen of the Iceni Wetherspoon’s at 5.30pm for pre-bowling dinner

Option 2:  Meet at the Hollywood Bowl at 6.20pm to play two games of ten pin bowling

Date:  Tuesday 19 June

Time:  5.30-8pm.  Choose from either Option 1 or 2 above.

Cost and booking:  £5.80 entry, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and make sure you also bring money for food and drink.  Please book and pay any fees by 9 June.  Maximum number of 16 places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Take the Caribbean Quiz and enjoy some Afro-Caribbean dining at Didi’s in Norwich – Caribbean style mixed with African warmth.  Whatever your selection, you can be rest assured that you’ll receive a great welcome!

Date:  Thursday 21 June

Time:  7.30-9.30pm

Venue:  Didi’s Diner, 313 Aylsham Road, Norwich NR3 2AB

Cost and booking:  Pay for your own meal and drinks.  £5 activity support fee for BUILD non-members.  Please book and pay any fees by 11 June.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Travel by minibus from Norwich for a thrill-seeking ride out to sea on a high speed powerboat off Southwold Harbour in Suffolk, followed by fish and chips and a tour of Southwold itself.

Check out coastalvoyager.co.uk for more details.

Date:  Saturday 23 June

Time:  10.30am-4.30pm

Meet at the Vauxhall Centre, Johnson Place (off Vauxhall Street), Norwich NR2 2SA

Cost and booking:  £35 covering transport and a 30 minute high speed ride in the powerboat, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 11 June.  Make sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing (waterproofs supplied on the boat) and bring money for fish and chips.  Maximum number of 10 places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Group outing to the VUE Cinema in Norwich Castle Mall.

Please note that mainstream cinema showings change regularly, so the film on offer will not be decided until about a week before.  Contact BUILD to register your interest and confirm attendance once you have been sent the details.

Date:  Sunday 24 June

Time:  To be confirmed – afternoon screening

Venue:  Meet in foyer of VUE Cinema, Castle Mall, Norwich NR1 3DD

Cost and booking:  £4.99 admission (pay at venue), plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and make sure you bring money for refreshments.  Please book and pay any fees by 14 June.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Option 1:  Meet at the bowling alley at 5.30pm for pre-bowling dinner

Option 2:  Meet at the bowling alley at 6.20pm to play two games of ten pin bowling

Date:  Tuesday 26 June

Time:  5.30-7.45pm.  Choose from either Option 1 or 2 above.

Venue:  Strikes Bowling Alley, Station Road, Dereham NR19 1DF

Cost and booking:  £5.90 entry, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and make sure you also bring money for food and drink. Please book and pay any fees by 16 June.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Nightclub party night in Norwich with music, bar and dancing, specifically aimed at people with disabilities, their friends, families and supporters.

A new venue with everything on one level.  The price has gone up a bit, but DJ Barry is back – so the same great experience as before is promised, with a full bar and an added chill-out area and river terrace to enjoy.

Entry for those aged 16 and over. Proof of age may be required.

Date:  Friday 29 June

Time:  6.30-9pm

Venue:  The Waterfront, 139-141 King Street, Norwich NR1 1QH

Cost and booking:  £5 entry for people with disabilities, with up to two carers or supporters per person getting free entry.  No need to book, just turn up and pay on the door.  Make sure you also bring money for drinks at the bar.  Dress to impress.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Nightclub party night in Norwich with music, bar and dancing, specifically aimed at people with disabilities, their friends, families and supporters.

Entry for those aged 16 and over. Proof of age may be required.

Date:  Thursday 28 June

Time:  6.30-9pm

Venue:  To be confirmed – please contact BUILD for details

Cost and booking:  £4 entry for people with disabilities, with up to two carers or supporters per person getting free entry.  No need to book, just turn up and pay on the door.  Make sure you also bring money for drinks at the bar.  Dress to impress.

Further details:  Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029.  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

This audio described and signed performance at the Theatre Royal is delivered live during the show via headsets available from the venue’s Welcome Point.  Audio links will stream MP3s directly through your browser or default media player.  A BSL interpreter will also stand stage left and give a sign interpretation of the text sung or spoken by the actors and singers on the stage.

Date and time:  Saturday 30 June at 2.30pm

Venue:  Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Please note that at all performances top price seats are half price for those registered blind or partially sighted, and this concession is offered to one companion too.  For details please ask at the Box Office on 01603 630000.

For this captioned performance at the Theatre Royal there will be caption units displaying spoken or sung words as they are delivered on stage.  It’s best to avoid the front three rows when booking to view the captions comfortably.

Date and time:  Wednesday 11 July at 2.30pm

Venue:  Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

During a captioned performance at the Theatre Royal there will be caption units displaying spoken or sung words as they are delivered on stage.  It’s best to avoid the front three rows when booking to view the captions comfortably.

Audio described performances are delivered live during the show via headsets available from the venue’s Welcome Point.  Audio links will stream MP3s directly through your browser or default media player. Booking in the front stalls is recommended.

For signed performances a BSL interpreter will stand on the stage and give a sign interpretation of the text sung or spoken by the actors and singers on the stage.  The signer will usually stand stage left. Booking in the centre is recommended therefore.

Dates and times:

  • Friday 27 July at 2.30pm – captioned performance
  • Saturday 28 July at 2.30pm – audio described and signed performance

Venue:  Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Please note that at all performances top price seats are half price for those registered blind or partially sighted, and this concession is offered to one companion too.  For details please ask at the Box Office on 01603 630000.

The annual summer residential event run by ASD Helping Hands for families affected by an autism spectrum disorder.

It is held at Two Mile Bottom Scout Hut just outside of Thetford.  A wide range of activities are on offer, including canoeing, archery, music workshops, arts and crafts, and a lot more.

Dates:  Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 August

Venue:  Bidwell Guide and Scout Centre, Mundford Road, Thetford IP24 1LZ

Cost:  Residential place £40 per person (day place £10 per person)

This cost includes all activities, accommodation, and meals during the break.  Please note that you are required to bring your own inflatable mattresses or camp beds and bedding for the stay – an arrangement which may not be suitable for those with some physical conditions  A limited number of camping pitches are available which will incur an extra charge.

Bookings: Please go to https://www.asdhelpinghands.org.uk/bidwell-2017

Further information:  Contact ASD Helping Hands on 01362 288110, or email asdhelpinghands@gmail.com or lee.gibbons@asdhelpinghands.org.uk.

A week of different activity events for over 12 year olds run by ASD Helping Hands.

Each day is bookable separately, so pick and choose the ones that suit you!

Monday 13 August (9.30am-1.30pm) -  Combat Paint Balling

Tuesday 14 August (11am-2pm) - Gravity and Pizza Hut

Wednesday 15 August - Water Sports and Bush Craft Day

Thursday 16 August (11am-4pm) - High Lodge and BBQ

Friday 17 August - Drayton Manor Theme Park Day Trip

Further information:

Contact ASD Helping Hands on 01362 288110, or email asdhelpinghands@gmail.com or lee.gibbons@asdhelpinghands.org.uk.

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