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 Community 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. 

Are you curious about your community, its history and heritage?

Are you looking for an opportunity to build new skills?

Are you confident with digital technologies and keen to learn?

Museum Futures is a national traineeship programme funded by the National Lottery and managed by the British Museum.

This one-year full time position, aimed at 18-24 year olds with no previous museum experience, is based at Norwich Castle and starts in January (tax exempt bursary £13,350).

Half term taster sessions will be held on Thursday 25 and Saturday 27 October.

Please go to www.museumfutures.co.uk for more information.

Join the Disability Real Action Group of Norfolk (DRAGON) and use your voice.

If you are a young person with a disability aged 11-25 and think you might be interested in joining a group which:

  • helps people to access and be involved in their community services
  • takes part in big decisions which affect the services people use
  • is a voice for people with disabilities
  • reviews leisure venues, clubs and other facilities
  • helps people make friends and have lots of fun…
  • makes real change happen…

…get in touch!

Call Sarah Harrison, DRAGON Project Lead, on 01603 627662 or 07795576983 or email dragons.project@outlook.com to find out more.

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.

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.

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:

  • 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.

Do you want an opportunity to improve your British Sign Language and practise conversional signing in a relaxed and informal setting?

Come along to the Locomotion Cafe at The Garage.  Each session is free to attend – just drop in.

All are welcome, regardless of previous experience.

Dates and times:

  • Friday 17 August, 10-11am
  • Friday 14 September, 10-11am
  • Friday 5 October evening ‘Sign & Wine’ session (bar open to purchase your beverage of choice), 7-10pm
  • Friday 12 October, 10-11am
  • Friday 9 November, 10-11am
  • Friday 14 December, 10-11am

Venue:  The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich NR2 1NY

Further information:  Please call the Garage on 01603 598646 or 01603 283382.

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.

Groups tend not to be bigger than eight.  Free follow-up sessions are offered as well, particularly for those seeking to improve their money skills.

Dates:

  • 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 per place.  Go to www.yourownplace.org.uk or phone 01603 611910 to make a referral.

Anyone with a learning disability is welcome to join Mencap’s community support group in Norwich.

Your chance to have your say about things that matter to you, have fun and make a difference!

Dates and times:

  • Thursday 13 September 2018, 11am-2.30pm
  • Thursday 8 November 2018, 11am-2.30pm
  • Thursday 17 January 2019, 11am-2.30pm

Lunch and drinks provided.

Venue:  The Garage, 14 Chapelfield North, Norwich NR2 1NY

Booking:  To secure your place, please email Mencap emily.flores-gutierrez@mencap.org.uk or rachael.scott@mencap.org.uk.

Volunteer tenancy mentors for young people aged 16-25 are being recruited across Norfolk 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 acquire:

  • 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

Locations, dates and times:

All sessions run from 10am-4pm.

  • Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 September in Lowestoft
  • Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 September in Bury St Edmunds
  • Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 September in Ipswich
  • Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October in Norwich
  • Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 October in Stowmarket
  • Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 November in Ipswich
  • Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 December in Norwich

More information:  Please get in touch with Rebecca White at rebecca@yourownplace.org.uk, on 01603 611910 or 07530 028446, or go to www.yourownplace.org.uk.

From 17 September new theatre and music classes for those with a learning difficulty or disability start at The Garage, alongside existing contemporary dance and wheelchair dance classes.

No previous experience required.  If you love performing, want to express yourself and meet new people, check out The Garage’s website at www.thegarage.org.uk/specialist.

Dates, times and costs:

Theatre (12 years old and over)

  • Tuesdays 5-6pm, £78 per 12 week term

Theatre (16 years old and over)

  • Tuesdays 6-7.30pm, £117 per 12 week term

Contemporary Dance (12 years old and over)

  • Thursdays 5.45-6.45pm, £78 per 12 week term

Contemporary Dance ‘D4Dance’ by invitation only (16 years old and over)

  • Thursdays 6.45-8.15pm, £117 per 12 week term

Wheelchair Dance (10 years old and over)

  • Thursdays 5-6pm, £78 per 12 week term

Music (12 years old and over)

  • Fridays 5-6pm, £78 per 12 week term

Music (16 years old and over)

  • Fridays 6-7.30pm, £117 per 12 week term

Venue:  The Garage, 14 Chapelfield North, Norwich NR2 1NY

Bookings:  Please call 01603 283382

A chance for 12 to 18 year olds to take part in playful games, learn new theatre skills and work together in an inclusive, friendly and supportive space at Norwich Theatre Royal.

Theatre of Possibility encourages communication and inspires confidence.  It is a place where young people can relax and be themselves while meeting new people and having fun.

These sessions are suited for young people who have autism spectrum conditions, their siblings and their friends.  Familiarisation visits and a short tour of Stage Two’s facilities can be arranged in advanced.

Dates and times:

  • Thursday 20 September to Thursday 29 November, 5-6.30pm
  • Thursday 17 January to Thursday 28 March, 5.6.30pm

There is a free taster session on Tuesday 23 October (10-11am) - contact the theatre for details!

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

Cost:  £80 per 10-week term (with break for half term).

Further information:  

Please contact Sam Patel (community participation manager) at the Theatre Royal for details at s.patel@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or phone 01603 598622.

Gain new skills with the Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service on the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, a free personal development course that will make you more confident, motivated and improve your ability to work with others.

  • Pick up new skills and qualifications
  • Mix with new people and make new friends
  • Improve your chances of moving into a job, education or training
  • Gain help with job-hunting, mock interviews and writing your CV
  • Make a difference in your community
  • And most importantly… get a big boost to your confidence and a real sense of achievement! 

This 12-week course in Dereham will commence on Monday 24 September with a Taster Day held on Tuesday 18 September.  It is for any young person aged between 16-25 years who is currently not in education, employment or training and is ready to do something positive with their time.

Amongst other things you will:

  • Take on community projects of your choosing
  • Take part in an exciting, action-packed residential week
  • Get three weeks' work experience in a field you are interested in
  • Take part in an exciting team challenge 

Students who successfully complete the course will achieve a Prince’s Trust certificate in Teamwork, Community and Employability Skills, along with a Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate and Emergency First Aid at Work certification.

There is no charge to the course, it does not affect any benefits, and travel costs are reimbursed.

Further information:  Please contact Chantelle or Chris on 07795 067383 or email chantelle.williams@fire.norfolk.gov.uk or christopher.heathfield@norfolk.gov.uk.

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

Dates:

  • Tuesday 2 October
  • Tuesday 16 October
  • Tuesday 6 November
  • Tuesday 20 November
  • Tuesday 4 December
  • Tuesday 18 December

Time:

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

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 ten days beforehand. 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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Weekly social club every Wednesady at the Vauxhall Centre in Norwich, featuring arts and crafts, drinks and confectionery, pool table, raffle and Bonus Ball game.

Dates:

  • 3 October - fun with fitness and dancing
  • 10 October - disco and women’s group
  • 17 October - disco and cookery group
  • 24 October - disco and cookery group
  • 31 October - Halloween night - come along and enjoy a Halloween disco and games – be sure to wear your spookiest costume for your chance to win a prize!
  • 7 November - special guest performance
  • 14 November - disco and women’s group
  • 21 November - disco and cookery group
  • 28 November - disco and cookery group
  • 5 December - karaoke
  • 12 December - BUILD Christmas Party – an evening of games, festive food and music and much more! (free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members – payable on entry)

Time:  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 tuck shop 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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Join BUILD for this monthly ‘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.

Dates:

  • Thursday 4 October
  • Thursday 1 November
  • Thursday 6 December

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 ten days beforehand.  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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

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.

The six-week Foundation Training course teaches participants all the skills necessary to gain access to the entire Signalong vocabulary.

Dates and times:  Fridays, 9.30am-12.30pm from 5 October - 16 November (half term 26 October - no session)

Venue:  Dereham Hospital, Northgate, Dereham NR19 2EX

Cost:  The course fee is £85 which includes an Adult Learning Disability Core Vocabulary Manual and a Signalong Certificate.  Participants will be expected to attend all six sessions.

Booking: Contact Tina Allen (West Norfolk community learning disability team) at tina.allen@nchc.nhs.uk or telephone 01553 666680 for a booking form, which needs to be completed by 28 September.

Join a small group for a fun and relaxed monthly Sunday lunch at a top local restaurant.

‘Bus Buddies’ from Norwich available.

Dates, times and venues:

  • Sunday 7 October - 12-2pm at The Bridge, Norwich Road, Wroxham NR12 8RX
  • Sunday 4 November - 12-2pm at The Georgian Townhouse, 30-34 Unthank Road, Norwich NR2 2RB
  • Sunday 2 December (BUILD’s Christmas Sunday Lunch) - 12-2.30pm at The Copper Beech, Longwater Park, Costessey, Norwich NR5 0JT

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 ten days beforehand (by 5 November for Christmas Sunday Lunch).  Maximum number of 12 places (30 places for Christmas Sunday Lunch).

Booking is essential for the Christmas Sunday Lunch. The special Christmas menu is available from the BUILD Office. The cost is £14.99 for three courses plus pay for your own drinks.

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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

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:  Every Monday from 8 October to 17 December

Time:  5.30-7pm

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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

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

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

Dates:

  • Tuesday 9 October
  • Tuesday 13 November
  • Tuesday 11 December

Time:  7.15-8.15pm

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 ten days beforehand. 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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

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.

The six-week Foundation Training course teaches participants all the skills necessary to gain access to the entire Signalong vocabulary.

Dates and times:  Tuesdays, 9.30am-12.30pm from 9 October - 20 November (half term 23 October - no session)

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

Cost:  The course fee is £85 which includes an Adult Learning Disability Core Vocabulary Manual and a Signalong Certificate.  Participants will be expected to attend all six sessions.

Booking: Contact Tina Allen (West Norfolk community learning disability team) at tina.allen@nchc.nhs.uk or telephone 01553 666680 for a booking form, which needs to be completed by 28 September.

Nightclub party night in King’s Lynn each month 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 11 October
  • Thursday 8 November
  • Thursday 13 December (Christmas Party)

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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Come along to the BUILD allotment in Norwich each month for some outdoor planting and gardening.

Dates:

  • Sunday 14 October
  • Sunday 11 November
  • Sunday 9 December

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 ten days beforehand.  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 nad learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Everyone is invited to visit Your Own Place to 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.  Admission is free – just turn up!

Date:  Wednesday 17 October

Time:  10am-4pm

Venue:  23 Johnson Place, Norwich, NR2 2SA

Further information:  Contact Rebecca White at rebecca@yourownplace.org.uk, on 01603 611910 or 07530 028446

Enjoy sampling a variety of international foods each month at a different Norwich restaurant and learning about other countries’ cuisines.

Date, times and venues:

  • Hungary - Thursday 18 October, 6.30-9pm at Goulash House, 31 St Stephens Road, Norwich NR1 3SP
  • Italy - Thursday 15 November, 7-9.30pm at Trattoria Rustica, 20 Princes Street Norwich NR3 1AE
  • Japan - Thursday 20 December, 7-9.30pm at Wagamama’s, 408 Chapelfield Plain, Norwich NR2 1SZ

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 ten days beforehand. 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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

BUILD’s annual and ever popular social event, with a two course meal, entertainment and a disco hosted by the winner of their DJ competition. Dress to impress!

Maximum number of 50 places available.

Date, time and venue:   Friday 19 October, 7.30-11.30pm at The Holiday Inn, Ipswich Road, Norwich NR4 6EP

Cost and booking:  £25 per person, which needs to be paid in advance by 30 September.

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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Public swimming sessions each month 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 20 October
  • Saturday 17 November
  • Saturday 15 December

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 ten days beforehand. 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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Get out and about with BUILD for a bracing autumnal stroll!

Dates, times and venues:

Country Lanes & Rural Villages in South Norfolk

  • Sunday 21 October, 1.30-4.10pm
  • Meeting at and returning to Norwich Bus Station, stand E

Swardeston Common and Tas Valley Walk to Mulbarton

  • Sunday 18 November, 12.15-3.30pm
  • Meeting at bus stop BS on St Stephens Street, returning to bus stop BD

Norwich Nooks and Crannies (part 2)

  • Sunday 16 December, 1-3.15pm
  • Meeting at and returning to Norwich City Hall

Cost and booking:

Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee). Please book and pay any fees by ten days beforehand. Make sure you wear weather-appropriate footwear & clothing, and bring money (or bus pass) for any travel and for refreshments, and a bottle of water. Maximum number of 12 places. ‘Bus Buddies’ from Norwich for all.

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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Enjoy a special morning showing of this animated musical Walt Disney film (certificate U) for children.

This screening is especially for people on the autism spectrum or with other special needs, and for their families, friends and carers too.  During the screening the lights are left on low and the sound is reduced, allowing people to move around, make noise or take a break if they wish.

Cost:  £3 for all.  Adults without disabilities are only admitted if they are accompanying a child or person on the autism spectrum or with special needs.

Booking:  Tickets can be purchased on the door subject to availability.  They can also be booked in advance, either online at www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Cinema_City or by phoning the Cinema City box office on 0871 902 5724.

Venue:  Cinema City, St Andrew’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4AD

Date and time:  Sunday 21 October at 10.30am.  The film ends at approximately 11.55am.

Further information:  Contact Ellie at cinemacity@picturehouses.co.uk.

Norwich’s newest Bowling Alley is the venue for the Big BUILD Bowling Tournament 2018.

The evening will include a meal at the venue and then the competition – with a chance to win a prize!

Date, time and venue:  Tuesday 23 October, 6-9pm at The Bowling House, 7 Dereham Road, Norwich NR2 4HX

Cost and booking:  You will need money for bowling and for food and drink – £14 for 2 games (and a burger and fries plus soft drink) plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 14 October.  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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

A one-day creative arts festival across Great Yarmouth for 11-19 year olds taking place at several town venues – designed by young people for young people!

Organised by MAP Great Yarmouth.

  • Free workshops and food
  • Live music
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Circus
  • Art exhibition
  • Film-making
  • Storytelling... and more

Plenty of places to go and things to see.  Get involved and learn new skills!

Date and time:  Wednesday 24 October from 11am-10pm.

To register call 01493 854839 or go to the Eventbrite page.

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 25 October
  • Thursday 29 November
  • Thursday 21 December (Christmas Party)

Time:  6.30-9pm

Venue:  The Waterfront, 131-144 King Street, Norwich NR1 21QH

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.

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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

An exciting day trip to Leicester to visit the National Space Centre.

The centre has six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium and a 42m high rocket tower. It is one of the country’s top attractions and a great place to visit.

Date and time:  Saturday 27 October (departing from Norwich at 8.30am and returning at 7.30pm).

Cost and booking:  £20 for BUILD monthly members, £25 for non-members, to include transport and entry fees. Carers £5 for transport. Make sure you bring a packed lunch or money to buy food and drinks at the venue. Please book and pay by 1 October. Maximum number of 13 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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Monthly group outings 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.

Dates:

  • Sunday 28 October
  • Sunday 25 November
  • Sunday 30 December

Time:  To be confirmed – matinee 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 ten days beforehand.  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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Option 1 - meet at the Bowling Alley for a pre-bowling meal at 5.30pm

Option 2 - meet at the Bowling Alley at 6.20pm to play 2 games of ten pin bowling.

Dates:

  • Tuesday 30 October
  • Tuesday 27 November
  • Tuesday 18 December

Time:  5.30-7.45pm. Choose from either Option 1 or Option 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 ten days beforehand. 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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

The annual Active Norfolk competition is back this autumn!

For ages 16 and over, teams of three, squads of four.

The cost is £14 per team. The competition will be played under the BISFED Boccia rules.

Date and time:  Friday 2 November, 11am-3pm

Venue:  UEA Sportspark, University Drive, Norwich NR4 7TJ

Booking:  To reserve a place please contact roy_mcgee@hotmail.co.uk or phone 07969 859335.  The deadline for booking in a team is the morning of 26 October.

Further information:  Contact Ellen Vanlint, sports development officer at Active Norfolk, on 01603 731566 or email ellen.vanlint@activenorfolk.org.

Join BUILD for a mysterious walking adventure…

You’ll follow the trail route around the historical Cathedral district of Norwich and solve the sneaky clues that you find along the way. You’ll use the clues to eliminate the suspects to discover whodunit! And collect our prize at the end…

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 3 November, 10am-12.30pm.  Meet outside the United Reform Church, Princes Street, Norwich NR3 1AZ.

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee). Please book and pay any fees by 25 October. Make sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing and sensible walking shoes.  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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

A new play by Bruntwood Prize winner Anna Jordan with integrated British Sign Language and captioning.

G and Kayla’s lives are a mess but tonight they’re determined to Have It Large.  As their veins course with adrenaline and cheap prosecco we follow them on an epic journey through thirty years of pop.

Date and time:  Tuesday 6 November at 7.30pm

Cost and bookings:  Tickets are £12.50 and £8.50. Please call 01603 598646 or go to www.thegarage.org.uk to book online.

Ahead of the big Christmas spend, this session will help you understand a bit more about budgeting at home and when out and about – balancing what we need to spend money on and what we’d like to spend money on.

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 10 November, 10.30am-12.30pm at BUILD Offices, Church House, Church Alley, Redwell Street, Norwich NR2 4SN

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee). Please pay any fees by 1 November. 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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Enjoy a session of exciting snow tubing on one of the country’s best dry ski slopes.

The session will include a safety briefing and is great fun for all!

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 24 November, 11am-12.30pm at Norfolk Snowsports Club, Whitlingham Lane, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8TW

Cost and booking:  £13 per person, to be paid in advance, plus £5 activity support fee for BUILD non-members. Please book and pay any fees by 15 November. Maximum number of 12 places.

Please note: You will need long trousers, long sleeves, fully-fingered gloves or mittens and trainer-style shoes (no open toed shoes!) It is a good idea to bring a change of clothes as you might get wet and dirty.

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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

All-In Productions and The Garage embark on this Christmas pantomime together, following the success of last year’s smash hit Little Red Riding Hood.

Jack and the Beansprout has been created especially for young children aged 2-5.and their families in a relaxed setting.  It re-imagines the classic fairy story by putting the audience at the centre of the action.

This production will have you singing, dancing and playing with Jack, his mother and Daisy the cow throughout their magical adventure.

Dates and times:  Friday 30 November to Saturday 5 January at 10.15am, 1.15pm and 3.15pm (times vary), including BSL interpreted, audio described and relaxed performances.

Cost and booking: Tickets are £12.50 adult, £7.50 child.  Please call 01603 598646 or go to www.thegarage.org.uk to book online.  To book for relaxed performances please contact The Garage directly on 01603 283382.

Come and join in the ever popular Quasar!

This is a laser tag game, where we play in teams and have to score points by tagging the other teams.

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 1 December, 2-4.10pm at Quasar Norwich, 17-19 St Stephens Road, Norwich NR1 3SP

Cost and booking:  £13.95 for 3 games (price includes a drink) and money for any other refreshments, plus £5 activity support fee for BUILD non-members. Please book and pay any fees by 15 November. 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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

A session looking at planning a menu and a budget for a Christmas themed buffet and then buying, cooking, and eating it at the BUILD lunchtime party.

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 8 December, 10.30am-2.30pm at BUILD Offices, Church House, Church Alley, Redwell Street, Norwich NR2 4SN

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee). You will need your concessionary bus pass, or £4 bus fare, as we will be travelling around the city. Please pay any fees by 29 November. 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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Join the Norwich Harmony Chorus for an evening of festive music, dance, magic majorettes and other entertainment, whilst raising money for the BUILD Charity.

This event is open to everyone, friends, families and the general public.

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 8 December, 7-9.30pm at United Reformed Church, Princes Street, Norwich NR3 1AZ

Cost and booking:  Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for over 65s with under 16s admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the BUILD Office or on the door for any that are left. Be sure to bring money for refreshments and raffles on the night. Call 01603 618029 to book your tickets.

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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Join BUILD for their traditional special Christmas event featuring a reflection on the year gone by in words and pictures, some special guests, some Christmas music and a chance to look back at the year through BUILD’s camera.

Open to all volunteers, beneficiaries, carers and supporters.

No charge – donations welcome.

Date, time and venue:  Wednesday 19 December, 7-9pm at Princes Street United Reformed Church, Norwich NR3 1AZ

Cost and booking:  No need to book for this event – just turn up!

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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Join BUILD for an afternoon of Christmas Craft to make some fun festive goodies, including decorations, cards and wrapping paper.

Come along and enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit – with some hot chocolate and biscuits too!

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 22 December, 12-3pm at BUILD Offices, Church House, Church Alley, Redwell Street, Norwich NR2 4SN

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee). Please pay any fees by 13 December. 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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Travel by bus from Norwich to Cromer for an afternoon of fun and excitement.

The famous Cromer Pier Variety Show is full of live music, laugh-out-loud comedy, magic tricks, glamorous costumes and much, much more.

Date and time:  Friday 28 December, 12-7pm – matinee performance.  Meet at Norwich Bus Station (waiting room).

Cost and booking:  The cost is £20 for your ticket (to be paid in advance) plus £5 activity support fee for BUILD non-members.  Bring your bus pass, or money for the return bus fare, plus money for sweets, drinks or ice creams. Please book and pay the full cost by 1 November. Maximum number of 14 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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

A special performance of Aladdin that is described as ‘relaxed’, particularly suitable for people with autism, or those who might want to ‘pop in and out’ during the performance if staying for the whole show is too much.

BUILD volunteers will be in and outside the auditorium, to make sure that people who may not be used to going to the theatre feel comfortable.

Date, time and venue:  Friday 4 January 2019, 5pm at Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Cost and booking:  £22.50 admission in advance (£20.50 for under 18 or over 60 years old), plus £5 activity support fee for BUILD non-members. Don’t forget to bring money for refreshments. Complimentary tickets for carers. Book and pay admission plus activity support fee by 26 November.

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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Once again Circus Starr will be bringing the magic of the circus to Norwich with clowns, dancers and aerial acrobats. They have kindly given BUILD free tickets so this event is free of charge for their members.

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 12 January 2019, 1.15-3pm at Hellesdon High School,187 Middleton's Lane, Norwich NR6 5SB

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee). Bring money or bus pass for travel if needed and for refreshments. Please book and pay any fees by 18 December. ‘Bus Buddies’ from Norwich on request. 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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

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