February fun at Norfolk’s Museums

05 February 2019

Whether you want to learn circus skills, learn about life as a Viking or head back to Victorian times, there are plenty of opportunities to have fun at a Norfolk Museum this February half-term.

“We have a varied programme across our museums service for the school holidays, which will allow families across the county to engage with many periods of history in a relaxed environment and have lots of fun,” said Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee.

Youngsters can roll up to Great Yarmouth’s Time & Tide Museum for Circus Week (16-24 February). There will be crafts every day, plus on Monday (18), Wednesday (20) and Friday (22) there will be a chance to explore performance costumes and learn circus skills. On Wednesday, visitors can also print their own Circus poster.

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery’s newest exhibition, Viking: Rediscover the Legend, opens on February 9 and has a packed programme of half-term activities to encourage families to go along.  This fantastic new show from the British Museum and Yorkshire Museum offers the chance to find out what life was like as a Viking.  Bringing the theme to life in the holiday and events including Legend! Viking Adventures which including costumes, activities and even a pop-up beauty salon (running February 16-17, 19-23).  There is also Warriors! (Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20) which offers the chance to see Viking combat demonstrations and Viking Ahoy (Wednesday 20) for a chance to try seafaring skills.

Family drama is on offer with Hiccup the Viking is on Thursday and Friday (21 and 22), inspired by Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon.

Dig the Vikings, an archaeology day, is on Saturday (23), offering a chance to explore the Viking objects and then try Viking battle games.

All the Viking themed half-term events are included with usual museum admission.

Over at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, youngsters can join I’m in the Workhouse: Get me out of here!  Visitors can hunt for the keys and tools to help them escape, send secret messages and try on disguises.  Runs from 18-22 February.

Enjoy A Dragon’s Tale at the Museum of Norwich from 16 to 23 February.  Take the trail, make your own fire breathing beast and hear the story of Snap Dragon.

Explore how everyone from the Tudors through to the Victorians used fire for heat and light in On Fire at Strangers’ Hall in Norwich, on Wednesday (20). Decorate a glass nightlight to take home.

Join a Discovery Morning at Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life.  Meet Victorian characters, handle historical objects and make crafts for your own cabinets of curiosity. On Tuesday (19)

Step back to war time Britain at Lynn Museum, for a discovery morning exploring the 1940s.  Meet costumed characters, handle historical objects and try craft activities. On Thursday (21).

For more details, opening times and admission charges visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

About Norfolk Museums Service

Norfolk Museums Service, of which Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery is a part, comprises museums, collections study centres and countywide services relating to archaeology and education.

The Service remains a unique partnership between Norfolk County Council and Norfolk's district councils, funded through council tax, earned income and grants.

NMS is now regarded as one of the leaders in the museum sector and in 2017 was successful in its bid for continuing major investment from Arts Council England.  In April 2018 NMS became a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England, one of only 45 out of 845 heritage and arts organisations in England to be awarded the highest level of support.

Visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk for more information.

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