Half-term Hijinks!

With half term coming up, we’ve created this handy guide on activities in and around Norwich and further afield to keep you busy all week long. We’ve got activities for all the family, whatever the weather.

1. Langham Dome– Half term is a great opportunity to see the fascinating exhibition before the visitors’ centre, set in a World War 2 anti-aircraft training dome, closes for the winter. With indoor and outdoor displays, the visitors’ centre will please even when the weather doesn’t.

A huge range of interactive activities including testing out a model of a Browning machine gun, completing puzzles, dressing up as a pilot and more make this an ideal, weather-proof day out for all the family. A family ticket is just £10, and the visitors’ centre is around 45 minutes’ drive from Norwich. See Tripadvisor reviews here or Langham Dome’s website for more details and opening times.

Cost: £10 for a family of four

Activity length: Full day

The Dome's interactive training gun and a case telling the story of local pilot, Jeff Rounce

2. Dunwich Heath Smugglers Trail – Even on a blustery day, the Heath is an atmospheric and exciting setting for a treasure hunt. We’ve made a trail at the National Trust site based on the smuggling history of the Heath – perfect for hardy explorers! Or for nature lovers, try our Discovery Trail.

Cost: £10-20 for a family, less for National Trust members

Activity length: All day (warm up after with a cuppa and sticky bun at the Coastguard Tearoom!)

National Trust Dunwich Heath Smugglers Trail

3. Save this one for a rainy day: Try the n-Explore online interactive we designed for Norwich HEART on a cosy day at home. With fun categories including Crime and Punishment, Money and People, and Art and Leisure, it’s a historical ‘Where’s Wally’! Ideal for students, parents and history enthusiasts alike, it helped Norwich HEART win the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage.

Cost: Free!

Activity length: Short (1 hour)


4. In Norwich city centre? Head to the Forum to try the Archive Alive Touchscreen. This quiz makes a great introduction to a day in the city for new visitors and locals. Give it a go before exploring Norwich’s historic lanes, Castle or Cathedrals.

Cost: Free!

Activity length: 1 hour – partner it with a shopping trip or day exploring the city

Archive Alive: try the quiz in the Forum

5. National Trust Orford Ness

This huge, and sometimes disturbing, twentieth-century nuclear weapons testing site was bought by the National Trust in 1995. Alongside relics of its troubled history such as dismantled nuclear bombs, the reserve now contains a huge diversity of nature and wildlife. Bring a brolly, binoculars and a flask of hot soup for an eerie day on the shingle spit. Tickets available at the Quayside Office – check out the newly refurbished interior by Ugly Studios!

Cost: £10-20 for a family including ferry

Activity length: Full day


Tried our half-term activities? Tell us what you thought!