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Summer 2021 Fun Activities for Families & Children

Big Norfolk Holiday Fun Scheme

Book now for Big Norfolk Holiday Fun – FREE Summer holiday activity programme now open for bookings!

We’re inviting you to sign up to our Free Summer programme of holiday activities
for 5-16 year olds which is now open for bookings.

There are free places available for children and young people eligible for means-tested
free school meals. Children will be able to access up to 16 days of free activity throughout the summer holidays, the sessions will include a variety of fun activities, including sports, music, arts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills, alongside a nutritious meal each day. 

This opportunity is provided as part of the government’s Holiday Activities and Food
(HAF) programme being delivered across Norfolk by Norfolk County Council in partnership with Active Norfolk.


Book today in 3 simple steps

  1. Visit to register and receive your
    Big Norfolk Holiday Fun booking code
  2. Check out all the fun activities here
    and decide which ones you’d like to book
  3. Have your booking code to hand and click on the links provided for your chosen
    activity and book today. Using your booking code will ensure that the activities
    will be completely free of charge.


Don’t delay! The free holiday activities are likely to be popular and we really don’t want
you to miss out! Securing a code does not guarantee a place on activities and places are booked on a first come first served basis. If you have any questions please get in touch


Looking forward to a fun and active summer!

This document contains the complete summer progamme with locations of all the activities, available dates and booking instructions. Availability is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you are eligible for Free School Meals you can join activities for free!

GoGo Dinosaurs - Get ready to GoGo on a FREE Jurassic jaunt this Summer!

GoGoDiscover is Break’s latest art trail in partnership with Wild in Art. It features 21 individually designed T.rex sculptures which have stomped through the streets of Norwich as a guided route to Norwich Cathedral and Dippy the Diplodocus. It encourages explorers of all ages to have fun and learn more about the City while also raising vital money for vulnerable children and young people across the region. The Jurassic trail will be on the streets of Norwich from Monday 12th July until Saturday 11th September 2021.No booking needed, free trail.


Dippy the Dinosaur is coming to Norwich Cathedral! FREE of charge. On Tuesday 13 July 2021, Dippy on Tour will be open from 1pm until 4pm.

From Wednesday 14 July to Saturday 30 October 2021, the normal opening times will be:

Monday to Friday: 10am-4pm

Friday lates: 7pm-9pm (from July 30)

Saturday: 9.30am-5.30pm

Sunday: Closed

Last entry 30 minutes before closing

Dippy is free to enter and there is no need to book unless you are part of a group of more than six people or an organised tour. For more info email: or phone: 01603 218300


Brick Dinos at The Forum in Norwich -

FREE event but booking is essential (follow the above link to Eventbrite booking) 19th July – 30th August, Monday to Sunday 9am – 5pm.

Brick Dinos is a free, family friendly exhibition featuring a huge selection of dinosaurs created from LEGO® bricks!

Developed by artist Warren Elsmore in conjunction with palaeontologists the exhibition is an incredible educational and entertaining exhibition.

The exhibition also features a range of prehistoric creatures as well as dinosaurs. From tiny insects to a four-metre-long raptor-like Masiakasaurus come face to face with these amazing creatures! 


Dino-Mite Adventures at Castle Quarter
From Thursday 22nd July to Thursday 5th August, Castle Quarter is part of the Go Go Discover T-rex trail this summer. There will be dinosaurs hidden in the centre and they need your help to find them! Tick them off on the trail sheet as you find them for your chance to WIN £50 to spend in your favourite store.

Also animatronic creatures will be roaming around in Castle Quarter at intervals between 11am and 3pm from Tuesday 10th and 31st August.

10th August | Baby dinosaurs
17th August | T-rex
24th August | Raptor
31st August | Spinosaurus

Dino-sheets will be available from this link soon:


Children's Wildlife Watch Zoom Session – Bats.  Saturday 11 September, 2021. FREE.

Bats are the only flying mammal in the world. They appear in many mythical stories but do you know your fact from fiction? Join Norfolk Wildlife Trust to find out the truth about these amazing animals! Free zoom session (donation is optional). Booking required:


The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays and aims to support children’s reading for pleasure and prevent a dip in reading over the six-week break. Your child will receive a FREE pack that includes a map of the fictional town of Wilderville. The aim of the game is to read a book, collect a sticker to put on the map (some are scratch and sniff!) and solve the clues.

To make the Summer Reading Challenge even more fun, we are providing a different free activity sheet every week during the summer holidays to pick up when you visit us. Join the library free of charge to access all of their services:


Norfolk Libraries – FREE online events for children and young people, including story time, fun information sessions, coding sessions to make your own game and loads more:


Big Local (Catton Grove area) - are offering FREE activities to children and young people in the Big Local area only. Activities include a film workshop, arts and crats, trampolining and loads more. Booking required (see details on the flyer) and there’s a flyer attached to show the area covered by Big Local.


National Wildlife Trust Open Garden and BioBlitz at the Bishop’s House in Norwich, in aid of the Children And Nature Fund. Explore the historic garden, take part in an interactive day of wildlife recording, and discover the species that call this magnificent city centre garden home. Refreshments available. All funds raised will directly benefit NWT projects connecting children with the natural world. Entry £5 but free to wheelchair users and children.  Booking required:


The Garage in Chapelfield, Norwich is offering a range of arts activities throughout the Summer. They offer discounts (link to details on this page) -


Henderson Trust are offering a FREE panto in the park, August 27th. Oh yes they are! Booking required (details on attached flyer).  They are also offering a huge amount and range of FREE fabulous activities as part of the HAF fund for 10 – 16year olds (see booking form, consent form, activities and info T&Cs flyers attached)


Free Summer Offers from the Norfolk Music Hub! 


With the end of term fast approaching I just wanted to remind you about our free summer offer for young people across Norfolk. Do please encourage students to make the most of these free activities. Click on the links below for more information! 


New Summer Holiday Virtual Workshops - Norfolk Music Hub

Fit For Fun! - Norfolk Music Hub


Another Summer Challenge!

Big Local's Programme of Summer Holiday Activities for Children and Young People