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Planning your Day Out at the Family Festival

There are many free activities throughout the week on top of the bookable activities you might already have tickets for. Find out what’s on offer!


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Our three venues open their doors to families of all shapes and sizes for our Family Festival between 26 – 31 Jul. It will be a creative adventure like no other and a chance for you and your family to get crafty, be silly and simply have fun. 

There are many free activities throughout the week on top of the bookable activities you might already have tickets for. So you might be thinking, ‘where do I start?’ Don’t worry. We have a full guide of the free activities for each day, so you don’t miss out. 

The festival opens at 10am – If you need to plan where to park or which bus to hop on, click here. And don’t worry, Café Royal will also be open so that you can start your day off right we a hot drink.  

Throughout the week, you will have the opportunity to Grow Your Own Beanstalk and join our pantomime hero Jack in the Kingdom of the Giants! Sprinkle the magic dust and work on decorating your jar before you take it home to grow. For Norfolk Day, we invite you to make your mark on Our County Map, take a tag and tell us why you love Norfolk. 

You will also be able to set up camp for a bite to eat with your packed lunch or one of our special Family Festival Meal Deals. As you eat, there will be roaming musicians and magicians to entertain and delight! 

We expect young children to laugh, shout out, get up and sometimes cry if you need to leave any of the sessions that is ok. However, to help during the week, we will have a dedicated Quiet Zone which is a perfect place to take a breather from all the excitement. 

Check out the free activities below on each day of the festival. 

Tue 26 Jul 

Come and immerse yourself in the magical world of Story Hour with Poppy from BookBugs and Dragon Tales at 10 – 11am in our restaurant, Prelude. This session is suitable for those aged 3-6 years old.  

Hungry? Why not grab a Family Festival Meal Deal and listen to some beautiful music with the Lunchtime Concert at 12 – 12.30pm in Café Royal. 

Make a statement with Fashion Statements in our Long Bar between 12.30 – 2.30pm. Grab a T-shirt and get creative with the family. 

Wed 27 Jul 

From 10am – 3pm in Café Royal, you can pick up a colouring sheet and some materials and create something fantastic to take home in our Craft Café. 

Inspired by our panto costumes on display, grab a costume and strut in our Costume Catwalk! This is open between 10am – 3pm in the long bar. 

Thu 28 Jul 

Have a go at digital portraits with Portrait Papas (11am – 1pm). This is a drop-in activity for dads (or any caregivers) and their children. 

Fri 29 Jul 

Craft a building for our city of dreams. Building materials are free, and this is suitable for all the family. Crafting our City is in our Long Bar from 10am – 3pm. 

We hope you have a fabulous time at our Family Festival and look forward to welcoming you back very soon.