Museums at Night #CountryKids

Living in a tourist resort we have to count ourselves lucky in that we have access to different types of activities, venues and events throughout the year.  On Friday it was the turn of our three local museums to take part in the Museums at Night #MatN2014 event.  It was a free event that allowed both locals and visitors to Great Yarmouth the opportunity to visit the Time and Tide Museum, Tolhouse Museum and the Elizabethan House Museum and partake in the activities that had been laid on.

As we are Norfolk Museum Pass Holders Boo Roo and Tigger Too are very much familiar with the three museums however they take on a different feel at night time (especially the Tolhouse Museum).  Starting our Museums at Night adventure just after 6pm it was still nice and light so we were able to enjoy the outdoor activities that were held in the Time and Tide Museum courtyard.

If children dressed up they were able to select something from the lucky dip, so Roo and Tigger were keen to join in on the action with Roo dressing up as Harry Potter

Museums At Night - Harry Potter Roo

Tigger opted for his favourite dress up costume of Buzz Lightyear

Museums At Night - Buzz Lightyear Tigger

With events being held at all three museums we headed to the Tide and Tide Museum first (Roo’s favourite of the three), we were greeted by familiar faces and welcomed in to see the attractions and activities that they had available.

With a mixture of activities including making a baby dinosaur, with Norfolk’s notorious clowns, Cosmo Hardy & Jo Fool entertained us with their Steampunk slapstick humour while Gavin, the stilt walker walks tall. Tigger couldn’t believe just how tall he was, ‘even bigger than a giraffe Mummy!‘.  Lucus along with his accordion playing assistant, Wilson demonstrated extraordinary skill, dexterity and musical mayhem with their juggling double act.

Museums At Night - Cosmo Hardy and Jo Fool

Roo was keen to see what was going on at the other two museums so we popped in the car and headed off (they are only about 10-15 min walk apart but not fancying the walk with two fancy dressed children I’m afraid I opted to drive).  Both the Elizabethan House Museum and the Tolhouse Museum offered different activities, however they were held indoors and as it was free event they were very busy.  Roo did however enjoy a good sing-a-long with the wartime band in the Elizabethan House Museum, even getting them to do a rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

The Tolhouse Museum I personally always find a bit spooky as it was a court house and jail many moons ago, with the prison cells in the basement open for viewing.  So I was thankful that Tigger started to get tired and I was able to pop him home to Mr Boo before heading back out with Roo to enjoy the fire show back at the Time and Tide Museum.

The highlight of the night had to be the Spectacular Foolhardy Circus Fire Show Finale.  Starting at 9pm I was surprised to see that Roo was still full of energy and was very excited about being up late to see the show.

[box] The Foolhardy Fire Show will dazzle and delight. A glittering finale to this year’s star studded Museums at Night event.[/box]

Time for a cheeky selfie whilst waiting for the fire show to start…

Museums at Night - Boo and Roo selfie

With the show starting we where treated to several juggling acts including one with knives (black handles against a darkening sky not necessarily the best combination).  The highlight of the finale show had to be the fire show which had us all oohing and aahing as they were more and more adventurous with the flames.

I managed to film some of the action from the fire show to share with you…

 

Museum At Night - The Spectacular Foolhardy Circus Fire Show Finale

 

We had an amazing night, both Roo and Tigger enjoyed themselves and I really loved getting to spend some quality time with Roo whist watching the fire show finale.Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Disclosure: We attended the Museums at Night event FOC because we wanted to and just wanted to share our fun filled night out with you all.

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13 Comments

  1. Paul Wilson
    May 18, 2014 / 11:25 pm

    Ooo, that looks fun.

  2. May 19, 2014 / 6:03 pm

    That looks like so much fun! My daughter loves museums so would love this.Don’t think anywhere local to us does this though!

  3. May 19, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    Oh, I love the Harry Potter outfit- absolutely adorable. Sounds like a fab evening, and glad you got some one to one time with Roo too!

  4. May 19, 2014 / 8:55 pm

    How great to have such a wonderful event on your doorstep! The children looked fab in their costumes and must have had a wonderful day with all the many activities. The fire show must have been amazing out in the open air – thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  5. May 19, 2014 / 9:41 pm

    The harry potter outfit is awsome! Your wee boy looks cute as buzz too. Looks like a great day out 🙂

  6. May 20, 2014 / 7:36 am

    Oh my word this looks like such fun. I never knew some museums do this.

    I’m loving the outfits too

  7. Kizzy
    May 21, 2014 / 5:45 am

    Wow I wish there was more stuff like this near our home. Never seems to be much going on near here

  8. May 21, 2014 / 6:40 am

    It sounds like great fun and I don’t blame you for driving with kids in fancy dress…..although I’ve seen much worse on a Friday night

  9. Alison Turnnidge
    May 21, 2014 / 7:18 am

    That looked like brilliant fun. We really enjoyed visiting the Tide and Time Museum last year when we visited, maybe we should visit the Tolhouse and Elizabethan House Museum when we visit this year. I like how places look and feel different at night

  10. May 21, 2014 / 10:30 am

    Fabulous blog. I love this piece and also the video that you shared. I’m just peeved that we missed it. It looked so much fun. Glad you all had a lovely time x

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