Norwich Theatre Family Open Days

Fun with Norwich Theatre this half term

October 14, 2021

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Join Norwich Theatre for some fun-packed family days and fantastic shows during the school holidays! From singing to crafting, science trails to TV stars, there are many ways for everyone to get involved at Norwich Theatre this half term 25 – 29 October.

Where is all the fun happening?

Norwich Theatre covers three stages in the city: Norwich Theatre Royal, Playhouse and Stage Two and all are getting involved. As the city celebrates its annual Science Festival, Norwich Theatre is excited to be joining in and exploring science through creativity!

Norwich Theatre Royal Family Open Days

Join in the fun at Norwich Theatre Royal on Tuesday 26 October and Friday 29 October, 10am – 2pm for Family Open Days. Pick up a colouring activity, delve into the dressing up box, explore children’s books and create your own stories with puppets. A science trail around the front of house of Norwich Theatre Royal will explore how science interacts with art, as children discover hidden tales and take part in exciting experiments. Pick up your first clue at the box office!

On both days starting at 1pm in the Circle Lounge, Norwich Theatre Royal, younger children age 2-4 can take a Trip to the Moon with Little People’s Drama, discovering what the moon is made of and rescuing a baby alien.

Bookable Workshops

There are also bookable workshops taking place for children aged 5-11 at Stage Two, which sits behind Norwich Theatre Royal. Tuesday has Family Dance & Movement, which will combine movement games and taught choreography to explore the wonders of natural phenomena. On Friday they will turn plants into eco-paint as we become Natural Colour Explorers. Create a rainbow of natural colours and paint your own beautiful theatre-inspired still-life scene to take home. The colourful veg and flowers used in the sessions have kindly been supplied by Norwich Farmshare.

Tuesday 26 October

Family Dance & Movement – The Wonders of Natural Phenomena
10 – 11am & 11.30am – 12:30pm
Ages 5-11
Norwich Theatre Stage Two, Studio

Little People’s Drama – Trip to the Moon
1 – 2pm
Ages 2-4
Circle Lounge, Norwich Theatre Royal

Friday 29th October

Natural Colour Explorers
10 – 11am & 11.30am – 12.30pm
Ages 5-11
Stage Two Training Room

Little People’s Drama – Trip to the Moon
1 – 2pm
Ages 2-4
Circle Lounge, Norwich Theatre Royal

Wall-E film screening
2 – 3.45pm
Stage Two Auditorium

Booking essential:

Norwich Theatre - Big Red Bath
Big Red Bath

Theatre for Babies and Toddlers

Other activities taking place over half term with Norwich Theatre include the start of a new five-week programme called Movement and Music for Babies and Toddlers. Inspired by some of our shows and designed for you and your baby to have fun and move together, these sessions use a variety of music and multi-sensory props.

Movement and Music for Babies and Toddlers

Starts Friday 22 October (runs for five weeks)
Toddlers (18 months – 4 years), 10 – 10.45am
Babies (0-18 months), 11.30am – 12.15pm
Cost: £34 for all five weeks
Book now:

Introduce the youngest to the magic of theatre with two wonderful shows in Norwich Theatre Stage Two. Tír na nÓg! is an immersive adventure that offers a gentle introduction to the world of Irish folklore, traditional music, dance and Gaelic language for 0-3s. And adapted from Julia Jarman and Adrian Reynolds’ popular children’s picture book, Big Red Bath is a quirky, vibrant and humorous tale for 2-5 year olds that features music and a frothy feast of animals.

Tír na nÓg

Saturday 23 October, 11am
Running time: 40 Minutes plus 15-minute stay and play
Age recommendation: 0 – 3yrs
Norwich Theatre Stage Two

Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival will be visiting Norwich Theatre Playhouse this half term with some fantastic family shows. BBC and YouTube star Maddie Moate will share a selection of stories from her debut book ‘stuff’; The Amazing Bubble Man will conjure spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized; and Mark’s Spectacular Science Show explores the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins and even howling jelly babies!

What’s On?

Maddie Moate
Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 October
Age recommendation: 5+
Norwich Theatre Playhouse

Big Red Bath
Thursday 28 October
Age recommendation: 2-5 yrs
Norwich Theatre Stage Two

The Amazing Bubble Man
Monday 25 – Tuesday 26 October
Running time: 70mins (no interval)
Age recommendation: 3+
Norwich Theatre Playhouse

Mark Thompson’s Science Show
Friday 29 October
Age recommendation: 5+
Norwich Theatre Playhouse

Book online at or call 01603 630000

Norwich Theatre Cafe Royal
Café Royal

Café Royal

Extend your visit by visiting the new Café Royal. Based in Norwich Theatre Royal, for coffee, sandwiches and freshly made cakes. It’s an inclusive space, open to all, families especially welcome.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to check out the fun with Norwich Theatre this half term.

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