Friday, 15 February 2013

Half Term Holidays – Again!

Once again we’re on the brink of another half-term holiday, with our thoughts turning to how to entertain the kids. February half term can be a bit of a tricky one, as many attractions don’t reopen their doors until the Easter Holidays, so there are fewer possibilities to choose from.

If you’re familiar with my winter outing series, you will know that the majority of wildlife parks and zoos, many castles and a large number of museums do stay open all year. Some of these do operate reduced opening times until the main season kicks in at Easter; so do check out relative websites, tourist information offices etc when planning your visit.

This half term we are planning to visit the Norwich Castle Museum and Gallery. As we have not been before I can’t vouch for it personally, but have heard some very enthusiastic reports. Norwich Castle is reportedly “packed with treasures to inspire and intrigue visitors of all ages”. Housed in a Norman keep, exhibits include Anglo-Saxon and Viking displays, Queen Boudica’s story, and Natural History and Egyptian galleries. You can also visit the battlements and dungeons. Open Mon-Sat 10-4.30, admission is £4.90 for children and £6.80 for adults. I’ll let you know my comments on a future blog post.

Hoping for some fine weather to get out and about
What I can recommend is the Castle Museum in York. Tickets are valid for a whole year once purchased (£8.50 adults, children FREE) and highlights include the Victorian Street, ‘Toy Stories’ Exhibition, Half Term Fun including gingerbread making and playing 100 year old games, and a great collection of historical exhibits. We’ve always thoroughly enjoyed our visits here.

Other favourites of ours open this holiday include Dover Castle, Kent Time & Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth www.museums.norfolk and Colchester Zoo, Essex

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