Family Friendly Heritage Open Days

Today saw the start of Heritage Open Days in Norwich and Norfolk. On until this Sunday, there are 243 free events, including walks, talks and family activities.

We popped into the Bishop’s Garden today, making the most of the autumn sunshine. You still have tomorrow (Friday) to visit the gardens. It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to check out. The flowers are now slightly past their best, but it was a lovely stroll along the pathways. It was tricky with a pushchair, as stated in the printed literature, but we coped okay with our city buggy.

There is so much to go and visit this weekend, so we’ve put together our list of family friendly activities to check out. All events listed below are free

Anteros Art Foundation: Storytelling
11-15 Fye Bridge Street, NR3 ILJ
Friday 11 September: 15.00-16.00 For preschool to six-year-old children.

Pip is a bat with the power to travel through time. She has many strange tales to tell of hidden treasure, hungry Vikings and possibly a happy ending. Join storyteller Shey Hargreaves in the Main Gallery for stories and games based on the unique history of this ancient house.

Bishop’s House Garden
Bishopgate, NR3 1SB
Friday 11 September: 10.00-16.00

Come and see this historic private four-acre formal city centre garden that has belonged to the Bishops of Norwich for over 900 years. Please note that the gravel paths can make the pushing of wheelchairs and pushchairs more difficult.

Folk Day at Saint Michael’s Ruin, Bowthorpe
Bowthorpe Hall Road, Bowthorpe, NR5 9AA
Saturday 12 September: 10.00-16.00, 19.30-21.00

Family-friendly trails around the ruin and surrounding area. There will be folk music and dance, plus an evening of classical guitar in the floodlit ruin.

Ceilidh dance 11.30-12.30, Folk music 14.00-15.00, Classical guitarist 20.15-20.45

Maddermarket Theatre
St Johns Alley, NR2 1DR
Saturday 12 September: 11.00-16.30

Discover one of Norwich’s hidden treasures. The first permanent reconstruction of an Elizabethan stage is housed in the Maddermarket Theatre, home of the Norwich Players since 1921. Backstage tours, wardrobe tours and workshops; last tour starts at 15.30. Children can dress-up in costumes.

Norwich Puppet Theatre
St James, Whitefriars, NR3 1TN
Saturday 12 September: 10.00-16.00 Sunday 13 September: 12.00-16.00

Take a peek behind the scenes of the Puppet Theatre and delve into the history of both the Theatre and the medieval church that it is housed in. Seek out memorials to mayors and sheriffs, the rood staircase and other architectural features. Understand how the aisle and chantry were transformed into a theatre for this unique art form and enjoy some puppet making in the drop-in workshop before you leave. Last admission 15.40.:

Pull’s Ferry: Watergate Room
The Close, NR1 4DZ
Friday 11 – Sunday 13 September: 11.00-17.00

Pull’s Ferry dates back to the 15th century. The Watergate Room is situated over the archway which leads to the west bank of the River Wensum. There will be a display of historic pictures. A ‘Pull’s Ferry Challenge’ badge will be available for 6-12 year olds.

St John Maddermarket: Family Heritage Activities
Pottergate, NR2 1DS
Saturday 12 September: 10.00-16.00, Bizarre Brass workshop 10.00-15.00

See how the textures of time have been used to build the church and commemorate its congregation, including nine lord mayors and five high sheriffs. Dress up as a mayor, make your own proclamation with feather quills or medieval Christmas decoration. On Saturday, come along to our Bizarre Brass workshop and create individual brasses which reflect St John’s collection using a variety of materials and techniques.

Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell
Bridewell Alley, NR2 1AQ
Friday 11 – Saturday 12 September, 10.00 – 16.30

From medieval to modern day, the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell tells the story of the city’s industries and the people who lived and worked here. From the textile trade which was at the heart of the city’s wealth, to the production of shoes , chocolate and mustard; the story of how Norwich constantly adapted to changing fortunes and coped with two world wars is told in ten galleries over two floors.

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Castle Hill, NR1 3JQ
Saturday 12 September, 10.00 – 17.00

Meet characters from the past and embark on a journey through time to discover the best methods of attach and defence and the weapons that were used! Last admission at 16.30.

We hope you have a great weekend!

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