Take part in The Big Draw in Norfolk

The Big Draw is the world’s biggest drawing festival and from 1 – 31 October everyone is invited to sketch, doodle, paint and much more. The Big Draw attracts imaginative and creative ways to encourage drawing – anything from face painting to life drawing, architectural sketches to sand sculptures.

This year’s theme is Every Picture Tells a Story. The Big Draw mini magazine presents some inspirational ideas to get drawing from previous years.

Fine Folk have collated what is happening for The Big Draw in Norfolk. There is so much to try out – from designing underwear to creating sand sculptures, building your own world to making postcards and prints. Most events are taking place during the October half term, so this is a great opportunity to get drawing with your little ones. Please check with each venue for more details.

When: Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 October

Where: Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

The Big Draw: Build your own World

Make an imaginary world -what do you think should go in it? Come and add your imagination to the mix as we build the world of our dreams. A whole galaxy of drawing and making!

Cost: Free with museum admission

BUILD YOUR OWN – Adult £5, Concession* £4, Child (4-18) £3 Museums Pass and under 4s free


When: Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 October; Tuesday 27 to Saturday 31 October

Where: Museum of Norwich, Bridewell Alley

The Big Drawers!

Frilly or plain, whatever takes your fancy! Be inspired by our collection of Edwardian undies and design your own drawers. Learn about the life of children in the early 1900s, with real toys and children’s clothes from the time.

PLUS Storytelling on 28 October 1pm to 3.30pm

Cost: All free with museum admission

Adult £5.20, Concessions £4.70, Young Person (4-18) £3.90, Family Ticket (2 adults + all children) £14.50, Family Ticket (1 adult + all children) £10.90

Museum Pass Holders, Friends of Norwich Museums, Carer with a disabled visitor, Under 4s Free


When: Saturday 24 – Friday 30 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1pm – 3pm

Where: Cromer Museum

 Tel: 01236 513543

The Big Draw – A Line in the Sand, Cromer

Use real natural history objects from the museum collections as inspiration to make mini sand sculptures and photograph your ‘sandy-work’ to take away.

Cost: Adults £3.75 Children (4-18) £2.80 Family ticket (1 adult and all children) £7.90 Family ticket (2 adults and all children) £10.50


When: Monday 26 October – Sunday 1 November, 11 am – 4pm

Where: Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth

The Big ‘Sustainable Fish’ Draw

Find out fascinating facts about fish in the ‘Fish Tail Trail’, make a Floating Fish and photograph it in the Aquarium of ‘Fish – tory!’

Cost: Included in normal admission

Adult £5.20, Conc. £4.70, Young person (4-18) £3.90 Family tickets are available. FREE admission for Over 55’s
01493 743930


When: Tuesday 27 October 2015, 10.30am – 1pm

Where: Lynn Museum

The Big Draw Family Event

Calling all budding artists! Come and try your hand at a range of fairground art activities

Cost: free with museum admission. Free admission for all visitors from October 2015 – March 2016.


When: Wednesday 28 October, 10am to 4pm

Where: Strangers’ Hall, Norwich

Every Drawing Tells a Spooky Story

Join artist Rachel Daniel as we draw for a day of Spooky fun.

Suitable for children under 12

Cost: free with museum admission


When: Thursday 29 October 2015, 10am – 4pm

​Where: Henry Blogg Museum, The Rocket House, Cromer 

The Big Draw: Our Story on 53 Pages

Work with us to draw the incredible history of Cromer Lifeboats in pictures. All ages and abilities welcome. For more information call the museum on 01263 511294.

Cost: Free


When: Friday 30 October – 10am to 12pm

Where: King’s Lynn Arts Centre

Drawing Games with artist Amber Lawrence – have some fun at the Big Draw event!

Have fun learning how to use drawings as pictograms – to tell stories and play games!

Places limited to 15 children – please book in advance.

For age 6-11

Cost: £6

When: Saturday 31 October – 10am to 12.30pm

Where: King’s Lynn Arts Centre

Drawing for Print

Neil Pittaway will provide a guided tour of his two exhibitions before showing you how to turn one drawing into several prints to make cards, postcards, headed paper and illustrations for your own stories!

Places limited to 15 children – please book in advance.

Ages: 11-13

Cost: £6


Whilst we try to make sure that all the information on Fine Folk is correct, please always check details with venues directly, as we accept no responsibility for errors.

Images supplied The Big Draw.


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