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Half-term family activities in Suffolk and Norfolk, including Roarr!, Teach Rex, Ring Quest, The Amazing Bubble man and more





When you hear the plaintive cry of 'what are we doing today?' from your children this half-term, here are a few ideas to give you a ready answer.

TEACH REX/PREHISTORIC FAMILY ACTIVITIES

A pair of dinosaurs will take over St Edmundsbury Cathedral this half-term for a show to teach and entertain the whole family.

Teach Rex will be at the Bury St Edmunds cathedral on February 21, showing visitors some ‘baby dinosaurs’ as well as a pair of life-size animatronics, and the chance to have pictures taken with the prehistoric pair at the end of the show.

Enjoy the Teach Rex experience this half-term
Enjoy the Teach Rex experience this half-term

The two sessions will be between 10-11.30am and 2-3.30pm – tickets are £8.

Kim Judge, cathedral learning hub programme manager, said: “We are thrilled to welcome back Teach Rex to the cathedral this half-term.

“They put on a great show that’s full of excitement, with learning points for children and parents.

“We know dinosaurs are always popular with young children and this is a fantastic opportunity for them to engage with life-size versions.”

As well as Teach Rex, the cathedral is hosting free-to-attend prehistoric-themed activities for families.

These arts and crafts sessions will be on February 20 at 10am and February 22 at 2pm – sessions are two hours long, with the whole family welcome.

To find out more, visit www.stedscathedral.org/whats-on

RING QUEST, WEST STOW, FEBRUARY 17-25

The popular Lord of the Rings-themed family challenge is back at West Stow, near Bury St Edmunds, with a new Quest trail.

Complete the Ring Quest and find the rings and runes to save Middle Earth!

Follow a new Ring Quest trail at West Stow
Follow a new Ring Quest trail at West Stow

Visit the Ring Quest displays, the Hobbit Hole and Mirkwood where there are huge spiders waiting for you. See the enormous dragon guarding its treasure, meet Halbarad the Ranger of the North and try your hand at archery.

If you fancy it, booking is advised via www.stedscathedral.org/whats-on, www.weststow.org/whats-on, or just turn up between 10am and 4pm, standard admission charges apply, plus £2 for the Ring Quest pack.

BRANDON COUNTRY PARK WINTER TRAIL, FEB 17-25

Pop along to Brandon Country Park and pick up a £1 trail sheet from the Copper Beech Café, then head off to solve the clues to find a special word and then return to the café to collect a small prize. You will need to take your own pen or pencil.

ROARR!, LENWADE, NORWICH NR9 5JE

If you don't mind going a little further afield for a day out then Norfolk's dinosaur-themed adventure park is sure to provide some gargantuan fun.

Open every day during half-term, entry is £15.95 (free entry for children under 90cm) which gives you access to all the attractions across the park.

There’s the indoor Dinomite Adventure Play area with its rope bridges, climbing nets, tunnels, ball pit and more. Dippy's Theatre will be screening the Gigantosaurus cartoon series and Dippy and Friends live shows, while there’s a packed programme of hands-on activities.

A close encounter of the dinosaur kind
A close encounter of the dinosaur kind

The park’s Swing-O-Saurus and Raptor Contraptor will both be open, plus you can also explore the outdoor areas, including Valley of the Dinosaurs, Lost World A-Mazing, Secret Animal Garden, Dippy’s Raceway and the Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf.

Book online at www.roarr.co.uk

THE AMAZING BUBBLE MAN, APEX, FEBRUARY 21, 2PM

Enjoy the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles when Louis Pearl, aka The Amazing Bubbleman, brings his show to The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

Enjoy the magic and science of The Amazing Bubble Man
Enjoy the magic and science of The Amazing Bubble Man

Louis has been thrilling audiences for more than 30 years exploring the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised.

From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people inside bubbles, The Amazing Bubble Man has them all.

For more information, visit www.theapex.co.uk