Norwich Castle Museum – © The Eye Snapper

Families looking for a fun day out this summer can enjoy activities and events at museums across Norfolk.

Norfolk Museums Service has a raft of exciting activities to enjoy this summer, spanning the length and breadth of our historic county. From Kings Lynn to Great Yarmouth, Cromer to Thetford; Norfolk truly has something for everyone in the next six weeks.

Discover the perilous lives of pirates and seafarers; the tale of the legendary Titanic; the art of the legendary novel Black Beauty, and the squelching secrets of Monsters & Minibeasts.

Activities and exhibitions are taking place across the county throughout the summer, with your local fun-fuelled adventure sure to be right around the corner.

Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: “We are immensely lucky in Norfolk to have such an absorbing and varied selection of museums on our doorstep. The programme of events that Norfolk Museums Service offers is outstanding, and hopefully parents will be excited by the prospect of igniting their children’s interest in history this summer.”

Some of the events on offer are:

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Avast ye landlubbers! Get to the Norwich Castle for a Pirates & Seafarers tour ye’ll ne’er forget! There are different activities each day, so don’t forget to try ‘em all!

Strangers’ Hall, Norwich

Explore a stunning medieval property, complete with majestic collection of dolls’ houses. Enjoy a guided tour and craft activities.

Museum of Norwich

Black Beauty turns 140 this year, with the legendary novel having been written by Anna Sewell just three miles away from the Museum of Norwich, in Old Catton. Relive the magic with stunning illustrations from the 1912 edition of the childrens’ classic!

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

It’s a summer of variety at Gressenhall. An activity trail, equestrian fun, and detective work are all part of the itinerary – can you crack the case?

Time & Tide, Great Yarmouth

The cinematic adaptation Titanic is 20 years old this November, but the true legend of the ocean liner can be discovered all over again this summer! The Titanic’s sister ships and the White Star line will also come to life – but for those with an adventurous side, Sea Monsters Day will get the pulse racing!

Elizabethan House, Great Yarmouth

We can’t promise Mel and Sue, but Vile Victorian Bake Off is still essential viewing! If you can’t make it on July 24, there are multiple other themed days to choose from – including An Audience with the Queen!

Tolhouse Gaol, Great Yarmouth

There are Pirates about in Great Yarmouth! Interactive sessions like Catapults & Castles and Pop the Pirate will allow ye to keep the pirates at Bay. Har-har!

Cromer Museum

Wednesdays need never be lonely again, with a string of spectacular seaside specialities served up over Summer in Cromer! Seaside Selfies is sure to snap up some interest, while Monsters & Minibeasts will excite inquisitive minds!

Ancient House

Discovery Tuesdays takes you back in time, to do as the Georgians and Romans did! Awe-ful Archaelogy and Medieval Treasure are also on the menu over the summer.

Lynn Museum

Discovery Tuesdays is also taking place in King’s Lynn, where Ancient Egypt is also open for exploration! The town-wide war event at Forties Lynn has free admission!

Events detailed above take place at different times. For more specific information, and to check opening times, visit

Norfolk Museums Service is a multi-award winning service comprising ten museums and a study centre. It is a National Portfolio Organisation receiving substantial revenue investment from Arts Council England, one of only 12 museums to receive the highest level of this funding. Norfolk Museums Service is a partnership between Norfolk County Council and Norfolk’s district councils, funded through council tax, earned income and grants.