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Early Years

View our current schools programme on the main page

As an alternative to a museum visit, we’re offering paid-for virtual programmes based on some of our most popular events.

For more information, enquiries and bookings, contact the Norwich Bookings Coordinator at norwichcastle.bookings@norfolk.gov.uk, or call 01603 493636.

Animal Explorers EYFS

One, two, three - what can you see? Explore our amazing Natural History galleries and discover creatures that can swim, fly and crawl! Featuring a mixture of story, song and play aimed at stimulating curiosity and imagination.

1.5 hours, £3.50 per pupil, minimum fee £35, max 20 children, adults free in a ratio of 1 adult to 2 children

A New Castle for the King EYFS

As his castle home undergoes repairs, the king is looking for great builders to help him! Enjoy storytelling, building activities and object-handling aimed at inspiring and engaging young children.

Please note: During the Norwich Castle: Royal Palace Reborn building project, this event will not visit the Castle Keep itself.

1.5 hours, £105 fee, min 10 pupils, max 30 pupils.

Rags’ Art Gallery Adventure EYFS

Rags the dog has gone missing. Journey through the paintings to find him! Use rhyme and role play to ask farmers and fishermen on the way. Will he be found?

Please note: this event won’t run in-person in academic year 2023-23, but it is available as a digital event.

Self-guided visits

Explore the galleries at Norwich Castle with your EYFS group!

Please note: there are some closures and changes in the museum due to the Norwich Castle: Royal Palace Reborn redevelopment project. If there are particular areas you want to visit, please check that they are available before booking by contacting norwichcastle.bookings@norfolk.gov.uk. You can also see planned gallery closures on our website.

Free for pre-booked term-time visits by schools in Norfolk; £2.40 per pupil for pre-booked term-time visits by schools outside Norfolk (under-4s free). Max 60 pupils. Accompanying adults free in a reasonable ratio.

Medieval Family Adventure Kits

Created as part of the Norwich Castle: Royal Palace Reborn project, these kit bags contain a selection of items to add a little Medieval sparkle to a self-guided journey around the museum with your EYFS group. Explore the galleries with a little help from some Medieval families!

What’s inside?

  • A copy of I See a Family: a special Medieval story book for Norwich
  • A ‘poppet’ doll: a Medieval character who would love for your group to show them around the galleries
  • A sensory item: a little something the Medieval poppet has brought with them from the workshop where they were made to share with you and help you explore the galleries

The kits are free to borrow but must be booked in advance, along with your self-guided visit. To book your visit and check availability of the kits, please contact 01603 493636 or norwichcastle.bookings@norfolk.gov.uk.

Find more information about the Medieval Family Adventure Kits plus ideas about how to use them in the museum.

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