Learning holidays around the county;
Think that week off is too precious to waste on a sunlounger? Mark Nicholls looks at the growing popularity of “learning holidays” in Norfolk
When it comes to our holiday, we’re always looking for something different - a new destination, finding a fresh activity, or even exploring our own back yard with a staycation.
But now there’s another aspect to holidaying that is growing in popularity – the learning holiday. The idea is that you don’t just go on holiday, but actively set out to discover a new interest or learn a skill, and Norwich and Norfolk is proving a popular destination for that.
Mel Cook from Visit Norwich has noticed a growing trend with domestic travellers taking a short break or holiday wanting to learn something new or gain experience in a skill they cannot fit into their daily lives.
“Norwich offers a host of opportunities for visitors to learn from; whether that’s a visit to the Costume and Textile Collection to be educated about corsetry, brushing up on gardening skills or taking a writing workshop,” she says. “It adds to the enjoyment of a break and with great choice and many activities being free or very low cost the temptation to do something different is truly appealing.”
That may be anything from brushing up painting skills to discovering more about the bird life or the flora, fauna and history of an area, photographic courses or even lessons on how to build a pizza oven. New activities are high on the list with an abundance of things to do across Norfolk, such as learning to sail or kite-surf for example.
There is something for everyone; whether that is active, relaxed, stimulating or inspiring. Here are a few examples:
Norwich Puppet Theatre runs a series of workshops and masterclasses throughout the year ranging from children and family sessions and one-day puppet making session through to masterclasses for professional puppeteers, directors and performers. From short fun activities for children, to longer and more advanced courses which provide intensive training to refine puppet manipulation skills, movement, storytelling and performance. Norwich Puppet Theatre; 01603 629921; www. puppettheatre.co.uk/education/ourworkshops; email educa[email protected]pettheatre.co.uk
The Madder market Theatre in the Norwich Lanes has regular workshops, acting classes and individual tuition at £35 per hour, including Open Stagers - Weekday Acting workshops for over-55-year-olds. The youngest potential actors are of pre-school age while the oldest are in their 80s. Mad-Red Theatre School; www.mad-red.co.uk; 01603 628600; or contact tutor Jenny Dewsbury, jenny.dews[email protected]dermarket.org
Mel Cook from Visit Norwich says more people are looking to combine their holidays with learning a new skill
Would you like to learn how to control a puppet at Norwich Puppet Theatre?
Take centre stage at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich