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

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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

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