Friday, 19 February 2016

SquarePegMum Visits: A Viking's Guide to Deadly Dragons at Norwich Castle

Exhibition at Norwich Castle inspired by Cressida Cowell's 'How to Train Your Dragon'
A Viking's Guide to Deadly Dragons
Saturday 6th February to Monday 30th May 2016

A Viking's Guide to Deadly Dragons

Today we donned our Viking hats and stepped into the world of Cressida Cowell at this marvellous exhibition being held at Norwich Castle.
Created by Seven Stories. The National Centre for Children's Books, this exhibition will transport you to the world where Vikings rule and dragons roam. Discover Berk, the island home of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third. Join this unlikely hero on his adventures with his tribe of Hairy Hooligans and Toothless, his hunting dragon.

As Bomber is only 10 months old I was worried he may not enjoy looking at this exhibition but he had a great time dressing up as a Viking and playing with Dragons.

Wild Dragon Cave - Cressida Cowell

I had the chance to get up close and have a look at some of the original illustrations and the author's notebooks.

Cressida Cowell illustrations

There are plenty of interactive buttons for little fingers to press along the beautifully illustrated walls. There is also a Viking Ship to sit in.

Viking Ship

We had a really good morning at the exhibition and thoroughly recommend a visit especially if you are already a fan of How to Train Your Dragon.

Alongside the exhibition, there is a packed programme of dragon-related events for all ages. Including storytelling with Thunderous Thor, Viking activities, drama performances, film screenings, glitter dragon tattoos, dragon art and craft activities and a Chinese dragon dance workshop. With daily activities throughout the Half Term and Easter Holidays.

Bomber and I also had the chance to look around the rest of the Norwich Castle Museum and it is wonderful. You could easily spend the entire day looking around. If you need somewhere to take the children on a rainy day this has to be at the top of your list. There is a fantastic Cafe situated in the museum serving a really good selection of cakes, fruit and sandwiches. We also took the pram and it was easy to navigate around the entire museum. There are lifts provided so all floors are accessible.

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