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Ever needed to just get away, but you can't go for too long? Please tell us about your short breaks away (e.g. day trips, road trips or weekend breaks), whether it be for ultimate relaxation, or to be active and practice hobbies you may have (fishing,

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      20.06.2003 17:13
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      Norwich is a great place for a day out with kids. Its big enough to have plenty to do, but not so large that you can't walk around it within a day. We normally start with a train ride. You can get a £9 ticket which gives an adult unlimited travel on the railways in and around Norwich - certainly from Cambridge, up to Norwich and then on to Great Yarmouth or Cromer if you wanted to. When you arrive at the station, you can either walk down to the river and go for a cruise, or take a bus up to the shopping area. This bus is free if you have a train ticket. A bit further out from the centre of the town is the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Its on the campus for the University of East Anglia to the West of the city. The WWW site is http://www.uea.ac.uk/scva/ I haven't got round to visiting this yet (it is shut on Mondays - even bank holidays), but it looks like a nice building. There are also some really good activities that don't cost a lot. You can walk alongside the river and look inside a castle tower. There is the castle itself http://www.speel.demon.co.uk/other/norwich.htm which somewhat incongruously has a shopping centre built underneath it, and there is the cathedral http://www.cathedral.org.uk/pages/html/index.html and http://www.norfolkcoast.co.uk/historicnorwich/ The public library is in a new building near the market square which is the size of an aircraft hanger http://www.library.norfolk.gov.uk/millenniumlib.htm its free to enter and is well worth a trip. Medieval Norwich had 57 churches inside the city walls. There are still 31 of these left intact. Quite a few churches have been converted to other uses. In one of these churches is Inspire. Its a hands-on science exhibition. There are a lot of exhibits where you can press buttons, play and learn. Its a nice size - big enough to keep your kids going for a while, but small enough so that you can sit down and have a (very cheap) cup of tea
      whilst they run about. My 3 year old son found lots to do, but theres plenty for a 13 or 30 year old too. Admission prices are £4.20 for adults, £3.60 for Children and there is a £12.00 Saver Ticket (2 Adults 2 Children). Children aged 3 and Under are free. The WWW site is http://www.science-projects.org/inspire/default.htm There is also a brand new swimming pool near the river, across the road from the Carrow Road Football ground. The council WWW site has more details about the openning hours at http://www.norwich.gov.uk/norwichcc/homepage.nsf/framesets/leisure.htm There is a reasonable range of shops (John Lewis, Marks and Spencers, Primark and all the other High Street chains you would expect).

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