intu Chapelfield family club smaller Artemis- Praying Mantas (4)

Bug-themed fun at intu Chapelfield

School’s out for summer and this week marks the start of five weeks of free family-friendly activities at Norwich’s biggest shopping centre, intu Chapelfield. Just be a member of the intu Chapelfield family club.

intu Chapelfield family club Georgia and Grace Wins (1)
intu Chapelfield family club Georgia and Grace Wins

Starting on 31 July through to 29 August, the intu family club will be offering families free activities every Wednesday and Thursday, from 10am – 4pm. And this summer, the intu family club sessions are inspired by nature, wildlife, and in particular – creepy crawlies, making it great entertainment for children who love discovering more about insects, mini beasts and the great outdoors.

Sheridan Smith is marketing manager at intu Chapelfield, and says; “This summer, we’ve teamed up with some of the county and country’s leading wildlife organisations to help our visitors get better acquainted with nature, while celebrating the beautiful wildlife, coast and countryside we’re lucky to have on our doorstep.

intu Chapelfield family club smaller Artemis- Praying Mantas (4)
intu Chapelfield family club Artemis – Praying Mantas

“The RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Natural England and the Broads Authority are planning lots of crafty, nature-inspired sessions, including mosaic making, story-telling, puppetry, face painting and plenty more.

“Each session has something for all ages, and we hope inquisitive young minds will love joining in; learning more about the natural world while parents relax knowing that everyone is entertained for free. Ideal if you’re visiting us for a spot of back-to-school shopping or a summer holiday treat.”

Towards the end of the school holidays, intu Chapelfield will also become home to a stunning new sculpture tour, due to arrive in the centre on 31 August.

intu Chapelfield family club summer fun
intu Chapelfield family club summer fun

The Big Bug Tour will see 12 ginormous, intricately designed and very lifelike insect sculptures arrive at intu Chapelfield. Featuring a giant-sized butterfly, ladybird, grasshopper, honeybee and many more, the Big Bug Tour has been travelling around intu shopping centre’s UK-wide. The next stop is Norwich, offering visitors the chance to see some of nature’s smallest creatures, up close and personal, and in supersize form!

intu Chapelfield family club – summer activities
Sessions are planned every Wednesday and Thursday at intu Chapelfield, from 31 July to 29 August, 10am – 4pm. The intu family club is located on the lower ground mall outside Boots.

All sessions are free for intu family club members.

To join in, existing members should bring their intu family club membership card along on the day. New members should head to intu.co.uk/family-club and complete the registration in advance.

WEEK 1
31 July: Crafts with Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Look out for two Praying Mantises in the shopping centre too.
1 August: Bug-inspired arts and crafts with the RSPB.

WEEK 2
7 & 8 August: Learn to fly like a butterfly, crawl like a caterpillar and dance like a honey bee. Does your insect expertise pass the bug bodyguard test?

Artemis- Praying Mantas (6)
Artemis – Praying Mantas

WEEK 3
14 August: Make mosaics and caterpillar pots with the Broads Authority and Natural England.
15 August: Put on a bug-tastic hand puppet show. Or join in with more mosaic making.

WEEK 4
21 August: Norfolk Wildlife Trust make paper pot planters and seed bombs. Spot a butterfly living statue in the centre too.
22 August: Tales from a magical woodland storyteller. Make bug-inspired crafts with the RSPB.

WEEK 5
28 & 29 August: Enjoy some bug-tacular face painting and learn about landscapes with the Broads Authority.

Disclosure – whilst I have worked with intu Chapelfield in the past I am only sharing this because it may be useful, I have received no fee or other incentive.

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