We recently purchased a book called “Santa is coming to Norwich” (affiliate link) written by Steve Smallman and illustrated by Robert Dunn. The book is based on Santa’s journey delivering Christmas presents to children in Norwich. The book has beautiful illustrations and mentions key Norwich buildings and areas around the city. We thought it would be a good idea to take Adam on an adventure to Norwich to find these buildings.
We decided to combine our adventure with the Norwich Christmas Tree Trail. Thirty one real Christmas trees have been positioned in heritage buildings, attractions, shops and businesses across Norwich. Twenty two local primary schools, artists and community groups have decorated the trees based on the theme “12 Days of Christmas”. I had picked up a trail map from the tourist information but the map can also be downloaded here, collected from one of the tree locations in the Norwichristmas Guide or use the Discover Norwich App, which also includes additional exclusive content.
As we live in the countryside we were concerned with taking Adam into Norwich City on a busy December Saturday. He is not used to traffic and is normally able to run everywhere. He hasn’t been in a pushchair for months. Luckily, we have recently become a Chief Tester for Trunki and they asked us to review their ToddlePak.
We tested out the Dino Dudley Trunki ToddlePak (affiliate link) version. The ToddlePak claims to be fuss-free reins for children aged 6-48 months. The unique buckle adjusts quickly and easily for a perfect fit every time. The ToddlePak gave us extra reassurance that Adam would be safe.
As Adam loves transport we opted to use the Park and Ride to get into Norwich.
The ToddlePak allowed Adam the freedom to walk where he wanted without having to hold hands all of the time, yet we were able to stay with him. The reins looked comfortable and were easy to put on.
Adam discovered the key buildings featured in the Santa is coming to Norwich book. We visited Chapelfield, Theatre Royal, the Forum, City Hall and Norwich Market. In true Adam style he ran to all of these attractions.
Inside the Forum we found our first tree as part of the Norwich Real Christmas Tree Trail. There was a stand next to it where you were able to stamp the back page of the the Norwichristmas Guide.
If you collect 15 stamps from different sites and post the completed form in any of the post boxes next to the Christmas tree then you will be entered into a prize draw to win thousands of pounds worth of prizes!
Unfortunately for us we were unable to complete the full Norwich Real Christmas Tree Trail. Adam was feeling poorly so we had to make a quick exit home via the Park and Ride Bus.
As we didn’t complete the trail we asked some Norfolk Mums who had.
“We did it last Sunday, in the pouring rain. It’s a good job you only need 15 stamps out of 31 as quite a lot of the places they’re in are closed on Sundays. The Building Societies, Bridewell Museum, the Jewellers and the Playhouse Theatre were all shut.
The Christmas Tree Trail is free and runs until December 30.
Are you looking for other toddler friendly days out around Norfolk? Then take a look at our Adventures of Adam around Norfolk posts:
Disclaimer: We were given a Trunki ToddlePak to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.