BWC Visits: Deadly Dragons at Norwich Castle

We managed to get up and out the house early (no mean feat now we’re a four) to go and don our Viking helmets at Norwich Castle‘s new family-friendly exhibition, A Viking’s Guide to Deadly Dragons.


The exhibition is inspired by Cressida Cowell’s best-selling children’s books How to Train Your Dragon and was a vivacious toddler’s wonderland. After a few moments of being shy Coco was fully kitted up, growling like a Viking and singing along to sea shanty’s on the long boat (she fitted right in of course)! The exhibition was brilliant, stunning illustrations come to life across the walls, there’s a peak at the workings and sketches for the grown ups and plenty of buttons to push, dragons to cuddle and map activity sheets to follow for the little ones. The exhibition is on until May so plenty of time to go and meet Hiccup and toothless! There’s also a great educational programme – all dragon themed – so lots for little wildlings to do. We highly recommend a visit and who needs an excuse to visit the awesome Norwich anyway!


Of course we couldn’t go to a city packed with great independents without checking out the food – and we’d been wanting to try Wild Thyme since we spotted it above the great health food store Rainbow last visit.  It’s a wonderful vegetarian and vegan restaurant full of bright natural light and amazing staff.

The menu had just been refreshed and we were perfect timing for brunch. I opted for Avocado on toast and it was a creamy fresh mountain! Coco had an enormous bowl of porridge with fruit and nuts which I might have *had* to help her with. But it was Joel’s scrambled tofu that was the absolute highlight. We’d never had it before and it is AMAZING – scrambled with turmeric, powdered ginger and soy it was so tasty! We were feeling very chuffed even before the squidgiest vegan courgette chocolate cake arrived, so left feeling very happy indeed – all this before midday! It is up stairs- so great if you have the sling or are feeling strong,  and has no baby change but the staff whipped me out a changing mat to make the dreaded floor change more bearable!


IMG_4149IMG_4106 Labour in Vain Yard, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1JD 01603 765562

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Bone White China is a Cambridge-based food and lifestyle blog founded in 2009. Written by Sian Anderson and Alex Higgs and featuring fellow mums and friends Charlotte (our baking queen) and Charley (our style guru). We’re passionate about celebrating the everyday, simple pleasures, having fun, motherhood and supporting other locals.