A few weeks ago I received a rather exciting invitation to a ‘bloggers breakfast’ at Norwich Castle Museum. The invite said I could bring M along, and when I saw that we had the opportunity for a private viewing of the museum’s ‘A Vikings Guide to Deadly Dragons‘ exhibition, I knew instantly that he would be very excited about it. You see ‘A Vikings Guide to Deadly Dragons’ is based on the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ books by Cressida Cowell, and well, is there a small child that doesn’t like both the books and films? I think not!
So, one rather miserable Thursday morning we got the early bus up to Norwich and mooched around outside the castle until it was time to go inside. This was M’s first time visiting the castle, and I think he was a bit overwhelmed by the size of it. But once we met our hosts and headed inside he settled quite well (that might have had something to do with the Danish pastries he was allowed to help himself to!)
After having a chat with everyone – over some very nice coffee I might add – we made our way into the exhibition. I was immediately impressed at how brilliant it looked, and how it was completely aimed at kiddies. There were Viking helmets and shields for each child to wear (and dragon outfits too!), a roaring (fake) log fire pit to site around to listen to Viking tales, an arts and crafts area where kiddies can design their very own dragon and, my personal favourite, a Viking boat that plays a selection of viking songs. While listening to the songs I thought ‘That voice sounds rather familiar’, but I couldn’t quite place it. It turns out that the person singing the songs was none other than David Tennant! He actually voices all the audio elements of the exhibition, as well as the audio versions of the How to Train Your Dragon books themselves.
I was really impressed by just how much attention to detail had gone into the exhibition. It was full of interesting, and amusing, facts about the characters – and there were a large selection of Cressida Cowell’s character drawings on display as well.
We had such a great morning at Norwich Castle Museum, and it was a shame to leave but we had arranged to meet R outside his office and head off for some lunch. M was very impressed when he asked for a glass of water and it was presented to him in a pineapple!
But back to the exhibition. If you are in Norfolk over the Easter holidays and you are looking for something to do then I really cannot recommend the ‘A Vikings Guide to Deadly Dragons’ enough – it’s great fun for all the family! The exhibition runs through to 30th May, and more information about it can be found on the Norwich Castle Museum website.
Norwich Castle Museum kindly invited us to a private viewing of the Vikings Guide to Deadly Dragons exhibition but, as usual, all words and opinions are my own.