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NORWICH CASTLE: NOT A TRAIN STATION

21 February 2018

On a grey morning, as invisible drizzle fogged up my glasses and aggressive umbrellas dominated the streets, I made my way to Norwich Castle to visit their new exhibition, 'Square Box on the Hill'. 

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5 Things to do this week

21 February 2018

An eclectic week of activities this week, including a fabulous showstopper at OPEN, and a moment of quiet in Norwich's Cathedral. 

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TAKE YOUR MAMA OUT

21 February 2018

This year, Mother's day falls on the 11th of March. With 3-ish weeks to go, if you haven't got plans already, we've got some ideas for you below (arranged by tentative chronological order for those of you who like an itinerary)!

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THE OLDEST PUB IN NORWICH

21 February 2018

Nestled comfortably between the river and the Cathedral, in the shadow of trees and an old flint wall, sits Norwich's oldest pub.  

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QUENTIN BLAKE IS COMING

14 February 2018

This March, gentle titan of illustration Quentin Blake will be exhibiting a special collection of works in Norwich's Millennium Library

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True Stories

14 February 2018

You might have seen that recently, we ran a competition to win your declaration of love projected onto Norwich castle.

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5-ish things to do this week

14 February 2018

 

Into mid-Febraury, and we don't know whether to get outside in the brisk winter sunshine, or cosy inside!

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NORFOLK BOARDS

12 February 2018

Head down to Norwich Market on any weekday lunchtime, and you will find the heart of the city. Stalls are steaming with hot food, and all sorts of people have migrated here in their free hour to pick up something to have now, or take home for later. 

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5 Things to Do This Week

7 February 2018

 

Travel back in time this week - visit the Victorian era, or 1997...

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The secret garden

7 February 2018

Sometimes, writing this blog feels like being let into a wonderful secret. I get to visit places I've never been, and see things I'd never normally see. And so it was that this week, I borrowed some sensible shoes from my housemate and headed to Raveningham Gardens, just as snow was threatening to fall, and a bin lorry was threatening to block in my car. 

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A Norwich love story: from the Dungeons to a dynasty

7 February 2018

Back in 1783, Norwich was the backdrop for one of the most peculiar love stories his city has ever seen. This is how, in 1787, two inmates from Norwich Castle Gaol went on to become one of the founding families of modern Australia. 

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Pancakes and where to find them

7 February 2018

 

Norwich is home to many places to celebrate Shrove Tuesday if you: 

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A FIRST PEEK AT HALF TERM EVENTS

31 January 2018

At the beginning of December, I walked past a café where two ladies were sat outside chatting.

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5 things to do this week

31 January 2018

This week Norwich opens its arms to a whole range of arts events, be that dance, performance, photography, and music from Relight my Fire to Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto.

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The City of Stories, blooming in Spring

31 January 2018

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the UEA Spring Literary Festival, and also a groundbreaking year in Norwich's lifetime as a UNESCO City of Literature. 

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HERE GORN JARGON

31 January 2018

Or how to practice for the Norwich 10k, if you're familiar with the Norfolk accent. 

Title Image: The street sign welcoming you into Wiveton in North Norfolk

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5 Things to do this week

24 January 2018

Dance on Friday, gritty puppets on Saturday, smooth Jazz on Sunday. What's not to love? 

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NORWICH'S REALLY NORWICH-Y WEEK

24 January 2018

But what does that even mean, I hear you ask. 

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GALENTINE'S DAY

23 January 2018

 

The event's history is in its infancy: Galentine's Day was born in 2010, from a sitcom joke (Parks and Recreation fans, anywhere?), and now it's kind of a thing. 

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Seals, Sand Dunes and a Sausage Roll

22 January 2018

Last weekend, after living here for over 5 years, I went to see the seals at Winterton-on-Sea, and it was just as good as everyone said it would be. 

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5 Things to do this Week

17 January 2018

Ever wanted to know what it's like to actually save a Russian space station?

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COMPETITION: DECLARE YOUR LOVE WITH AN ILLUMINATION ON NORWICH CASTLE

16 January 2018

Here in Norwich, the City of Stories, there is a very unique history of Valentine’s day celebrations. To continue the tradition, this year we’re offering you a once in a lifetime opportunity to have your 'declaration of love’ projected onto Norwich Castle for the whole city - and the person you love - to see.

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TOP TEN VALENTINE'S GETAWAYS

16 January 2018

Norwich is a romantic city. It just can’t help it.

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Puppets for grown-ups - no strings attached

8 January 2018

 

Since manipulate festival (lower case ‘m’) announced that it would be coming to Norwich, we’ve all been very excited indeed. manipulate visual theatre festival is produced by Puppet Animation Scotland, and this year they will be bringing a series of shows to Norwich Puppet Theatre that will showcase the artform in a way that you’ve never seen it before (unless you’re a Plan B fan, but we’ll come to that later).

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WIN Beer Festival Tickets & an Overnight Stay!

5 January 2018

After the excitement of Christmas and New Year – and unless your birthday is in January or February, it can feel like there isn’t a great deal to look forward to for the rest of the winter season.

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THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK

5 January 2018

Now that the decorations are down and there's nothing good on TV anymore, check out our list of things to do around Norwich this week! 

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Your 2018 in Pictures

5 January 2018

Welcome back chaps!

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Comfort (food) and joy in January

4 January 2018

It seems to me that everyone I’ve spoken to this year has been feeling under the weather this festive season. Each “Happy new year! Did you have a good Christmas?” has been met with a fatigued "yeah it was nice thanks but…” followed by a tragic story about how Christmas was cancelled and discarded alongside a mountain of used Kleenex and the promise of 'getting out the house for a bit’ on Boxing Day.

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SPOTLIGHT: CATHEDRAL QUARTER

12 December 2017

The area around Tombland and Elm hill is not only picture-perfect beautiful, but also home to some of the finest independent shops and cafes that Norwich has to offer.

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CHRISTMAS EVENTS AND NYE SHINDIGS

11 December 2017

If you're still pondering how to spend the festive season, then this list is for you!

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THE GREAT DECEMBER PUB CRAWL OF PANIC

11 December 2017

Regretfully, we must inform you there are only 12 shopping days left before Christmas. This means there is now very little time to get your Christmas shopping done, wrap it like an adult and appear as through you are a yuletide ocean of calm. 

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WIN TICKETS TO SEE LITTLE MIX!

11 December 2017

As it’s Christmas, we thought we’d give away a little gift of our own! Readers, it’s time to get the glitter out again…

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5 Things to do this week

5 December 2017

This week we’ve got some Christmas Treets, a pop up for all you ve-gannets, or an orchestral performance that will tug the heart strings (you’ll just have to compose yourself).

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Shopping Spotlight: Country and Eastern

5 December 2017

 

Country and Eastern is a very, very special place.

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Keep it Christmas!

5 December 2017

Have you considered getting your Nana a Scabbard for Christmas?

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SANTA'S BIG DAY OUT IN NORWICH

5 December 2017

Did you see him?! Reports of Santa-sightings around Norwich landed on the VisitNorwich desk on Wednesday last week, and after some digging our PR people found out that he was just here for some last minute sightseeing before the beginning of December. 

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5 Things to Do This Week

28 November 2017

 

This week sees December arrive, and plenty of festive events for all ages happening around Norwich (and beyond!)

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Your Quick-look Breakfast Guide

28 November 2017

It’s Christmas party season: Bar tabs are high, standards are low, and the next morning you promise yourself that you’re never drinking red wine/tequila/“because you lost a bet” again.

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Exhibitions over December

28 November 2017

We’re very lucky in Norwich at the moment.  

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Shopping Spotlight: Intu Chapelfield

28 November 2017

Is anyone else panicking yet? Just a bit?

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6-and-a-bit things to do this week

21 November 2017

Now that the lights are on, Christmas events are kicking off in earnest this week – there’s lots going on all over the place to kick start your festive cheer, or keep you in the Christmas spirit if you’re one of those people that started watching Home Alone in October.

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Taking the pith (and other vegetables)

21 November 2017

At the VisitNorwich office, we are awash with oranges at the moment. We’re all doing it. Every day. Clementines abound in desk drawers, and you can’t so much as look at one without their citrussy aroma permeating the air. One of our number even possesses a specialist peeling device in case of emergencies. So go hard or go home – this week the blog is dedicated to the mighty orange.

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A Very Vintage Christmas

21 November 2017

Perhaps this December, you feel like a bit of escapism. And you don’t have to go far; this year Norwich has loads of events that will transport you back in time (and one in particular that will actually transport you). With all sorts going on, immerse yourself in a traditional Victorian Christmas, swing dancing, a free Christmas Routmaster Bus ride, or maybe take a day to wander round Norwich’s many and varied vintage outlets. Here’s our run down of the city’s finest retro activities to get you in the Christmas spirit…

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Shopping Spotlight: Sonkai

21 November 2017

5 years ago, when I first moved to Norwich, I was given a ring that belonged to my great grandmother. It was very old and fragile, and the stone in the middle kept falling out. Chatting to a friend, they recommended that I visit a jewellers on the corner of Dove Street, who would be able to help me. I’d seen this place before: it stands out amidst other jewellers in the city for its modern, dark exterior, and clean, uncluttered displays which are mounted on plinths that almost – but not quite – take your eye away from the workbench that exists inside the small, open plan shop.

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Shopping Spotlight: The Lanes

15 November 2017

This week’s shopping spotlight is all about one of the most beautiful – and loved – areas of the city: The Norwich Lanes. An award winning pocket of cobbled streets, pedestrianised roads and alleyways, here you’ll find over 300 cafes, bars, shops and restaurants to explore.

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We've tracked down the big man...

14 November 2017

Father Christmas is a very busy man at the moment. I tried as hard as I could, but I couldn’t get an interview with him as he is - of course - inundated with logistics enquiries and last-minute additions to the nice list. However, he did give me a couple of dates for my diary about where I can find him in Norfolk, and he’s asked me to tell you too (and he’s not where you’d expect him)…

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6 things to do this week

14 November 2017

This week sees Norwich illuminated for the festive season, a handful of Christmas fairs and a special birthday!

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Petticoats & Mouse Bodies

13 November 2017

 

In a top secret location, somewhere in Norwich, there is a place where years of pantomime props and costumes wait patiently for another moment in the spotlight... I was lucky enough to go behind the scenes of Norwich Theatre Royal's Costume Store, and given a tour by Costume Hire Supervisor - the wonderful Catherine Majtenyi. 

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6 Things to Do This Week

8 November 2017

After Halloween last week, and bonfire night at the weekend, Norwich is starting to gear up for Christmas – if you’ve been into the city you may have noticed that the lights have been put up, ready to be switched on next week! But before that, there’s plenty to keep you busy (and it’s not too early to start Christmas shopping)!

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Oh what a night...

8 November 2017

In the words of the great Sir Paul McCartney, the party’s on, and the feeling’s here. It is indeed very nearly wonderful Christmastime, which is a good reason to meet up with those friends you never see, get together with family, and wear those shoes that are simply too ridiculous to be acceptable at any other time of year. This is our list  - arranged by outfit genre - of places to spend (or just begin…) an evening out, whether you’re in the mood for something quiet, or a bit more lavish.

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