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Curtain Up On A New-Look Norwich Playhouse

16 August 2017

Norwich’s riverside theatre is undergoing major refurbishment, with the curtain going up on the new-look auditorium just in time for a series of sell-out shows later this month.

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5 things to do this week

16 August 2017

There's plenty going on this week whether you're looking to try something new, keep the kids busy, be entertained without paying a penny, or plan the biggest day of your life!

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Discover Norwich's Heritage Treasures

16 August 2017

Norwich is bursting with wonderful heritage treasures, as are the surrounding historic market towns. This year the Heritage Open Days programme is bigger than ever with more than 250 local events granting you FREE access to some of the hidden corners of our history. 

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Astronauts, Dinosaurs and Explosions! Norwich Science Festival Returns

16 August 2017

After a hugely successful inaugural festival last year, Norwich Science Festival returns 21st-29th October with a spectacular line-up of shows, exhibitions and hands-on fun around the city.

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It’s a social (media) summer...

4 August 2017

In the UK alone, 80 million photos are shared each day between 14,000,000 users on Instagram. On Facebook there are 32,000,000 UK users of 1.65 billion in the world. In salute to these astounding numbers here are 5 less obvious places to visit in Norwich which we hope will inspire some social sharing and learning all at the same time!     

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Get Active at Whitlingham

2 August 2017

Many of us want to get active but it can be hard to find the time, never mind the energy! One of the best ways to get motivated is when there's an opportunity to combine activity with fun. How about swapping the spinning class for an hour in a canoe, or giving your arms and legs a workout while learning to master a windsurf or paddleboard?

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The Month Ahead In Pictures: August

2 August 2017

It's finally summer holiday season! The children are looking for fun things to keep themselves entertained and there are plenty of tranquil treats for adults too. Here's a look at what's coming up.

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7 Things To Do This week

2 August 2017

Why not dedicate this week to doing something you've never done before? There is so much going on in Norwich and Norfolk, how about jumping in a canoe for a guided trail through the Broads? Have you ever been to a disco on a boat? Is it time to discover a new band or artist? You can do it all this week!

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5 Free Things to do in Norwich

2 August 2017

Now the summer holidays have really begun, it can be difficult to think of ways to keep yourself and family entertained without emptying your wallet each day. Here are five FREE things to do in Norwich this week. 

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7 Things To Do This Week

26 July 2017

The school holidays are finally here and the first week is packed with family-friendly events of all kinds, from dinosaur encounters to dolls houses and even a visit to Wonderland.

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10 Things To Buy In The Summer Sales

26 July 2017

The Norwich Lanes was crowned Great British High Street of the Year in 2014 and in 2017 it’s even better!  Jarrolds – Norwich’s only independent department store (and an award-winning one at that) made its home in the Norwich Lanes in 1770 and has never looked back. Still owned by the Jarrold family, it’s Norwich’s retail jewel in the crown; quality brands and labels, beauty treatments, a delightful book department with local books section and frequent author events, plus numerous places to eat and drink as well as a deli so you can pick up some local produce to take home; beer, wine and organic chocolates.

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Adventure Awaits at BeWILDerwood

26 July 2017

When was the last time you spent the day with a Crocklebog or a Thornyclod? When did you last listen to the tuneful call of the Parasquawk or have a picnic with a Hippopotamuddle? BeWILDerwood is a place where true adventure waits, where you can swoosh down slides, whoosh across wobbly wires and teeter around in the tree tops. To find out more about this enchanted, award-winning, family friendly forest has to offer, take a look at this week's guest post from BeWILDerwood.

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Go Wild at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

26 July 2017

Head to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden during the summer holidays for a family wildlife adventure. There are Wild Wednesdays, 'BugsBirdsBeasts' canoe trails and boat trips.

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Norwich...a story - watch the film!

21 July 2017

We’re delighted to share with you an incredible NEW film launching today - 'Norwich...a story', has been created and gifted to Norwich Cathedral by local BAFTA winning film maker, Rob Whitworth. Using a unique ‘flow-mo’ technique (a phrase coined by Rob’s dad) this film joins a select list of destinations across the globe - Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Barcelona, Pyongyang, Dubai, Sydney, Istanbul and Singapore - for which Rob has created films. This is the first flow-motion film that Rob has made in the UK.  

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The Magic of Puppetry at Norwich Puppet Theatre

19 July 2017

Inside the alcoves of a medieval church, puppets sit on shelves waiting for their turn to be brought to life, to perform in the spotlight and to make children smile and laugh. The 15th century flint church of St James' at Whitefriars, is the characterful home of a collection of puppets, all waiting patiently for their chance to tell a story.

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Four Stay Experiences, One Great Destination!

19 July 2017

How do you feel about leaving your crumpled bed sheets for a couple of nights in a countryside king-size? Interested in swapping your morning shower for a restful soak in a bath big enough for two? Or, ditching your microwave dinner for an evening of silver service? It’s time to treat yourself, say hello to spontaneity and book a city getaway! Whether you want one night of indulgence, or you’re whisking the family away for a few days of school holiday fun, Norwich is packed with accommodation to suit every style of break and budget.

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7 Things To Do This Week

17 July 2017

The school holiday countdown is almost over as school's break up this week! There's plenty to keep everyone entertained over the holidays from dinosaur parties and picnics to gigs and galleries. 

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WIN a two-night break to the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

12 July 2017

The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival (14 – 17 September) is an annual event celebrating all things crime fiction, bringing together leading authors and the best new talent. Crime addicts can indulge in the full festival fix with a Season Pass – if you love suspense, thrills and mysteries, this is the festival for you! 

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Antony Gormley 3x ANOTHER TIME

12 July 2017

If you're taking a stroll around the University of East Anglia and look up to see a lone male, eerily perched on the top of a campus building, you're not witnessing an emergency, you're experiencing the breath-taking work of contemporary British artist, Antony Gormley.

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The Month Ahead in Pictures: July

12 July 2017

Make some space in your diary because July is packed with fun things to do. Here's a look at what's getting our attention this month.

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7 Things To Do This Week

12 July 2017

SHAKESPEARE IN THE CLOISTERS

There's still time to get tickets to The Shakespeare Festival at Norwich Cathedral – on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th at 7pm – when The Lord Chamberlain's Men perform 'A Comedy of Errors'. The play follows two pairs of identical twins - when they were babies, the twins and their parents were separated in a shipwreck; now, years later, as one half of the twins searches for the other, they unwittingly find themselves in the same city on the same day. Tickets are £20 for adults and £18 for concessions - tickets are limited so hurry!

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Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre

5 July 2017

If there's one weekend when thousands of people come together to line the streets and celebrate life in our Fine City, it's this one!

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Norwich Pride

5 July 2017

Grab your most colourful clothes, paint your face and pack a picnic because a beautiful rainbow will be over the city on Saturday 29th July. Norwich Pride is the annual celebration of the LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) community for everyone.

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7 Things To Do This Week

5 July 2017

This week is one of the busiest of the year for entertainment, thanks to three days of Lord Mayor's Celebration events. There's also outdoor Shakespeare, a teddy bears' picnic and a disco that's perfect for insomniacs!

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EARTH SKY: Richard Long at Houghton Hall

5 July 2017

Head out of Norwich for a day at Houghton Hall, less than an hour away. This year, the exquisite hall is host to a very special exhibition by Turner Prize-winning artist, Richard Long.

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NUA DEGREE SHOWS 2017

27 June 2017

Top creative talent is being showcased in the annual Norwich University of the Arts Degree Shows this week. 

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Literary Hero: Sherlock Holmes

27 June 2017

When you think of Sherlock Holmes you're likely to be picturing the dimly lit streets of London with an eerie fog lingering in the air but, did you know that the Norfolk countryside has also had its part to play in the popular novels?

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7 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK

27 June 2017

Can you believe we are already half way through the year? There's plenty going on as we head into July and prepare for the school holidays.  If you want to do something different this week, we've got a floating dance floor, a kitchen made of mud, a donut challenge and the closest thing to a night in Venice!

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Nelson and Norfolk Exhibition Plus Fringe Events

27 June 2017

NORWICH CASTLE MUSEUM & ART GALLERY  29th JULY - 1st OCTOBER

Nelson & Norfolk is a landmark exhibition at Norwich Castle, celebrating the country's greatest naval hero and exploring his relationship with our county. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see objects which have never before been brought together in a single display. To complement this extensive exhibition, there is also a programme of special events, talks and workshops.

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7 Things To Do This Week

21 June 2017

Summer is officially here! We've already seen several hot and sunny days as spring departed but, whether you're a sun seeker or someone who would prefer to shelter, there are plenty of great indoor and outdoor adventures to have this week
 

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Norwich Art Story: The Paston Treasure

21 June 2017

The Paston Treasure is a painting which depicts so much, in such detail, that you could gaze for hours and still not see everything before you. It tells a family’s story of great wealth, wonder and heartbreak.

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Bandstands & Beats

21 June 2017

A summer of music is rocking its way to the city, ready to get you up and dancing your way through the season. We've got concerts in the park, jazz in the gardens, ska in the fields and singing in the streets! Here’s a look at what’s going to be getting you moving from now until August. 

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School’s Almost Out: Seven Summer ideas for Family Fun

20 June 2017

If you have children you’ll know that summer holiday fever is already building. For a child, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing the weeks stretch out in front of you with no alarm clock, no uniform and no homework. For parents, it can be a little harder as we struggle to keep them busy. The good news is there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained, from racing ducks to paddling with dinosaurs!

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7 Things To Do This Week

14 June 2017

From food heaven to vintage bargains, there’s plenty going on this week – and, since this Sunday is Fathers’ Day, why not go for experiences instead by taking dad out for the day...

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Top 10 Outdoor Things To Do This Summer

14 June 2017

There are some activities that just need to be enjoyed over the summer months, and Norfolk – with its wide variety of landscapes and attractions – is the ideal location to work your way through as many of these as possible!

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10 al-fresco dining spots

12 June 2017

As soon as we see even a suggestion of sunshine, we all know it’s time to get down to the nearest beer garden or restaurant with outdoor seating, to make the most of it! Eating al-fresco is one of the many joys of summer days, so celebrate the incoming warmer weather with our top picks:

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A route through time: Marriott’s Way

12 June 2017

A few weeks ago we included Marriott’s Way as a place to walk and cycle in this post. We mentioned that it was a disused railway line – but how much do you actually know about the story of the railway in our region?

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The Assembly House: High Society, High School & Army Camouflage

6 June 2017

This Grade I listed building wasn’t always the beautiful place to eat, drink, socialise and stay at that it is today. Over the years it has been used for a number of reasons, and hosted a number of events. Regardless, we can all agree that it is a truly amazing piece of architecture...

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7 Things To Do This Week

5 June 2017

There are 7 ways to pass the time this week, whether you feel like enjoying live music or taking a fun and informal art class at the Castle - plus plenty more options to pick from...

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The month ahead in pictures: June

5 June 2017

There's plenty to see and do this month in Norwich - and here are some of our favourite snaps to demonstrate this!

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LITERARY HERO: ANNA SEWELL (BLACK BEAUTY)

2 June 2017

Anna Sewell is one of our highly esteemed ‘Norfolk literary heroes’. She was the author of Black Beauty which went on to sell 50 million copies to date, all over the world. Her novel also had a huge influence on horse welfare and paved the way for many reforms in the subsequent years.

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Five City Cultural Surprises

31 May 2017

Norwich is full of surprises – from quirky bars and boutiques to pretty open spaces you didn’t expect to find right there – but some of the best surprises this city has to offer are its cultural ‘gems’. The places which have, mostly, been here for years and years, but which still surprise visitors and locals alike…

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A Walk A Week!

31 May 2017

It strengthens your heart, helps you lose weight and tone up, keeps you feeling fit and energised, boosts your vitamin D levels…

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Cooking The Norfolk Way!

31 May 2017

We all know Norfolk is stuffed full of incredible places to eat, from brasseries and fine dining to cafés and food to enjoy on the go. This reflects the county’s excellent reputation for quality produce - sometimes, though, we wish we could recreate some of their classic dishes at home. Enter: The Norfolk Cookbook! We’ve got a copy to give away to one lucky winner…

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10 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK: THE HALF TERM EDITION

30 May 2017

With half term in full swing this week, there’s plenty to keep kids (and adults, for that matter) occupied. We’ve selected some of our favourite events, activities and things to do for the rest of this week and into the next...

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Not just Afternoon Tea... CHOCOLATE Afternoon Tea!

25 May 2017

We headed over to Park Farm Hotel to try their brand new 'chocolate afternoon tea' - and it certainly didn't disappoint! Read on to find out more...

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Great Things Come In Small Packages & WIN a Fathers' Day gift worth £265!

24 May 2017

Big is not always better, you know! Norwich has plenty of vibrant businesses which are small but perfectly formed, covering shops, cafes, restaurants, hotels and much more.

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THE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL IS BACK + WIN 2 TICKETS

23 May 2017

Back at Norwich Cathedral following many years of roaring success (and depending on the play, roaring laughter too), the ever popular Shakespeare Festival returns for 2017, on Friday 14 & Saturday 15 July. This year the Lord Chamberlain’s Men will perform, to its true hilarious potential, Shakespeare’s much-loved farce The Comedy of Errors.

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Wymondham Music Festival: Our Guide...

23 May 2017

A fun, lively mish-mash of musical events spanning various genres awaits at the annual Wymondham Music Festival. The line-up comprises of 16 days of musical fun, with events spanning a range of genres and styles and suitable for a variety of tastes and ages – it’s not just for adults! There’s so much going on, in fact, that we’ve compiled a handy guide to help you plan…

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7 Things To Do This Week

23 May 2017

With Half Term fast approaching we’ve highlighted some of our favourite things to do over the coming week. Whatever your tastes, there’s something here – from booze and pub trails to string bands and dinosaurs!

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