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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.
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)…
This week sees Norwich illuminated for the festive season, a handful of Christmas fairs and a special birthday!
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.
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)!
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.
It’s that time again. Now that bonfire night is over, it’s officially alright to wear glitter on your face, eat mince pies without explanation, and listen to East 17.
At this time of year, Norwich’s only independent department store is transformed into a beautiful, glittering haven for Christmas shoppers. From the outside, Jarrolds (which opened its doors in 1823) glows with bright bulbs draped, Victorian-pier style, all over the ornate 19th century building – a recognisable landmark for Norwich folk everywhere. Inside, you’ll find 5 floors housing 50 different departments, all elegantly decked with lights and Christmas greenery, with touches of sparkle everywhere.
You may have seen them around Norwich already. You may even be one of them.
Alongside the appearance of twinkling streetlights and vats of mulled wine on bars everywhere, the arrival of Festive Markets is a symbol that Christmas is well and truly on the way.
Christmas shopping can be tiring work. It is an activity that requires stamina, animal cunning and mathematical skill, and by the time it’s over all you really want to do is lie in bed and drink tea through a straw.
This week sees the kids back at school, and loads of grown-up events appear in the Norwich Calendar. Upcoming we’ve got fine art, fine wine, and of course – fireworks…
Norwich is famously a medieval city. Although the city itself is about 15 ½ square miles, the majority of its Medieval charm lies in an area of just less than two square miles, comprised of winding streets, ancient architecture and cobbles that can be uniquely treacherous when in stilettos or possession of a wheeled suitcase.
Christmas is well and truly, almost, very nearly here – and what is more classically Christmas than a trip to the Pantomime? VisitNorwich has teamed up with Norwich Theatre Royal and the Maid’s Head Hotel to offer you the chance to win the ultimate, chocolate-box-Christmas break for you and your family in beautiful, illuminated Norwich.
Every year, my best friend comes over from Germany to see the Norwich Christmas lights switched on. According to her, Christmaslightswitchonday – all one word – in Norwich is the most Norwichy of all Norwich things, and every November she comes back and we watch the lights and fireworks, drink spiced cider and walk around the illumined city eating roasted chestnuts from the van on London Street.
This week is a weird and wonderful one in Norwich, with an eclectic mix of Halloween and Half Term activities going on all over the city. Also – can you believe that next week sees November arriving already?!
Have most of us seen The Holiday? If you haven’t, it’s a Christmasish type rom-com, in which our heroines Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet swap homes over the festive season, and go on solo holidays to try and find some zen over the festive season.
Walking into Norwich Puppet Theatre is like going backstage in your own childhood. It’s a beautiful, dream like place that looks and feels like magic. Puppets and fairy lights adorn the walls and ceilings all over this Grade 1 listed medieval church, which today is one of the last strongholds in the country for the 3,000 year old art of puppetry.
This week is such an eclectic mix of things to do, there’s something for everyone. Russia is a theme this week, with a fantastic exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and a performance by the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Plus catch poetry, murder mystery, puppets and loads of free things to do at Norwich Castle!
We’ve all got coats on and I’ve got a conker in my handbag; it’s officially Autumn! There are so many things to choose from over half term and beyond for Halloween and Bonfire night – here are our top picks.
There is so much coming up in the city this week it was hard to choose just 7 things to do! We’ve got live music and sausages all over the place, two great theatre performances for the family, plus a trip back in time to windy 1987…
If you were to walk around the city today, you’d see the majority of shop windows in Norwich are decked in their Halloween finest. Walking around the city, you can see all manner of cobwebby tinsels, pumpkin props and witchy decals. If you look hard enough, there’s also the faintest whisps of Christmas lurking behind the scenes in glittery readiness. Unmistakably, it’s coming up to October Half term, which as I remember it was always a week full of magic: Halloween, bonfire night and the promise of Christmastime make this such an exciting week for children, and for adults too! For the half term break (21st to the 29th of October), take your pick of the wonderful events that Norwich and Norfolk has to offer: inside, outside, and even on the water!
Do you start every year with the idea of giving handmade and thoughtful gifts to your loved ones at Christmas? Do you imagine handing over a beautifully wrapped package containing something carefully crafted, slightly wonky, and maybe even the kind of thing that leaves glitter all over the house and everyone that touches it?
October has arrived! This week we’ve got a range of indoor and outdoor activities for you to choose from, so whatever the weather you’re not left twiddling your thumbs. If you’ve got a thing for swing, Norwich is certainly the right place for you this week, and on Saturday Harfest comes to Norwich Cathedral, in all of its glorious Autumny abundance. So get your leaf-kicking best on and head into the city for our pick of things to do this week…
The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is ‘what do badger legs, kingfishers and fighting toads have in common?’.
For visitors to the Sainsbury Centre recently, you might recognise the spectacle of Tatlin’s Tower.
Following on from The Russia Season: Part One, in Part Two take a closer look at what's going on inside the Sainsbury Centre, as they stage a major exhibition that captures the polarised contexts of the Russian Civil war.
Norfolk’s Hostry festival is back again, building on its success in 2016 with a diverse and exciting programme for its seventh year.
This week spend Saturday in the Caribbean; be in Munich by Thursday!
We are so pleased to be able to tell you that Norwich Business Improvement District (BID), loving parent of City of Stories, has been shortlisted for the best Place Marketing campaign by a BID nationally. But they need your help…
Title Image: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606-1669 the three trees (only state) 1643. Etching, engraving and drypoint on paper. 21.1 x 28 cm. © Norfolk Museums Service
This week it's all about chutney, royalty in disguise, peacocks, scones, books and a big splash of cider!
This week saw the invariable ‘100 days until Christmas’ memes posted all over the internet. Iterations of Christmas characters graced our news feed in various excited guises to remind us all that the season of peace and goodwill is fast approaching.
When you visit Norwich and Norfolk, you'll notice many examples of stunning architecture, The Forum, on Millennium Plain, being one of the most iconic.
September it's an ideal time to visit Norwich with a spontaneous adult escape, as the attractions are quieter and prices can be cheaper as peak-season ends.When it comes to rest and relaxation, we have an indulgent range of hotels with some fantastic late summer deals available.
It's another busy week to visit Norwich and Norfolk, we've got gin tasting, walks under the stars, works of art, delicious local produce and plenty of blood-chilling crime.
As England's first UNESCO City of Literature, Norwich, not surprisingly, has an impressive programme of literary events year-round. This month we're excitedly clutching tickets to Noirwich Crime writing Festival and next month we're looking forward to University of East Anglia's Autumn 2017 Literary Festival.
Thursford has become synonymous with the magic of Christmas, the wonder of performance and the joy of a shared experience, but it's not just a wintertime wonderland, the Thursford Collection offers a truly unique visitor experience from April to September.
Whether you're already familiar with Norwich or not, there is always more to discover when you have an experienced guide. Autumn is a great time to explore the city as the leaves start to fall and the wonderfully warm colours begin to come through; just don't forget your camera!
Get September started with a week of fun activities from taste-testing every gin at the bar to exploring the broads by canoe.
Now the nights are starting to draw in, there's an unmistakable hint of autumn in the air at Houghton. It's one of our favourite seasons, with the whole estate gently shifting into a blaze of red, orange and gold tones.
Summer is still hanging in there and we're determined to make the most of it and not pay any attention to the Halloween costumes and selection boxes sneaking into the shops. September can be one of the most beautiful months for sunny days and warm evenings and there's still time to get out and make the most of it. Here's our guide to enjoying every last ray of sun.
As the thought of 'back to school' looms large for children, we thought we'd look ahead to all the reasons to be cheerful as autumn approaches. We may be waving goodbye to barbecues and beach days soon but how about kicking up the leaves on woodland walks, the return of the Sunday roast and clutching woolly gloves around steaming mugs of mulled wine? Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
Although the summer holidays are coming to an end, there's still plenty to look forward to throughout the month, from vintage days to deer safaris.