2017 is looking set to be a year full of fantastic, fabulous festivals: retro 80’s music, classical and every music genre in between, plus literary celebrations honing in on current authors and those from other centuries - including a 4-day crime fest where murder is on everybody’s mind! Ale, historic buildings, performance, contemporary circus, art... here’s our favourites - this is your ultimate festival planner for the year ahead!
Image: Race Horse Company's Super Sunday, part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017. Photo by Peter Hellman.
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The CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival will be held at St Andrew's and Blackfriars's Hall
Held this year for the first time in Norwich, the CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival will take over St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’s Hall for five beer-filled days! The festival will bring hundreds of fantastic beers to the venue from all over the country, including local varieties (we are a city with some fantastic breweries, after all) and a wide range of styles. Tickle your fancy? For your chance to win four exclusive tickets to the festival, enter our competition. (Closing date 8 February 2017).
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Image: Eli Shafak - photo by Muammer Yanmaz
Running twice a year, in Spring and Autumn, each UEA literary festival promises some fantastic speakers, selected from the world of literature. This year’s Spring line-up includes Ed Balls, Lionel Shriver, Louise Doughty, Ali Smith, George Saunders, Michael Pennington and Elif Shafak – a fantastic line-up that we’ve very excited about!
Tickets £8 / £4 for students (season tickets: £48 / £40 concession). Find out more here.
Image: DRIFTWOOD - Casus Circus, part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017
One of the highlights in Norfolk’s cultural calendar, the Norfolk & Norwich Festival is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the best music, theatre, literature, visual arts, circus, dance and outdoor arts acts from all over the world! It’s one of the country’s top four international arts festivals and offers a jam-packed programme spread over 17 days – and spread over the county too. Find out more and buy tickets here.
The annual City of Ale festival returns for another year, with special beer-related events and activities taking place all over the city at pubs and various venues. Follow the Ale trails using the paper trail maps or digitally on the Discover Norwich app (free to download on IOs and Android) and feel yourself become thoroughly immersed in the world of beer.
Take yourself back to the 80’s, whether you remember that era’s music scene first time or not, with the Let’s Rock Norwich retro festival. Taking place at Earlham Park (so it’s nice and central), this festival promises a line-up featuring some massive 80’s stars including Bananarama, Boney M, Go West, Chesney Hawkes, Kim Wilde and many more! All those 80’s legends from just £33 per adult and £17.60 per child.
Image: Renato D’Aiello, who performed at the 2016 Wymondham Music Festival
This award-winning festival is now in its 21st year and takes place in Wymondham, a historic market town to the South of Norwich. This year’s brilliant line-up includes outdoor concerts, the ever popular jazz and Teddy Bear’s picnics, classical recitals and music spanning many genres. Stay tuned for full line-up.
During this annual event - Norwich's biggest community celebration - expect an array fantastic events, entertainers, fireworks, live music, an incredible street procession (with truly amazing floats), plenty of craft and food markets, a duck race, and plenty more to keep everyone entertained!
Every year some of the county’s best-loved – and often hidden – heritage sites throw open their doors (so to speak) and welcome visitors to explore for free. The programme hasn’t been finalised for this year yet, but the 4 day event is usually a great opportunity to visit some of the city’s brilliant museums, like The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell and Strangers’ Hall, as well as the city’s churches (many of which are now used for other purposes and might not be accessible to the public during the rest of the year) plus quirky sites such as Van Dal and The Guildhall. There are also plenty of fantastic events which always take place as part of Heritage Open Days; some events, tours or visits are drop-in and some need pre-booking, but all are free!
Image: Noirwich Crime Writing Festival at Dragon Hall
For lovers of crime, aspiring writers, or just fans of literature and reading in general, Noirwich is the festival for you! Now in its fourth year, the festival line-up consists of 4 days of bold, bloody events and workshops with authors who really know their crime writing! Last year saw events with some fantastic speakers including Peter James, Ian Rankin, Sophie Hannah and Julia Crouch, plus many more.
The line-up for 2017 hasn’t yet been announced but keep a beady eye on our website for updates.
Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or just enjoy the odd pint, the annual Norwich Beer Festival is a great way to try new brands and brews, listen to some live music and soak up the great atmosphere as you sup your pint! Held annually at the magnificent St Andrew’s Hall, it’s well worth booking tickets to guarantee entry - it’s very popular!
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