We often talk about things to do in terms of daytime activities and attractions - and though there’s certainly plenty to keep us all occupied during the day, Norwich has a vibrant and exciting array of evening and nightlife entertainment to enjoy. So, we’ve compiled our 5 favourite ‘nights out’ in Norwich – have a read, be inspired and get planning!
Norwich is lucky enough to have an abundance of fantastic theatrical venues; check out the Theatre Royal, Norwich Playhouse and Maddermarket Theatre for a brilliant year-round programme of performances. But before you lose yourself in the show, schedule dinner or drinks (or preferably both!) at one of the city’s many restaurants. The Assembly House, Cote Brasserie, Bill’s, The Waffle House and the Theatre Royal’s own restaurant, Kemp’s, all offer early evening supper ideal for pre-theatre meals, or go wild and try a taste of every continent at Cosmo, a world-cuisine buffet with over 150 dishes – perfect for even the fussiest eater! For a great choice of pre-performance cocktails, gin or even a pint head to The Library Restaurant Bar and Grill or East Twenty Six, or alternatively enjoy a relaxed drink by the river at The Ribs of Beef or the quirky Playhouse bar.
Photo: Playhouse bar
Love goosebumps with your grape? Join the Man in Black for a Ghost Tour of Norwich; with 3 walks a week over the summer there’ll be a different area explored each evening – the Norwich Lanes on a Monday, Elm Hill on a Tuesday and the Castle area on a Thursday. Tours start at 7.30pm, so you can enjoy a pre-tour snifter (to calm your nerves before you start to tingle all over!) or an early dinner beforehand. And after, before you head home in the dark? Try a tasty curry at Namaste.
Tickets are £7 per person (£5 concessions) and all tours leave from the Adam & Eve pub in Bishopsgate. Find out more here.
Photo: Adam & Eve pub, the meeting point for the Norwich Ghost Tours
There are now a few restaurants in Norwich offering tapas-inspired dishes on their menus. Head over to East Twenty Six where you’ll find a mouth-watering array of dishes including Salt cod croquettes, Smoked aubergine chips and Moorish pork skewers, among many others, all with a buzzing evening atmosphere to boot! Delice on Castle Meadow has a menu which encompasses a great range of styles and flavours, but what grabs our attention is their tapas boards, including Fish, Veggie, Mediterranean (plus many more), all made with organic produce to offer visitors ‘tapas with a British twist’!
The Iron House (housed in a gorgeously historic building which dates back to before the 1800’s, right in the centre of the eclectic Norwich Lanes) offers smaller dishes on their lunch menu which are ideal to mix and match. The corn beef hash topped with a fried egg and the marinated tiger prawns both sound like delicious choices, or for sharing plates try Bill’s Restaurant – they do a choice of mezze or veggie sharing plates, both of which sound particularly mouth-watering.
Photo: tapas at East Twenty Six
Riverside Entertainment offers visitors the chance to easily hop between different entertainment options. Enjoy a film at Odeon, a game of bowling and an arcade game or two at Hollywood Bowl or high-impact trampolining fun at Gravity. There are plenty of options for food, too – from Mexican at Chiquitos and Las Iguanas, to Italian at Frankie & Benny’s and Greek/ Mediterranean food at Artorio’s, there’s something for everyone– plus free parking for cinema and bowling customers too!
Photo: Riverside Entertainment Centre
There are plenty of venues in Norwich to catch a concert, whatever your musical tastes. Check out OPEN’s exciting and varied programme; the past 12 months have seen performances from London Grammar and Public Service Broadcast plus regular favourites such as The Norwich Soul Train, Tropico and Craig Charles with his touring Funk and Soul show!
The Maddermarket Theatre is home to the Norwich Jazz Club, so check out their monthly jazz sessions plus various other music-based events, or keep an eye on the Norwich Philharmonic Society’s schedule of concerts. As one of the oldest music societies in the country (they celebrate 175 years this year), they are truly at the heart of the Norwich classical music scene, and perform four concerts per season (plus an ever-popular Christmas concert if you’re really planning ahead!).
Norwich Cathedral is a truly breath-taking music venue which hosts orchestral and choral concerts and jazz ensembles, and St Andrew’s Hall also put on various concerts throughout the year – both brilliant city-centre venues. Head to Holkham for music in the Marble Hall or outside in their amazing grounds - both splendid settings!
Photo - top: The Maddermarket Theatre, credit Mark Ivan Benfield, bottom: Holkham's Marble Hall