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5 things to do this week

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…


The Art Fund Annual Lecture – Norwich Castle

Thursday 2nd November 2017 6pm, £15 

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At Norwich Castle on Thursday, independent art historian Claire Ford will give a talk on Rembrandt’s work: Explorer of Light in the Dutch Golden Age. The talk focuses on Rembrandt’s use of light and shade, and is followed by a private view of the spectacular and very special exhibition currently showing at Norwich Castle. I have been to this exhibition twice, and will be going back again - it's absolutely incredible, and a very rare opportunity to look really closely at Rembrandt's immaculate yet astonishingly sketchy linework. I recommend you take the time to read the interpretation boards too; there's a lot to be discovered here about Rembrandt's canny working practices. Booking for this essential through Art Fund, email / 01603 259991. Tickets are £15 and include a glass of wine. For more information please visit our website. 


Bordeaux Dinner – Bishop’s Restaurant

Thursday 2nd November 7pm, £85 per person


And if wine’s your thing, then Bishop’s have put together a fabulous Bordeaux Dinner with a fabulous French menu and a different wine to accompany each course. Held in their elegant, small but very perfect fine dining rooms, this is going to be a dreamy evening for French wine and food fans alike. Jerome from Bijou Bottles will be there to talk about each wine as it is served, and the menu looks absolutely incredible. For more information about how to book (and to see the menu!) visit our events listing.


Big Boom – Norwich City Centre (but mostly outside City Hall)

Friday 3rd November, Fireworks start at 7.30pm

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It's here! Friday sees the fabulous (and free!) Big Boom fireworks in Norwich City Centre, launched into the sky above Norwich Castle. Gather with the crowds in front of City Hall and watch the show, which is beautifully choreographed in time with music. The show starts at 7.30, don’t miss it!


Bonfire Night at Cafe Britannia

From Friday 3rd November 2017 18:00 to Friday 3rd November 2017 22:00

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If you want to watch the Fireworks from a different vantage point, on Friday you can also head North of the City to one of the best vantage points going – Mousehold Heath. Head into the warmth of Café Britannia for an evening of live music, family fun entertainment, a buffet, outside catering and of course, the most spectacular view of the fireworks. For more information please visit our website. Tickets are £9.95 for adults and £3 for children under 10.

Casebook Event: The Appearance of the Obeli

Saturday 4th of November, running from 10am until 4pm.

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Lastly on Saturday the 4th spend the day haring round Norwich City, solving clues, questioning real-life witnesses and trying to solve ‘The Mystery of the Obeli’. In teams, you’ll be given a historical mystery to solve, that will see you go around 12 secret locations across city,  as you race to get to the bottom of the case. For more information on the event, and chances to win FREE tickets to this exciting, one-time-only event, please visit our competition page! Tickets are £12 each, although under 12’s are free, and get a team of 6 of you together for £50!




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