This week sees Norwich illuminated for the festive season, a handful of Christmas fairs and a special birthday!
The biggest event by far this week is the Christmas Lights Switch On in Norwich on Thursday 16th November. For those that always join the annual throng of revellers you know this is a great evening. For those who haven’t ventured in before, you are in for a treat. The event takes place outside Norwich City Hall with plenty of music, fun and frolics. After the switch on, fireworks follow when they spectacularly fire up from the roof top of Jarrolds department store. Norwich Market food stalls will also be open until 8pm which will add to the atmosphere and ambience – there are so many new great food options now so make sure you eat whilst you are there.
Be one of the first to get a selfie in the spectacular Tunnel of Light (#mytunneloflight) which this year will have new sequences and a tiara. The Castle projections also get turned on – they are wonderful, so beautifully crafted and pretty amazing. There are also more lights in the city than any Christmas before, so all in all Norwich will be looking more sparkling than ever. It’s officially time to get into your Christmas jumper!
OPEN is awash with vintage events this weekend, with different kinds of markets on Saturday and Sunday (with the amazing Soul Train in between…).
On Saturday catch the Norwich Does Vintage Christmas Fair, where you can find all sorts of fashion, homewares and kitchenalia, alongside live music, a vintage tearoom with VinTEAge, free vintage workshops and more! Britain Does Vintage (who run the event) have promised to show us what a real vintage fair is like, so make sure you have this in your diary! Entry to the fair is £2, and will be running between 11am and 4.30pm.
On Sunday, the Norwich Preloved Vintage Kilo comes to town. If you’ve not done this before, the premise is pretty simple: Shop through 6 tonnes of vintage and retro clothing by weight. When you get there, you’ll be given a big old bag to fill with treasures and finds as you explore rails of coats, denim, jumpers, branded sportswear dresses and more (there will also be a range of accessories, bags and shoes, so plenty to rummage through). Once you’ve got your favourite items in your bag, take it to a pay station and pay for your items depending on how much the bag weighs! Entry is £1.50!
Charlie Bear is turning 12 this year - happy birthday Charlie! The wonderful Bear Shop in Elm Hill is celebrating with a day dedicated to Charlie between 9.30am and 5pm this Saturday. There will be sealed box available containing a bear limited in production; a new design by Isabelle Lee. And if you’re lucky, the certificate could be signed by the great bear himself! Make sure you pop into the Britons Arms whilst you are there for a cup of tea and a slice of excellent cake!
Norwich Film Festival kicked off on 9 November and runs until the 19th – you can find out all the details here. There will be lots of screenings of independent films not available elsewhere to see in the area, industry information and loads more. Tickets range from £3 to £6 which seems great value – Catch ‘Friday Night’s Alright for Shorts’ on Friday (no less), and on Saturday the 18th ‘In Conversation with Jane Horrocks’. For more information visit the Film Festival website!
White House Farm in Sprowston (just off Wroxham Road) will be holding their Christmas Market this weekend (so the 18th and 19th). You’ll find over 60 Christmassy stalls, selling crafty gifts and food, plus mulled wine and mince pies! The event runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm each day, and entry is free! Guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit if you’re not feeling it already!
Take a guided tour amongst the spectacular autumn colours in Fairhaven’s woodland garden, and see the mature oak and beech trees, including the King Oak, which was a sapling at the time of the Battle of the walk is run by Head Gardener Ian Guest, and is included in garden entry: adult £6.75, concessions £6.15, child £3.85, under 5 free (free to Fairhaven members) – no need to book!
PLUS: This is an early warning. If you haven’t yet been to the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell to see their Black Beauty exhibition then now is the time to do it as it’s in its final days - the exhibition closes on on November 25th!
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