With Half Term fast approaching we’ve highlighted some of our favourite things to do over the coming week. Whatever your tastes, there’s something here – from booze and pub trails to string bands and dinosaurs!
Image: Bounce & Rhyme in the Spiegeltent, image by JMA Photography
The annual celebration of all things ale in Norwich kicks off this weekend, with ten days packed full of great events, tastings, ale trails and plenty more taking place all over the city. Plus, if you fancy getting involved in the ale trails then why not complete them on the VisitNorwich app? It’s free to download on ios and Android and has plenty of information about Norwich (including where to eat, drink, stay and shop at as well as plenty of event listings). Their trails functionality uses GPS technology to figure out your location – clever stuff – and it’s more fun, of course!
Thursday 25 May - Sunday 4 June, various locations. Find out more.
Also kicking off on Monday is Norwich Gaming Festival at The Forum. It’s a completely free gaming festival for all ages, with gaming experiences, talks from industry speakers and workshops! Last saw over 45,000 visitors flock to The Forum for the 2016 festival, and this year looks set to be just as fantastic!
Monday 29 May 2017 - Saturday 3 June, all day, The Forum. Find out more.
Continue the City of Ale fun this Friday with a guided historic pub tour, in association with The Maids Head Hotel; starting from their historic bar you’ll tour some brilliant Norwich drinking spots and, once back at the bar, you can sample the hotel’s signature beer (by award-winning brewer Woodforde’s Norfolk Ales). Tours cost £6 per person and will last approximately an hour.
Friday 26 May, 6pm, Maids Head Hotel. Find out more:
This year the Norfolk & Norwich Festival once again throw open the doors of the fantastic Adnams Spiegeltent, to host a range of free events during the daytime – from Mamasupials to The Afternoon Social, there’s something for all ages this week. The weekend sees plenty more great events in the festival hub that is Chapelfield gardens, including: To be a Machine; Sharks and Surfboards; Satire and Protest; and Ezra Collective - plus many more! Check out all the Norfolk & Norwich events on our website.
'Meet Me At The Spiegeltent', Tuesday 23 - Thursday 25 May, 9am - 6pm, Adnams Spiegeltent in Chapelfield Gardens.
What a great opportunity to see this fabulous musical, inspired by Monty Python and the Holy Grail (which is in turn inspired by the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table) at Norwich Playhouse. It promises plenty of shenanigans including ‘dancing girls, fish slapping, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, shrubberies and coconut shells’. How could you resist? Tickets £19 with some concessions on certain days; see website for more details
Tuesday 30 May – Saturday 3 June, 7.30pm, Norwich Playhouse. Find out more.
Enjoy the wonderful sounds of a string band performing on the lawn of Somerleyton Hall. We’d advise you get tickets in advance as it will be very popular – especially if the sun comes out! – but there’s no extra charge on top of the usual admission costs (for further details check their listing here).
Monday 29 May, 2 – 4pm, Somerleyton Hall. Find out more.
…Because Norwich Cathedral are hosting plenty of fun events during half term for kids between 5 and 11 years old! They’ll receive a backpack containing items essential for proper exploration (think binoculars, tape measure, compass, magnifying glass and more) which they can use to explore the Cathedral. Head to the Hostry visitor centre to pick one up – but be quick as its first come, first served!
Monday 29 May – Saturday 3 June, 9.30am – 4.30pm, Norwich Cathedral. Find out more.
Stay tuned for our special ‘Half Term Things To Do’ edit next week!
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