Summer is officially here! We've already seen several hot and sunny days as spring departed but, whether you're a sun seeker or someone who would prefer to shelter, there are plenty of great indoor and outdoor adventures to have this week
Beneath the Museum of Norwich lies the dark passageways of the largest vaulted undercroft in the city. This Saturday, 24th June, is your chance to explore this hidden gem with a tour and a guide who will tell the secrets of its past, including its history as a prison where inmates were held in the dark, cold confines! Entry to the tour is included in Museum of Norwich admission, tours take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
This free exhibition at Norwich Cathedral has been beautifully curated with a wide range of paintings, drawings and sculpture; some depicting familiar Norfolk beauty spots including Norwich Cathedral, Brancaster Staithe and Cromer beach. Take a stroll around the exhibition in the surroundings of Norwich Cathedral Hostry – Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm and Sunday 10am - 3pm.
Roald Dahl’s family-favourite will have young and old laughing, singing along and perching on the edge of their seats as cunning Mr Fox tries to outwit the farmers and save his family and friends from a sticky end. This tale of greed, pride, power and friendship is suitable for the whole family with performances at 10.30am and 7pm until Saturday 24 June. Book tickets through Norwich Theatre Royal, ticket prices vary.
Cyclists will be taking over the countryside with a Nine Town Sportive on Sunday with the choice of a 25, 50 or 100-mile route. Riders can explore the beautiful South Norfolk countryside with marked routes and downloadable maps – register online to take part. There’s still plenty to do if you’re not taking to two wheels for the day, head into Diss from noon to enjoy the Cyclathon funfair, circus performers, a barbecue, bands and a well-stocked beer tent.
Hidden behind The Bear Shop, on Elm Hill, is a beautiful, colourful garden based on a design by Gertrude Jekyll. This weekend, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th, the garden is open to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme. Open Garden admission is £3 for adults and free for children, you can also enjoy homemade refreshments in aid of Priscilla Bacon Lodge.
Every year tens of thousands of people come from all over the country to see the largest two-day agricultural show in the UK. There are prize-winning pigs, jaw-dropping displays, heavy horses and more locally produced food and drink than you could possibly sample over the two-day show. This year (Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June) the Grand Ring has another spectacular events programme including the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and the Grand Parade of champion livestock. Book tickets and car parking at the Royal Norfolk Show website. Adult tickets can be bought on the gate for £25 per day and £10 for children (5-16).
Watching the graceful fallow and red deer walking freely around the Holkham parkland is one of the most majestic sights you’ll witness in the countryside. Wednesday 28th June is the last chance of the summer to join a guided Deer Discovery Walk. Walks are suitable for the whole family and your guide will be able to tell you plenty of facts about the herd, how their behaviour changes throughout the year and how the parkland has become a sanctuary for wildlife. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, book via the Holkham Hall website.
Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.
Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.