Here's 8 fun things to do this week, ranging from guided walks in the open air to incredible international acts from around the world. It's all happening in Norwich this week!
Image: Museum of the Moon, part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Image: VR Playground, part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival
The annual Norfolk & Norwich Festival continues this week, with fantastic international acts from around the world descending on Norwich. From skilled speakers and circus acts through to music, poetry and immersive performance, there’ll be something to captivate you. There’s also a great programme of free events, so you can experience the festival at no cost! See our blog posts about the festival here and here, and about the free events here.
12 – 28 May, various times & venues. Find out more here.
Norwich Castle transforms again in their yearly extravaganza; this year you can see the world from a different perspective as you explore the Castle, with the chance to discover “big and small, sound and vision, and magic and fire”. You can create your own ‘drink me – shrink me’ potion, join their magic entertainer and storytellers as they entertain and amaze you, and see the museum’s objects in a different way! It’s a great opportunity to see the fantastic Small Stories exhibition and it’s all free entry!
Saturday 20 May, 5 – 10pm, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Find out more.
Take a tour of Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden this weekend (21 May) with the Head Gardener. You’ll see the garden’s thousands of Candelabra Primulas and it’s all included in garden entry (Adults £6.50, concessions £5.90, children £3.75, under fives free) – no need to book.
There’s also the opportunity to take the Candelabra Primula tour AND enjoy a cream tea with homemade scones and tea or coffee; these special tours take place on Wednesday 17 and Wednesday 24 May and cost £11.50 per person (£5 for Fairhaven members). For these tours you’re also advised to book – this can be done online here or by calling
Building on the success of last year, Norwich Vegan Festival returns to Norwich for a day of delicious food and other vegan gifts, alongside useful information about vegan lifestyles and live music. It’s free to enter and takes place this year at The Halls.
Saturday 20 May, 10am – 4pm, The Halls.
Continuing the garden theme, this is a great opportunity to see Holkham’s gardens from an insider’s point of view – some of their gardens aren’t usually open to the public, but on Sunday 21 May you can take a spring tour and see the beautiful flowers, shrubbery and trees. The gardens were designed in the 19th century by leading landscape gardener W.A. Nesfield (he also designed Kew Gardens). Make sure you book as these tours are always very popular - £9 per adult, £4.50 per child. Buy online here.
Sunday 21 May, 11am, Holkham Hall. Find out more here.
The Norwich Man in Black is back! Give his ghost walks a go and see the city from a different perspective. There’ll be ghoulish tales and plenty of thrills! Tickets £7, concessions & under 16’s £5.
Walks currently take place on a Tuesday (Elm Hill walk) and Thursday (Castle walk), 7.30pm from outside The Adam & Eve Pub on Bishopgate. Find out more here
It’s party time at BeWILDerwood, and the wood’s little critters invite you to join in! There’ll be crafts, go on a hunt for insect friends and have some BeWILDerbug-style dance lessons! These activities take place throughout this month but visit before 26 May to get involved!
This Friday sees the start of Kindertransport at the Maddermarket Theatre, a hard-hitting play about Germany during WW2. A desperate mother must pack her 9-year-old daughter onto a train to escape danger in 1938, whilst 50 years later a mother urges her grown-up daughter to leave their family home; this story is inspired by the many Jewish children forced to flee their homes to escape the Nazis. having been performed around the world, this is a fantastic opportunity to see this play right here in Norwich, until 27 May. Tickets from £8.
19 – 27 May, various times, Maddermaret Theatre.
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.