In this post we run down everything the early May bank holiday has to offer this year, so you can make the most of a well-earned day off. For those with big DIY plans, we salute you; for everyone else, it’s time to scrub down the BBQ, call up your friends and family, and book one of the great events that Norwich and Norfolk has got lined up for you. Here's how you can explore the whole county in one weekend!
Saturday in Norwich
Like most weekends, Norwich is full of things to do to keep you entertained until the sun goes down (and after that, too). During the day on Saturday 5th of May, The Global Village May Market will be installed at the Forum, where you’ll find over 35 indoor and outdoor traders selling products made anywhere from Madagascar to Mexico. For children, Garlic Theatre will be performing a fun interpretation of the story of George and the Dragon at Norwich Puppet Theatre, and as always Norwich Castle, Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell and Strangers’ Hall will be open, and a great way to spend a few hours with a family of any age. Don’t forget tours of Norwich Cathedral are free, too. Into the evening see ‘A Celebration of Mozart’ at the beautiful Norwich Central Baptist church starting at 7.30pm, or see Puccini’s Il Tabarro & Gianni Schicchi at Norwich Theatre Royal (pictured) – two moody and romantic one-part operas, both sung in English. Saturday also sees the glitzy Mister Jack’s Raspberry Cannoli Cabaret arrive at OPEN, if you fancy staying up late to New-York style cabaret sounds.
Sunday on the Broads
Depending on how your Saturday night went, you might be looking for some peace and quiet on Sunday. There is nowhere better than the Norfolk Broads – east out of Norwich – to spend a day exploring outside. It is really beautiful this time of year, especially if the sun is shining – it’s the perfect place to take some sandwiches and forget all about the pile of ironing waiting for you at home.
On Sunday the 6th, take part in the Surlingham Riverside Walk and enjoy a tea and cake in the pop up café at Surlingham Church, or venturing further east discover Acle’s Roman roots in a history walk around the village, organised as part of The Broads Outdoor Festival. For those with sea legs (well, river legs…), there will also be a paddle boarding safari first and last thing on the 6th of May, on Hickling Broad. It’s a perfectly serene way to see nature, and great exercise too! We also have a list of cycle routes of varying lengths on the VisitNorwich website if you wanted to plan your own route; there are plenty of pub and picnic spots along each one!
Monday in North Norfolk
After your rollercoaster two days exploring the city and waterways of Norfolk, end the bank holiday weekend in the north of the county, close to the sea and where the sunrises and sunsets can’t be rivalled. The beautiful Holkham Hall (pictured) has some fascinating exhibitions on at the moment, which explore the history of the grand estate, and you can also take part in the ‘Archdeacon’s Charge & Picnic’, in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (this look amazing; watch the video here). At Holkham you are close to the coast at Burnham-overy-staithe, Wells-next-the-Sea, Blakeney and Cromer; if you’re going by car the drive around this area offers some stunning scenery. Back inland (after stopping off at The Gunton Arms to enjoy a pint and a toastie in one of the most magnificent beer gardens around…), Bure Valley Railway are running a new ‘Nature by Rail’ trip on their steam train, plus you can meet the RSPCA, RSPB and Norfolk Wild Encounters. We also recommend a walk around the impressive lake at Blickling, which is fairly flat, dog friendly, and takes about an hour.
COMING TO VISIT?
Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 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 and Amsterdam, and seasonally from Guernsey and Jersey.
To plan a trip to Norwich check out our website www.visitnorwich.co.uk