It's not all about culture; we’re lucky enough to have plenty of opportunities for a spot of sporting fun! Here’s a few ways to get involved in sport and have fun at the same time, plus the opportunity to win Norfolk Big Rugby Weekend tickets and a crate of beer!
Image: The Gas Hill Gasp, photo by Jason Bye
Image: win a crate of Woodforde's Beer as well as the weekend tickets!
Head over to Holt for the Norfolk Big Rugby Weekend, to see the county finals and the best that Norfolk rugby has to offer. Spread across two days - Saturday 6 for senior and Sunday 7 May for youth rugby – the weekend is described as a ‘festival of rugby, fun, food, drink and entertainment’, with Woodforde’s Norfolk Ales sponsoring the Saturday and providing a beer tent to sample their fantastic brews in, as well as a gin & prosecco bar and plenty of entertainment for young spectators. Entrance each day is £5 and gates open at 9am.
To celebrate this great weekend of rugby we’ve teamed up with Woodfordes to offer a pair of hospitality tickets to Norfolk Big Rugby Weekend AND a crate of beer! The prize includes entry all weekend, an invitation to a drinks reception at noon on both days, free access to the hospitality and bar area, hog roast AND a mixed pack of six beers to enjoy when you’re back at home!
Simply enter your details on this page to be in with a chance of winning. Closing date 26 April; full Terms & Conditions are stated on the entry page. Over 18’s only. Good luck!
Norwich has some fantastic races and fun sporting activities throughout the rest of the year, why not give one of these a go - or all if you really want to show what you’re made of...
Image: Run Norwich
Here’s an opportunity to show off your sporting prowess – or just be a bit more active than usual: the annual Run Norwich event is a brilliant (and very popular) 10k run right through the city centre, winding around well-known sights and attractions and through heritage areas of the city. Norwich provides some very impressive views! The inaugural run was two years ago and both 2015 and 2016’s runs were incredibly popular, with 5,500 runners signing up last year to take part and spectators lining the streets to cheer everyone on! It’s truly a brilliant race to get involved in whether it’s your first or 50th race; the atmosphere is fantastic, it’s a completely traffic free route, there’ll be electronic chip-timing for every runner, and there’s plenty going on for supporters too! This year’s race takes place on Sunday 6 August and there are still some spaces left if you feel inspired; find out more or enter online.
The Lord Mayor’s Celebrations, spread over three days, promises plenty of fun and entertainment, and part of this includes a 5k city-centre road race which directly precedes the start of the parade. This year taking place on Saturday 8 July it attracts some of best running talent in the East of England. The fact that the race starts at 4.50pm, and procession at 5pm, tells you how quick the runners are expected to be! Find out more on Norwich City Council's website.
Image: Gas Hill Gasp, photo by Jason Bye
The Lord Mayor’s Celebrations also includes a time trial race which has been running since the 1950’s – The Gas Hill Gasp! This challenge, however, involves two wheels instead of feet! Cyclists of different disciplines - road, BMX, MTB, Fixed and Cycle Speedway – all go forth (and upwards!) to try and reach the top of this steep hill – but who will make it? We can promise it will be high energy and, judging by past year’s races, it’s tough going - definitely one you’ll be pleased you’re watching, instead of participating in! Find out more about the Lord Mayor’s Celebrations here, and other events across the weekend here.
Image: The Norwich 25/50/100 race
Finally, for cyclists who want to go for distance rather than strictly elevation, we suggest the Norwich 25/50/100. Taking place in June each year, this race consists of three lengths of route – 25, 50 and 100 miles - which each start and end in Norwich. The routes cover lovely cycling terrain including picturesque countryside, quiet roads and, for some routes, stunning coastal views. Depending on the route, you may also pass sights such as Blickling Hall, Holkham Hall and the beautiful Norfolk coast. Entries are open now, enter online here.
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.
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