My oh my, have we got a prize for you.
You might have noticed a lot of things Tudor popping up all over Norwich this year. An appearance on Channel 4 (find out more here), a guided walk around the city’s historic streets (download here!), and now a musical performed by all six of Henry VIII’s wives (aptly named SIX) coming to Norwich Playhouse in July. In celebration of all these things, City of Stories has worked with our friends around Norwich, to put together THE BIG TUDOR PRIZE.
Are you fascinated by Norwich’s 16th century past? Have you always wondered what secrets are held by some of the city’s oldest buildings? Do you want to know how Anne of Cleves really felt about being called a horse? Well, look no further; now’s your chance.
As a first place winner, you will receive a Tudor-themed overnight stay for two in Norwich (named Britain’s most Tudor city by Channel 4). This includes a pair of tickets to SIX, an overnight stay for two in Norwich’s oldest Hotel – The Maid’s Head, and afternoon tea and a rooftop tour of the Briton’s Arms. The winner of this prize MUST be free on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of July!
Not only is this musical AMAZING, but it is coming to Norwich for its full professional premier before it tours the West End. So, the winner of the prize will be among the first to see this before it heads up to Edinburgh and then down to the bright lights of London. SIX tells a story of historical heartbreak, as performed by all of Henry VIII’s ex-wives – they’re back with a vengeance. With a pop soundtrack, feathers and disco lights, this will be a story of the Tudor King’s bloody reign like you have never, ever seen it before. You will see the show on Friday 13th of July, before returning – perhaps via a few pubs – to your hotel for the night.
About the Maids Head
The Maids Head is surely one of the most atmospheric places to stay in the whole of Norwich. It can trace its roots all they way back to the 12th century (it is argued to be Britain’s oldest hotel), and can boast famous guests such as Catherine of Aragon, Queen Elizabeth 1st and Horatio Nelson (to name a few).
First prize includes an overnight stay on Friday 13th of July, in one of the Maid’s Head’s newly refurbished classic boutique double rooms, and a delicious breakfast the next morning in their gorgeous, airy restaurant. The hotel is in a fantastic location too: it sits right in the heart of the city with a view across ancient Tombland, in the shadow of Norwich’s medieval Cathedral.
About the Briton’s Arms
The Briton’s Arms has recently been dated all the way back to 1347, and has a fascinating history. In 1507, it was one of the only buildings on Elm Hill to survive a terrible fire that destroyed almost every building on the street. Following the fire, the rest of the buildings on Elm Hill were re-built with fire-proof roofs, however the Briton’s Arms remains one of only 5 buildings in the city with a thatched roof. Now, the building is a charming coffee house – full of character and well stocked with delicious treats. The winner of the Big Tudor Prize will not only be treated to afternoon tea for two on Saturday 16th of July, but also an exclusive tour of the roof of the building, which has recently undergone some excavation. Within the roof is a collection of historical artefacts found during the research, including some shoes, broken pots and an animal’s jawbone…
Plus free entry to Norwich’s Attractions…
So you can make your most of your trip to the city, we’re also throwing in a VIP Norwich Attractions pass, which will get you free entry to Norwich Castle, Norwich Museum at the Bridewell, Strangers’ Hall Museum, Norwich Cathedral, and a free City Sightseeing Tour on a London-style double decker bus!
RUNNER UP PRIZE #1
The second name out the hat will receive another Norfolk-based Tudor Prize: a History Mystery Escape game for two at Blickling, in the same church where Anne Boleyn used to pray as a girl. The Blickling Estate is located in beautiful, leafy North Norfolk, and the church is located at the gateway to the Estate, within which Anne Boleyn is rumoured to have been born. Today, the village church is home to a historical mystery for you to solve against the clock, in time to escape from its many ancient rooms!
The first runner up will also receive a VIP Attractions Pass for two.
RUNNER UP PRIZE #2
The third name out the hat will receive two free places on one of Norwich’s famous Ghostwalks. Use this any time you like, and join the Shadowcaster and his ghostly team on one of their walks around the oldest areas of the city. You’ll discover the haunted happenings that have gone on in everyday places around the city, and you’ll never see Norwich in the same way again… The Ghost Walk can be taken anytime before 6th December 2018.
The second runner up will also receive a VIP Attractions Pass for two.
HOW TO WIN
Simply follow the link to our competition page, to be in with your chance to win. All you have to do to enter into the draw is tell us which one of Henry VIII’s wives is the mother to Queen Elizabeth I (clue: she’s been mentioned in this blog post…). The competition closes on the 26th of June, and the winner be contacted by the 29th of June. For full Terms and Condition please visit the entry page.
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