But what does that even mean, I hear you ask.
Well - good question.
Ever heard of 'English Tourism Week'? At risk of breaking the fourth wall, English Tourism Week exists to promote the Tourist industry in - well - England, which basically means that there is loads of stuff going on. Mostly for free (yay).
From the 17th - 25th of March, Norwich will be showcasing 4 of its most exciting attractions, in a calendar of events all aimed at helping you discover Norwich in a new way. You might have never been here, or you might live in the Silver Triangle just down from West's Fish and Chips, but either way there's something going on here just for you. Interested?
Or the TIC, as we fondly like to call them. They will be running 6 'City of Centuries' guided walking tours during English Tourism week, where you'll be able to hear tales from Norwich's thousand-year history. If you like stories, you'll like this, plus next time you're out with your friends you'll knowledgeably be able to point out interesting landmarks with your umbrella.
This does sound really good. Norwich has grown from the ancient settlement of Northwic through Viking pillaging, Norman invasion, years of rebellion, plague, fire and war, right up to becoming the city it is today. There's so much to discover for anyone who is interested in the city, or simply really cares about it.
The tours will be running Saturday 17th (11am), Sunday 18th (11am), Wednesday 21st (11am & 1.30pm), Friday 23rd (1.30pm), Saturday 24th (11am), plus a special 'Shopping for History' tour at 2pm on Sunday 18th March. All tours are free however must be pre-booked with the TIC either in person or by phone on 01603 213 999. Tours are limited to 20 places per tour, booking opens on the 26th of February.
Enjoy a free open-top bus tour - sightseeing style - and whizz around the city enjoying panoramic views of Norwich. As well as getting the wind in your hair all from the comfort of a vintage routemaster bus, you'll be able to hear a fascinating recorded commentary on the history of what was once the largest walled city in Europe.
The tour will be running on Friday 23rd of March only, and will depart at 10.30, 11.30 & 12.30 from Castle Meadow close. Tours will last 45 minutes and will drop you off at the Castle Mall Entrance.
This is a FREE ticketed event; reserve your ticket by contacting Norwich Tourist Information Centre on 01603 213999. Enquire if you require assistance or to reserve a space for a wheelchair. Each tour offers 40 places for adults and children 5 years and over. There is one place available per tour for a wheelchair. Sorry, pushchairs cannot be accommodated.
As the name suggests Writers’ Centre Norwich (WCN) is about all things written and with Norwich being a UNESCO City of Literature there is plenty to say. This English Tourism Week WCN are shouting about all the wonderful, small and quirky bookshops here in Norwich and across the county.
Watch this space for their guide to discovering independent book shops in locations where you can also do other interesting stuff. Plus they will be launching a short film with new-to-post Peggy Hughes (Programme Director) touring said bookshops. Fresh from Scotland, she’s looking forward to her travels.
Norwich's iconic Castle (and beloved landmark) will be putting on no less than 3 interactive events for English Tourism Week... Whilst you still have to pay for entry to the castle, once you're inside all the events below are free!
Saturday 17 March, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Science Day: Transformers
The science of transformation: How does the chrysalis change into a butterfly and what happens to the human body as we age? Plus, hands-on alchemy, and date the Castle with deduction, talks, quizzes and more.
King of the Castle
Saturday 24 March, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Take part in a giant Lego castle-building competition, learn how to bow and curtsy (useful when meeting business associates), make swords and shields to take home (not so useful with business associates), and join the quest to earn your own crown!
Exhibition: The Square Box on the Hill
On throughout the week
This exhibition illustrates Norwich Castle’s rich history through a stunning mixture of prints, models, paintings, architectural plans, memorabilia and archives, many of which have never been on display before. It also showcases the latest exciting plans for the Castle’s future as part of the Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.
To plan a trip to Norwich check out our website www.visitnorwich.co.uk