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03/05/18

5 things (and a bit more) to do this week!

Hands up if you're ready for the bank holiday...

Get all Tudor…

Did you see Britain’s Most Historic Towns on Channel 4 last weekend? Last Saturday the hour long episode was all about Tudor Norwich, featuring Mousehold Heath, Norwich Cathedral, Strangers’ Hall  and lots of Elm Hill. It was a great show – if you missed it I recommend you see it on catch up! The VisitNorwich website has a self-guided Tudor Tour  available to download which features all the locations for you to visit at your leisure...

Uncover the secrets of the city...

On Friday 4th of May - in keeping with the royal theme coming up to the BIG wedding - how about a wonderful Guided walking tour of Norwich? "When George was King" runs from  11:00 - 12:30. Follow in the steps of the dandies on Gentleman’s Walk and recall the wealth and magnificence of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Another tour on Saturday 5th, this time the City of Centuries. Tours start at 11am and 2pm, join a knowledgeable guide to learn about the ancient settlement of Northwic which was first recorded in Saxon times. Over a thousand years later the City has survived Norman invasion, rebellion, plague, fire and war. This tour gives an insight into the people and events which made Norwich the second greatest city after London and the Fine City that it is today. Booking in advance is advised.


Guided walking tours start at The Forum and cost £5 lasting around 90 minutes.  Book at the Norwich Tourist Information Centre, or online here.

The Dawn Chorus

Making our way to the coast don’t miss the Dawn Chorus at Holkham Hall, Saturday 5th May 2018 05:30 - 07:30, join one of Holkham’s wardens at Wells Beach to listen to the early morning chorus of the reserve’s avian residents and learn top tips to identify the calls of different song  birds. Sessions last for approximately two hours. Tickets: £5 per person, pre-booking essential.

For little ones (and big ones!) on the bank holiday

On Monday 7th May a visit to Banham Zoo might be in order with some very special things happening because of their 50th birthday.

At BeWILDerwood we have Mildred’s Fabulous Maypole Fete (all weekend), 10:00 - 17:30. Mildred, the Crocklebog resident of the Scaaaaary Lake, has been practicing for weeks, and would like everyone to join her in some BeWILDerwood maypole dancing, swirl and twirl to help wake up the bugs for Spring!  It’s also a good excuse to get onto their zip wires and very tall slides.

And usually closed on a Monday, the Sainsbury Centre is open, so take advantage of that and have look around the permanent collections (which are free), and the outdoor sculpture. It’s a great place to meet for a coffee too. 

And it all starts on Friday…

Last but not least Norfolk & Norwich Festival launches next Friday 11th with a superb free outdoor event starting in Cathedral Close at 9pm. There will be giant dolls, a procession, opera and it concludes with a mesmerising aerial display – do not miss it!  Image: Transe-express 

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