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Artists impression of the helter skelter in Norwich Cathedrals Nave fo...


New in Norwich

5 new things, coming straight to the city (and beyond) in 2019 for your visiting pleasure.

The Helter Skelter One

Quite unbelievably – but actually happening – a 40ft Helter Skelter will be installed in Norwich Cathedral’s magnificent Nave for a couple of weeks in August this year. Visitors will be able to ride the towering slide, and see the Medieval cathedral from a completely new perspective. There will also be a special ‘Lie down, look up’ area, where yoga mats will be available so people can lie back on the cathedral floor and engage with the sheer scale of the building. This will be an experience like no other; don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get to know one of Norwich’s oldest landmarks. 

7 – 18th August 2019
To find out more click here

Artists impression of the helter skelter in Norwich Cathedrals Nave
Artists impression of the helter skelter in Norwich Cathedrals Nave

The Waterborne Stargazy One

Local action man Martin Rendle has added a new experience to Norfolk Outdoor Adventures’  repertoire: stargazing night kayaking. See the iconic landscape of the Norfolk Broads from on the water itself, as you wrap up warm and head out in kayaks for an evening’s paddle. After silently gliding amongst the reeds and wildlife, you’ll stop in the middle of the broad to look up and – hopefully – glimpse the stars through the clear night’s sky.

During the 2.5 hour trip you’ll also have the opportunity to get out onto the riverbank, stretch your legs, and enjoy a nice hot cuppa too. Peaceful perfection.

Find out more here.

Norfolk Outdoor Adventures at dusk
Norfolk Outdoor Adventures at dusk

The Nosey One

Are you the kind of person that can’t help but look in people’s windows when you walk past them? Is there a particular front door that’s always intrigued you? Do you follow #myperiodhomestyle on Instagram, or cancel plans just to watch ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’?

We’ve got the event for you.

The ‘Invitation to View’ scheme is a programme that sees some of the most fabulous and historical homes in the UK open their doors to the public. Like Cribs, but with fewer rappers.

In East Anglia, private houses such as Hockwold Hall, Voewood, Hoveton Hall and Mannington Hall all throw open their doors, and you will be treated to a real through-the-keyhole experience. Normally, the owners of the hall take charge of the tour, so you get the personal touch.

For more information, and to view to full list of houses, please visit the Invitation to View website. 

VoeWood - photo by Chris Taylor
VoeWood - photo by Chris Taylor

The Towering Treetop One

Hidden in the Norfolk countryside, deep in the forest, over the Long Lagoon and down the Treacherous Trail, lies BeWILDerwood: a magical place for adults, children and critters alike. Based on the books by children’s author Tom Blofeld, there is no way to describe what BeWILDerwood is: all we know is that kids adore it, and adults are mesmerised by it. Find the playground of your wildest dreams nested in the trees, zip down wires, navigate magical lakes and get utterly lost in stories of Twiggles and Boggles and Mildred the Crocklebog.

And from February, scale the Towering Treetop Tangles, when BeWILDerwood open their latest play area. Make your way through the larger-than-life tangles all the way to the top of the tower, where you’ll find a world of enormous flowers!

Opening Hours
2018 Opening times: 10am to 5:30pm - except October half term when they're open until dusk!
Last admission 4pm, our food outlets close at 4.30pm

The BeWILDerwood Boggle Boat
The BeWILDerwood Boggle Boat

The One on Wheels

Bicycles: the timeless mode of transport well liked across the nation. Beloved by athletes to politicians to hipsters to Freddie Mercury, the humble bicycle is the common denominator that gets so many communities off the sofa and into lycra.

This year, British Cycling is delighted to announce that the 2019 HSBC UK | National Road Championship will be coming to Norfolk. In a week of events that sees the sport celebrated across all levels, not only will you have the chance to watch some fast-paced championship-level road races, but also take part in a sportive yourself. This will be such an exciting time to be in Norfolk: if you’re planning on visiting the county over the summer, the 27th and 30th of June guarantees to be something very special.

Find out more on the British Cycling website

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