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Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre

5 July 2017

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If there's one weekend when thousands of people come together to line the streets and celebrate life in our Fine City, it's this one!

From Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July, it's wall to wall entertainment around the city as The Lord Mayor's Celebration takes over the streets.

One of the celebration highlights is Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre, which takes place on Sunday. The fayre was started in 2008 and has grown bigger over the years, now drawing crowds of 15,000 or more, to enjoy the unique vibe within the historic Norwich Lanes quarter.

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LIVE MUSIC, YUMMY FOOD & QUIRKY CRAFTS

This year's fayre includes the much-loved St Benedict's Street Market. You will not be able to walk down this street without being tempted by the incredible smells of delicious street food being cooked on stalls dotted along the road. There will also be artwork to view and lots of creative crafts to browse and buy. 

The main stage on St Gregory's Green hosts live music and DJs and, for the first time, is fully licensed with drinks and champagne popsicles available from the Birdcage bar. So, if the mood takes you, you can get up and dance along!

Pottergate will be home to a vintage and antiques market and just down the hill you'll find the Bedford Street Party. On Upper St Giles you can join a more traditional tabled-lined street party too.

Music will be in the air all over the fayre this year, with three new stages. The Garage takes over the city-end of St Benedicts, the Access to Music stage is at St John Maddermarket and there's an acoustic/ambient stage in Bridewell Alley.

You'd be right to wonder how you can possibly make it around to see everything on offer with so much going on but there's help at hand! Guides to all activities will be available on the day to help you plan your must-see list. 

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LANES SUMMER FAYRE TOP TEN

Here's a closer look at some fayre highlights and where you can find them

St Benedicts Street
1. The Crack of Dawn; a daybreak disco at Norwich Arts Centre (at the unearthly hour of 6am)

2. 15 Minutes Of Vinyl Fame; amateur DJs play their three favourite tunes to the passing crowd outside Soundclash

St Gregory's Green
3. The Prettiest Starman play an hour and a half of David Bowie's greatest hits with an audience-led choir

Pottergate / Bagley's Court
4. Meet Patrick the elephant hiding in the undergrowth of this medieval courtyard.

St John Maddermarket
5. The Access to Music stage showcases some of the hottest prospects from the award-winning music college this year.

Upper St Giles
6. Visit the secret courtyard garden that only opens its gates to the public once a year.

Bedford Street
7. Don't miss the Jarrold Festival of Colour with live art installations and workshops for all.

8. Try your hand at creating great street art with the Fairhurst Gallery clay modelling and graffiti workshops. 

Bridewell Alley
9. The Electro Sound Table in the Museum of Norwich courtyard. Pull on the headphones and listen to dogs barking backwards and turn your voice in to an alien scream.

10. The Bridewell Alley Acoustic/Ambient stage in the courtyard of St Andrew's Church.

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Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre is sponsored by Norwich BID with local independent businesses sponsoring stages and areas too. There's also a chosen charity - Keeping Abreast - so visitors can help out a great cause whilst enjoying a fantastic free day of fun.

 

COMING TO VISIT?

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.

East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.

Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.

*seasonal

To plan a trip to Norwich check out our website www.visitnorwich.co.uk