Today we welcome Fiona from Nor-Folk to the blog, who'll answer some questions about the city and her life here!
Fiona works and resides in Norwich with her husband, Bobby, and young son, Stanley. Fiona co-runs two businesses with Bobby, a design consultancy, The Click, and a lifestyle brand called Nor–Folk. Graduating from Norwich University of the Arts in Graphic Design in 2006, Fiona loved our fine city that much she never left!
5 QUICK-FIRE QUESTIONS:
1. WE KNOW YOU’RE NOT A NORWICH NATIVE, BUT WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS CITY?
2. IF YOU HAD A SATURDAY MORNING FREE TO ROAM NORWICH WHERE WOULD YOU HEAD TO?
We’ll assume it’s a beautiful day, so we’d start the day with a cycle into the city, with a stop off at Bread Source on Upper St Giles for cinnamon buns and some strong coffee. Every parent’s allies. We love meandering along the river ways and, for a three year old, it’s packed with things to see - and, best still, it’s all free!
3. NORFOLK & NORWICH FESTIVAL OR THE BEER FESTIVAL - AND WHY?
Norfolk & Norwich Festival – I’m afraid I don’t drink beer! But, from the photos I’ve seen of the Beer Festival, it looks great. My dad loves it. For me personally, with a young family, the Norfolk & Norwich Festival introduces me to performances I’d not have seen otherwise and really unifies the community.
4. IF YOU WERE GIVEN £50 TO SPEND IN NORWICH WHERE WOULD YOU SPEND IT? AND WHAT WOULD YOU BUY?
I would go to Cinema City; I’m a big fan of documentary film and have seen some great films there. I love that you can take in alcohol – in my case, it’s a glass of red and one of their luxury chocolate bars. There is something quite decadent about indulging in a glass of wine at the cinema.
5. TOP TIP YOU’D GIVE A FIRST TIME VISITOR TO NORWICH?
This really applies to any city but I always do my homework and usually a blog, like this, is where I start! I tend to begin with events and exhibitions that are of interest to me – check out Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich University of the Art’s EAST GalleryNUA, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts… there is something for everyone! Again, when I’m visiting a new city, I like to try local independent restaurants and I can highly recommend Benedicts and, for some early evening cocktails, 42 King Street is a must!
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COMING TO VISIT?
Abellio Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Abellio 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.