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The Thursford Story

6 September 2017

Thursford has become synonymous with the magic of Christmas, the wonder of performance and the joy of a shared experience, but it's not just a wintertime wonderland, the Thursford Collection offers a truly unique visitor experience from April to September.

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Onwards to Autumn

30 August 2017

As the thought of 'back to school' looms large for children, we thought we'd look ahead to all the reasons to be cheerful as autumn approaches. We may be waving goodbye to barbecues and beach days soon but how about kicking up the leaves on woodland walks, the return of the Sunday roast and clutching woolly gloves around steaming mugs of mulled wine? Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? 

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250,000 turkeys in leather boots...

20 December 2016

…strolling all the way to London? Yes, hundreds of years ago it actually happened!

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

19 December 2016

Here’s your last-minute Christmas gift guide! We gave you a huge list of ideas in this blog post, but if you’ve still forgotten to buy someone a present, and suddenly realised that we’re now well and truly on the final straight to Christmas, then never fear! We’ve got some great gifts that you can pop in, last-minute, to buy!

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Christmas Culture

13 December 2016

We love a great Christmas line-up of amazing music and performance alongside some brilliant exhibitions. Not everything has to have a Christmas theme, but together it all adds to the city’s fantastic cultural offer this Christmas!

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The Visitor

11 December 2016

The sixth in our series of films about Norwich has arrived: The Visitor!

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Christmas By Candlelight

7 December 2016

Flickering candlelight can set such a mood for whatever you’re doing – the soft glow can feel romantic, it can feel atmospheric, and it can definitely feel festive! We’ve compiled our favourite events this month where candlelight plays a big part – so prepare to feel very Christmassy indeed!

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Shopping in Norfolk's Market Towns

5 December 2016

For the best Christmas shopping in Norfolk, we recommend a blend of the vibrant shops and boutiques of Norwich with some of the unique shops in the area’s market towns – that way you’re bound to find something for everyone!

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8 things to do this weekend!

29 November 2016

Here’s a roundup of our 8 favourite highlights happening this weekend (not necessarily in date order):

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Christmas Gift List

22 November 2016

For festive gifts with a difference - all from Norwich and Norfolk- take a look at our carefully collated list of ideas. From tasty treats to experiential gifts, there’s something for everyone here – there, we’ve done the hard work for you!

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'Can't Miss' Carol Services

22 November 2016

Celebrate the run up to Christmas day with some wonderful choir services and events; they’re sure to get you feeling festive. There are plenty of great options right here in Norwich for everyone!

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A Glamorous Affair

15 November 2016

If you’re after an evening full of glamour and glitz, listen up: Benoit Viellefon and his orchestra are coming to OPEN for an evening of Christmas celebration and music on Saturday 10 December!

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Our Favourite Restaurants For Festive Dining

15 November 2016

Norfolk has an abundance of charming restaurants which serve up amazing dishes using local produce and ultra-fresh ingredients. The festive period is a great time to try something different on special menus, from fine dining to eateries offering a more casual experience.

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Festive Fun - Part Three

10 November 2016

It’s part three of our Festive Fun roundup! Here we countdown the best events taking place in mid December – and there are plenty of them! From fancy Father Christmas visits to Family Christmas concerts, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained here in Norwich – pens at the ready, or if you’re a Bake Off fan get yourself a spreadsheet to get truly organised…!

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Norwich's Best Christmas Markets for 2016

7 November 2016

We all love a great Christmas Market, and Norwich has not one but five key markets that we think are well worth a visit – and they’re the ideal opportunity to pick up some gorgeous items which would make perfect Christmas presents.

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Five Christmas Shows...

6 November 2016

This December Norwich Playhouse are putting on not one but five Christmas shows, starting at the beginning of December and winding through to the New Year. Each is unique in its subject and style, covering everything from Christmas hits to festive comedy. The Playhouse is one of our favourite theatrical venues to be entertained in, so we think seeing all five wouldn’t go amiss!

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New in Norwich

2 November 2016

It’s always exciting when (positive) changes are afoot, and there have been plenty in Norwich recently! Here’s our roundup of our “New in Norwich” highlights:

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A real Christmas Spectacular!

31 October 2016

If there’s an event that screams CHRISTMAS for every age, it’s the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. Travelled to from far and wide, this event really manages to convey a sense of sparkle and fun for many visitors - and it’s the biggest Christmas show in the country (possibly even in Europe), so we’re really lucky to have it right here in Norfolk!

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New Year's Celebrations and Packages

30 October 2016

Plan the perfect New Year’s break, whether you fancy partying in style or enjoying a sit-down dinner – or both! Here are our top ways to bring in 2017 right here in Norfolk:

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Festive Fun - Part Four

29 October 2016

So here it is: the final part of our Festive Fun event highlights! Here’s our countdown of Christmas events leading right up until Christmas and beyond (we’ve included a few ways to spend that tricky time between Christmas and New Year, too!). After all, planning what you want to see and do is half the fun!

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Festive Fun - Part Two

22 October 2016

Get your diaries ready – here’s the long-awaited part two of our top festive events highlights, and because there’s so much going on, we’ll just cover the first half of December in this post. So prepare yourselves, because Christmas in Norwich is a well and truly jam-packed season!

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Shopping in Norwich

21 October 2016

It’s that time of year again when we all start working through our long lists of Christmas presents – but we’re not talking about what you want, we’re talking about what you will be buying for friends and family. But actually, going back to our own lists - ahead of anything else - many of us aspire and desire the perfect ‘Christmas outfit’. This is the season, after all, when we feel we are owed a couple (or three) new things to wear!

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A Christmassy Norwich!

7 October 2016

Because there's just so much to do in Norwich this Christmas - far too much to pack into one or even several blog posts - we'd highly recommend you take a look at our dedicated Christmas section on the VisitNorwich website, for events, places to eat, explore, stay and shop at this festive season!

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Festive Fun - Part One

21 September 2016

It may feel like a long way away but the countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun. Ignore those Scrooges who want to hear nothing about baubles, presents or Christmas pudding and instead concentrate on all the wonderful events that Norwich has to offer throughout November and into the beginning of December (and keep an eye for part two, which will highlight the events taking place later in December – there are just too many to squeeze into one post!)

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Our Christmas Story

19 September 2016

Down every cobbled street, through every welcoming door, behind every rippling pane of glass there’s a story waiting to be discovered ...

Norwich is a city with a difference; a city where contemporary is juxtaposed with old, where new is as exciting as familiar is comforting. This Christmas Norwich, the City of Stories  presents three new amazing light attractions to entrance and mesmerise all ages from November through to January.

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