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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.
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?
…strolling all the way to London? Yes, hundreds of years ago it actually happened!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Here’s a roundup of our 8 favourite highlights happening this weekend (not necessarily in date order):
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!
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!
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.
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…!
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.
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!
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:
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!
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:
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!
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!
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!
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!)
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.