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This week we’ve got some Christmas Treets, a pop up for all you ve-gannets, or an orchestral performance that will tug the heart strings (you’ll just have to compose yourself).
Country and Eastern is a very, very special place.
Did you see him?! Reports of Santa-sightings around Norwich landed on the VisitNorwich desk on Wednesday last week, and after some digging our PR people found out that he was just here for some last minute sightseeing before the beginning of December.
It’s Christmas party season: Bar tabs are high, standards are low, and the next morning you promise yourself that you’re never drinking red wine/tequila/“because you lost a bet” again.
Now that the lights are on, Christmas events are kicking off in earnest this week – there’s lots going on all over the place to kick start your festive cheer, or keep you in the Christmas spirit if you’re one of those people that started watching Home Alone in October.
Perhaps this December, you feel like a bit of escapism. And you don’t have to go far; this year Norwich has loads of events that will transport you back in time (and one in particular that will actually transport you). With all sorts going on, immerse yourself in a traditional Victorian Christmas, swing dancing, a free Christmas Routmaster Bus ride, or maybe take a day to wander round Norwich’s many and varied vintage outlets. Here’s our run down of the city’s finest retro activities to get you in the Christmas spirit…
5 years ago, when I first moved to Norwich, I was given a ring that belonged to my great grandmother. It was very old and fragile, and the stone in the middle kept falling out. Chatting to a friend, they recommended that I visit a jewellers on the corner of Dove Street, who would be able to help me. I’d seen this place before: it stands out amidst other jewellers in the city for its modern, dark exterior, and clean, uncluttered displays which are mounted on plinths that almost – but not quite – take your eye away from the workbench that exists inside the small, open plan shop.
This week’s shopping spotlight is all about one of the most beautiful – and loved – areas of the city: The Norwich Lanes. An award winning pocket of cobbled streets, pedestrianised roads and alleyways, here you’ll find over 300 cafes, bars, shops and restaurants to explore.
This week sees Norwich illuminated for the festive season, a handful of Christmas fairs and a special birthday!
In a top secret location, somewhere in Norwich, there is a place where years of pantomime props and costumes wait patiently for another moment in the spotlight... I was lucky enough to go behind the scenes of Norwich Theatre Royal's Costume Store, and given a tour by Costume Hire Supervisor - the wonderful Catherine Majtenyi.
After Halloween last week, and bonfire night at the weekend, Norwich is starting to gear up for Christmas – if you’ve been into the city you may have noticed that the lights have been put up, ready to be switched on next week! But before that, there’s plenty to keep you busy (and it’s not too early to start Christmas shopping)!
In the words of the great Sir Paul McCartney, the party’s on, and the feeling’s here. It is indeed very nearly wonderful Christmastime, which is a good reason to meet up with those friends you never see, get together with family, and wear those shoes that are simply too ridiculous to be acceptable at any other time of year. This is our list - arranged by outfit genre - of places to spend (or just begin…) an evening out, whether you’re in the mood for something quiet, or a bit more lavish.
It’s that time again. Now that bonfire night is over, it’s officially alright to wear glitter on your face, eat mince pies without explanation, and listen to East 17.
At this time of year, Norwich’s only independent department store is transformed into a beautiful, glittering haven for Christmas shoppers. From the outside, Jarrolds (which opened its doors in 1823) glows with bright bulbs draped, Victorian-pier style, all over the ornate 19th century building – a recognisable landmark for Norwich folk everywhere. Inside, you’ll find 5 floors housing 50 different departments, all elegantly decked with lights and Christmas greenery, with touches of sparkle everywhere.
You may have seen them around Norwich already. You may even be one of them.
Christmas shopping can be tiring work. It is an activity that requires stamina, animal cunning and mathematical skill, and by the time it’s over all you really want to do is lie in bed and drink tea through a straw.
This week sees the kids back at school, and loads of grown-up events appear in the Norwich Calendar. Upcoming we’ve got fine art, fine wine, and of course – fireworks…
Norwich is famously a medieval city. Although the city itself is about 15 ½ square miles, the majority of its Medieval charm lies in an area of just less than two square miles, comprised of winding streets, ancient architecture and cobbles that can be uniquely treacherous when in stilettos or possession of a wheeled suitcase.
Every year, my best friend comes over from Germany to see the Norwich Christmas lights switched on. According to her, Christmaslightswitchonday – all one word – in Norwich is the most Norwichy of all Norwich things, and every November she comes back and we watch the lights and fireworks, drink spiced cider and walk around the illumined city eating roasted chestnuts from the van on London Street.
This week is a weird and wonderful one in Norwich, with an eclectic mix of Halloween and Half Term activities going on all over the city. Also – can you believe that next week sees November arriving already?!
Have most of us seen The Holiday? If you haven’t, it’s a Christmasish type rom-com, in which our heroines Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet swap homes over the festive season, and go on solo holidays to try and find some zen over the festive season.
This week is such an eclectic mix of things to do, there’s something for everyone. Russia is a theme this week, with a fantastic exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and a performance by the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Plus catch poetry, murder mystery, puppets and loads of free things to do at Norwich Castle!
We’ve all got coats on and I’ve got a conker in my handbag; it’s officially Autumn! There are so many things to choose from over half term and beyond for Halloween and Bonfire night – here are our top picks.
There is so much coming up in the city this week it was hard to choose just 7 things to do! We’ve got live music and sausages all over the place, two great theatre performances for the family, plus a trip back in time to windy 1987…
Do you start every year with the idea of giving handmade and thoughtful gifts to your loved ones at Christmas? Do you imagine handing over a beautifully wrapped package containing something carefully crafted, slightly wonky, and maybe even the kind of thing that leaves glitter all over the house and everyone that touches it?
October has arrived! This week we’ve got a range of indoor and outdoor activities for you to choose from, so whatever the weather you’re not left twiddling your thumbs. If you’ve got a thing for swing, Norwich is certainly the right place for you this week, and on Saturday Harfest comes to Norwich Cathedral, in all of its glorious Autumny abundance. So get your leaf-kicking best on and head into the city for our pick of things to do this week…
Norfolk’s Hostry festival is back again, building on its success in 2016 with a diverse and exciting programme for its seventh year.
This week spend Saturday in the Caribbean; be in Munich by Thursday!
Title Image: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606-1669 the three trees (only state) 1643. Etching, engraving and drypoint on paper. 21.1 x 28 cm. © Norfolk Museums Service
This week it's all about chutney, royalty in disguise, peacocks, scones, books and a big splash of cider!
When you visit Norwich and Norfolk, you'll notice many examples of stunning architecture, The Forum, on Millennium Plain, being one of the most iconic.
It's another busy week to visit Norwich and Norfolk, we've got gin tasting, walks under the stars, works of art, delicious local produce and plenty of blood-chilling crime.
As England's first UNESCO City of Literature, Norwich, not surprisingly, has an impressive programme of literary events year-round. This month we're excitedly clutching tickets to Noirwich Crime writing Festival and next month we're looking forward to University of East Anglia's Autumn 2017 Literary Festival.
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.
Whether you're already familiar with Norwich or not, there is always more to discover when you have an experienced guide. Autumn is a great time to explore the city as the leaves start to fall and the wonderfully warm colours begin to come through; just don't forget your camera!
Get September started with a week of fun activities from taste-testing every gin at the bar to exploring the broads by canoe.
Although the summer holidays are coming to an end, there's still plenty to look forward to throughout the month, from vintage days to deer safaris.
Everyone loves a Bank Holiday but as the long school holidays roll on, it can be just another big hit for your wallet. If you're trying to keep yourself, or your family, entertained over the long weekend (Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August), here's a look at what's going on and what it's going to cost you.
We're counting down to the long weekend! If you're lucky enough to have Monday off, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your bonus holiday day; here's what's going on over the next week.
It's finally summer holiday season! The children are looking for fun things to keep themselves entertained and there are plenty of tranquil treats for adults too. Here's a look at what's coming up.
Why not dedicate this week to doing something you've never done before? There is so much going on in Norwich and Norfolk, how about jumping in a canoe for a guided trail through the Broads? Have you ever been to a disco on a boat? Is it time to discover a new band or artist? You can do it all this week!
Now the summer holidays have really begun, it can be difficult to think of ways to keep yourself and family entertained without emptying your wallet each day. Here are five FREE things to do in Norwich this week.
The school holidays are finally here and the first week is packed with family-friendly events of all kinds, from dinosaur encounters to dolls houses and even a visit to Wonderland.
The Norwich Lanes was crowned Great British High Street of the Year in 2014 and in 2017 it’s even better! Jarrolds – Norwich’s only independent department store (and an award-winning one at that) made its home in the Norwich Lanes in 1770 and has never looked back. Still owned by the Jarrold family, it’s Norwich’s retail jewel in the crown; quality brands and labels, beauty treatments, a delightful book department with local books section and frequent author events, plus numerous places to eat and drink as well as a deli so you can pick up some local produce to take home; beer, wine and organic chocolates.