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To date, Women of the World has reached over one million people worldwide and this number is growing year on year. So far, there have been 45 festivals in 15 cities across 5 continents. Previous speakers have included Malala Yousafzai, Christine Lagarde, Salma Hayek, Annie Lennox, Gordon Brown, Julie Walters, Patrick Stewart and many more including hundreds of women and men who don't have public profiles but are working everyday to achieve gender equality Now, WOW comes to Norwich in a full and eclectic two-day programme of events.
In the face of Storm Emma last week, Norwich valiantly battled the weather, to keep going for visitors and residents of the city. However in August 1912, a devastating flood brought Norwich to its knees, and turmoil to 15,000 people.
On a grey morning, as invisible drizzle fogged up my glasses and aggressive umbrellas dominated the streets, I made my way to Norwich Castle to visit their new exhibition, 'Square Box on the Hill'.
This year, Mother's day falls on the 11th of March. With 3-ish weeks to go, if you haven't got plans already, we've got some ideas for you below (arranged by tentative chronological order for those of you who like an itinerary)!
Into mid-Febraury, and we don't know whether to get outside in the brisk winter sunshine, or cosy inside!
Travel back in time this week - visit the Victorian era, or 1997...
At the beginning of December, I walked past a café where two ladies were sat outside chatting.
This week Norwich opens its arms to a whole range of arts events, be that dance, performance, photography, and music from Relight my Fire to Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto.
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the UEA Spring Literary Festival, and also a groundbreaking year in Norwich's lifetime as a UNESCO City of Literature.
The event's history is in its infancy: Galentine's Day was born in 2010, from a sitcom joke (Parks and Recreation fans, anywhere?), and now it's kind of a thing.
Ever wanted to know what it's like to actually save a Russian space station?
Since manipulate festival (lower case ‘m’) announced that it would be coming to Norwich, we’ve all been very excited indeed. manipulate visual theatre festival is produced by Puppet Animation Scotland, and this year they will be bringing a series of shows to Norwich Puppet Theatre that will showcase the artform in a way that you’ve never seen it before (unless you’re a Plan B fan, but we’ll come to that later).
Now that the decorations are down and there's nothing good on TV anymore, check out our list of things to do around Norwich this week!
It seems to me that everyone I’ve spoken to this year has been feeling under the weather this festive season. Each “Happy new year! Did you have a good Christmas?” has been met with a fatigued "yeah it was nice thanks but…” followed by a tragic story about how Christmas was cancelled and discarded alongside a mountain of used Kleenex and the promise of 'getting out the house for a bit’ on Boxing Day.
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).
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…
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)!
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.
Alongside the appearance of twinkling streetlights and vats of mulled wine on bars everywhere, the arrival of Festive Markets is a symbol that Christmas is well and truly on the way.
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…
Christmas is well and truly, almost, very nearly here – and what is more classically Christmas than a trip to the Pantomime? VisitNorwich has teamed up with Norwich Theatre Royal and the Maid’s Head Hotel to offer you the chance to win the ultimate, chocolate-box-Christmas break for you and your family in beautiful, illuminated Norwich.
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?!
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…
If you were to walk around the city today, you’d see the majority of shop windows in Norwich are decked in their Halloween finest. Walking around the city, you can see all manner of cobwebby tinsels, pumpkin props and witchy decals. If you look hard enough, there’s also the faintest whisps of Christmas lurking behind the scenes in glittery readiness. Unmistakably, it’s coming up to October Half term, which as I remember it was always a week full of magic: Halloween, bonfire night and the promise of Christmastime make this such an exciting week for children, and for adults too! For the half term break (21st to the 29th of October), take your pick of the wonderful events that Norwich and Norfolk has to offer: inside, outside, and even on the water!
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…
The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is ‘what do badger legs, kingfishers and fighting toads have in common?’.
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!
This week saw the invariable ‘100 days until Christmas’ memes posted all over the internet. Iterations of Christmas characters graced our news feed in various excited guises to remind us all that the season of peace and goodwill is fast approaching.
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.
September it's an ideal time to visit Norwich with a spontaneous adult escape, as the attractions are quieter and prices can be cheaper as peak-season ends.When it comes to rest and relaxation, we have an indulgent range of hotels with some fantastic late summer deals available.
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.
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!