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Taking a holiday doesn’t have to be all sightseeing and stuffing yourself full of food (though we admit they are usually two of our top priorities)… why not make it about learning something new as well, be it a new skill, a new language or building on an existing ability? And Norwich has plenty of options for every interest and budget!
Norwich and Norfolk as a whole offers a huge choice of day trips and activities, places to visit and things to experience that don’t necessarily require a long journey to get there. Whether you already live here, close by, or Norwich is your temporary ‘home’, there are many little gems you probably have never thought to visit (until now!).
Here’s our guide to one of our favourite areas of Norwich: the Lanes. With its beguiling mix of boutiques, galleries, beauty salons, cafes and restaurants, there’s plenty to explore here to create a truly unique and exciting itinerary, and the entire area is very closely interlinked with easy access from one area of the Lanes to another – it’s so easily walkable, and makes for a great day (and night) out!
Now that spring is fast approaching it’s the perfect time to organise a trip away; think cosy cottages or B&Bs with plenty of green open spaces, and - if you fancy staying on a working farm – you might see some animals around too! Either way, make the most of the lighter evenings and warmer weather with a farm stay-style break – here are our top 3...
Norfolk has a long tradition of attracting royalty, and there are plenty of places worth visiting to enjoy that royal feeling - without the royal price tag!
One of the most iconic buildings in Norwich – the Bridewell – has a rather fascinating history…
Norwich is famed for many things: Colman’s Mustard, our amazing (at times) Football Club and, whether you love or loathe him, Alan Partridge! But something which people don’t always associate with Norwich (but really should) is shoes… high heels, kitten heels, boots and brogues; at some point over the years they would all have been made right here in Norwich!
Here’s a story of bravery and battle, which took place right here in Norfolk thousands of years ago!
If you want to feel like you’ve stepped straight into South America without straying from Norfolk, Amazona Zoo is the place to be!
We’ve selected 5 cosy places to stay and paired them with the perfect activity. We take you from a city break in Norwich to a ‘great outdoors’ overnighter in the Broads National Park (in a beautiful country house hotel, of course!)...
The transition from winter into spring is a beautiful time, particularly in Norfolk. There’s something rather breath-taking about the way the landscape looks in the chillier months – and none more so than the wonderful gardens at Raveningham, where Snowdrop Season will be celebrated throughout February.
Make the most of Half Term and Valentine's Day, or just book a spontaneous trip away; Norwich has some lovely hotels, B&Bs and self-catering properties to relax and unwind in. Once you're here, head out for some food and make sure you make the most of Norwich's brilliant shopping offer.
Here’s our roundup of six fab things to do this coming week – from Miss Marple with a twist to vintage finds!
It may feel like Christmas is only just behind us, but there’s another excuse to down tools for a week (if you have kids or are a teacher, that is…): half term!
Established in 1249 as a hospital for the sick and poor clergy of Norwich (originally known as St Giles Hospital), the church of St Helen and the Great Hospital has seen its fair share of history!
Don’t lament winter, make the most of the chillier weather in the city’s snug pubs. Norwich may no longer have a pub for every day of the year, but we still have plenty to offer! Here’s our favourite pubs and bars to enjoy a warming drink in and feel just like a local!
An empty weekend stretching out before you? Fill it with some of the great things happening here in Norwich, and a little further away.
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!
Christmas may seem to be everywhere at the moment – in shops, on TV, in Norwich’s streets (Norwich’s sparkling Christmas Lights are switched on tomorrow evening!) – however there’s plenty to do around here that doesn’t involve festive celebrations.
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:
In heart of the vibrant Norwich Lanes sits Sonkai – a gorgeous, independent jewellery shop that also offers repairs, refitting and bespoke custom designs. Having opened in Norwich in 2006, they are celebrating their 10th year with an exciting project: designing the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich’s new civic chains.
Norwich’s Arcade/ Castle District has not only been nominated but shortlisted for Great British High Street of the Year again (Norwich also won back in 2014 with the Norwich Lanes), so local Norwich resident Jumara Mulcahy tells us why she thinks beautiful Norwich should definitely win!
You may already be aware of ‘hygge’; the concept is becoming more and more prevalent here in the UK, having picked up the pace recently. It originates from Denmark (in fact there’s no straight translation for this word into English) and, if you’re not familiar with the term, it’s basically about embracing life – all year round, but particularly during the colder months when moods can dip as much as the temperature.
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!
With an exciting and varied cultural programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year, Norwich is a treasure-chest of unique venues and galleries to really immerse yourselves in all things cultural!
If you want to visit a city with shopping for every taste and budget, then Norwich is the place for you – and something we really excel at is our distinctly quirky shopping offer. With plenty of independent retailers and second-hand stores, alongside the usual high street favourites, it’s a great city to seek out unique and lovely products you won’t find elsewhere – a real shopper’s heaven!
Norwich is positively crammed with amazing boutiques, shops and independent retailers, so it can be easy to overlook the city's bustling market when you’re on a shopping mission – even though it's one of the largest and oldest open-air markets in the country!
Curling up with a great book is one of life’s great pleasures. Sometimes browsing shelves of brand new (or at least new-to-you) books, and deciding what to read next, is a big part of the fun – and luckily Norwich is blessed with plenty of fantastic bookshops to indulge your book addiction (as well as an amazing festival for crime-lovers, Noirwich, in September)! We should hope so too - we are a UNESCO City of Literature, after all!
For a city with such a diverse shopping offer – boasting high street favourites, independent boutiques and everything in between – you’d be forgiven for thinking that one area of shopping Norwich lacks in is vintage… well, you’d be very wrong!