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It’s a social (media) summer...

4 August 2017

In the UK alone, 80 million photos are shared each day between 14,000,000 users on Instagram. On Facebook there are 32,000,000 UK users of 1.65 billion in the world. In salute to these astounding numbers here are 5 less obvious places to visit in Norwich which we hope will inspire some social sharing and learning all at the same time!     

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Top 10 Outdoor Things To Do This Summer

14 June 2017

There are some activities that just need to be enjoyed over the summer months, and Norfolk – with its wide variety of landscapes and attractions – is the ideal location to work your way through as many of these as possible!

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A route through time: Marriott’s Way

12 June 2017

A few weeks ago we included Marriott’s Way as a place to walk and cycle in this post. We mentioned that it was a disused railway line – but how much do you actually know about the story of the railway in our region?

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The Assembly House: High Society, High School & Army Camouflage

6 June 2017

This Grade I listed building wasn’t always the beautiful place to eat, drink, socialise and stay at that it is today. Over the years it has been used for a number of reasons, and hosted a number of events. Regardless, we can all agree that it is a truly amazing piece of architecture...

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7 Things To Do This Week

5 June 2017

There are 7 ways to pass the time this week, whether you feel like enjoying live music or taking a fun and informal art class at the Castle - plus plenty more options to pick from...

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Five City Cultural Surprises

31 May 2017

Norwich is full of surprises – from quirky bars and boutiques to pretty open spaces you didn’t expect to find right there – but some of the best surprises this city has to offer are its cultural ‘gems’. The places which have, mostly, been here for years and years, but which still surprise visitors and locals alike…

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A Walk A Week!

31 May 2017

It strengthens your heart, helps you lose weight and tone up, keeps you feeling fit and energised, boosts your vitamin D levels…

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Cooking The Norfolk Way!

31 May 2017

We all know Norfolk is stuffed full of incredible places to eat, from brasseries and fine dining to cafés and food to enjoy on the go. This reflects the county’s excellent reputation for quality produce - sometimes, though, we wish we could recreate some of their classic dishes at home. Enter: The Norfolk Cookbook! We’ve got a copy to give away to one lucky winner…

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Great Things Come In Small Packages & WIN a Fathers' Day gift worth £265!

24 May 2017

Big is not always better, you know! Norwich has plenty of vibrant businesses which are small but perfectly formed, covering shops, cafes, restaurants, hotels and much more.

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An illuminating spa trip at The Norfolk Mead

18 May 2017

The Norfolk Mead is well known for providing a luxury, boutique experience only 6 miles from Norwich, but how do its spa rooms compare? I went to find out…

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Swallows & Amazons & Norfolk!

17 May 2017

With the 50th anniversary of Arthur Ransome’s death this year, we celebrate his wonderful novel – Swallows and Amazons – which has captured the imaginations of so many over the years, and has its own very special link with Norfolk…

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The Movies Come to Norwich Cathedral!

10 May 2017

Filming for star-studded film Tulip Fever took over Norwich Cathedral a few years ago, and with the film scheduled for release - in August this year – we chat to Philip Thomas, the Cathedral Estates Manager, about the Cathedral’s popularity as a movie location and what happens when film crews invade!

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Five Go On An Adventure in Norwich

3 May 2017

There’s plenty of entertainment and fun in The Famous Five, a much-loved British children’s series which featured in many of our childhoods! The series centred around Georgina (aka George) and her cousins Julian, Dick and Anne – and, of course, Timmy the dog! In a nod to the popularity and success of this series in its 75th year, we’ve created the ultimate guide (and we’ve had some fun here ourselves!) to having a truly Famous Five experience in Norwich…

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Crime & Punishment: The Walking Tour

3 May 2017

Although there’s no end of brilliant walking tours you can join from outside The Forum, we fancied creating our own walking tour, centred on one of those grisly subjects that fascinate so many: crime & punishment! And Norfolk has its fair share of history linked to the theme of capital (and, in the case of witches, spiritual) punishment! Even better, you can still visit and see most of these places of interest, so let the (self-guided) tour begin!

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A train for every occasion!

24 April 2017

With steam trains, miniature railways and even a rideable mini train, there’s plenty in Norfolk to entertain anyone with an interest in this mode of transport!

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Magritte's Lost Painting... Found in Norwich!

19 April 2017

issing piece of a famous - but seemingly long-lost - painting by multi-million pound artist René Magritte was found last year hidden underneath another piece of work, right here in Norwich!

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7 Things To Do This Week

18 April 2017

From comedy and zombies to art and crazy golf, we’ve got your week covered! Here are our highlights…

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Norwich's Pub Stories...

11 April 2017

We love a good story, and we’re a nation who (on the whole) love our pubs! So, with the arrival of Norwich City of Ale towards the end of May, we’ve selected a few of our favourite pubs in Norwich so we can tell you their stories!

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Easter Things To Do This Week!

11 April 2017

So Easter Half Term continues, and that means plenty of us are still looking for great ways to entertain the whole family. We’ve picked out our top Easter-themed things to do this week – so gather up the family to celebrate Easter and get planning!

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OUTDOOR ART: NORWICH'S BLANK CANVASES!

4 April 2017

Norwich has an abundance of art to explore and uncover, proudly displayed not only in museums and galleries but now also on ‘blank canvases’ - buildings with bare walls which, when combined with exciting and vibrant murals, are the ideal way to bring art to the masses!

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PLENTY OF FUN AT PLEASUREWOOD!

3 April 2017

The region’s largest rollercoaster rubs shoulders with log flumes, family rides and plenty more, so if you’re after thrills and plenty of fun, Pleasurewood Hills is the place to go!

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A Guide To Norwich Attractions

28 March 2017

Spanning hundreds of years and providing a variety of entertainment (and – dare we say it – educational information), visiting some of Norwich’s favourite attractions provide the perfect day out for a range of ages. If you have a few days to spend in Norwich you can easily fill them with visits to these attractions, so we’ve put together some suggestions – do them all, or take your pick!

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Norwich History in a Nutshell!

28 March 2017

Norwich is a city filled with ancient streets and alleyways, beautiful heritage sites and plenty of stories. So here’s a whistle-stop history lesson - brief but hopefully informative - taking us from the days of the Icenis through to the present day.

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Learning holidays!

22 March 2017

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!

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Enjoy What's On Your Doorstep!

22 March 2017

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!).

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A Guide to the Norwich Lanes

15 March 2017

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!

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An Easter Farm Stay

8 March 2017

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...

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Live Like A Queen

1 March 2017

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!

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Inmate’s Initials & Prison Cells – The Chequered History of The Bridewell

22 February 2017

One of the most iconic buildings in Norwich – the Bridewell – has a rather fascinating history…

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Walking Stories: The Norwich Shoe Industry

21 February 2017

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!

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Put A Spring In Your Step With The Boudicca Way!

14 February 2017

Here’s a story of bravery and battle, which took place right here in Norfolk thousands of years ago!

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Get a feel for the Amazon...

6 February 2017

If you want to feel like you’ve stepped straight into South America without straying from Norfolk, Amazona Zoo is the place to be!

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Stay & Play from £75 for two!

31 January 2017

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!)...

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Snowdrop Season

23 January 2017

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.

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Fantastic February Stays

23 January 2017

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.

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6 Things to do this week

18 January 2017

Here’s our roundup of six fab things to do this coming week – from Miss Marple with a twist to vintage finds!

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Half-Term is Coming...

17 January 2017

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!

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The Great Hospital: still here today (no thanks to Henry VIII)

9 January 2017

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!

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A Local's Pub Guide

20 December 2016

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!

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8 Things to do this weekend

12 December 2016

An empty weekend stretching out before you? Fill it with some of the great things happening here in Norwich, and a little further away.

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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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Non-Christmassy Winter Wishlist!

15 November 2016

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.

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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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Chains... and sparkle!

25 October 2016

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.

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Castle & Chocolate: Why Norwich IS our GB High Street

23 October 2016

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!

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Embrace Hygge in Norwich!

22 October 2016

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.

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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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Culture in Norwich

21 October 2016

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!

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Quirky & Cute Shopping

19 October 2016

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!

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A bargain-hunter's cornucopia...

19 October 2016

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!

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