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In the second week of Makers’ Month here in Norwich, I visited Sonkai Jewellers to meet Senior Jewellery Designer Susan Blackler.
To celebrate ‘Makers Month’ at The Forum, City of Stories is talking to a different Norwich ‘maker’ each week during March. This week we spoke to Steve Lepper, co-founder of soya dairy and tofu-producers ‘Tofurei’.
In October, VisitNorwich sent me to PrimEvil so I could write about it for this blog.
Title Image: Norwich Castle Prison, reproduced with kind permission of picture.norfolk.gov.uk
Remember the sunshine? Remember blue sky and crisp mornings where you could walk to work taking normal-person-sized strides and you didn't have to wear tights under your jeans?
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)!
Nestled comfortably between the river and the Cathedral, in the shadow of trees and an old flint wall, sits Norwich's oldest pub.
Into mid-Febraury, and we don't know whether to get outside in the brisk winter sunshine, or cosy inside!
Head down to Norwich Market on any weekday lunchtime, and you will find the heart of the city. Stalls are steaming with hot food, and all sorts of people have migrated here in their free hour to pick up something to have now, or take home for later.
Travel back in time this week - visit the Victorian era, or 1997...
Sometimes, writing this blog feels like being let into a wonderful secret. I get to visit places I've never been, and see things I'd never normally see. And so it was that this week, I borrowed some sensible shoes from my housemate and headed to Raveningham Gardens, just as snow was threatening to fall, and a bin lorry was threatening to block in my car.
Back in 1783, Norwich was the backdrop for one of the most peculiar love stories his city has ever seen. This is how, in 1787, two inmates from Norwich Castle Gaol went on to become one of the founding families of modern Australia.
Norwich is home to many places to celebrate Shrove Tuesday if you:
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.
Or how to practice for the Norwich 10k, if you're familiar with the Norfolk accent.
Title Image: The street sign welcoming you into Wiveton in North Norfolk
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.
Last weekend, after living here for over 5 years, I went to see the seals at Winterton-on-Sea, and it was just as good as everyone said it would be.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!