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Me, Myself & I (and breakfast)

18 October 2017

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.

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8 (ish) Things to do This Week

18 October 2017

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!

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Our Halloween Hit-list & Best Bonfires

18 October 2017

 

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.

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7 Things to do this Week

11 October 2017

 

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…

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Half Term Approacheth

11 October 2017

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!

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Our guide to Makers' Workshops around Norwich!

11 October 2017

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?

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How to eat your way around Norwich Market...

11 October 2017

Put some Poutine in your routine.

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5 Things to do This Week

4 October 2017

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…

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Halloweek for big and small!

4 October 2017

Pack extra pants, it’s Halloween in Norwich.

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Badger Legs, Kingfishers and Fighting Toads

4 October 2017

The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is ‘what do badger legs, kingfishers and fighting toads have in common?’.

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The Russia Season: Part One; The Tower

27 September 2017

 

For visitors to the Sainsbury Centre recently, you might recognise the spectacle of Tatlin’s Tower.

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The Russia Season: Part Two; Fabergé & Revolution

27 September 2017

 

Following on from The Russia Season: Part One, in Part Two take a closer look at what's going on inside the Sainsbury Centre, as they stage a major exhibition that captures the polarised contexts of the Russian Civil war. 

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Hostry Festival - Our Highlights

27 September 2017

 

Norfolk’s Hostry festival is back again, building on its success in 2016 with a diverse and exciting programme for its seventh year.

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4 Things to do this week (and last chances to see!)

26 September 2017

This week spend Saturday in the Caribbean; be in Munich by Thursday!

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6 Things to do this week

21 September 2017

 

This week it's all about chutney, royalty in disguise, peacocks, scones, books and a big splash of cider! 

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If you fancy getting away this Christmas...

20 September 2017

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. 

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Adult escapes - with chocs and bubbles!

12 September 2017

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.  

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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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