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The Bank Holiday in Brief

Well, as brief as we could make it – there’s loads to do this bank holiday weekend. We’ve got outdoors, indoors, early doors, and open doors for some of our longer-running bank holiday events. So have you made plans yet…? The bank holiday is almost upon us, so if you’re still looking for things to do, here’s our guide.

Pictured: Kayaking with Norfolk Outdoor Adventures


We’ve been so very lucky with the weather this year, and this bank holiday could well be the last time we experience a British summer until about 2021. So, make the most of it over the coming weekend by getting outside – all weekend Pensthorpe Natural Park is an abundant wonderland for kids and adults alike – complete with acres of habitats for wildlife, flowers, fauna, friendly ducks and one of the best play areas we’ve ever seen. Over towards Lenwade, Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure is a dream place for children big and small: this park – with added dinosaurs – caters for all ages: from Dippy’s Splash Zone for little ones, to the Predator High-Ropes for older children looking for some adventure…

And if you’re after some al-fresco entertainment, on Sunday 26th, the gorgeous Palladian courtyard at Holkham Hall will be host to the sounds of the Chris Cooper Trio. Spend the afternoon enjoying some laid-back jazz, and probably some Pimm’s…

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Being inside doesn’t necessarily mean you’re safe from the elements – The Playhouse’s run of Singin’ in the Rain  (starting today, folks) has a designated ‘splash zone’ in the front rows…ponchos are provided. This production is by triple award winning theatre company ‘Sound Ideas’; you might remember then from a performance of Sweeney Todd in an old shoe factory last year.

As always, Norwich Puppet Theatre have plenty to keep the family entertained over the bank holiday: on the 25th of August the beautiful theatre (and it really is beautiful) will hold a performance of ‘The Children in the Moon’, after which you can also participate in a family puppet making workshop.

There are also still tickets left to see ‘Miss Saigon’ at Norwich Theatre Royal. This has proved incredibly popular, so make sure you get your ticket before they sell out!

Singin' in the Rain
Singin' in the Rain

Early Doors

Of course, nothing says taking it easy like going out for breakfast. Treat yourself; this is the last bank holiday before Christmas (which is 125 days away. You’re welcome). You’re spoilt for choice in Norwich: The Ivy Norwich Brasserie has just opened and it’s gorgeous; Louis Deli is cosy, relaxed breakfasting at its finest; the nearby Waffle House does anything breakfast on a waffle, and if you want pancakes then you must visit Frank’s Bar. We wrote a blog on Norwich breakfast last year; read it here.

And if you’re really looking for breakfast with a difference, head to the broads to join a sunrise kayak on the tranquil waters, before stopping half way for fresh coffee and something delicious. Norfolk Outdoor Adventures run these experiences on specific dates; see their website for details.

Open Doors…

Over the bank holiday, Norwich also has a few events that will be spanning the whole weekend. From Friday 25th  to Sunday 27th,  enjoy the finest brews in the country, courtesy of the Norwich Beer Mash Up.  Meet the guys and gals behind some great beer, and find out a bit more about the stories behind what’s ended up in your bottle, cask or can.

From one great thing to another, on the Sunday and Monday of the bank holiday, Norfolk Showground will be the venue for the ‘All About Dogs Show’. YES. There are dog classes, dog shows, dog classes and dog shops. AND you can camp there (with your dog. Obviously).

Plus, there are still tickets left for the Sushi and Sake festival at OPEN this weekend! On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th, OPEN will be transformed into a Japanese Street Market, with Sushi Bars, Tempura Bar, Japanese Desserts, Cocktail Bars, Sake Bars, Whisky tastings and much more. The Sunday afternoon session is now open to under 18's! 


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