It's another busy week to visit Norwich and Norfolk, we've got gin tasting, walks under the stars, works of art, delicious local produce and plenty of blood-chilling crime.
Image: Wildlife etchings by Guy Allen: View the free exhibition at the Fairhurst Gallery
This exhibition showcases the beauty of Norfolk wildlife through the detailed etchings and screen prints of Guy Allen. Guy discovered his passion and talent for printmaking while whilst studying at the École Nationale Supérieure Des Beaux-Arts in 2010. After graduating he moved back to Norfolk where he took inspiration from the wildlife around our region to create etchings, from butterflies to bees (yes, that does also appear to be a bear but we're pretty sure that was experienced outside of our county!). The exhibition is runs from Friday 8th September to Saturday 30th September at Fairhurst Gallery on Bedford Street and admission is free. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm.
OPEN will be a gin-lovers paradise on Saturday 16th September when ginfestival.co.uk brings 100 brands of premium gins to the venue - and some vodkas and cocktails, if you like to mix it up! You can swing while you swig as a seven-piece band will be playing in the OPEN Banking Hall on the main stage. Once inside the festival you will need to purchase tokens, which are exchanged for measures of gin at the various bars. Each single measure of gin can be exchanged for 1 token, tokens are £5 each. There are two sessions: Afternoon Session - 12.30pm - 5.00pm and the Evening Session - 6.30pm - 11.00pm. Tickets are £10.41 including booking fee.
See nature come to life under the stars with an evening walk at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden on Saturday 16th September from 7.30pm. Discover the wildlife that comes out under the cover of darkness and gaze at the stars twinkling over the water. You'll also hear lots of special night time nature sounds that you'd miss during the daylight. The event is suitable for adults and children over the age of eight. Booking is essential and dogs are not allowed. Tickets are £9 adults and £6 child. Book online at FairhavenGarden.co.uk.
Have you ever wondered if your life is off balance? Does the daily lure of technology threaten your equilibrium? All sounds a bit deep doesn't it? However, you can explore these intense thoughts through the beauty of dance and acrobatics with Imbalance at Norwich Playhouse and the energy in the performance will leave you feeling upbeat. The 60-minute performance is followed by a Q&A session in the auditorium. Saturday 16th September at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 and £8 concessions, open to anyone over the age of eight, book at Playhouse website.
A black cloud of murder, mystery and suspense will descend over the city from Thursday 14th September as we indulge in four days of page-turning, blood-chilling crime for Noirwich Crime writing Festival. There are still tickets left for some of the talks and workshops so take a look at the website for full details. Authors include Val McDermid (pictured), Martina Cole, Anthony Horowitz and Stuart MacBride.
Image: Visit Harleston to enjoy the weekly market and stop off in a tearoom while you're there.
South Norfolk has a great selection of town markets and farmers' markets taking place around the county throughout the month. It's a lovely chance to spend some time browsing and tasting local produce and enjoying a slower pace of life while you amble around, picking up treats and exploring the town and surrounding area. On the second and fourth Saturday of each month the Loddon Farmers’ Market is held at Jubilee Hall from 9.30am until 1pm, where you can pick up high quality local produce at affordable prices. Loddon is 13 miles south-east of the city.
In Wymondham (ten miles south-west of Norwich) every Friday is market day in the town centre from 9am to 2.30pm. There is also a farmers' market on the third Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm. If you're looking to explore a bit more of the county, a traditional market is held at Diss Market Place every Friday from 9.30am until 3pm and the Diss Farmers' Market comes to town on the second Saturday of each month from 9am until 1pm. A drive to Diss will take you just under an hour from Norwich.
If you want to visit Harleston, there's a weekly market in the town centre on Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm and on the third Saturday of the month you can visit the Harleston Farmers' Market at the Swan Hotel from 9am to 1pm. Travelling by car you can reach Harleston is around 45 minutes from Norwich.
Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.
Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.
To plan a trip to Norwich check out our website www.visitnorwich.co.uk