Wondering what to do this weekend in Norwich? Here’s 7 highlights to help you decide…
Head over to the museum of all-things-Norwich, The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, to make your own Christmas cracker! The museum will be running sessions this Saturday (10 December) in which visitors can create their own using the Norwich-based examples which are on display as their as inspiration. Pop in between 11am and 3pm to take part – it’s all included in general museum admission. And if you can't make it this weekend, they're running sessions on Saturday 17 December too.
Join the fantastic Norwich Philharmonic for this concert in St Andrew’s Hall. There’ll be a taste of Hollywood as soloist Zoe Beyers performs Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D major (Korngold was one of Hollywood’s most in-demand film composers), and the finale ofthe evening is the masterpiece that is Dvorak's Fifth Symphony. (Saturday 10 December, 7.30pm). Tickets £7 - £17, available to buy online here.
Diss, a pretty market town just over 20 miles from Norwich, is hosting their St Nicholas Christmas Fair this Sunday 11 December (10am – 3pm). Browse the shops for Christmas gifts and have a bite to eat in the town’s pretty cafés whilst feeling suitable festive – the ideal time to find those last-minute gifts (and for more information on Diss take a look at our blog post all about shopping in the Market Towns)
Broads Tours is hosting festive boat trips this weekend on their Vintage Broadsman. Climb aboard for refreshments (mulled wine and mince pies for adults, festive cookies for kids) and enjoy seasonal entertainment including competitions, a Christmas quiz, and the chance to meet Santa Claus himself as he lands his sleigh on the top deck – there’ll be a present for the kids too! Tickets £12, under 1 year olds go free, various times available, find out more here.
The man himself will be at Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden this weekend with his sack of presents, as will reindeers Comet and Blitzen, Santa’s elves, and plenty of entertainment! Warm up with hot chestnuts and hot chocolate (mulled wine for the adults) after you’ve wandered through the winter woodland and enjoy some live music and a choir as well. (Saturday 10 December & Sunday 11 December, 11am to 4pm).
The first gallery worldwide to exhibit Mutator VR is right here in Norwich! East GalleryNUA is hosting this amazing virtual reality installation which “blends organic imagery with state-of-the-art, real-time computer animation to create a highly immersive and original audience experience.” Definitely not one to be missed – catch the exhibition until 14 January 2017. The gallery is open 12noon - 5pm on Tuesday – Saturday and closed Sunday – Monday. Free entry.
Image: Photograph, glass plate negative of Katharine and Millie (Emmeline) Edis, by Mary Olive Edis - October 1907
If you haven’t yet visited the brilliant exhibition of Olive Edis’ work at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery (she was Britain’s first female war photographer and took some truly amazing portraits too), then make sure you head over there before the exhibition ends on 22 January 2017. If you’re around this weekend, then it’s the perfect time to visit as there are curator-led tours of the exhibition taking place. Find out more about the key themes of Olive’s work as well as more about her life and career. We’d highly recommend it – and the tours are free with museum admission. (Saturday 10 December, 1pm).
Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Abellio 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.