Join City of Stories

Sign up to the email and we'll keep you informed of all the latest Norwich goings-on. Once a fortnight you'll be sent ideas for places to eat, stay and visit, as well as our weekly list of things to do around the city, and an occasional glimpse into Norwich's fascinating - sometimes bizzare - past. What's more, you'll be the first to hear about offers and competitions exclusive to City of Stories.

We respect your privacy, and will only ever use your information to send you the newsletter. We will never share your data with third parties, we won't hold any information on you that we don't need, and won't spam you with things you don't really care about.

Sound good?

Fireworks over city


Your guide to Lord Mayor's Weekend

It's here, and it's a big u'n. 

This is your guide to the whole party weekend. A quick run through of what's on, when it's on, and where you can find the road closures!

Friday 6th July

7pm – 10pm - Elephant Procession starting in Chapelfield Gardens

5 life-size elephant puppets will stomp to Gaol Hill and back recreating PT Barnum’s and Bailey’s 1898 parade through Norwich. At Chapelfield Gardens there will be the big top tent, a funfair and festival bar until 10pm. Wahey!

7pm - 9.15pm - Gas Hill Gasp

Iconic Norwich bike event which sees cyclists compete to get the top of the city’s infamous incline, Gas Hill. Spectators line the side of the street - amazing atmosphere!

8pm - 9pm - ‘At the Turning of the Tide’  in Castle Gardens (free!)

Crude Apache’s 'At the Turning of the Tide’ tells the story of the Norfolk Wherries, the great trading vessels of the Broads, which reached their heyday in the mid nineteenth century before suffering a terminal decline with the arrival of the steam railways.

Funfair and festival bar, Chapelfield Gardens, 5pm to 10pm (that’s on all weekend; finishes Sunday at 7pm)
Lord Mayors Celebrations - The funfair!
Lord Mayors Celebrations - The funfair!

Saturday 7th July

As there's a bit of a football match on this weekend, on Thursday Norwich City Council announced some new timings for Saturday's events. The procession is now starting an hour later at 6pm, and the Lord Mayor's 5K will now begin at 5.45pm. 

You can catch music events all day, at various different places around the city...
  • The Lost River Stage on Westlegate - featuring young songwriters and musicians
  • Maui - Waui Stage in Chapelfield Gardens -  the best festival sounds in the region
  • The Forum Stage - Line up includes disco, swing dancing, Bhangra, BBC Music Introducing in Norfolk
6 - 8.30pm (NEW TIME) - Lord Mayor's Procession

The Lord Mayor’s Procession is one of the highlights of the celebration weekend with floats, dancers, drummers and acrobats making their way through the city from St Stephens Road, along Castle Meadow, Tombland and ending at Palace Street. Street acts such as fortune tellers, stilt walkers and clowns! There are road closures so do plan ahead (road closures on city council website), and we’ll be there handing out sweets!

10.30pm - Fireworks!

Fired from Norwich Castle, 10.30pm (music from City Hall!)

Norwich Lanes Garden Party - Saturday AND Sunday, all day!

This is a fully licensed 2 day summer celebration over Lord Mayor's Weekend, in the heart of the Lanes on St Gregory’s Green and sponsored by the lovely people at Bullards Gin! Bring a blanket and get comfy on the green for a great line up of live music, DJs, poetry and spoken word. Get your drinks from the Birdcage, and food from the many, many eateries in the lanes - it'll be the perfect summer weekend. 

Food on Theatre Street from 11am - 11pm & Norwich Market! Funfair & Festival Bar at Chapelfield 11am - 10pm!
Fireworks over Norwich
Fireworks over Norwich

Sunday 8th July

11am - 4pm - Urban Art Fair, St Peter’s Street

Thirty local artists, plus entertainment from a jazz band!

2pm - Great Norwich Duck Race

Another amazing, annual Norwich event. Thousands of ducks racing from Lady Julian Bridge (Riverside, Norwich). Plus it's not too late to get a duck! Norfolk Scouts will have stalls on Haymarket and in Chapelfield Gardens on 7th July, and you can pick up a duck on the day from the Queen of Iceni!

1pm - 5pm -The Bishop of Norwich Open Gardens, Cathedral Close

This is your chance to explore the grass labyrinth and bamboo glade in the Bishop's Garden, and enjoy entertainment from the wonderful Norwich Puppet Theatre. Entry to the garden - £4 per ticket (wheelchair users and children free).

Lord Mayors Celebrations
Lord Mayors Celebrations

Click here for road closures.


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 and Amsterdam, and seasonally from Guernsey and Jersey.

To plan a trip to Norwich check out our website