10 Free and Affordable Things to Do in Norwich and Norfolk

10 Free and Affordable Things to Do in Norwich and Norfolk this Summer

Norfolk Day is the biggest and best celebration of the county around. It’s a chance to appreciate everything wonderful and unique about our East Anglian region, and it’s a good excuse to go out and about in Norfolk for a bit of fun!

So, in celebration of Norfolk Day this year, we’ve pulled together 10 of our favourite free and affordable things to do this summer in this great county.

1. Head Out Not Home

Head Out Not Home is a much-anticipated event in Norwich’s calendar, and it’s back and bigger than ever! Theatre, circus skills, comedy, and live music will all be coming to the streets of Norwich every Sunday until 4 September. And it’s completely free! So, why not head out and enjoy free performance on the sunshine-soaked streets of Norwich this summer.

Head Out Not Home Westlegate

Head Out Not Home

2. GoGoDiscover

Are you ready to discover something totally roar-some? The GoGoDiscover Sculpture Trail has taken over the county this summer, with 55 individually decorated T.rex sculptures in the city, plus 24 huge Steppe Mammoth’s around Norfolk in iconic spots such as Cromer Pier, Holt and King’s Lynn. Want to take on the challenge? Simply grab a trail map (suggested £1 donation to Break), or download the app, and get hunting!

3. Plantation Garden

If tranquillity is more your thing, then head over to The Plantation Garden. This oasis of calm is tucked away just around the corner from the Cathedral of St John the Baptist. It’s only £2 entry (via an honesty box), and it’s the ideal spot for a picnic. Take a blanket and some tasty treats, and then sit back and relax. What’s better than enjoying your lunch while hidden away from the bustle of the city, with the serene sounds of nature surrounding you.

4. Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Speaking of the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, it’s also another great spot to visit in Norwich that’s free to look around. Take in the beauty of this historic Roman Catholic cathedral, widely considered one of the finest examples of great Victorian Gothic Revival Architecture in the UK. To get even more out of your visit, book onto one of the tower tours (only £5 per adult), and you’ll be treated to one of the best views of the city around.

The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, a perfect stop on a visit to Norwich

The Cathedral of St John the Baptist

5. Norwich Cathedral

One of the most popular places to go in Norwich is Norwich Cathedral, and it’s easy to see why. A gorgeous display of Norman architecture, the Cathedral boasts the second largest monastic cloisters in England, the second largest Cathedral spire in England, and is home to a family of Peregrine falcons! You can spend a whole morning or afternoon here, taking in the stunning architectural features and wandering the close (all for free). And when you get peckish, you can stop at the Refectory Café for a drink and a snack!

6. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

A short bus ride or car journey away from the city centre, and you can find yourself at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Not only is the permanent collection inside free to view, but the expansive Sculpture Park is too! You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to discover all the treasures this fantastic place has to offer.

Take a tour of the Sainsbury Centre this September with Heritage Open Days

The Sainsbury Centre permanent collection

7. Eaton Park Crazy Golf

Fancy something a bit more active? Eaton Park Crazy Golf is the place to go for outdoor fun that won’t break the bank. And best of all, it’s great for everyone! Whether you’re planning a family day out or you’re looking for a cute date night idea. It’s only £5 per adult, £12 for a group of three, or £15 for a group of four!

8. Wandering Words

If you want to experience something a bit unique this summer, we recommend Wandering Words, a new trail created by the National Centre for Writing in celebration of Norwich’s UNESCO City of Literature 10-year anniversary. The trail will lead you to five locations across Norwich with a QR code to scan, which allows you to listen to an immersive audio recording of a poem. All you need is your mobile phone and a trail map, which can be picked up for free from The Book Hive, DNA Books and Waterstones in Norwich.

9. Norwich Theatre Family Festival

Norwich Theatre is hosting its own Family Festival from 26-29 July – opening its doors to families of all shapes and sizes for an entire week of fun! With workshops, productions and a fair few free activities to do – there’s something for everyone. Choose from story hour, lunchtime concerts, a craft café, face painting and more!

10. Redwings Aylsham

Just outside of Norwich set in idyllic countryside is Redwings Aylsham – the place to go to make some four-legged friends! There are 50 rescued residents here ready to make your acquaintance, such as Wiggins and Wacko the donkey duo, and real-life Black Beauty Maya. Entry and parking are free, and it’s open daily throughout August and September too. Plus, two of the centre’s Adoption Stars celebrate their birthday weekends over the summer holidays – so why not join the party and pay a visit on The Gangsters’ (29 July – 1 August) and the Gulliver’s (26 – 29 August) birthday weekends.

The Gangsters’ at Redwings Aylsham