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A change is as good as a rest, or so they say. Why not take 24 hours away from normal life, and live like a tourist! Whether you’re choosing to stay the night (and we say you should treat yourself), or cramming everything into a day, we’ve got the perfect activities for you to enjoy. It’s time to explore further than your house, to enjoy new scenery, to skip the sofa and try something new.
But, remember, it makes sense to plan and book in advance! Think Know Before You Go, and get everything sorted before you head out.
You won’t get far without a good breakfast. Start the day with an indulgent meal to set you up – it’s the most important, after all! Head to The Cosy Club for classic brunch options, including Shakshuka and Huevos Rancheros, Bill’s for classic English breakfasts and egg inspired dishes, or to The Waffle House for delicious sweet and savoury waffles. (All three restaurants are participating in Eat Out to Help Out this August too!)
Walk & Explore
Now you’re fully fuelled, why not go for a wander around the city! Norwich is perfectly compact, meaning you can take in the whole city and still get your steps in. From riverside walks to city centre paths, you can discover lots without going too far. Remember to look up and admire the architecture! Keep an eye out for our City of Stories Murals too – there are dragons, books, cityscapes and more. Why not explore our amazing range of parks, gardens, and walks.
Pop to the Shops
Norwich is a top shopping location, which is no surprise to anybody who lives here. With its flagship stores, big name shops, and small independents, there’s something to please everybody. Fancy sprucing up the house a little? Head to Jarrold Department Store to pick out some gorgeous pieces or Elm for hard-to-find small brands. Want to spend a few hours browsing? Castle Quarter and Chapelfield are jam packed full of shops, from the big to the small.
Time for a snack?
We recommend popping to the market for a light lunch (or a big one if you’ve worked up an appetite)! Founded in the 11th century, Norwich Market is award-winning, and packed full of amazing food stalls. Follow the one-way system, and check the maps outside if you’re after something particular. You might also like this blog about our pick of food stalls for picnics.
Try something new!
Norwich is a city that likes to do different – just ask UEA! So whilst you’re here, why not have a go at something more unusual? Pub & Paddle will have you kayaking down the Wensum, and stopping for drinks at some of the city’s best pubs, giving you a new perspective on Norwich. Test your mettle at Cryptic Escape – you’ve got an hour to follow the clues and escape the locked room. Or you could try axe-throwing at Boom: Battle Bar, just like the Viking invaders did (probably).
Time for a drink?
Head to the Playhouse Bar for a pint or two – the theatre may be temporarily closed, but the riverside terrace is the perfect suntrap for a late afternoon or early evening drink. Currently, you can also sit on the stage, enjoying a drink where comedians like Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican, and Russell Howard have performed! Fancy a cocktail? The Ivy Norwich has a great selection of unique cocktails, and beautifully decorated surroundings. If you’re in the mood for more intimate surroundings, head to Norwich institution Frank’s – we recommend their bread platter to go along with the drink!
Stop for supper
Benedicts, which reopens on 5 August, offers a sophisticated menu for real foodies – treat yourself to something special. You can also enjoy luxury dining at the Maids Head Hotel, whose chef is currently in the running for the National Chef of the Year award. If you’re in the mood for something more low-key, head up to Chapelfield, where there are plenty of well-known favourites.
Stay the night
You’re going to want a comfortable room after all that adventuring! Why not head out to the countryside, and spend the night in rural beauty. Barnham Broom has a spa, and a golf-course, so you can unwind in style. Park Farm Hotel & Leisure is set in 200 acres of idyllic landscape, perfect for a relaxing stroll the next day. Want to see a bit of the famous Norfolk Broads? The Norfolk Mead Hotel is set on its very own private lake within the Broads National Park.