29 things to do on 29 February

29 things to do on 29 February

What’s your ideal way to spend an extra day? The Norwich 2020 diary is packed full of anniversaries, celebrations, festivals, special events and much more – it’s hard to work out how you’re going to experience everything on offer. Thankfully, we’ve been gifted with a leap year just in time! That’s right, this year we’re being treated to an extra day on 29 February (and conveniently falling on a Saturday, too!).

Here’s our hand-pick of 29 recommended ways to spend 29 February:

  1. Tuck into a winter picnic at The Plantation Garden and admire the beautiful seasonal foliage that this restored Victorian town garden has to offer. Or venture out of Norwich with your picnic to Pensthorpe Natural Park.
  2. Wind your way around the cobbled streets and courtyards of Norwich Lanes – home to the independent shopping spirit of the city – before finishing up with a plate of Grosvenor fish and chips and a pint at The Birdcage.
  3. Eat your weight in food from around the world at Norwich’s award-winning outdoor market. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a craft beer at Sir Toby’s stall – possibly Norwich’s smallest bar!
  4. Grab your last chance to see the early masterpiece – Walton Bridges – by the English Romantic painter Joseph Mallord William Turner at Norwich Castle. Saved for the nation following generous grants from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund, it won’t return until 2023
  5. Revitalise your body and mind with a choose-your-own treatment adventure at Park Farm Hotel & Leisure.

    Park Farm

    Photo: Park Farm Hotel and Leisure

  6. Be whisked away to some Art Deco by the Sea at a major new exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Then take a walk around UEA lake and the sculpture park before the sun goes down.
  7. See if you can find all 31 of Norwich’s medieval urban churches before celebrating your success with an espresso martini at Frank’s Bar.
  8. Track down the dozens of film and TV locations scattered across the city; from Elm Hill (Stardust) to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (The Avengers: Age of Ultron).
  9. Admire the most iconic spire of the East with a free guided tour of Norwich Cathedral, then follow up with a taste of modern thai tapas at The Giggling Squid.
  10. Book a table at Roger Hickman’s 3 AA Rosette-awarded restaurant which offers a 2-course lunch for £22 and three courses for £27!

    Giggling Squid

    Photo: Giggling Squid

  11. Snap some perfect pictures at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist…it’s a beautiful sight – both outside and in.
  12. Be one of the lucky few to see Jennifer Saunders, one of the UK’s most beloved comedy actresses, in the hilarious Blithe Spirit at Norwich Theatre Royal.
  13. Invite friends for a free game of table football or ping pong at Castle Quarter, then keep the competition going with some ten-pin bowling.
  14. Have fun in the sun at Eaton Park, home to a miniature railway, one of Europe’s finest boat ponds and an 18-hole crazy golf course.
  15. Take the dog for a walk around Whitlingham Country Park, or explore further with a bike ride across acres of unspoilt countryside.

    Photo: Eaton Park

  16. Search for treasure in the antique and vintage shops on Magdalen Street; from cute kitsch in Junk & Gems and rare vinyl in Beatniks, to stunning furniture in Aladdin’s Cave
  17. Venture out for a locally-sourced lunch at The Norfolk Mead Hotel, then follow up with a walk around Coltishall.
  18. Sing your heart out at Bowling House – a one-stop-shop for cocktails, food, bowling, and karaoke! You’ll love their extravagant sundaes!
  19. Celebrate the beauty and heritage of The Broads at this stunning exhibition from the East Gallery. It’s even better when followed by a giant cinnamon bun from Bread Source just a few shops down!
  20. Enjoy a decadent afternoon tea like no other at The Assembly House, a Georgian gem in the heart of the city and stay.

    Photo: The Assembly House bedroom

  21. Treat yourself to a new book from The Book Hive. Ask Henry for a recommendation, then head home early to curl up on the sofa with a cuppa.
  22. Meet your friends for an authentic Indian feast at Namaste India – just one of many delicious reasons why Norwich has been crowned the most vegan and vegetarian friendly city in the UK.
  23. Make it a lazy weekend at Barnham Broom. With swimming, golf, pamper treatments and dining, they’ve got relaxation covered.
  24. Take your pick of three different wildlife parks. Meet the mob of meerkats at Banham, the flamboyance of flamingos at Amazona or the coalition of cheetahs at Africa Alive!

    Photo: Banham Zoo

  25. Join the little ones on a tree top adventure at BeWILDerwood or go pond dipping at Pensthorpe…muddy knees and faces are part of the fun!
  26. Sip some of the best artisan coffee at Strangers on All Saints Green, followed by a caffeine-fuelled shopping spree at intu Chapelfield.
  27. Step into Norwich’s restored Victorian roller skating rink, now home to the impressive South Asia Collection, and purchase some stunning handmade textiles and furnishings for home.
  28. Lounge by the pool (or in the hot tub!) all weekend in your private Poolside Lodge, only a ten-minute drive from The Norfolk Broads.
  29. Roam the Museum of Norwich after hours and try to conquer the latest escape game challenge from History Mystery – ‘Goin’ Up the City’!

Photo: The South Asia Collection