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Make the most of the Easter holiday this year in Norwich and Norfolk. There’s plenty going on to enjoy, from food and culture to tours and markets. There’s never been a better time to get out and about in Norwich and soak up some springtime vibes.
1. Brix and Bones
Fancy an evening out at one of Norwich’s freshest restaurants? At Brix and Bones all dishes are cooked over fire by head chef George, who was born and raised in Norfolk. With a passion for using ethically sourced and fresh local ingredients, you’re sure of a delicious meal here. Open Wednesday – Saturday, 6pm – 11pm.
2. Cheryl Cade Tours
Also relatively new on the scene is Cheryl Cade, offering walking food and drink tours. Cheryl is a qualified beer and cheese sommelier, who champions local produce and the hidden history of Norwich. Enjoy a tour themed around beer, cheese or gin for only £45, with options for bespoke tours (prices on request). Cheryl is also trained in accessibility and is a BSL communicator.
3. Easter Afternoon Tea
The Assembly House is known for its exquisite, themed afternoon teas, and this Easter you won’t be disappointed. £24.95 per person or £49.50 for two, and under-12s £14.95, this delightful treat includes robin’s egg blue gateau opera, chickadee chick macaron, Easter egg shortbread, feeling sheepish cupcake and Mr McGregor’s allotment shot glass.
4. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
What’s better than a day out admiring a bit of world-renowned art? Entry to see the Sculpture Park and permanent collection is free, and there are some great displays you can catch included with admission. Running until the 14 August is a significant display, Woman Pioneers of Abstraction, and the poetic and surreal Richard Slee: Swans. While until 17 July is Rhythm & Geometry: Constructivist Art in Britain since 1951.
You also won’t want to miss the centre’s latest exhibition, Pablo Picasso: The Legacy of Youth. Running until 17 July, over 20 works by Picasso including paintings, drawings and prints show how the young artist embraced successive styles at large in the art world. Tickets £13/£12 concessions.
5. Norwich Theatre
Treat yourself to a night out at the theatre this Easter – and a few laughs while you’re at it! Nish Kumar – Control is the hot ticket this April with only limited availability left! Grab yourself a ticket for £23 and sit back and watch who the Guardian called “the smartest, and often the silliest, political comic we’ve got”.
6. Paul Dickson
There’s something about the springtime that just makes you want to get outside and appreciate the beauty of the places we live in. So why not take that a bit further this Easter and learn something new as well! Whether you’re visiting Norwich, or you’ve always lived here, on a Paul Dickson tour you’re guaranteed to learn an interesting fact or two – as well as enjoying a nice jaunt around the city. Take a guided walking tour around the historic Tombland, inclusive of a cup of tea or coffee at The Maids Head Hotel for £8.50 per person. Or indulge in The Great Market Guided Tour which includes tea on the market from the Birchleys Loose Leaf Tea stall for £9 per person.
7. Norwich Ghost Walks
If you’re looking for a non-traditional Easter activity, why not opt for a spooky ghost walk? Take a journey through some of the most haunted places in Norwich, departing from The Adam and Eve pub and taking you round Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle, Elm Hill and more. Tickets £12.
8. Clutter City Spring Market
Have yourself a little Easter shopping spree at the Clutter City Spring Market. This free event at Norwich Arts Centre on 2 April (11am – 4pm) will feature over 25 carefully selected stalls with some of the best local makers, artists, illustrators and designers.
9. Holkham Hall
There’s plenty of time over the Easter holiday to take a day trip or two out of Norwich. And trust us, it will be worth it! Holkham Hall in North Norfolk is a great day out on its own, but there’s even more reasons to visit at Easter. Don’t miss the Easter Food, Drink & Gift Market where local and regional artisan producers will showcase their best produce, gifts and crafts. And there’ll be a range of delicious street food to tuck into if you get peckish. 15 – 17 April, 10am – 4pm, adults £2, children £1.
Fancy an evening of beautiful piano performance? See Dominic Degavino, one of the UK’s outstanding young pianists, in action as part of a charity concert in the magnificent setting of the Marble Hall at Holkham on 29th April. Tickets £15.
10. Deepdale Farm
Deepdale Farm is a real hidden gem on the North Norfolk coast, with a whole host of activities to enjoy. Take a guided walk around the farm on the first Thursday of every month for only £5. Or enjoy a bit of shopping in the pop-up shops at Dalegate Market, featuring a rotating array of local producers and artisans. Or for a unique experience, why not book a Taster Fused Glass Workshop. Gain an insight into the process and techniques of glass fusing and learn to create a small bowl or coaster which you can collect once the work has been fired. Must be arranged in advance, £40 per person.