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With attractions, hotels and indoor dining opening just in time for the bank holiday, there hasn’t been a better time to get out and about in Norwich. So, pull your socks on, grab a bag, and make some memories this half-term – whether that means going back to your favourite spots or trying something new.
Around the table
We’ve been socialising through texts, video calls and online quizzes for so long, but now, finally, we can have some quality conversation around the dinner table. Maybe you’re long overdue a proper catch up with a friend? Or perhaps you need an excuse to get the whole family together outside the house! Whatever the occasion, here’s our top picks of places to go:
Giggling Squid on Tombland is brilliant for some tasty Thai flavours. We’d recommend heading there for lunch and enjoying their outdoor seating if the weather is nice. With so many delicious dishes on offer, we won’t blame you if you feel like ordering the whole menu. But, since that might be a little too much to handle, we’d recommend opting for one of their tapas sets instead (£9.95 – £12.95). With four small dishes included (all of which are sure to be delicious) it’s a lifesaver for the indecisive!
For some of the best fish and chips in the city, head to Grosvenor Fish Bar on Lower Goat Lane. Need to get off your feet? Book a table and sit downstairs, or you can enjoy your freshly cooked food as you wander past the eclectic mix of independent stores on Upper and Lower Goat Lane. Alternatively, just across from Grosvenor is St Gregory’s Green, where often performers will set up and play live music. Take a seat on the grass and listen as you enjoy your chips – the perfect way to relax.
Saporita on St Andrew’s Hill is another favourite of ours. Book a table and tuck in with their Pizza Slice All You Can Eat deal! For just £20pp (minimum 2 people), you can enjoy as much pizza as you want, plus a drink to quench your thirst. And if you’ve yet to sample one of their desserts, you must try the Panzerotto. Deep fried dough stuffed with Nutella or Jam. It’s a bite-sized bit of heaven.
> Please book tables in advance and remember to cancel your booking if you cannot make it for any reason.
Norwich is a haven for shopaholics with its perfect blend of independent shops, high-street favourites, shopping centres and department stores. Plus, with the weather steadily getting a little warmer and summer approaching, it’s the ideal time to have a refresh of that wardrobe and treat yourself to a few new items.
Jarrold has an excellent range of fashion from comfy everyday wear to suits and dresses that are great for special occasions. And with weddings and other events back on, it might just be time to get that new dress you’ve had your eye on. Jarrold is also brilliant for homeware, books and furnishings. And once you’ve had your fill, don’t forget to stop off at their deli, which stocks a wide range of items, including locally sourced food, for a snack to keep you going. And John Lewis has a magnificent regional flagship store where you can literally spend a few hours.
Looking for something to entertain the kids? Chantry Place is the perfect spot. Pop into the Disney Store to satisfy the littles ones who just won’t stop singing Frozen songs. Visit Langley’s for toys, models and games. And head to Build-A-Bear Workshop to get something special.
Plus, don’t forget the multitude of independents in The Norwich Lanes and the Cathedral Quarter, especially Elm Hill and Magdalen Street, for vintage, collectables and upcycling bargains.
Planning a shopping spree? Check out our blog Shop ‘Til You Drop for the best places to grab a bargain in Norwich.
Enjoy the scenery
There’s no telling if the weather will be nice for the bank holiday or half-term. And although we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for some sunshine, there’s plenty of gorgeous spots in Norwich to enjoy even if you’re stuck under an umbrella.
Even when under grey skies, the Plantation Garden never fails to impress. One of Norwich’s hidden gems, this secret garden is situated right next door to The Cathedral of St John the Baptist. A Grade II English Heritage registered garden, entry is only £2 (no booking required), and you’re sure to be swept away by its Victorian beauty as you take a romantic stroll through the grounds. Bring along a picnic and relax in this quiet and peaceful oasis. Plus, it’s nice and safe for the kids to run around in.
Looking for somewhere to kick a football around with friends? Head to Eaton Park. With 80 acres to explore, it’s perfect for walking, running, cycling and sports games. There’s even a speed cycle track and a model boat pond to enjoy. And don’t forget to spend some time at the Crazy Golf course! An 18-hole course that’s just pure fun, it’s affordable too – making it great for a fun family day out, or a group activity to enjoy one afternoon. In fact – the more the merrier (within government guidelines), as there are special group tickets. Only £10 for groups of three, £13 for four, and £16 for five. Otherwise, adult tickets £4.50, children 3-7 years £3, and children 8-16 years £3.50. There’s no need to book ahead – just turn up and start having fun.