May Bank Holiday Fun in Norwich

Bank Holiday Fun in Norwich 

There’s nothing quite like a long bank holiday weekend. It provides the perfect excuse to treat yourself, spend some time with family and friends, and go out and do something fun. And there’s nowhere better to enjoy a bank holiday than Norwich, where sunshine-soaked cobbled streets will lead you to adventure after adventure. So, make sure you take a trip to the City of Stories this May bank holiday.  


With the weather forecast predicting a little bit of sunshine, make sure to enjoy the gorgeous green spaces in the city such as The Plantation Garden or Eaton Park, where you can get active with a game of crazy golf for only £4.50 per adult and from £3 per child.  

The Plantation Garden

The Plantation Garden

Treat yourself to a little shopping spree – there’s plenty of choice at Chantry Place and Castle Quarter. And if you’re really looking to indulge you can’t miss Jarrold off your list. And let’s not forget Country & Eastern, where there’s plenty of South Asian treasures to be found, and Sonkai which has the most beautiful jewelry. Take a break from shopping with a spot of lunch (or brunch) at Cosy Club, Ed’s Easy Diner, The Waffle House, Grosvenor Fish Bar, Saporita, Giggling Squid, Namaste Village or The Ribs of Beef. Or why not grab an ice cream or sorbet from Café Gelato? 

If you really want to make the weekend special, head into the city in the evening for a bit of fine dining. You can’t go wrong with The Ivy, Benedicts or Brix and Bones.

The Ivy Norwich

The Ivy Norwich.


Norwich is home to several brilliant museums filled with interesting artefacts, historical displays and art galleries. And a bank holiday weekend is the perfect time to leisurely stroll around a museum or two and soak it all in. The Museum of Norwich is open over the weekend, with Norwich Castle open the whole bank holiday weekend (adults £7, children £6). Or Strangers’ Hall is open on Sunday (adults £6.20, children £5.30).  

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts  

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is the place to go in Norwich if you’re wanting a dose of culture. It’s free to explore the permanent collection and the stunning Sculpture Park set in 350 acres of grounds. There are also fantastic exhibitions that you won’t want to miss. Pablo Picasso: The Legacy of Youth runs until 17 July which takes a look at the famous artists’ early works. Tickets £13/£12 concessions. Scottish Women Artists Transforming Tradition runs until 3 July and brings together exciting historical and contemporary works that span over one hundred years of social transformation. Tickets £9/£8. And a fantastic free exhibition available until 17 July is Rhythm and Geometry: Constructivist art in Britain since 1951. The Sainsbury Centre is closed on Mondays.  

The Anthony Caro Goodwood Steps at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Sculpture Park

The Anthony Caro Goodwood Steps at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Sculpture Park


Setting up shop at Chapelfield Gardens on the 1 May from midday to 7pm is the Normandy Food Tour. There will be a demo stage, hosted by the BBC’s Nigel Barden, which will see a schedule of famous Normandy chefs cook up traditional cuisine. As well as free masterclasses and tasting sessions, and a host of food trucks serving up grub.  

From 10am-4pm on the 1 May is the Norwich Vintage Kilo sale at St Andrews Hall. Grab a bag on entry and fill it up with vintage items galore – only £20 per kilo! (and no minimum spend.) Go on – grab yourself a bargain and refresh your wardrobe just in time for summer. Tickets from £2. 


With an extra lie in on the cards, you might as well stay out late one night with a trip to the theatre! Musical treat The Addams Family plays its last night at Norwich Theatre Royal on the 30 April (tickets from £24.50). Or for a bit of comedy opt for The Birds and The Bees at Norwich Playhouse (tickets from £22). And to keep the kids entertained during the day there’s Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers (2 May, tickets £10).  

Norwich Theatre Royal Auditorium

Norwich Theatre Royal Auditorium

Fun Adventures 

There’s plenty of fun adventures to be had in Norwich. For a bit of bowling, karaoke and food why not head to Bowling House? Or how about an escape game? Cryptic Escape, History Mystery and City Escape Games (this one played outdoors on your phone) are all great options for a challenge to undertake with friends or family! 

Bowling House

Bowling House


The great thing about a bank holiday is that you can easily fit a trip to Norwich and a day trip out to the Norfolk coast or countryside in the same weekend!  

Holkham Hall is always a treat, whether you’re taking a look around the historic hall itself, hiring bikes to take out around the grounds, or taking part in a tractor trailer tour! There’s something for everyone. Plus there’s a great beach. 

On the Bure Valley Railway this bank holiday take part in their Dogs Day Out event. Dogs travel free with a full fare paying owner (adults £16), and every dog will receive a homemade doggy bone when travelling! And there will be dog-themed treats on sale in the café for owners. It’s the perfect day out for dog lovers.  

Bure Valley Railway Boat Train

Enjoy a day out on the Bure Valley Railway.

Kids will love Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure (tickets from £19.95) with its trails, indoor and outdoor play, secret animal garden and more. And it’s open for the whole bank holiday weekend. Or why not let the kids get back to nature at Pensthorpe Natural Park (tickets from £11.95) or BeWILDerwood (tickets from £13.50) – both are sure to be great days out that they won’t forget in a hurry.  


Looking for a last-minute break in Norwich for the bank holiday weekend? There are so many delightful places to stay. And if they are fully booked for the May bank holiday, why not plan ahead for the Jubilee Weekend. Book your stay today!