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With the May Bank Holiday weekend (29-31 May) just around the corner, we know lot’s of you will be itching to get out and celebrate, as the city slowly starts to reopen. And it’s fair to say we’ve got lot’s of catching up to do after the past year or so! So to help take the stress out of your Bank Holiday plans, we’ve put together a guide to what’s on and what’s open in Norwich, the City of Stories.
And as we edge closer to being able to spend time with loved ones again, it’s still important to remember the message of ‘Hands, Face, Space’, and the role we each play in keeping ourselves and others safe while we’re in the city. For those looking for more guidance on safely visiting Norwich, please read our FAQs section.
From 12 April, hotels and accommodation across Norwich and Norfolk will start to open back up and we cannot wait! Why not enjoy a weekend away this Spring Bank Holiday with a short stay at some of the county’s best B&B’s, hotels and lodges. Quirky guest houses in the Norfolk countryside, award-winning city centre hotels, unique waterside lodges, and more.
Ah, dining in restaurants! Who remembers that old pastime? It’s certainly something we took for granted, which is why it’s number one on our bucket list for the Spring Bank Holiday. Dive back into Norwich’s thriving food & drink scene this May, with incredible food from award-winning restaurants and cafes. And don’t forget about our incredible street food scene! Norwich Market is packed full of delicious international cuisine from renowned chefs, while favourites such as Saporita and Grosvenors offer up a twist on classic dishes. Once you’re done tucking into the best that Norwich has to offer, it’s time to relax and unwind over drinks. Enjoy quirky independent bars, like Frank’s Bar in the Norwich Lanes, or the Bowling House on Dereham Road. While away the day in the riverside garden at The Ribs of Beef, or sip delicious cocktails from Gyre & Gimble, or go all-out with a drink at The Ivy. There’s something for everyone in Norwich.
With warmer weather approaching, and our new-found love of the outdoors, an outdoor adventure is a great way to spend this Spring Bank Holiday. Enjoy a day out at one of Norwich and Norfolk’s many adventure parks, gardens or zoos. Pensthorpe Natural Park offers an immerse nature experience, whilst Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure is the perfect day out for the little ones! Explore stunning Palladian halls like Holkham and Houghton, get to know the animals at Banham Zoo, or enjoy tree-top adventures at BeWILDerwood.
When it comes to arts & culture, Norwich is a city that truly punches above its weight. With three independent theatres, world-renowned museums, galleries, and music venues that have played host to bands like Nirvana and Oasis, Norwich is a cultural hub. This Bank Holiday sees the return of the renowned Norfolk & Norwich Festival and the brilliant Norwich City of Ale celebrations. And if that’s not your sort of thing, then why not check out the city’s incredible art scene, with a visit to the Sainsbury Centre, Fairhurst Gallery, or OUTPOST. And no visit to Norwich is complete without exploring our rich history. Dive into the city’s past with a visit to Norwich Castle, the Museum of Norwich, or Strangers Hall. Discover this and much more in the City of Stories.
Oh how we’ve missed our high street! Unique independent stores, up-and-coming designers, boutiques, antiques, and high street favourites. Norwich has it all. Jarrold – widely regarded as the flagship independent store in Norwich – is home to some of the world’s most exciting beauty and fashion brands, as well as unique homeware and furniture. Meanwhile, the Norwich Lanes boast over 300 independent retailers, restaurants, cafes and bars. Our two shopping centres, Chantry Place and Castle Quarter, are packed with major brands like Huge Boss, Zara and Levi’s, while Elm Hill and Upper St Giles play host to independent plant stores, homeware brands, and art.
Norwich and Norfolk are jam-packed with unique experiences and days out. From exploring our 900 year old Castle, to taking a ride on the Bure Valley Railway. Explore Norwich’s secret garden, wander around the awe-inspiring Norwich Cathedral and its 44-acre grounds, or traverse more than 200 kilometres of navigable waterways on the Norfolk Broads. Escape rooms, karaoke bars, distillery tours and more awaits in Norwich and Norfolk.