What's On in July

30 June 2023

What’s On in July 

July is looking like a seriously good month in Norwich and Norfolk. There are city-wide celebrations, a brand-new and nationally recognised afternoon tea, end of pier shows, and… a sponge?! 

With so much going on, it can be difficult to keep track of what to do and when! But you’re in luck, we’re here to help. Read on for our round-up of what’s on in July… 

The Cromer Pier Show 

Let’s start the month at the beach! The award-winning Cromer Pier Show is back for another year with a jam-packed performance for 2023 (Saturday, July 1 – Saturday, September 30). Plus, it’s the only full season end of pier show in the entire world! It doesn’t get much more unique than that, does it? 

You can expect the usual West End production value from this year’s show, including their 8-metre video wall, which delivers some seriously impressive effects alongside the traditional scene sets they own (they have over 500 of them!). It will be a true visual spectacle. 

Then, add the sensational amount of talent on stage, including show-stopping vocals, dazzling dance routines, thrilling specialty acts, and so much more. The result? An afternoon or evening of great laughs and jaw-dropping astoundment. We really cannot recommend it enough. 

If that wasn’t enough to convince you, tickets for the Cromer Pier Show start at just £15.  And did we mention it’s the only full season end of pier show in the world? Be quick, tickets for this programme will sell out! Find out more here. 

This year’s Cromer Pier Show is going to be spectacular!

Eric’s Pizzas ‘Supper in the City’ at Yalm 

Keeping on theme with unique experiences, here’s one for the foodies. For one night only on Tuesday, July 4, why not treat yourself to a 5-course menu from Eric’s Pizzas’ head chefs, Eric Snaith and Fred Bambridge?  

Being served to just 30 people, this sensational supper costs £50 per person. It includes wonderfully prepared dishes with fresh ingredients – all critically picked by the chefs to complement each other.  

You’ll be served a 5-course menu, including: pizza with ricotta, wild garlic, and salami; butter poached cod with bonito, peas, lettuce, and bottarga; lamb tenderloin and belly with courgette, salsify, and Titchwell garden vegetable salad. Plus, dessert…

It sounds utterly delicious. For more details and to book your space on this very limited night at Yalm, click here! 

Indulge in this delicious five-course menu with Eric’s Pizza at Yalm!

The Spongebob Musical at Norwich Theatre Royal 

Everyone’s favourite sponge is coming to our very own Norwich Theatre Royal! From Tuesday, July 4 – Saturday, July 4, watch this new Broadway hit live as the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their home. In this fun-filled musical, Spongebob and his friends must come together to save the fate of their world! 

Starring musical superstar Gareth Gates and drag legend Divina De Campo, this family-friendly musical is not one to be missed, and is the next in Norwich Theatre’s amazing programme of performances across their stage.  

Tickets for this Broadway production are available from just £10 per person. Plus, it makes for an incredible night out with the whole family – even the parents will be singing the songs for days afterwards! Find out more and book your tickets for this hit-show on the Norwich Theatre website. 

The Spongebob Musical is a great night for the whole family!

The Lord Mayor’s Weekend Celebration and Lanes Summer Fayre 

Of course, we couldn’t miss this iconic Norwich event. It’s that time of year when the people of the City of Stories come together for the Lord Mayor’s Celebrations, running from Friday, July 7 – Sunday July 9. Over the weekend, there will be a huge programme on throughout the city. 

Enjoy the Sounds of the City stage in Chapelfield Gardens from Saturday, July 8, 12pm onwards, with some incredible musicians on throughout the day to keep your head bobbing and feet tapping. 

Feeling competitive? Race your friends and family on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Norwich Theatre’s giant video screens! We bet you’ve never raced like this. Running at the same time at City Hall, you can catch the Voices of the City stage, which will see poetry, singing, and an appearance by beatboxing world champions, Beatbox Collective. 

Then comes the bit everyone’s been waiting for, the Lord Mayor’s Procession. A major part of the weekend, this tradition goes back to 1408, making it the second oldest such parade in the UK! The procession starts on Saturday, July 8, 3pm on Surrey Street. This year’s theme is ‘Sights of the City’! Finishing at Norwich Cathedral, you can expect to see acrobatics, dance, music, and plenty of other incredible displays. 

Then, the Lanes Summer Fayre makes its return on Sunday, July 9, as part of the weekend celebrations. This well-loved and hugely attended day out goes from 11am – 5pm, and offers live music, pop up markets, DJ sets, street food courts, theatre, performance, workshops, and much, much more. Previous years have seen around 25,000 people show up, so it’s an incredible atmosphere that you just can’t miss. 

Don’t miss this year’s Lord Mayor’s weekend!

The Assembly House’s New Peter Pan Themed Afternoon Tea 

Many of us will already know about The Assembly House’s incredible afternoon teas. They’re a huge merit to the city’s food and drink scene, and this summer is no exception. From Saturday, July 1 – Sunday, September 17, you can enjoy their brand-new Peter Pan themed afternoon tea in partnership with Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital Charity.  

From Parmesan and Pistachio Pirate Hat Biscuits, to Captain Hook and Tick Tock Croc’s Trifle, it’s a truly delightful assortment of savoury and sweet treats. Plus, for every afternoon tea sold, a 50p donation will be made to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. It’s unmissable. Once again, this afternoon tea will be very, very popular, so we recommend booking your slot soon to avoid disappointment! Visit The Assembly House website for more. 

Indulge in deliciousness with the Assembly House’s Peter Pan afternoon tea!

Norwich Pride 

Another one of Norwich’s biggest annual events makes its return on Saturday, July 29! We told you it was a busy month! Norwich Pride, the city’s celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community, is back with a bang this year as it reaches an impressive 15 years of running.  

Celebrations will be marked with masses of street entertainment, art exhibitions, Q&A sessions, a makers market, five stages featuring some incredible performances, as well as the monumental City Centre March (starting at City Hall, 1pm), and much, much more. 

Seriously, that’s just an ounce of this huge and impressive programme, it’s an incredible day in the City of Stories that you have to see for yourself. For the full programme of events, be sure to visit Norwich Pride’s website, or look out for their printed ‘Pride Guides’ stocked throughout Norwich during July.  

This year’s Norwich Pride celebration is going to be spectacular!

Norwich Summer Sessions  

If you’ve been a frequent visitor of the City of Stories in previous summers, you might have been lucky enough to spot some of the performances on the stages of ‘Head Out, Not Home’ by the Norwich Business Improvement District. Well, to mark its tenth year of running, this annual programme of street entertainment is relaunching under its new and refreshed name – Norwich Summer Sessions. 

This year’s iteration starts from 12:40pm on Sunday, July 30 and runs weekly until Sunday, September 3. Here, you’ll be able to find an afternoon of entertainment for FREE across five different stages in the city. These stages are: The Forum, Westlegate, St Gregory’s Green, London Street, and Gentleman’s Walk. 

Expect to see some incredible acts that will delight all ages, from the very best local musicians to Covent Garden Entertainers, which will create a festival atmosphere across the city every week.  

The programme for Norwich Summer Sessions is managed by NORCA, including a large range of both national and local acts, with a performer from each of the last ten years returning once again. For more information about Norwich Summer Sessions and what acts are returning, click here! 

From local musicians to Covent Garden entertainers, you’ll be thrilled by Norwich Summer Sessions!

And there you have it, just a snapshot of what to expect from the City of Stories this July! There’s so much more on, we just can’t fit it all in. So, if you’re looking for everything on throughout the month, be sure to check out our ‘What’s On’ page or our ‘Free Things for Families in Norwich This Summer’ blog!