What's On in May in Norwich

What’s On in May in Norwich

There’s always something to celebrate in Norwich, and this month is no different! For one thing, it’s the return of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival which is celebrating its 250th anniversary. And there’s plenty of other things to do too – read on for our round up of what’s on this month.

1. Norfolk and Norwich Festival

This year’s Norfolk & Norwich Festival is extra special because it celebrates 250 years – it’s one of the oldest arts festivals in the world. We’ve also not seen a full programme for two years thanks to the pandemic. So, 2022 is much anticipated. As always what the festival offers is free and affordable culture in all forms, across Norwich and Norfolk. It includes large outdoor events, music, theatre, workshops, comedy, burlesque, family events, installations, dance and storytelling. Whatever you’re interested in, you can pick up a brochure and find the perfect show to see!

The free outdoor opening event is going to be spectacular as always – people still talk of the tightrope walker over Norwich Market from a previous year. Dominoes (Friday, 13 May) will be 2km trail of giant – the clue is in the name – dominoes leading from Anglia Square at 6pm and travelling through Norwich to finish at The Forum at 6.30pm. It’s going to be exciting so definitely not one to miss.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020

250 Fanfares also takes place over the opening weekend, which will see pop-up world premieres from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra playing around the city centre from 13 – 15 May. And it’s free to go along and listen! A favourite every year is the Festival Gardens, and for the first time ever, its open for the full 17 days of the festival. There will be a wonderful bar, the Spiegeltent, The Band Stand in partnership with BBC Music Introducing in Norfolk (13 – 17 May), The Garden Party (21-22 May) and loads more.

And it’s not just the festival that’s celebrating an anniversary! This year marks 10 years since Norwich was named a UNESCO City of Literature. As part of the Norfolk & Norwich festival, there’s the City of Literature weekend (27 – 29 May) in partnership with the National Centre for Writing. There’s plenty of literary events taking place to get stuck into – check the website for more details.

2. Local Makers Market 

Who doesn’t love a good market? Don’t miss out on the Local Makers Market coming to Norwich on Saturday 7 May at The Forum. This free market features handpicked artists and artisans from our region selling all manner of beautiful things we never knew we needed!

Norfolk Makers Festival

Norfolk Makers Festival at The Forum, 2021

3. Theatre

On until 7 May the National Theatre’s Olivier and Tony award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to Norwich at the Theatre Royal. Whilst at The Garage see The Girl on the Train (6 May) from Mustard Theatre Company who were established in 2004 as a touring amateur theatre group. Tickets cost £12 so this is a mid-priced theatre visit.

Fancy a show, pizza and a pint for £20? With Curious Directive’s latest show, you can get just that! The multi-award-winning company has collaborated with Quantum Biologists to create ‘Spindrift’ – a new show that explores the ground-breaking new science of quantum biology, the inner workings of family, and the extreme limits of human imagination. Running from 19 May – 4 June. Book yourself a £20 ticket, which will also include a pizza and either a pint, pinot or non-alcoholic drink.

4. Music

For indie rock fans on 8 May at Norwich Arts Centre you can enjoy An evening with Kristin Hersh, with tickets from £20.50. This is a rare opportunity to spend an intimate evening alongside one of the world’s most uniquely gifted and compelling songwriters.

Norwich Arts Centre

Norwich Arts Centre