What's On in November 2022

7 November 2022

What’s On in November in Norwich 2022

Please note this blog covers November events and activities from 2022. For 2023 events, please see our ‘What’s On’ page.

November is the month that Norwich lights up, festive markets start popping up, and we all get excited for Christmas. So, if you’re looking for things to do in Norwich this month, there’s plenty of events and activities to enjoy.

1. Norwich Film Festival

The 12th Norwich Film Festival takes place between 11 – 20 November and this is an event not to miss! With a record number of entries from around the world this year, the selection of films on show is truly outstanding, with over 100 to see. All in-person screenings are £5 and under, with reduced rate tickets for under 25s. Tickets for online viewing will launch on Monday 7 November.

A group of people watch a film screening

Norwich Film Festival

2. National Centre for Writing

On 9 November at 7pm, Bad Betty Press – independent publishers of strange, raw and risk-taking poetry – are stopping in Norwich as part of their UK tour! Join everyone at Dragon Hall for an evening of live poetry from their roster, a local support act and open mic. Tickets are a very reasonable £6. Book on the National Centre for Writing’s website.

3. Norwich Baroque

Norwich Baroque is a company which performs fresh and vibrant music by popular and less well-known Baroque composers, and this November you can catch them at St Peter Mancroft on the 12 November with their concert Table Talk. Performing Telemann’s Tafelmusik collection, published in 1733, alongside orchestral and chamber music by J.S. Bach, this is sure to be a beautiful evening. Tickets £18, under 18s £2.

Norwich Baroque

Norwich Baroque

4. Norwich Theatre Royal

Glyndebourne returns to Norwich Theatre Royal between 15 – 18 November, this time to perform Michael Grandage’s five-star production of Mozart’s greatest comedy – the marriage of Figaro. Plus, Mozart’s Requiem and Puccini’s La bohème. Tickets from £38.

5. Christmas Light Switch On

Christmas is officially on the way, and it all kicks off at the Norwich Lights Switch On. Head to City Hall on Thursday 17 at 7pm and see the city come to life, with the famed Tunnel of Light and streets across the city lighting up. Norwich Market is also opening late for the event, so there will be plenty of places to eat, drink and be merry.

Norwich City Hall lit up with Christmas lights

Norwich at Christmas, City Hall, The Market and St Peter Mancroft Church. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.

6. Castle Social

Castle Quarters’ new food and drink offer, Castle Social, officially opens this month. The food court on the top floor is centered around a NEW Gin bar called Pinker and Green and offers places to eat – all from local independents. It is open daily from lunch until late and will have live entertainment, quizzes and family events.

Castle Social

Castle Social

7. Yalm

Another NEW opening is Yalm (from 22 November) located in The Royal Arcade. This is communal dining from local independent businesses and talent in a stunning location. Over 2 floors and 10,000 sq ft there are 6 kitchens and 3 bars. And with food options including steaks, pizzas, ramen, cheese fondues and more we’re going to be running – not walking – over there when it opens!

8. Festive Fair at the Forum

Between 24 – 27 November the annual Festive Fair at The Forum returns. This is such a popular event with it also raising money for Keeping Abreast. Enjoy a glass of local beer or cup of warming mulled wine while listening to Christmas carols from Norfolk’s own Pavilion Brass Quintet who will be playing festive tunes outside The Forum each day. There will be a feast of live entertainment to get you in the mood, plus of course wonderful things to buy for Christmas presents. Then on the Sunday meet the Mini Donks who were so popular last year. Open from 11am to 7pm on the Thursday, from 10am to 6pm on the Friday and Saturday, and from 10am to 4pm on the Sunday, everyone is welcome and entry is free.

The Festive Fair at The Forum - Christmas gift fair with multiple stalls and people shopping

The Festive Fair at The Forum