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The beginning of November can only mean one thing. It’s time to get ready for Christmas! This month there are a huge range of events happening that will get you in the festive mood. Fancy some Christmas markets or festive dining? We’ve got you covered. Read on for our round-up of what’s on this month.
Why not start the festive season celebrations by booking a Beforenoon Tea or Narnia Afternoon Tea in your own private pop-up igloo at The Assembly House? Beforenoon Tea consists of a cooked breakfast along with a breakfast themed traditional cake stand including bites such as breakfast shot glass with granola, yoghurt and fruit compote and ‘Fried egg’ mango and vanilla cheesecake Cruffin cinnamon roll prices are £30.00 per person and £18.00 for under 12s.
Or for something a bit more seasonal, enjoy the Narnia Afternoon Tea. Tuck into delights such as ‘Raspberry Snowflake Dodger’, and ‘Snowy Black Forest Cheesecake’. Prices are £35.00 per person and £22.00 for under 12s. Complement the pastries and cakes with Turkish Delight cocktails, mocktails and hot chocolate.
If your heart yearns for a stunning Georgian dining room as opposed to an outdoor affair, you can always opt to savour your afternoon tea treats inside too. £23.95 per person.
Igloos and Narnia Afternoon Tea available 1st November – 2 January.
The next reincarnation of Mysabar has now reopened for their second autumn/winter experience under the lights of Norwich Castle and will be running until 2 January. Norwich’s popular pop-up bar and restaurant will be larger than 2020 and will include new configurations of the tents with decoration by local designers Smoke and Wild Wood, new floors and plenty of heaters to keep things cosy.
The centrepiece of the event will always be the food and drink. With some of the best craft beer the UK has to offer, rotated on a weekly basis, alongside a carefully curated wine list and some incredibly exciting new local food from local traders and restaurants.
As the Christmas season gets underway there will be winter warmers and festive food offerings, plus some one-off special events with live music. Mysabar will continue to operate a table-service system and bookings will be available online in 2-hour sittings for tables of 2, 4, 6 (or multiples of/large bookings welcome) plus there will be some tables available for walk-ins.
Okay, so this isn’t really a Christmas event as such – but still, what better way to treat yourself in the run up to the season than with some incredible new films! The Norwich Film Festival showcases the best local, national and international short films alongside panels, workshops, features & more! The festival this year will be running in person and online – so there’s no excuse for not indulging yourself in one of their events. It’s the ideal activity for lovers of film, or those just looking for something a little different to experience in the city. From 12 – 21 November.
The Tunnel of Light (presented in association with Phoenix Events) has become an iconic sight in the centre of Norwich every festive season. At 45-meters long, 4 meters high and 6 meters wide with over 57,000 LEDs the tunnel never fails to bring a smile to the faces of anyone making a journey through enjoying the dancing sequences of pretty lights.
Wander on down to Hay Hill between 16 November and 5 January to enjoy the lights, and to get those essential winter selfies!
In 1121 one of the most powerful medieval kings, Henry I, used Norwich Castle as the venue for his Christmas court. This Christmas, 900 years later, Norwich Castle will be adorned by beautiful 70ft projections telling the story of the royal Christmas visit, one of the few recorded visits to Norwich by an Anglo-Norman king. Norwich is the City of Stories. And this Christmas it has a very special story to tell. See this, and more stunning projects on the wall of the Castle from 16 November – 5 January.
Continue the fun at Norwich Castle with their programme of activities celebrating the historic visit of Henry I to Norwich Castle 900 years ago. The Story of the King is fun for families of all shapes and sizes. You’ll be able to sit back and enjoy a dramatic performance and let the ‘King and Queen’ tell you the story themselves, follow the royal trail of treasures around the museum, explore the noble ‘play-table’ and even visit the selfie station to commemorate your own regal visit!
Running from 20 – 23, and 27 – 30 December, this fun programme of activities is included with entry to Norwich Castle. Adults £6.70, children £6.20.
Norwich Business Improvement District and VisitNorwich in partnership with Norfolk Museum Services celebration of Christmas at the Castle: The Story of the King, brings a trail of crowns hidden in the windows of shops and businesses, Norwich Cathedral and stalls on Norwich Market. Taking you across Norwich in a quest to find as many crowns as possible.
Over 80 businesses are taking part in the trail – so the city will be literally covered with crowns! But don’t worry – you don’t need to try and find them all in one day. Four mini trails have been created to follow, so you can come back to the city over several days or weekends to complete them all. The Purple Trail is a real journey through time, taking you from the medieval Castle to the Tunnel of Light. Take a step back in time with the Gold Trail which runs throughout The Lanes. If you’d like a more leisurely stroll by the river and to take in the beauty of Elm Hill try the Red Trail. And for the real adventurers, there’s the Green Trail which will take you to a range of spots outside the city centre.
Maps will be available from leaflet racks in the city, and from our City Hosts (spot them around the city in their blue tabards!)
16 November – 5 January, Free.
Much may have changed in the last 900 years, but one thing is as true now as it was then: Norwich is the perfect place to be at Christmas. This Christmas, in celebration of the King Henry I’s visit in 1121, we’re taking a look back through 900 years of Christmases past. Why don’t you come on the journey with us?
Pay a visit to Norwich Market stalls 138 and 139 where you’ll find our unique Journey Through Christmastime pop-up installation – perhaps the smallest exhibition in Norwich! Discover stories of Christmases past in Norwich with photos from museums, businesses and the people of Norwich on display. Festive lights, Christmas trees and baubles make this a mini-immersive experience that’s sure to get you in the festive mood.
Would you like to see your own images of Norwich at Christmas featured in our installation? Submit them here and you might just find your photos on display in the city centre!
17 November – 17 December, Free (open during market trading hours).
The Festive Fair at The Forum in Norwich is back with a bang in 2021. Come along and delight in shopping locally for Christmas! This popular Christmas market attracts thousands every year with its East Anglian-made arts, crafts, festive food, produce and more. Everyone is welcome and, best of all, entry is free.
We recommend enjoying a glass of local beer of a cup of warming mulled wine as you browse the stalls. Why not enjoy some food while you’re at it? Choose from waffles and gourmet doughnuts to freshly roasted almond pralines, delicious homemade cakes and Norfolk Rum.
Inside there will be stalls galore selling everything from jewellery, pottery, plants, textiles, woodcraft, glassware, clothes, tins, art, preserves, Christmas cards and decorations and much more.
From 25 – 28 November, there’s plenty of delights to enjoy across the four days. There will be Christmas carols from Norfolk’s own Pavilion Brass Quintet on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday there will be festive tunes from a traditional fairground organ.
Plus, in the spirit of Christmas, this event will also be raising funds for charity, in this instance Norwich-based breast cancer reconstruction charity, Keeping Abreast.