Purple Flag

Norwich is awarded ‘Purple Flag’ for quality nightlife.

Norwich has been recognised as a beacon of excellence in how a city centre manages the evening and night time economy. As a certified ‘Purple Flag’ city, Norwich boasts a safe and enjoyable night out, any evening of the week. 

Purple Flag is the national accreditation scheme for town and city centres at night. It is sought after as the ‘gold standard’ for night time destinations, similar to Blue Flag for beaches. Places that are deemed to have a safe, high-quality and diverse night time offer can fly the flag, and in November 2017, Norwich’s was awarded its very own standard of excellence for its nightlife.

Norwich in the evening is fast becoming a popular destination due to its extensive events programme, and huge choice of independent pubs and bars. The variety and number of venues and things to do range from live music and festivals, to literary readings and art exhibitions based in some of the city’s more intimate locations.


Stay safe in Norwich

Norwich is ranked as one of the safest university cities in the UK (The Telegraph, 2016), which makes it a popular choice for a night out. It’s important to be safety smart; here are a few tips:

  • Plan how you’ll get home before you leave for your night out. Check bus times, and save a few numbers for local, licensed taxi companies, such as Courtesy, ABC, Canary, Five Star, Bestway and Loyal Taxis.
  • Keep an eye on your friends and stick together.
  • If you feel in a tricky situation, approach a member of staff at your venue. Remember you can always ‘ask for Angela’ at the bar if you need help – staff will know what to do.
  • Don’t leave your belongings or drinks unattended.


If you find yourself in a situation where you need assistance, don’t worry - Norwich is a friendly and helpful city:

SOS Bus 07833 505505 – Located outside Subway on Prince of Wales Road every Friday and Saturday night (9pm – 3.30am), they are a first port of call for those whose well-being is threatened by an inability to get home, illness or injury, emotional distress or other vulnerability.

Safe Haven 07729 807675 -  This city response centre is located at the top of Prince of Wales Road (top of the hill towards the Castle), and provides help and assistance on Friday and Saturday nights.

In an emergency call 999.


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