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Charlie Hodson of Woodforde’s makes VisitEngland’s Tourism Superstar final 10

We’ve done it again! Another VisitNorwich member has made it into the VisitEngland (supported by The Daily Mirror) Tourism Superstar final 10. We have until 20th March to vote and help Charlie win.

Last year the fabulous Duane Dibartolomeo from The Grosvenor Fish Bar in Norwich walked away with the prize. Duane’s win helped secure a national feature on The One Show (5 million viewers) so a win is not only good for the individual and their business, it’s also great for our destination.

Charlie Hodson is the executive chef at the Fur & Feather at Woodforde’s and is a passionate supporter of local food and produce from across the county as well as loving Norfolk as a whole. Charlie supports many charities and is a wonderful and enthusiastic ambassador for us. We would love to see another winner from the Norwich area, so please vote to support Charlie.

Spread the word and vote here.  

#TourismSuperstar #ETW18 @charlieboychef @VisitEngland @MirrorTravelEd @woodfordesbeer @visitnorwich


Norwich Science Festival needs your support

The second Norwich Science Festival in 2017 brought to us by The Forum was a resounding success and this year your support could make it even more so for 2018. The Forum Norwich and Norwich Science Festival have been shortlisted to host Tim Peake’s Soyuz capsule, as part of the Science Museum Group / Samsung tour. 

The Forum is one of five shortlisted venues in the competition to host the spaceship and virtual reality adventure. If successful, the Soyuz capsule and parachute will be the centre piece of Norwich Science Festival 2018, which takes place during October half-term.

To show that Norwich and Norfolk really wants the spacecraft and that there is demand for space/astronomy/science events in the city we need to collaborate. Please show your support on social media to help create a buzz about this fantastic possibility. Feel free to use these tweets or write your own:

Let’s land Soyuz in Norwich! We’d love to see @astro_timpeake’s Soyuz capsule at @TheForumNorwich as part of @NorwichSciFest! #SoyuzTour @sciencemuseum

Out of this world - bring Soyuz to Norwich! We hope the @sciencemuseum #SoyuzTour touches down at @TheForumNorwich as part of @NorwichSciFest 2018

#Norwich #cityofstories #visitnorwich


Save a piece of our heritage #SavingSamson for The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell has until 22nd March to raise £15,000 to bring the original 17th century wooden sculpture of Samson home to Norwich to be displayed in a special case in the museum. Samson and Hercules have been a feature of Tombland in the Cathedral Quarter for as long as we can remember. Samson and his partner Hercules have an incredible history in Norwich – read all about it here on our blog – it would be so great to secure Samson’s long term place in the museum for all to see.

The money is being raised through crowdfunding and is supported by Art Fund. Anyone kindly donating will be rewarded with wonderful gifts and artworks by Leanda Jaine Illustrations.


Your invitation to the VisitNorwich members’ preview of SUPERSTRUCTURES: The New Architecture 1960–1990 

We are delighted to once again be hosting an exclusive members’ event with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts – this time to celebrate their 40th anniversary.  We have twenty tickets up for grabs which includes lunch and extended access to the exhibition until 4pm. Not only is this a great opportunity to see the exhibition before it opens to the public, it’s also your chance to chat with the incredible curators at the Sainsbury Centre and network.

Please RSVP to Olivia Ivens by Tuesday 20 March:
Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Friday 23 March 2018, 12 – 2pm
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ

SUPERSTRUCTURES... tells the story of architecture's fascination with new technology, lightweight structures, pioneering building techniques and innovative engineering solutions in the latter half of the 20th century. Encounter drawings, furniture, product design and film alongside a selection of iconic models rarely on display together including the Pompidou Centre, the International Terminal Waterloo, the Hopkins House and a brand new three-meter-long model of the Sainsbury Centre.


Free tours during English Tourism Week

Tickets for 12 FREE tours of Norwich taking place during English Tourism Week are available now to book at Norwich Tourist Information Centre on 01603 213999. Choose between two different themes on a guided walking tour and/or enjoy a wonderful 45 minute City Sightseeing trip on an open-top bus. Please share with all your friends, family, colleagues and customers. Full details here. 


Read about a great day out in Norwich including meeting Tourism Superstar nominee Charlie Hodson by popular travel bloggers Hand Luggage Only 

Norwich is a travel bloggers dream so when VisitEngland chose to send their ambassadors Hand Luggage Only to meet Charlie Hodson we couldn’t resist giving them a whistle stop tour of the city first. Their blog post is now live with some great pictures of the city and the food they devoured (we gave them a lot!). We all know how wonderful our local produce is and now they do too. Read here all about their experiences.

Hand Luggage Only have over 758,000 fans/followers/subscribers to their social media channels and blog. 


Don’t miss your chance to have your say in the Larking Gowan Business Tourism Survey 

The survey completion date has been extended until 5th March and as a thank you for completing this survey you will enter into a prize draw to win a case of 12 bottles of wine. Larking Gowan recognise the importance of confidentiality so information you provide will not be made available to any other party. The data collected will be merged for statistical purposes only.

The survey should take approximately 15 - 20 minutes to complete. Click here. Thank you.


Welcome Host Day

Welcome to Excellence is running a one day training course to help front line staff deliver outstanding customer service and exceed customer expectations on 7th March (09:30-16:30 approx) at Sherbourne House in Attleborough, attendance costs £90. For information click here. For bookings click here.


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