Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore!
Some of the events need to be booked in advance, each is labelled under ‘PRE-BOOK’. Others are drop-in.
Eaton Park, Sunday 15th, 2pm and 3.30pm. Explore the park with a guided tour which will take you to the park’s main features. (Pre-book)
Marriott’s Way Community Play, Barn Road, NR2 4HJ. Saturday 21st 5pm. An open-air production, reimagining though stories and song the 150 year history of two former railway lines that make up the Marriott’s way trail.
Norwich Puppet Theatre, St James, Whitefriars, NR2 1TN. Sat 21st 10am-4pm, Sun 22nd 12pm-4pm. A medieval church and theatre dedicated to puppetry, also craft family workshops through the day. no set timings, just drop by.
Oak Circus Centre, Oak street, NR3 3AE. Fri 20th 3pm-9pm. Sat 21st and Sun 22nd, 9am-6pm. Enjoy St Michaels Coslany Church, a Grade 1 listed building and see the Fly high convention, with aerial and acrobatic artists teaching their disciplines to workshop participants.
Norwich Castle: Sat 21st 10am-5pm. One of the last remaining opportunities to explore Norwich’s medieval Castle Keep before the space is transformed.
Maddermarket Theatre: St John’s Alley. NR2 1DR. Join us on a backstage tour to see our impressive Elizabethan style auditorium. Explore the workshop where our sets are made, take a peek inside the dressing rooms and even walk out to centre stage.,
Big Lego Build at Norwich Millennium Library Friday 20th 4.30pm. Join this group activity to help create from the ashes a new library. Age guidance 8+ MUST PRE-BOOK.
The Bear Shop garden, 18 Elm Hill, NR3 1HN. Fri 13th, sat 14th, Fri 20th and Sat 21st, 11am-4.30pm, Sun 15th and Sun 22nd, 11am-4pm. Visit this unique hidden terraced garden behind a 15th century house in the historic Cathedral quarter.
Plantation Garden, 4 Earlham Road, NR2 3DB. Sunday 15th 10am-4pm. Refreshments and music through the day. A 3 acre site including Gothic fountain, woodland walkways and Italianate terrace.
Bishop’s House Garden, st Martin at Palace Plain, NR3 1SB. Tues 17th and Wed 18th 10am-4pm. An historic private 4 acre formal city centre garden which has belonged to the Bishops of Norwich for over 900 years.
Further afield, 5 ideas.
Attleborough Town Hall, Queens Square NR17 2AF. ‘Vintage Fire Vehicle and Safety Show’ Sat 14th 1pm-4pm. Family fun filled day, climb aboard vintage fire engines and vehicles displayed by Norfolk Fire Museum.
Dad’s Army Museum (ask Grandad), The Old Fire station, Thetford, Guildhall, IP24 1DS. Sat 14th and Sat 21st 10am-4pm. The museum tells the story of this classic television programmes. A new children’s trail is free to enter and all those taking part will receive a medal. Musical entertainment on sat 14th.
Cromer Signal Box, Holt Road, NR27, 9ST. Fri 20th and Sat 21st 10.30-3.30pm. A Grade 2 listed signal box where visitors can operate levers and see signals and points work just as in the 1960s.
Indian summer fair, The Temple, New Road, Tunstall, NR13, 3QE. Sun 15th 12pm-4pm/ Enjoy Indian street food, lots of cultural experiences through various clothing, artefacts, henna stalls and Bollywood dancing.
Caistor Roman Town, Caistor St Edmund, Norwich, NR14 8QL. Sun 15th 10am-4pm. Enjoy a family friendly day out discovering who made Caistor such an important town in Roman Norfolk. You can even join our resident archeologist in digging up a skeleton!
Amelia Opie Walk: Friday 13th 6pm, sun 15th 2.30pm
A Walk on the Weird side, including a tour of Norwich’s most atmospheric crypt. Sunday 22nd 6pm. Age 14+
Beating the Bounds, book via the Forum. Friday 13th 2pm, Wed 18th, 1pm.
Dutch, Walloon and Huguenot incomers to Norwich, Monday 16th 2pm and Saturday 21st at 11am
Lazar House, Sunday 22nd at 11,30am
Mousehold Heath Geology and Landscape Walk, Thursday 19th, 10.30am
Mousehold Heath Past and present, Sunday 15th at 2pm
Norfolk Industrial Archeology Society, Sat 14th, 2pm-4pm, Friday 20th, 10am-12pm
Norwich Dissenter’s Walk, Sat 14th and Sat 21st, 10am, age guidance 12+
Norwich Heritage photo Walk, The 19th 7pm
Norwich in the Time of Elizabeth 1st, Sun 15th 1pm
Voices of Dissent and Hope in 19th century Norwich, Sun 15th 10.30am and Tues 17th, 1.130pm
Extraordinary Women: Stories from Norwich High School for Girls 1877-1933: Sunday 22nd sept, 2pm at The Assembly House