Festive Norwich! (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)
‘Tis the season to be jolly, and there’s no better way to welcome the Christmas season than a day out with the family. From carolling to feasting, here is a brief list of some great activities around Norwich that are appropriate for all ages.
Father Christmas comes to the Maddermarket Theatre
Norwich’s Maddermarket Theatre is hosting a rather famous visitor until 23 December (I think you can guess who…). You and your little ones can visit this Narnia-themed magical grotto, get the opportunity to show your wish list to Father Christmas, and receive a special gift! The Theatre is also putting on a festive production of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ (which runs until 2nd January), or take the kids to a special performance of The Singing Squad on the 19th.
For more information and to buy tickets online, visit the Maddermarket site.
Deck the halls at the Great Hospital
Join the Norwich Occasional Choir in the grand Birkbeck Hall on Monday the 21st for an evening of carols, mince pies and hot drinks (adults, take note: there will be mulled wine…). Although this is a free event, guests are encouraged to make a small donation to the Great Hospital charities.
Booking is required – click here for reservation details.
Have a tasty Christmas meal
The Royal Arcade at Christmas (image source: Wikimedia Commons)
Nothing brings the family together like a delicious holiday meal, and Jamie’s Italian Norwich is the perfect place to whet your appetite. Situated in the stunning Royal Arcade (which is definitely worth a look around after your meal!), Jamie’s Italian features an award-winning kids menu, as well as a delectable Christmas menu for the grownups. Make sure to reserve your space soon!
Experience Victorian Christmas
This Saturday and Sunday, pay a visit to Norwich’s Victorian Christmas Market. Set in The Open, this market features 100 or so independent traders offering a festive selection of handmade gifts, appetising delicacies and fresh produce. Completely free to enter, this market is actually more of a Christmas experience: there’s going to be live reindeer, a selection of carols performed by a line-up of talented choirs, and the big man himself – Santa’s Grotto is the perfect place to take the kids after a full day of singing, shopping, and eating.
For more information, visit their site here.
(Missed the market? Never fear: the historic Norwich Market nestled in the heart of the city is open Monday to Saturday, all year round.)
Honestly, a visit to Norwich Market is a great idea any time of the year… (image source: Flickr Creative Commons)
Santa’s Magical Journey in Fakenham
Just a mile off the A148 between Fakenham and Holt (about an hour’s drive from Norwich) is place positively brimming with Christmas magic. Let your littles ones experience Santa’s Magical Journey at Thursford, an immersive holiday experience that lets you see Santa’s elves hard at work, venture through a magical forest and chat to Santa what you’d like to see under the tree on the 25th.
Read more about opening hours, ticket prices and travel information on their website.