Norfolk and Norwich Festival

For 17 days each May, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival transforms our public spaces.

City streets, performance venues, parks, forests and beaches, bringing people together to experience the same brilliant and inspirational events.

The festival

The flagship arts festival for the East of England, the world-class programme spans music, theatre, literature, visual arts, circus, dance and free outdoor events.

With so much going on throughout the Festival it can be difficult to decide how to spend your time, so here is a suggested journey for anyone new to the festival.

The best start to anyone’s Festival experience will be the Festival Launch when giant dolls promenade through the city and the streets will be filled with drummers who end the show suspended above the crowds on a giant mobile. For another truly uplifting show, head to Norwich Theatre Royal for Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the legendary South African a cappella choir who shot to global fame after featuring on Paul Simon’s Graceland album.

Norwich is a UNESCO City of Literature and this strand of the programme has everything from time travel and Lego™ cities to leading tennis coach Judy Murray and king of crime writing Jeffery Deaver. The Adnams Spiegeltent is iconic, glamourous and heaps of fun, so why not enjoy visiting it with a show that is all of these things – Le Gateau Chocolat’s Icons. And finally, the closing concert of this year’s Festival sees Britten Sinfonia performing one of the most popular and recognisable pieces of classical music, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

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Getting there by train

Norwich city centre is easy to get around on foot and the majority of Festival venues are within walking distance of each other, for shows outside of Norwich check the event page for information on how to get to the venue.

A direct service also links Cambridge to Norwich (Journey time: 1 hour 10 minutes).

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