Mel Cook of VisitNorwich previews the events and activities taking place in Norfolk in December
By the time you read this we’ll be counting down the days – minutes even – to getting out and about again. And we’ve a lot to make up for. Christmas is definitely not cancelled. So, what can we do to get us in the festive mood?
New for 2020 is Thurford’s Enchanted Journey of Light taking place 3 December until 10 January 2021. Thursford is always pretty special at Christmas and this year there’s plenty of delight to be had as you take a magical walk-through experience. In an all-new indoor Wonderland Trail enjoy a maze of steam engines, fairy-tale characters and an immersive experience of light and sound including one of the UK’s biggest kinetic light displays, leading to a 4-acre Lantern Light Extravaganza: a beautiful, breath-taking outdoor installation of luminous sculptures, from a fantasy forest of jungle animals to the wilds of the North Pole.
Looking for something a bit different? Norfolk families can expect a prehistoric Christmas (selected December dates) as a Triassic winter wonderland arrives at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure. Dippy and his friends will be sprinkling their magic across the park with guests able to get in a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto. Expect Christmas songs, carol singing, festive decorations and plenty of dino fun!
The Festive Express with Bure Valley Railway (selected dates until December 19) is a one-hour experience from Aylsham station in the Broads which includes a 30-minute steam train ride, Christmas refreshments for all the family, a guest appearance from Santa and a personalised present for each child.
Finally. We’ve missed so much culture this year that a trip to the theatre is going to be even more special than it usually is. Norwich Theatre Royal is opening for three wonderful Christmas shows meaning there will be something for everyone. Take your pick from: Panto in a Pickle! (16-24 December); A Circus Carol starring Lost in Translation Circus (December 16-23) and She Go Does It Under the Christmas Tree…with Friends, starring Karl Minns (December 16-23).
- Enchanted Journey of Light £15 with under 2s free
- The Festive Express £12; Panto in a Pickle! £10 to £13.50 & Family Ticket (x4) £50 suitable for 3 yrs+
- A Circus Carol £10 to £17.50 & Family Ticket (x4) £65 suitable for 10 yrs +
- She Go Does It Under the Christmas Tree £10 to £21.50 suitable for 16yrs +
All events will adhere strictly to social distancing and will be Covid-compliant, however it is just as important to take personal responsibility for your hygiene and safety. It is essential to pre-book because of restricted numbers.
Fav foodie spot
Each month a VisitNorwich team member tells us their favourite foodie destination in Norfolk.
Rowan Whiteside, Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) marketing manager, suggests:
“It’s almost impossible to choose just one place as a favourite in Norwich – so instead, I’m going to say two brilliant pizza places. Brick, on the edge of Norwich Market, has been my go-to since it opened – I love their Porcini, with delicious melting mushrooms, accompanied by a pint. It’s a great place to go before a show, or before evening drinks. Donnelli’s, on Timber Hill, is another favourite! Intimate and cosy, I visit almost monthly with my best friends, and we always have an amazing time – don’t miss out on having gelato for dessert.”