Mel Cook of VisitNorwich suggests what to do and where to go this July
The headline act by far this summer in Norwich has to be Dippy On Tour at Norwich Cathedral. Twice cancelled, third time lucky! And what an event to look forward to. Between July 13 and October 30* entry is free to experience the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus in the Cathedral. There’s no need to pre-book, this is a day out which can be planned or spontaneous (remember spontaneity?). There’s also a host of fringe events at the cathedral which include Saturday Stories, Talkative Tuesdays, Fun Thursdays and Guided tours. Watch dippy.cathedral.org.uk/ for more details coming soon.
Make a day or evening of it as there are plenty of dinosaur themed events happening to tag onto your visit to the Cathedral. Take the free GoGoDiscover T.rex sculpture trail – will you find all 20 around Norwich? Or book a ticket to Brick Dinos. A free, family friendly exhibition in The Forum’s gallery between July 19 – August 30. Developed in conjunction with palaeontologists, the exhibition by Warren Elsmore is an incredibly educational and entertaining event of dinosaurs made entirely from LEGO®. Bookings open July 5. Pop that date in your diary as I know this will be popular.
Another event not to miss is So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs…?! by Ben Garrod. This 5-star review show takes place at Norwich Theatre’s Interlude big top tent in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral. Aimed at ages 5-11, tickets are from £13 for under 18s and over 60s. Performances at 11am on July 24 and 25.
And after all that dino-fun there’s still more to be had. Book a table at any of the 30 participating eateries serving up dinosaur themed food and drink on the City Food Trail (12 July 12 – August 22). Look out for neon dinosaurs in windows!
Finally, it wouldn’t be summer without Head Out, Not Home– Norwich Business Improvement District’s annual programme of free, live entertainment and performance on the streets of Norwich. It takes place on Sunday afternoons from July 25 – September 5.
- Dippy’s home in Norwich is a busy working Cathedral and this means that on some days the exhibition may be closed or have different opening times to normal. Please check.
Every month, a member of VisitNorwich picks their favourite Norfolk eaterie. This monthIzzy Cutler, marketing executive, says:
There’s nothing better than a delicious (and indulgent) breakfast, and one of my top picks has to be No 33 Café on Exchange Street. I’d recommend getting there early to avoid the queue – but even if you do have to wait for a bit it’s worth it. The only trouble is deciding between all the offerings on the menu! I try to get around that by going with a friend, ordering both the English Breakfast (with some of the nicest sausages ever), and the American Style Pancake Stack with fresh fruit and yogurt, and then sharing both! And if you have room after, don’t forget to try one of their light and fluffy homemade cakes.