Mel Cook of Visit Norwich looks at the events and activities taking place in Norfolk in May
This month we have two bank holiday weekends to enjoy with the final one being the first where we can actually stay in a hotel, go to a museum and have a meal inside a restaurant. Breaks are back!
The Norfolk and Norwich Festival returns this May (May 17-30, https://nnfestival.org.uk) after having missed a year. I’ve made some of my most fond and funny memories out with friends at festivals gone by. And although the Festival will be a very different, ‘bespoke to thetimes Festival’ it will still be just as delightful, quirky and full of surprises as ever. One of the biggest changes will be free tickets or pay what you want, so whatever your pocket, you’ll be able to attend.
Goodness, I’ve missed museums and art galleries, but we are soon to have a big dose of culture again come May 17. Whilst Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery continues work on the Keep, entrance has been reduced to just £3 for adults and £1.50 for children. And yes, there isn’t quite as much to see but they still offer special exhibitions included in your ticket price. Don’t miss A Passion for Landscape: Rediscovering John Crome (May 17 – Sep 5) and Castle in the spotlight: a masterpiece by Bellotto from the National Gallery, London (May 17 – July 4). Entrance tickets must be pre-booked on their website.
Something else we didn’t get to do last year was a fun trip on the Norwich City Sightseeing open-top bus. But luckily, it’s resuming May 18 – September 26 with four tours a day. Think you know Norwich? Think again, if the past 12 months have taught us anything, it’s that being a tourist in our own city is never boring!
Finally, fancy a walking tour? Paul Dickson (www.pauldicksontours.co.uk) has been busy writing lots of new tours around Norwich so why not try: Norwich on the Dark Side, The Historic Pubs of Norwich or Norwich: A Black History which has proved so popular it’s now available all year having been launched just for Norfolk Black History month in 2020.
Every month, a member of VisitNorwich picks their favourite Norfolk eaterie
Dominika Woloch, Digital Marketing Executive, Norwich BID/VisitNorwich:
‘When it comes to restaurants, Norwich has many hidden gems! And as the days are getting colder, there’s nothing better than a nice hearty meal. Al Dente on St Giles Street is one of my all-time favourites. No matter what I order, I will always be taken back to Italy. Their Tagliatelle Ragu Bolognese with Burrata is a must-try for anyone that wants to try something new and authentic. The pasta is freshly made and their Garlic Ciabatta Bread with Baked Scamorza cannot be beaten.’