Melanie Cook of VisitNorwich recommends places to go and activities to try
This year has seen us getting out and about more than ever before, enjoying life outdoors. And as we move into winter it doesn’t look like much is changing. Albeit our wardrobe. Wrapping up warm against the elements means we can make the most of the fun available and the fresh, fresh air!
This month The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk) unveils new art works in their already well established Sculpture Park. For those not in the know and yet to visit, the Sculpture Park sits in 350 acres of beautiful parkland on the UEA campus and is the perfect place for visitors to be inspired by nature.
From 14 November, there are two works of art from internationally acclaimed Spanish installation artist and sculptor, Cristina Iglesias, on display. Celosía XI (Hafsa Bint Al-Hayy) (2006) consists of seven terracotta screens that evoke the lattices in Arab architecture, whilst Vegetation Room III (2005) is an immersive installation.
And, of course, no visit to the Sainsbury Centre would be complete without popping in for sustenance. This is a place to savour good coffee and cake – even a glass of wine – as much as the art.
Save this for a sunny day. Norwich Cathedral recently re-installed its weathercock following restoration work which included it being re-gilded. Now, when the sun shines, it glistens and looks more beautiful than ever. Sat 315ft up at the top of the spire, it was quite a job to get the weathercock back in place. Interesting fact: it was always thought the weathercock dated back to 1765 however on closer inspection, it’s dated 1668.
Fancy a bit of a run around with the family? City Escape Games (www.cityescapegames.co.uk) landed in Norwich this summer and now have three outdoor games to book and enjoy for £24.99 each. Games last around 60 – 90 minutes (depending on how good you are at solving clues and puzzles) and involve a maximum of six people. The games are self-guided and unfold virtually via a web-app, each player using a phone.
Finally, don’t forget that the 900-year-old Norwich Castle (www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk) has just reopened, with all necessary health and safety measures in place. Enjoy the Natural History galleries, the Royal Norfolk Regimental Collection, and the Timothy Colman Gallery of Contemporary Art. It’s currently having a multi-million pound transformation, putting one of the city’s most important landmarks right back at the top of the list to visit.
Fav foodie spot – each month a VisitNorwich team member tells us their favourite foodie destination:
Aidan Lewis, Campaign Marketing Executive, VisitNorwich
‘At this time of year, as the cold weather starts to kick in, you can’t beat the street food from Chef Ron’s! They’re tucked next to Moorish Falafel on Lower Goat Lane and have some of the most amazing food in Norwich. The Malaysian chicken curry is a personal favourite, but if you’re looking for a bit more spice then it’s got to be the red Thai curry. I’m often seen sneaking out to Ron’s on my lunch break!’