Norman Centre

The Norman Centre in Mile Cross offers a wide range of community, educational and recreational facilities to everybody, all at affordable prices.

Opening times

Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm
Saturday 10am to 2pm

Contact details

The Norman Centre, Bignold Road, Norwich, NR3 2QZ
t: 01603 408140

How to find us map - includes directions and bus routes.

Price list for the facilities (429 Kb pdf)


The Norman Centre hosts a varied activity programme for people of all ages, including mum and toddler groups, children's dance, junior martial arts, after school activities, art classes and a Nifty Fifties programme.  

Timetable of activities (136 Kb pdf)    

The newly refurbished gym opened in September 2014. Following the £85,000 makeover, the new equipment now features over 40 stations – all of which were selected due to their inclusive nature for users, regardless of ability or physical impairment. The new kit includes treadmills, cross trainers, a sci-fit ‘arm bike’, vibro gym and other cardio vascular kit. All major muscle groups are covered with the unilateral resistance machines, free weights and cables.

Our highly qualified and friendly staff can offer advice and even provide you with a personal fitness program for your needs - whether you are a beginner or experienced gym user.  The gym has Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) accreditation, meaning that staff are specifically trained to advise disabled customers


The Norman Centre offers a competitive standard four rink bowls hall and is home to the resident bowls club. Newcomers are welcome whether beginners or experienced players, and there are specially adapted chairs to make bowls accessible to people with a disability. Coaching is available on request and competitions are run throughout the year.  

You can also use the rinks on a more casual pay and pay basis with shoes and bowls available for hire.  

Badminton, short tennis and table tennis 

Courts and tables are available for hire, or you could join one of the groups at the centre. Check our timetable to find out more. Equipment is also available for hire. 

The Meeting Place coffee shop

Enjoy the cosy community feel of The Meeting Place coffee shop. Grab a light snack or coffee and enjoy a chat. Social events are held throughout the year and everyone is welcome.
Monday to Thursday 10.30am to 2pm
Friday 10.30am to 1pm
​Sunday ​Closed

Rooms for hire 

There are a number of rooms available for training, meetings and social groups, with space for six to 60 people. Refreshments, audiovisual equipment, flipcharts, overhead projectors and catering can be organised on request. There is a large free car park and fully accessible facilities for the disabled. 


​Room ​ Price ​
​​Per hour ​Half day (5 hours)​ Full day (8 hours)​
​Main Hall ​£16 ​£65 ​£95
​Appleyard/Bignold combined​ ​£15.15 ​£62 ​£85
​Activity Hub ​£15.35 ​£63 ​£87
Activity Hub 1 ​£12 ​£55 ​£80
​Activity Hub 2 ​£10 ​£43 ​£65
​Other rooms ​£12.35 ​£51.50 ​£72
​One to one ​£9 ​£30.60 ​£51


Go 4less discount card

Discounts are offered within the centre on certain activities to Go 4less card holders. The scheme is available to people who live within the Norwich City Council boundary and are:  
  • receiving benefits
  • students aged 16+ and in full time education
  • qualifying disabled people
  • dependants of any of the above
  • eligible for a national bus pass.  

Click here for details of the Go 4less scheme and how to apply.  

Agencies based at the centre   

Milestones Day Nursery

An Ofsted registered nursery which provides high quality care and education for up to 52 children from aged three months to five years. Call 01603 213294 for more information.

Norwich Fringe Project 

This is a local authority funded countryside management partnership working with volunteers to enhance, protect and manage the countryside on peoples doorsteps around Norwich.

Mile Cross IT Centre

This Adult Education Information Technology Centre offers a range of computer courses for beginners to advanced. Call 01603 484069 for more information or visit


King's Community Church

The group meets at the Norman Centre every Sunday from 11am to 12.30pm. There is something for all ages. Call 01603 765795 or visit 


King's Money Advice

King's Money Advice service offers free, confidential and impartial debt advice to anyone who needs help to get their finances back on track. The service can help you to understand your financial position, put together a realistic budget and, if necessary, act on your behalf to approach your creditors (people you owe money to) with realistic offers of repayment.

King’s Money Advice is an initiative of King’s Community Church and works in association with the award-winning charity Community Money Advice. Call Michael Lamb on 0800 970 9875 for an appointment to meet at either the Norman Centre or the King’s Centre on King Street. 

Let us know what you think

We are always looking at ways we can improve the service facilities we offer at the Norman Centre.

In order for us to achieve this we gratefully receive any feedback of comments you may have, both positive and negative. If you would like to let us know what you think please download and print off the feedback form here.  

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