From brass bands to Bollywood, street mayhem to singers, and faraway creatures to fireworks - this year’s Norwich City Council events programme has something for everyone.
Spring events in the city included the first visit from the World Village Market to Norwich, and the much-loved funfair in Chapelfield Gardens.
So what’s the summer got in store?
FREE! Every Sunday from June to end of August.
All concerts start at 3pm - the first one is on Sunday 5 June, starring Pavilion Big Band in Chapelfield Gardens.
Organised by Norwich City Council and Brian Dermott.
Art on the Railings
Norwich’s open-air art market is back in the heart of the city from 10am to 4pm on the last weekend of every month until November.
Local artists display their work on the railings of the St Peter Mancroft Church, giving an amazing backdrop to showcase their talent, and for you to browse and buy.
Norwich Big Screen activities
Live Sites will be the place to find out all the latest news, and see live screenings of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012.
Norwich has the only Olympic Live Site in East Anglia - the Big Screen on Chapelfield Plain - one of just 22 Big Screens across the UK.
Our city’s Live Site hosts all sorts of events, and shows a wide range of content, including locally produced films, interactive gaming days, live sports screening, and cultural activities.
Lord Mayor’s Celebrations
Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 July
Get ready! Festival time is here again with a packed programme of events large and small, the sublime to those that are just down-right quirky.
The Whiffler comedy night, Thursday 7 July, 8pm to 10pm
Not for the easily offended! Tickets available in advance from the Norwich Tourist Information Centre.
Gas Hill Gasp, Friday 8 July, 7pm to 9pm
Come and cheer on uphill cycling novices and experts of all ages, as they take on one of the city’s steepest hills, using all kinds of bikes. Literally breathtaking! For more information visit www.norfolkcycling.co.uk
The Forum stage and Chapelfield Gardens stage, Saturday 9 July from 1pm
Packed with an array of acts from dance and fashion to opera and samba. Plus an eclectic mix of musical acts from up-and-coming local talent, the very cool Belleruche, African music with an urban twist, and the Magic of Take That.
The Lord Mayor’s street procession, Saturday 9 July, 5pm from Newmarket Road to St Martins Palace Plain
Norwich’s unique parade is a fusion between Caribbean carnival and English procession, featuring musicians, dancers, floats, amazing costumes, acrobats, happy sounds and fantastic creations.
Street mayhem, Saturday 9 July, 7pm to 10pm
Get ready to be amazed, delighted and expect the unexpected.
Two stages with an array of bands and entertainers Midday until 10pm
Special guests Emergency Exit Arts and Tin House present Fair and Fowl Play - an extraordinary street show. From distant waters and faraway skies, two ancient creatures enter Norwich in search of a giant lost egg. Follow the parade and help us unravel eternal mysteries.
Fireworks from the castle, Saturday 9 July, 10.30pm
The Norwich Lanes’ summer fayre, Sunday 10 July 11am to 7pm, St Benedicts Street and St Gregorys Green
Enjoy a day in this quirky corner of Norwich. Stalls selling vintage clothes, jewellery, handmade crafts and food. Plus poetry, story-telling and live music.
Things for the children to do every day in the summer holidays.
11am to 2pm
FREE! These children’s activities are being held in the city’s smaller local parks, especially for people who live in that neighbourhood.
Bring your family and join your neighbours in your local park for fun and games. Punch and Judy, clowns, bushcraft and treasure hunting.
No parking is available at any of these events.
FREE outdoor theatre for children
Every Friday and Sunday from Friday 29 July to Sunday 28 August
In Norwich’s open spaces.
If you can’t make it to our organised events then worry not... Get out and about this summer and discover some of the city’s best kept secrets, all for FREE!
Find out more about woods, marshes and heathland in the city in the full events booklet (10.9 Mb pdf)
3 May 2011