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Chills and thrills in the city this autumn

Published on Monday, 16th September 2019

The countdown to two of the city’s most popular free events begins today, with arrangements for Spooky City and Big Boom now confirmed.

Trick-or-treaters of all ages are invited to Chapelfield Gardens on Thursday 31 October, 6pm to 8pm, as it is transformed into ‘Halloween Town’, hosting an array of family-friendly activities paying homage to some of Tim Burton’s creepiest creations.

This eerie evening will begin with a special screening of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ at Cinema City at 4:30pm to get ghosts and goblins in the mood for make-believe.

Further information will be revealed in the lead up to the event.

The fun continues with a free firework display in the heart of Norwich at the earlier time of 7pm on Friday 8 November. (This due to Norwich City's home fixture now taking place at 8pm).

Now in its seventh year and attracting crowds of thousands, Big Boom will see the city sky light up above Norwich Castle, with fireworks set to well-known music played from City Hall.

The show will be managed by Pains Fireworks, world renowned for its professional displays and steeped in history, dating all the way back to Guy Fawkes himself.

Councillor Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “These much-loved, free events give residents the chance to enjoy the festivities together and are a boost for the local economy.

“We’re holding Big Boom on the Friday closest to Bonfire Night, which also allows a week between these two city centre events.”

Other information

Seating for disabled people attending Big Boom will be at the motorbike park on St Peters Street.

Any city centre road closures will be confirmed nearer the time.

Follow @NorwichCC on Twitter or sign up to Norwich City Council’s Facebook events for further updates.