A Christmas daytrip to Norwich
A Christmas daytrip to Norwich
Every year, we welcome winter visitors to our cosy one-storey holiday cottages at Boundary Stables. So, what brings people away from home in December, to the wild and windy Norfolk coast? Well, for a start, there’s the warm, peaceful, level-access cottage; there’s the gorgeous Norfolk countryside and spectacular wildlife; there’s a friendly welcome and a real home-from-home feel.
But in addition to the comforts of Boundary Stables itself, there’s so much to do and see in the area. Approximately twenty miles from Happisburgh is the lovely, historic city of Norwich, and at this time of year, as Christmas approaches, a trip to Norwich can be a real treat. Packed with beautiful architecture and wonderful shopping opportunities, Norwich also offers a rich world of music and entertainment.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a carol concert. Enjoy the marvellous sounds of the Norwich Cathedral Choir’s Christmas Concert on Friday December 15th, beginning at 6.45 p.m. The cathedral, open daily from 7.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., has excellent facilities for disabled visitors, including wheelchair loan, disabled toilets, and parking permits.
At Norwich’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, on Thursday December 14th, the University of East Anglia Choir invite you to their annual Christmas Carol Concert, beginning 7.30 p.m.; and on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th December, enjoy a variety-filled evening of festive songs and panto-style sketches. The £12-ticket includes a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine. Tickets are available to purchase online from www.uea.ac.uk/music-centre/events/tickets.
For some of us, the highlight of the Christmas season is the traditional family pantomime, and when it comes to panto, it doesn’t get better than the annual Theatre Royal show. This year, a dazzling array of stars appear in Beauty and Beast, which opens Wednesday December 13th. Tickets can be purchased online (www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk/), or from the Theatre Royal box office (01603 630 000).
For some daytime fun, visit the Norwich ice rink, which will be open in the Castle Mall Gardens from Friday December 15th. And for the little ones (No, NOT you, Dad!), there’s the 50-foot high snowman bouncy castle: Snowy Joe. He’s really cool.
If you fancy something a bit different, why not book a ticket for Candlelight, Cupcakes and Carols at The Hamlet Centre on Friday December 8th, and spend an evening learning to create amazing festive-themed cupcakes! Tickets, which include six cupcakes to decorate and take away with you, can be purchased from firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Assembly House Theatre, on Mondays 4th, 11th, and 18th December, you can enjoy Festive Afternoon Tea with Music. If you love opera, there’s a chance to see and hear some of the UK’s finest singers at an evening of music, conversation, canapés, and bubbly, on Sunday 10th December at 7.00 p.m. For a more energetic evening, why not swing by on Wednesday 20th December for the Norwich Christmas Ceilidh. Tickets are £13 and can be purchased from https://norwichchristmasceilidh17.eventbrite.co.uk/.
St Andrew’s Hall has some super music in store for December. On Saturday 9th, the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing the Mahler Symphony no. 9; and on Tuesday 19th, the ‘Norwich Phil’ will be joined by the Norwich Philharmonic Choir, for a Family Christmas Concert. Both shows begin at 7.30 p.m.
Other interesting events in Norwich this month include the City Antiques Fair and Flea-Market at St Andrew’s Hall on Saturday December 16th from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., and a Victorian-themed Christmas market at 20 Bank Plain on Sunday 17th and Monday 18th December.
A very merry Christmas to everyone!