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Norwich Highlights

The City of Stories is full of hidden gems, an abundance of churches and two cathedrals to get lost within.

In 2023, Norwich had more HODs events than any other city in England, which shows how amazing the history in the City of Stories is! Norfolk Heritage Open Days gives everyone the chance to learn more about the secrets of the city – from the hidden streets to the shops of the past. Delve into the archive of Norwich’s theatrical past, admire the city views from the very top of some of Norwich’s tallest buildings, explore the history of local residents at the Museum of Norwich and what their lives were like, plus the iconic brands that were born right on our doorsteps.

The Lost Industries, Shops and Trades of Old Norwich

Discover 'The Lost Industries' in a new exhibition at The City Bookshop. Catalogues, bill-heads and ephemera illustrating some of the shops, factories and manufacturers now lost to the City from the 19th century through to the close of the 20th century: Barnards, Bonds, Boulton & Paul, Chamberlins, Caleys, Norvic, Trevor Page and Norwich Union to name just a few!

No booking required, Fri 6 - Sun 15 Sep, during shop opening hours.

Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

Don't miss your chance to explore the Museum of Norwich, for free! This amazing museum is packed full with local history, transporting you all the way back to Medieval Norwich, weaving back to modern day. You'll be enthralled with the products, merchandise that were created and the companies that operated right in this Fine City. History comes alive through artifacts, maps, promotional material and film archives. Plus, there's loads of hands-on fun to keep the little ones entertained too!

No booking required, Fri 13 & Sat 14 Sep, during museum opening hours.

Stories from Norwich Theatre

Get a glimpse into the storied history of the largest theatre in the region... Norwich Theatre Royal of course! All ages are welcome for a theatrical exploration of their archive, including activities for families and adults to get creative.

No booking required, Fri 13 & Sat 14 Sep, during museum opening hours.

St Augustine’s Church

Discover curious and unexpected local history at the 17th century St Augustine's Church. They'll have a fascinating new exhibition which displays the history of hairdressing and cork making in the parish. The church also has a poignant collection of World War 1 commemorations, including, very unusually, one to a soldier shot for desertion in 1917.

No booking required, Sat 14 Sep, 9am-4pm.

At The Forum

Make sure you allow time for a visit The Forum who are hosting the 60 Years of RSPCA Mid Norfolk & North Suffolk exhibition (Tue 10 - Sun 15 Sep), as well as bookable Behind The Scenes Tours of the building!

TOAST: Poetry of the Past

An exciting new event for this year, you'll have the opportunity to join Norfolk’s favourite poetry producers, TOAST, for a journey into the past with poetry, but not as you know it. Explore heritage through spoken word and live performance; bound to be funny, emotional and entertaining, and just a great night out for everyone - even if you don’t think you like poetry! This show takes place in a beautiful medieval (deconsecrated) church, The Flint Room.

Booking required, Tue 10 Sep, 7.30pm-10pm.

Secret Trails at Saint John's

Have you ever had the pleasure of visiting the Catholic Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist on Unthank Road? Discover this Cathedral's hidden wonders on an exclusive guided tour. Begin with a climb for breathtaking views, and ascend to the lofty Triforium levels, offering a new perspective on the nave and Chancel. Venture through the spiral staircase to the enchanting bay over the Walsingham Chapel. You'll get to marvel at the intricate South Transept window and the Cathedral's magnificent exterior up close. Conclude your journey in the peaceful Columbarium beneath the north end, leaving you with a sense of awe and reverence.

Booking required, Sat 7, Tue 10, Fri 13 Sep, various times.