The Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Published: Tuesday 15th Mar 2016

Written by: Lucy Downing

A riot of awe-inspiring talent and entertainment is approaching…

A trip to the theatre is something that has always given me a thrill.  From an early age, I have been lucky enough to have accompanied grandparents, parents and friends to a variety of shows - spanning everything from Shakespeare and ballet to plays and musicals.  I once graced the stage too, and now have the pleasure of watching my daughter dance and perform.  Oh, how I wish my son would give it a go too!

Anyway, that’s by the by.

In Norfolk, we’re extremely fortunate to have a year-round, rich cultural calendar of events and a large number of theatres to host them – think the Theatre Royal, Playhouse, Maddermarket and Puppet Theatre in Norwich, and the Sheringham Little Theatre, Cromer Pier’s Pavilion Theatre and Great’s Yarmouth’s Hippodrome and Britannia Pier on the coast.  And that’s naming just a few.

But come May, things get cranked up just a tad, with the launch of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.  An event that takes over the entirety of Norwich and beyond, it promises unique experiences, original commissions and some of the best international artists and performers on the planet.

As William Galinsky, Artistic Director of the Festival, explains, “It’s not surprising that so many of our audience eagerly anticipate the Festival programme each year. We bring you events and experiences you simply could not have at any other time. Not only is Norfolk & Norwich Festival one of the region’s best loved celebrations of the arts, it is increasingly seen as one of the most important arts festivals in the UK.”

Ranging from a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in a Victorian circus hippodrome to a live recreation of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour at Norwich Theatre Royal, and a pedal-powered cinematic car chase to the National Theatre of Scotland’s epic The James Plays, this is 17 days not to be missed.

What are you waiting for?

For more information and to book tickets click here, and to search our available cottages click here.  But hurry, tickets sell fast.

Lucy Downing
Lucy Downing


I enjoy walking along Norfolk's beaches with my family and dog, theatre trips, dancing, laughing and knocking up a scrumptious feast for friends using local produce finished with a tipple of Norfolk Saffron's King Harry orange and saffron liqueur!


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