Norfolk and Norwich Festival

There’s lots in store at this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival, as there will be music, theatre and art on show. Audiences will be able to enjoy a mixture of cultural treats when the Festival arrives this May over a 17-day period.

The festival’s artistic director William Galinsky said this year there was a “really special” programme of events. He went on to say, “I think that we have got a great programme of world premières, unique commissions, great gigs, fantastic outdoor events which will appeal to people from all walks of life and of all ages.”

Some of the highlights of the 2016 Norfolk and Norwich Festival include:

Free outdoor events

The free outdoor programme kicks off at the Forum with Flat, an aerial spectacle aiming to leave audiences questioning their perceptions of time, space and gravity.

The Garden Party will return to Chapelfield Gardens during the festival’s middle weekend that has tons of free weird and wonderful performances for the whole family to enjoy, such as The Public Jukebox, the Dennis Design Centercor and The Beethoven Safari.

Theatre and performance

Over the festival period many different theatre events will be held; Shakespeare’s The Tempest will be at Great Yarmouth Hippodrome, Wild Life will be at Norwich Playhouse. The Garage in Norwich will play host to sailing-inspired Spindrift. The Theatre Royal will be the setting for show Sans Objet and The James Plays. Many more will be available to see.


Some of the musical highlights include avant-garde jazz band Sun Ra Arkestra, and The Analogues will re-create The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour at Norwich Theatre Royal. The Norwich Philharmonic will celebrate its 175th anniversary at the Norfolk Showground arena.

Children’s shows

There are a couple of shows specifically aimed at youngsters this festival. Musical Journey will be at the Norwich Playhouse, for five to seven year-olds, where they can explore rhythms and sounds from across the world. Mary English will be at Norwich Puppet Theatre for children aged four to 11, and is a tale of adventure and revolution.

City of Literature

Writer’s Centre Norwich is presenting a wide-ranging City of Literature programme. Highlights will be The Story Machine at Dragon Hall and the Harriet Martineaur Lecture by dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson.

Adnams Spiegeltent

White Nights will be the headline for the Adnams Spiegeltent in Chapelfield Gardens. The show is a sophisticated circus cabaret featuring a soulful singer and circus performances. There will also be a late night music festival which is jam packed with an eclectic range of acts from African guitar player Moh! Kouyate, French musician Brocken Back and FB Pocket Orchestra who play a mix of blues, ragtime and hot jazz.

We have a variety of holiday homes for sale here in Norfolk, in great locations close to all the top spots around Norfolk. Having a second home gives you a great opportunity to explore another part of the country and take part in the exciting events they have in the area.

The festival runs from May 13 to 29 across Norfolk. For more information, visit

Photo by: Norfolk and Norwich Festival