East Anglia – a unique place to be.

The Norfolk Broads

Boats on the broads

The country’s biggest wetland, these magical waterways stretch right up to UEA’s doorstep – making us the only city in the UK to be inside a National Park!  It’s easy to hire a boat and sail with friends with beautiful pubs and villages by the water’s edge to stop off at.

North Norfolk Coast

Beach huts in a row

Hop on the train with your railcard and explore the white sands of Holkam and picture postcard Wells-next-the-Sea. Take a stroll through the spectacular coastal forest or dip your toe in the sheltered harbour waters. If you’re not feeling energetic, there’s plenty of fish & chips to be had and stunning places to eat them in.


Cromer Pier at dusk

This is where dramatic coastline meets old-school British seaside resort. If you want to go crabbing, eat ice-cream and have fun at the arcades, then a visit to Cromer should be at the top of your list. Recently refurbished, so looking its beautiful best, the town also features the world’s only pier with a fully-functioning theatre.

Festivals and Events

As the sunniest region of the UK with some of the most dramatic coastline and countryside, East Anglia is a great place to experience a festival while you're at uni. There are also other exciting events taking place throughout the year, including:

  • Norwich Pride – parade and party in the city
  • Norfolk and Norwich Festival – international arts festival that takes over the city in May
  • Norwich Beer Festival – one of the most popular events in Norfolk with a massive following
  • Freshers' Week – great introduction to Norwich life for new students


Atmosphere at a festival

This is the big one, East Anglia’s very own world-renowned festival famous for big-name bands and indie acts, all set in stunning Suffolk countryside. Latitude has grown massively over recent years, not least because of the great sideshows that have cropped up, featuring everything from lake swimming and art installations to meditation in the faraway forest.

Sundown Festival

Sundown festival

Held in early September, Sundown Festival provides the perfect chance to soak up the last of the summer sun and round off the festival season in style. It’s more pop focused than other festivals, attracting mainly big name chart acts, top DJs and a neon-drenched club vibe. Based at the Norfolk Showground – a short drive or bus ride outside of Norwich – it’s easily the closest major festival and a great way to end your summer.