CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT
Discover life in Norwich by night and day.
Big Nights Out
If it’s big nights out you want, Norwich is the place to be. You’ll find the mainstream clubs in the party quarter of Prince of Wales Road, dominated by Mercy XS and Mantra nightclubs. As you’d expect, these late licensed, commercially-led venues are all about letting your hair down and having fun. Mid-week discounts and regular theme nights make these some of the best nights Norwich has to offer.
Norwich has plenty of old-school venues where the beer is cheap, the crowd relaxed and the music is loud. Most UEA students head to The Waterfront where SU runs alternative nights on Saturdays with free entry before midnight. The venue attracts big name acts too: Nirvana, Amy Winehouse and The Arctic Monkeys have all played here at some point!
Norwich’s strength is it’s cosy, medieval pubs and on-trend modern bars. There's a great mix between places you can relax and catch up with friends in and cool, atmospheric bars. There’s also plenty of night-time events happening in Norwich throughout the year to keep you entertained. Take a scary Ghost Walk through our ancient cobbled streets, relax at our summer festivals or snap a selfie at our Christmas Tunnel of Light.
See the Sights
The medieval city centre is bursting with cool and unusual streets to explore. From the splendor of Norwich Cathedral (it’s the 2nd tallest in Britain) and the mighty Norwich Castle to the old-world charm of Elm Hill, you’ll have plenty to show people when they come to visit! If you need to blow the cobwebs away, head for a walk around the river and take in the Cow Tower and picturesque Quayside. And if you’re flagging, there’s loads of cosy pubs and cafes to relax in as you explore.
Norwich is bursting with culture and things to keep you entertained. We love Cinema City where you can catch the latest releases and cult classics. Housed entirely in an old church, it’s one of the biggest independent cinemas in the UK and offers steep discounts for students. Afterwards, stop by the cosy bar and restaurant before heading on to your next port of call.
And if you prefer a multiplex and big budget blockbusters, check out the Odeon at Riverside. With its range of 2D and 3D screens, there’s also an IMAX screen for that fully-immersive experience.
With yellow and green flown proudly around the city, your Norwich experience isn’t complete without seeing a home game and sampling the friendly atmosphere. Even if you’re not a football fan, the city buzz is worth catching on match days and you can always pop along and sample the catering from local celebrity chef, Delia Smith.
Norwich has two nationally recognised theatres, The Playhouse and the Theatre Royal. Both attract big names as well as independent productions throughout the season, including stand-up acts and live music. The Playhouse in particular has a gem of a bar with quirky decor and a riverside terrace that’s packed when the sunshine’s out.