Norwich is a small city with a big heart. Its thriving artistic and cultural scene, for example, would put many bigger cities to shame.
Norwich has six theatres including the Theatre Royal, one of the most successful regional theatres in the country which puts on major touring shows, opera and ballet; the Playhouse, which offers big names from the world of stand-up comedy; and the Maddermarket Theatre Company which, according to actor Simon Callow, "performs a repertory that would shame the National Theatre."
Norwich Arts Centre offers a great range of music, poetry readings, art exhibitions, craft fairs and short courses in areas such as writing and web design.
Museums and galleries
Norwich Castle, one of the city's most famous landmarks, is a museum and art gallery with collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history. For details of Norwich's many other museums, check out the Visit Norwich museum guide.
The Norfolk and Norwich Festival
An event not to miss is the annual Norfolk and Norwich Festival, an internationally acclaimed arts festival, which takes place every May, featuring multi-cultural arts including live music, comedy, poetry and dance.
The Norwich Beer Festival
The Norwich Beer Festival takes places every October at St Andrew's and Blackfriars' Hall. One of the most renowned real ale events in the UK, the 37th Norwich Beer Festival will run from Monday 26 October to Saturday 31 October 2015.