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Board games and cake. Is there a better combination for a lazy day off or an afternoon of family fun?
Slice + Dice is a Norwich based pop-up board game café that invites you to indulge on both counts. A plant-based menu, accompanying a library of new and old board games available to play.
Never heard of a board game café before? Think regular café, only with piles of board games stacked around the place. For a small fee per person, you all have access to play any of the games for a few hours. There are also some ‘games gurus’ on hand in case you want to try something new but don’t want to spend your afternoon deciphering an instruction manual. Excellent.
If you don’t have time for a board game but want to pop in for a coffee and a cake then you are very welcome, you can just treat Slice + Dice like a classic café (of exceedingly high quality and with fabulous ambience, naturally).
Doing their bit for the environment is really important to Slice + Dice so all cups, food containers, cutlery etc. are biodegradable, plus they offer a small discount for any customers who bring their own takeaway cup.
Whilst they’re on the hunt for a permanent home, Slice + Dice is a pop-up café that you can find in various locations in Norwich. Follow them on social media (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @slicedicecafe) to keep up to date with where you can find them next!
The Bodycentre Ltd is a family-owned business which was established in 1996 as a professional Accident Repair Centre. When it comes to repairs and restorations, they really know their stuff.
Found just north of the City (but with customers across Norfolk, and beyond), they are recognised for their high quality repairs and excellent customer satisfaction.
Their work covers everything from accident repair to customisation, on anything from light commercial vehicles to prestige cars. Occasionally they take on special projects, which have included small aircraft all the way down to model and RC cars. A few videos of these projects can be found on their Youtube Channel.
The progress of the Company has been achieved by their commitment to delivering quality repairs, supported by an experienced customer service team. Through extensive training, dedication and innovation, together with the latest specialist equipment, they are recognised as the experts in their area, supported by leading manufactures and insurance companies.
The Bodycentre team is made up of twenty-one skilled and hardworking individuals across various different departments, all qualified to complete the wide range of services they offer. These services include: bodywork repair and paint, vehicle wrapping, wheel refurbs, calliper colour change and more.
They also have a professional detailing centre which offers a complementary full clean of each customers vehicle inside and out after every job has been completed. Within this department they offer further services which include full buff and polishes, and ceramic coating.
On site there is a large fleet of courtesy vehicles (totalling over forty) – enough to ensure all of their customers have the chance to take one away and avoid any logistic issues while their own vehicle is being worked on.
Due to The Bodycentre’s growth and increased recognition, they have now obtained over fifteen manufacturer approvals including Jaguar and Land Rover (with them being their only approved repairer in our region).
The Bodycentre Ltd are so confident with the work they complete that they offer a five year warranty on all paintwork.
The Bodycentre Ltd 16-20 Concorde Road, Norwich, NR6 6BN
Set off the leafy stretch of Newmarket Road, The George Hotel is just 10-minutes’ walk from Norwich city centre. Following a comprehensive recent renovation, The George combines the quaint, traditional charm of a Victorian townhouse with stylish contemporary interiors to create one of the city’s top boutique hotels. The rooms are touched with an air of luxury, featuring bespoke decor, fitted timber headboards and fresh, white bedlinen.
All rooms include en-suite bathrooms, flat screen televisions, free unlimited Wi-Fi, toiletries, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities, The aim at The George is to deliver a great night’s sleep and an enjoyable, stress-free stay.
There is a specially designed accessible room and also two designated pet friendly rooms. All rooms are non smoking.
The George Hotel offers special group packages for up to 50 guests, with very competitive bed and breakfast and dinner bed and breakfast rates, which include a Full English breakfast. For those guests who also book for dinner, there is a superb 3 course menu with 3 choices per course, including coffee.
You can also enjoy the added bonus of the No.10 Arlington Coffee Lounge, Bar and Bistro, with in the George Hotel, which offers a delicious, extensive menu choice of foods throughout the day.
Guest parking at The George has 24-hour surveillance and is free (guests only).
The George Hotel & Arlington 10 Arlington Lane Newmarket Road Norwich NR2 2DA
Come and celebrate what’s great about our county, our countryside and our community, all on one showground over an experience-packed two days.
2. Fantastic Flowers
Immerse yourself in the biggest ever Horticulture Area and take inspiration from the Show Gardens, talks, demonstrations and a new local produce cafe.
3. Champion Livestock
One of our favourites at the Show. Discover and get up close to the amazing array of animals from across the UK, including native and rare breeds, plus the ever popular Mr Mawkins Farm.
4. Amazing Attractions
With so many things to see, touch, taste and enjoy, the Royal Norfolk Show will give you and your family happy memories for years to come – too true!
5. Shop & Buy Local
The Royal Norfolk Show is all about the makers, creators and producers of local goods – come and support your local businesses and communities.
6. Fabulous Food
Of course, another of our favourites. Discover your new favourite cheese, gin or chocolate? Taste your way round the county in the Adnams Food & Drink Experience and their exciting new Flavours Food Hub.
If you are into horses, the Royal Norfolk Show has it covered. Over 1,500 horses come to the show every year, from Grand Ring displays, world class Show jumping, scurry driving to the all new for 2019 farrier competition.
8. Good ol’shindig
Be surprised, amazed and entertained by all the displays, shows and stages, plus join us for our new country music evening festival – Sunset Sounds – in the Woodland Arena on the Wednesday evening.
9. Learn Something New
Everyday’s a school day! Be inspired by a host of experts including chefs, growers, farmers, wood carvers, farriers, horticulturalists, scientists, musicians, artists, ecologists and more.
10. Come Together
Join your family and friends for a day out of new adventures – right on your doorstep! With FREE parking (conditions apply), under 5s going FREE and a packed programme of experiences you won’t be disappointed.
Chambers is a cocktail bar for the 21st Century, located in the historical heart of Norwich, a stone’s throw from Tombland.
Welcoming and with a super-relaxed atmosphere inside, Chambers is the perfect place to while away a few hours with friends, or for grabbing a drink after work.
Occupying the building that used to be The Lawyer pub, Chambers Cocktail Company has a ludicrously well-stocked bar (you can tell that whoever does the ordering is really quite serious about drinks and really knows their stuff about upcoming trends).
Naturally, you’ll find a mouthwatering cocktail menu with regularly changing concoctions that sound as good as they taste. The ingredients in each crafted cocktail are fresh (very often homemade) and high quality, making each drink an experience worth savouring. Fancy something bespoke? They can do that too.
Fans of beers, wines and spirits will not be left wanting. The range is impressive, eclectic and refreshingly interesting.
To eat, you can enjoy tasty chips loaded with homemade toppings from The Bucket List, who pop up in Chambers every Wednesday – Sunday (plus Bank Holiday Mondays) 12-8pm.
Cocktails and chips… surely a match made in heaven? What more do we have to say…
Pop on your party shoes for some very special 1st birthday celebrations at intu Chapelfield shopping centre this May Half-Term. The centre’s family club is turning one, and families are invited to join in with a big birthday
bash. The two day birthday celebrations take place 10am – 4pm on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th May, with lots of FUN, FREE, birthday-themed activities for intu’s family club members including party games. Play against your little ones as children and adults go head to head or team up and enjoy some all-time favourite party games together. The fun takes place just outside House of Fraser on the lower ground mall.
Rebecca Downie, Assistant Marketing Manager at intu Chapelfield says; “We couldn’t let the intu family club’s first birthday go by without a party! And we’d love to invite everyone to join us this May Half-Term for the happy birthday celebrations. We’ll be playing lots of favourite party games, there’ll be face painting and some very silly ‘clowning around’ too, so bring your friends and all the family!”
The May Half-Term activities are FREE for intu family club members. If you’re not yet a member, there’s still time to join. Simply visit intu.co.uk/family-club to sign-up.
As well as invites to special events like the first birthday party, members receive exclusive offers and discounts from intu Chapelfield’s retailers, plus a free gift for your little one when you sign up, a magazine and much more!
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then imagine how many pictures are unrevealed in the thousands of words in the 12,500+ volumes held in the library at Blickling Estate… Artists Neville Gabie and Joan Gabie have explored this opportunity in the new contemporary art installation, The Edge of Things.
Neville Gabie has an established reputation as an artist whose work is borne out of ‘dialogue’ with places, peoples and situations. He was artist in residence at the London 2012 Olympics.
Joan Gabie bases her practise around the action of drawing, working in ink and paper to capture events from the sublime to the ‘everyday’.
But how do you choose which books to work with, when faced with the National Trust’s oldest and largest book collection? With John Gandy’s expert guidance (it’s John’s job to catalogue the books in the library, so he knows a thing or two), and after hours of careful consideration. Neville and Joan finally settled on a fascinating selection of books that represent the ‘Age of Enlightenment’ (an intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated the world of ideas in Europe from around the mid 1600s).
This period in history was characterised by its great ‘thirst for knowledge’, and The Edge of Things focuses on the themes of language, natural history, astronomy and early natural science. Rare books from the library that represent each theme are brought into the open, and given life in a contemporary context through sound, film storytelling and an intricate, collaborative tapestry project.
The chosen books all belonged originally to Sir Richard Ellys, who was an accomplished scholar and was interested in everything: theology, politics, the arts, classical texts, history and antiquities, maps, travel and science.
Without giving too much away (no spoilers here – go see the exhibition for yourself!), the singular word I would use to describe The Edge of Things is: fascinating. The work is so multi-dimensional that it deserves to be a complete success this Summer.
With works that range from The Eliot Bible (1663), one of the first books ever printed in British North America, to Harmonia Macrocosmica (1661), a spectacularly illustrated star atlas, the range of subjects and talking points explored in this exhibition is vast to say the least.
Interested in history? What you’ll see here are beautiful, important books that are usually never seen in public, given an evocative modern narrative by Neville and Joan. If your interest is literature or words or books – bingo, you’ve hit the jackpot. A science-buff? There’s lots for you here too. And it’s wonderful. A fan of contemporary art? These installations encompass film, sound, storytelling and a live on-going project that will see volunteers from Blickling Estate put their hands to a long, concertina tapestry over the course of the summer.
Perhaps you simply love the National Trust and Blickling? You’re in for a treat. As the ambitious exercise gets underway to safeguard the library’s contents from damp and death watch beetle, The Edge of Things offers you the opportunity to get up close to a handful of the very treasures that the five-year conservation project is hoping to protect.
Running until late October, The Edge of Things is displayed in various rooms within Blickling Hall, and out in the Orangery.
There will be an exciting programme of events to support the exhibition, including a children’s literature festival, interactive discovery days, talks and moon-gazing evenings.
Joanne Bosch, Blickling’s Visitor Experience Manager says: “We’re thrilled to be embarking on our second Trust New Art project at Blickling, which celebrates art inspired by the places we look after. Our visitors are fascinated to see what lies within the book presses at Blickling and this installation will enable more people to get up close and find out more about the collection in our care and why we need their support to save it.”
Set in an idyllic rural location just outside Norwich, The Bell at Marlingford prides itself on making every customer feel like a local.
It’s clearly a destination that passionate about good eating and drinking. From a pint of Norfolk ale, to a bottle of English wine, they’ve got you covered. The newly renovated restaurant celebrates everything that our amazing county has to offer.
Sam Jarvis, Restaurant Manager tells us: “We love Norfolk and have some of the best produce in the world here, so we aim to celebrate that as best as we can. Working with some of the best producers around such as Lakenham Creamery, Lacons Brewery and Strangers Coffee to name a few, our aim is to get everything on your plate sourced from Norfolk.
We’re currently planting our own kitchen garden, which will be home for delicious seasonal vegetables and herbs. This will allow us to use these in all the dishes on our menu and create things truly local and very special. Each season will bring something new and exciting to our menu and we can’t wait to show off what we can do.
Along with many Norfolk folk, there’s a special place in our hearts for good beer. This is something we are championing here at The Bell, ensuring that we always have a fantastic range of local ales and lagers in our restaurant and cosy bar. We are proud to work with some multi award winning breweries, serving quality produce to our customers.”
You’ll find The Bell at Marlingford is equally passionate about gin. They pride themselves on being bang on trend, serving as many different kinds of gin as they can get our hands on! If it’s distilled in Norfolk, you can bet they’ve tried it and they will always have something different for you to try.
So, if local ales, English wine & Norfolk food sound like something you would enjoy, we highly recommend you pay them a visit!
The Bell at Marlingford, Bawburgh Road, Norfolk, NR9 5HX
According to ‘Wind In The Willows’, “there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”. Who are we to disagree?
Enter Broadland Charters. They are, without a doubt, unashamedly biased, but say the best way to discover the Norfolk Broads is by boat. In addition, their philosophy is ‘why hire a self-drive day boat when you can step onboard our luxury sports cruiser with her fully qualified skipper and crew?’
There really are so many stunning places on the Norfolk Broads to discover, many of which are only accessible by boat. Simply choose the number of hours you want to cruise and they’ll put together the perfect route where you’ll pass some iconic Broads landmarks and stunning riverside villages.
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply wanting an excuse to have some fun with friends and family, why not push the boat out onboard the most glamorous day boat on the Norfolk Broads.
Broadland Charters’ luxury sports cruiser can comfortably accommodate up to six passengers but can, on occasion, carry additional guests. She is available for exclusive hire by the hour (with a minimum of two hours) from their mooring base in South Walsham. Sit back, relax, unwind and enjoy the ever-changing scenery. You’ll be well provided for with unlimited tea (from Norfolk, of course), coffee and water, or you can make your trip extra special and choose from a range of special extras including afternoon tea, picnics, canapés or even a bottle of something sparkly!
‘Norfolk Time’ is a local saying that describes the slow and relaxed pace of life in Norfolk. Naturally, it was the perfect name for Broadland Charters’ boat. Their crew are dedicated and passionate about providing a first-class Norfolk Broads experience on our magical waterways. No matter how many times they set off down river, they tell us there’s always a different experience to enjoy and that they simply love sharing it with their guests in style.
Broadland Charters (Mooring Base): Fleet Lane South Walsham Norfolk NR13 6ED
Bill’s Restaurant promises a friendly, relaxed vibe serving food ‘from breakfast ’till bedtime’. Imagine Café-culture, but a bit more grown up.
Couple this with a heart-of-the-city location in the Back of the Inns and you’ve got the ideal spot to grab lunch or a coffee with friends, meet colleagues for an after work aperitif, or take dinner in the Fine City.
Fully refurbished, Bill’s new look is as colourful and quirky as the neighbourhood. Expect bright pops of colour, luxurious fabrics, beautiful furnishings and lots of unique finds (discovered by Bill himself!).
This Norwich restaurant is brimming with beautiful artwork, chesterfield sofas, and marble top tables – perfect for snapping that dream insta flatlay!
Along with the new look there’s a delicious new menu to match. Grab a stool at the bar and enjoy a selection of starters and nibbles with a cocktail or two. Then settle into one of the cosy booths and let the friendly team take care of you. The Pan Fried Seabass with avocado, cherry tomato and caper salsa is well worth a taste and the Carrot, Mushroom and Cashew Nut Wellington is a guaranteed hit with vegans and carnivores alike. (Try the great-value set dinner menu from Sunday – Thursday from 5pm until close).