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Norwich Holidays Overview
Norwich, the capital of Norfolk, is a lively and appealing city, with a maze of steep, twisting historic streets. Many of the medieval churches that can be found on almost every street corner have found alternative uses such as cafes and theatres, and the Norman Keep and cathedral make stunning landmarks.
The middle ages saw the heyday of Norwich, when it was considered Englandís most important city after London. Flemish weavers settled here during the fourteenth century, beginning the wool industry that would ensure the wealth of Norwich until the eighteenth century. The city fared well during the civil war as most of its foreign inhabitants were staunch Protestants, so the government left them well alone.
Although Norwich is a less influential city today, it is still a vibrant place to visit, and well thought out modern development means it is keeping up with the time. There is a large arts based student population, which gives Norwich a fashionable edge.
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Norwich beer festival
Norwich Beer Festival is held in October and is organised by the Norwich & Norfolk Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) at St. Andrew's & Blackfriars' Halls. The festival runs for a week and during this time two hundred beers and ciders from small independents brewers are showcased. At any one tasting session there will be at least fifty varieties to try.
Norfolk and Norwich Festival
For two weeks in May a whole host of events and performances take place under the banner of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. The various elements include classical and contemporary music, dance, theatre, circus, cabaret, a childrenís festival, a film festival and a family garden party. Events take place all over the city but are mainly centred on the Theatre Royal and the Chapelfield Gardens.
Heritage Open Days
Each year in September the culture of Norwich is celebrated by granting free access to interesting properties and historical venues across the city that are usually closed to the public or charge for access. Each year there is a theme to the Heritage Open Days and there are exhibitions, talks, and musical performances to mark the occasion. Properties involved include private homes, offices, churches, and museums.
holidays - How to Get There
Flights between Australia and Norwich can take anything between twenty five and thirty two hours. Qantas, KLM and Singapore Airlines combine to create one route from Sydney, stopping in Singapore and Amsterdam. KLM and China Airlines provide an alternative route with stopovers in Taipei and Amsterdam.