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Former Norwich City footballer helps tackle men’s health

Darren Eadie

High blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, anxiety and depression are just some of the health concerns that regularly affect men aged 40-74.

Canaries legend Darren Eadie has just signed up to help Norfolk County Council tackle some of these issues in a nine-month campaign called ‘Menkind’.

“When I was a professional footballer I took my health for granted,” explained Darren. “But I would always go and see my GP if I thought there was something wrong with me. It’s a shock to learn that women are five times more likely to see their doctor than men.”

Darren was forced to retire from football when he was 28 due to an injury but he’s still very close to the sport, and now spends a lot of his time training young people.

“Now I’m 43 it’s time to admit that I’m not quite as healthy as I once was. We all have to start looking after ourselves, and making small changes now could make all the difference to prolonging your life. Being motivated to take that first step to improving your mental or physical health is the most important thing, but it’s also the hardest. Thankfully there is help out there, tools such as the Couch to 5k app and the Active 10 walking tracker can help get you started on your road to fitness.” 

But it’s not just his own health that Darren’s thinking about. His brother suffered with heart issues all his life and had a stroke at an early age.

“He knows more than anyone how important it is to get yourself regularly checked. You might be fearful that there is something wrong, but as you get older, problems such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke and mental illness are all real risks we’re facing.

"Dealing with issues now makes it much easier to treat and avoid serious illness later in life.

“My advice would be to ‘just go for it’, make that small change. Once you switch your mindset you’ll find yourself on a roll and it’s surprising how quickly things start to improve.”

Read Darren’s monthly men’s health blog at

First words

First words

Andrew ProctorWelcome to the latest edition of Your Norfolk – the first since I became leader of Norfolk County Council in June.

I’ve been a county councillor for Blofield and Brundall since 2009 and was also leader of Broadland District Council for seven years, so I’m very familiar with Norfolk’s key issues.

This edition will give you a flavour of what we want to achieve and examples of how the County Council is working to improve people’s lives.

I’m determined that we care for our county, manage our money carefully, ensure we look after vulnerable people and help communities to help themselves. It’s vital that we continue to grow the local economy, which helps to grow the national economy.

I’m proud of Norfolk and I believe that there’s great potential for it to become even more prosperous and successful, working with our communities and partners and the business community.

One pleasure of this job is meeting people and finding out what matters to you. Check our website for more details of when I’m going to be out and about.

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Cllr Andrew Proctor
Leader of Norfolk County Council

Meet Andrew Proctor - Leader of Norfolk County Council

So, Andrew – how is your new role?
In a word – busy. It’s an honour to be leader, because I get to serve the whole county. There’s lots to be done and good work to build on.

Can you explain the County Council’s role?
The County Council is involved in everyone’s lives – repairing your roads and pavements, supporting schools and campaigning for superfast broadband in your area. We run libraries and recycling sites and care for the most vulnerable children and adults. Other responsibilities include public health, museums and trading standards. We’re the only council that represents the entire county. We work with the district councils, the NHS, police and other organisations, to make life better
for all.

We keep hearing about councils being in financial trouble, like Northamptonshire. What’s happening here?
We’re not another Northamptonshire – we have robust financial plans in place. Our external auditors said we have a prudent approach to financial management, with no significant matters to report. We’re working to generate more income and become more commercial, as we know our Government grant is to end in a few years. Demand for care services is growing, so we’ll target our resources to the people who require the greatest support, while helping others to help themselves.

Does that mean you’re getting rid of services?
The way we deliver services will change. We need to manage demand, especially for care. We’re signposting people to help and advice in their own communities. That’s better for them and enables us to focus spending on the most vulnerable people. Making efficiencies within the council, using technology and better working with partners will help to deliver savings to run frontline services. Certain things will have to change, rather than go.

Have you got any other priorities?
We must continue to grow the local economy – skills, jobs and homes – which in turn, helps to grow the national economy. Infrastructure in the right places, like the Broadland Northway, can create jobs and growth. A growing economy helps us all and helps to fund our services. Improving social mobility and tackling loneliness are key to what we do.  We’re influencing the national debate on both those issues. I also want to work better together with our other local authorities and public and private bodies.

What’s your message to the people of Norfolk?
We’re here to care for the county and I’m determined that we will do that. Norfolk’s a great county, with huge potential to be even better.


£11 million towards Norfolk broadband

Norfolk County Council’s ambition to give everyone in Norfolk access to superfast broadband has taken another huge step forward after securing an extra £11 million to invest in the scheme.BBfN logo

The Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN) programme is currently set to deliver 95% coverage across the county by the end of March 2020, but the council is not content to stop there. Some of the remaining 'not-spots' are the most time-consuming and costly to reach, but this funding will go a long way to plugging those gaps.

BBfN rollout started in July 2013, when 42% of Norfolk properties had access to superfast broadband. This has already increased to 92% of homes and businesses across

Norfolk being able to access download speeds of 24Mbps+ per second. That’s more than enough to binge watch a Netflix boxset or download your favourite album in under a minute.

To find out if superfast broadband is available in your area,

Moving house?
If you’re planning to move to a new-build house, have you checked with the developer if the property has access to superfast broadband? Not all developers offer broadband as standard, so it’s always best to check before you buy.

Skills fund for rural organisations

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Rural organisations in Norfolk have been bidding for a share of a £1.1 million fund to help people to get trained and into work or to progress in their careers

The Local Investment in Future Talent (LIFT) Programme has already funded 20 projects with more applications in the pipeline.

Projects benefitting so far include The Horticultural Industry Scheme based in Thetford who were awarded £26,415 to offer ex-offenders training and work experience. Meanwhile Hellesdon-based Turning Factor was given just under £8,000 to enable 21 staff across a partnership of businesses to gain a management qualification or to apply their people management skills in the work place.

Funded by the European Social Fund, LIFT still has more than £300,000 to allocate to training projects which upskill rural workers. They are keen to hear from more businesses and training providers. A wide range of training can be considered for grants between £5,000 and £50,000.

Find out how to apply for funding at

Ambitious plans to support children and young people

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New special schools and bases for children with special educational needs are part of Norfolk County Council’s ambitious proposals to transform support for Norfolk’s children and young people.

The council wants to invest about £120 million in creating more than 500 places for children with special educational needs and disabilities in the county, and providing more outreach support for those with social and emotional needs. This will help more children to be taught near to their homes, improve the quality of their education and address growing demand for places.

The county’s 12 council-supported special schools are among the best in the country but do not have space for the increasing number of children with special educational needs.

We also want to support children to stay in mainstream education by creating more specialist bases at mainstream schools. There are currently 23 of these in the county, specialising in autism spectrum disorder; learning and cognition needs; social, emotional and mental health needs or speech, language and communication.

Earlier this year we opened the new Chapel Green School in Attleborough (pictured above and below) which replaced and extended the previous Chapel Road School. We also funded the new Fen Rivers Academy in King’s Lynn.

A proposal to create a new special school at the site of the former Alderman Swindell Primary School in Great Yarmouth, is also progressing.

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Children’s Centres proposals
The council has recently consulted on proposals for a new early childhood and family service in the county. Our proposal focuses on bringing services out into communities, to the families that need them the most. The consultation closed on 12 November and we are now working through all of the responses and developing a full report for consideration. The report findings will be discussed by our Children’s Services Committee in January 2019.

Help stop illegal tobacco sales


The crackdown on illegal tobacco continues and Norfolk County Council Trading Standards is urging people to be their eyes and ears in a battle against the criminals who sell cigarettes at ‘pocket money’ prices.

Since the campaign was launched in Norfolk two years ago nearly 1.5 million illegal cigarettes and 185 kg of illegal hand rolling tobacco have been seized with 11 traders successfully prosecuted for their crimes.

Sales of cheap, illegal tobacco can put young people at risk because they are likely to buy from criminals who also sell alcohol and drugs.

The illegal trade also undermines efforts to reduce smoking as it means tobacco is available at cheaper prices, which makes it easier for children to start smoking and get hooked at a young age.

Help us to keep this trade out of your community by telling us if you suspect that illegal tobacco is being sold under the counter or on a street near you.

Call the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline (anonymously if you wish) on 03454 04 05 06, use their online form at or call 101 (use 999 in an emergency).

Let’s SCRAP fly-tipping

Fly-tipping costs Norfolk more than £1 million every year with the district, borough, city and county councils picking up the bill for removing and disposing of illegally dumped waste on public land. Private landowners also spend huge amounts on cleaning up waste left on their land.

That’s why all of Norfolk’s councils, Norfolk Police and the Environment Agency are joining forces to kick off a campaign that aims to fight the blight of fly-tipping in the county.

SCRAP is based on an award-winning and successful campaign developed by the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership which saw a drop of almost 18% in fly-tipping incidents in its first year.

Year after year around 90% of fly-tipping in the countryside or on our streets could have been left at a recycling centre for free.

A lot of fly-tipped waste is large van loads of items so it’s up to everyone to make sure that they’re not using a rogue trader who may dispose of their waste illegally.

Follow these simple ‘SCRAP’ rules if you’re giving your waste to someone else to dispose of:


Five commonly fly-tipped items that householders could have taken to one of Norfolk’s 20 recycling centres for FREE:


Check what you can take to a recycling centre at

Funding award for Castle keep

Castle Keep

Norfolk Museums Service has been awarded £9.2 million of National Lottery funding, through the Heritage Lottery Fund, for Norwich Castle’s Gateway to Medieval England project. The project will see the Castle keep transformed to its original Norman layout and make all five levels of the keep accessible for the first time.

Funding for the project has also come from public and private grants and donations, including £1.95 million from Norfolk County Council.

Work is set to begin in summer 2019 and the rest of the museum and the art galleries will remain open throughout.

Find more information about the project at

Spotlight on

There's no place like home

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Norfolk residents tell us they want to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible instead of going into long term residential care.

Norfolk County Council has opened a new reablement unit at Benjamin Court in Cromer and is working in partnership with other providers* to offer reablement at Oak Lodge, near Great Yarmouth, The Old Maltings in Swaffham and Cranmer House in Fakenham.

The units are for people who have been assessed as well enough to leave hospital but who need extra support to rebuild their confidence with daily living tasks, so they can return home safely. They also help people living at home who would benefit from reablement to prevent them going into residential care. The average stay is two weeks, but a referral can be for a stay of up to six weeks. The service is free.

The first of its type in Norfolk, the accommodation also supports the county’s health services by helping to free up hospital beds more quickly so others can be treated.Benjamin Court 2

*We would like to thank Burgh House, East Coast Community Health, Hales Group and Norfolk Community Health and Care for their support in the delivery of the reablement services.

For more details of support to stay at home including assistive technology, equipment and adaptations, and home support see

Harnessing home smart tech to help people live independently

Assistive tech

More than 7,000 older and vulnerable people in Norfolk are already using technology to help them live independently.

The council is keen to ensure that as many people as possible can take advantage of new technology. From the widely available Amazon Echo to specialist devices which can tell if someone has fallen over or left their house, gadgets are helping increasing numbers of people to live in their own homes safely and confidently for longer.

Echo dot croppedWe’re also working with Rotary House for the Deaf to open a ‘smart flat’ in Norwich where this technology can be demonstrated, so people can see for themselves how gadgets can make a big difference to their everyday life.

The council is also setting up an innovation centre at County Hall to demonstrate how technology can help people at home and work.

Technology gives Chris reassurance
Chris, from Yorkshire, uses assistive technology to reassure him that his Norfolk-based mother is safe and well between his visits. In a recent Radio Norfolk interview, he said:

“My mother has dementia and arthritis. She still wants to live independently. Assistive technology gives us a reassurance that she has more scope to make errors and mistakes safely. Her wish to be independent can be extended longer.”

For more details of support to stay at home including assistive technology, equipment and adaptations, and home support see

Don’t suffer in silence

Are you looking after a friend or family member? If so, you are one of 100,000 unpaid carers in Norfolk.

Carers Matter Norfolk runs a free Advice Line which provides independent and confidential information, advice and guidance. Call 0800 083 1148 free from landlines and mobiles. Or chat online to an advisor at Matters logo

Carers Matter Norfolk is funded by Norfolk County Council and Norfolk’s five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Norfolk Winter

Our Norfolk Winter campaign aims to help people in the county stay happy, healthy and safe during the colder months.

The campaign is run primarily on social media and we post information and advice - including details of gritting runs - to help people survive, thrive and make the most of a Norfolk winter.

Here's a round-up of gritting facts and figures from last winter:

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Keep up-to-date with Norfolk Winter, including gritting and road safety advice:
Twitter: @NorfolkCC #norfolkwinter

Small acts of companionship can ensure No Lonely Day this winter

Winter can be a particularly difficult time for people experiencing loneliness and social isolation. As the weather gets colder and the nights close in, we’re asking Norfolk residents to look out for those who may be on their own.In Good Company

Simple acts of companionship can make a real difference to a person’s life. This might be popping in for a chat with an elderly relative or neighbour, offering to run errands or inviting somebody round to share a meal.

In Good Company logoNorfolk County Council believes that no one should spend a lonely day in Norfolk if they don’t want to and our In Good Company campaign aims to reduce loneliness and isolation in the county.

It’s not just older people who can feel lonely, recent research has revealed that social isolation can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Working together to alleviate loneliness can help people lead independent, happier and healthier lives for longer.

For details of social events, activities, services, information and support offered by hundreds of organisations across the county visit the Norfolk Community Directory -

Find out more about the In Good Company campaign at


Police and Crime Commissioner's third annual report

Written and funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk

The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Lorne Green, has published his third annual report on progress against Norfolk’s Police and Crime Plan.

PCC2On these pages, Lorne gives an overview of his work over the last 12 months. For more information, or to read the annual report in full, visit

This last year has been a big one for policing in Norfolk, with the Chief Constable’s 2020 programme delivering restructure on a scale not seen in the county for a decade. There have been some significant changes to the way policing services are delivered – the implementation and impact of which I continue to monitor closely.

And the Norfolk public has played, and continues to play, an important part in that too – not least through sharing their views, questions and concerns about crime and policing at my public Q&A sessions with the Chief Constable.

One of the aims of the Norfolk 2020 programme was to increase the number of warranted police officers available to tackle the crimes causing the most harm to communities.

The new policing model created 97 additional frontline roles, and the process of recruiting to those posts is now complete. And the increase in this year’s police council tax helped fund more than 20 further personnel dedicated to local policing and working with schools.

It’s important that as well as having the right powers, our police have the right tools to do the job.

PCC - dronesI’ve been pleased to support our police in working smarter, introducing new technology like drones, bodyworn cameras for our frontline officers, and smartphones and tablets for mobile working.

And there has been continued investment in number plate recognition software which is helping our police deter, detect and disrupt criminal activity affecting our communities.

I’ve also been working to reinvigorate the police response to rural crime and my office teamed up with partners to protect our heritage buildings from lead thieves. Initiatives like my #Impact road safety campaign and StreetDoctors knife crime project are PCC - Impacthelping educate young people on staying safe.

I’ve also been focusing on the vulnerable in our county, and on victims of crime and providing the local support they need to cope and recover.

In this last year, work has been underway to re-vamp Norfolk’s victim care service which is open to all victims of crime in the county. In addition, existing and new partnerships between my office and local organisations are providing first-class specialist support to victims of domestic and sexual abuse, among other crimes.

And I’ve been working to stop people becoming victims in the first place by focusing on those committing crime.

Through schemes like the Community Chaplains, WONDER and Gateway to Employment, offenders are being helped to identify and address the causes of their behaviour, tackling reoffending and reducing the harm caused to victims.

Planning for the future

Norfolk County Council has a turnover of £1.4 billion per year. We have a wide range of responsibilities, including social care for children and adults, support for schools, improving transport and broadband connectivity and supporting economic growth.

As part of the Government’s efforts to balance the national books, all public services are required to make savings.

You will see on The budget challenge page how the council’s funding has declined and the cost of providing services has risen. At the same time the grant that central government gives us has fallen by £204 million since 2011.

Against this backdrop, we have developed a robust strategy to address our current challenges.

Since 2011-2012 we have budgeted for significant savings of £364 million, including £246 million of efficiency savings.

We are proposing to save £79 million* (including new savings proposals for 2019-22) over the next three years and are identifying ways of bridging a remaining gap of £45.98 million*.

We are:

  • Focusing on efficiencies and protecting front-line services
  • Generating more income ourselves
  • Considering rises in council tax, by the minimum required to put our finances on a sound footing

We are following these principles:

  • Offering our help early to prevent and reduce demand for specialist services
  • Joining up our work so that similar activities and services are easily accessible, done well and done once
  • Being business-like and making best use of digital technology to ensure value for money
  • Using evidence and data to target our work where it can make the most difference

To read the council’s full vision and strategy visit

*These figures were correct at the time of publishing


Child criminal exploitation – spot the signs

Child exploitation

There is a growing concern about child criminal exploitation (CCE) in Norfolk. CCE happens when an individual or group takes advantage of a child under the age of 18 and coerces, controls, manipulates or deceives them into criminal activity.

As part of the grooming process, children may be offered money, clothes and mobile phones. Violence, intimidation and weapons may also be used to reinforce the exploiter’s position of power and control.

An increasing number of children and vulnerable adults in the county are being exploited by gangs involved in drug crime. Gangs are based in larger cities (in Norfolk’s case this is mostly London) and use children to courier drugs and money into new areas – known as ‘county lines’.

A child or vulnerable adult who is being exploited may show certain signs and changes in behaviour. It’s crucial to know how to spot the warning signs which could include: going missing, unexplained absences, having unexpected cash, phones, gifts or jewellery, becoming secretive, being hostile or disruptive.

Norfolk County Council is part of a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) working to support young people who are victims or at risk. The team brings together a range of workers including social workers, staff from the Youth Offending Team, Norfolk Police and community health and care partners.

For more information about CCE and a detailed list of signs and behaviours to look out for, visit

If you think a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of criminal or sexual exploitation in Norfolk:

Call 0344 800 8020 and speak to someone at Norfolk’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Ring 101 to speak to Norfolk Police. In an emergency always dial 999.

Ring 0800 555 111 for Crimestoppers or visit

Tackling domestic abuse

Norfolk is becoming a leading light nationally in tackling domestic abuse, having now trained more than 1,000 ‘champions’ to help people living in abusive situations.

This year, Norfolk County Council’s domestic abuse partnership won the Public Health Innovation Award at the local government MJ Awards in London, for our work to combat abuse and raise awareness.

Domestic abuse

The county’s domestic abuse change coordinators are highly experienced in the causes and effects of abuse and how to spot the signs. They run regular workshops across the county to train 'champions' and create a network of people in the community who can offer help.

Champions learn how to spot the signs of people living with abuse, and how to support these individuals in a safe and understanding way whilst also recognising where to find the best help.

NCCSP logoThey are mostly people who work with the public in everyday life – in schools, hospitals, GP surgeries – and also social workers.

Abuse can take many forms, including physical, emotional and financial abuse. Norfolk County Council is working hard with its partners to get the message out that it is now against the law to exert coercion and control over a partner or family member.

Words of someone who lived with abuse
“When I first realised the moods and mental health episodes weren’t okay, I simply did not want to believe the truth. Meeting with one of the domestic abuse change workers was the most amazing experience. I wasn’t going mad. It’s such a cliché but I really never thought it would happen to me. She was the person who didn’t judge me for staying and helped me break the patterns of behaviour that kept me in the cycle of forgiveness and incessant hope he would change. He never has. More than any other service it was the domestic abuse worker who helped – with proper advice, not woolly but clear, concise and timely. She was literally a lifeline.”

Anyone can call the confidential 24-hour national helpline on 0808 2000 247 or visit
In an emergency call 999.

Protect yourself against flu

Flu can be unpleasant but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week. However, flu can be more serious for certain people and the flu vaccination is offered free to those who are at increased risk. This includes:NHS logo

  • Children aged 2-3
  • Pregnant women
  • Those with underlying health conditions (such as heart or respiratory disease)
  • People aged 65 and over

You can get the free flu vaccination at many pharmacies, as well as at flu jab clinics at your GP surgery. Find out if you are eligible for the free flu vaccination at Us Help You

For more tips on staying well this winter see

Your say

The budget challenge

The council’s 2018-19 budget: £1.4 billion – the council’s annual spending, including £360 million that is passed straight to schools.

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Rising costs:
The council’s costs have risen by £386 million since 2011-12, due to things such as inflation and rising demand for services.

Falling funding:
Our Government grant has reduced by £204 million and is expected to fall to zero in a couple of years.

Have your say…
You can have your say on the council’s latest budget proposals. Visit for more information. The budget and next year’s council tax precepts are due to be finalised by the council in February 2019.

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Competitions and offers

Win family tickets to festive shows


Here’s your chance to win family tickets to one of these fabulous festive shows. Three family tickets are up for grabs at each venue – each one for two adults and two children.

Jump aboard the flying carpet and experience the magic of Aladdin at Norwich Theatre Royal (12 December to 13 January). Steven Roberts (Hollyoaks and The History Boys) is Aladdin joined by Rick Makarem (Emmerdale and Casualty) and Milkshake presenter Kiera-Nicole Brennan. The winning tickets are for the 7.30pm show on Thursday 13 December.

Beauty and the BeastA classic fairy tale is given some hilarious new twists in Sheringham Little Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast (8 December to 1 January). An enchanted castle, talking iPad, special effects and songs add to the magical mayhem.

Sleeping BeautyYou’re sure to be spellbound by Sleeping Beauty at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (7 to 31 December). Ian Marr makes a welcome comeback as the dame and Victoria Bush (Waterloo Road and Bad Girls) is baddie Carabosse. The winning tickets are for performances from Wednesday 26 to Monday 31 December, subject to availability.

Christmas SpectacularMarvel at the amazing water spectacle, the wheel of death, aerialists, jugglers and dancers at the Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular in Great Yarmouth (8 December to 6 January). The winning tickets are for any performance subject to availability; not available at all on Christmas Eve or 8pm New Year’s Eve show.

How to enter

Enter online at

Or write to Your Norfolk Competition, Communications, Ground Floor, South Wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH. Include your name, address and telephone number and mark your envelope Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty or Christmas Spectacular.

The closing date is Monday 3 December 2018

Terms and conditions

  • No cash alternative
  • Performance dates subject to availability
  • Norfolk County Council staff may not enter
  • We are unable to accept one postal entry for multiple competitions

Find out more about the festive shows:
Tel. 01603 630000
Tel. 01263 822347
Tel. 01553 764864
Tel. 01493 844172

What's on

Library project tells suffragettes’ stories

Suffragette stories

Stories of those who fought for women’s rights are being brought to life thanks to a unique partnership between Norfolk Library and Information Service and the University of East Anglia, with funding from the National Lottery.

Suffragette Stories involves making an archive relating to two working-class suffragettes available to schools, libraries, and the public via a digital exhibition.

Suffragette stories logoAs part of the project, young people in Cromer, Wymondham, Wroxham, Great Yarmouth, Loddon and Thetford interviewed older members of the community to discover more about the changing role of women in society. They have curated exhibitions in local libraries and workshops are being held at schools across Norfolk this term.

The library service has worked with Words and Women to put together a booklist to challenge and inspire readers, with the whole project finale being an exhibition at Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library from 1 to 31 December.

Find out more at

Coming to Norwich Castle in 2019

Viking - Rediscover the Legend

9 February to 8 September
Viking: Rediscover the Legend
See some of the most significant Anglian and Viking treasures ever found in Britain, including star objects from the British Museum.

Find out more at

Norfolk Record Office: The Archive Centre

01603 222599

These two events are drop-in, admission free.

Thursday 29 November (5.30pm to 6.45pm)
How has Norwich Market changed?
Join Frances and Michael Holmes to discover some of the stories behind the Market Place and surrounding buildings. Refreshments included.

Norwich Market

Wednesday 5 December (1pm to 2pm)
Margery Kempe of Lynn: recent discoveries about her life, family and book
Susan Maddock talks about her detailed research into visionary Margery Kempe, author of the earliest surviving autobiography in English.

Find out more at

Norwich Castle

01603 495897/ 493625

Until 6 January 2019
Armistice: Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk
An exhibition showing how the lives of individuals and whole communities in Norfolk were transformed by the First World War.

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Wednesday 19 December 2018 to Wednesday 2 January 2019 (10.30am to 3.30pm)
Peace: Street Party 1918
Soak up the jubilant atmosphere of the long-awaited Armistice in 1918. Make origami peace symbols, try embroidery, hear stories and tackle a museum trail.

Museum events are drop-in and free with admission unless otherwise stated. Please check museum website for opening hours.

Strangers' Hall

01603 667229

Saturdays 1, 8, 15 and 22 December (10.30am to 3.30pm)
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Strangers\' Hall - Father ChristmasVisit Father Christmas in his toy workshop, receive a present and have your picture taken. Enjoy story-telling with mulled punch and seasonal goodies, plus make festive crafts. Booking advised at £10 per child to meet Father Christmas (includes gift and museum admission).

Wednesdays 12 and 19 December (2pm)
Deck the Halls
Enjoy a short tour exploring Christmas traditions with music and seasonal refreshments. For ages 12 and over. Booking essential 01603 4936250. £8 (includes museum admission).

Museum events are drop-in and free with admission unless otherwise stated. Please check museum website for opening hours.

Museum of Norwich

01603 629127

Until Saturday 16 February 2019
Picturing the Past exhibition
A fascinating display of local archive images created in partnership with Picture Norfolk and Let’s Talk.

Picturing the past

Museum events are drop-in and free with admission unless otherwise stated. Please check museum website for opening hours.

Time and Tide

01493 743930

Until Sunday 3 March 2019
Circus! Show of Shows: Celebrating 250 Years of Circus
See a dazzling range of circus costumes, props, posters, photographs and curious objects. Great Yarmouth has close connections with the circus tradition – the Hippodrome is now 115 years old and is Britain’s last remaining purpose-built circus building still in operation. Plus circus themed museum trail.


Museum events are drop-in and free with admission unless otherwise stated. Please check museum website for opening hours.


Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

01362 869263

Thursday 20 and Friday 21 December (10am to 2.30pm)
Victorian Family Christmas
A traditional festive celebration. Advance booking essential, tel. 01362 869251 or at £10, Museums Pass £9, under 4s free.

Victorian Family Christmas

Museum events are drop-in and free with admission unless otherwise stated. Please check museum website for opening hours.

Ancient House

01842 752599Casualty of War

Duleep Singh Special Exhibition
Explore the museum’s connections with the last Maharajah of the Punjab and see the ‘Casualty of War’ portrait by the Singh Twins on loan from National Museums Scotland.

Friday 30 November (5pm to 8pm)
Wartime Christmas
Step back in time at this festive evening event.

Tuesday 19 February 2019 (10am to 1pm)
Fossils and Dinosaurs
Themed activities.

Museum events are drop-in and free with admission unless otherwise stated. Please check museum website for opening hours.

Lynn Museum

01553 775001

Wednesday 28 November (10.30am to 12 noon)
Christmas Coffee Morning
Plus seasonal crafts to get you in the Christmas spirit.
£1 includes museum admission.

Thursday 21 February 2019 (10am to 1pm)
1940s Family Event
Learn about life on the home front, meet costumed characters, handle real objects from the collection and make something to take home.

Museum events are drop-in and free with admission unless otherwise stated. Please check museum website for opening hours.

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