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Looking for a party venue? We’ve got a location for every celebration in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 11:17 20 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:24 20 September 2017

The Wallow in Norwich. Photograph by Emily Revell

The Wallow in Norwich. Photograph by Emily Revell

Emily Revell

Every special occasion deserves a proper celebration, but throwing a party at home can seem like too much hard work, and you’ve been to that posh restaurant on the corner one too many times. Nonetheless, it’s important to gather everyone together during a happy time.

The Boathouse at Ormesby.
New gastropub and wedding venue next to Ormesby Broad.
June 2014

Picture: James Bass The Boathouse at Ormesby. New gastropub and wedding venue next to Ormesby Broad. June 2014 Picture: James Bass

1. For that special wedding anniversary

Brasted’s, Framingham Pigot

The multi award-winning Brasted’s has more than 30 
years’ experience of hosting memorable events, and whether it’s an intimate gathering for 
close family and friends or a slightly larger soirée, there’s no better place to celebrate a milestone anniversary than a place that has literally served the Queen.

The Old Rectory, Crostwick

The Conservatory Restaurant here can seat up to 150 people, making it ideal for a large celebration. It’s light, airy and has garden views, a patio seating area and a central dance floor. The night will fly by as quickly as your years of marriage.

Holkham Hall. Picture: Ian Burt Holkham Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

2. For a big 18th birthday bash

Go Ape, Thetford

Try something a little different with birthday parties at Go Ape in Thetford Forest. Give guests a tree top adventure that’s sure to get their adrenaline pumping and bond for life as they take on sky high obstacles.

Open, Norwich

What better 18th birthday gift than your own club for the night? Open’s contemporary club space has state-of-the-art DJ equipment and is guaranteed to ensure the coolest 18th birthday party imaginable.

Anglia in Bloom judges meeting the Norwich in Bloom team and take a tour of Norwich. The Assembly House. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Anglia in Bloom judges meeting the Norwich in Bloom team and take a tour of Norwich. The Assembly House. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

3. For a memorable 21st birthday

The Wallow, Norwich

Have the ‘Plonk’ wall all to yourself. Guests will marvel at the self-service wine machines, cheese boards and nibbles. The Wallow adds a touch of sophistication and cosiness to your event.

The Boathouse, Ormesby Broad

Hidden away in Ormesby Broad, this waterfront venue is an enchanting setting to celebrate a more formal 21st. Dress up and indulge in a proper party!

Cupcakes and Bubbles. Photo: Emily Revell Cupcakes and Bubbles. Photo: Emily Revell

4. For grown-up birthdays

Oaklands Hotel and The Oak Terrace and Bar, Norwich

Whether you are looking to fly under the radar or shout from the rooftops that you’ve reached another decade, Oaklands can make it happen. Enjoy a more subtle affair in a private dining room or throw a blowout in the fully-heated marquee and on the terrace.

The Red Barn, King’s Lynn

Believed to date back to at least the 16th century, The Red Barn is the ultimate celebration venue. The breathtaking setting can be adapted to host a large dinner party or a rave-up to remember.

5. For a relaxing baby shower

The Assembly House, Norwich

Treat a mum-to-be with an afternoon in The Hobart Room, with a feature fireplace, period panelling and huge sash windows; it’s perfect for a girls-only celebration. Enjoy an afternoon tea, just not a champagne one!

Dairy Barns, Hickling.

The family behind this business loves to host celebrations in the picturesque barn. They will arrange everything from flowers to cake and they adore an afternoon tea. The countryside views and peace and quiet will leave mum feeling tranquil and relaxed before her due date.

6. For a chilled-out hen party

Cupcakes and Bubbles, Norwich

If you are looking for something with a slower pace, leave the debauchery behind with a champagne afternoon tea or antipasti selection upstairs in the private room. Enjoy views over pretty Timberhill and pick 
up some local foodie goods and extra champagne as a special 
gift for the bride-to-be on the way out.

Meadow House, Mundesley

Escape to the country, swtich off and spend quality time with the women in your life. The house sleeps up to 14, has glorious sea views, a spa pool and log fire. It’s an idyllic way to spend your last days as a single lady.

7. For a retirement party to remember

The Ivy House Country Hotel, Oulton Broad

Set in 21 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds and marshes, The Ivy House Country Hotel can provide impressive buffets or sit down dining. Gather family, friends and colleagues to the pretty setting for the retirement celebration of the decade.

Vintage Broadsman

Get your sea legs with a retirement party on the Norfolk Broads. The Vintage Broadsman is sure to grab everyone’s attention, with a bar as well as indoor and outdoor areas, it’s key you start retirement as you mean to go on.

8. For a romantic engagement party

The Dining Rooms at Cinema City, Norwich

Invite family and friends to celebrate your impending nuptials in the beautiful covered courtyard at The Dining Rooms. Whether you opt for a barbecue, buffet or simply drinks and canapés, this romantic setting is the perfect place to start your journey to marrital bliss.

Holkham Estate, Holkham

If you feel like going all out to show your love, hosting guests in The Lady Elizabeth Wing, set within a private courtyard, is guaranteed to wow. The contemporary space is ideal for a dinner or drinks party, but if you’re after something a little less formal the marquee at the Temple or the walled garden are ideal for creating your own bespoke celebration.

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