Six Norwich events you should make a date for in 2014

PUBLISHED: 09:58 21 January 2014 | UPDATED: 09:58 21 January 2014

Morris dancers and their Dragons perform outside the Forum as part of the Dragon Festival.

Morris dancers and their Dragons perform outside the Forum as part of the Dragon Festival.

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Special celebrations of dragons, fashion, and all things cultural are packed into on Norwich’s calendar for 2014. Emma Knights and Emma Harrowing look forward to some of the events taking place in our fine city in the months ahead.

1) Dragon Festival

The third Norwich Dragon Festival returns to warm up winter in February with two weeks packed full of fun dragon-related activities and events.

Dragon-seekers of all ages will enjoy performances, quests and tours, films, competitions, arts and craft activities, puppet shows, dragon trails, storytelling, talks, exhibitions and displays.

The festival, which is from February 10 to 23, is organised by Norwich’s Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (Heart), with support from Norwich BID, The Forum and the Norwich Town Close Estate Charity.

The festival is now looking for people to become dragon handlers to act as volunteers throughout the cultural extravaganza.

Dragon handlers must be enthusiastic, friendly, have good communications skills and a love of heritage, and can work in many different roles ranging from event stewardship, brochure distribution, office support, social media coverage, photography, collecting feedback and other roles.

To find out more about becoming a dragon handler, visit to download the Volunteer Form, or email

For more information on the festival, pick up the Norwich Dragon Festival brochure from venues and tourist information centres across Norwich and Norfolk, or visit

2) The Lord Mayor’s Procession

Norwich’s 2014 Lord Mayor’s Street Procession is set to take place on July 5 and people are now being invited to get involved in the annual festivities celebrating the city.

The 2013 parade featured almost 70 floats. Pirates, cheerleaders, dinosaurs, rock bands, superheroes and alien creatures were among the colourful characters who delighted the crowds.

People can now register to have a float in the parade and the closing date for entries is June 17.

The event is part of a four-day event running from July 3 to 6. Other festivities will include fireworks, outdoor stages with music, dance and theatre, a funfair, and road and duck races.

For more information and to register a float for the parade visit

3) Norwich Theatre Royal

From hit musicals to classic thrillers to Shakespearean comedies, there is a wide range of shows to enjoy at Norwich Theatre Royal in 2014.

Among the highlights in January is the stage adaptation of the Peter James crime thriller The Perfect Murder, which starts this evening.

February shows include Dame Edna Everage creator Barry Humphries visiting the city with his farewell tour Eat, Pray, Laugh!, while in March the Fonz and the rest of the gang take to the stage in a musical adaptation of the 1950s show Happy Days.

Also in March, all-male performance company Propeller are performing Shakespearean comedies The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Cats returns in April and Strictly Come Dancing duo Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace bring their new production Dance ’Til Dawn to the city in June, 
and there will be umbrellas 
galore when classic musical Singin’ in the Rain brings romance, music, and 12,000 litres of water to the theatre in the same month.

Later in the summer the comedy duo Owen Evans and Karl Minns – aka The Nimmo Twins – are making a return with a new show Normal For Norfolk 12: Fritton’s Got Talent in August.

For more about these and other shows, visit or call the box office on 01603 630000.

4) Manipulate Festival

Acts from around the world are coming to Norwich Puppet Theatre next month for the annual Manipulate Festival that is packed full of visual, puppet theatre and animation.

The event, being presented in partnership with Puppet Animation Scotland, takes place from February 4 to 8.

For more visit

5) Norfolk and Norwich Festival

The 2014 Norfolk and Norwich Festival is set to take place from May 9 to 24.

The full line-up is set to be revealed in February but six highlights have already been announced.

Australian contemporary circus troupe Circa is performing at Norwich Theatre Royal and presenting new show S, which is described as “a full-throttle ride to the limits of the human body”.

Madeleine Peyroux will also present old classics and contemporary songs from her new album.

The 2014 Norfolk and Norwich Festival runs from May 9 to 24. For details of dates, times, ticket prices and how to book, visit

6) Norwich Fashion Week

Norwich Fashion Week returns for its fourth year in 2014 as the event that highlights the diversity of fashion in Norwich.

Norwich Fashion Week 2014 takes place from March 6 until March 13 with a week full of catwalk shows and events that will help put Norwich on the map for fashion and shopping.

To keep up to date on what is happening during Norwich Fashion Week 2014 visit

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