Chance to explore hidden gems as free festival celebrates heritage

Norwich Puppet Theatre.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Norwich Puppet Theatre. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Norfolk is taking part in the country's largest festival of history and culture. Heritage Open Days (HODs) will be held across the county from today till Sunday.

The Assembly House in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

The Assembly House in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

Across the county, venues will be opening up to celebrate heritage, community, and history. It's a chance to find hidden places in the area where you love and try out new experiences for free.

Here are eight of the best events going on in Norwich:

Assembly House Top Secret Camouflage Event: Sunday 12.30pm-4.30pm. The Assembly House was once home to government Camouflage Offices during the Second World War. Visitors can make their own sets of disguised buildings and landmarks.

Set in Stone, St Martin-at-Palace, Palace Plain: Saturday 11am, 2pm and 3.30pm. Join Time Will Tell Theatre Company to explore the history of Norwich in a journey around one of its oldest churches.

Lazar House in Norwich. Photo: Simon Finlay.

Lazar House in Norwich. Photo: Simon Finlay. - Credit: Archant Eastern Daily Press


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The City Club: Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm, Bacon House, 33 Colegate. The private gentlemen's club founded in 1897. The building dates from around 1560 and has wonderful old beams and panels. Discover the history of the building.

Go Walkeez: Family fun walk with special culture dogs. St Peter Hungate Church, Princes Street. Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm. Take a Go Walkeez dog for a fun walk and discover Norwich's heritage buildings. The event is specially designed for culture inspired families with children.

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Lazar House, 219 Sprowston Road: Sunday 11am-3pm. Discover the former Leper Hospital, which dates back 900 years and has had a varied history, It was an almshouse and was Norwich's first branch library, until it closed in 1989.

Norwich Puppet Theatre: Saturday 10am-4pm Sunday 12pm-4pm. Peek behind the scenes and delve into the history of the theatre and the medieval church it is housed in and take part in a puppet making workshop.

The TS Lord Nelson docked on the River Wensum in Norwich. Picture: David Dixon

The TS Lord Nelson docked on the River Wensum in Norwich. Picture: David Dixon - Credit: Archant

The Old Skating Rink Gallery, Bethel Street: Saturday 9.30am-5pm. Take a tour of the Old Skating Rink: a history that begins with roller skating Victorians and ends in South Asia.

TS Lord Nelson, Foundry Bridge Riverside: Saturday 10am-4pm. TS Lord Nelson is the headquarters of the Norwich Sea Cadets, who will provide tours of the ship and fun activities.

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