Norwich pubs the place to be for the Diamond Jubilee weekend

Publicans in Norwich are hoping for a busy Diamond Jubilee weekend to boost trade, and have arranged dozens of special events to pull in the customers.

The jubilee weekend coincides with the second City of Ale event in Norwich, so many pubs will be celebrating the two events at the same time.

As part of City of Ale, a jubilee ale tasting spectacular will be held at St Gregory's Centre for the Arts in Pottergate tomorrow.

There will be a barbecue and garden party at the Kings Arms in Hall Road tomorrow, and jubilee garden parties will be held on Monday at the Cottage in Silver Road, the Beehive in Sprowston and The Ketts Tavern in Ketts Hill, while there's a street party at The Lord Rosebery in Rosebery Road on Tuesday.

At the Whalebone in Magdalen Road, the owner Mike Lorenz' own band The Offbeats will be playing classic rock'n'roll plus 60s and 70s covers on Tuesday, from 4pm to 6.30pm. Mr Lorenz said: 'The whole City of Ale festival and jubilee celebration should be great fun.'

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Meanwhile, there will be jubilee quiz nights at Micawbers in Pottergate and the Golden Star in Colegate tomorrow.

Staff at the Fat Cat Brewery Tap in Lawson Road will be watching the jubilee parade on Tuesday while hosting their own Queen's tea party with cucumber sandwiches and fresh cream scones provided.

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At the Adam and Eve in Bishopgate there will be a British barbecue on Monday and Tuesday, and there will be a bouncy castle, barbecue and music festival at the Red Lion in Bishopgate on Monday.

Local rock band Storm play at the Walnut Tree Shades in the city centre today, and there's a comedy night at The Rose in Queens Road today with six stand-up comedians and compere Dan McKee.

Tomorrow, there will be a Mad Hatters' Tea Party at the Playhouse Bar in St George's Street and an alternative national anthem night with live music on Monday.

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