Sixteen things you can do in Norwich today that you couldn’t do twenty years ago
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From playing crazy golf to sitting in the Jarrold Stand, here's a look at some of the things you can do in Norwich now, that you wouldn't have been able to do before 1996.
• Live in an UNESCO City of Literature
Norwich became England's first UNESCO City of Literature in 2012 and is one of only seven in the world, joining Melbourne, Iowa City, Edinburgh, Dublin, Reykjavik and Krakow.
• Use the leisure and retail facilities at the Riverside
The first phase of construction at the former industrial site wasn't completed until 1999.
• Work out at the Sportspark
The University of East Anglia's £30 million Sportspark, one of the biggest indoor sports centres in Britain, wasn't constructed until 2000.
- 1 Pub transformed into 'breathtaking' family home for sale for almost £1m
- 2 Norfolk Coast Path to close for eight weeks
- 3 Norfolk man arranged sexual exploitation of teen victim
- 4 Delays expected with A47 to close in both directions for 15 miles
- 5 Family 'increasingly concerned' about missing Beccles woman
- 6 Woman to stand trial accused of causing death by careless driving
- 7 Man accused of playing naked wrestling game with schoolgirl likely to be jailed
- 8 Diners showered with glass after man smashes pub window
- 9 Missing Beccles woman Jaime Larter, 42, found
- 10 Norse chief executive quits for personal reasons
• Visit the Millennium Library
The Forum opened in the city in November 2001 and was built on the old site of Norwich Central Library which was destroyed by a fire in 1994.
• Play crazy golf at Eaton Park
The 18 hole course in Eaton Park was completed in 2014 and is currently the only crazy golf course in the city. A putting green has also recently been added to the park.
• Take a City Sightseeing open top bus tour
David and Beryl McMaster started a company called Awaydays in 1997 to provide tours of Norfolk, but it wasn't until 2003 that the global franchise firm, City Sightseeing, helped David to set up Sightseeing Norwich.
• Bounce around at High Altitude
The independently run trampoline park in Norwich first opened its doors in July 2015. By the end of May 2016, the city will be home to a second trampoline park, this one will be located at the Riverside and owned by Gravity Trampoline Parks UK.
• Attend the City of Ale Festival
The City of Ale Festival is a ten-day celebration of local breweries, pubs and real ale that was first launched in 2011.
• Shop at intu Chapelfield
The site upon which intu Chapelfield now stands was once occupied by a chocolate factory which was closed by Nestle in the 1990s and then demolished in 2004. This made way for the shopping centre which opened in September 2005.
• Sit in the Jarrold stand at Carrow Road
Before 2004 nobody had ever sat in the Jarrold Stand at Carrow Road. The 8,000 seat stand opened on 31 January 2004 on the site of the former South Stand to provide more room for supporters.
• Dance and drink the night away in nightclubs and bars such as Mantra, Mercy XS and Stadia
Before 2000 the nightlife scene in Norwich was very different to the one we are accustomed to today.
• Eat at restaurants such as Benedicts, Namaste India and Roger Hickman's
All of which opened in the city after 2009.
• Buy an iPhone at the Apple store
The original iPhone came out in 2007 and Norwich's Apple store opened in Chapelfield in 2009.
• Sit in a pub without people smoking around you
Back in July 2007 a new law was passed making it illegal for anyone to smoke in an enclosed public place.
• Choose what you watch at Cinema City
When the cinema first opened as a cinema in 1978, it only had one screen. Renovations took place in 2004 when the cinema moved temporarily to Norwich Playhouse and the original building became a three-screen cinema.
• Cross the Novi Sad Bridge
The Novi Sad Friendship footbridge, named in recognition of the ties between Norwich and Novi Sad in Serbia, was designed by Buro Happold and constructed in 2001. The bridge opened 12 November 2001 and links Rouen Road to the Riverside.