Sixteen things you can do in Norwich today that you couldn’t do twenty years ago

Things you can do in Norwich today that you couldn't do 20 years ago: Play Crazy Golf at Eaton Park,

Things you can do in Norwich today that you couldn't do 20 years ago: Play Crazy Golf at Eaton Park, Watch an Imax film at the Riverside and go on a City Sightseeing open top bus tour. (L-R) - Credit: Archant

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.

A view over Norwich from Mousehold Heath. Norwich Roman Catholic Cathedral/ RC Cathedral.Photo:Anton

A view over Norwich from Mousehold Heath. Norwich Roman Catholic Cathedral/ RC Cathedral.Photo:Antony Kelly - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2007

• 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.

The welcome to Norwich sign at the Bowthorpe roundabout on the A47. Picture: Denise Bradley

The welcome to Norwich sign at the Bowthorpe roundabout on the A47. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2013

• Use the leisure and retail facilities at the Riverside

The first phase of construction at the former industrial site wasn't completed until 1999.

Riverside leisure and entertainment complex, Norwich. Queen of Iceni pub.Photo: Steve Adams

Riverside leisure and entertainment complex, Norwich. Queen of Iceni pub.Photo: Steve Adams

• 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.

UEA SPORTSPARK. Photo: Steve Adams

UEA SPORTSPARK. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

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• 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.

The Millennium Library in Norwich. Forum.Photo: Bill Smith

The Millennium Library in Norwich. Forum.Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2011

• 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.

Rob Trown, testing out his crazy golf course at Eaton Park . Photo by Simon Finlay.

Rob Trown, testing out his crazy golf course at Eaton Park . Photo by Simon Finlay. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

• 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.

OPEN TOP SIGHTSEEING BUS IN NORWICH. Photo: Sonya Brown

OPEN TOP SIGHTSEEING BUS IN NORWICH. Photo: Sonya Brown

• 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.

High Altitude Trampoline Park Staff support Sport Relief. Photo: James De Ara Torres

High Altitude Trampoline Park Staff support Sport Relief. Photo: James De Ara Torres - Credit: Archant

• 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.

The 2016 Norwich City of Ale event is launched at the Sir Garnet.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The 2016 Norwich City of Ale event is launched at the Sir Garnet.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

• 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.

More than 1,400 people took part in intu Chapelfields online survey.

More than 1,400 people took part in intu Chapelfields online survey. - Credit: Steve Adams

• 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.

Scaffolding going up on the Jarrold Stand at NCFC's Carrow Road ground. Photo: Steve Adams

Scaffolding going up on the Jarrold Stand at NCFC's Carrow Road ground. Photo: Steve Adams

• 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.

Mercy nightclub in the Norwich.Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Mercy nightclub in the Norwich.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

• Eat at restaurants such as Benedicts, Namaste India and Roger Hickman's

All of which opened in the city after 2009.

Roger Hickman's restaurant, Upper St Giles Street.

Roger Hickman's restaurant, Upper St Giles Street. - Credit: Archant

• Buy an iPhone at the Apple store

The original iPhone came out in 2007 and Norwich's Apple store opened in Chapelfield in 2009.

Large queue for the opening of the Apple Store in Chapelfield, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Large queue for the opening of the Apple Store in Chapelfield, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Copyright Archant Norfolk Ltd

• 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.

Hands and beers in a pub. Photo: Getty

Hands and beers in a pub. Photo: Getty - Credit: Archant

• 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.

Cinema City, Norwich. Photo: Simon Finlay

Cinema City, Norwich. Photo: Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant

• 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.

Novi Sad Bridge at Riverside pictured at dusk. Photo: Denise Bradley

Novi Sad Bridge at Riverside pictured at dusk. Photo: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant © 2006

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