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How to spend New Years Eve in Norwich

2016’s days are numbered…literally. New Year’s Eve is almost upon us, and before you get swept away in the hubbub of Christmas, it’s time to plan how you’re going to ring in the new year. Don’t leave it to the last minute, or you may end up sitting at home in a fabulous outfit with nowhere to go!

Send out the year in style with a Norwich New Year’s Eve – here’s how:

Toast the New Year

Toast the New Year

First, get your look at the intu Chapelfield Shopping Centre.

Whether you’re after the perfect LBD or something drenched in sequins, if you don’t already have your NYE outfit sorted, head over to intu Chapelfield Shopping Centre on St Stephens Street. Although not the most architecturally attractive mall, it’s worth a visit simply because it’s got almost every high street brand you can think of. Get there close to opening time at 9am to avoid the Saturday rush.

Alternatively, if you’re already flaunting your best look, go ice skating at the Norwich Ice Rink!

Norwich ice skates

Get your skates on at the Norwich rink

Back by popular demand, the Norwich Ice Rink is an absolute winter must. Located in the picturesque Castle Mall Gardens, this massive 300-meter rink runs from 18th December to 8th January – perfect if you’ve got little ones in tow. Make sure you book your tickets though to avoid future disappointments (you can do so here).

After you’ve worked up an appetite by shopping or skating or both, head over to Jamie’s Italian for a delicious dinner.

For a sumptuous holiday meal, you can’t go wrong with Jamie’s. Serving up rustic Italian dishes made with the freshest ingredients, this is the ideal place to take the whole family for wholesome, hearty fare. Book your table here so you’re not left waiting!

Jamies restaurant

A delicious meal at Jamies to re energise

Jamie’s Norwich location is also a major selling point: it’s situated in the historic Royal Arcade, a classic Norwich institution that’s home to beloved local brands like Colman’s Mustard Shop and Langely’s Toys. Take a moment to admire the art deco influences and intricate ceiling detailing in the building’s impressive architecture.

After you’ve digested, it’s time to hit the town!

mojito cuba revolution

A Mojito isn’t just for Christmas

If you’re looking for somewhere with fantastic live music and some of the best rum cocktails around, Revolucion de Cuba is your answer. This Cuban cantina and rum bar, located on Queen Street, will have you dancing until the wee hours of 2017 at their NYE fiesta. Consider pre-ordering a cocktail wristband – saves you time ordering at the bar, and you get to jump the queue! Check out their site for more deals.

If you’re looking for somewhere to get down and boogie this December 31st, head over to Bond No. 28 Tombland for their Diamond Ball! This decadent bar features sleek and sophisticated neo-Georgian décor and a cocktail list that will have your mouth watering. Book those tickets here and get ready for an incredibly chic evening.

If you’re looking for something a bit sparklier, then you’ve got to go to Flaunt for their Glitter Ball! Located on Prince of Wales Road, Flaunt is one of best LGBTQ venues in Norwich – proudly gay-owned and gay-run – and they never fail to throw an awesome party. This year the theme is glitter and LOTS OF IT. Make sure you get there in decent time, as it’s first come, first served (although VIP booths are available to book by messaging them on Facebook).

So there you have it – all the ingredients needed for an unforgettable end to 2016!


A thirty something, fifties inspired traveller with a love of home comforts and pretty things. Lives in Norwich, plays in London.

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