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Norfolk's culture

Norfolk has a cultural offering for everyone, whatever your age or interest.

Norwich was named as England’s first UNESCO City of Literature in 2011 and boasts not one, but two creative universities.  The University of East Anglia’s creative writing course has produced many renowned authors, while the Norwich University of the Arts provides courses in subjects ranging from architecture to fashion.

The Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library has repeatedly been named as the UK’s most popular library, issuing more books in a year than any other library in the country.  It is one of 47 libraries and eight mobile libraries run as a free service by Norfolk County Council.

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival is one of the UK’s oldest surviving arts festivals and is held annually in May, while a night out at the theatre can be enjoyed across Norfolk throughout the year.  There are theatres in Sheringham, King’s Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Cromer and several in Norwich, including the Theatre Royal, Maddermarket, Playhouse and Puppet Theatre. 

Our county also boasts a range of museums, 10 of which are run by the multi award-winning Norfolk Museums Service.  This is a national portfolio organisation receiving investment from Arts Council England.  NMS museums are located in Norwich (Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Strangers’ Hall, Museum of Norwich), Great Yarmouth (Time & Tide, Elizabethan House, Tolhouse Gaol), Cromer, King’s Lynn, Thetford (Ancient House) and Gressenhall (Farm and Workhouse). 

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