Norwich – A Friendly and Diverse City
Norwich is one of the most vibrant and attractive cities in Europe. It is ranked in the Top 10 shopping cities in the UK as well as being a hotbed for the arts, culture, music, nightlife and tourism.
Full of stunning historical architecture, Norwich has an 11th Century Cathedral, which boasts the second largest cloisters in England, the Victorian gothic revival Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist, and a 12th Century Castle, as well as an open-air market, quirky independent shops, restaurants, cinemas, galleries, theatres, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs.
The city’s medieval centre of cobbled streets remains largely intact, but there is still space for modern buildings such as The Forum, a stunning piece of contemporary architecture. Its glass front overlooks the colourful six-day market and reflects the city in all its diversity.
Norwich has six theatres including the Theatre Royal, one of the most successful regional theatres in the country which puts on major touring shows, opera and ballet; the Playhouse which offers big names from the world of stand-up comedy; and the Maddermarket Theatre Company. Norwich Arts Centre offers a great range of music, poetry readings, art exhibitions and craft fairs.
Norwich Castle, formerly a Norman royal palace, is now a museum and art gallery with collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history. The University of East Anglia hosts the outstanding Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, which hosts regular exhibitions and displays, as well as collections of modern and world art. For details of Norwich’s many other museums check out the Visit Norwich museum guide.
The Norfolk Broads
The Broads cover an area of approx 303 square kilometres, most of which is in Norfolk, with over 200 km of navigable waterways. There are seven rivers and 63 broads, most less than 4 m deep. The area has the equivalent of National Park status.
Iconic mills and historic landmarks nestle among miles of waterways, fen woodland and footpaths while idyllic towns and villages dot the wide landscapes. The broad, shallow lakes are man-made rather than natural. They began as pits dug for peat to provide fuel during medieval times and filled over the centuries to become the boating playground we see today.
Credit: Norfolk/Norwich images by www.TourNorfolk.co.uk
Total Food 2017 will be held at the John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich, UK, on 31st October – 2nd November 2017.
Norwich Airport has regular flights to and from Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Manchester and Paris and international connections to 200 cities worldwide through regular direct flights to and from Schipol Airport in Amsterdam (KLM, Northwest and Air France). For international students and visitors, we strongly recommend flying into Norwich Airport where possible. The conference centre is within easy reach from the airport by taxi, taking approx 25 minutes.
Norwich is less than two hours from London by train and there is an East of England train line which goes to Liverpool via Peterborough. Greater Anglia trains run from London Liverpool Street station approx every 30 minutes. Information on timetables and purchasing tickets can be found at National Rail Enquiries or Raileasy websites. The easiest way to reach the John Innes Conference Centre is by taxi; journeys cost approx £10 and take approx 20 minutes. There is also a regular bus service from the train station (see below for details).
By Bus and Coach
First Group operate a bus service across Norfolk and Suffolk. Bus 26 runs regularly from the train station to the University of East Anglia campus and then on to the Norfolk and Norwich University Trust Hospital passing the John Innes Conference Centre along route. Buses 11, 21, 21A and 22 take alternative routes to the Norfolk and Norwich University Trust Hospital, again passing the John Innes Conference Centre along route.
Konectbus 3 and 4 run from Norwich city centre to the Norfolk and Norwich University Trust Hospital stopping outside the entrances to the institutes on the Norwich Research Park. The John Innes Conference Centre is on the Norwich Research Park.
From London take the M11/A11 north, just outside Norwich take the A47 (Southern Bypass) in the direction of Swaffham, the University of East Anglia is signposted off at the next exit (B1108). If you are driving from the North or the Midlands, you can use the A47 via King’s Lynn, or the A14 as far as Newmarket and then take the A11 to Norwich. The John Innes Conference Centre is situated on the outskirts of Norwich, approx 3 miles west of the city centre, just off the Earlham Road (B1108) which is one of the main roads in / out of the city.