What’s on

Flintspiration weekend is your chance to discover and explore Norwich’s extraordinary collection of medieval churches. There are over 50 events taking place across the weekend at churches and other venues in Norwich. All are free unless otherwise stated.

Click on these dates to see an overview of what is happening each day: Saturday 29 April, Sunday 30 April, Monday 1 May.

Performances and demonstrations

THEATRE AT
ST MARTIN-AT-PALACE

You can’t walk through Norwich without passing a pub or a church…

SEE STONE CARVING AT
ST CLEMENT

Meet the stonemasons of the Guild of St Stephen & St George in their church to…

Entertaining the Tudors at St Martin-at-Palace

The early music trio, Hexachordia presents an informal concert which brings to life the…

MORRIS DANCING ACROSS
THE CITY

Three local Morris sides (Fiddlesticks, Golden Star and Kemp’s Men) will dance at Norwich’s…

MEDIEVAL CRAFTS OUTSIDE
THE FORUM

Re-enactments of traditional skills and crafts demonstrated by members of the…

STORYTELLING OUTSIDE
THE FORUM

Dave Tonge, the storyteller for the stonemasons’ Guild of St Stephen & St George, will perform…

Medieval music at
St Andrew

Enjoy medieval music from Minstrels Gallery…

AKABELLA AT
ST MARTIN-AT-PALACE

This all-women acapella group will perform…

MEDIEVAL DANCE AT
ST GEORGE COLEGATE

Performances of English and Italian 15th…

MEDIEVAL SONGS AT
ST MARTIN-AT-PALACE

Performed by Felicity Devonshire (Voice), Simon Rumsey (Baritone) and Carl Suter (Lute).

THE WHARF ACADEMY CHOIR AT ST MARTIN-AT-OAK

Drop in join in with an intergenerational choir run by The Wharf Academy…

BELL RINGING AT
ST PETER MANCROFT

St Peter Mancroft has a long history of bells and ringing including the first true…

LIVING HISTORY AT
ST STEPHEN’S

Live a little medieval history with re-enactments of traditional skills and crafts demonstrated…

City centre
procession

Guild of St Stephen and St George
Procession.

Meet the Masons AT
ST MICHAEL-AT-PLEA

See the apprentice stonemasons of the Guild of St Stephen & St George carving…

CIRCUS PERFORMANCE AT
ST MICHAEL COSLANY

Meet the Lost in Translation Circus team and have a go at one of our workshops…

‘FLINT’ – NEW PIECE BY ROGER ENO  

A brand new piece ‘Flint’ by Roger Eno will be premiered at Norwich Arts Centre…

MARGERY’S QUEST ACROSS
THE CITY

A character-led trail to introduce visitors to some of the most celebrated figures…

The Producers AT NORWICH PUPPET THEATRE

Planet Theatre Productions presents this outrageous and hilarious musical…

Family events

CHILDREN’S TRAILS FROM
ST STEPHEN’S

Flintspire the children! Make a pilgrim badge and collect a reward for completing a…

Kids puppetry workshop at Norwich Puppet Theatre

Join in with family drop-in workshops.

Make a mural at
St John Maddermarket

Join artist and cartoonist Jim Kavanagh to create – through drawing, colouring and cutting…

SKILLS WITH QUILLS AT
ST STEPHEN’S

Come and find out how to write with a quill and ink, then design and make…

WONDERFUL WINDOWS AT
ST STEPHEN’S

Family drop-in event – make a “stained glass” window to take home with St Stephen’s…

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES AT NORWICH CATHEDRAL

Discover where medieval monks used to live…

SWINGING FROM THE VAULTS

Drop-in circus workshops for all ages throughout the afternoon.

Tours and Trails

SELF-GUIDED TRAILS ACROSS CITY CHURCHES

There will be guided trails on topics including: Merchants and Monuments; King Street…

Guide-led trail: Anchoresses Walk

Concentrating on the Anchoresses, such as Julian of Norwich who were a feature of…

Guide-led trail: Heavenly Gardens Churchyard Trail

A tour of four of the churchyards closest to the city centre, including St Stephen’s…

Guide-led trail: Merchants and Monuments

Concentrating on six of the city centre churches, this walk takes in churches in what were some…

Guide-led trail: King Street Walk

Traditionally King Street was one of the city’s major thoroughfares, densely populated…

Guide-led trail: Investigating Our Medieval Churches

We can understand more about a church…

A RUNNING TOUR AROUND CITY CHURCHES

Flintspiration and Perspiration. Adrian Galvin, Friend of Norwich Historic Churches Trust…

CHILDREN’S TRAILS FROM
ST STEPHEN’S

Flintspire the children! Make a pilgrim badge and collect a reward for completing a…

MARGERY’S QUEST ACROSS
THE CITY

A character-led trail to introduce visitors to some of the most celebrated figures…

Guided TOURS AROUND
ST JOHN MADDERMARKET

Having a bad hair day? How is this church connected to mustard? What do these…

UNDERCROFT TOURS AT MUSEUM OF NORWICH

Explore this magnificent Medieval undercroft and find out about its place in the history…

Exhibitions

Medieval Norwich: A Fine City of Churches AT ST PETER MANCROFT

The city’s churches stand as testament to…

Heavenly Gardens AT
ST PETER MANCROFT

Invites you to learn more about Norwich’s historic churchyards and gardens.

HUNGATE IN ITS PARISH EXHIBITION AT ST PETER HUNGATE

Flintspiration marks the gala closing weekend…

PRAYER AND PILGRIMAGE EXHIBITION AT ST EDMUND

Exhibition illustrating the importance of both prayer and pilgrimage in medieval…

NUA TAKEOVER EVENT AT ST MARTIN-AT-PALACE

Norwich University of the Arts Fine Art students present performance, installation…

DAVID LUCKHURST EXHIBITION AT NORWICH CATHEDRAL LIBRARY

An exhibition of David Luckhurst’s original…

ARTISTS’ STUDIOS EXHIBITION AT ST ETHELDREDA

Artists open their studios providing access to the ground floor, tower and mezzanine…

Painting Churches at
St Andrew

Gerard Stamp. The Norfolk-based artist shows some of his finest watercolours…

DANDIFEST 2017 ARTISTIC EXHIBITION AT ST MARGARET

A festival celebrating colourful art, organised by the Norwich Dandies…

FLINT AND FIBRE AT MUSEUM OF NORWICH

An exhibition of the work of Clare Jones, textile artist. The artist is inspired by the way…

Talks

New Stories about Old Churches: TALK AT NORWICH CATHEDRAL

Brian Ayers, Clare Haynes and Helen Lunnon…

TALK: Painting Churches AT ST ANDREW

Artist Gerard Stamp talks to Charlotte Crawley – art historian and lecturer – about his love…

DRAGONS AND DREAMERS: TALK AT ST GEORGE TOMBLAND

Kevin Crossley-Holland, the prize-winning…

HEAR A TALK AT ST GILES

The Revd Captain Darren Thornton talks about what we do in Church and why.

JULIAN OF NORWICH TALK AT
ST JULIAN

Dr Carole Hill will talk about Julian of…

Fairs

ANTIQUES AND TEAROOMS at all saints

Period furniture, curios, vintage clothing…

CHURCH STALLS AT ST GILES

Church stalls Come and pick up a bargain. Homemade cakes, jam and marmalades…

ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES AT ST GREGORY

Mid century, industrial, records, militaria…

TASTE THE ALES AT
ST PETER MANCROFT

Visit St Peter Mancroft to taste three Boudicca Brewing beers available free with a…