7 hobbies in Norwich to get stuck into

The new High Altitude trampolining centre opens in Whiffler Road, Norwich.Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Youngsters enjoying High Altitude trampoline park before the lockdown. - Credit: Simon Finlay

With coronavirus lockdown restrictions lifted people can enjoy taking up hobbies with friends and family once again. Here is a selection of seven activities people can get involved with.

1. The Games Table, Lower Goat Lane

Reporters Clarissa Place (left), Sarah Burgess and Dave Hannant enjoying a session at The Games Tabl

Reporters Clarissa Place (left), Sarah Burgess and Dave Hannant enjoying a session at The Games Table along Norwich Lanes - Credit: Jess Coppins

Fans of board games can have fun at The Games Table with a varied selection of games, from miniature adventures and card games to role play and traditional boards games.

Food and drink is also available at the Norwich Lanes venue.

2. The Oak Circus Centre, Oak Street

Oak Street Circus Centre. Pic supplied

Oak Street Circus is offering workshops for children and adults. - Credit: Archant

Children, teenagers and adults can learn and practise circus skills in a former medieval church from the trapeze to hula hooping and balancing skills.

People with special educational needs and disabilities can also get involved in workshops.

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3. parkrun at Colney Lane, Eaton Park, Catton Park and Sloughbottom park

The 500th Norwich Parkrun at Eaton ParkByline: Sonya Duncan(C) Archant 2020

Participants in Norwich parkrun at Eaton Park before the covid lockdown. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

People can now pull on their trainers and take part in the city's various 5km routes every Saturday at 9am.

Whether you walk, jog, run or volunteer, the free-timed events are a great way of starting the weekend and feeling part of the community.

4. Community gardening, Jenny Lind Park area

The Lakenham and Town Close Green Spaces community gardening group are doing a clean-up session on J

Members of NR2 Community Gardening Group (from left to right) Ann Reed, Nicolette King, Liz Rowles, Cate Oliver, Sip Ann Dorsett and Steve Langston pictured in 2020. - Credit: NEIL DIDSBURY

Green-fingered people can help nature and open spaces by joining the NR2 Community Gardening Group, part of the Lakenham and Town Close Green Spaces group, which generally meets around Vauxhall Street and Suffolk Square shops area. No experience is necessary.

5. Paddleboarding, Gibraltar Gardens pub, Heigham Street

EDP reporter Emily Thomson paddleboarding on the River Wensum with Norwich Paddleboard Hire.

Reporter Emily Thompson enjoying paddleboarding on the River Wensum. - Credit: Ella Wilkinson

Fans of the water and nature can explore the River Wensum on single boards, a tandem board or six-person paddleboard from one of Norwich's oldest pubs through Norwich Padddleboard Hire. 

6. Nordic walking, Norfolk's Nordics, Longdale Park, Drayton

Donna Tarr, from Horsford, who started Norfolk's Nordics group. Picture: Donna Tarr

Donna Tarr, who runs Norfolk's Nordics group. - Credit: Donna Tarr

Novices and people with more experience can get fit and discover nature spots on the edge of the city with Norfolk's Nordics group.

As well as boosting physical fitness and mental wellbeing it is a great way to get to know other people. Sessions need to be pre-booked first.

7. Trampolining, High Altitude (Whiffler Road) or Gravity (Riverside Entertainment complex)

The new High Altitude trampolining centre opens in Whiffler Road, Norwich.Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Children enjoying High Altitude trampolining sessions before the lockdown. - Credit: Simon Finlay

From children to adults, anyone can enjoy bouncing around, having fun and keeping active at the city's trampolining centres.

Sessions need to be booked in advance.

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