The Forum
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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An iconic building in the centre of Norwich, where free events take place year-round, including The Forum’s own Norfolk Heritage Open Days, Norwich Science Festival and Norfolk Makers Festival. There are often fairs, exhibitions, family activities, talks, markets, and more taking place in and around the building. Designed to be accessible, this welcoming space is an essential part of city life and is open to everybody. From the striking architecture to the relaxed outdoor space, The Forum is a must-visit! Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, the BBC, Pizza Express, Café Bar Marzano, and Citizen’s Advice Bureau can be found in the building. The Forum Car Park offers parking ideal for popping into the city, or catching a show at the nearby theatres. The Forum is available for hire, with affordable rates for all of its spaces. As a registered charity, The Forum reinvests all of its income into sustaining the building, and putting on a programme of free events.
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SmartDamo
Costessey, UK4,551 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
I love that forum runs these them weeks in conjunction with the university, it really ignites the next generation’s imaginations. I took my, soon to be 6 year old twins there and they loved it! Especially the shark stand, I was also surprised how many sharks we have in our waters. There was lots for them to do and it was really informative she well presented, I particularly enjoyed the stand demonstrating the importance of trees and hedgerows in flood control!
Written 19 February 2023
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Thank you so much for your very kind review! We really appreciate your comments, and are so pleased you enjoyed Norwich Science Festival. You might be interested to know we are able to present events like Norwich Science Festival, and Norfolk Makers Festival thanks to those who use our car park - we use the income to maintain the building and put on a programme of free events for everybody to enjoy!
Written 3 April 2023
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Darrell H
3 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Visited 28th Jan
Doors not working, lift not working, toilets not available, water fountain not working, for a prestige building it’s a joke, A fine city let down by this mess, whoever is responsible for this facilities maintenance needs replacing
Written 28 January 2023
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JTJD
United Kingdom1,041 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
On our day visiting Norwich we happened to stumble across this fab building that initially attracted our attention due to the fabulous, ultra modern architecture. When we ventured inside to my delight there was an exhibition of medical equipment & nurses uniforms. As ex NHS staff I was very, very interested & recognised lots of the exhibits from when I began working for the organisation in 1980!!!
Not only was the exhibition fabulous but the building is so modern & photogenic! Definitely worth a visit!
Written 25 January 2023
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chris j
Norwich, UK24 contributions
Dec 2022
visited the Forum Norwich for Carols with the King concert on 4th December. It was absolutely freezing temperatures and we all sat with coats Scarves and Gloves on. Half of us left within the hour as could not stand the freezing conditions. Was told it is difficult to heat the place so the question I ask is....why choose this venue in the depths of Winter???
Won't be going next year and neither will any of our party..20 of lost sales!!
Written 20 December 2022
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SmartDamo
Costessey, UK4,551 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
We all gathered for the moveable feast this week, with the foyer adapting to a fantastic grand hall to collect your welcome drinks and head off for your elected starters mains and desserts after enjoying your welcome fizz!
My wife has had her bar The Cheeky Tipple outside befire for a wedding venue and we both remarked on the fantastic versatility of the space.
Written 29 September 2022
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Thank you so much for your kind review - we really appreciate it! The adaptability of The Forum spaces is definitely something which is unique, and it's lovely that you and your wife noticed it. We hope that you both visit again soon!
Written 7 October 2022
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Julie P
United Kingdom1,777 contributions
Sep 2022
One of the few places in Norwich I have visited before. It's modern and is a focal point and the starting point for trails, as it's a distinctive landmark. It contains a cafe, BBC and the library with sundry other smaller organisations found in the atrium entrance. The library is on two floors, situated behind a glass interior. Opposite is St Peter Mancroft church and nearby the Market Place.
Written 25 September 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to review The Forum, Julie, we really appreciate it!
Written 26 September 2022
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Stephen N
Norwich, UK98 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
A lovey place to see and visit, it has many attractions inside it too. Including Pizza Express, Cafe Bar Mazarno, the library. As well as BBC Radio Norfolk and BBC Look East too. Also the centre of the forum can do displays as well as job fairs etc too.
Written 23 September 2022
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Thank you so much for your kind review - we really appreciate it! Hope you visit again soon.
Written 26 September 2022
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Connor Peck
Ipswich, UK327 contributions
Mar 2022
We came here for the Pizza Express, which was nice, but we also stopped of at the Library which was also good.
Written 8 August 2022
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Matthew peck
Ipswich, UK422 contributions
May 2022
The forum has many interesting places. There is a café and a pizza express which I visited the pizza express. The food there was very nice. This place is also the home of look east and also has a fantastic library which would have a book for anyone.
Written 1 August 2022
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ldobingw
Wroxham, UK13 contributions
Jun 2022
This is a superb facility which enhances the city, both aesthetically and by way of providing a variety of services and event to the public. Having chatted to a member of staff, what I and many other people are not aware of, is that the Forum is a charity, not a business. Yes there are businesses within the building, but they provide financial support to the Forum charity. Having also read other reviews, it is clear that people have given a bad review due to their experience at the coffee or pizza places, so there reviews are actually on the wrong page.
Written 24 June 2022
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