A student’s guide to Norfolk

Norwich Cathedral

CCSS is ideally located in the heart of Cambridge, which makes it a great base to explore the iconic surrounding university city and the wider region of East Anglia. Bordering Cambridgeshire, Norfolk is one such place that’s ready to be explored. Visiting students are able to enjoy city life and plenty of culture in the county’s largest city, Norwich, whilst taking in the very best nature has to offer in The Broads and across several beachside towns and villages. In this blog post, we take a look at the highlights of Norfolk students studying at CCSS can plan their weekends and downtime.

Experience city life with a twist in Norwich

It’s safe to say that there’s plenty to do and see when visiting Norwich. In recent years, Norwich was even voted the best student city in the UK, and for numerous reasons this still remains the case two years after winning the coveted accolade. As well as exploring its historical roots, its food, drink, and nightlife makes it a must visit. The city’s music scene is also legendary, as an article published by the Independent notes:

“The music scene is Norwich’s crowning glory. Being the only big city in the region, loads of bands and artists stop off here on tour. 2015 saw Foals, The Maccabees, and Years & Years (among many others) play at one venue alone. The local scene is brilliant and varied too, with numerous opportunities for musicians and music fans alike.”

Did you know Norwich is one of only 11 Unesco Cities of Literature on the planet? Students with an interest in literature and contemporary art can visit countless cultural attractions, including Norwich Castle, Houghton Hall’s Damien Hirst exhibition, and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Norfolk also plays host to top festivals all year round. Great Yarmouth’s two-day street arts and circus festival ‘Out There’ takes place this month, and lovers of all things vintage will want to visit this year’s 1940s weekend in Sheringham and Holt.

Norfolk broadsTake in over 125 miles of waterways at The Broads

Once you’ve enjoyed city living in Norwich, why not relax in Britain’s most renowned waterland? This man-made wonder is now home to an unspoilt landscape and striking nature. The Broads consist of more than 125 miles of lock-free waterways, surrounded by beautiful countryside, making it the perfect place for a boat trip. Students looking for adventure should also visit The Broads for water-based fun.

Enjoy a slower pace of life at one of Norfolk’s beaches

If fun on the river isn’t your thing, then you may like to check out some of Norfolk’s most beautiful beaches. The region has some 90 miles of coastline to enjoy, so you can swim, explore, and build sandcastles until sundown.

Those in search of seaside fun won’t be disappointed either. The east coast is full of classic beachside towns and villages, including Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Horsey, Sea Palling, Winterton, Brancaster, and Cromer. Holkham Bay has also previously been voted the best beach in Britain.

Enjoy Norfolk

Norfolk is a favourite with students in the UK, thanks to its culture, beachside, and fab nightlife offerings. We recommend that students enjoy a weekend away at this fantastic UK location.

Where to look next:

  • To find out more about our A Level and GCSE courses, click here
  • We have possibly the best boarding in the UK – have a look at boarding at CCSS
  • Our student profiles give you an insight into what life is like for students at CCSS
  • If you’re interested in seeing which universities our students go to, click here.

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