Love Light Norwich festival
Norwich market-stall holders. Credit: Norwich BID, featuring Joe Ridoutt (Bo-tanical), William and Mark Wright (Taxi Vintage Clothing) Heather Lovering (Lovering and Co)

Late-night opening for Norwich Market on Thursday 13 February to celebrate inaugural Love Light Norwich festival

Norwich Market have confirmed they will extend their opening hours to 9pm on Thursday 13th February to celebrate the launch of a new light festival coming to Norwich in 2020.

Love Light Norwich, brought to the city by Norwich Business Improvement District (BID), is a bright new light festival celebrating art and innovation with a theme of love and belonging in Norwich city centre. An illuminating trail of artworks utilising light, live performances, and community activities are all part of the artistic programme taking place from Thursday 13 February through to Saturday 15 February. This cultural and inclusive event will welcome everyone to a free festival experience, which is set to become a regular highlight in Norwich’s cultural calendar.

Norwich Market has decided to join in with the celebrations, offering the community a new night experience combining its attractive and vibrant mix of food with entertainment activities and live performances taking place around the market.

Love Light Norwich festival
Image of Cie Bilbobasso’s performance of ‘Amor’ taking place across both nights of the festival. Credit: JC Chaudy

Norwich Market, recently voted as Britain’s best outdoor market by the National Association of British Market Authorities, has become a unique and popular landmark in the city centre. The market’s participation in Love Light Norwich will become a must- visit attraction on the Love Light map on Thursday evening, which also coincides with late night shopping. It’s set to be a great opportunity for new audiences and locals to experience what a street night market looks like in the heart of the city.

Caroline Bidewell, Head of Operations at Norwich BID and project lead for Love Light Norwich says, “We’re excited to share the buzz that Love Light just got brighter with the wonderful addition of the late-night Norwich Market on Thursday night. We all love the variety of what’s on offer underneath the best covered market in the UK, we know opening later for one night enables people to enjoy delicious food, drink and treats which will add to the festival feel of Love Light.”

Councillor Matthew Packer, cabinet member with responsibility for markets adds, “We’re ecstatic that the BID and stall-holders are working together to give Norwich Market a starring role in this new free festival set to illuminate the city in February. We can’t wait for this new chapter being opened in our City of Stories and hope as many of you as possible will join us for this three-day event which promises to be spectacular.”

#LoveLightNorwich #CityOfStories #Norwich


About Norwich BID

Established in November 2012 the Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) is run for local businesses by local businesses. It is a simple and tried and tested way of increasing economic prosperity for companies of all sizes through collaboration. The BID covers a defined area of Norwich where businesses plan how to improve their trading environment, identifying additional projects and services that develop the city centre and trade. Investment in the BID area aims to enhance and promote the local environment for businesses, employees, customers.

2017 saw Norwich BID’s term renewed by the business community for a further 5 years, with a wider scope and its area of operation expanded to include more areas of the city including Riverside.

The overarching vision is to; Make a clear positive impact on the vitality of our city centre and the success of the businesses within it.


About Norwich Market

Norwich Market is an attractive and vibrant mix of food, crafts, flowers, services and much more. One of the oldest and largest outdoor markets in the county, it has 189 stalls trading Monday to Saturday, with a handful open on Sundays.

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