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“Frank Family”
Review of The Forum

The Forum
Ranked #14 of 144 things to do in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Forum, Norwich, is one landmark destination with a unique mix of community resources, visitor experiences and conference, meeting and event facilities.Attracting over 2.5 million people each year, The Forum is home to an innovative programme of events and activities, many of which are free to enjoy. Inside The Forum, DON'T MISS Fusion, Europe's largest permanent digital gallery, which is free to enter. You can join a BBC Tour and go behind the scenes at the region's BBC TV and radio studios.You will also find the Millennium Library, two restaurants including PizzaExpress and a range of further education and advice services. Norwich Tourist Information Centre is also located at The Forum.Outside The Forum, Millennium Plain, Theatre Plain and The Forum Amphitheatre, host a year-round programme of community activities and popular events which lend The Forum a distinctly European atmosphere. The Forum's stunning open spaces and digital facilities are also available for hire by business and organisations looking for conference, meeting and training venues with a difference.
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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“Frank Family”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

We came to the Forum as it is a great space in its own right only to find a poignant (as described in the exhibition notes and I can't find a better description) display of Ann Frank's family photos taken by her father on his beloved Leica. More of the photos are of Ann's elder sister as Ann was not born until 1929 and moved to Amsterdam in the early 1930s. Other family members include her two Grandmothers one of whom lived in Switzerland where her father died in the 1980s but of course the sisters were betrayed and as is well known died in the nazi death camps . It is appropriate perhaps that I am writing this on 27th January which is the World Remembance Day for these atrocities. On a more mundane level the Forum houses the City public library BBC Norwich and the Tourist information Office which was able to provide detailed information on bus routes to the UEA. the forum is open until midnight and contains cafes and a restaurant.

Visited January 2014
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“our local treasure”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

As I live in Norwich this is my local library, a place to meet friends and have a drink, buy a gift at the market place stalls that are frequently here, munch on Pizza or have a delicious coffee or hot choc in the downstairs cafe. It's just like a Forum should be...

Visited December 2013
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“A bland venue at best”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

It is fundamentally a library with a couple of indoor cafes tagged on to it and indoor stalls selling poor quality items on the ground floor

Visited December 2013
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Sprowston, United Kingdom
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“A stunning modern building”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

Often visit here when in Norwich either just for a coffee or a light lunch on the ground floor. The food is pretty standard but there are comfortable chairs and sofas as well as the standard type of chairs and tables. The BBC and the library also occupy this space and there is also an excellent piece of history in the library about the American Air Force in Norfolk during WWII which is well worth going in to see. Toilet facilities also good. There is often art display in the main foyer generally by local artists and at Christmas time it is a good place to purchase charity cards.

Visited November 2013
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Holt, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful city centre hub”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

The Forum - a new building on the site of an old library which burnt to the ground - is a wonderful city centre meeting place for anyone visiting Norwich. Wonderful modern architecture which being glass fronted mirrors everything around it. Good but not wonderful catering facilities and queues are often long but there always seems to be something happening at the Forum - much like the Forum of ancient Rome. It is still the city library and the BBC studios but there is a vast open space which is always in use and the tourist information centre and if you like modern architecture the building is incredible.

Visited October 2013
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