If you’re making the move to Norwich, you might be looking to take up your favourite hobbies and make new friends. Here are just some of the local social groups, from dance to gaming and everything in between…
Social groups in Norwich
Norwich Friends of the Earth
We aim to bring people together to promote positive change and work with other groups across the city collaboratively towards shared goals. We're a friendly and positive group, everyone is welcome to join us.
Originally formed in 1976 Velo Club Norwich is one of the largest cycling clubs in East Anglia offering a full schedule of events, club rides and training opportunities. In its early years the club had an unashamed racing focus and Tom Smith, the club’s founder, lead a team of top local names to regional and national success.
Meet Norwich was set up in March 2008 to provide local people the freedom to experience Norwich together in great company. The purpose of Meet Norwich is to provide its members with an events driven website, offering the opportunity to make new friends & a variety of places to go.
Hot Source is on a mission to fire up your creativity and blow your mind with events that will help you become better creators and problem solvers. Come with us to delve deeper into that messy but magical world of creativity in its many forms. Whether in digital or analog, we’ll tackle opportunities and challenges facing thinkers and makers today.
A friendly and welcoming social group for anyone who identifies as a woman, lives as a woman and loves other women! We are a non binary and trans inclusive group that respects diversity and each other. We have a range of social events and online meet ups for our members and encourage building friendships and having fun!
They aim to be a friendly and inclusive group that caters for all levels of language experience. Therefore, speakers anywhere from complete beginner to native level are welcome to come (even just to listen, depending on your competence & confidence). It's a casual group and they encourage you to move round and chat to different people.
Norwich's newest, freshest and fastest-growing way to meet new people, try new things and make new friends. All in real life not just online. GoSocial is a multi-activity social club in Norwich, Norfolk and North Suffolk, for the benefit of the members.
Norwich Board Gamers
A weekly board gaming night, 7:30pm every Monday & Tuesday at St. Andrews Brew House Anyone is free and welcome to come along and there is no charge or membership fee. Just turn up by 7:30pm and join in with any game that interests you. They play a very wide range of games and you can bring yours in if you wish, or play those brought in by others.
They are a group of mature gay men and their friends who reside primarily in Norfolk. Regular get-togethers are held at Lollard Pit Riverside Road ,Norwich NR1 1SR. This gay friendly pub, which dates from the 17th century always gives a warm welcome plus a selection of real ales!
Norwich International Youth Project is a charity which supports young asylum seekers and refugees in Norfolk, between the ages of 11 and 25, that aims to enable young people to improve their wellbeing and self-esteem, to increase opportunity and encourage successful integration within the wider community and to improve access to education and help young people to achieve their goals.
The Norfolk Family History Society headquarters is based in Norwich and also has an out of county branch in London which holds regular meetings and has invited speakers. Members and non-members are welcome at most meetings and a small charge may apply at some events.
Norwich Mumbler is a local parenting community offering up-to-date information on what’s on locally, recommendations from local parents, healthcare information, parenting resources and most of all, friends.
Norwich Malayalee Association (NAM) was formed on 22nd April 2006 by people from Kerala, South India who live in Norfolk mainly in Norwich. The organisation has approximately one hundred members and seven management committee members. Most of the members include doctors and nurses working in the local NHS and IT professionals. As a group they are all volunteers and NAM is a non-profit making organisation.
There are now 2347 members and 127 groups around the Norfolk knitting, crocheting and stitching for charity. We support many charities from orphanages and families abroad to small projects at home. Age is no barrier – members range from the young to some well over 100. We have groups in diverse situations reflecting the whole community. Get in touch if you are interested – there's room for everyone!
Sprowston Sports & Social Club provides great facilities for indoor/outdoor sports, function room hire, family play area, and is a great venue for live gigs. They have a members bar where membership allows you to buy the cheapest drinks in Sprowston!
The aim is to help LGBTQIA+ people keep in touch with friends, make new friends, explore the area, and keep active. It’s a social group, so everyone is involved for their own enjoyment – not to provide a service.
Join this friendly, welcoming community where you can connect with others, share interests and enjoy a laugh together in our city centre hub. Their flexible membership includes a whole host of benefits including joining a range of community groups, peer support groups and activities.
For those looking for a new and unique hobby or an alternative to the gym, the Oak Circus Centre in Norwich offers the chance do something exciting, different and challenging! The Oak Circus Centre welcomes people from all walks of life, in the knowledge of the enormous range of benefits, both mental and physical, that circus provides – from improving core strength, balance, motivation and discipline to social interaction, trust and teamwork.
The Art Circle welcomes people who are interested in visual art. We have members who paint, draw, sculpt and generally create. We have members who just love art and want to be involved with the process of making art, so if you are one of these people and live in Norfolk or have an association with the region why not join us?
It is aimed at those of us who are 45+ and live in, and around, Norwich. For those who want to socialise with people of a similar age. To enjoy spending time with others, chatting and laughing, and making new friends along the way.
Voluntary Norfolk improves the health, wellbeing, connections, skills and employability of thousands of people in Norfolk each year, by supporting volunteers, voluntary organisations and through the delivery of commissioned services.
They make meeting new friends as an adult is much easier than you might think. Their club is for working age and semi-retired professionals and those with similar interests … They make it fun, easy and natural to meet others, share social events and discover new interests!
artpocket deliver creative courses in art, design & craft in Norfolk and beyond. Whether you are looking for a short leisure course or want to commit to a longer term course we have a full programme of exciting options for both adults and young people.
They are a group of like minded individuals who meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month for a `business type` breakfast meeting at The Oaklands Hotel, Yarmouth Road, Norwich. It`s a positive start to the day – and we have fun doing it. A "ZOOM" alternative is also available if you can't make it in person.