About us

Crowds gathered outside The Forum for Run Norwich

The Forum is a landmark venue in the centre of Norwich.

The Forum is a unique space in the city centre, built for the benefit of the public across the east of England.

Since opening in 2001, The Forum has welcomed more than twenty million visitors. Home to one of the busiest libraries in the country, The Forum is a cultural hub providing fantastic free events for the city and county. The Forum produces and coordinates:

Norwich Science Festival - one of the country’s leading science festivals

Norfolk Makers Festival - a festival of creativity and crafting

Norfolk Heritage Open Days - part of the nationwide free heritage festival, Heritage Open Days

Norwich Games Festival - a celebration of games of all kinds for all ages

Organisations from across the region also host events inside and outside the building - from markets, fairs and exhibitions to community celebrations, charity events and live performances.  

The Forum Trust is an independent, self-financing educational charity that runs The Forum building and creates a year-round programme of free events. Our activities are supported by our commercial activities including The Forum car park, venue hireand renting space to our tenant organisations - Norfolk and Norwich Millennium LibraryCitizens Advice Bureau Norwich, Pizza ExpressCafé Bar Marzano, and BBC East