Fundraising Events (incl pamper evening) for The Norfolk & Norwich Association for The Blind

Donna Minto (Events & Community Officer) from Norfolk and Norwich association for the blind has recently email me asking me to share some of their fundraising events. She has also sent me a list of their challenges coming up that look fab!

If you are a local beautician and want a table at the pamper event, then please contact Donna directly.

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Quiz & Chips

Thursday 14th February - Virgin Money Lounge at 10 Castle Street, Norwich, NR2 1PD, are supporting the NNAB this year by giving us a London Marathon place & raising funds for the sponsorhip.  The first event planned is a Quiz & chips night on valentines day beginning at 6.30pm until 9pm.  A great night out for friends and family with a fun quiz to suit all ages.  Teams of up to 8 can take part & tickets are available from the Virgin Money Lounge during opening hours of 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday or Sunday 10am to 4pm. £10 includes food, soft drinks & the quiz.  Feel free to bring a bottle!

Any questions please call Donna on 01603 629558 or email:


Gin Night

Friday 22nd February at 6.30pm - Following on the success of previous evenings our Gin Night is back again to delight and entertain you with special mixes, new gins and cocktails created by Van Vina.  Join us for a taste bud tingling, fascinating whirl around the history of gin whilst raising funds in support of people with sight loss in Norfolk.

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Tickets - £30 includes all drinks & snacks.

Venue - The NNAB Bradbury Activity Centre, Beckham Place, Edward Street, Norwich. NR3 3DZ

Tickets can be purchased here 

Tel: 01603 629558 or


Spring Pamper Evening

Friday 3rd May - An evening of pampering taster sessions, including massage, facials, reflexology, haircuts, hopi ears, reflexology & much more.  Prices from £3 to £15 for us to 40 mins of treatments.  The tea rooms will be open all night selling wine, homemade cakes & other refreshments.  Entrance is £3 on the door or to reserve your tickets call 01603 573000.

Venue: The NNAB Bradbury Acitvity Centre, Beckham Place, Edward Street, Norwich. NR3 3DZ.


Personal Challenge Events for 2019

In 2019 step out of your comfort zone and sign up to one our adrenaline fuelled personal fundraising challenges. To register your interest in any of our incredible events please contact or   

Be part of something special and live the adventure!


The London O2 Climb

Date – April 25th 2019

The London O2 Climb takes you on an exhilarating 90-minute climb over the roof of the world’s most popular entertainment venue. Marvel at the 360° views and when it’s clear you can see landmarks up to 15 miles away. Discover a different side of London, historic Greenwich, The Olympic Park and Canary Wharf.

The NNAB are looking for 20 individuals to join them on this high adventure experience.

Individual cost - £50

Individual fundraising target - £200


Zip Wire Challenge

Date - May 18th 2019

Prepare for a truly unique and exhilarating experience; the fastest zip line in the world. Soar over Penrhyn Quarry, North Wales, where you could travel at speeds of over 100mph while you take in the breath taking views and feel the freedom of flight.

The NNAB are looking for 20 individuals to join them on this zip line experience.

Individual cost - £50

Individual fundraising target - £250


Tandem Skydive Experience

Date – Saturday 15th June 2019

Make a tandem skydive from two miles high! Securely harnessed to your tandem instructor, you will be in free fall for 50 seconds at speeds in excess of 120 mph. This a guaranteed thrill of a lifetime!

The NNAB are looking for 20 individuals to join them on this skydive experience.

Individual cost - £195

Individual fundraising target - £250


The NNAB Blindfolded Run

Saturday 13th July 2019

To many running 5k (3 miles) is not a problem but what about completing this distance blindfolded! The NNAB are staging a blindfolded run at Eaton Park in Norwich to prove that having any degree of sight loss is not a barrier when it comes to sports participation. Come along with a friend and experience blindfolded running and at the same time raise awareness and funds for the NNAB.

The NNAB are looking for teams of two to enjoy this unique running experience.

Individual fundraising target - £100


The Tour de Broads Cycling Event

Sunday 18th August

Experience the unique country roads, quiet villages and picturesque scenery that the Norfolk Broads has to offer, in a safe, well-supported, friendly cycling event. There will be a choice of four routes (25 miles, 50 miles, 75 miles and 100 miles) and a family ride.
All routes are fully signposted.

Team NNAB are looking for 30 individuals to join them on this cycling experience.

Individual cost – Free entry

Individual fundraising target - £300


East to West Extreme Cycling Challenge

Date – 5th September 2019

On the 5th September 2019 a team of NNAB cyclists will embark on a journey which will result in the completion of 2 extreme fundraising challenges.

West to East Cycling Challenge

A team of NNAB cyclists will attempt to cycle from North Wales to the East coast of Norfolk in 3 days covering over 370 miles. This gruelling cycle challenge will include pedalling 120 miles on day 1, 120 miles on day 2 and 130 miles on day 3. A tough endurance test and one which only attract competent cyclists.  

Velocity 2 Zip Wire Challenge

As a warm up to this major cycling challenge the team will ride the fastest and longest zip line in the world! Based in Bethesda, close to Bangor, the one mile long ‘Velocity 2’ zip line is an experience of a lifetime and is the closest thing to flying where you reach speeds of up to 118mph!

The charity is looking for up to 15 competent cyclists to join them on this unique challenge

Individual Cost - £400

Individual Fundraising Target - £1000


ABSEIL the Orbit

Date – Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Experience the highest freefall abseil from the UK’s tallest sculpture – the ArcelorMittal Orbit based at the Olympic Park in London. This is the most adrenaline-fuelled way to see London at 262 feet above the city.


The NNAB are looking for 20 individuals to join them on this abseiling experience.

Individual cost – £100

Individual fundraising target - £300


Norwich domestic training for hairdressers and beauticians

Norwich domestic training for hairdressers and beauticians

Chloe Smith MP of Norwich North has informed me that Norfolk county council are providing a free workshop on domestic abuse for hairdressers & beauticians whether violent or verbal, it's good to recognise the signs. I am planning on going along to this event. Who else is going?

Please email  to book your place.

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Norwich domestic training for hairdressers and beauticians

Norwich domestic training for hairdressers and beauticians.


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Launch party at Bourgee in Norwich

Last night me and my good friend Emma attended the launch party of Bourgee in Norwich. Their great PR company Edencancan  had a great evening laid out for us of Champagne and canapes. No expensive spared we had our glasses top upped throughout the night with Taittinger. The atmosphere in there is great. It's a real gem in the centre of the shopping area in Norwich. Upstairs is an exquisite bar with terrace over looking Timber hill. The upstairs bar has a great 'clubbing' feel to it with a lively vibe of great music and cocktails. This restaurant most definitely shouldn't be over looked as just a restaurant. The bar upstairs is something this part of Norwich is missing. I would meet friends here for evening drinks, gossip and dancing!

Both the owners Mark Baumann and James Welling were social butterflies and made sure they introduced themselves to everyone. They are an Essex based family-run company branching out into our lovely Norwich. They are extremely passionate about delivering great food. They even had their families with them last night. It's great to see the whole family including their kids supporting them.

They cater for everyone. From romantic evening meal, afternoon tea, and even a Sunday roast with your family!

I particularly liked the look of their bar snacks. Great Asian twist of sticky beef, gyoza (dumplings), lobster and steamed bun with kimchi and fries.

I can definitely see myself enjoying many good times here!

The castle mall is forever changing and keeping up to date with what their customers want. This is a great area of Norwich now, which previously would have been over looked. There is a great selection of places including The Murderers and Cocina which are attracting more people here.

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Lovely evening with Imagine spa at Brasted's

Great night in aid of East Anglian's children's hospices jointly hosted by Brasted's and Imagine Spa Blofield.

There were Hand/arm massages, makeup demos, canapes, Adnams gin tasters, welcome drinks, and also great opportunity to look around Brasted's.

Imagine Spa in Blofield have some great Christmas boxes they are selling this year. Including their twilight spa offer. 3 hours of relaxation on either Wed, Thurs or Friday evenings. Which is just £20 each.

Brasteds and Imagine spa have also teamed up to offer a day spa and hotel package at just £149 for two people.

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Pamper evening with Imagine Spa at Brasteds.


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£20 twilight spa Christmas gift box set.
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Joint offer - Also more than welcome to order take-a-way for your room that night.

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Pampering and canapes

Imagine spa in Blofield, Norfolk are hosting a pampering and canapes night at Brasted's restaurant in Norwich in aid of East Anglian children's hospices. Looks like a great night planned with fizz on arrival, beauty treatments and canapes.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Midsummer party at Imagine Spa Norfolk

Another fabulous evening at Imagine Spa in Blofield, Norfolk. Diane organised a very chilled and relaxing evening of gin and light entertainment. You never fail to come away without feeling really relaxed. Bonnie from Adnams brewery was there giving a very informative talk on Adnams gin. It was really interesting to hear where there they source their ingredient and their distilling process. I would highly recommend chatting to Bonnie if you visit their shop in Norwich. Looking forward to more relaxing times to come at Imagine Spa! 

-  Midsummer Martini on arrival – Adnams Gin demonstration – gin cocktails/mocktails to try – Spa chefs preparing tasty light bites – Spa tours – F1 simulator to try – free prize draw –

Very busy evening at Imagine Spa.
Lovely relaxing gardens of Imagine Spa in Blofield.
Gin botanicals - Adnams Gin Norfolk
Gin botanicals - Adnams Gin Norfolk
Bonnie from Adnams Brewery.
Very knowledgeable Bonnie from Adnams Brewery.


Selection of Adnams Gin Norfolk.


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Pinks & Pampering with Imagine Spa and Adnams Store Norwich

Last night me and my friend Emma had a lovely evening at the Adnams Store in Norwich hosted by Bonnie the store manager and the lovely Diane from Imagine Spa in Blofield.

It was an evening of trying various different pinks by Adnams. Bonnie the manager has a wealth of knowledge on her drinks and I would highly recommend speaking to her direct before purchasing anything from their store.

I was given a superb file and paint by Charlotte the spa manager of Imagine Spa. Imagine Spa in Blofield is definitely the first spa I recommend to friends and clients. They are extremely welcoming and friendly and always happy to customise packages etc to suit your needs.

The Adnams function room had been decorated by two ladies who had recently opened up in the business of decorating rooms for events such as wedding, engagement parties, birthdays etc. They have a real passion for it!

I am very much looking forward to more nights hosted by Diane and Bonnie in the future. The Halloween one they have planned sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun!

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Adnams Store Norwich


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“Glamour in the Garden with a Hint of Gin” at Imagine Spa

Who fancies joining me at this lovely event? Imagine Spa host lots of really lovely entertaining events at their Blofield Spa in Norfolk. The spa has a fabulous well cared for garden with two relaxing pods for people to chill out and chat in. Every time I have been to the spa the chefs have really gone to town with the food and it's always outstanding. I always look forward to going here. This event has the added bonus of gin! So what more could I ask for! Booking details below. Please book directly with Imagine Spa.


“Glamour in the Garden with a Hint of Gin” event at Imagine Spa in Blofield, Norfolk on Tuesday 7th June 6pm-8pm

The evening will consist of an evening in and around the beautiful Garden and relax pods - Spa Tours – Therapists offering mini-taster treatments - file & paint and shoulder/hand massages – Adnams will have a pop-up Gin tasting and make a Gin cocktail bar also a bubbles tastings – Chefs will provide tasty nibbles.

Tickets £15 each telephone 01603 712550 to book –


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NRWBloggers: Halloween Event for Norwich bloggers

Norwich bloggers Halloween beauty event by Norwich bloggers.





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Norwich blogger Courteney, Hannah and Justine arranged a lovely Halloween themed beauty bloggers event this month. They invited Charlie Long Norwich make-up artist along to create two Halloween themed make overs on Courteney.

The first look was fab. Dark red eyes and deep red lipstick. Charlie is a Mac make-up lover like me.

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The first look being photographed by my husband Andy.

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The second look 'poison ivy' was a lot more dramatic. Charlie brought along a fab wig and leaves to apply to the face to really finish the look. Charlie gave out loads of secrets while she was creating these looks. The two best secrets for me are to apply micro tape under the eyes while applying eyeliner and to place eyeshadow catchers under the eyes while applying glittery eyeshadows to catch all the excess glitter. I didn't even know they sold these! Which meant Charlie's finished make-up wasn't ruined by Courteney being covered in green glitter!Read more

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Wine tasting at Imagine Spa in Blofield

This week I had a lovely wine tasting evening at Imagine Spa with my good friend Emma. I thought it was going to be a sales event to be honest to get me to buy wine, but it wasn't at all! The lovely Laura from Adnams wine along with Paul the director of Blue Sky Leisure and marketing manager Julie wanted to invite some of their members to help them choose their new wine menu.

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It was an absolutely lovely evening. Starting with one hour in the thermal suite to unwind followed by the food and wine in the main area. The food as always was outstanding. The chefs there are clearly extremely passionate about their menu. There was a gorgeous beef dish, smoked on site salmon, flat bread stuffed with hummus, olives, home made breads, soft cheeses ending with an amazing home made sorbet and fruit dessert. Honestly I can't recommend their food enough. They actually do a restaurant service here too with a full menu of lovely dishes available to indulge in after your spa treatments. I can't stress enough how flexible Imagine Spa in Blofield is. There was a lady there who couldn't have gluten, so the chef had prepared and baked her her own gluten-free bread. When you do go to Imagine Spa in Blofield don't be worried about chatting to the chefs about your dietary needs as they will be more than happy to create you something special. You don't even need to use the spa here to be able to enjoy their menu.

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Laura from Adnams wine was fabulous and made the evening great fun! We had 9 wines to try. Laura knew each wine inside out. She recommend which piece of food on our places complimented each wine. My favourate was the Merlot, which is great with chicken at BBQs. It's a wine from Chile and surprisingly only £6.50 a bottle from Adnams Norwich. I actually enjoyed all the wines except one Rose, which Emma was more than happy to help me out with... no waste from us on a wine tasting event! I also liked the Pinot Gris white white called Tattybogler, which is surprising as I am not normally a white wine person. However my preference would still always be red.

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Thanks Imagine Spa for the invite, we both had a awesome night! Not sure how helpful we both were though in you choosing your new wine menu ;-)

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