These magnificent buildings are available for hire for private and public events. Conveniently located in the heart of the city centre The Halls are ideal for conferences, dinners, fairs, concerts and weddings. The complex is a short walk from the main train station and several excellent car parks, and Norwich International Airport is a short taxi ride away.
St Andrew's and Blackfriars Halls in Norwich, Norfolk, is the most complete monastic complex surviving in this country and has been welcoming visitors since it passed into civil society hands in 1538.
Conferences and business meetings
The halls are an excellent venue for business and organisational conferences. We offer a unique setting, excellent facilities, friendly and helpful staff - everything you need to make your event a success and a lasting memory for your delegates.
Imagine an elegant banquet set amongst grand limestone columns, with a beautiful high beamed ceiling and a view of the beautiful stained glass windows of St Andrew's Hall. Or perhaps for smaller gatherings you might choose the high oak-panelled Blackfriars Hall.
Whatever your culinary requirements, our caterers have the experience to meet them. We look forward to discussing your requirements and organising an evening of revelry and fun.
Marriage is a union between a man and a woman that is recognized by society and controlled by a set of rules and expectations that define the roles of both parties and the place of their children in society (if any). The many fundamental social and personal functions that marriage provides structure for—from sexual gratification and regulation to gender division to economic production and consumption to the gratification of individual needs for affection, status, and companionship—may help to explain why marriage is so pervasive across cultures and societies. Procreation, child care, education, and socialization, as well as the administration of family lines, are among its primary responsibilities. There have been various varieties of marriage throughout time.
You may need a special place for that but you do not want to spend a lot of time for thinking, then you may take advantage of Church halls for hire.
The 21st century saw a shift in the Western concept of marriage, most notably in the relative devaluation of reproduction and the ease with which divorce could be achieved. In 2000, the Netherlands passed a legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, and on April 1, 2001, it took effect. Canada (2005), France (2013), the United States (2015), and Germany (2017) were among the many countries to follow suit in the years that followed. In addition, several countries have given same-sex couples legal protections and responsibilities through registered partnerships or civil unions, which can have varied meanings depending on the country.
On the biological evolutionary scale, more complex animals have children who rely on their mothers for a longer period of time throughout their formative years. The apex of the evolutionary food chain, humans, are the slowest to reach adulthood. As a result, human parents have a greater burden to provide for their children, and marriage has traditionally been seen as the institution best suited to shoulder this task.
The Acquiring of Rights
Edmund Leach argued that Gough’s concept of legitimate children was too restrictive and that marriage should be judged on the basis of the numerous sorts of rights it establishes. In an article published in 1955, Leach made the point that different cultures had different conceptions of marriage. He listed eleven rights associated with marriage, such as monopoly and child rights, albeit the specifics of these rights differ from culture to culture.
A Dowry Is…What?
Dowry is an ancient practice that may be found in many different cultures, religions, and eras. It is unclear where dowries first appeared, but they are still often utilized in modern wedding ceremonies.
A dowry is a sizable wedding gift traditionally presented by the bride’s or groom’s family.
Santhosh Bhau, a Hindu Brahmin priest, adds, “The custom is that you never go somewhere empty-handed.” As a token of their gratitude for welcoming the bride into their home, the bride’s family traditionally presents the groom’s family with a dowry.
Traditions Regarding the Wedding Veil
Wedding veils can mean various things to different brides. For some brides, a veil is nothing more than a pretty addition to set off their gown. For others, it is a symbol of a strong cultural or religious tradition. Some modern brides see them as an unneeded added cost or a bothersome distraction and would rather go without them. Stark shows that modern veiling practices are entirely a matter of taste. Stark claims that many brides are not restricted to any one veil type, thus they are free to experiment with other looks.
The perfect setting for your perfect day. Every wedding couple has a different vision, so we tailor our services to each individual occasion. St Andrews and Blackfriars halls are registered for civil ceremonies, and both venues are also perfect for wedding breakfasts. For evening entertainment, choose St Andrews Hall, where your guests can dance the night away as they celebrate your promise to each other.
Cloisters Fair - antiques, collectibles and vintage.
Every Wednesday, unless otherwise noted, the Collectors' Fair takes place at The Cloisters at The Halls. For details of this long-running fair, please click here .
Full list of public events - month by month
Please note that only public events are listed. Private events and invitation-only commercial events are not displayed on the website
The fair now has a brand new management team. Please contact Helen by phone or email for more information.
Regular auctions run by Barnes Auctioneers take place at The Crypt on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
This event coincides with the weekly Antiques & Collectibles Fair at The Cloisters, which is separately managed.
For more information about the auction, please contact Gary at Barnes Auctioneers , email or visit the Barnes Auctioneers web site.
Public events - What happens at The Halls?
There are hundreds of exciting events taking place at The Halls every year.
We update the website regularly, so check back here to find out what's going on.
It's important to note that The Halls doesn't sell tickets for any events. Please see the event description for ticket information.
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