Mancroft Ringing Discovery Centre (MRDC)

What is the MRDC?

This exciting new facility is one of three in the world offering bell ringers from complete novice to accomplished ringer, the opportunity to learn and improve their skill.

There are 8 training bells attached to a computer system.  Bells can be rung individually or altogether for change ringing.

With Heritage Lottery Funding we will be developing an exhibition about ringing.

What Can You Do There?

Learn to ring if you have never rung before.

Develop skills if you are already a skilled ringer.

Taster sessions for groups such as scouts, business team building events and U3A .

Contacting and Visiting the Centre

Nikki Thomas is the Centre’s  Manager.  If you would like to come and have a look round,  want to learn to ring,  or are a ringer who wants specific training then you should contact her to make suitable arrangements – to email her click here.

Further information can also be found on the website here.

Visitors to the centre can see the impressive boards recording the first ever peal and other performances dating from 1715.

The training bells have already been effectively used to teach many new recruits to help with ringing for the centenary of the Armistice.

Groups are welcome to arrange a visit where you can try ringing for yourself and step back in time and discover the history of bell-ringing in Norwich.

Located at St. Peter Mancroft in the centre of Norwich, Access is via the Ringers’ Door at the base of the tower, or via the door inside the church in the south west corner. The centre is reached by climbing a short spiral staircase with wide steps.  There are handrails for your support.

Forthcoming Events

Mondays 10:00 till 12:00 – Teaching bell handling. This is open to anyone learning to ring. Come along on your own or bring your teacher. Cost £3.

Mondays 18:30 till 20:00 – Foundation skills, run by Catherine Sturgess and using the training bells and the laptops to build the foundations for change ringing. Cost £3.

Saturday 3rd February – Young Ringers Practice – 16:15 till 17:15 – Aimed primarily for ringers aged 7 to 16.

Wednesday 20th and Friday 22nd February – Young Ringers Practice – 10:30 till 12:30 – Aimed primarily for ringers aged 7 to 16.

Saturday 23rd February – Ring Something Simple – 10:30 till 12:30 – Come and have fun with exercises to improve bell control and gain confidence. Cost £2.

Saturday 30th March – Ring Something Simple – 10:30 till 12:30 – Come and have fun with exercises to improve bell control and gain confidence. Cost £2.

Saturday 16th February – ART Workshop Listen & Strike – 10:00 till 16:00. For any ringer who would like to improve their striking, a day of different exercises focussing purely on striking without the stress of ringing a method.

Saturday 16th March – ART M2 – 09:00 – 17:00 – this is a course for new and experienced teachers showing how to support their ringers to develop their skills for good ringing and move forward into ringing changes.