Lots of new brands and businesses have been opening across the county this year, from the arrival of Urban Outfitters to the opening of new Mountain Warehouse stores. 

Here are some of the restaurants, shops, and attractions that you would like to see open in Norfolk next. 

1. Leon

Thetford & Brandon Times: Leon restaurant Leon restaurant (Image: PA)

Fast food chain Leon has more than 70 restaurants across the UK serving food inspired by the Mediterranean.

Its menu includes breakfast muffins, egg pots, rice boxes and salads. 

The closest restaurant at the moment is in Chelmsford.

2. Ice rink

Thetford & Brandon Times: The ice skating team at the Winter Wonderland at the Norfolk ShowgroundThe ice skating team at the Winter Wonderland at the Norfolk Showground (Image: Denise Bradley)

While many temporary ice rinks appear across Norfolk over the festive period, many of you want to see a permanent rink in Norfolk. 

An open-air ice rink will be opening at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade from November 25 until December 23 this year. 

A real ice rink inside a marquee was also among the attractions at Norwich's own Winter Wonderland last year. 

3. Water park

Thetford & Brandon Times: The splash pool at Waterloo Park in NorwichThe splash pool at Waterloo Park in Norwich (Image: Sarah Lucy Brown)

Many of you suggested that an indoor water park would be a great addition to Norfolk.

Although there is Gorleston Splashpad and other pools to enjoy, a new indoor swimming pool and water park was one of the things several of you think is missing in the county. 

There were calls to bring back Aquapark, a swimming centre that was popular in the 1990s for its inflatable obstacle courses, slides and rapids. 

Diane Robinson said "a lot more affordable public swimming pools" were needed, and Kay Knight said "we can't all reach the sea to swim". 

4. Tim Hortons

Thetford & Brandon Times: Tim Hortons in IpswichTim Hortons in Ipswich (Image: Sarah Lucy Brown)

Tim Hortons is a popular Canadian restaurant chain that sells coffee and doughnuts. 

Its menu includes iced coffees, cheeseburgers and lattice fries. 

The brand first came to the UK in 2017 and opened a restaurant in Ipswich last year. 

5. LEGO Store

Thetford & Brandon Times: LEGO store in Leicester SquareLEGO store in Leicester Square (Image: PA)

The famous toy company, which has a huge flagship store in Leicester Square in London, was founded more than 90 years ago.

The closest stores are in Milton Keynes and Stratford with Legoland in Windsor.


Thetford & Brandon Times: The old IKEA store in NorwichThe old IKEA store in Norwich (Image: Brittany Woodman)

There are calls for the Swedish brand to return after the Norwich IKEA store closed in 2021. 

The furniture chain's unit, in the Sweet Briar Road industrial estate, opened in November 2015 but closed due to failing to meet sales and profit targets. 

The company is well-known for its ready-to-assemble furniture and other homeware. 

The closest store is now in Milton Keynes. 

7. Concert hall 

Thetford & Brandon Times: The Halls in NorwichThe Halls in Norwich (Image: Newsquest)

Many of you would love to see another concert hall in Norfolk. 

The Halls in Norwich and the Theatre Royal are among the venues that currently host musical and theatrical events in the county. 

Recently, landmarks such as Sandringham Estate have served as concert venues for visiting musicians. 

Jennette Neale said it "would be nice to not have to travel hundreds of miles to see my favourite bands in concert, they might be tempted to come to Norfolk if there was a decent venue".