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What’s On in Norfolk this October

The season shifts into the dark half so we've found plenty to lift the spirits (boo!) There's all sorts of autumn magic in Norfolk from enchanting ballet and a world-class literary festival to a haunted circus and coastal time travel...

CRAFT MARKET

Beautiful home gifts at Kerri’s Pine

Head to Muddy Award winning Kerri’s Farmhouse Pine in Reepham for a fabulous October Pop Up Craft Event with lots of lovely local makers, crafters and artists. Stroll around Kerri’s, call in for delish snacks at @thestationcafereepham, find gorgeous homemade accessories for winter nesting @cushioncottage, say hi to Simon at @reephamcycleworkshop and settle the lads into a barber chair for a fresh trim with Justin @thestationbarbersreepham.

Sunday 17 October. 10am-4pm

528 HZ LOVE FREQUENCY – Outdoor Art Installation

Houghton Hall‘s about to be transformed by a major solo exhibition of contemporary British artist, Chris Levine, 528 Hz Love Frequency. This is the inaugural winter show in the historic grounds of this super cool art venue, featuring a series of new holographic artworks, print works and epic immersive laser and LED installations.

22 October to 23 December 2021

Tickets £18 including parking, £10 for students

NEW FIRE ON THE WATER FESTIVAL

Great Yarmouth’s new Fire on the Water event from Out There Arts will transform the Venetian Waterways into an immersive night show trail experience. A 60-minute walking journey with dramatic outdoor dance and acrobatic performances, hypnotic water projections, light installations and a night-time fire show. Accessible for wheelchairs and buggies too!

21 OCT – 6 NOV, 2021

Tickets costs from £6 for up to six people. Book here.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Norfolk BHM has a host of fantastic events showcasing the diverse contribution of black people to the history of Norwich and Norfolk, celebrating cultures that bring us together. A huge amount to enjoy across the whole month and also a chance to educate and learn about the diaspora. Lots more info right here!

SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH

Did you see Dippy the Dinosaur at Norwich Cathedral? Then you’ll have walked through Norfolk sculptor Mark Reed’s monumental, iridescent ‘Wave with Fish’. A gorgeous tunnel of silver reflection, exploring water as the ultimate origin of life and inviting us to think about its generative power. The entire installation will be recycled, with the thousands of fish now for sale. Proceeds go to Norwich Cathedral Exhibition charities. Buy online here but if you go along in person you can choose your own fish – or a whole shoal. Absolutely splashing for a coastal garden.

More information here.

FAIRGROUND

Great Yarmouth’s famous Pleasure Beach brings back the award-winning Halloween event, Fairground Frights – it scooped a European award for best scare entertainment at the annual ScareCON awards. BOO! 25 rides and 5 nights of fearsome entertainment with ghostly costumed actors, spooky surprises, scares and projections. One for fans of classic 80s movie The Lost Boys!

5 to 8pm from Wednesday 27 October to Sunday 31 October 2021. 

£19.50 per person for unlimited access to all rides and attractions (height restrictions apply) for three hours and is suitable for ages 10 and over.

SPOOKTACULAR CIRCUS

Hosted by Jack Jay and Johnny Mac, The Hippodrome Circus Halloween Spooktacular is always a monster hit. Amazing edge-of-your-seat acrobatics, daring stunts, aerialists and hilarious comedy all set against a spooky backdrop with incredible lighting and special effects culminating in a spooky party. Come in Halloween costumes!

22 to 31 October from £19 per adult and from £12 per child. Book here or call 01493 738877

EDIBLE EAST ART / SCIENCE TRAIL

A fantastic trail exploring food, nutrition and the planet. Breaking down traditional barriers between arts and sciences it makes us realise how interconnected they are, encouraging exciting new ways to see the world. Created with artists and scientists partnering the Norwich Research Park , The Saw Trust and more. Some seriously clever types rethinking the future in this cool collaborative community!

Until March 2022. More information here.

COASTAL ART FESTIVAL

Chalk*Clay*Sand*Salt – Exhibition and Autumn Festival –

A seasonal festival combining a contemporary art exhibition featuring local and national artists, workshops (ceramics, textiles, life drawing, rock balancing & drawing), film, live performances, guided walks and talks – a dynamic collaboration between the arts and other communities, exploring the changing nature of our coast.

21-31 October 2021 – More information here.

TIME TRAVELLING AUDIO WALK

Capturing the audio

Kunsthalle Cromer always intrigues and delights so we’re excited for their new project The Sea Cure, a publication and accompanying sound walk created with the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. The walk will take you on a time travel loop treading in the footsteps of Empress Elisabeth of Austria when she visited Cromer in 1887. A lovely invitation to slow down, focus and see the town in whole new way. Launches 21 October – check their Instagram for details.

GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

‘Shrouded Gourds’ by Rebecca Nex

We’ve all fallen in love with gardening in the last months so head to the lovely International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition – a gorgeous celebration of the world of plants, showcasing over 40 images from across the world. Open daily in the tranquil surroundings of the Bower garden at Sheringham Park and featuring categories including ‘The Beauty of Plants’, ‘Beautiful Gardens’ and ‘Abstract Views’ plus a newly added category ‘Plants & Planet’ – where a portion of the competition entry fees were donated to WeForest to plant new trees. 

At Sheringham Park. Info here.

THEATRE

Free spirit Rosa Mendoza from Antequera in Southern Spain applies for a job as a chamber maid in quintessentially English Poppyland Guest House in the Norfolk seaside town of Cromer where a union jack flies in the front garden, and croissants are never served. Set over four tumultuous years during which new fault lines begin to crack open the political landscape of the UK, Rob John’s new Norfolk play explores an explosive triangular relationship in a dark comedy for our times. fEAST Theatre productions are always brilliant so do find a performance close to you! Touring throughout Norfolk/Suffolk from 8 – 30 October – dates and venues here.

LITERATURE

Bimini Bon Boulash will discuss their debut book Release the Beast: A Drag Queen’s Guide to Life

As befits England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, UEA Live is a cornerstone of Norwich’s cultural life, offering a stellar line-up of writers and change-makers from the worlds of literature, media and politics, coming together this autumn to mark 30 years of the University’s flagship literary festival attracting over 6,000 book-lovers each year.

The festival runs from 6 October to 17 November. Book here.

The prints can be viewed in the windows of the Anteros Foundation

MAGICAL BALLET

Inspired by the story of the mythical wizard, Northern Ballet’s Merlin is a a sweeping epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and more than a little magic. Choreographed by Olivier award-winning Drew McOnie (Broadway’s King Kong and Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom). We reckon it’s going to be enchanting! Tickets from £27 available here.

On from 19 – 23 October at Muddy Award-winning Norwich Theatre Royal

MYTHS AND GHOSTS

Photo by Ksenia Yakovleva on Unsplash

Norfolk’s ghosts walk among us during a brand new outdoor spooky, enchanted theatrical happening! Witch hunting, graveyards and the gathering dark…Haunted Deepdale – The Wild Ride! is a promenade performance using story telling, music and movement to rekindle local myths and hauntings.

Friday 22 to Sunday 31 October 2021
Performances from 11am to 8pm

Book tickets here.

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