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What’s On October 2020

Crikey! October sneaked up quick! No need to fret when you've got your Muddy fun calendar. Here's the good stuff for the month ahead.

ENTERTAINMENT

Norwich Theatre @Interlude, 1 Oct onwards

Whoaa, Norwich Theatre is bringing it home this autumn with a brilliant line up of shows at their open-air venue, Interlude. There’s still just enough time to nab the remaining tickets for the super-quick witted ventriloquism of Nina Conti and Friends, (2 Oct) Eddie Izzard doing his version of Great Expectation (3 Oct) comedian Russell Kane (7 Oct) and Adam Kay, author of the Sunday Times bestseller, This is Going to Hurt. (8 Oct) Get booking now!

SHOPPING

Jarrold Virtual Personal Styling Service, online now

Anyone else having wardrobe crisis? It’s hard to feel inspired when you’ve been wearing pandemic baggies for sixth months. Fear not! Muddy loves a wardrobe update and Jarrold personal stylist ladies, Florrie and Katy, really know their stuff. What’s more is you can get a virtual wardrobe refresh or a key look, all from the comfort of your own home – no mask required!

GARDENS

Millennium Garden, Pensthorpe, Fakenham, Wed to Sun 10 – 4

The stunning and restorative Millennium Garden is now celebrating 20 years of life at Pensthorpe. Designed by world-famous Dutch plants man and garden designer, Piet Oudolf, the garden showcases the very best of natural wild gardens, with glorious mixed perrenials and grasses and even a Monet-inspired bridge. A beautiful spot to spend an afternoon while the kids frolic on the outdoor play area. Book tickets online.

COOKERY & DISTILLING CLASSES

Delia’s Food & Wine Workshop, Carrow Road Football Club 21 Oct, 10.30 – 5

A day with Delia? Er, yes please! Arrive to coffee and cake, followed by cookery demo and cocktail masterclass, then move onto a three-course meal with a wine tasting. Lovely jubbly. Lastly there’s a Q&A and goody bags a plenty to take away, all for only £120 quid – it’s a big fat Muddy must from us.

Richard Hughes Cookery School

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Lockdown left you feeling less than excited about putting another meal on the table? Or maybe you think a spatula is just another kind of fly swat. Either way, why not get your culinary skills up to scratch and put some love back into your larder with this super-professional but fun cookery course from Richard Hughes. Richard is joined by a host of impressive tutors, including the great Richard Bainbridge (of Benedicts and Great British Menu) as well as chocolate master Gary Hunter and former Claridge’s pastry chef Mark Mitson. Courses range from french classics, kids baking to creating your own indian takeaway.

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Make a night of it and stay over in one of the gorgeous Georgian bedrooms all designed by local interiors goddess Annabel Grey. You can have this luxurious stunner for only £160 per night if you book in to the cookery school.

Richard Hughes Cookery School, Assembly House, Norwich NR2 1RQ tel 01603 626402

Gin Making Experience, The Gin Academy

Show off your distilling skills and knowledge after taking this immersive two and a half hour gin making experience at the Gin Academy in Norwich, also home to cool coktail bar Gyre & Gimble. You’ll (with G&T in hand) get to create your very own gin using a selection of botanicals. Learn all about the history of gin and it’s origins and (hic) enjoy three delicious gin-based cocktails and get your special personally designed 70cl bottle of gin to take home. Taxiii!

The Gin Academy, 18 Charing Cross, Norwich NR2 4AL

CULTURE

Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams, SCVA until January 2021

Now extended until early January, this exhibition of Art Nouveau objects showcases ceramics, glass, textiles, posters, prints and sculpture with the theme of nature and dreams at its centre. There are works by Degas, Rossetti and William Morris. Seriously – one not to miss.

WELLBEING / BEAUTY

Imagine SPA day package

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Hurrah! How long has it been since you’ve had a treatment? Well, for me it’s been FAR too long and I dare not look in a magnifying mirror for fear of facing the reality of my neglected eyebrows over the last few months. As with hospitality the beauty industry have been hit hard by Covid, but thankfully our friends at Imagine are as busy as ever. With all the measures in place, you’ll be as comfy as can be with one of the divine day packages- everything is as before, apart from the therapists in PPE and no saunas or steams. Escape with the Discover package for an afternoon or longer and go for one of their famously luxurious facials. I’m going all out with the champagne and truffles glycolic peel facial. Yum.

WALKS

Safari on Foot, Wildlife Trekking Day, 1, 8,15, 22 October

Think you’re a nature buff? Better get on this special day safari through Holkham Nature Reserve to properly brush up on your wildlife, plant and bird knowlege, then. This is a fascinating in-depth guided exploration into the reserve’s history in terms of the ever-changing landscape, environment and the species that inhabit this beautiful area. Tickets for the day are £50, book via the website

KIDS

The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade, BeWILDerwood, 17 Oct – 1 Nov

See the woods in a whole new light as all the inhabitants come out to celebrate the Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade. This year the event is running from dusk so book your slot (5.30 / 6.30 / 7.30) online for an hour and a half of spooktacular fun. Get creative in the Big Hat and craft a beautiful lantern for a Slitherigrub to live in and make sure to dress up in your best spooky costume.

Pumpkin Festival, Wroxham Barns, 22 to 31 October

Get your Halloween vibes ready for this cute-as-can-be pumpkin festival with free access to the fun park rides, junior farm, as well as spell and potion lessons with Wilba the Witch and a free pumpkin for every little one to get creative with inside the special carving barn. Book online here.

MOVIES

Halloween Drive-In Movies, Norfolk Showground, Oct 29 – Nov 1st

Prepare to be scared (or not so much) with a great selection of family and horror movies showing over four days at the showground. Just pull up in the comfort of your own four wheels, grab some of the yummy street food and settle in for a night / afternoon of jumps and frights. For the kids there’s classics like Ghostbusters and Casper the Friendly Ghost, or for adults who fancy terrifying themselves silly (er, not me) there’s everything from Nightmare on Elm Street and The Exorcist. Yikes.

FAMILY

Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Aylsham Sat & Sun 10.30 to 3

What could be nicer than spending an hour or two over the weekend with these gorgeous beings, Wiggins and Wacko? Our 2019 Best Family Attraction, Redwings Aylsham is open again and invites visitors to come along and say hola to its 50 rescue residents, including the herd of notorious shetland ponies aka the ‘Gangstas’. Entry is free but donations are welcome. Book your visit via the website.

FURTHER AFIELD 

KIDS: Brick or Treat, Legoland, Windsor, 15 Oct – 8 Nov 

I’ve run out of jokes about Brick or Treat – that’s how long this Legoland event has been running! Lots of spooky(ish) additions to the park, plus new for 2020, there’s a brand new dance extravaganza The Haunted Lighthouse Halloween Show and a new scary character, Scarecrow.

ART: START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, 21-25 Oct

Hey Queenie, nice nose ring! This cool, contemporary art fair, which takes pieces from London’s top galleries, will go ahead this year with social distancing measures and an exceptional line up of artists including  Lincoln Townley,  Erika Navas and Nat Bowen. In addition to START Art Fair, Korean Eye’s 2020 exhibition Creativity and Daydream will be on show having travelled from The State Hermitage in St Petersburg after a six-month stay, featuring a wealth of emerging and established talent from South Korea. 

EXHIBITION: Among The Trees, The Hayward Gallery, Southbank, until 31 Oct 

From Colombian rainforests and remote Japanese islands to olive orchards in Israel and a 9,550-year-old spruce in Sweden, this mixed media exhibition explores trees relationship to humans, featuring work from 37 international artists. You’re right on the Southbank so plenty of foodie options to head to after your culture fix.

ALREADY BEEN AND GONE THIS MONTH

Farmers Market, Creake Abbey, Fakenham, Sat 3 October

Snag yourself some scrummy homegrown fodder at the award-winning Farmer’s Market at Creake Abbey. There’s everything from artisan bread to pies and local ales. You can book your order via the website with each stallholder to avoid queues and do a drive by collection.

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