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What’s on this week in Norfolk: 12 – 18 October

Let's whack up the heating and get the calendar sorted for the week ahead, shall we? Take your pick from wellbeing courses and literary festivals to foodie heaven.

LITERATURE: UEA LIVE: AUTUMN 2020 until 18 November

UEA’s renowned literary festival may have been forced online this year, but there’s still an amazing line-up of authors to catch in conversation, including the brilliant alumni and creative writing MA graduate, Ian McEwan. UEA is offering all the events completely free, but you can make a donation of support if you like. From 14 October.

EXHIBITION: Anteros Arts Foundation, 13 – 24 October

Anteros Arts Foundation is a thriving hub and charity for local and burgeoning artists, providing both classes (including the Anteros Arts Diploma and Fine Art Photography) and exhibition spaces in it’s Grade II Tudor premises. Hinterland is a combined exhibition of folklore and myth on paper, from Gemma Khawaja & Ruth Brumby, while mixed media and jewellery artist Olivia Jeffries, explores different textiles with Leaning into the Unknown.

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.

Anish Kapoor at Houghton, until 1 November

There’s still a few weeks left to catch this remarkable exhibition by ground-breaking artist Anish Kapoor. Get dizzy with the sky mirror and marvel at the 24 examples showcasing the past 40 years of Kapoor’s work. Always at the forefront of the country’s heritage/art world, Houghton can be trusted to keep on delivering these impressive shows, pandemic or not.

FAMILY / OUTDOORS: Oxburgh Hall Gardens daily

The gardens, house, den building area and tearooms are open at Oxburgh (there is a huge roof restoration going on for the next year, so don’t be put off by the scaffolding). As with all National Trust properties currently, book your half hour arrival timeslot online and don’t forget your membership card.

WALK: The Walks, Kings Lynn

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This last remaining town walk from 18th century immediately makes me want to don a billowing skirt, twirl a sun brolly and channel a period romance. This is a really delightful showcase of Kings Lynn’s remarkable heritage and thanks to a whopping £4 million injection from the Heritage Lottery, the park has been restored to it’s former 17 hectare glory.

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

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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.

FAMILY: Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Aylsham Sat & Sun

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What could be nicer than spending an hour or two over the weekend with these gorgeous beings, Wiggins and Wacko? Muddy 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.

CRAFTY: Virtual Flower Arranging Course, adults & kids Wildfolk Florists

Eco Florist Wildflower Folk is offering three virtual courses for autumn creatives; one for children and two for adults. Prices include all the resources you’ll need including fresh and dried flowers grown in Shotesham and there are tutorial videos to guide participants. Kids can make a wreath, an arrangment and a dried wreath. Adults create a hand-tied bouquet, a small table arrangement and a bowl. Perfect for a rainy afternoon.

FOODIE: Enchanted Forest Afternoon Tea, Assembly House

Fancy spoiling yourself? Half term looming on the horizon and no idea what to do with the small ones yet? Here’s the perfect idea – take them, or just you, for a sumptious tea at the Assembly House – go for the mouthwatering Mark Mitson’s Parmesan and pistachio shortbread or the irrisistable sounding Spike the hedgehog – which is a sticky toffee pudding cupcake with butterscotch icing and chocolate vermicelli, no less. Just enough time for you to plan the week ahead while scoffing some good stuff. After all, cake always helps. Tea is served 12 – 4.30.

Sunday Dine@Home, The Ingham Swan

The Ingham Swan have nailed the dine at home experience with a two course set menu for Sundays. Choose from Swannington fillet of beef, or roast chicken with all the trimmings, as well as raspberry bakewell tart – oh and you’ll get some of their Norfolk crunch bread, with garlic & chive hummus, for starters. Staying in is the new going out, right?


CULTURE: Livestream interviews from Norwich Theatre Royal, 12 – 15 October

Sporty type? Lover of all things fluffy with four legs? Well then, what could be nicer than settling down on the sofa to listen to live chat from the likes of Claire Balding, Freddie Flintoff and Arsene Wenger. Hear all about their latest projects and a life on the frontline of sporting success. Book tickets here.

WELLBEING: Wellbeing in Nature Course, Fairhaven Woodland Park, 14 October

I think it’s safe to say many of us have reconnected with nature since Covid hit. That one little daily walk during lockdown meant a lot, didn’t it? Well, looks like nature will continue to be the great healer as the pandemic continues, so why not fully immerse yourself in a couple of hours of mindful bliss with an expert lead course in wellness and nature? AND breathe.

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