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What’s on this week: 19 – 25 October

Hola! Here's your week ahead guide to Muddy fun across the county, from exhibitions to literature and pumpkins, of course.

EXHIBITION: A Fine Balance, Houghton Hall, until November 1


A Fine Balance showcases the work of over 40 artists and makers from East Anglia, with reference to our landscape and the creatures that share it, including the effect and influence of mankind over it. Most of the pieces are for sale, so you can snag yourself an original work of art, too. If you’re not able to get to the exhibition there’s also a handy interactive exhibition walk-through on the website. View the virtual tour here.

Norfolk Museums, open daily

Brilliant news that our galleries are opening up again. Get tickets online to visit Norwich Castle, Time & Tide Museum, Gressinghall Farm Workhouse and Lynn Museum. Understandibly things will be a little different, but you’ll still be able to see current exhibitions, including some Andy Warhol at the Castle as part of their contemporary show, or if sci-fi toys are your bag, get your Star Wars fix at Time & Tide.

CULTURE: Diana Evans, UEA Live Wednesday 21 October 7pm

UEA Live is this year’s online version of the famously successful Norfolk UEA lit-fest and it’s free – how generous is that? Join journalist and author Diana Evans as she discusses her bestselling novels, including Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlisted novel Ordinary People. The event is chaired by Jean McNeil, professor of Creative Writing at UEA.

Signal Fires: Stories From The East @ Wells Maltings, 30 October 6pm

Not actually this week, but I’d book tickets now. Grab your hat and gloves and a thermos of something warm and nab a fireside spot for Signal Fires, the national theatre touring project and Covid-safe series of outdoor performances. Local fEAST Theatre will take the audience on a journey through time and place, from Yarmouth beach in the early 19th Century to Cromer and Norwich before the First World War via a 1943 US airbase near Wroxham, with tales of a medieval legend from our mist-shrouded saltmarshes. (Box Office: 01328 71885)

KIDS: Pumpkin picking, Alby Crafts & Gardens, 21 – 31 Oct

Ditch the mad dash to Tesco’s for the remaining rejects and get the kids down to Alby Craft’s Pumpkin Patch this year. I for one need to create some value this year rather than spend cash on tat and what better way to do that than a wholesome outing to a proper pumpkin patch, followed by a mug of hot choc at the lovely Artisan Cafe. Free entry. 9.30 – 4 daily (cash only) Alby Crafts & Gardens, Cromer Road, Alby, NR11 7QE

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.

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.

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.

WALK: Blickling Estate

Lucky enough to have this one on my Muddy doorstep, Blickling is spectacular at this time of year. Take the one hour gentle stroll around the lake or get into the heart of the woods and parkland for a 4.5 mile longer exploration, on bike (you can hire them here) or on foot. There’s a cute dog friendly cafe so you can grab a cuppa and a bit of proper cake or a hearty sausage roll afterwards.

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