Open Mic, The Birdcage, Norwich, Wed 2 May
The best of local talent showcases at the Birdcage – poetry, music, comedy and even once an 8 piece Oompah band. It’s a great mid week night out and if you’re lucky you might even witness the next Ed Sheeran or Isaac Gracie (both performed here before they got all big ‘n’ that).
£3 for spectators
Nothing like a Dame, Cinema City, Norwich Wed 2 May
From time to time four old friends, all extraordinary actresses, meet up in the English countryside to gossip, to remember and to laugh. For once they let the cameras in…
NOTHING LIKE A DAME celebrates the lives and careers of four of our most iconic actresses; Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith. All four have gone from being fledgling actresses in the 1950’s to acting royalty.
Sit back and listen as they talk about their lives and their professional experiences across Theatre, Television and Film and as the title professes – there is truly nothing like a Dame…
Book tickets £9.70 – £14.20
Common People, The Open, Norwich, Fri 4 May
Heads up 90’s lovers – DJ Steve Lamacq is in the house!
Snakebite & black with a vodka & lime chaser – don’t mind if I do! I’ll be pulling on my Parka and casually swaggering my way down Indie and Brit Pop memory lane at the Open.
Book tickets £9
This is my bed, The Theatre Royal, Norwich, Sat 5 May
“Let’s do something a bit cultured with the kids” – cold sweat, shudder, remember the last time???
‘This is my Bed’ is an opera about bedtimes, bears and dreams pitched at 2-5 year old’s and therefore a nice introduction to the high-brow. Plus it’s in Stage 2 (not the main theatre) so treat it like a dress rehearsal for the real thing!
Book tickets £8
Norwich’s Vintage Weigh & Pay, St Andrews Hall, Norwich, Sun 6 May
I absolutely love all things retro and this is one of the biggest vintage sales to hit Norwich. Nine tonnes of handpicked vintage stock to rummage through! At £15 a kilo, we suggest you grab a big bag and get those elbows at the ready!
And for the hardcore rummagers amongst you, get in an hour early for the bargain price of £3.
£1.50 on the door
An Evening with Jane Austen, Holkham Hall, Sun 6 May
Set in the magnificent Marble Hall at Holkham, this charity event is perfect for anyone who has ever fantasized about being in a period drama. An evening of Austen duologues performed by actors, Adrian Lukis (Mr Wickham, in the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice, Peak Practice, Downton Abbey, the Crown and soon to be in Poldark) and Caroline Langrishe (Lovejoy, Judge John Deed).
Musical interludes from the Regency era and beyond will be performed by Harpist Louisa Duggan and Soprano Rosie Lomas.
Book tickets £50 includes a glass of champagne in the interval and a chance to see some of the state rooms in the Hall.
Happisburgh Lighthouse Open Day, Sun 6 May
Possibly one for the older children as little people under a metre tall can’t take part in the climb, although apparently they are welcome to visit the ground floor. Mmm good luck with that, not sure there’s many 3 year olds that will be satisfied with that option!
112 steps to the top, just think of the Fitbit and the cream tea you can treat yourself to at Small Sticks Café!
Important disclaimer – sensible shoes MUST be worn!
Adults £5 Children (16 and under)£1
The Scummy Mummy Show, The Open, Norwich, Tues 8 May
I went to see the Scummy Mummies (aka Ellie ands Helen) last year and if you’re a bit of a mum who’s always on the run, you will be laughing out loud as they celebrate the scummier side of parenting. From drinking wine at teatime in a beaker to hiding from the PTA, it’s an evening of bonding and revelation. I’m sure they slipped a truth serum in the drinks during the interval as the stories being shared by the audience were brilliant!
Book tickets £15
The Best of Wham, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Wed 9 May
Dig out your freedom t-shirt, leather jackets and big hooped earrings and travel back to the 80’s for an evening of Wham classics – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, I’m Your Man, Freedom, Club Tropicana! *Sorry. Drinks not free – I know – too cheesy!
Book tickets £25
Romeo & Juliet, Sewell Barn Theatre, Norwich, Thurs 10- Sat 19 May
Such a fabulous little theatre in North Norwich, The Sewell Barn Theatre has the feel of the new Globe theatre in London. ‘Am Dram’ it may be but expect a quality performance of this ever-popular and passionately lyrical story of young “star-crossed lovers”.
Book tickets £9
Hannah Silva: Talk in a Bit, The Arts Centre, Norwich, Fri 11 May
Norwich Writers Centre and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival present Hannah Silva in a follow up to her sold-out show Schlock! with a performance of her genre-defying debut record Talk in a Bit. A collision of physical performance and spoken-word poetry set to electronic music, Hannah will be joined on stage by world-renowned Japanese sound artist Tomomi Adachi, who uses technology to choreograph sound through his body.
Book tickets £7.50 – £10.00
Alice Through The Looking Glass, The Playhouse, Norwich, Sat 12 May
Escape for an afternoon to Looking Glass Land with an array of colourful characters, from the terrifying Jabberwocky and the dim witted Tweedledee and Tweedledum to the warring White and Red Kings and Queens.
Suitable for children aged 5-9 who will still enjoy the magic of musical chess and songs about the jubjub bird and the bandersnatch! If you feel the need for a bit of magic potion, the Playhouse bar is a hot contender in our Muddy Awards 2018!
Book tickets £9.50
Sunday Film Club, Franks Bar, Norwich, Sun 13 May
For the perfect end to the weekend – pop along to Frank’s Bar and enjoy a classic film followed by live music. This month’s theme is Coen Brothers and Fargo is the film of choice in the back room from 5.30pm.
Big Fish Little Fish with EZ Rollers feat Ella Sopp + DJ Trax, Epic Studios, Norwich, 13 May
Fancy a bit of an old skool rave with a new twist?
Firstly it’s day time (phew no all nighter) and secondly – you have to bring the kids!
Award-winning family rave phenomenon Big Fish Little Fish returns to Norwich with world renowned DJ`s EZ Rollers featuring Ella Sopp supported by DJ Trax will be playing (grown up) old skool dance music along with confetti cannons, bubbles, giant parachute dance, themed crafts, Playdoh table, giant mural, face painting stall,fully licenced bar
BFLF events are aimed at 0-8`s and their families but older siblings are most welcome. Adults are not admitted unless accompanied by a child.
Book tickets £9 Adult £7 Child £0 babies
The Norfolk Bump, Baby and Toddler Show, The Open, Norwich, Sun 13 May
Everything you need to know to be the perfect parent ….. only joking, that doesn’t exist! But you’ll certainly think you’re prepared if you pop along to Norfolk’s longest running baby and parenting show! Lots of stalls and free activities, covering every aspect of pregnancy, babies, toddlers and children up to 5 years.
Book tickets £5
Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour, Theatre Royal Norwich, Sun 13 May
Is Jimmy Carr a bit of a guilty pleasure? He’s so dapper and clean cut but ooooh so very naughty!
For one night only he’s coming to Norwich to deliver a selection of his very best jokes from the past 15 years and to test out some brand new material.
Book tickets £28.50
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Cinema City, Norwich, Tues 15 May
It’s worth becoming a Cinema City member for the exclusive screenings alone and this month is a real treat with a screening of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella followed by a live Q&A with the man himself!
Book tickets £10 – £22 (Members only)
Heather Small, The Waterfront, Norwich, Wed 16 May
Still looking every bit the 90’s dance goddess (how is that even possible??). Heather Small will have everyone jumping to her classics ‘moving on up’ and ‘one night in heaven’
Book tickets £28.50
Museums at Night, Norfolk, Fri 18 – Sat 19 May
I’m thinking ‘A Night at the Museum’ with Ben Stiller!
Here’s your chance to let the kid’s imaginations go into overdrive while exploring these amazing buildings after dark. The Castle Museum would be my personal pick – all those stuffed animals, the Egyptian Mummy and the dungeons!!!
Time & Tide, Elizabeth House and Toll House also taking part!
Rum Festival 2018, The Open, Norwich, Fri 18 – Sat 19 May
The UK’s first travelling Rum Party is back in Norwich – what else is there to say??
Oooooh I know – Rum Festival cocktail team who will mix you some of the tastiest rum cocktails on the planet!
Book tickets £10 – £12.50
Norfolk & Norwich Festival Garden Party, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, Sat 19 and Sun 20 May
A diary definite if you have kids – the Garden Party is free and is always jam packed with fun activities. If the sun is shining you can laze around the park, dip in and out of performances, enjoy some yummy street food and maybe even finish the day with a glass of something refreshing in the Adnams Spiegal Tent.
Think of ‘Summertime’ as the soundtrack to the day and you’re on the right wave length!
The Ragroof Players Present: Ragroof Tea Dances All the Jazz, Speigal Tent, Norwich, Sat 19 May
Tea and cake will be served, plus the bar will be open for anyone who fancies a crafty tipple.
The Mind Body Spirit Festival, St Andrews Hall, Norwich, Sat 19 – Sun 20 May
Struggling to get in touch with your inner self? I personally wish I could just switch off my inner dialogue for 5 mins!!
The Mind Body Spirit Yoga & Wellness Extravaganza has over 100 exhibitors who might be able to inspire, nurture and stroke your aura.
Pay on the door
Crab & Lobster Festival, Cromer and Sheringham, Sat 19 – Sun 20 May
The Crab and Lobster Festival is always a lively weekend up at the coast. The fun starts on Friday night with a traditional seaside variety concert at the Famous Pier Pavilion Theatre in Cromer and continues over the weekend with cookery demonstrations, sandwich competitions, crabbing, art trails and live music.
If you love seafood, this is one not to miss!
An Audience with Simon Hooper aka The Father of Daughters, The Open, Norwich, Tues 22 May
Father of Daughters – Anya (10), Marnie (7) and two-year-old identical twins Ottilie and Delilah. He is married to Clemmie Hooper (aka@mother_of_daughters), who you might know is a midwife, a social media star and author of How to Grow a Baby and Push it Out.
Most of us love a bit of honest parenting to make us feel better and Simon is the insta-king of that, bringing the dad’s voice to the squares. He has now written his first book “Forever Outnumbered” and will be sharing with us his honest truths about parenting.
Book tickets £15
N&N Festival – Wayfarings, Wells-next-the-sea, Wed 23 – Sun 27 May
Using local and found materials, artists will craft an installation on Wells Beach which audiences can move through, investigate and contribute to. On the final weekend, illumination, music and performance will transform the installation in a rousing celebration.
Gin Festival @ The Rooftop Gardens, Norwich, Thurs 25 – Fri 25 May
Book Tickets £12.50
Exploring North Norfolk Exhibition, Gallery Plus, Wells-next-the-Sea, Sat 26 May – Sat 9 June
We love all things Norfolk here at Muddy and artist Trevor Woods paints a mighty fine picture of our wonderful coastline. If you fancy something a little more modern, Trevors interpretation of decaying boats, buildings, and sea defences are certainly worth popping into Gallery Plus for a looksie!
Sunday Session, Earlham Park, Norwich, Sun 27 May
So excited – finally Norwich is on the festival map and the ‘Sunday Sessions’ first time visit to the city will make the Bank Holiday one to remember!
The fab line-up includes the Kaiser Chiefs, Tom Odell, Blue Tones and Circa Waves! Lots of free activities for the kids include circus workshops, face painting, crafts, a super funfair and children’s entertainers.
Book Tickets from £40
Fascinating Fossils, West Runton, Tues 29 May
It’s half term and thank you to the amazing Norfolk Wildlife Trust for their fab programme of events to help keep mums sane and kids active!
Cockamamy, Theatre Royal Norwich, Thurs 31 May
Part of the Theatre Royals Creative Matters series on Dementia, Cockamamy is a heart breaking, savagely funny new play about companionship exploring the reality of living with dementia.
Based on a true story – Alice and her granddaughter Rosie are a team. They live together. Eat together. Watch Countdown together. Until things start to become ludicrous. Nonsensical.
Book tickets £10 – £12
Damien Hirst Exhibition, Houghton Hall, until 15 July
Maybe best avoided after a night out as you’ll be seeing spots everywhere! Only kidding, what an exciting opener for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018 and what better backdrop to Damien Hurst’s iconic spot paintings than the opulent Houghton Hall. This is the first public viewing of the new series of 46 paintings entitled ‘Colour Space’. Take a walk around the beautiful 18th Century house and grounds to see some of the artist’s most celebrated sculptures including the celebrated Virgin Mother, Charity, Anatomy of an Angel and two from the levitation series featuring air blowers and table tennis balls.
Added Muddy bonus – until the end of July the Houghton Hall Stable blocks is home to pop up art gallery Norfolk by Design – featuring a selection of Norfolk’s finest artists and craftspeople. Book tickets £18.00 and under 17’s are free!