38 things to do in February to get your heart racing!
Blithe Spirit, Norwich Theatre Royal, Mon 24th to Sat 29th Feb
Jennifer Saunders’ new character Madame Arcati delighted both critics and audiences alike when the production opened last year. Full of sparkling and spirit-lifting hijinks, this new show is sure to be comedy gold.
Book Tickets: from £25.50
Six Nations – Six Courses, The Last Wine Bar & Restaurant, Norwich, Wed 26th February
One for our Muddy rugby fans (or rugby widows) get in the spirit at The Last with their special Six Nations Dinner. Enjoy a six course dinner featuring dishes from each of the countries taking part and accompanying drinks representing all six nations – hiccup!
Book tickets: £66 per head, including all food and drinks. To book, call us on 01603 626626.
Women of the Wild Frontier, Norwich Cathedral Hostry, Weds 26th February to Sun 12th April
Artist Frances Martin’s exhibition Women of the Wild Frontier will feature a series of artworks based on female saints, and saint-like figures. Can you spot yourself??
OSCiLLATE, Norwich Playhouse Norwich, Fri 28th February
A ground breaking tap dance experience that explores human interaction and the effects of miscommunication in relationships. Every sound in the show has been manipulated from electrical currents creating a beautiful tone and depth to this composition.
Book Tickets: £11 (£8.50 for Students)
Agrippina, Wells Maltings, Sat 29th February
In the Met’s first-ever performances of Agrippina, Handel’s satire of sex and power politics, Sir David McVicar reconceives a production evoking a scandalous world in which the Roman Empire never fell but simply kept going right up to the present. Joyce DiDonato stars as the power-hungry empress
Book Tickets: £20
Art Deco by the Sea, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, until Sun 14th June
A major new exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre exploring how ‘Art Deco’ shaped the modern seaside town during the 1920s and 1930s.
Book Tickets: £13
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Jack Off The Beanstalk, Maddermarket, Norwich Fri 31st January & Sat 1st February
Strictly for adults only – this panto production brings a whole new meaning to it’s behind you!
The Trotts are in town and Jack is prepared to mount the huge stalk (not for the first time!) to do what it takes to save his village from being crushed by the giant.
Book tickets: £17
Made in Dagenham, Norwich Theatre Royal, Fri 31st January – Sat 1st February
Based on the 2010 film, this girl power musical from the Norfolk & Norwich Operatic Society will takes you back to 1968 when the Ford sewing machinists walked out in protest against sexual discrimination, demanding equal pay which led to the 1970 Equal Pay Act.
Book tickets: £10 – £25
Open Wedding Evening Party, The Titchwell Manor, Fri 31st January
Experience a Titchwell Manor Wedding Reception first-hand. Meet their recommended suppliers, try their chef’s tasty canapés and take part in some fantastic competitions and giveaways throughout the evening.
Villianous Valentines, The Talk, Norwich, Sat 1st February
Jacquard Anthems is reborn as Fatal Attraction and John Faircloth revives his original clubnight at The Talk, Norwich. Playing the very best alternative music – it’s a chance to dress up and dance the night away to some classic from 70’s 80’s & 90’s.
Vintage Vinyl Dance Night, Cromer Pier, Sat 1st February
Expect a hefty dose of Northern classics and the best of Motown from Soul Club DJs Hitman & Halfnelson. Plus some cool dance tunes to get you side stepping across the dance floor.
Norfolk Handmade & Creative Market, Holt Community Centre, Sat 1st February
The newly refurbished Holt Community Centre will play host to 30 of the best makers from Creative Market’s in the county. Heart Street Vegan will be providing delicious hot food, Rachel at Creative with Line will running ‘have a go’ lino printing sessions and Eleanor of The Creation Station will be running a range of drop in craft activities for children and families.
NT Live Noel Coward’s – Present Laughter, Sheringham Little Theatre, Sat 1st February
Pop along to my favourite cinema and catch Andrew Scott (gorgeous Catholic priest in Fleabag amongst many other things) in this National Theatre Live screening of Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.
Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.
Book tickets: £16 Adults £13.50 under 16’s
Shoo The Moon – The January Blues Cure, The Wells Maltings, Wells-next-the-Sea, Sat 1st February
Dance those January blues away with local blues, boogie and swing band ‘Shoo The Moon’.
Book tickets: £10
HER Wellbeing Online Summit, Mon 3rd to Fri 7th February
This innovative online event is for women in business looking for advice on supporting their body, mindset and general wellbeing.
Ed Byrne: If I’m Honest, Norwich Theatre Royal, Tues 4th February
Join Ed at the Theatre Royal as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children. A masterclass in observational comedy that’s not to be missed!
Book Tickets: £26 (tickets still available)
Last Tango, The Last Wine Bar & Restaurant, Norwich, Thurs 6th February
We love a bit of ‘Strictly Comes Dancing’ at Muddy and this sounds like a fab evening of dancing, food and maybe a few Argentinean Malbecs for dutch courage! Plus you get to check out the new atmospheric cellar at The Last!
Book tickets: £29 per head, including three course supper and dancing. To book, call 01603 626626.
The Canterbury Tales, Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, Thurs 6th February
Fast, furious, occasionally filthy and invariably funny – the three-man cast use drama, verse, physical theatre and song to bring Chaucer’s characters to riotous life.
Book Tickets: from £12
Harry Potter Book Night, Waterstones Norwich, Thurs 6th February
Calling all Harry Potter fans young and old – Waterstones Norwich are holding their annual celebration of all things Potter with a Triwizard tournament. Take part in the Goblet of Fire Games, play a spot of Quidditch and join the fancy dress parade!
Socialise! with Charlie & Suzy, The Georgian Town House, Norwich, Fri 7th February
Fed up with being single and need a little more interaction than a swipe to the right (or left) – Socialise is all about like minded single people getting to know each other without any of the pressures and worries of a first/blind date.
Book email email@example.com for all the details
Homelessness Weekend, Norwich Cathedral, Fri 7th to Sun 9th February
A Night in the Cloisters – Raising money and awareness for homelessness charity St Martins, this is a special fundraising challenge encouraging people to sleep overnight in the Cloisters.
Merci Pour La Musique, Sheringham Little Theatre, Sat 8th February
If you’ve ever wondered what gave your favourite song that certain ‘Je ne sais quoi’,the answer may lie just across the channel! Dreamcast Productions continue their love affair with iconic French singers in ‘Merci Pour La Musique’ – a musical odyssey of famous songs, and their sometimes unexpected continental origins.
Book Tickets: £9 U16’s and £12 Adults
Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Norwich Theatre Royal, Sun 9th February
Get whisked away with the nordic romance and incredible talent of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra!
Book Tickets: from £24.50
Paul Smith – Following! Epic Studios, Norwich, Weds 12th February
His first national tour in 2018 took him from circuit act to one of the biggest selling names in UK stand-up. Paul Smith returns to Norwich for another night of hilarity!
Book Tickets: £25
The Doors: Break on Thru, Cinema City, Norwich, Weds 12th February
Part documentary, concert and film – Break On Thru – A Celebration Of Ray Manzarek captures the 2016 tribute performance in Los Angeles by surviving Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger. Rare footage and guest musicians from the Foo Fighters, X, Paul McCartney’s Band, Gov’t Mule and more!
Book Tickets: £17.50 (concessions available)
Where’s My Happy Ending? Anna Whitehouse and hubbie Matt Farquharson, Jarrolds, Norwich, Thurs 13th February
Join Insta sensations and Sunday Times best selling authors Anna and Matt (@mother_pukka & @papa_pukka) for an honest journey through their experiences in love and marriage, social media and small children as they navigate the muddy waters of modern romance. Welcome G&T from St Giles Gin plus Q&A and book signing.
Book Tickets: £25 includes latest book – Where’s My Happy Ending? Happily ever after & how the heck to get there
Love Light Norwich, Thurs 13th – Sat 15th February
City of Stories have commissioned Love Light Norwich – a bright new festival bringing internationally renowned light artworks, interactive installations, live music, light and a fire performance for three nights of fun for all the family. Dont miss the Love Light Parade – French troubadours Picto Facto bring Lampaphadores – a fantastical colourful world of inflatable characters with gleeful childish wonder to the streets of Norwich on Sat 14th Feb.
Jack Valentine Revealed, Museum of Norwich, Bridewell, Thurs 13th February
History lovers – learn the story behind this mischievous mythical Norfolk legend. Dating back to late 19th Century, Norfolk folk have been celebrating Valentine’s Eve with much merriment and sharing of love tokens for all, not just love interests.
As part of Love Light Norwich, the Museum of Norwich will be bringing the story to life with light and shadows.
Step into their courtyard and all will be revealed!
FREE but tickets must be booked in advance. Family-friendly and lasts ten minutes!
Glitter Ball Disco, Warwick Street Social, Norwich, Friday 14th February
Grab the glitter and sparkle this Valentine’s with food and a Glitterball Disco at the Warwick Street Social. Live DJ’s from Disco Juice. If eating is cheating – just turn up and party!
Book: £45pp for 4 course meal
Pop up Valentine’s at the Bowling House, Norwich, Fri 14th February
Bowl over your lover with a romantic meal at the Bowling House in Norwich. There’s an intimate sharing menu on offer including seductive desserts and a range of romance-infused cocktails.
Book: £45 per couple or six small plates and optional bowling (must book a lane)
DAZE presents A Love Story, Norwich Arts Centre, Fri 14th February
Join House of Daze as they explore the full spectrum of queer love and relationships in glorious technicolour. Prepare to be spoiled rotten with heartfelt performances from Norwich’s drag superstars and catwalk competitions galore!
Book Tickets: £8 adv & £10 OTD
Anti Valentines, Open Norwich, Fri 14th February
Meh to Valentines? Head to OPEN for their Anti-Valentine’s Day party and indulge in a playlist of classic break up songs. Their resident lonely hearts DJ will be taking requests just like school discos circa 1988!
Book: Earlybird ticket £8 including a glass of prosecco (before 10pm)
Fishy Valentine’s, Grosvenors Fish Bar, Norwich, Fri 14th February
Don’t be filthy! It’s a romantic two-tiered sharing banquet at the Grosvenor fish bar including a bottle of prosecco!
Book Places: £30
February Fair, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, Sat 15th February
The Norwich Brocante returns for its first fair in 2020. Over 50 sellers offering an eclectic mix of affordable and quality antiques and collectables including fine art and vintage clothing.
Woods, Trees, Birds and Bees – Half Term Family Fun, Holkham Hall, Sat 15th to Sun 23rd February
Head to Holkham Hall and immerse your family in nature with a whole host of events from bush craft to nature trails to high ropes. Something for everyone.
Book Tickets: £2.5o for children & £5 adults
Suzi Ruffell: Dance Like Everyone’s Watching, Norwich Playhouse, Fri 14th & Sat 15th February
Suzi Ruffell has made a name for herself by turning tragedy and anxiety into big laughs. This year she is actually happy but the world is still completely f**ked – so don’t worry, it won’t be too joyous. A mix of storytelling, observations, a dash of social politics and a lovely routine about a smear test. Perfect Anti- Valentine’s girlie night out!
Book tickets: from £15
The Light House Experience launches, intu Chapelfield, Mon 17th – Sat 22 February
Stressed out Mums – enter The Light House Experience for a much needed sanity boost. This creative collaberation between intu and a team of colour psychologists, light artists and designers aims to create happy shoppers up and down the country. The Happy, Calm and Energise houses feature different colour effects to evoke three different emotions including happiness when walking into a rainbow, calmness when sitting in a silent soft blue-lit room and an energy boost when walking through a glowing, neon-orange charged room. See you in the blue room!
February Half Term Activities, OPEN Norwich, Tues 18th to Fri 21st February
Any working mums looking to entertain the kids this February half term? Check out Open’s programme of creative workshops – science, gymnastics, musical theatre and more!
Book Tickets: £16 for 1 day activities, £30 for 2
Deepening x ST*ART Masterclass, Norwich Castle, Tues 18th February
Join artist and ceramicist Ali Hewson for a brand new masterclass in hand-building with clay, inspired by the Bronze Age finds at Must Farm and Laura Wilson’s film work, Deepening.
Free: Two workshops, aimed at 11-16 year olds and 16-25 year olds (booking essential)
Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, Norwich Theatre Royal, Tues 18th – Sat 22nd February
Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns after winning two Olivier Awards and dazzling audiences across the UK and the USA. A tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.
Book tickets: from £29
A Disappearing Act, Wells Maltings, Tues 18th and Weds 19th February
The great magician Philip Winterbottom cordially requests your presence for his final act. Sadly, he’s dead. So he won’t be there. But he’s left his son and assistant very clear instructions for his memorial. Join Philip’s family and friends for one final disappearing act.
Book Tickets: £12.50 (concessions available)
Sigala, LCR, Norwich, Weds 19th February
Grab tickets while you can to see Norfolk born pop DJ and producer legend Sigala!
Book Tickets: £18
Hello Beautiful: Pamper Night, Soul Cafe, Kings Lynn, Thurs 20th February
Carribean fusion delights followed by an evening of pampering with local therapists and makers. Sounds like a fun way to spend a Thursday night plus a FREE bottle of bubbly for bookings of 10 people or more!
Book tickets: £19.50 includes 2-course meal & glass of wine
Cyrano de Bergerac, Live from the West End, Wells Maltings, Thurs 20th February
The rather lovely James McAvoy returns to the stage in this inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Fierce with pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart.
Book tickets: £15
Teenage Skincare Workshop, Bellamia’s Party, Thurs 20th February
Pampering for tweenies with Bellamia and their half term skin care workshops for ages 10+! Plus fun in the Selfie Studio and a chance to win a goody bag!
Book Tickets: £15 mocktail on arrival!
Common People Charity Night, OPEN Norwich, Fri 21st February
Lead singer of The Bluetones – Mark Morriss – will be headlining this special 90s music charity night. He will be joining Common People DJs mixing up Britpop, indie and dance classics.
Book Tickets: £10
Scira Viking Festival Grand Finale, Sheringham, Sat 22nd February
The Vikings arrive in Sheringham with combat displays, a torchlight procession and burning of a Viking Longboat on the beach. Not something you see every day!
Puss in Boots, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Sat 22nd February
Patrick Lynch from CBeebies brings this classic fairy tale to life with a host of puppets, a working windmill and an avalanche of fruit and nuts! Sounds like the puuurfect end to half term.