What’s on this April – what’s not? Grab your diary and start planning with our Muddy pick of the best things to do this month in Norfolk.
Lost Voice Guy, Norwich Playhouse, Mon 29th & Tues 30th April
Lost Voice Guy left audiences (and Simon Cowell!) lost for words with his winning performance on Britain’s Got Talent and now you’ve got the chance to see why. Head along to The Playhouse and enjoy some comedy with a difference.
Book tickets from £14
The Bodyguard, Norwich Theatre Royal, Tues 30th April – Sat 11th May
Channel your inner Whitney in the classic remake of The Bodyguard, featuring the one and only Alexandra Burke. We can’t promise Kevin Costner but we can promise many shirtless men, a classic storyline and possibly the most famous song in cinematic history. All together now: ‘And iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii…..!’
Book tickets from £10
An Evening With Dame Darcy Bussell, OPEN Norwich, Tues 30th April
Dame Darcy Bussell has had a remarkable journey from Principle Ballerina of The Royal Ballet to the judging panel of Strictly, and to celebrate the publication of her new book, she’ll be sharing secrets from the backstages of both! This is a must for dance-lovers of all ages and an unmissable chance to listen to the stories of a true icon. We’ll be in the front row!
Book tickets from £30
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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lane, Norwich Theatre Royal, Tues 2nd – Sat 6th April
Take the classic tale of Swan Lake and add the groundbreaking choreography of Matthew Bourne and you have an unmissable evening of dazzling costumes, powerful production and passionate storytelling. This production is famous for its all-male ensemble and has won piles of awards, so if you only have one cultural experience this April, make it this.
The Voice Auditions, The Birdcage Norwich, Thurs 4th April
The Voice is back and they want you! If you think you’ve got the talent to impress the judges (or if you just want a chance to get up close and personal with Olly), then head down to The Birdcage and sing your heart out. After all, you’ve got to be in it to win it…
Looks, Books & The Real Downton Abbey, Sussex Barn, Burnham Market, Thurs 4th April
Calling all Downton lovers! This is a chance for you to listen to a talk by The Countess Of Carnavon (the real one!) on life at Highclere Castle and watch an illustrated lecture from the famous historian, Rosemary Hill, on how women’s clothes are written and portrayed. You can fuel your appetite for knowledge with a delicious two-course lunch and enjoy coffee and cake after it all too – and it’s all in aid of charity too. Someone summon the carriage!
Book tickets for £125
Music Hall Tavern, Cromer Pier, Sat 6th April
Join the UK’s premier drag act at Cromer Pier for an evening of all things fabulous, darling! Prepare to laugh until your mascara runs as the ladies entertain you with song, dance and outrageous humour. Yes please!
Book tickets from £22
Missy Malone’s Burlesque Review, Norwich Playhouse, Sat 6th April
Hold on to your hats – Missy Malone and her brigade of burlesque beauties are bringing their new show to town for your pleasing, teasing pleasure! Expect music, dancing, tassles, twirling and more than just a touch of sauciness…ooh-la-la!
Book tickets from £18.50
Creake Abbey Farmers’ Market, Creake Abbey, Sat 6th April
With over fifty exhibitors of Norfolk’s finest seasonal produce, Creake Abbey Farmers’ Market is the perfect excuse to kickstart your healthy spring diet plan. Or, like us, you can spend most of your time at the cake and cheese stalls. We’ll leave that choice up to you.
Hormonal Housewives, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Sun 7th April
Take sex, chocolate, Zumba and a hefty dose of wine and you have the Hormonal Housewives, fresh from their much-lauded tour and ready to talk about anything and everything that’s involved in being female. After all, laughter is the second-best form of therapy (we did mention the wine, didn’t we?)
Book tickets for £35.50
The EDP Bride Wedding Show, Holkham Hall, Sun 7th April
Kick off wedding season in style at Holkham Hall, where over 40 exhibitors will be on hand to talk you through every aspect of your special day. Perfect for brides at every stage of planning, from ‘yes!’ to ‘I do…’
A Song At Twilight, Norwich Theatre Royal, Mon 8th – Sat 13th April
Two heavyweights of British theatre – Simon Callow and Jane Asher – come together in A Song At Twilight, where a haughty old author, a handsome waiter, a long-suffering wife and a glamorous ex-flame come together in a lakeside hotel. What could possibly go wrong…?
Book tickets from £10
Kate Smurthwaite: ClitStirrer, The Birdcage, Norwich, Mon 8th April
How did a nice girl like Kate Smurthwaite get her reputation as a hairy-armpitted, polyamorous, feminist, monarchy-hating atheist? Join the award-winning comedian for her new show and find out (unless you’re an Angry Man, in which case it’s probably not a good idea…)
Book tickets for £10
My First Circus: The Littlest Mermaid, The Garage, Norwich, Tues 9th April
Join The Littlest Mermaid on her quest to be a human and explore the oceans as you go. Discover dolphins and starfish in this beautifully interactive interpretation of the classic fairytale by acclaimed local director Daniel Burgess. Just watch out for the evil sea witch!
Book tickets for £12.50 / £9.50
Ghost: The Musical, EPIC Studios, Norwich, Weds 10th April – Sun 14th April
Ghost is right up there on Muddy’s list of all-time classic films (Patrick, Whoopi, THAT pottery scene!) and this production by Sound Ideas Theatre is sure to do the original justice. Bring tissues and prepare to have The Righteous Brothers in your head for the rest of April.
Book tickets from £12
Catherine Hoffman: Cyst-er Act, Norwich Arts Centre, Weds 10th April
Take any number of womb-related issues and set them to a track of death-metal, punk and gospel (yes, really) and you have Cyst-er Act. With more ovary talk than you can shake a speculum at, this three-woman show explores the difficulties that can afflict women’s reproductive systems. Oh, and there’s stripteasing nuns too. Of course.
Book tickets (Pay What You Can Afford)
Churros & Chorizo Pop-Up, The Sir Garnet Wolsey, Norwich, Thurs 11th & Fri 12th April
The latest in a series of pop-up foodie delights from The Sir Garnet is their collaboration with Churros & Chorizo. If you’ve ever tried the food from their stall on Norwich Market – or if you’re a lover everything Spanish! – then this is a must for you. After all, who can resist a churro? Not us!
WOW! It’s Night Time, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Fri 12th & Sat 13th April
Visit Norwich Puppet Theatre and share in the adventures of the curious little owl as she journeys through the night skies. This is the magical sequel to Tim Hopgood’s WOW! Said The Owl and it’s perfect afternoon entertainment for all the family.
Book tickets for £10 (£35 for a family of four)
Parent & Baby Show, UEA Sportspark, Sunday 14th April
The largest baby show in Norfolk, this is a must visit for all expecting mums and dads. It’s billed as a festival style event, I can’t promise it will be of Latitude calibre but for a fiver it’s bursting with talks and workshops from hypnobirthing to acupuncture and breast feeling to menigitis. Plus an activity zone for toddlers which includes some geeky cool science workshops, a story tipi, hand printing, vintage tea room, health checks and face/bump painting too!
Book tickets £5
Sea Creatures: Children’s Workshop, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Thurs 18th April
Fancy taking home a shark for tea or a jellyfish for a cuddle? Make a splash at Norwich Puppet Theatre‘s sea-themed workshop and craft your own wondrous creatures!
Book tickets for £9.50
The Gin Society Festival, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Fri 19th & Sat 20th April
Clear your diaries! The Gin Society Festival has 120 gins and a prosecco cocktail bar, plus masterclasses and tastings. That sounds pretty Muddy fabulous to us! We’ll see you there…
Easter Food Fair, Holkham Hall, Sat 20th – Sun 21st April
Celebrate the start of a new season at Holkham Hall‘s Easter Food Fair! Browse through all your favourite food stalls and a few new names and sample some tasty new springtime treats. After all, there’s more to Easter than just chocolate…
I Am Turtle, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Sat 20th April
Follow the Sea Turtles as they explore the ocean and sing along with them as they discover how to save our seas. This is family-friendly entertainment with a conscience but with a lot of fun and laughter too.
Book tickets for £9
Paul Oakenfold, OPEN Norwich, Sun 21st April
Paul Oakenfold is half-man, half-legend in the world of house music. His name is behind some of the biggest soundtracks, albums and gigs of the last thirty years and he has collaborated with superstars such as U2 and Madonna. If you’ve ever jumped up and down with a glowstick until dawn, it’s probably because of him, and this is your chance to do it all over again. Don’t miss it – this is nostalgia at its best.
Book tickets from £15
An Evening With Prue Leith, Blickling Hall, Thursday 25th April
Novelist, businesswoman, journalist, TV personality and Bake-Off Star: Prue Leith is so much more than your average chef! Come and listen to how she’s done it and enjoy a glass of wine too.
Book tickets for £10
Craig Charles: Funk & Soul Club, EPIC Studios, Norwich, Fri 26th April
EPIC Studios host another of their famed Funk & Soul Club nights with the legend that is Craig Charles. This event does exactly what is says on the tin, so get down, get ready and get your funk on!
Book tickets from £15.50
The East Anglian Game & Country Fair, Euston Estate, Sat 27 – Sun 28 April
Here’s one for you ultimate stiletto wearing Muddy’s – The East Anglian Game & Country Fair is back in the grounds of the beautiful Euston Estate. Live music, food demos, kids activities, shopping, equestrian displays, falconry & dog events – all the usual stuff you expect to see at a country fair plus lots of craft shopping opportunities!
Book tickets £6 – £15 for day tickets, £15-£35 for weekend add from £60 for camping/glamping pitches.
Olly Day & The Jonathan Wyatt Big Band, Cromer Pier, Sat 27th April
The Jonathan Wyatt Big Band are the region’s premier big band and they’re joining forces with smooth crooner Olly Day to bring you all of your favourite swingin’ classics. From Sinatra to Buble, this will have your toes tapping all night long!
Book tickets from £20
Rum Festival, OPEN Norwich, Sat 27th April
Where has all the rum gone? It’s gone to OPEN for their rum festival, that’s where! There’ll be 100 different types of rum, plus cocktails, tastings, live entertainment and dancing too. Rummy scrummy!
Book tickets from £10
Preloved Kilo Sale, OPEN Norwich, Sun 28th April
Shop with a clear conscience at OPEN’s Preloved Kilo sale, where a kilo of vintage clothes will cost you a measly £15. Root through tonnes of vintage fashion from the 60s up to more recent years and come away with bags full of bargains. That sounds like our type of shopping!
Book tickets for £15
Wannabe: The Spice Girls Show, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Sun 28th April
Dance and sing your way through pure 90s pop heaven with all of your favourite hits from Posh, Scary, Baby, Sporty and Ginger. The perfect warm-up before their world tour!
Book tickets for £23.50
A Feast Of True Stories, Norwich Arts Centre, Sun 28th April
A Feast Of True Stories is a joint venture between two St Benedict’s institutions: The Bicycle Shop and Norwich Arts Centre. Sit back and enjoy three courses of food, all inspired by three stories that are told whilst you eat by people just like you.
Book tickets for £20