Go Ape, High Lodge, Thetford Forest, August 2018
Home to the first Go Ape course in the country and not a bad spot for a series of high ropes crossings designed to hurl you out of your comfort zone. With a cocktail of high rise platforms, tricky obstacles and supercharged zip wires, this tree top adventure is not to be underestimated.
Don’t worry, there’s a Junior course and it’s perfectly acceptable to use the kids as an excuse to ease your way into the tree tops. If you’d rather stay firmly on the ground, there’s a brilliant adventure playground, cycle routes, walking trails and Forest Segway.
Book tickets from £18
Puppet theatre workshop, Norwich Puppet Theatre, August 2018
Lots of great puppet making workshops happening across the school holidays from robots to unicorns to Ninjas to dragons!
Let their imaginations run wild and let them loose in bags of buttons, gadgets, glitter and fabrics to make their very own puppet to take home!
Book tickets £9.50
Summer Days, Pensthorpe Natural Park, August 2018
School holidays stretch out ahead of us and if you’re looking for inspiration, check out the Summer Days programme at Pensthorpe. Inspired by the heady, rose-tinted childhood memories of a long ago distant era, the event promises a return to the old-fashioned values of traditional outdoor play.
So tear those devices off the kids and pop along for a day of den building, summer craft activities and the brand new Hootz and Friends Discovery Trail will weave you through the 700 acres of woodlands, wetlands and gardens of the reserve.
Book tickets Adults £11.95 Kids £10.95 (age 3-16)
Brian Alabaster Sculpture Exhibition, The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds, until 30 Sept 2018
The Word Defiant! is a series of installations throughout the hall and out to the garden Temple that reveals stories of books that have been banned, burned, redacted, drowned, neglected and superseded, with each linked to the theme of books under threat.
A five-year conservation project at Blickling Estate inspired Theatre Company Les Enfants Terribles to explore the importance of books through contemporary art to spectacular effect – well worth the visit!
Make a day of it – lots of summer family activities too.
Book tickets Adult £15.95 Child £7.95 Family £39.85
Family fun at the Sainsbury Centre – Anthony Gormley, Lynn Chadwick’s Beasts and Brian Clarke: The Art Of Life, August 2018
We’ve featured them before but the Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park is a Muddy must this summer with three great exhibitions. Plan ahead and take advantage of the built in BBQ’s by the lake for a little informal get together with friends on a Sunday afternoon!
Outdoor Theatre, Holkham Hall, August 2018
What better setting to enjoy a summer evening’s theatre than the beautiful walled gardens at Holkham Hall. First on the billing – Boxtree Productions brings Treasure Island to the stage on Wed 1 August.
The programme of outdoor theatre continues throughout the summer with The Adventures of Dr Dolittle on Wed 8 Aug, Journey to the Centre of the Earth on Wed 15 Aug , The Midnight Gang on Thurs 23 Aug and the Tempest on Wed 29 Aug.
Book tickets Adult £14, Child (2-16 years incl.) £10, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £43
Wells Carnival, Wells-next-the-sea, Wed 1 – Sun 5 August
A whole programme of family fun and events including a Carnival Day procession on Sat 4 Aug. Traditional seaside activities include a sand-castle competition, town crier competition, gillying on the quay and the crowning of the Carnival Royals. Plus great food, live music, daily activities for the kids – definitely one for the summer holiday list!
Mostly free but some ticketed events, see full programme.
Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi DJ Set, Norwich Arts Centre, Fri 3 August
Now this is something I’d never imagined – Snooker world champion turned nu-skool DJing titan Steve Davis is joined by revered British Iranian multi-intrumentalist and experimental rock composer Kavus Torabi.
Definitely worth a looksie and rumour has it you’ll be in for a fab night of surprises!
Book tickets £8
Sandringham Food and Drink Festival, Sandringham Estate, Sat 4 – Sun 5 August
August is all about the food and the Sandringham Food and Drink Festival is looking mouth wateringly tasty! They have some great celeb chefs ready to show us a thing or two in the kitchen, including Reggae Reggae Levi Roots, Richard Bainbridge, Ursula Ferrigno, Matt Tebbutt, Phil Vickery and Chantelle Nicholson.
Live music from local bands and artists, food from around the world and around the corner. Family entertainment with workshops for all ages including a Bushtucker Challenge, Pinxton
Puppets and fairground rides.
You’ll find me in my favourite place – the huge food halls where those sneaky producers offer a dangerous try before you buy policy which is likely to put me into some kind of food trance!
Book tickets Adults £8 Kids £3 Family £22
The Floyd Effect, Norwich Playhouse, Sat 4 August
Calling all Pink Floyd lovers!
It might be a tribute band but these guys are all top quality musicians with pedigrees that stretch across all manner of musical genres. This genuine live experience promises to take you on a journey through the music of Pink Floyd. With a dramatic light show that incorporates the iconic circular screen, two sets of projections, smoke and lasers – sounds like a fab night.
The Gunton Festival of Food and Music, The Gunton Arms, Sat 4 August
A glorious celebration of The Gunton Arms holy trinity – Food, music and drink.
Headlining the mini festival is soul singer legend The James Hunter Six plus King Salami & the Cumberland 3, Errol Linton, DJ Scratchy, Gladboy and The Tuppenny Bunters.
Now for the all important food headliners – Woolf & Social, Papaya Verte, Salt & Dry, The Cabin and sweet treats galore from the Fig Bar! Sounds like an empire line dress or smock might the the dress code for the day as I intend to try everything!!
Book tickets £28.75 (under 14’s free)
Colour Dash, Heritage Garden, Hunstanton, Sun 5 August
Book tickets Adults £20, Kids £10 (5-15), Family £50, Team of 6+ £17.50pp
The Plantation Garden Summer Music & Sunday Teas, Plantation Garden, Norwich, Sun 5, 12, 19 & 26 August
Pop down to this beautiful Victorian Garden for an afternoon of drinking tea and eating home-baked cakes!
Live performances from local musicians, a lovely way to spend a few hours on a sunny Sunday.
Entry £2 on the gate
Summer Sounds, Holkham Hall, Sundays 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th August
Relax, unwind and enjoy a summer Sunday afternoon of fabulous live music.
On the 5th and 19th August, Jackdaw Duo will bring a toe-tapping set of old and new covers, with an eclectic mix to keep everyone entertained. On 12th and 26th August, enjoy the laid-back, jazz-infused Chris Cooper Trio, perfect for whiling away a summer afternoon.
Fancy a Pimm’s? The Lady Elizabeth Wing bar will be open all afternoon.
Book tickets Free
Mission 2 Mars, Laboratory Media, Carrowbeck House, Norwich, Tues 7 August
Had enough of the kids yet? Fancy sending them to Mars for the day? The Lab Media summer programme is packed with cool activities including The Mission 2 Mars day where kids get to report on the launch from the Kennedy Space Centre, interview young astronauts as they float weightlessly in the space station and deal with an emergency collision in space. After a refreshing after lunch space walk they will fly the space shuttle successfully back to earth and make a film of the whole mission. An out of this world experience!
Book tickets £30 (age 8-16)
Champagne and Oyster Festival, The White Horse, Brancaster, Sat 10 August
Great programme of summer food events at one of our fav Little Black Book pubs.
Promising ooodles of Champagne and local oysters – this is a Muddy must!
Classic Ibiza, Blickling Hall, Fri 10 August
As dusk falls, the lasers will hit the Blickling skyline as the Urban Soul Orchestra return to bring some of the best of the White Island’s dance tunes to orchestral life. It’s going to be another night to remember!
Book tickets Adults £39.50 Child (5-16) £17.50
Ordinary World Exhibition, Main Barn, Creake Abbey, Fri 10 – Thurs 23 August
How would you interpret a landscape if it was based on your outlook? Mine might be a bit chaotic right now!!!
Pop-Up exhibition ‘Ordinary Worlds’ is a selection of paintings and works on paper by six female artists who share a common interest in representing landscape and interpreting the topographic in their work. Each artist shows how we might compose landscape to suit our outlook rather than merely reflect upon a visual likeness or land use.
Common People Summer Party, The Open, Norwich, Fri 10 August
Heads up 90’s lovers – DJ Flob and The Counterfeit Brits are 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
Reepham18 Festival, Reepham, Sat 11 – Sun 12 August
Promising to be better than ever this year, this fab little Norfolk festival has secured the legendary Roachford!!! Plus all the way from the states – disco/heavy metal super group – Tragedy. They’ll be playing alongside tribute acts – Mainly Madness, Elvis-tastic and The Blue Sueders, plus a whole host of other up-and-coming musicians. I spy a great musical weekend!
Book tickets £30 Adult £1 Child
A Taste of Norfolk Gin Cruise, Wroxham, Norwich, Sat 11 August
Gin Temple presents “A taste of Norfolk” Gin cruise 2018. An absolute must for any gin enthusiast – 3 hours cruising down the broads on a journey of gin aboard the Vintage Broadsman passenger boat.
Sample selected menu of 5 distinctive gins all made right here in Norfolk!
Book tickets £40
Miss Saigon, Norwich Theatre Royal, Wed 15 August – Sun 15 September
Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON is embarking on a major UK Tour and coming to Norwich for a whole month!
This beautiful story is set in the last days of the Vietnam War, where 17 year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.
Book tickets £40-£57.50
Burnham Market Craft Market, Burnham Market, Fri 17 August
It’s where the lovely Monica Vinader started selling her beautiful bracelets, so Burnham Craft Market is always worth a visit – you never know who you might discover! Over 100 stalls laden with crafts by local artists, designers and artisans – woodwork, pottery, basketwork, plants, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, cards, sculptures furniture, glassware, photography, aromatherapy, metalwork and more.
The Greatest Showman, Open Air Cinema, Heritage Garden, Hunstanton, Sat 18 August
Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s a fab opportunity to see the lovely Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron in tight trousers singing their hearts out! And it’s FREE – hooray!
Canoe Adventures, Fairhaven Gardens, South Walsham, Wed 22 August
Book tickets £22 adult; £12 child 5-16 yrs
Pop Up Pictures, Catton Park, Norwich, Thurs 23 – Sun 26 August
We love a bit of outdoor cinema here at Muddy – Picnic and Prosecco at the ready as we head down to my local park in Old Catton to catch one of four great films – The Lion King, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Greatest Showman and Grease.
Book tickets £12 Adults £8 kids
Trunchonbury Festival, Trunch, Fri 24 – Sun 26 August
It’s a new one for us and this family festival hidden away in the North Norfolk countryside looks like a goodie. Billed as a three day music & arts event, there’s an acoustic stage, dance tent and disco shed – have I got your attention? Throw in a healing field, outdoor cinema, circus workshops and a fun fair and you’ve got all the key ingredients for a pretty cool weekend.
Book tickets £20 day tickets, £50 weekend tickets, under 5’s free and camping options available!
Sushi & Sake Festival, The Open, Norwich, Sat 25 August
OPEN will be transformed into a Japanese Street Market this bank holiday weekend with Sushi Bars, Tempura Bar, Japanese Desserts, Cocktail Bars, Sake Bars, Whisky tastings, masterclasses and live music.
Book tickets £10
The Grand Norwich Duck Race 2018, The Ribs of Beef, Norwich, Sun 26 August
It’s the seventh annual charity Grand Norwich Duck Race from St George’s Bridge to Fye Bridge and a great day by the waters edge for all the family.
The Fun starts at 11am with a duck parade and the individual duck race starts at 2.00pm with 3000 sponsored ducks battling their way to the finish line. At 2.30pm it’s time for the large painted corporate ducks to take to the water.
There will also be a cake stall, ice creams, face painting, Archers Butcher’s sausage stall, little duck stall, games and other activities for everyone to enjoy.
Sundown Festival, Norwich Showground, Fri 31 August – Sun 2 Sept
Awesome line up for there Sundown this year and a great way to end the summer festival season!
Book tickets day from £45 and weekend from £90