Summer, Summer, Summer time – there are just so many things to do this month!
Dalegate Market, Kids Fused Glass Workshop, Sun 25th July – Tues 3rd September
Dalegate market is running a short children’s course on fused glass, giving kids an opportunity to get playful and creative with glass, using paints and crushed glass to decorate and colour square templates. Places on the course are open to all kids under the age of 11 – and you get to keep your own art afterwards!
Book tickets: £25
Holkham Hall, Bat Walk, Tues 27th – Thurs 29th August
As dusk falls, join a guided bat walk at Holkham Hall and discover more about the many species of bats you can find flitting about in Holkham park. Get in touch with nature through this amazing summer night walk and see how many of these winged cuties you can spot!
Book tickets: £3.25 for kids and £6.50 for adults
Waterfront Studio, Peach Club, Tues 27th August
Norwich’s own DIY riot grrrl punk band Peach Club are touring their new album this month – hitting the Waterfront Studios with their riotous riffs and cool-as-hell hooks. Don’t miss this gig for a chance to support local female musicians and find your new jam.
Wizard of Oz Afternoon Tea, Open, Norwich, Fri 30th August
Follow the Yellow Brick Road all the way to this fab Wizard of Oz afternoon tea! To celebrate this classic film’s 80th birthday, Open in Norwich will be serving Yellow Brick Road sandwiches, Flying Monkey cupcakes, Munchkin scones, Toto’s bone shaped biscuits and Emerald City milkshakes. There’s no place like OPEN!
Book Tickets: £9 for under 14’s and £14.95 for adults
Open Day, Norwich Theatre Royal, Sat 31st August
Norwich’s Theatre Royal are hosting open day – find out what happens onstage, backstage and behind the scenes, including activities. Great fun for all the family!
Romesh Ranganathan, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Sat 31st August
Join acclaimed comedian Romesh Ranganathan at the Kings Lynn Corn Exchange as he tries out some new material ahead of his new nationwide tour! This is a rare opportunity to see his comedy in Norfolk before he hits the road – so grab your tickets while you still can!
Book tickets: £21.50
Holkham Hall, North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, Sat 31st August – Sun 1st September
Holkham Hall is celebrating its 10th year of the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival! Stall holders offer their products for sale including fresh meat and game, vegetables, cakes, artisan beer, bread, tarts, juices, cakes and bakes, chocolates and much more. A dazzling array of concessions offer delicious food for eating on site and entertainment ranges from the ever popular cookery theatre to children’s activities and face painting.
Throughout the summer and beyond …..
Head Out, Not Home, Norwich, every Thurs until 29th August 2019
If you’re in the city on a Thursday for a little late night shopping, check out the summer programme of street performers and live music from local bands and musicians.
The city comes alive with music and performances at multiple city centre locations: London Street, Westlegate, Gentleman’s Walk, St Gregory’s Green, Riverside and Cathedral grounds.
For the full schedule of performers, click here
Summer Sounds of Music, Holkham Estate, Sun 11th, 18th & 25th August
What better way to while away a Sunday afternoon than basking in the sunny courtyard of The Lady Elizabeth Wing, enjoying fabulous live music. Grab a drink and a bite to eat from the courtyard café and sit back, relax and let the music do the talking.
Magdalene Odundo: The Journey of Things, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, Sat 3rd August – Sun 15th December
Magdalene Odundo OBE is one of the world’s most esteemed artists working in the field of ceramics. This major exhibition at The Sainsbury Centre will showcase Transition II, Odundo’s largest work, made up of 1,001 individual suspended glass pieces! This exhibition is only here for a few months, so don’t miss out on – entry is free for Sainsbury Centre Members and for both UEA and NUA Students.
Book tickets: £6.50 for Children and £12 for Adults with other concessions available
Boogie on the Broads, Wroxham, Wed & Fri Evenings until 30th August
‘Get up and get down’ to your fav disco tunes as you cruise along the broads and watch the sun set. Bar on board, so strap on those sea legs!
Book tickets £16
Norwich Ghost Walks, Norwich, until Thurs 5th December 2019
Friday Pizza Nights at Fielding Cottage and Heydon Village Green, August
Heydon is one of the last remaining privately owned villages in Britain and a pint and pizza on the green outside The Earle Arms is a fabulous way to spend a Friday evening. Pre order you wood fired pizza from Huskwood Fired Bakery to avoid the wait.
Or, pop along to The Goat Shed at Fielding Cottages, Honingham where the Proper Pizza Company are onsite making fresh pizza every Friday night. I had a quick snoop of their site and found a rather nice cheese making course on Fri 16th August, which might make a fun day out too.
Bug-themed fun, Intu Chapelfield, Norwich, until Fri 27th September
Juggling a trip into the shops and kids this holiday? The intu family club will be offering families free activities every Wednesday and Thursday, from 10am – 4pm. Inspired by nature, wildlife, and in particular – creepy crawlies, there’s a whole programme of great entertainment for children who love discovering more about insects, mini beasts and the great outdoors.
Oops you’ve missed all this ….
Fairhaven Open Air Cinema, South Walsham, Fri 2nd – Sat 3rd August
Pool (No Water) by Mark Ravenhill, Norwich Playhouse, Fri 2nd & Sat 3rd August
Sounds a bit like a modern Midsummer Murder – famous artist invites her old friends to her luxurious new home. For one night only, the group is back together. But celebrations come to an abrupt end when the host suffers a horrific accident. As the victim lies in a coma, an almost unthinkable plan starts to take shape: could her suffering be their next work of art?
Book Tickets: £12 / £10 concessions. (aged 14+)
Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run, Norwich Cathedral, Sat 3rd August
Every year the classic car run kicks off the Norfolk Open Churches Week and organisers and this year more than 100 classic models will be on display. Great day out for any car enthusiasts!
This year the theme of the run is Breckland and Forests. Starting from Norwich Cathedral, the route will feature about 30 Churches and will end at a location in the heart of Breckland where there will be a short ‘pit-stop’ service which will be led by the Revd Caryll Brown and the Rt Revd Alan Winton, Bishop of Thetford.
Dial M for Murder, Sheringham Little Theatre, Sat 3rd – Wed 7th August
Coming this summer to Sheringham Little Theatre is Agatha Christie’s suspenseful thriller Dial M for Murder. The play that inspired Hitchcock’s suspense classic weaves an ever-tightening web of danger and deception – and you can enjoy it in Sheringham’s cute seaside theatre. It’s a summer must see!
Book tickets: £14 for U16’s and £2o for Adults
Mann Up, Gallery in the Lanes, Norwich, Mon 5th – Weds 7th August
Mann Up is a showcase exhibition featuring ceramics, textiles and fine art pieces by artist, designer and lecturer Mark Mann. Using ceramics, bronze and textiles, this collection is a celebration of the domestic interiors created by gay men in a time when that identity was illegal. This unique and moving collection is not for the faint of heart, but a must see commentary on society, its injustices and its pleasures.
Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love, Cinema City, Norwich, Tues 6th August
Norwich’s Cinema City is screening this years new incredible documentary Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love about the lives and relationship of Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. Watching this new documentary in the historic charm of Cinema City is a once in a lifetime experience for movie and music buffs, so grab a glass of wine from the bar and settle in for a evening of highs, lows and inspirational power.
Book tickets: £10.70 for Adults (concessions available)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Open, Norwich, Tues 6th – Sun 11th August
Watch out! The most Fantasmagorical musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang lands in Norwich for one week only. It’ll have audiences of all ages flying high with a mixture of madness, intrigue and exuberance. All aboard!
Book Tickets: £18 GA and £68 family admission
Jungle Book – Outdoor Theatre, Holkham Hall, Weds 7th August
East Anglian theatre company Strange Fascination will be touring their production of the Jungle Book to several venues around Norfolk, including The Grove Hotel, Cromer on Sun 21st August and Bungay Castle on Sat 27th and Sun 28th July. First up – the beautiful walled garden of Holkham Hall. We went last year to see one of their productions at Woodfordes Brewery and the kids loved it!!
Book Tickets – £10 for Children and £14 for Adults
Rumfest 2019, Rumsey Wells, Norwich, Fri 9th & Sat 10th August
The Rumsey Wells 5th annual celebration of all things Rum! A weekend full of over 40 of the finest rums known to man, plus live music, food, art and much much more.
Pop-Up Shops, Dalegate Market, Thurs 8th- Tues 13th August
Nestled in the Norfolk coastal town of Burnham Deepdale is Dalegate Market, an independent shopping centre with regular pop-up shops throughout the summer. This month they are hosting antique book shops, homemade glassware, clothing boutiques and much much more! Don’t miss this opportunity to support local creators and retailers and find something super unique for you or your home.
Classic Ibiza, Blickling Hall, Fri 9th Aug
It’s an Ibiza alternative for us old skool ravers who can no longer justify a weekend partying in the gorgeous Balearic Isle (big sigh). Instead – pack a picnic and soak up the cool, chilled-out vibes at the beautiful Blickling Hall. Featuring the Urban Soul Orchestra and internationally renowned musicians including DJ Goldierocks. It might get you in the mood for the closing parties in September!
Book tickets: Adults £39.50, Child (5-16) £17.50
Bananarama & Heather Small, Newmarket Racecourse, Fri 9th August
This sounds awesome!!! Newmarket Racecourses are giving us the opportunity to see Bananarama and the effervescent Heather Small. Dig out your peroxide and hairspray and enjoy some 80’s throwback nostalgia!
Book tickets: £41
Norwich Creative Market, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, Sat 10th August
The beautiful St Andrew’s Hall will once again be hosting the Norwich Creative Market, where you can shop for unique gifts, home decor, art and more from independent artists and creators. With over 60 stalls of locally produced, handmade goods, you’re sure to find something you love!
Free Entry at Strangers Hall & Bridewell Museum, Norwich, until Sun 11th August
This is the third year that the Freemen of Norwich have supported free entry to the Museum of Norwich and Strangers’ Hall. Bring along a picnic and enjoying the weather in the courtyard at the Museum of Norwich or the garden at Strangers’ Hall. More info about admission times and dates are available here.
Wildlife Canoe Trails, Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, Sun 11th August
Go wet and wild with Fairhaven’s Canoe Trail and discover the beauty of the Norfolk Broads! You don’t have to have any previous experience and all equipment is provided. Not only will you get up close and personal with nature at its best, all that paddling will be great for the bingo wings…
Book tickets: (Adults £24.5o, Child £14.00)
Seeing It Differently, Norwich Cathedral, until Sun 18th August
This sounds like a brilliant city excursion for the family – climb and slide down a 50ft helter skelter which is inside the beautiful Norwich Cathedral. Part of their Seeing It Differently project, visitors are invited to climb up to to the top and be treated to unique views of the Cathedral and its famous medieval roof bosses before enjoying a helter skelter ride like no other! Plus lots of other activities including a trust trail in the Cloisters and inspiring stories of people who have seen things differently.
Outdoor Cinema – Moana, The Kings Head, Letheringsett, Tues 13th August
The King’s Head are hosting an open air screening of Disney’s Moana, a brilliant family friendly pub and with a screening time of 12pm, you don’t need to keep the little ones up too late. Family screenings include free popcorn, free tickets for toddlers.
Book tickets: £6 for Children and £11 for Adults
Pudding and Prosecco Festival, Open, Norwich, Sat 17th August
YUM – OPEN Norwich are throwing a ‘Pudding and Prosecco’ festival – that’s right up our street. Bringing together the yummiest ingredients from across Norfolk – there’ll be a waffle hut, Prosecco cheesecake pots and Gnaw choc fountain all washed down with a healthy dose of prosecco – we’re sold! Plus they’ll be a variety of vegan desserts so there’s something delicious for everyone!
Book tickets: £18 standard and £35 VIP
Crabby, Norwich Theatre Royal, Sat 17th August
Norwich’s Theatre Royal presents Crabby, A snappy little tale of grumpy feelings and what to do about them. Experience the sights, sounds, smells and characters of the Edwardian seaside in this musical, multi-sensory, interactive show. Crabby has been co-produced with a SEN consultant to help children explore tantrums, tempers and frustration – so they can have a great day out but learn a little something too!
Book tickets: £6 for kids and £10 for adults
Wildlife Drawing, The Birdcage, Norwich, Weds 21st August
Spend the evening with some lovely furry friends for an alternative life drawing workshop at The Birdcage. Grab yourself a drink from the bar and get creative with live animals to draw! All skill levels are welcome – so even if you’ve barely mastered the stick figure you can have fun too!
Tickets OTD: £8
Summer Family Fun Day, Norwich Cathedral, Weds 21st August
Norwich Cathedral is having a second family fun day this summer based around an animal theme! There will be puppet shows, face painting, mini professors, outdoor games, a play area for small children and ‘sign up on the day’ workshops for drama and dance. With activities for kids up to 12 years old, you can wrangle the whole gang out and find an activity for everyone.
Ticket info: £3.50 for over 5’s – under 5’s and Adults go free
Fox Tales, Sheringham Little Theatre, Fri 23rd August
Sheringham Little Theatre are putting on the hilariously fantastic and silly show Fox Tales – complete with the best of Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson stories crafted into a delightful and comical retelling. Including lots of child friendly jokes, weird and wonderful characters and fairy story magic, its the perfect outing for families with young kids.