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DECEMBER 2019


Ho Ho Ho! December has so many fun things to do, it’s like a Christmas stocking bursting with surprises!

Don’t forget to check out our guides to all the lovely Christmas events happening across Norfolk – wreath making workshops Christmas markets, Pantos and Festive Shows.

 

James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999, The Playhouse, Norwich, Mon 2nd – Weds 4th December 

James Acaster’s is coming to the Norwich Playhouse this month, but hurry as tickets are selling fast! Thinking a lot about how 1999 was the best year of his life and about how much he hates himself sometimes – it’s a hilarious evening as you join James on his chaotic thought process.

Book Tickets: £20

 

Flux:Intermedia, Norwich Arts Centre, Tues 3rd December 

A new concept in the creation of holistic, intermedia performance with retro 60’s and 70’s influence, aimed at people with an interest in dance, music, visual art – sounds intrigueing!

Book Tickets: pay what you can afford

 

A Celebration of Cheese, The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe, Tues 3rd December 

Sharing their love of cheese & wine, The White Horse will be giving guests the opportunity to nibble on a range of local delights, plus listen to a talk from Bancroft wines.

Book Tickets: £25

 

Christmas Pop-up Shop, Norfolk Creative Arts, Grimston, Weds 4th – Mon 16th December

Christmas decorations

Pop up ceramics, jewellery, homeware, decorations, paintings, prints from across the Eastern Region. Free parking!

Free

 

Rock and Roll Bingo, The Lodge, Old Hunstanton, Fri 6th December 

Fancy a christmas party with a twist – this sounds like a fun alternative to the usual meal and disco. Grab your bingo card and dabber and listen out for the songs being played and mark them off as you hear ’em!

Book Tickets: £10

 

Northern Soul Street Food & Cocktails AND Wreath Workshop, The Fire Pit Camp, Wendling, Fri 6th & Sat 7th December

Two great Christmassy events at the gorgeous Fire Pit. Libby Pryer from Niche Flowers is hosting two Wreath Making Classes. The Friday workshop is in the evening with festive cocktails followed by DJ Steve Greensides’ Northern Soul Night plus street food by Heart Street Vegan. Saturdays wreath workshop is a little more chilled with brunch and festive treats.

Book Tickets: £55 for Workshop

 

Italian Christmas Food Tasting, Amaretto, Norwich, Sat 7th December

bowls of olives

Calling all foodies – Norwich’s italian delicatessen Amaretto is hosting a free Christmas food tasting! Special Italian chocolates, cakes, biscuits, cheeses and olives – you had me at free!

Free

 

Curious Cinema, St-Martin-at-Palace-Plain, Norwich, Sat 7th December

The Grinch and his dog

Curious Cinema  has given St Martins Church a Dr. Seuss style makeover and turned it into Whoville for a Christmas cinema screening of The Grinch. Plus Curious Cocktails for the adults – sounds awesome!

Book Tickets: £15

 

Rat Pack Christmas Party, The Cliff Hotel, Sun 8th December 

 

Christmas with the Rat Pack – croon along with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Ok – so not quite the real ones (I think I can work out whose who) but this still sounds like a fun evening with three-course festive meal and disco after party!

Book Tickets: £35

 

Birthday Special, Blue Joanna, Norwich, Sun 8th December

Happy 4th Birthday to one of our favourite Norwich bars – the Blue Joanna will be celebrating in style with live music & much merriment!

Free

 

Murder Mystery Christmas Special, Maids Head Hotel, Norwich, Sun 8th December

Back by popular demand the Maids Head hotel is offering a festive “Murder under the Mistletoe” themed evening. Join them for a three course dinner and a tale of an incredibly dysfunctional family, a wedding and more murders than you can shake a sprig of Mistletoe at…

Book Tickets: £39.50

 

Gin Tasting Dinner, The Ivy, Norwich, Mon 9th December 

The Ivy Champagne Bar

In collaboration with Wild Knight Distillery, The Ivy Brasserie invites you to a special dinner & bespoke cocktail evening in their private dining room. The evening will feature a 3-course meal paired with new unique cocktails – hiccup!

Book Tickets: £62

 

Aladdin Panto, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Tues 10th December to Sun 5th January

Join Kings Lynn Corn Exchange this month for a christmas show jam-packed with all of the essential pantomime ingredients plus top-class live music, a fabulous cast, dazzling sets and a magic carpet ride through a spectacular adventure!

Book Tickets: £21.50

 

Björn Again, LCR, Norwich, Weds 11th December

You can gurantee that cult classic ABBA spoof Björn Again will get everyone on the dance floor and in the Christmas spirit!

Book Tickets: £25

 

A Circus Carol, Norwich Playhouse, Weds 11th – Sat 21st Dec

Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol is turned on its head with this special circus production, filled with gasps, thrills and laughs! With acrobatics, ghosts of past, present and future, and some truly amazing trickery, this marvellously intricate reimagining captures all the thrills and spills of the original festive tale with even more spectacle.

Book Tickets: £15

 

The Neutrinos, Norwich Arts Centre, Thurs 12th December

Art-rock mavericks The Neutrinos have over 100 sell-out London Royal Festival Hall shows under their belts, having toured New York, Canada, Europe and the UK they have returned to their spiritual home the Norwich Arts Centre with their critically acclaimed KlangHaus show.

Book Tickets: £12.50

 

One Woman’s Waste, William and Florence, Norwich, Weds 11th December 

Inject some sustainability into your wardrobe and take a stand against fast fashion. Or just pick yourself up some high end clobber at this pre-loved clothing sale!

Free


Coastal Christmas, Wells Maltings, Wells-next-the-Sea, Fri 13th December 

Christmas song sheet

Don’t miss this wonderful concert of Christmas Carols and more at North Norfolk’s landmark cultural centre. Featuring local guest artists and community groups.

Book Tickets: £5

 

Christmas Vegan Feast, The Fire Pit, Wendling, Fri 13th December

Join The Fire Pit Camp for a mouth watering three course vegan feast by Norfolk’s finest camper van street food sensation Squilla & Squidge. Plus a two hour Ceilidh dance-off !

Book Tickets: £30 for Adults and £15 for Kids

 

Cheese Fest UK, Norfolk Showground, Norwich, Sat 14th December 

Let there be Cheese! Celebrating 30 cracking years of Wallace & Gromit, Cheese Fest comes to Norwich for the first time and will be offering the most incredible cheese-based cuisine from the finest fromagers from across the land.
Book Tickets: from £5

 

Bo Nanafanana ‘The Office Xmas Party’, The Talk, Norwich, Sat 14th December
coloured party confetti
Experience some ‘Occupational Festive Therapy’ with two rooms of hot live music, DJs, jaw-dropping cabaret, wonky installations & a very ‘Bad Santa’ at this raucous and raunchy event at Norwich’s The Talk.

 

Ben Elton, Norwich Theatre Royal, Wed 18th December
The Godfather of modern stand-up returns! Ben Elton is back on the road with an all new stand-up show, promising to try and make sense of a world which appears to have gone stark raving mad.
Book Tickets: From £10

 

Christmas Party Night, Barnham Broom Hotel, Fri 20th December 
christmas party
Enjoy a night of fantastic food and great music at Barnham Broom this month in their festive marquee! Enjoy a four course dinner as well as a resident DJ, and make sure to book in advance!
Book Tickets: from £34.95

 

Christmas Shop and Drop, OPEN, Norwich, Fri 20th December
kids christmas crafting

Drop the kids off for some festive fun whilst you do some last minute Christmas shopping (and a quick mulled wine). The kids will be entertained with a disco, party games and lots of fun filled Christmas activities.

Book Tickets: £16

 

A Visit from St. Nicholas, Strangers Hall, Norwich, Fri 20th & Sat 21st December

Meet the real Father Christmas at Norwich’s historic Strangers Hall, then follow the trail of verses from Clement Clarke Moore’s poem as you explore the beautifully decorated museum. Stories, crafts, costumed characters and a special Chris Mouse trail!

Book Tickets: £10 (includes a Santa gift!)

 

Light it up! Norwich Castle, Sat 21st – Sat 4th January

christmas lights

Holiday fun at Norwich Castle with a celebration of colour and light across the city. Lots of sparkling activities including twinkling tours of the Castle’s collections and storytelling.

Book Tickets: Adults £9.90 and Children £8.50 (admission included)

 

Santa’s Grotto, Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich, Sun 22nd December 

Pop over the border to Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park for lots of festive fun and meet the big man himself (Santa not Jimmy) in the cosy Round House grotto!

Book Tickets: £8

 

A Christmas burst of Bublé from the Gary Winter Trio, The Assembly House, Norwich Sun 22nd December  
christmas lights on norwich assembly house

Oh we love a bit of Micky Bubbles – and this stripped down, acoustic performance of Michael Bublé classics sounds fabulous. The performance will take place in their beautifully decorated Music Room and there’s a pre-show dinner if you’d like to make an evening of it!

Book Tickets: £20 (concert) + £25 (dinner)

 

Christmas Eve at the Movies, Various, Tues 25th December 

cinema ticket stubs

It’s a bit of a tradition in the Muddy household to chill out at the cinema with a movie on Christmas Eve. So many great movies to choose from but Little Women, Frozen 2, Last Christmas and Cats are on my family hit list.

 

Boxing Day Dip, Cromer, Thurs 26th December 

Brrrrrr – snap out of that turkey and booze haze with a refreshing dip on Cromer beach! This year’s event will be raising funds for MIND (Norwich and Central Norfolk) so feel virtious whilst you freeze your bits off!

Free

 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Cinema City, Norwich, Thurs 26th December 

If you can drag yourself away from the Quality Street – beat the Boxing Day blues with the new Star Wars movie at Norwich’s Cinema City!  Ps. booze allowed in the theatre!

Book Tickets:

 

NYE Soul Train, OPEN Norwich, Tues 31st December 

disco glitter ball

Jump on the night train for an uplifting journey of Funk, Soul, Disco and Motown classics and groove your way into 2020!

Book Tickets: £20

Keep an eye out for our Guide to New Years Eve parties – coming soon!

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