January is so much more than just the month after Christmas, so if you’ve got a case of the post-festive blues, let our What’s On Guide to Muddy activities put the happy into your New Year…
Romeo & Juliet, Norwich Theatre Royal, Tues 29th January
The Theatre Royal have really gone to town with their January programme and their stellar lineup draws to a close with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo & Juliet. Prepare to be gripped by the most tragic of all love stories (crying into your interval ice-cream is absolutely allowed).
Book tickets £10 – £33
Edit your life with Anna Newton and Erica Davies, Jarrolds, Thurs 31st January
Declutter your life with advice from successful UK Blogger and author of ‘An Edited Life’, Anna Newton
Fashion journalist, mother, stylist and brand consultant Erica Davies will be interviewing the successful lifestyle blogger about her new book ‘An Edited Life.’
Book tickets £22.50
Rambert2, The Playhouse Norwich, Thurs 31st January – Fri 1st February
We reviewed Rambert last year and admittedly I might not have totally understood it all but it was incredibly beautiful to watch. I’m looking forward to seeing Rambert2 (the younger company) and their first new work at the Norwich Playhouse.
Book tickets £12- £17
Circus! Show of shows, Time & Tide Museum, Gt Yarmouth – Tues 8th Jan – Sun 3rd March
Need to get the kids out of the house before they start hibernating? This exhibition takes you on a journey from the origins of Hippodrome Circus in Ancient Greece through to the Great Yarmouth ‘Hippodrome’ of modern day. Think Greatest Showman with a little less Jazz. Follow it with a brisk walk along the promenade, some penny arcade action and donuts and it’s a family day out sorted!
Book tickets Adult £5.95, Child £5, Family + 2 adults £20.95, Family + 1 adult £15.70
Food Glorious Food, The Kings Head – Letheringsett, The White Horse & The Jolly Sailors – Brancaster, January
Three of our favourite coastal pubs have some great food offers on this month. If you’re turning a blind eye to dry January – head up to The Kings Head or The White Horse where you’ll get 50% off a main when you buy a bottle of wine. Now that’s the kind of offer we like at Muddy! Or hop over to the Jolly Sailors for their 2 for 1 pizzas – the perfect family treat.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea Exhibition, Blickling Hall, Sat 12th January – Sun 3rd March
A family favourite in the Muddy household and I can’t wait to take the Muddlings to see this new exhibition celebrating the book’s 50th Birthday. Littlies can enjoy interactive play with a life-sized tiger in Blickling’s 1930s kitchen whilst surrounded by displays of Judith Kerr’s illustrations, notes and sketches. The exhibition will also feature family trails in the house and garden!
Book tickets Adults £10.35, Children £5.15, Family £25.90 (access to property and gardens)
The Mechanical Circus, The Forum, Norwich, Wed 2nd – Sun 27th January
It’s the end of the Circus 250 celebrations and The Forum will be hosting an exhibition of mechanical sculptures, physics games and puzzles. This is circus with a physical twist (and we’re not talking acrobats!)
Ken Kiff: The Sequence, The Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, now until Sun 21st April
The Sainsbury Centre is always a great way to spend a few hours and this colourful exhibition might even grab the kids’ interest. Widely considered to be one of the most important artists of his generation, Kiff spent his career exploring issues that fused the complexity of the individual psyche with everyday life. This major exhibition is the first showing of his work in a public gallery for over 25 years.
Plus – explore the brilliant works in the Sculpture Park – Lynn Chadwick’s Steel Beasts are still in situ.
Book tickets £8
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Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern, East Gallery NUA, Wed 2nd – Sat 5th January
I have serious handbag envy! This latest exhibition at East Gallery NUA offers a snapshot into Orla Kiely’s design ethos, and there are one hundred Kiely handbags from across the years on display too!
My First Panto: Jack & The Beansprout, The Garage, Norwich, Wed 3rd – Sat 5th January
Just in case you’re still clinging on to Christmas and haven’t seen a panto yet – this is a lovely one for the littlies plus it’s only an hour long!
Book tickets: Adults £12.50, child £7.50
Creake Abbey Farmers Market, Creake Abbey, Sat 5th January
Film Club & Geetar at Franks Bar, Norwich, Sun 7th January
A nice chilled way to ease into January. At 5.30pm you can watch the 80’s classic Ghostbusters and then enjoy live music from Finn Doherty in the cosy candlelit front room.
Open Mic at the Birdcage, Norwich, Sun 7th January
If you’re feeling the pinch but in desperate need of a night out, this is a cheap couple of hours of entertainment. It can be a bit hit and miss but you might just witness the next Ed Sheeran (he performed there, don’t you know?) Plus you’re in the gorgeous Birdcage with its fab boho vibe and only a stone’s throw from the The Grosvenor Fish Bar and the best chips in Norwich.
Walking Women, Holkham Hall, Tues 8th January
If your resolution for 2019 is to focus on your health and fitness, throw those gym forms in the bin and venture out to Holkham Hall for a walk along Wells Beach in the company of other women. Ideal for those who are looking for a sociable way to improve their wellbeing.
The Dialhouse Flash Sale, Reepham, Friday 11th January
So excited about this one as I absolutely love wandering around this unique restaurant and hotel where everything from period furniture and exquisite glassware to retro accessories are available to buy!
Flash Sale – you have my full attention and I’ll be taking no prisoners!
Pop Up Vintage Boutique, Studio 20, Norwich, Sat 12th January
The Fabulous Miss K Store, Wild Daisy Vintage, Morwenna Farrell Illustration and Cactus Vintage UK are collaborating to bring us the best of Norfolk vintage! They’ll be a “live photo shoot ” capturing their collections before they hit the stores, plus if you buy anything on the day you can be “snapped” too!
70’s Night, The Talk, Norwich, Sat 12th January
Forget partying like it’s 2019. Dig out the glitter and flares and prepare for a night of funky disco nostalgia at The Talk. Get down and get your groove on!
Book tickets for £7 (free before 10pm)
Jonny Woo, The Playhouse, Sat 12th January
‘In’ or ‘Out’? There’s a hell of a lot to sing about – ‘Referendum-dumb’, ‘Swivel Eyed Loon’ and ‘The Ballot Box Ballad’.
Drag Superstar Jonny Woo and Olivier Award winning composer of Jerry Springer the Opera, Richard Thomas, bring you this sequin spangled musical ripped straight from the headlines. This is an uproarious yet seriously glamorous satire about the referendum of 2016 and the ensuing furore of ‘Brexit.’ Expect glittering star turns from Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel, Nigel Farage (of course) and a cameo from Theresa May.
P.S. This show comes with an official warning – it’s a bit rude!
Book tickets £22
King’s Lynn Wedding Festival, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Sun 13th January
Did someone special pop the question this Christmas? If you were lucky enough to find some sparkle in your stocking, then start your preparations early by visiting the first Wedding Festival of the year. After all, it’s never too early to start planning, right?
The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia, Norwich Theatre Royal, Mon 14th – Weds 16th January
Three enchanting tales are brought to life in spectacular fashion by the Russian State Ballet Of Siberia, one of the most famous ballet companies in the world. You’ll be hard-pressed to choose between La Fille Mal Gardee, Giselle or Cinderella, but whichever performance you pick, you’ll be dazzled.
Book tickets £8 – £38
Sick by Shey Hargreaves, Norwich Arts Centre, Weds 16th January
Darkly political, bittersweet and funny, Sick is a one-woman story of how cuts to the NHS have affected not only patients, medical professionals and families but also the artist herself. Insightful and thoughtful and very entertaining too, this is a show to make you laugh and think.
Book tickets £4 – £12
Embrace screening and health care discussion, Norwich, Thurs 17th January
You may have seen this film before but for me it’s worth seeing again and again and again.
This particular screening is followed by a discussion with three experienced Health Practitioners and the audience will have the chance to speak about the issues raised in the film. The aim of the event is to empower one another and leave with some tools and strategies to employ whenever that nasty little “comparison-voice” starts up again! Plus tea, full fat cake and a goody bag.
Book tickets £10
Jason Manford: Muddle Class, Norwich Theatre Royal, Thurs 17th – Fri 18th January
Get your laugh-a-minute fix with Jason Manford’s new stand-up show that details his middle-class misadventures. The perfect antidote to any January blues!
Book tickets £28.50
Karl Minns: Sortabiography, The Playhouse, Norwich, Fri 18th – Sat 19th January
We like to support local and this home grown talent is a huge influencer in the Norfolk comedy scene.
Nimmo Twins writer and performer Karl Minns looks back at his life and takes you through stories, stand-up comedy, songs and an underwhelming Powerpoint presentation as he fruitlessly tries to make sense of the 47 years he’s spent bimbling around looking for meaning.
Book tickets £17.00
The Prettiest Starman, Norwich Arts Centre, Sat 19th January
Calling all Bowie lovers! Norwich Arts Centre hosts the sell-out show that gathers friends and fans of the late, great man to play all of his favourite songs. This isn’t just another tribute band but a joyous and uplifting celebration of his music. Unmissable.
Book tickets £11.50 adv or £13.50 on the door
Guys & Dolls, Norwich Theatre Royal, Tues 22nd – Sat 26th January
A sing-along favourite is brought to the Theatre Royal by the Norfolk & Norwich Operatic Society. Come and support local performers while bopping in your seats to some of the best-known songs in musical theatre. Oh, and the costumes and dancing will be pretty colourful too!
Book tickets £16 – £25
Vegan Supper Club, St Andrew’s Brewhouse, Norwich, Weds 23rd January
Looking for a conscientious way of eating out in 2019? Come along to the Vegan Supper Club at St Andrew’s Brewhouse, co-hosted by One Planet Pizza. Five vegan dishes will be matched with five vegan beers and there’ll be nutritional information, hints and tips on leading a vegan lifestyle too. A guilt-free gourmet delight!
Red Card Comedy Club, Top of the Terrace, Carrow Road, Fri 25th January
January is a long month, so we recommend a big dose of laughter at the Red Card Comedy Club.
Book tickets £14 in advance or £15 on the door
Rocky Shock Horror, Norwich Playhouse, Sat 26th Jan
Anything that describes itself as a comedy-drag-boxing-musical-extravanganza HAS to be worth a watch! In this new show from The Wardrobe Theatre, Rocky Featherboa takes a rock ‘n’ roll journey through the camp streets of Philadelphia on his quest for stardom. Join in if you dare!
Book tickets £12
Better Baby & Toddler Sleep Workshop, OPEN Norwich, Sat 26th January
How cute and slightly reminiscent of that 80’s Athena poster – anyone else remember or just me?
If you’re struggling with intermittent sleep due to your gorgeous little bundle of joy then this workshop at OPEN Norwich is for you! Get an espresso down your neck and pop along to listen to best-selling author, Sarah Ockwell-Smith who will be sharing her science-based theories and practical advice on how to improve your child’s sleep (and yours) We like the sound of that…
Book tickets £40 (but can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep!!)
Jazz At The Hub, Sheringham Little Theatre, Sun 27th January
Cyan Traces kick off Sheringham Little Theatre’s jazz programme with a varied and inventive night of music. Expect both unusual material and new arrangements of old favourites, all delivered by top-notch jazz players. This is culture with a twist.
Book tickets £10
Antiques, Books & Vintage, The Forum, Norwich, Sun 27th January
This vintage fair at The Forum is just the place to pick up a few hidden gems! Browse through stalls packed with rare books, ceramics, silver, jewellery and much more and see if you can find a pre-loved treasure. The ideal way to spend a lazy Sunday.
Worth The Weight Kilo Sale, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, Sun 27th January
£15 for a kilo of vintage clothing? Yes, you did read that right! Head down to St Andrew’s Hall, grab a bag and start filling it with vintage clothing from the 60’s to the 90’s – as much as you like! This is a dream event for both vintage lovers and bargain hunters alike. We’ll see you there!
Book tickets £1.50 or £3 if you want to get in an hour before everyone else.