Whoooah it’s a brand new month, year and decade and we’re starting 2020 in style with a What’s On Guide bursting with fun things to do!
Anne Frank, Parallel Stories, Cinema City, Mon 27th January
For National Holocaust Day, in memory of the millions of Jews who lost their lives, Dame Helen Mirren tells the story of Anne Frank’s life with readings from her diary.
Book tickets: £7.90 – £12.40
Mussell Night, The Marsham Arms, Hevingham, Tues 28th Janaury
Dig into a bowl of steaming mussells whilst enjoying a talk from Peter Loose – sixth generation Norfolk Fisherman. Head Chef will join Peter to chat about the history of Brancaster Staithe mussels and to share some yummy recipes.
Book tickets: £20
An Evening with Jess Kidd, Waterstones Norwich, Weds 29th January
Usher in the new year with an evening with one of modern fiction’s most exciting authors- Jess Kidd! Coming hot on the heels of her previous successes with The Hoarder and Himself, Things in Jars is a twisted Victorian detective tale which thrills as much as it inspires.
Made in Dagenham, Norwich Theatre Royal, Tues 28 January – Sat 1st February
Based on the 2010 film, this girl power musical from the Norfolk & Norwich Operatic Society will takes you back to 1968 when the Ford sewing machinists walked out in protest against sexual discrimination, demanding equal pay which led to the 1970 Equal Pay Act.
Book tickets: £10 – £25
Mother Country, Norwich Arts Centre, Wed 29th January
A former enslaved woman wants to tell her story. An aspiring writer wants to ghost it. The abolitionists want to publish it. Whose version will prevail? This scratch performance of Mother Country, a new play by Mags Chalcraft-Islam tells the real story behind The History of Mary Prince, the first book by a black British woman.
ROH Live: La Boheme, Cinema City, Wed 29th Janaury
Streamed live from the Royal Opera House in London – Puccini’s opera of young love set in nineteenth-century bohemian Paris.
Book tickets: £10 – £22
Open Wedding Evening Party, The Titchwell Manor, Fri 31st January
Experience a Titchwell Manor Wedding Reception first-hand. Meet their recommended suppliers, try their chefs tasty canapés and take part in some fantastic competitions and giveaways throughout the evening.
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New Year’s Day Fireworks, Cromer Pier, Wed 1st January
Cromer Pier will be the backdrop for the annual New Year’s Day Firework Display! There’s lots going on around the town, with many shops and cafes opening for the day. Muddy tip – head down early for a play on the beach or penny arcades and avoid the crowds.
Doris Lessing 100, Sainsbury Centre, until Sun 9th February
This exhibition uses visual art and objects, alongside private correspondence and working papers, to explore the unfamiliar or forgotten aspects of Nobel laureate Doris Lessing life as well as iconic works that shaped her legacy. Wow!
Book Tickets: £8 (free to members)
Aladdin Panto, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, until Sun 5th January
Still time to catch a bit of panto magic at the Kings Lynn Corn Exchange this month. Top-class live music, a fabulous cast, dazzling sets and a magic carpet ride through a spectacular adventure!
Book Tickets: £21.50
Light it up! Norwich Castle, until Sat 4th January
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)
Pensthorpe Natural Park – A Winter’s Tail, until Sun 5th January
Just in case you still need to keep the little ones busy until school starts! Learn about the animals that tuck themselves away for a long winters sleep or decide to migrate to a warmer climate. There’ll be a nature trail dotted around the reserve and children will be able to create their very own wintry craft to take home.
Book tickets: £10.95 Adult, £9.95 Child, Under 3’s FREE
Winter Wonderland, Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, until Sun 5th December
Lots of out door fun to keep the kids busy – follow the Christmas Bauble Trail through the winter woodland.
Book tickets: £6.85 for Adult, £3.95 Child (5-16)
The Snowman and the Snowdog Bricklive Tour, Banham Zoo, until Sun 5th Janaury
Follow the trail around the zoo and discover 16 brick models of The Snowman and The Snowdog – don’t miss the sloth!
Swingtime, Loius Marchesi, Norwich, Fri 3rd Janaury
In the mood for dancing – head to the coolest club in town for some vintage Swing ,RnB and Jazz with host Dj Three Bits Of Rhythm.
Sons of Mark, Norwich Arts Centre, Sat 4th Janaury
Acoustic duo from Norfolk who have been likened to The Verve, Oasis and The Everly Brothers – why not, sounds like a great night out!
An Evening of Clairvoyance, Dereham Kings Head Hotel, Tues 7th January
Want to know what 2020 has in store for you? Pop along to the Kings Head Hotel in Dereham for an evening of Clairvoyance with famous psychic Steven Treadaway!
Book Tickets: £10
Motherland Q&A with Helen Linehan and Nina Nannar, Norwich Arts Centre, Wed 8th January
Join NAC for a relaxed, live chat with writer of BBC Two’s hit comedy Motherland, Helen Linehan, and ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar. Hear from Helen with questions from Nina Nannar on how she came up with the concept, what goes into her writing and campaigns close to her heart!
The Baghdaddies, Norwich Arts Centre, Fri 10th January
The Baghdaddies’ exuberant and rampant brand of world music is an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and latin grooves and sizzling brass played with furious energy and theatrical humour, making them as unforgettable on stage as they are when performing as wandering brass troubadours!
Book Tickets: £11.50
Snapdragons for Ages 2-4, Castle Museum, Fri 10th January
Little people, big experiences! Meet Snap, the castle dragon, as he goes on his adventures through the museum. Explore the collections, sing songs, hear stories, be creative, meet up with friends and have a great time!
Book Tickets: £3.50 (accompanying adult free)
Jumble Up!, Norwich Arts Centre, Sat 11th January
Fierce Babe Norwich and Norwich Arts Centre have teamed up to bring back Jumble Up! – a good old fashioned jumble sale where you can find second hand treasures – music, books, clothes, bric-a-brac and more.
Murder at the Mead, The Norfolk Mead Hotel, Coltishall, Sat 11th January
Join a cast of professional actors and help solve the murders! Don’t worry you don’t have to go all am dram (unless you want to), your more team investigater than actor. The action will unfold across the evening and you will have the opportunity to interrogate all the suspects.
Book tickets: Prices start at £275 includes drink on arrival, three course set dinner, over night stay and breakfast.
Met Opera Live: Wozzeck, Cinema City, Sat 11th January
An operatic masterpiece set in an apocalyptic pre-First World War environment. Live broadcasts are a great way to experience a bit of London culture at a fraction of the cost. Check your nearest Cinema as many are now streaming National Theatre and Royal Opera House performances.
Book Tickets: £32 Adult and £10 children with concessions available
Kings Lynn Wedding Festival, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Sun 12th January
The Kings Lynn Wedding Festival 2020 returns to the Kings Lynn Corn Exchange! With 50 top wedding suppliers from across the region, you will find everything you need under one roof to assist you and plan your special day. Make sure to register before you go to secure your place.
Cinderella, Norwich Theatre Royal, until Sun 19th January
The Muddy clan always save this bit of excitement for Janaury. Muddy’s Hannah popped along to opening night and gave it a rave review – oh yes she did! Starring Hollyoaks and Dengineers favourite Joe Tracini, Casualty’s Amanda Henderson and EastEnders hunk David Witts plus lets not forget Norwich’s pantomime favourite Richard Gauntlett and David Gant.
Book tickets: £13.50 – £28.50
Queen Rhapsody, Norwich Theatre Royal, Mon 13th January
A passionate and thrilling show, Queen Rhapsody recreates the majesty of rock’s greatest ever band. Relive the magic!
Book Tickets £23 – £26
Percy The Park Keeper: One Snowy Night, Blickling Hall, Mon 13th January
Percy has discovered that his woodland friends are getting too cold out in the parkland. Can you help him find them all and get them safely inside to warm up? Pop to Blickling for an interactive trail around the house during the winter months.
Judy, Sheringham Little Theatre, Tues 14th January
If you missed it the first time, catch Renée Zellweger as Judy at one of our fav cinemas in Norfolk. The story follows Judy as she arrives in London to perform sold-out shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub.
Book Tickets: £8 Adults and £5.50 U16’s
Saltmarsh – Norfolk Table, Wells Maltings, Thurs 16th January
Join Carla Phillips for ‘A few of My Favourite Things’ – an exploration into 50 years of changing menus in Norfolk. YUM!
Wedding Venue Open Day, Royal Assembly Rooms, Sun 19th January
Have you discovered Great Yarmouth’s Hidden Gem yet? Here’s your chance to take a peal inside the Royal Assembly Rooms. Teaming up with local family business – Celebration Station, the grade 11 listed rooms will be dressed in full wedding glory to give you an idea of what it can look like for your special day! Places are free but reservation is necessary.
Creative Wedding Show: Barn Glamour, Hales Hall & The Great Barn, Sun 19th January
With a bubble bar, wedding gowns, live music and food – Hales Hall have the funkiest wedding creatives from the area!
HANSARD Encore, Wells Maltings, Thurs 23rd January
Live from the National Theatre in London, see two time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings at Wells Maltings in this brand new play by Simon Wood. A witty and devastating portrait of the governing classes – mmm topical!
Book Tickets: £15
Menopause Retreat, The Norfolk Mead Hotel, Fri 24th January
Meet specialists qualified in all aspects of the menopause and have the opportunity to share your experiences with other like-minded women. Leave feeling empowered – hell yeah!
Book Tickets: £199
Lou Lou’s Norwich Vintage Fair, St Andrew’s Hall, Sat 25th January
Voted ‘The UK’s favourite’ – Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair returns to Norwich this month with a big January sale! There will be sale rails galore and discounts a plenty.
Tickets: £2.50 OTD
Out of Space presents DJ Sash & Janice Robinson, OPEN Norwich, Sat 25th January
Old Skool – take your brain to another dimension and your mind to Out of Space!!!
Book Tickets: £20
Cream Tea with Crime Author Sophie Hannah, Jarrold’s , Sat 25th January
Join bestselling crime author Sophie Hannah for a crime-themed cream tea event to launch her new psychological thriller, Haven’t They Grown. Discussion with Sophie followed by a Q&A and an opportunity to get your book signed!
Book Tickets: £23 (ticket price includes copy of the book and cream team for one)
Burns Night, Maids Head Hotel, Sat 25th January
Enjoy a traditional Scot’s evening in the historical Maids Head Hotel. The Burns Night themed evening includes a 4 course Scottish meal with a dram of whisky and Scottish bagpipes to bless the haggis.
Book Tickets: £39.50