Bums, The Birdcage, Norwich, Tues 3 July (every week from 7pm)
Where else could you enjoy a life drawing class with a glass of wine and some good tunes?
What the ladybird heard, The Playhouse, Norwich, Tues 3 – Sun 8 July
Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow, but they don’t reckon on being outsmarted by a teeny tiny ladybird. Parents delight in Julia Donaldson books and this glittery stage adaption promises live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs! Ages 3+
Book tickets £11.50
Page Against The Machine: Weekly detox reading, The Hive, Wed 4 July (every Wednesday)
‘Phones off and relax with a good book and a glass of wine or mug of tea. Think of it like scheduling a session at the gym, or committing to meditation or yoga – but for reading.
We love this new concept from our award winning book store the Hive who will be staying open an extra hour every Wednesday for some quiet reading after work.
£2 – BYOB (bring your own book) too!
Boogie on the Broads, Wroxham, Wed and Fri evenings, 4 July – 29 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
Gin Tasting Experience, Jarrolds, Norwich, Wed 4 July
It wouldn’t be a Muddy What’s On without a Gin Tasting!
Enjoy sampling six different gins in a variety of flavours accompanied with local Norfolk cheeses, crackers and other savourity bites from Jarrolds Deli and Wine Bar.
Book tickets £25
Head Out, Not Home, Norwich, From Thurs 5 July – Thurs 6 Sept (16.40 – 20.00)
Nobody wants to head straight home after work on a summer’s evening. Grab your friends, work colleagues, family and ‘Head Out, Not Home’ and enjoy free entertainment every Thursday evening throughout the summer.
Norwich comes alive with music and entertainment on/at Gentleman’s Walk, St Gregory’s Green, Westlegate/Ber Street, London Street and Norwich Arts Centre Front Lawn.
Everybody’s talking about Jamie, Cinema City (Screen Art), Norwich Thurs 5 July
Do you remember the BBC 3 doc about the boy who went to his prom in a dress? Well, that’s Jamie and he caused quite a stir and now a west end musical is telling his story!
The musical is about the adversity and bullying Jamie faced at school, as well as the incredible love between a mother and her son.
Book tickets £10-22 (members only)
Little Women – The Musical, Sheringham Little Theatre (Youth Theatre), Thurs 5 – Sat 7 July
The story follows the four March sisters; traditional Meg, wild Jo, timid Beth and romantic Amy, as they challenge the expectations placed on them as women in 19th century America. This is a story of growing up, female empowerment and love in all its forms.
Book tickets £8-12
Gin Festival, St Andrews Hall, Fri 6 – Sun 8 June
“Another Gin festival I hear you say” – what can I do, they’re popping up everywhere and I love Gin!
St Andrews Hall is always good for a booze festival and they’re promising a huge variety of gins from all over the world, (including exclusive gins you won’t see anywhere else), live music, great food and a gin cocktail bar.
There will also be gin masterclasses and the opportunity to meet gin distillers in person and of course our primary reason for going – lots of free samples!
Book tickets £14 – (only Sunday tickets left)
BAM BOO, The Birdcage, Norwich, Fri 6 July (every first Fri of the month)
New night from the Birdcage – BAM BOO DJs in the bar playing the very best nu-disco/Balearic afro and sunset soul.
Lord Mayors Celebrations, Norwich, Fri 6 – Sun 8 June
Kicking it all off on Friday evening, five life-sized elephant puppets will stomp from Chapelfield Gardens to Gaol Hill and back, recreating P.T. Barnum and Bailey’s 1898 parade through Norwich. Follow the elephants back to the big top in Chapelfield Gardens to discover a thrilling world of side shows, circus feats and the rousing Band of Fools.
The weekend is packed with activities and events, some free and some not. Live music, food, theatre, circus, comedy, cabaret, cycling, running, fireworks, disco, funfair, art and a duck race. Phew I’m exhausted just listing it all, click HERE for a detailed itinerary.
Laithwaite’s Summer Wine Tasting Event, Assembly House, Norwich, Sat 7 July
30 wines to sample and taste – say no more!
Book Tickets £27
Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Norwich, Sat 6 – Sun 7 July
This two day summer celebration in the heart of the Lanes on St. Gregory’s Green is the perfect stress antidote. Simply kick back, relax and enjoy a heady mix of great live music and DJ’s, while sampling as much of the locally produced food and drink as possible (whoops is that just me?)
The Barford Festival, Barford, Norwich, Sat 7 July
Thank you Hugh and Zak for bringing the carnival to life again!
Roll Up Roll Up – fun for all the family at the Barford Festival inc. Circus Workshops, Stiltwalkers, Sword Balancing, Human Blockhead side show, Ringmaster, Glitter and Facepainters, Fire-jugglers, Nerf-wars and Art Workshops!
Plus 12 bands and acts performing, Outdoor Cinema, a 40″ Ferris Wheel and Firework Finale !!
And not forgetting the food & drink – Pizza, Paella, Prosecco & Pimms Bar, ‘BIG TOP’ Local ale Beer Tent, Flamingo Gin Bar, Fromage, Good Coffee, Fairground Donuts and lots more !!!
Book tickets £3-8 (family ticket £15-25)
Unthank Arms Comedy Festival, Norwich, Tues 10 – Thurs 12 July
Comedy, Bar and BBQ = great night out!
Book tickets £13.50
Lou Conran: I Love Lou C, Arts Centre, Norwich Tues 10 July
Imagine visiting your favourite friend/aunty/spinster/woman of independent means. She’s a touch eccentric and always “alright”. Until last year, when it wasn’t alright and it all went a bit wrong. With lessons learned, a bit of self-discovery and some painful yet funny situations, this is a story about life and, ultimately, death.
Book tickets £10
Six, The Playhouse, Norwich, Wed 11 – Sun 15 July
From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tale, remixing five hundred years of her-storical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of sisterly sass-itude.
Read our full preview HERE
Book tickets £20-£22
Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Suffolk, Thurs 12 – Sun 15 July
It’s all on the poster guys, so much to see and do – I can’t even begin to describe the fun to be had over the 4 days of Laaaaaatitude. Very much one for the middling hipsters and family crew.
Day tickets, camping, posh camping, Big Green Bus from Norwich – whatever floats your boat!
I’ll be there all weekend in my retro caravan and can’t wait to see headliners – Killers, Alt J and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man.
Book tickets £77.50 day (Fri & Sun still available) £197.50 (weekend camping) Family options available and under 13’s are free!
Shakespeare Festival 2018, Norwich Cathedral, Fri 13 – Sat 14 July
The UK’s premier all male theatre company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return to Norwich Cathedral to perform Shakespeare’s spellbinding masterpiece, The Tempest, amidst the beautiful open air surroundings of the Cathedral Cloisters. Pop-up Refectory Café/Bar
Book tickets £18-20 (under 16’s free)
The House of Daze presents: Take the Weight off your Mascara, The Birdcage, Norwich, Fri 13 – Sat 14 July
Fresh from London, the creative House are here to show the fine city of Norwich a gay ol’ time!
Hosted by the fabulous Sylvia Daze and performances from The House of Daze expect sickening looks, mystery prizes, fabulousness all round, high drag, glitter and tunes from all the legends. From Beyonce to Shirley Bassey, from Prince to Whitney – rest assured you’ll be on your feet dancing!
Come on Take the Weight Off Your Mascara girls, you deserve it!
Book tickets £5
Chapelfield Summer Circus, Chapelfield Gardens, Fri 13 – Sat 14 June
The circus theme really has taken over Norfolk this month and if you’re not bored yet ….. we have four more circus acts from across the globe visiting Norwich.
Fauna is an immersive exploration into the similarities and contrasts between human movement and the instinctual, primal behaviours within the animal kingdom.
The Hogwallops is a colourful, loud and funny story of the domestic adventures of a chaotic, dysfunctional family in which thrillingly spectacular circus skills blend seamlessly with physical comedy, clowning, juggling and slapstick.
Circus Cabarets Late is a late night spectacular of showmanship, circus, variety, humour and music with renowned and celebrated performers from around the world.
Knee Deep: Casus Circus is a mesmerising show that will amaze and amuse all ages. Every minute counts as the four performers explore the boundaries of strength and fragility through acrobatics and aerial stunts full of extraordinary skill.
Book tickets £7.50-12.50
Kings Lynn Festival, Kings Lynn, Sun 15 – Sat 28 July
World-famous orchestras will open and close the 68th King’s Lynn Festival which offers a packed two-week feast of music and the arts. Including Strictly Come Dancing finalist Giovanni Pernice who ends his 56-date national tour at the festival, The Sixteen, Alistair McgowenBritish folk singer Eddi Reader and Los Pacaminos with Paul Young.
Book tickets varied
Hapisburgh LightHouse open day, Hapisburgh, Sat 21 – Sun 22 July
Possibly one for the older children as little people under a metre tall can’t take part in the climb, although apparently they are welcome to visit the ground floor. Mmm good luck with that, not sure there’s many 3 year olds that will be satisfied with that option!
112 steps to the top, just think of the Fitbit and the cream tea you can treat yourself to at Small Sticks Café!
Important disclaimer – sensible shoes MUST be worn!
Adults £5 Children (16 and under) £1
The Pantaloons’ As You Like It, Fairhaven Gardens, Sat 21 July
The Pantaloons present their open-air version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy – As You Like It. With folky, foot-stomping live music and their own inimitable brand of buffoonery.
Book tickets £11 adult, £9 concessions and Fairhaven members, £6 child. On the door: £13 adult, £11 concession and Fairhaven members, £8 child. Under 5s free.
Z list Dead List with Iszi Lawrence, Guildhall, Thetford, Sat 21 July
“Horrible Histories for Adults” – well that’s got my attention, we love a bit of ‘Stupid Death’ in our household.
Will YOU be remembered after you’re dead, eeeek I hope so but not sure I want to be on the Z List Dead List! Iszi Lawrence from BBC Radio 4 Making History and The British Museum Membercast champions obscure people from History to be put on the Z List Dead List. Sounds like an amusing evening and it’s been a while since I’ve had a night out in Thetford!
Book tickets £5-10
Holt Festival, Holt, Sat 21 – Sun 29 July
From comedy to cuisine, politics to pop, the Holt Festival is a glorious celebration of the arts – music, theatre, fine art and the spoken word!
There’s a great line up of performers and speakers across this week-long festival – some of the big names have sold out such as Nimmo Twins, Jasper Carrot but don’t miss out on Pamela Shaw, Colin Cloud, Ann Widdecome, John Simpson and Leo Sayer. An eclectic mix which makes for a really varied and interesting programme.
Titchwell Manor Summer Fate, Titchwell, Sun 22 July
Finally a fete calling itself a fete and with all the key ingredients to make it a jolly good day out – food, chef demonstrations, bouncy castles, hot dog eating competitions, Pimms and live music!
Dysney Dysfunction, Arts Centre, Norwich, Sun 22 July
Is love just a fairy tale? I hope Dysney Dysfunction is more hopeful than it sounds, as I really need to believe in happy endings!
This is the story of Australian Alice – her visa expires today and she’s only got Primark flats for glass slippers, an Oyster card for a pumpkin coach and a prince who won’t twerk. As she waits at the tube for Prince Charming to rescue her she quickly learns love changes people and childhood stories have no place in the adult world.
Book tickets £5-13
Rainbow Heart, Arts Centre, Norwich, Tues 24 July
Norwich Arts Centre is fully embracing Gay Pride and is offering a great calendar of events to make you think, question and celebrate.
“What happens when you tumble out of the closet and find yourself trying to work out exactly where you are on the gender and sexuality spectrum?”
Rainbow Heart, the new musical show from The Bleeding Obvious endeavours to describe the experience through songs and tales of joy, grief, happiness, loss, discovery and defiance.
It’s been referred to as “hilarious”, “thoughtful” and “astounding”. With catchy songs and stories to make you giggle, let The Bleeding Obvious take you on a rollercoaster rainbow ride.
Book tickets £10-11.50
The Railway Children Out door Theatre, Holkham Hall, Wed 25 July
This classic children’s story is bought to the stage within the beautiful walled gardens at Holkham Hall. Bloomers at the ready to wave and cheer as we follow Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis and their journey to discover the mystery of what happened to their father.
Book tickets £10-14 (£43 family ticket)
Grease – Youth Company production, Theatre Royal Norwich, Wed 25 – Sat 28 July
It’s THE high school musical and we’ll be singing and dancing in the aisles to all the classics – You’re The One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and Beauty School Drop Out.
Book tickets £10-14
Life Drawing with Dogs, The Birdcage, Norwich, Thurs 26 July
Yep you read correctly, how fabulous! If you’re creative and love dogs, then we’ve found you the perfect night out!
Laugh in the Park Festival of Comedy, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich Thurs 26 – Sun 29 July
Laugh in the Park brings you four nights of hilarity in Chapelfield Park. Some great names this year including local comedy duo The Nimmo Twins, Raymond & Mr Timpkins, Felicity Ward, Stuart Goldsmith Comedian, Jarred Christmas, Nish Kumar, Mike Gunn, Micky P Kerr, John Mann, Reginald D Hunter, Lauren Pattison, Christian Schulte-Loh, and Clint Edwards!
Book tickets £22-25
Stephen Bailey, Norwich Theatre Royal (Stage 2), Fri 27 July
Meet our new fav potty-mouthed best friend – ginger, gay and northern, a black belt in Tae Kwon-Do, a degree in Languages, loves a conspiracy theory and named one of Attitude Magazine’s Top 100 Bachelors of the Year. His friendly, gossipy humour makes him worthy of our Muddy Must see this July!
Book tickets £12-14
#Norfolk Day, everywhere, Fri 27 July
The momentum behind the first-ever Norfolk Day continues to grow. There are over 100 events and ideas to help communities celebrate Norfolk on Friday, July 27. Keep an eye on twitter to see what’s happening near you as far too much to list!
La Voix: Hello La Voix, Playhouse, Norwich, Fri 27 July
La Voix is the larger than life Star from Absolutely Fabulous The Movie and Britains’s Got Talent Semi Finalist
Featuring live musicians, comedy, singing and vocal impersonations from Cher to Shirley Bassey. La Voix spares no Diva and this is one hot ticket you don’t want to miss!
Book tickets £17.50 – £20
The Soul Train, Open, Norwich Sat 28 July
The Norwich Soul Train is back – dress up, get down!!
Taking you on an uplifting journey filled with Funk, Soul, Disco and Motown classics, leading you along the tracks and grooves with those licks of hard hitting horns, punchy rhythms and storming beats!
Expect dancing, extra lighting and visuals & make up artists giving 60s, 70s & 80s looks to those who want to get in the groove, and a whole lot of soul!
Book tickets £7-10
Worstead Festival, Worstead, Sat 28 – Sun 29 July
A lovely day out with something for everyone – highlights include the best of Norfolk’s artisan producers and demonstrations from top local chefs. A Pimms & Prosecco bar (that’s me sorted), two music stages, dog show, a horticultural show, an art gallery, a flower show, and much much more!
Pay on the entry £5 (under 12’s free)
Norwich Pride, Norwich, Sat 28 July
Celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary – Norwich Pride will be taking over the city with a parade, music, food, events. Fingers crossed the sun will be shining as this always promises to be a glorious, colourful and party fuelled day celebrating our beautiful diverse city.
The Norfolk Comedy Festival, Green Dragon Tavern, Wymondham, Sun 29 July
As part of the #Norfolk Day celebrations and in collaboration with Hooma Comedy Club – local comedians will be performing from 2pm onwards at our award winning destination pub!
From ‘Normal for Norfolk’ and ‘Second Hand Scott’ to ‘The Intellectual Hooligans’ and ‘That Was The Quiz That Was’ – this sounds like a fab afternoon to kick back with a few friends, have a few giggles and see what our local comedy scene has to offer!
Book tickets £6.50 – call the Green Dragon Tavern on 01953 607907
Theatre in the Garden, Gooderstone Water Gardens, Gooderstone, Sun 29 July
We love a bit of our door theatre on a summers evening and this is a new location for Muddy. Gooderstone Water Gardens hosts Oscar Wild’s “A Woman of No Importance” performed by DOT Productions.
Blankets, picnic baskets and prosecco at the ready!
Book tickets £12
Dave Gorman: Work in Progress, Playhouse, Norwich, Sun 29 – Tues 31 June
One of my absolute favourites – Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish, Are You Dave Gorman and Googlewhack Adventure. He’s back on the road with his brand new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint.
As the title suggests, he’s bringing his laptop and projector screen with him so expect the ‘King of Powerpoint comedy’ to have more detailed analysis of those parts of life you’ve never stopped to think about before!
Book now £15
Norfolk Museums, Norfolk, July
The summer holidays stretch out ahead of us and there’s always plenty to do at the museums across Norfolk to keep the little ones busy – check out their website for a full programme.
The Go Go Hare Trail, Norfolk, now – Sun 8 Sept
50 beautifully hand painted hares have been placed across Norwich and a further 18 are located around Norfolk to form the Go Go Hare city and county trails.
Trail maps are available from the tourist information office in The Forum and various tourist spots around the county. You can also download it from the Go Go Hare website. New this year, an App which might even keep the older ones engaged (the App costs £1.99 and Break will receive £1 from the sale).
Personally, this year I will be adopting the tortoise approach and eke out as many days entertainment as possible!