Summer is in now in full swing and Muddy is here to help you start planning with lots of fun things to do this July!
Matilda, Norwich Theatre Royal, Tues 16th July – Sat 17th August
Over the years, it’s been a staple World Book Day costume for my three girls and we can’t wait to see Matilda The Musical this month. Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical – this is might be the theatrical highlight of the year for me!
Book tickets £10 – £56
LILAC Coffee Morning and Summer Shopping, Hockering House, Hockering, Wed 24th July
Ladies in League Against Cancer are holding their annual fundraiser for their UEA Student Research Bursary. If you’re at a loose end and fancy spending the morning in the beautiful surrounds of Hockering House, this is a very worthy trip out. While you’re there pop over to Gorsey Meadow and check out the eco glamping site, it’s magical!
Holt Festival, various locations across Holt, Sun 21st to Sat 27th July
Definitely one of our highlights this summer. The Holt Festival is an eclectic mix of comedy, music, dance, theatre, politics, journalism, literature and poetry from around the globe. This quaint little Georgian Town, pulls in some big names – Georgie Fame, Toyah Wilcox, Nigel Havers and Sir Martyn Lewis are on the programme this year.
Book tickets: From £18 and lots of free events
The Sandringham Flower Show, Sandringham Estate, Wed 24th July
I’m no Mrs Bouquet but this seems like a nice opportunity to have a wander around the Queen’s Norfolk residence and enjoy a Royal cream tea. The Sandringham Flower Show is the biggest horticultural event in the East of England and is billed as a family event offering a wide range of acts in the main arena from stunts to falconry to parachute displays.
Book tickets: Adults £12.50 (cash only)
Nature’s Wild Tribe, Pensthorpe Natural Park, Pensthorpe, Thurs 25th July – 3d Sept
Bring along your own wild tribe and get messy in the new mud kitchen in WildRootz, go on a barefoot trail, play hopscotch, throw pooh sticks, leap frog over tree stumps, build a den and learn about some of the creatures that call Pensthorpe home.
So much outdoor fun to be had this summer plus young nature enthusiasts will learn about the importance of pollination, how many spines a hedgehog has, how fast a hare can run, what rarities swim in the River Wensum and much more.
Book tickets Adults £10.95 Children £9.95 Under 3’s Free
Laugh in the Park, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, Thurs 25th to Sun 28th July
Laugh in the Park is back in Chapelfield Gardens with Phil Jupitus, Chris Ramsey, Lucy Porter and many more laugh a minute comedians. Over four beautiful summers evenings (we hope), Norwich city centre becomes a go-to laughter-zone with outdoor bar, delicious street food stalls and great comedy.
Book Tickets – £21.00 (per day)
Wells Carnival, Wells-next-the-Sea, Fri 26th July – Sun 4th August
A week of good old fashioned seaside family fun. Throughout the week there will be all sorts of activities and events including sand castle competitions and gillying on the quay. Saturday 3rd July is the main event with the carnival processionaround the town featuring floats, fancy-dress, music and dance.
Swing on the Terrace, St Giles Hotel, Norwich, Fri 26th July
Swing on the Terrace is back in the beautiful Art Deco surrounds of the St Giles Hotel. Put your best food forward for a cool evening of swing music, dancing and cocktails .
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Old Hunstanton Church Flower Festival & Fete, St Mary’s Church, Old Hunstanton, Fri 26th – Sun 28th July
We love a traditional fete and if you’re up on the North Norfolk Coast this sounds like a picture perfect summer time event. Stop in for cake, preserves, ice-cream, crafts and of course floral displays.
On Saturday night, get stuck into a hog roast while relaxing to the swing and blues vibe of local band ‘Shoo the Moon.’
Tickets on the door £15 Adult, Under 12’s £7
Martin Kemp – Back to the 80’s Party, Epic Studios, Norwich, Sat 27th July
This could be ‘Gold’ – The Spandau Ballet star will be taking to the decks and spinning all the best of the hits from the 80’s!
Book tickets £20
Old Buckenham Airshow, Old Buckenham Airfield, Sat 27th & Sun 28th July
Aerial displays including famous movie planes, food village, fun fair, classic cars, military displays and music. Sounds like a great boy’s trip or daddy and son day – what do you think ladies?
Book tickets: Day tickets – Adults £18, 12-16 year olds £7.50 and under 21’s free. VIP & Camping available.
Norfolk Day, Beers of Europe, King’s Lynn, Sat 27th July
Beers of Europe will be once again opening the tasting bar to showcase and promote local Norfolk beers and gin. Norfolk Day is their opportunity to showcase all that they have to offer on-site, so pop down and find your new favourite tipple.
Worstead Festival, Worstead, Sat 27th & Sun 28th July
If the sun is shining this is a picture perfect village event with something for everyone. Traditional agricultural stuff (heavy horses, dog shows, sheep shearing and birds of prey), vintage cars, craft stalls, live music, an art exhibition and artisan market tempting visitors with the best local food and drink in Norfolk.
Fairground and games tent – that’s the kids sorted – and as for me, I’ll be stuffing my face with street food, sipping a large Pimms while watching the cooking demos with local top chefs!
Book tickets: £6 on the door, cash only and under 12’s free
Vintage Preloved Kilo, OPEN Norwich, Sun 28th July
Stocking everything from branded 90’s sportswear to 60’s mini dresses, you can shop through six tonnes of vintage and retro stock and pay only £15 per kilo. Good for the environment and for your wallet – grab some one-of-a-kind summer outfits!
Book Tickets – Starting from £1.50
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The Girl on the Train, Theatre Royal Norwich, Mon 1st – Sat 6th July
Coming to Norwich’s Theatre Royal, The Girl in the Train is an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide and now transformed onto the stage. Starring Samantha Womack and Oliver Farnworth, this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment. Compelling performances combined with unique set design makes for an unforgettable experience. Full Muddy review HERE
Books tickets from £10
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Norwich Playhouse, Wed 3rd to Sun 7th July
Great for the little ones, The Hungry Caterpillar Show at Norwich’s playhouse features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets. The beloved book celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and this new production brings the colourful characters to a whole new audience of children! Even better, Children under 2 need no ticket – making it a fun and cheap (ish) afternoon out.
Book Tickets – £11.50
Lord Mayor’s Celebration, Norwich, Fri 5th – Sun 7th July
This years four day Lord Mayor’s Celebration opens with a paint party in Chapelfield park – think colour run and be prepared to get messy!
If the sun is shining you can’t beat hanging out in the city for four fabulous days of cultural celebrations, including the famous street procession and fireworks on the Saturday night.
Live music and quirky street performers, street music at The Forum stage and the eclectic Maui Waui Stage returns to Chapelfield Gardens. Mudlings will be kept happy with the funfair and crafty workshops and if you have any energy left, pop along on Sunday to enjoy Norwich Lanes Summer Fair and the Great Norwich Duck Race.
Beer & Street Food, Redwell Brewery, Norwich, Fri 5th – Sun 7th July (+ every weekend in the summer)
Slightly outside Norwich city centre, Redwell Brewery has a bit of a Shoreditch vibe to it – definitely one for the 35+ hipster crowd. The bar is located in the brewing (tap) room giving it a rather cool industrial feel and the shabby chic alfresco area is perfect to while away an afternoon/evening with friends and family (kids and dogs more than welcome). Plus every weekend street food from some of the best vendors in Norfolk – Bucket List, Brick Pizza, Pie Central and All Fired Up!
Latino Sounds, Soul Café, Kings Lynn, Fri 5th July
Kings Lynn’s Soul Café hosts Latino Sounds – a fun mix of Latino funk, salsa and party tunes. Enjoy some great soul food before the tables are cleared away for dancing with DJ Drew and his funky Latino mix. Hello Friday date night – bring on the sangria!
Free (dinner not included)
Gilbert & Sullivan Patience, Mannington Hall, Sat 6th July
Patience is Gilbert and Sullivan’s extremely witty, infrequently performed little masterpiece about the Aesthetic Movement of the 1880s, with willowy poets, sighing maidens, hearty milkmaids and burly officers galore. This is a stunning location to enjoy a little light opera but be prepared for every weather eventuality – picnic blanket, sun-cream and raincoats!
Book tickets £5 – £20
The Voice Project Choir, Houghton Hall, Houghton, Sat 6th July
The Voice Project Choir are teaming up with Houghton Hall to perform two very special promenade concerts in and around the Henry Moore exhibition in the magnificent hall and gardens. Created to compliment the art and sculpture around the site, this is sure to be an immersive experience.
Book Tickets – £5 – £20
Lord Mayor’s Celebrations – Music Stage, The Forum, Norwich, Sat 6th July
Following on from the success of the last two years, Norwich Arts Centre have programmed a music stage outside The Forum to celebrate the Lord Mayors weekend with a line-up of eclectic bands to get you dancing.
Quiet Storm: Lanes Summer Fayre, The Rumsey Wells, Norwich, Sun 7th July
The Rumsey Wells pub in Norwich is hosting an all day summer party and record fair with a variety of music, food and alcohol beverages available. A great way to spend a lazy sunday.
Boys Day of Dance Festival, Hewett Academy, Norwich, Sun 7th July
Legacy Dance Company has paired up with Ormiston Victory Academy and YNAF (Young Norfolk Arts Festival) to create the Boys Day of Dance Festival. Designed to showcase the talents of all male dance through individuals and groups, the performances will take place at the Walter Roy Theatre at the Hewett Academy. Free workshops available to take part in, and submissions are still open if you or your group want to show off your moves!
Book Tickets – £8 for 16+ and £5 for 15 or under
The Mousetrap, Norwich Theatre Royal, Mon 8th – Sat 13th July
Oooooh I love a murder mystery and this Agatha Christie production is fast becoming the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre!
Sordid pasts are revealed as a group of people are caught up in this Cluedo style country house murder!
Book tickets £10 – £31
Caitlin Moran, Norwich Playhouse, Wed 10th July
Don’t miss this chance to join Caitlin Moran at Norwich Playhouse as she dives into a hilarious and thought-provoking evening of all things famous and feminist. Get ready for an evening of slightly excessive drinking and a whole lot of truth about camel-toes, #metoo, why the Beatles were secretly girls, the Nineties, sexual shame, pornography and how exactly to be famous!
Book Tickets £25
Boadicea Gin Tasting Event, The Ivy Norwich, Wed 10th July
Calling all Gin & Ivy lovers! The Ivy Norwich Brasserie are hosting a special dinner and gin tasting evening in partnership with local gin producer Boadicea Gin. Enjoy a three-course meal, paired with bespoke cocktails specially created to match and complement each dish.
Book tickets at £45
Dereham Blues Festival, Dereham, Wed 10th – Sun 14th July
Who would have thought Dereham would be home to this amazing four day blues extravaganza? Headliner Hamilton Loomis will be joined by 50 blues acts from across the world. Worth a shaking a tail feather at!
All Hail Macbeth, Norwich Arts Centre, Wed 10th July
Norwich Arts Centre presents ‘All Hail Macbeth’ – a mix of comedy and high drama, with more than a little bit of magic.
A cross between Harry Potter, Macbeth and Top Girls – an all female cast will tell the backstory of the Three Witches in Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. Includes a three-part harmony style group of singers, which makes this is an absolute must see for us!
Book Tickets – Pay what you can event – starting at £4
Drag Quiz, The Birdcage, Norwich, Wed 10th July
Part drag show and part LGBT pub quiz – this sounds like a fun evening raising money for Know Your Pride – a project educating young people on homophobic bullying.
Book Tickets – £3 otd
Gin Train, North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham, Wed 10th July
Enjoy a luxury evening out with the Gin Train experience! Trains will be running from July through to October and it’s a chance to step back in time on board a vintage steam train while enjoying scrumptious canapés and customised cocktails.
Book Tickets – £40
Shakespeare Festival in the Cloisters, Norwich Cathedral, Thurs 11th & Fri 12th July
The Norwich Cathedral cloisters make a beautiful backdrop to Shakespeare’s magical comedy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is a UK’s premier of all male theatre company – The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Pack a picnic or order one from the Refectory (chairs provided but bring a cushion).
Book tickets: £20
Chapelfield Summer Circus, Chapelfield Gardens, Thurs 11th to Sun 14th July
Four days of circus fun are taking place in Norwich’s Chapelfield Gardens, with events ranging from free outdoor circus workshops to Late Night Cabaret and new-to-East-Anglia – Ethiopian Dreams. With something for the whole family – it’s a weekend not to miss out on!
Book Tickets – from £9.50
The Cure – Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park, Cinema City, Thurs 11th July
Last year in Hyde Park, The Cure took to the stage to celebrate 40 years of playing live which was documented by long-time collaborator and maverick director Tim Pope. Norwich’s Cinema City are giving fans and newcomers a chance to experience this legendary performance in what they describe as glorious 4K with a 5.1 audio mix – a fabulously immersive cinematic experience.
Book tickets from £15
It’s Miss Hopes Springs, The Norwich Playhouse, Fri 12th July
Toe-tapping show tunes, finger-snapping pop, heart-rending torch songs all interspersed with scandalous revelations from Miss Hopes Springs ‘Ritz to the pits’ showbiz life in LA, Paris, Berlin and, erm, Dungeness where she now lives in a camper van with husband Irving and his close hairdresser pal Carlos.
Miss Hope Springs is the ‘cult creation’ (The Times) of internationally acclaimed songwriter, pianist, singer and comic actor Ty Jeffries who grew up between Pinewood and Hollywood where he mixed with Shirley MacLaine, Diana Dors, Shelley Winters and even danced with Fred Astaire, all of which adds authenticity to his ‘stellar portrayal of a jaded faded star.
Book tickets £17.50
A Star Is Born, Waterloo Park, Norwich, Fri 12th July
Oscar nominated blockbuster ‘A Star is Born’ is coming to the outdoor cinema in Waterloo Park this month. Bring along a picnic and make sure you have lots of tissues as Gaga and Cooper’s performance is sure to make you bawl like a baby!
Book Tickets – Price start at £12 with concession reductions
Festival Too, Kings Lynn, Sat 29th June – Sat 13th July
Festival Too is a two-week musical extravaganza that totally transforms the town and sees some very famous names take to the stage for a fortnight of entertainment. Cast, Judge Jules, Nadine Coyle, Marti Pellow, Shola Ama, Cast and more plus street activities and fireworks too. Amazingly, it’s all free!
Banham Zoo @ Sunset, Banham Zoo, Sat 13th July
Join Banham for their annual charity evening raising funds for ZSEA wildlife conservation and get a chance to watch the sunset over the park. There will be various bars, BBQ’s, live music, crafts and a birds of prey display. A great evening out for the family.
Books Tickets – Adults £15, 3-15 year olds £9, Under 3’s -FREE
Take Your Time Summer BBQ, Norwich Arts Centre, Sat 13th July
An all day celebration of Reggae including open decks (if you fancy a turn) followed by a line up of local DJs spinning selections of Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Calypso and Afrobeat. The River Kitchen Wroxham will be manning the BBQ plus a host of local makers and craftspeople will be sharing their wares and creations.
Tribe Festival, Happy Valley, Sat 13th & Sun 14th July
A family friendly woodland festival with music, arts and wellbeing. A stellar line-up of music, lots of boutique shopping, creative workshops from macrame to bushcraft, yoga, wellness and lots of scrumptious food.
Hopster Showtime: Pride, Cinema City, Norwich, Sun14th July
This collection of short films at Cinema City are aimed towards children and feature positive LGBT+ characters. Created by Hopster Studios in partnership with Diversity Role Models, a UK-based education charity, Rainbow Stories was designed to nurture empathy and acceptance in the next generation. Toddler time is exclusively for pre-school children and their parents.
Book Tickets – £3 for Children and free for Adults
Modern Landscape: David Hockney and Claude Monet in the East End Gallery, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, now – Sept 2021
The Sainsbury Centre is displaying two works of landscape art by Claude Monet and David Hockney, two of the most important artists in impressionism and figurative art respectively. On display is Monet’s Allée de sapins à Varengeville, and Hockney’s Yosemite I. Hockney made images depicting the dramatic landscape of Yosemite National Park in California using an iPad and Monet’s are based upon his visits to paint along the Normandy coast. It’s an incredibly rare opportunity to be able to see works by these artists, but luckily Sainsbury Centre is housing these paintings until September 2021.
Bums – Life Drawing Class, The Birdcage, Norwich, Tues 16th July
Push yourself out of your comfort zones and try something new this month with the Birdcage Norwich’s life drawing class – Bums! Some materials provided but do bring your own, and it’s advised to book and pre-pay for your place in advance at the bar to guarantee your spot.
Treasure Island Outdoor Theatre, Lynford Hall, Mundford, Thurs 18th July
This is a beautiful location for outdoor theatre and this fun production by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company is suitable for all the family. BBQ and refreshments available (no picnics) and seating is provided. If it rains – the event will be held indoors, so no need for raincoats and brollies!
Book tickets £16 adult, £11 child, Family £46 (2 adults, 2 children)
Meat and Greet Carnivore Carvery, OPEN Norwich, Thurs 18th July
Book Tickets – £30
Hunstanton Sunset Festival, Hunstanton Sailing Club, Fri 19th – Sun 21st July
This new Norfolk festival takes place on the Hunstanton Promenade in front of the Sailing Club with plenty of great things to see and do from live music performed by local bands, guest DJs, bars and food outlets.
Book tickets from £10
My First Play: A Midsummer Night’s Nap, The Garage, Norwich, Sat 20th July to Sun 4th August
Fancy introducing your little ones to Shakespeare? This immersive 50 minute production by All-In Production is aimed at 0-7 year olds and families. Don’t worry about boisterous ‘Mudlings’ – they are actively encouraged to get involved and make noise. Phew!
If you’re not familiar with this magical Shakespeare comedy – it’s the story of naughty fairies, broken love and a group of awful actors getting ready to put on their play when their lead actor is turned into a donkey. What could possibly go wrong?
Ps. On Tuesday 16 July, at The Forum in Norwich from 10am-2.30pm the cast including the donkeys ‘Esther and Martha’ from Redwings Horse Sanctuary will be about for a bit of storytelling, dancing and dressing up.
Book tickets Adults £12.50, Child £7.50, Under 1’s free
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Thurning Hall, Thurning, Sat 20th July
This magical Shakespeare production is being performed outside in the dreamy walled garden of Thurning Hall. Food and drinks vendors will be at the production, including a licensed bar!
Book Tickets at £15 for Adults and £10 for under 16’s
Great British Fry Up, Warwick Street Social, Norwich, Sat 20th July
Top brunch caterers The Fry Up Police are bringing their culinary talents to the Warwick Street Social this month. Bring your gang out for a fry up as there’s something for everyone, with both meat and vegetarian options and a choice of craft beer rather than the usual tea and coffee.
Book a spot – £15
Photography Workshop for Beginners, Norwich Cathedral, Sat 20th July
Take your instagram skills to the next level with this one day workshop focusing around natural light and portrait photography. Learn new skills and brush up your technique to get those perfect shots of your family and friends.
Book Places – £85
Holkham Country Fair, Holkham Hall Estate, Sat 20th & Sun 21st of July
Lord & Lady Leicester have opened their back yard to host all manor of rural activities including animal and agricultural displays in the grand ring from birds of prey to the Household Cavalry. My favourite part of any country fair – the food village will be bursting with local produce. It’s Norfolk Restaurant Week too so expect some great cooking demonstrations from local chefs. And for kids, expect a fairground, exotic animals, a zip wire and donkey rides. Giddy up!
Book Tickets – £18 (with children 14 and under going free)