Spring into March with 36 of the best things to do this month in Norfolk.
Jen Brister, Under Privilege, Norwich Arts Centre, Tues 17th March
Brister has it all: a wife, kids, a house and a job she loves (sometimes) so what the hell is she moaning about? Join Jen as she takes an irreverent look at the often controversial subject of ‘privilege’. Who has it? Who doesn’t? And why does no one like to admit they have any?
Book tickets: £14
Stephen Bailey, Can’t Be Bothered, Norwich Playhouse, Thurs 19th March
Channel 5 darling Stephen Bailey is a little bit of a gossip – but this year he’s decided to have a grown up conversation about everything mad that is going on in the world. Storytelling and inappropriate anecdotes – sounds right up our Muddy street!
Book tickets: £14.50
Dior Masterclass, Jarrolds, Norwich, Thursday 19th March
Special Dior Masterclass showcasing new spring summer collections in skincare and fragrance. Let the expert team guide you through how to achieve your ultimate radiant glow plus a complimentary Dior gift, fizz and sweet treats!
Book tickets: £15 (£10 redeemable against Dior purchase made on the evening) Available from Dior counter, Beauty Hall or call 01603 660661.
10th anniversary tour of The Canada Boys, Garage Theatre, Norwich, Thurs 19th & Fri 20th March
Back with the original cast for its third regional tour, this play is based on the true story of a group of workers at J & J Colman, Norwich in 1912. Funny, sad and thought-provoking, The Canada Boys (by Feast Theatre) is a play about ambition, love, duty, family and mustard!
Book Tickets: £12.50
And Then There Were None, Maddermarket, Norwich, Fri 20th – Sun 28th March
I love a bit of Agatha Christie and where’s better than the Maddermarket theatre for a bit of home grown Am Dram!
Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All with a wicked past and a secret that will seal their fate. Each has been marked for murder. The bloodbath begins as the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland. One by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme. Who is the killer? Will anyone survive the night?
Book tickets: £13
An Evening of Motown, The Norfolk Mead, Sat 21st March
Sidestep down to the Norfolk Mead for an evening of pure Motown. The evening includes a two course dinner and music from the ‘Near Misses’ in their lovely Garden Room. Fancy dress optional!
Book Tickets: £35
An Evening with Jules Hudson, Wells Maltings, Sat 21st March
Littlelifts Clubbercise 2020, Open, Norwich, Sat 21st March
Fancy having a good old (daytime) rave to old and new club hits while raising money to help women with breast cancer in Norfolk & Suffolk? Imagine the cake you’ll be able to eat after four hours of dancing!
Book tickets: £15 (+£15 fundraising target)
Let’s Dance 80’s, Open, Norwich, Sat 21st March
Grab your leg warmers and ra-ra skirts for a night of ‘80s stonkers from the likes of Madonna, Prince, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Human League, a-ha, Bonnie Tyler, Soft Cell and Cyndi Lauper. Dress up areas, giveaways, glitter balls and 99 red balloons – hoorah!
Book tickets: £10
Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea and Craft Event with Milly J Shoes, The Maids Head Hotel, Norwich, Sun 22nd March
Indulge in a traditional afternoon tea followed by a workshop to design a pair of unique shoe clips. Emily from Milly J Shoes is a finalist in both the Footwear Designer of the Year & Accessory Brand of the Year for 2020 and has been named as one of Norfolk’s 100 most inspiring women.
Book tickets: £45 per person
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, Holkham Hall, Sun 22nd March
We can’t think of a more special setting to treat your mum than the Lady Elizabeth Wing Courtyard Room at Holkham Hall. Afternoon tea includes finely cut sandwiches, mouthwatering salmon cones, delicate filled baby brioche, scrumptious scones, delicious tray bakes, and a choice of loose leaf teas. Plus Mum will get to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco!
Book Tickets: £25
Unsigned Artist Showcase, Waterfront Norwich, Sun 22nd March
An evening of music performance from up and coming local young musicians. This exclusive gig features four-piece rock band Jora the Fortuneteller, and solo artists Ella Massingham, Blux J and Amelia Stephanides.
Ruby Wax, Playhouse Norwich, Sat 21st to Tues 24th March
Based on her bestselling book, How To Be Human, Ruby blends her witty comedy with insightful life lessons to answer every question you’ve ever had about evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, sex, kids, the future and compassion.
Book Tickets: from £20
Shazia Mirza – Coconut, Norwich Arts Centre, Thurs 26th March
Strap in for a hilarious and uplifting joyride into the art of survival in a world of crocodiles, coconuts, solitary confinement and alpha males. Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows; With Love From St. Tropez, a riot of brexit, buquas and butt-plugs through the lens of The Periodic Table, and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides, Shazia is taking on the burning issues of our time in her latest show for 2020.
Our very own Muddy Devon Editor got up close and personal – read full interview here.
Book tickets: £14.50
Vintage Sixties Festival, Cromer, Thurs 26th & Sun 29th March
60s legend Marty Wilde MBE kicks off the festivities and what follows is a weekend of live music with acts including Soul DJ’s Piers “Hitman Hawkins” and Trevor Half Nelson, The Trems and The Fortunes. The pier will be rocking with free live music, music memorabilia, a vintage market and auction plus hundreds of classic scooters, classic motorbikes and vehicles.
FREE: Camping available at nearby Forest Park @ £19.60 per night (min two night stay) in their Shepherd Huts and Glamping Cabins.
Roachford Live, Waterfront, Norwich, Thursday 26th March
Legendary singer songwriter Roachford has announced his first major headline tour in over two years and luckily for us he’s coming to the Waterfront!
Book tickets: £55
James Taylor Quartet, Norwich Arts Centre, Fri 27th March
For over 30 years, the James Taylor Quartet have set the standard for the coolest sounds in funky acid jazz – need I say any more? OK then – The Wonderstuff, Manic Street Preachers, The Pogues and U2 have all featured James and his distinctive Hammond sound on their albums. Muddy Must see for the month!
Book tickets: £22.50
Deepdale Hygge, Burnham Deepdale, Fri 27th to Sun 29th March
Pop up to the coast and get a bit of Hygge at Burnham Deepdale Backpackers and camping. Celebrate the loveliness of the North Norfolk Coast enjoy the simple pleasures of live music, friends, good food and the great outdoors.
Book tickets: Deepdale Hygge is primarily for those staying at Deepdale Backpackers & Camping. The cost of attending is your accommodation, plus £20 per adult and £10 per child.
Intellectual Hooligans, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Sat 28th March
Need a laugh? Check out Intellectual Hooligans for a night of improv comedy!
Gossamer Thread Circus: Les SauVages, Norwich Arts Centre, Sat 28th March
The creators of Curious Cabaret & 250 Years of Circus in 60 Minutes return to NAC with a rebellious new cabaret – Les SauVages – a cornucopia of seditious circus, riotous music and provocative burlesque.
Book Tickets: £14 adv, £17 OTD
Only The Brave 2020, Thetford Forest, Sun 29th March
Get truly ‘muddy’ at Only The Brave. Choose between a six or ten mile course with plenty of obstacles, lots of mud and it’s all for charity mate!
Book tickets: 6 mile – £35 and raise £50 or £50 and raise what you can / 10 mile £45 raise £50 or £60 raise what you can
Afternoon Tea and Magic Masterclass, No. 29. Sun 29th March
An afternoon of trickery, cocktails and scrumptious treats at No. Twenty 9 in Burnham Market. I can show you how a whole cake can disappear – now that’s magic!
Book Tickets: £80
Madama Butterfly, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Tues 31st March
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval Lieutenant – with dramatic results. Korean soprano Elena Dee and the celebrated international soprano Alyona Kistenyova lead this award winning Opera in a new production at the Kings Lynn Corn Exchange. Exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.
Book tickets: from £35
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British Tattoo Art Revealed, Time and Tide Museum, Sun 1st to Sun 8th March
This ground-breaking exhibition celebrates the astonishingly rich heritage of tattooing as an art form in the UK. There are over 400 original artworks, photographs and historic objects on display – some of which have never been seen in public before – and unique commissions from today’s leading tattoo artists and studios.
Book Tickets: £6.20
Mental Health and Wellbeing Event, OPEN Norwich, Fri 6th March
Open Up at OPEN is a free event looking at the many issues around mental health and well-being including workplace health, children’s wellbeing and mindfulness. ‘Q&A’s with mental health advocate Sir Norman Lamb.
Brilliant Boggle Big Top, BeWILDerwood, Hoveton, Sat 7th March
You are invited to become a member of the Swampy’s Slightly Silly Circus. For one day only (ooo!) the Boggles and Twiggles have decided to share some of their most spectacular circus-like talents. Plus face painting, storytelling, craft making and running WILD in the woods is all incloooded in standard ticket prices! Yippee!
Book tickets: £15.50/£17.50 (depending on height), Little ones go free (under 92cm)
Female Voices Tour, Norwich Castle, Sat 7th March
Women in history shouldn’t be a mystery! Norwich Castle are introducing a new guided tour this month for you to discover the incredible women across their collections.
Book Tickets: Adults £9.90 and Kids £8.50
The Origin of Species, Sheringham Little Theatre, Sun 8th March
The Origin of Species tells the remarkable story of how Charles Darwin came to discover the secrets of evolution, and why it took him over twenty years to pluck up the courage to publish his theory. The show is packed with big ideas, terrible puns, brilliant physical comedy and six cracking original songs about everything from blasted boring barnacles to the perils of marrying your cousin!
Book Tickets: Adults £9 and U16 £6
What’s Love Got To Do With It, Sat 7th March, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange
Brought to you by the award-winning producers behind the hugely successful ‘Whitney – Queen Of The Night’, What’s Love Got To Do With It celebrates the music of singing super star Tina Turner.
Book tickets: £26.50
Never Forget S Club Live, Open, Sat 7th March
There ain’t no party like an S Club party!!! Head on down to Open and step back in time with S Club members – Jo, Tina & Bradley as they ‘Bring it Back’ to Open and help us ‘Reach for the Stars’ – I know, I’m good!!!!
Book tickets: £20 plus VIP options at £35 and £400 for a table of six which includes a £100 bar tab!
#March4Women Rally, Royal Festival Hall, London, Sun 8th March
Definitely worth a trip to the big smoke to celebrate the power and passion of women! Organised by charity CARE International, this years rally is part of the WOW Festival (that’s Women of the World) and will call for action on the double injustice of climate change and gender inequality. Some pretty impressive women will be there including singers Emeli Sandé and RAYE who will perform, as well as equality campaigner Helen Pankhurst, Bianca Jagger, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu and poet Nikita Gill who will all say a few words.
So gather up you gal pals, mums, daughters, sisters and grannies – because it’s time to stand together and march for women.
Norfolk County Music Festival, various locations, Sun 1st – Sat 28th March
Over 4000 performers in pop, jazz, classical and everything in between, it’s gonna be big and it’s gonna be loud!
Book tickets: £various
Les Misérables, Theatre Royal Norwich, Weds 4th March to Sat 4th April
Norwich Theatre Royal’s visiting production of the year, Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Mis has taken the world by storm – being hailed “Les Mis for the 21st Century”. With scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo and all the classic tunes, it is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals. Storm the barricades for a ticket!
Book tickets: from £46
Crowns and Gowns – An Exhibition, Ely Cathedral, until Sun 15th March
Just over the border but we couldn’t resist including this fabulous exhibition featuring costumes, jewels, props, behind the scenes images and memorabilia from some of the major Hollywood movies that have been filmed at Ely Cathedral. Including iconic gowns and outfits from Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, The King’s Speech, Macbeth and The Crown.
Book tickets: £8, U16 go free
Cyrano de Bergerac, Live from the West End, Cinema City, Mon 9th March
Fancy a cheeky afternoon matinee with James McAvoy? Hell yeah – pop to Cinema City to watch his return to the stage in this NT Live screening of the inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac. Fierce with pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart.
Book tickets: £17.50
BEE CRAFTY Workshop, The Dial House, Reepham, Tues 10th March
One for all you sewing bees. Royal school of Needlework trained Jill Kipnis will be at the Dial House sharing her embroidery skills followed by lovely two course lunch. Each student will get a fully illustrated booklet.
Book tickets: £68
Evening with Joanna Trollope, Jarrolds, Norwich, Thurs 12th March
Join bestselling author Joanna Trollope as she discusses her latest novel, Mum & Dad, followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Book tickets: £20 (includes book) or £25 for two people and one book
Nelson’s Shantymen 10th Anniversary Party, The Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe, Sat 14th March
The Jolly Sailors are throwing a 10th Anniversary party in honour of local singers – Nelson’s Shantymen and will be launching a new ale from their Brancaster Brewery range in celebration.
The Parent & Baby Show, UEA Sports Park, Norwich, Sun 15th March
Norfolk’s largest baby show is back and has a festival vibe going on with tipis and boho styled lounge areas. They have a jam packed programme with talks on everything from mindset to first aid. Plus tons of stuff to keep the little ones busy (nature/craft/cookery activities) whilst you shop till you drop -not literally if you’re pregnant ladies! Whether you’re a first time mum or an old hat moving onto number 2,3,4 ….. we definitely recommend popping along to check out all the latest products and baby businesses in the area. Ps. you can even get a massage!
Book tickets: £2 (or pay on entry)
Norwich Preloved Kilo Sale, Open, Norwich, Sun 15th March
Rummage through six tonnes of preloved, vintage & retro clothing and pay just £15 per kilo! Stock is entirely handpicked and individually graded for quality. Plus they bring 3 tonnes extra to fill up the rails throughout the day, so no matter what time you arrive, you’re guaranteed loads of fabulous finds!
Book now: £1.50