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MAY 2019

So many things to do this month, with two bank holidays and the Norfolk & Norwich Festival – when will we ever sleep?



Funtastic Half-Term At Holkham, Holkham Hall, Sun 26th – Fri 31st May

Take a trip to Holkham Hall this half-term and dive into some of their ever-changing daily activities! Whether it’s bushcraft, zorbing, slippery inflatables or just a long walk along the beach, you’ll take your little ones home tired but happy at the end of the day. Which means that they should also sleep through the night too…

Book tickets (prices vary)


May Half-Term Holiday Activities, OPEN Norwich, Tues 28th – Fri 31st May

Still recovering from the Easter holidays? Never fear, for OPEN have got you covered. Drop your little darlings off in the morning and relax whilst they enjoy activities such as musical theatre, treasure hunts, abseiling, robot wars and more. There’s more than enough to keep them occupied for a week (just don’t mention the fact that it’s not long until they break up for summer…)

Book tickets (prices vary)


Children’s Worskhops, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Tues 28th – Fri 31st May

Take your pick from a selection of workshops at Norwich Puppet Theatre and watch as your children shape their imaginations into life. Whether it’s pets, space, or the intriguing Arabian Nights, there’ll be a creative space for every dream to come true.

Book tickets (prices vary)


Legally Blonde: The Musical, Norwich Playhouse, Tues 28th May – Sat 1st June

One of our favourite chick flicks is coming to a stage near you! Legally Blonde: The Musical is the ultimate feel-good night, so gather your girls and prepare to laugh, cry and sing your hearts out. Watch out for Bruiser’s star turn too!

Book tickets from £17


Spanish Fiesta, OPEN Norwich, Weds 29th May

Ooooh….did someone say tapas? Head along the the Fiesta night at OPEN and enjoy a five-course Spanish-themed dinner with live cookery demonstrations and music too. Pass the sangria!

Book tickets from £25


Through The Leaves Family Fun Day, Norwich Cathedral, Weds 29th May

If you’re looking for a quieter way to spend your half-term days, Norwich Cathedral hosts a woodland-theme family fun day for your under-12s. Hunt the Green Man and enjoy craft activities, puppet show and workshops too.

Pay On Arrival (£3.50)


The Jungle Book, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Thurs 30th – Fri 31st May

From the producers of the Corn Exchange pantomimes comes The Jungle Book, the laugh-a-long, sing-a-long production that all the family will love! If you fancy being the King Of The Jungle for an evening, book your tickets now. You’ll be swingin’ in your seats!

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Whoops you’ve missed all this!

The Noise Next Door – Remix! Sheringham Little Theatre, Weds 1st May

Love comedy? Love the unexpected? You’ll love The Noise Next Door, an improvisation quartet who have wowed theatre critics across the country. Fast, furious and fabulously funny!

Book tickets from £13


Socialise! With Charlie & Suzy, B’Nou Norwich, Thurs 2nd May

Still single and sick of swiping? Come and Socialise! Charlie and Suzy are running regular events for singles which encourage people to meet socially instead of via their mobile screens. So if you like cocktails, great food and good company, this event will be right up your street  – and who knows? You may just meet a certain someone…without a swipe in sight.

Book now for £25


Gin Evening At Adnams, Adnams Tasting Rooms, Norwich, Fri 3rd May

Adnams is one of our favourite East Anglian exports and when they treat us to a gin evening, how could we possibly resist? Enjoy three G&Ts, a gin cocktail and a gin digestif and learn all there is to know about the history of gin from an expert host. The link to book tickets is below (you can thank us later).

Book tickets for £25


Salt Marsh Festival, Wiveton Hall Barn, Sat 4 May 

The beautiful brick and flint bar is host to a night of simple food, drink, film and music – all celebrating the beautiful North Norfolk coastline. You might even catch a Norfolk Oystermen – have you seen their insta?

Book tickets: £5 on the door with with 50% going to the Purfleet Trust


Warwick St Festival, Norwich, Sat 4 & Sun 5 May 

Drinks in the city – bring on the sun! The Warwick St Social has a packed programme of acts and live talent this spring and summer starting this bank holiday with their LIVE STAGE showcasing Norwich’s top talent.


Pop-Up Bowie, Auden Theatre, Holt, Sat 4th May

They don’t come much better that Bowie, so let this former UK No.1 Tribute Act take you on a two-hour voyage through all of The Starman’s greatest numbers. With a full band and top-notch theatrics, this is an uplifting, respectful and electrifying celebration of the life of a true music legend.

Book tickets for £17.50


Creake Abbey Farmers’ Market, Creake Abbbey, Sat 4th May

The Creake Abbey Farmers’ Market is a regular fixture in our Muddy listings, and with top-notch food and drink stalls from over 50 local providers, it’s not hard to see why. With everything from pork pies to medlar jelly (no, we don’t know what it is either), this is your go-to destination for all your foodie treats. Yum.



Mildred’s Magnificent Messy Fete, BeWILDerwood, Sat 4th – Mon 6th May

It’s springtime at BeWILDerwood and that’s when the magic happens! Wake up the bugs with a dance around the Maypole before you whizz across the zipwires to take part in the Grubbles Mini Games – but don’t forget to have your face painted with some sparkles first….It’s all happening at BeWILDerwood’s Messy Fete, so don’t miss out. After all, the fun’s not just for the children. There’s room for big kids too!

Book tickets (prices vary)


Honk! The Musical, Norwich Playhouse, Sat 4th – Sun 5th May

Honk! is the retelling of the classic story of The Ugly Duckling – but before you think you know what happens, think again! We’re pretty sure Hans Christian Andersen never included magic in his story (and we’re DEFINITELY sure that he never mentioned waterguns…)

Book tickets from £11.50


Lights! Planet! People! Norwich Arts Centre, Weds 8th May

Renowned astronomer Maggie Hill takes to the stage to discuss astronomy, anxiety and her life achievements as she strives to encourage young women to work in science. A must for anyone who has ever gazed at the stars, dreamed of flying to the moon or who has ever faced self-doubt and fear. Prepare to be inspired.

Book tickets (Pay What You Can Afford)


Shappi Korsandhi: Skittish Warrior, Norwich Playhouse, Weds 8th – Thurs 9th May

From stand-up comedy to jungle fever, Shappi Korsandhi is the ultimate survivor and she’s heading to Norwich with her new show. There’ll be quick-wit and sharp observations, but thankfully, there won’t be a witchetty grub in sight.

Book tickets from £16


Escape To The Country Yoga Retreat, Moulton St Mary, Fri 10th – Sun 12th May

Ever felt that you just need to get away from it all? With this Yoga Retreat, you can do just that. Leave the world behind you as you spend a weekend deep in the East Norfolk countryside, focusing on meditation, mindfulness and wellbeing. A blissful escape from the demands of the everyday, this is the ultimate de-stress weekend.

Book tickets for £255 (10% discount for two or three people booking together)


Little Vintage Lover Fair, Mannington Hall, Sun 12th May

If you love your vintage, you’ll love the Little Vintage Lover Fair! Take a trip to the beautiful Mannington Hall and enjoy a leisurely browse through stalls packed with carefully-selected vintage clothes and homeware before taking a break to play some croquet on the lawns. After that, you can dance the afternoon away in the sunshine to vintage DJs before refreshing yourself with Pimms and cake. This is nostalgia at its vintage best and it makes for a perfect Sunday.

Pay On Entry (£3)


Speaking Out & Fitting In, Norwich Arts Centre, Weds 15th May

Alice D’Lumiere is in a fix. What do you do if you just want to be anonymous but you can’t resist the urge to stand out? You write a one-person show that includes cabaret, burlesque, prose, verse, stockings, feet and gender fluidity. It’s far from normal. But then, what did you expect?

Book tickets (Pay What You Can Afford)


The Norfolk Country Show & The Norfolk Festival Of Dogs, Eaton Park, Sat 18th May

Round up the family and head across to the Norfolk Country Show at Eaton Park for a day of – deep breath – cheesemaking, fly-fishing, storytelling, falconry, Bake-Off winners, cookery demos, motorbikes, reptiles, live bands, sheep fun (did we mention the cheesemaking?) We could go on for quite a while. And if that’s not enough, there’s the Norfolk Festival Of Dogs too, with agility acts, sausage-eating contests, vets4pets, fun dog classes…you get the picture. In short, you’d be barking mad to miss it!

Book tickets (prices vary)


Beverley Knight, Norwich Theatre Royal, Sat 18th May

The Queen Of British Soul takes to the stage at Norwich Theatre Royal with those showstopping vocals that have won countless awards and millions of fans. Whether you’re a fan of her studio albums, her West End performances or her collaborations with artists such as Jools Holland, Chaka Khan and Take That, you’ll be wowed!

Book tickets (prices vary)


Crab & Lobster Festival, Sheringham & Cromer Town Centres, Sat 18th – Sun 19th May

Get crabtastic on our North Norfolk coast with this celebration of everything seaside! Spend the weekend munching your way through the best of local fish, meats, cakes and more whilst you listen to live bands and enjoy fun family activities and entertainment. Oh, and don’t forget to enter the Cromer Crab Sandwich competition on Sunday…



Wedding Open Morning, Holkham Hall, Sun 19th May

Getting hitched? Head to Holkham Hall for a sneaky look around one of the most beautiful wedding venues that Norfolk has to offer, where the team will be on hand to answer all your questions about your big day. Afterwards, you can take a stroll through the grounds, along the famous Holkham beach or simply to the nearby pub. Getting married is thirsty work, after all!

Book (free)


Asparagus Festival & Food Fair, Tacon’s Farm Shop, Rollesby, Sun 19th May

Asparagus is one of life’s superfoods. As well as all the important stuff, it’s apparently an aphrodisiac (oh, I say!) and it tastes pretty damn good too. So it’s hardly surprising that Tacon’s Farm Shop are dedicating an entire festival to the green stuff, but if you’re not a fan, don’t fret: there’ll be cookery stands, local stalls and craft activities too.



Canaries Afternoon Tea, Barnham Broom Hotel, May 

For you die hard Muddy Canaries fans – I’m sure there are a few! To celebrate Norwich City FC’s promotion to the premiership, Barnham Broom Hotel is serving a Canaries themed afternoon tea throughout May. Designed by James Conway and his team of pastry chefs, enjoy the green and yellow themed cakes which include key lime pie tartlet with baby meringue, pistachio and lemon macarons, lemon and lime drizzle cake and a mango and passionfruit cheesecake.

Book £15.95 for traditional or upgrade with a cocktail, Pimms or glass of fizz.


Norfolk & Norwich Festival, various locations, Fri 10 – Sun 26 May 

Muddy loves May – two bank holidays plus the N&N Festival brings the county alive with outdoor events, unique theatre, dance, circus, music, visual arts and so much more. Lots of local talent plus artists from across the world come to share their ideas and celebrate the arts. Events will be happening across the Norfolk in theatres, galleries, gardens and stately homes plus of course centre stage – The Adnams Speigaltent in Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich. It’s an eclectic menu of things to do – including lots for families and a plethora of free stuff.

Luckily Muddy has reviewed the programme and picked out a few of our Muddy highlights. We’ll be popping up across the festival to keep you posted on all the cool stuff!

Book tickets: price varies


Puss In Boots, Norwich Theatre Royal, Mon 20th May

If you want to get cultural this springtime, then this charming adaptation of Puss In Boots by the Northern Ballet is the ideal family outing for you and for your little ones! This forty-minute production features live ballet, music and theatre and is sure to leave you with a warm glow of happiness. Puuurrfect!

Book tickets for £8


Veg-Out Two, OPEN Norwich, Thurs 23rd May

Fresh from last year’s sell-out event at OPEN, Veg-Out Two brings you a five-course vegan dining extravaganza which is sure to tickle the tastebuds of plant aficionados and meat-eaters alike. Forget any preconceptions about veganism – you might just finish the evening as a convert…

Book tickets from £25


Horrible Histories, Norwich Theatre Royal, Thurs 23rd – Sat 25th May

Bored to tears by the Tudors at school? Let Horrible Histories rewrite everything that you knew about Henry and his bloodthirsty habits as you giggle and squirm your way through the Awful Egyptians and the Terrible Tudors. History has never been so gruesome (or so much fun!)

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Legends – Charity Fundraiser, Sheringham Little Theatre, Fri 24th May

Indulge in a little musical nostalgia with Legends and journey back to a time of polka dots and petticoats! Take your nan and watch her grow misty-eyed over Buddy whilst you privately appreciate the joys of tight blue jeans and quiffs. Plus, it’s a fundraiser for the East Anglian Air Ambulance too, so you can sit back and enjoy your guilty pleasures to your heart’s content.

Book tickets from £10


Fakenham Farmers’ Market, Fakenham Market Square, Sat 25th May

Love local food? Pay a visit to Fakenham Farmers’ Market and shop responsible, sustainable and very munchable treats! There are around thirty food producers each month, plus flower and craft stands too, so you’ll be able to pick up everything you need for tasty weekend dining.



The Dreamboys, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Sat 25th May

Form an orderly queue, ladies….The Dreamboys are back in town! Straight from their performances on prime-time television, the boys are here to strut their scantily-clad stuff for your viewing pleasure. This is the hottest ticket in town, so snap up a seat before you miss out! Is it just me or is it warm in here?

Book tickets from £26.50



Russell Kane: The Fast and The Curious, Norwich Theatre, Sun 26th May

Russell Kane is best known as TV’s favourite fast-talking comedian, and he’ll be bouncing onto the stage of the Theatre Royal with his special style of high-octane humour this May. His new show is guaranteed to be a laugh-a-minute affair so if stand-up if your thing, this is one for you.

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Reepham Food Festival, Reepham Market Square, Sun 26th May

The pretty market town of Reepham is made even more attractive by the addition of over fifty stalls of local food and drink stalls as it comes alive for its annual festival. There’ll be special events held in the pubs and restaurants around the town centre, plus cookery demonstrations, competitions and much more. Make a weekend of it – you’ll need it just to try all the different foods!



North Norfolk Country Fair, Weybourne Community Field, Sun 26th – Mon 27th May

Celebrate everything that’s wonderful about North Norfolk (and that’s an awful lot!) at the Country Fair at Weybourne. There’ll be two marquees filled with arts, crafts, food and drink, plus outside exhibitions of everything from classic cars to ferret racing and a mobile zoo – so come along for all the fun of the fair!

Pay On Entry (£4)



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