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Here’s our Muddy round up of ‘What’s On in Norfolk’ this October. Plus check out our Culture Vulture Guide taking you to the end of 2018 with stacks of theatre, film, music and art!


The Gruffalo’s Child, Norwich Playhouse, Mon 15th – Sun 21st October  

gruffalo child play actors in owl and gruffalo costume

Live on the stage at the  Norwich Playhouse – it’s a Muddy family favourite, The Gruffalo’s Child. This time mini Gruffalo (with attitude) walks us through the woods in this award winning West End musical. That’s 50 minutes of half term sorted then!

Book tickets for £11.50 (concessions £8.50)


Ladies’ Day, The Assembly Rooms, Swaffham, Wed 17th October  

The Summer was all about food and music Fests and this Autumn it’s all about fashion! Muddy Award finalists Artichoke, are having a Fashion Show in aid of Neuroblastoma UK (Fighting Childhood Cancer). Tickets include lunch, fizz and a goodie bag from guest speaker and British designer, James Lakeland.

Tickets £30 and can be purchased from Artichoke in Swaffham – 01760 724948


Halloween Days at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Thurs 18th – Sun 28th October  

dinosaur in ferns

More half term adventure – join Dippy The Dinosaur (doesn’t sound very scary) and friends for a spooky makeover at Roarr Dinosaur Park! Turn up in your best halloween fancy dress for the chance to win prizes or just come along for prehistoric frolics.

Tickets £13.95 – £14.95 (family tickets available from £55.00)


A Kaleidoscope Of Song, The Assembly House, Norwich, Frid 19th October  

The Mudeka Foundation presents three talented Norfolk vocalists: Emily Jupp (The Voice 2014), Anna Mudeka (winner, Africa’s Most Influential 2014) and Emma Nuule (winner, Search For A Star 2018). Held in the beautiful Assembly House, this promises to be a fantastic evening of song.

Book tickets for £25 (£20 for concessions), including a glass of prosecco on arrival!


Norwich Science Festival, The Forum, Norwich, Fri 19th – 27th October 

flames science test tubes man in protective goggles Norwich Science Festival returns with a full schedule of activities for all ages. Events take place at venues across the city, including Women in Science, Dr Ben Garrod’s Robots, the ultimate explorer Benedict Allen and much more.  Our advice – download the brochure and get your marker pen ready. I guarantee there’ll be something to pique your interest (mmmm, Rob Newman, ladies??)

Book tickets – events vary in price (some are free)


 1940’s Big Band Dance, Royal Assembly Rooms, Gt Yarmouth, Sat 20th October 

grammer phone trumpet

If you love a bit of vintage, be transported back to the magic and excitement of the 1940’s Dance Halls  with  a 22 piece Super Swing Big Band at the Assembly Rooms in Gt Yarmouth.

Book tickets £15


Banham Zoo Anniversary Ball, Dunston Hall, Sat 20th October  

The Zoological Society of East Anglia will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Banham Zoo with a glittering Black Tie Ball at Dunston Hall, raising money for tiger conservation. This big-cat themed dinner has a few surprises up its sleeve, but expect the usual charity auction, dinner and dancing. So if you’re feeling feline, book your tickets now!

Book tickets £65.00 or tables of ten £650.00


The Great British Gin Festival , OPEN Norwich, Sat 20th October  

bottles of gin on a bar

The UK’s biggest Gin Festival lands at OPEN in October, and with over 100 gins to try from across the world, there’s nowhere else we’d rather be. With cocktail demonstrations, talks and live entertainment, we’re sure that you’ll leave feeling both refreshed and gin-spired!

Tickets £15.49 – £29.99


Bonfire & Fireworks, Blakeney Quay, Sat 20th October

brightly coloured explosion of fireworks

Candyfloss, toffee apples, hot soup, rides, stalls and more – all in the beautiful surrounds of autumnal Blakeney.



Big Fish, Little Fish – Family Rave with Nookie + DJ Trax, Epic Studios, Norwich, Sun 21 October 

Time to show the kids how cool you used to be!

DJ`s Nookie + DJ Trax will be playing `grown up` old school dance music for the ultimate family day time rave. Crafts, giant balloons, glitter cannons, bubble machine, club lighting (no strobes), face painting and  a stilt walking, rave dancing pirate! Go large or go home!

Book tickets £7.00 – £9.00 (Adults are not admitted unless accompanied by a child)


Halloween Fun at Park Britannia, Norwich, Mon 22nd – Fri 26th October  

pumpkin face in the dark with candel

Five mornings of fun over Halloween half-term at Park Britannia, and it’s all free! Bring your little ghouls and goblins along in fancy dress for crafts, games and slime whilst you relax in the lovely Britannia Cafe with coffee and cake!



Milkshake! Live, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Mon 22nd October 

All your favourite Milkshake! characters return in this fun-filled family favourite at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange. Watch Milkshake’s magical bookcase come alive with music, song and dance as your favourite fairytales are retold as never before.

Book tickets from £11.50 to £16.50


Night Clubbing, The Norwich Playhouse, Tues 23rd October 

black lady with feather head dress

Fancy a bit of clubbing on a school night? Rachael Young and her badass band of super-humans embrace Afrofuturism and the cult of Grace Jones in NIGHTCLUBBING . This explosive new performance brings live music and intergalactic visions to start a revolution.

Book tickets £8.50 – £12.00


 Sali Hughes in conversation with Sam Chapman, Jarrolds Norwich, Tues 23rd October  

Jarrolds and We Got This (Sometimes!) present two of the hardest-hitting women in modern beauty as they discuss the products that have revolutionised the beauty world and celebrate the launch of Sali’s paperback, Pretty Iconic.  A fun and informative evening discussing everyone’s favourite beauty products from people who know the industry best.

Book tickets for £20 (included in the ticket price is a signed copy of the book and a glass of wine)


Ballet Black, Norwich Theatre Royal, Thurs 25th October  

black man in underwear with a sword women clinging to his leg

Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black celebrates dancers of black and Asian descent, showcasing technique, precision and grace in specially commissioned pieces.

As part of their latest double bill, renowned British choreographer Cathy Marston choreographs a new ballet based on Can Themba’s moving fable The Suit.

Completing the evening is Arthur Pita’s Olivier nominated A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The production mixes classical and contemporary to distil the essence of Shakespeare’s comedy, unfolding to the eclectic sounds of Eartha Kitt, Barbra Streisand, Yma Sumac and more.

Book tickets £10 – £21.50


Norfolk’s First Mussel Festival, The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe, Fri 26th October

bowl of mussels and green garnish

Live music, craft beers and Brancaster’s finest mussels, all served in the marsh-side marquee at the White Horse. This event has gone straight into our Muddy diary. We’ll see you there.



Dinosaur World Live! Norwich Theatre Royal, Fri 26th & Sat 27th October

t-rex dinosaur on stage with a man

This interactive performance at the Theatre Royal will see the whole family caught up in adventure! Face up to your fears as you encounter prehistoric predators on your travels through this Jurassic fantasy and get even closer to the dinosaurs afterwards in the meet-and-greet session.

Tickets £10.00-14.00


Emerald Storm, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Tues 30 October 

modern day male fairy with green wings sneakers lightening strikes

Imagine the cooler, hotter slightly more enigmatic and kick-ass cousin of Riverdance – and you’ve just about summed up Emerald Storm the brilliant new breed of Irish dance show currently touring the UK.

This musical extravaganza will take you on a journey to the Celtic Otherworld, a mythological Heaven. When sinister elements threaten the paradise, the Queen of the Otherworld calls upon mortals, Emerald Storm, to save the mythical land from destruction.Will Heaven be saved? Will the mortals succeed? Emerald Storm will rise!

Book tickets £25


What you’ve missed!


Keeping Abreast More Than Just Fashion Shows, OPEN, Wed 3rd & Thurs 4th October

catwalk ladies in lingerie

The ‘Keeping Abreast More Than Just Fashion’ Show is a fantastic opportunity to support women who have undergone reconstructive surgery to regain their confidence and femininity as they hit the catwalk to model some beautiful clothes from local outlets. An emotional and uplifting evening to help raise money for Keeping Abreast

Book tickets for £14.50 plus booking fee (VIP tickets are available for £25)


Backlash Ballroom, Maddermarket Theatre, Thurs 4th October

Described as a ‘Ballroom and Latin dance explosion,’ Backlash Ballroom is a Muddy must for all Strictly fans as six professional couples dance the night away. But don’t just take it from us: the show has a rave review from Godfather Of Ballroom, Len Goodman. We give it a ten!

Book tickets for £20 (£19 concessions)


SKIN, Theatre Royal Norwich, Fri 5th October 

orange background dancers
Award winning hip-hop theatre – ‘201’s’ return to the Norwich Playhouse stage with SKIN: a boy’s intimate journey of gender transition to discover a body that feels like home. Fusing urban and contemporary styles with an original score, choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of 7 dancers in a fast paced, emotionally driven story of family, identity and belonging.
Book tickets £8.50 – £12.00

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Norwich Arts Centre, Fri 5th October

COOL ALERT! Fresh from performing with acts such as  Gorillaz, Wu Tang Clan and De La Soul, the eight-piece Hypnotic Brass Ensemble bring their own unique style to Norwich Arts Centre. Expect anything from hip-hop and jazz to funk and calypso, but above all, expect the unexpected!

Book tickets for £18 in advance or £20 on the door


Harfest, Norwich Cathedral, Sat 6th October  

cow with big tongue blue sky

A family-friendly celebration of the countryside at Norwich Cathedral. The kids will love it – machinery displays, animals and live entertainment. Plus the cloisters will be transformed into a farmers’ market, so you can pick up some lovely Saturday night treats. Perfect if you’re in need of a a breath of countryside air without leaving the city.



Wacky World, UEA Sportspark, Norwich, Sat 6th & Sun 7th October  

Giant Inflatables? Huge Hungry Hippos? Total Wipeout? Wacky World’s action-packed assault courses have sessions for children, adults and families and guarantee a wild weekend of fun. So if you’re in the mood to pummel your friend with a pugil stick or take on your teenagers at Total Meltdown, this is the place to be. Just don’t blame us if you break a nail…

Tickets £11.99 per session (book in advance)


Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow, The Forum, Norwich, Sun 7th – Wed 10th October

It’s been hare-trail-tastic this summer but sadly the GoGo Hares are GoGoing home to their auction winning burrows. This is your final chance to see all them in one place plus meet the artists, see two new hares that weren’t on the trail and be in with a chance of winning your very own Hare – crikey, where would you put it?

Buy tickets £0-£10 (under 3’s free)


Finding Joy, Sheringham Little Theatre,  Wed 10th October

If you’re looking for a production that will make you hold your sides with laughter whilst you wipe away the tears, then this award-winning masterpiece of mask theatre will leave you filled with joy.  Sheringham Little Theatre addresses the subject of dementia through comedy and pathos in a heartwarming tale of family values.

Book tickets for £10.00


Twiglets Toddler Group, Holkham Hall, Thurs 11th October

Twiglets is a fun-filled way for parents and toddlers to venture outdoors and interact with nature, all in the glorious surroundings of Holkham Hall. Get out, get muddy and get twiggy!

Book tickets for £15.00 (includes a drink and a snack)


Flawless: Chase The Dream, The Reboot, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Thurs 11th October

Flawless are back with another electrifying performance! Pulsating dance and jaw-dropping acrobatics will take you on a journey through an Intergalactic struggle in the Realm Of Dreams as the troupe demonstrate, yet again, why they have two World Dance Championships titles to their name. Unmissable stuff.

Book tickets for £26.50


The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade, BeWILDerwood, Sat 13th – Wed 31st October

bewilder wood lantern parade

Promising to be the most fabulous, fantastical event of the year – The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade! Dress in your most spooktacular costumes, wander through the woods at dusk and see if you can spot the night time inhabitants – eeeek! Lantern making in the Big Hat, plus all the usual zip wire and tree house treats!

Book tickets £8.50 – £15.50


Porkstock, Norfolk Showground, Norwich, Sat 13th October  

food cooking demonstration hay bales pigs

Who doesn’t love a cheeky sausage? Porkstock is back with there pork themed celebration of local food producers! Demos from award winning chefs Richard Hughes (Assembly House), Roger Hickman (Hickman’s)  and Richard Bainbridge(Benedicts). Plus lots of family activities for the kids including a sausage eating competition – I’m game!

If you’re in the mood for a pork party (sorry), stay into the evening for bands – Cut Capers and Agent Orange plus DJs and more food and drink!

Book tickets for the evening session for £21.67 (all profits go to Nelson’s Journey). Daytime – FREE.


Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, Sun 14th October  

yellow pink grey brown vintage leather jackets

Lou Lou’s has been the winner of the Best Vintage Fair at the National Vintage Awards for the past three years, and with stall upon stall of true and reproduction vintage clothes, accessories and homeware, it’s not hard to see why. Tea and cake from Biddy’s, entertainment and a pop-up hair salon from Hairaid Shelter.

Tickets  £2.50 on the door; under-12s go free


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