Get ready for spooky season with our top autumnal pick of things to do this month in Norfolk. Plus if you need MORE, click here to read our Culture Vulture Guide taking you right through to the end of the year.
Harry Birrell Presents: Films of Love and War + Q&A, Cinema City, Norwich, Weds 30th October
This screening at Norwich’s Cinema City is an incredible opportunity to see the work of Harry Birrell, ‘the man who captured his life on camera‘. Birrell is possibly one of the first video diarists filming over 400 films from the late 1920’s up until his death in 1993.
Book Tickets: £7.90 for children and £12.40 for adults (with concessions for students and seniors)
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Belinda Carlisle Live, LCR, Norwich, Weds 2nd October
I totally remember Circling in the Sand to Belinda Carlisle and the lady herself is coming to Norwich for the 30th anniversary tour 0f her 1989 album ‘Runaway Horses’! An 80’s icon – this screams “Muddy girls night out!”
Book Tickets: £32.50
From Maxim’s to the Cotton Club, Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, Thurs 3rd October
Dreamcast Productions and The Simon Brown Quartet have mixed up a jazz cocktail including tunes from the heady days of ‘Maxim’s de Paris’ and the New York’s ‘The Cotton Club’. If glamour and live music are your thing, this is the perfect recipe for a chilled evening.
Book Tickets: from £14
Twiglets Toddler Group, Holkham Hall, Thurs 3rd October
Get your little ones kicking about in the Autumn leaves with Holkham Hall’s special toddler group (every Thursday) and open to those from walking age to school age. From bug hunting, scavenger hunts, craft making, songs, games and stories – it’s a great way to spend the morning.
Book Tickets: from £5 for one session
Rocky Horror Picture Show, Theatre Royal, Norwich, Fri 4th October
We can’t resist a Sing-a-Long screening especially if it’s cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Dressing up is highly recommended but don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your glitter – The Theatre Royal Norwich are giving away a free interactive props bag (4th of October).
Book Tickets: from £10
The Blue Sueders – Elvis Tribute, The Brickmakers, Norwich, Fri 4th October
Spend an evening with the King….well almost! The Blue Sueders are East Anglia’s premier live Elvis tribute act and will have you gyrating and swooning along to all the classics – now where are my blue suede stilettos?
International Observe the Moon Night, Seething Observatory, Bungay, Fri 4th & Sat 5th October
The nights drawing in aren’t all bad and if you head down to Bungay’s Seething Observatory you can join the annual worldwide celebration of lunar science, exploration and observation. V cool!
Book Tickets: £1.50 for Children and £3 for Adults
Scummy Mummies Show, Norwich Playhouse, Sat 5th October
Join comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn at Norwich’s Playhouse as they celebrate the scummier side of parenting. From drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA – with stand-up, sketches, songs, and some very funny parenting truths.
Book Tickets: £17
Female Voices Tour, Castle Museum, Norwich Sat 5th October
Bravo Norwich Castle – big Muddy thumbs up to the new ‘Female Voices’ audio guide that introduces visitors to the incredible and influential female artists and creators within the museum’s collections.
Book Tickets: from £8.50 for Children and £9.90 for Adults (family tickets and concession available)
The Knitted House, Norwich Cathedral, Mon 7th Oct – Mon 28th October
I quite like a bit of therapeutic knitting and this is a fabulously creative fundraiser. Norwich Cathedral has teamed up with local homelessness charity St Martins for ‘The Knitted House’ project. The aim is to knit 4,677 scarves (the number of people who slept rough in England last year) to create a ‘Knitted House (which will be on display) and then each scarf will be sold to raise funds for a new accommodation project.
More Info: Free
The Lovely Bones, Norwich Theatre Royal, Mon 7th to Sat 12th October
The book was chilling and I for one can’t wait to see The Lovely Bones – the unique coming-of-age tale about life after loss. With visually stunning staging and a 70’s soundtrack, this production promises to be an emotional and uplifting theatrical tour de force.
Book Tickets: from £10
CAMP! Workshops, Norwich Arts Centre, Mon 7th October
CAMP! is a creative writing workshop led by local queer writer James McDermott. The aim – to teach aspiring writers the tools and techniques to represent minorities in stories, characters and scripts.
House and Garage Orchestra, LCR, Norwich, Weds 9th October
I love a bit of old skool house and this sounds like an awesome mash up of the two musical genres. Plus live horns, strings and many of the original vocalists performing live throughout the tour!
Book Tickets: £19.50
Oktoberfest, Open, Norwich, Fri 11th to Sat 12th October
Dig out your lederhosen, raise your steins in the air and celebrate Oktoberfest. Open will be transformed into a German themed Bierkeller – complete with authentic Bavarian beer, food and entertainment.
Book Tickets: £15 (limited availability OTD)
Norfolk Creations Autumn Fair, Blakeney Church Hall, Sat 12th to Fri 18th October
Make a gentle start to your Christmas shopping at this week-long event in Blakeney (only 13 weeks to go!) where there will be artisans from across Norfolk showcasing their creations. Then head over to the The White Horse for a little Autumn tipple!
Jacqueline Wilson, Norwich Playhouse, Sun 13th October
The legendary Jacqueline Wilson, one of the UK’s bestselling and most beloved children’s authors, is coming to Norwich’s Playhouse to celebrate her new book – We Are The Beaker Girls. Jacqueline will invite us inside the mind of Tracy Beaker and her plans for the future. Book signing after the event. Eeeek – we can’t wait!
Book Tickets: £14
Tatlin’s Tower, Sainsbury Centre, Mon 14th October
Tatlin’s Tower was intended to be a 400-metre monument in St Petersburg – taller than the Eiffel Tower. The steel-framed spiral design was never actually built but the 10 metre scale model of the monument was recreated by architect Sir Jeremy Dixon and has been donated to the Sainsbury’s Centre by the Royal Academy of Arts.
Billy Connolly – The Sex Life of Bandages, Cinema City, Norwich, Tues 15th October
The legendary Billy Connolly is being beamed into cinemas across Norfolk this month. The Sex Life of Bandages is a riotous journey filled with outrageous tales and blistering observations of everyday absurdities. Includes a cinema-exclusive interview with Connolly, who muses upon his career, life and legacy.
Book Tickets: Cinema City £17.50 (concessions available)
Oi Frog & Friends, Norwich Playhouse, Tues 15th to Sun 20th October
Join FROG, DOG and CAT live on stage in Oi Frog & Friends! at Norwich Playhouse. Packed with music, songs, laughs and more rhymes than you can shake a chime at – perfect half-term fun!
Book tickets: £11.50
A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Macbeth, Norwich Theatre Royal, Tues 15th to Sat 19th October
The Watermill Theatre have not one but two Shakespeare productions running on consecutive days this month. The dreamy and wonderfully weird A Midsummer Night’s Dream or if you fancy a bit of dark tragedy – Macbeth with an edgy rock and roll twist.
Book Tickets: from £10 each
British Tattoo Art Revealed, Time & Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth, Sat 19th October
Celebrating the astonishingly rich heritage of tattooing as an art form in the UK – over 400 original art works, photographs and historic objects will be on display.
Book tickets: Adult £6.20, Child £5.30, Family £21.80
Wild Paths Festival, Norwich, Fri 18th to Sun 20th October
Wild Paths is Norwich’s first multi-venue music festival running from the 18 – 20th October. An eclectic mix of emergent and established artists – with big ticket names like Black Honey and The Magic Gang set to perform at all the cool venues across the city. Plus art installations, after parties, networking events and discussion panels.
Book Tickets: £35 for a day pass or £69 for the full weekend (V.I.P and fringe passes also available)
Norwich Science Festival, The Forum, Norwich, Fri 18th to Sat 26th October
Visit the Norwich Science Festival for talks, debates and workshops from inspiring speakers on a range of topics from artificial intelligence to ageing and climate change. There’s a family-friendly hands on zone called ‘The Explorium’ for the littlies and on the 18th October a strictly adult-only evening called ‘Science After Six’ with cocktails, music and hands-on science – ooooh sounds interesting!
Dr Jane Goodall (!) is talking t0 festival patron Prof Ben Garrod at the Cathedral on the 24th October, discussing her work and the programmes of the Jane Goodall Institute, the future of conservation and how our actions make a difference every single day.
Book Tickets: most activities are free, but some select events are ticketed.
Halloween Days, ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure Park, Lenwade, Sat 19th to Sun 27th October
A ROARR-some family outing awaits you this Halloween! Over 20 dinosaur themed attractions and up to 13 live experiences including Day of the Dead crafts and Dippy’s Spooky Maze. Plus there’s 50% off gate admission for guests dressed in full FANCY DRESS so dig out your hat and broomstick!
Book Tickets: from £12.95 (concessions available, kids under 90cm go free!)
End of season Bonfire & Fireworks, Blakeney Quay, Sun 20th October
First fireworks of the season plus BBQ, Hog Roast, hot doughnuts, homemade soup, rides, giant tombola, old time musical Organ and much more besides! Sounds like a great family night out.
Grease Sing-a-Long, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Sun 20th October
Here’s your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up those quiffs and let your inhibitions go at the Kings Lynn Corn Exchange. Remember GREASE is the word…..
Book Tickets: £12.50 for kids and £16.50 for adults
Sonic Youths TOAST Poetry & Spoken Word Workshops, Norwich Arts Centre, Mon 21st to Fri 25th October
TOAST is a week of exploring poetry and spoken word from some of the country’s best writers. Plus if you have any budding poets at home, there will be free workshops aimed at 14-19 year olds with with poet Lewis Buxton.
Free – includes lunch, you just need to book ahead.
Sisterhood, Maids Head Hotel, Norwich, Tues 22nd October
Halloween Horrors at Holkham, Holkham Hall, Tues 22nd to Sun 27th October
Head to Holkham Hall for a spooky mystery where mudlings can decipher puzzling potions and create their own special concoctions to take home. Gruesome face painting, spine-tingling stories, spell writing with quill and ink, pumpkin carving and the family costume parade!
Book Tickets: £3.40 for kids and £6.75 for adults
Northern Ballet’s Dracula – live screening, Cinemas across Norfolk, Fri 25th to Thurs 31st October
Broadcast LIVE to cinemas for Halloween, Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire lives on in this extraordinary production from Northern Ballet. Sensuous dancing, gripping theatre and Gothic sets – Dracula is a ballet that will leave you thirsty for more.
Book tickets: varied
Mussel Festival, White Horse, Brancaster, Fri 25th October
Second year for this popular coastal festival at The White Horse in Brancaster Staithe. A variety of Brancaster Staith Mussels with oodles of toppings, a side of craft beer and live music from the Shantymen. Ps. expect lots of sing-a-longs!
Book tickets: Free
Night Run, Blickling Hall, Blickling, Sat 26th October
Brave a Halloween run around Blickling Estate – whoooah! This is a great one for those who’ve ever wanted to run around the estate at night, or explore ancient woodlands after dark.
Book Tickets: £7 for 3km trail and £14 for 7km trail
The London Ballet Company Pandora’s Box, OPEN, Norwich, Sun 27th October
Originally intended to explain the reasons for all the evils of the world, Pandora’s Box highlights the consequences of pursuing a particular course of action. Sounds intrigueing and possibly helpful!
Book Tickets: £15