Jazz Night, Byfords, Holt, Wednesday 26th September
Tom Harris and his jazz band play on the last Wednesday of every month at Byfords from 7.30pm.
Free but booking a table is essential as this fills up very quickly!
Edith In The Dark, The Garage, Thursday 27th September
Visit The Garage to delve into the darker reaches of the mind of celebrated children’s author, Edith Nesbit, and discover that all is not what it seems in the life of the imagination behind The Railway Children and Five Children And It.
Book tickets for £12 (concessions £10)
Volta! Live Poetry & Open Mic, The Birdcage, Norwich, Thursday 27th September
The ever-popular Volta! nights promise an eclectic and varied line-up of live literature and open mic performance. Expect the unexpected, always.
Tickets are £2 and can be purchased on the door
Rambert: Life Is A Dream, Norwich Theatre Royal, Thursday 27th – Friday 28th September
Ethereal, lyrical, dreamlike dancing from the Rambert ensemble to the tune of a live orchestra. If you have one cultural experience for September, make it a visit to Life Is A Dream.
Book tickets £10-£26
Fashion Re:Boot, The Narthex @ Norwich RCC Cathedral, Friday 28th September
The fabulous Fashion Re:Boot is returning to The Narthex! Come and browse through stalls of vintage, designer and high-street wares with a clear conscience and a gin in your hand (Adnams are giving away a free Copper House gin to the first 100 shoppers!) What’s not to love?
Book tickets £5 for the first wave of shoppers and £3.50 for the later wave – what a bargain!
African & Caribbean Market, The Forum Norwich, Friday 28th & Saturday 29th September
To celebrate Norfolk Black History Month, The Forum will be hosting an African & Caribbean Market which will showcase the best in crafts, food, homewares, art, fashion and more, including performances from Afroluso and Dumisani African drummers. The Market will raise money for Doctors Without Borders, so your purchases will support a good cause too.
The Wedding, Prom & Party Show, Caistor Hall, Sunday 30th September
Every girl loves a party, and this is the fair that caters for every type of occasion! Caistor Hall’s wedding show will be packed to the rafters with everything you could need to make your day go with a swing. The first 200 brides through the doors will receive a free gift bag too, so hotfoot it down there early!
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Miss Saigon, Norwich Theatre Royal, Wed 15 August – Sun 15 September
Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON is embarking on a major UK Tour and coming to Norwich for a whole month!
This beautiful story is set in the last days of the Vietnam War, where 17 year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.
Book tickets £40-£57.50
Sundown Festival, Norfolk Showground, Norwich, Fri 31st August – Sun 2nd September
If you need one more festival hurrah before the autumn arrives, then make it Sundown. There’s a stellar line-up of bands and DJs this year, so snap up the last final-release tickets before it sells out!
Book tickets £47.50 for the day or £90 for the weekend.
Beer, Gin, Cider & Music Festival, King’s Arms, Shouldham, Fri 31st August – Sun 2nd September
Now in its sixth year, the King’s Arms Festival is the event that needs little explanation: it delivers everything that it says on the tin, including 28 – yes, 28 – different gins. Oh, and camping pitches are available too so there’s no need to think about taxis. We’re in!
The Wind In The Willows, Maddermarket Theatre, Fri 31st August – Sat 1st September
This is your last chance to see Mike Kenny’s adaptation of the children’s classic, The Wind In The Willows, which features all of the original and lovable characters but has a twist in the tale. Suitable for ages five years and over, with an approximate running time of 90 minutes, this is a production that all the family can enjoy.
Book tickets – £10 – £42
Raveningham Country Fair, Thurlton, Sat 1st – Sun 2nd September
It’s safe to say that Norfolk has its ‘fair’ share of country events, but RavFair, a traditional threshing fair which celebrates everything to do with local farming, is a fete with a difference. Its 41st year will see everything from steam engines and classic cars to live music, beer and cider tents, equestrianism and birds of prey. Oh, and if that isn’t enough, there’s a Wuffa Viking display too. Unmissable stuff!
Book tickets – £5 on the door and under 16’s go FREE.
Film In A Wood, Beachamwood, Sat 1st September
What could be better than a night in the forest beneath the stars? A night in the forest beneath the stars, watching Patrick Swayze on a big screen, of course! Moth In A China Shop and their sponsor, Mr Hugh’s, will be showing an outdoor screening of Dirty Dancing in the idyllic setting of Larchwood. Hot and cold food (including popcorn) will be available to buy and if you’d like to make an evening of it, camping pitches are also available.
Book tickets £10 Adult and children under 15 go free. Or for £20 go VIP and get a picnic hamper!
North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival, Holkham Hall, Sat 1st – Sun 2nd September
Holkham Hall is renowned for holding Muddy-worth events, and this will be no exception. Exhibitors can only sell goods that are reared, produced or sold in North Norfolk, so you can guarantee that you’ll be tasting the freshest local food and drink around. Not only that but it’s set in the beautiful grounds of the Walled Garden and there’ll be plenty of activities and entertainment for children too. This is definitely one that’s top of our Muddy list!
Free £3 charge for parking.
Norwich Thai Festival, Eaton Park, Sat 1st – Sun 2nd September
This is another event for the foodies, although the festival isn’t just about Thai cuisine. The Magic Of Thailand event will bring you traditional music, dancing and entertainment, so you can lie back and relax after a Thai massage and enjoy the sights and sounds around you, all in the grassy surrounds of Eaton Park.
Book tickets £4 per Adult and under 12s go free.
Sportspark Kids’ Open Day, UEA Sportspark, Sun 2nd September
Need to burn off that final bit of summer-holiday energy before the kids head back to school? The Sportspark are holding a free Open Day where children can try everything from Gymnastics and Archery to Bubble Football.
Vegan Sunday Chapter Three, Redwell Brewing, Bracondale, Sun 2nd September
Following the success of their initial Vegan Sunday events, Redwell Brewery are back with more fantastic vegan food from Bia Vegan Diner and vegan and gluten-free cupcakes from Battie & Hoo. There’ll also be vegan and gluten-free craft beers and natural wines – the perfect excuse for a little indulgence!
Spanish Wine & Tapas, Socius, Norwich, Thursday 6th September
A finalist in the prestigious Muddy Stilettos awards, Socius will be holding another one of its sell-out supper clubs in the beautiful surroundings of its Burnham Market restaurant. A Spanish theme is the menu of choice this time and we particularly like the sound of the Churros with chocolate orange and stem ginger…
Book tickets £59.50 includes paired drinks and must be booked in advance. Be quick, though – this is one will be in high demand!
Outdoor Cinema, Fritton Lake, Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th September
Fritton Lake’s popular Outdoor Cinema nights are back with three different films: The Greatest Showman, Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump. Relax beneath the stars with a glass of wine and enjoy. Make sure you arrive early to secure your front-row seat!
Book tickets £8 – £12
Ferryfest, The Reedham Ferry, Norwich, Friday 7th – Sunday 9th September
Ferryfest has a reputation around these parts for the quality of its music, and this year’s line-up looks to be no exception. Camping pitches are available too, so rock up and chill out and enjoy the stunning Broads location and the entertainment from local favourites such as the Shackleton Trio.
Book tickets from £5 for a day ticket to £45 for a full weekend and camping pass.
Wine & Cheese Festival, The Open, Norwich, Saturday 8th September
Wine and cheese are two of our favourite things here at Muddy and if you’re anything like us, the thought of over 100 different wines, plus cheeses and chutneys, makes us all a-quiver. Wines will be grouped by price and tasting notes are included.
Book tickets £10 (£7.50 early bird)
Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival, Saturday 8th September & Sunday 9th September
Ahoy there, shipmates! Great Yarmouth’s South Quay will once again play host to its famous Maritime Festival, with street entertainment, demonstrations, shanty music and of course, ships!
This is a free event so no tickets are necessary. Just don your best pirate hat and come along. Jolly Rogers at the ready!
Catton Park Fun Day, Norwich, Sunday 9th September
The annual Catton Park Fun Day has something for all the family – and the family dog too! With free entertainment throughout the day, pack up a picnic and head on down.
It’s free admission and there’s free onsite parking too.
Wild Tots, Sprowston GroWild, Tuesday 12th September
Described on their website as ‘snuggly, splashy and muddy woodland play‘, this sounds perfect for Mini-Mudders as the weather turns autumnal. So dig out the wellies and prepare to get toasty around the campfire and wait for the nights to draw in…
Book tickets from £37.50
Olive’s Plant-Based Supper Club, Olive’s, Norwich, Friday 14th September
Broad Table Catering have joined forces with a perennial Norwich favourite, Olive’s, to produce a vegan supper club. With a menu that features everything from plant-based cocktails to an Ethiopian wheatberry salad, this is definitely one for the green-tastebud gourmets.
Book tickets £40 inc cocktail, canapés, 6 dishes – advance booking for this one is essential.
Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth, Friday 14th – Sunday 16th September
Out There Festival is a celebration of circus and street entertainment and this year, there are some spectacular acts in store for you! There are just too many events to list here, so make sure you check out the Seachange Arts website to see what’s happening where.
Most of the acts are free to watch but some may need tickets so it’s best to check in advance to make sure.
Sheringham 40s Weekend, Sheringham, Friday 14th – Sunday 16th September
The annual Sheringham 40s weekend is so much more than a few flags and some bunting. If you want to see towns transformed, then hop on the North Norfolk steam trains and travel the line to Weybourne and Holt. You can listen to live music from bands and singers, watch the local swing dancers in action and browse through hundreds of fascinating pop-up vintage stalls in all three towns. At night, the pubs and bars come alive with wartime classics and the party doesn’t end until the Victory Parade on Sunday. This is escapism at its best and as costumes are essential, there’s no better excuse to buy a new vintage frock.
All the town centre events are free but you will need to purchase tickets to ride the steam trains (once bought, you can make as many trips as you like)
Ciderfest, The Brisley Bell, Saturday 15th September
This is the Brisley Bell’s first cider festival and it has all the ingredients for a roaring success. Tipi Bar? Artisan Market? Music? Cider? We’ll see you at the bar…
Book tickets – free but should be reserved in advance to guarantee entry.
Gung-Ho! Earlham Park, Norwich, Saturday 15th September
Looking for a seriously fun way to burn off some calories? The Norwich Gung-Ho course will have you running, bouncing, jumping and slipping your way through 5k of inflatable obstacles, including Europe’s biggest inflatable slide! And if that doesn’t sound like incentive enough, it’s all for charity mate with money going to Children In Need.
Different wave times available and you can run the course as many times as you like within your wave time (if you still have the energy left, of course!)
Book tickets £40-£60
Parent & Baby Show, UEA Sportspark, Sunday 16th September
Billed as the baby show with a difference, this event promises all the fun of a festival for babies and bumps alike. There’ll be talks and workshops but also activity zones, portraiture, health checks and glitter painting too (because every bump needs a bit of sparkle!)
Book tickets £5
Jazz & Cabaret, Norwich Playhouse, Sunday 16th September
The Jonathan Wyatt Big Band is Norfolk’s premier big-band experience and they’re coming to the Playhouse with a sparkling array of special guests. All profits from this show will go to two charities: the national research charity, Breast Cancer Now and the Norfolk-based champions of reconstructive surgery, Keeping Abreast. This is the show that has the feel-good factor while helping to make a difference to the lives of women everywhere, so it’s well worth your support.
Book tickets £19
Zumba in the Courtyard, Holkham Hall, Tuesday 18th September (every Tuesday)
This sounds like great fun – early morning Zumba classes in the grounds of the magnificent Holkham Hall. The café will be open afterwards so that you can have that well-deserved sit down and a spot of breakfast!
Tickets £4 per class. No need to book.
Peppa Pig’s Adventure, Norwich Theatre Royal, Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th September
Peppa Pig is going camping with her friends and she would love it if you came along too! This is the perfect weekday adventure for your little people, so if they’re fans of all things Peppa, make sure this is in the diary.
Book tickets £14 – £18 (under-ones go free!)
Jarrolds Autumn Customer Evening, Jarrolds, Norwich, Wednesday 19th September
Launch of their new Autumn fashion and home collections. Lovely chance to walk around the store after hours while enjoy a glass of wine, live entertainment and fashion shows.
Free – but you need to register.
The Collen & Claire Autumn Collection – Fashion Show & Fundraiser, Henham Barns, Suffolk, Thurs 20th September
If you don’t mind popping over the border to Suffolk this annual Charity Fashion Show in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance, promises to be something pretty special.
International fashion show producer -John Walford (who’s clients include Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Donna Karan John) has given his time to help with model casting and show production. Bag yourself a luxury goodie from the ‘Giving Tree’ – Coach handbags, Rayban sunglasses, Superga shoes and more – guaranteed prize for every raffle ticket sold!
Book tickets £20 email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01502 724823
John Hegley, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, Thursday 20th September
One of the country’s most innovative comic poets, John Hegley is a regular sell-out at The Edinburgh Festival.
A medley of vegetable based poems including I am a Potato, Pass the Parsnip, Flinging the Fennel and Vegetaboules. Family songs and stories. Drawings of Henry VIII and some dogs. Hearts broken and mended. Jolly and melancauliflower and borrowing the brother-in-law’s wheelbarrow.
Book tickets £11.50 – £14.50
Colin Cloud (The Forensic Mind Reader): Live, The Norwich Playhouse, Fri 21st September
Billed as the The Sherlock Holmes of entertainment, with a flair for comedy, Colin Cloud can read you like a book. If you manage getting into my head, good luck getting back out again!!
Book tickets £16-£18
Tribe Festival, Happy Valley, Grimston, Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd September
Let’s Dance 80’s, The Open, Norwich, Saturday 22nd September
It’s an 80’s Smash Hits party – Madonna, Prince, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Human League, A-ha, Michael Jackson, Bonnie Tyler, Soft Cell, Cyndi Lauper. Cheese with a capital C but we love it – where are my leg warmers??
Book tickets £10
A Super Happy Story, The Norwich Playhouse, Saturday 22nd September
This a a beautifully clever cabaret musical about depression that explains how it’s OK to not be OK with lots of singing, glitter, and laughter!
Book tickets £8.50 – £12
Weddings Open Morning, Holkham Hall, Sunday 23rd September
Planning a wedding? This is a great opportunity to have a peek at the Lady Elizabeth Wing as a potential venue and chat to the wedding events team.
Fresh Artisan Market, The Shoe Factory, St Mary’s Works, Norwich, Sun 23rd September
Spend a couple of hours, moseying/eating your way around this great market in the old shoe factory. Over 50 independent makers, handmade contemporary craft, artisan food/drink and music.