Banish those end of summer blues with our cracking guide to September – bursting with the best things to do this month in Norfolk!
Noirwich – The Perfect Crime Writing Festival, Norwich, September
The region’s largest annual celebration of crime writing and one of the fastest growing literary festivals in the UK is based right here in little ole Norwich.
The festival runs from 12 – 15th September across a host of venues including Jarrolds, UEA and The National Centre for Writing. The Noirwich Season Pass is the best way to experience the four day festival – as it gives you access to all of the writing workshops, readings and panel discussions.
Book tickets: £11
Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinema, six cinemas across Norfolk, Tues 10th September
The Handmaid’s Tale is a bit of a cultural phenomenon and this month the author Margaret Atwood will be interviewed live at the National Theatre in London by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed. They will be discussing her remarkable career, her works and why she decided to return to the Handmaid’s story 34 years later. It’s being shown in six venues across Norfolk – Norwich Odeon, Cinema City, Bungay, Wells-next-the-Sea, Cromer and Lowestoft.
Book tickets: prices vary per venue
Sourdough September, The Dial House, Tues 10th September
Reepham’s The Dial House restaurant are holding a loaf-ly day – including a bread baking demo, a two-course lunch and bread to take home! With bake-off season in full swing, why not test out your dough skills and treat yourself to some lunch while you’re there.
Book places: £60
In the Night Garden – Live, Theatre Royal Norwich, Weds 11th & Thurs 12th September
Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends are coming to Norwich in their brand new live show Igglepiggle’s Busy Day! You’ll see all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music. With morning and matinee showings, kids of all ages can go and see igglepiggle and the gang.
Book tickets: from £10 – under 1’s go free
NT Live: Fleabag, Cinema City, Norwich, Thurs 12th September
Ok ok, I know we’ve mentioned Cinema City twice this month but trust us, this award-winning one woman show and inspiration behind the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, cannot be missed! Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End – Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at ‘some sort of woman living her sort of life.’
Book tickets: Adults £22 and £17.50 concession
The Amalthea Duo, St Mary’s Church, Snettisham, Fri 13th September
Promoted by Friends of St Mary’s Snettisham, in association with Classical Music Rocks, the Amalthea Duo (Siobhan Swider and Klio Blonz on harp and flute respectively) will perform a programme including works by Mozart, Vivaldi, Ravel and Salzedo. CMR is an independent non-profit aiming to bring live classical music to children in West Norfolk. Enjoy an evening of great music and support the cause!
Book tickets: £10
Feast from the East, Open, Norwich, Fri 13th September
Feast from the East brings you an evening of Middle Eastern food and entertainment. Guests will be treated to a delectable array of Middle Eastern meze, including falafel, flame-grilled red peppers, hummus, and fattoush. Main courses and other treats will also be served, with middle eastern music and belly dancers as entertainment.
Book tickets: £25
Wildfest, Aylsham Town Hall, Fri 13th & Sat 14th September
Enjoy the tail end of the summer at Aylsham’s Wildfest, a mixture of live music, street food and loads of beer! Friday evening is a mini gin fest, with Saturday shaping up to be a full family fun day with inflatables, kids activities (and a fully stocked bar for the grown-ups).
Summer’s End Festival, The Brisley Bell, Sat 14th September
Festival season is coming to a close – boo! But here’s your chance to enjoy the last of the summer sun at our Muddy Award winning Best Destination Pub 2019. Live music starting at 1pm and continuing throughout the day with outside bar, gin bar and street food.
Book tickets: £12 Adults – kids under 12 free
Dazed in Space, Norwich Arts Centre, Sat 14th September
Norwich Arts Centre is back open and ready to party after their Summer closure and the first phase of their well anticipated #NACregeneration works! Norwich drag superstars ‘The House of Daze’ present an intergalactic evening of drag, theatre and live art – special guest performers, a cyber space disco and top prizes for best dressed. Its gonna be out of this world!
Book tickets: from £9
Zombie Evacuation Race, Hockwold Hall, Sun 15th September
The Zombie Evacuation Race is back – a one-off experience of 5 km running experience through zombie infested land. I’m picturing The Walking Dead hits sleepy Norfolk village!
Book tickets: £25
An Evening of Jazz & Cabaret, Norwich Playhouse, Sun 15th September
Playhouse’s 17th annual variety concert returns again with an amazing cast – sure to be a night of fun, frivolity and fundraising for two breast cancer support charities. Come along for an evening of smooth tunes to support a great cause!
Book tickets: £19
Cluedo Cocktails, The Ivy Brasserie, Norwich, Sat 7th to Sun 15th September
In honour of the annual Norwich Crime Festival, The Ivy has created six limited-edition cocktails; each inspired by Cluedo, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Our favourite, The Miss Scarlett – a spicy blend of Maker’s Mark whiskey, Cointreau Blood Orange, grenadine & ginger ale. Deadly delicious!
Ladies Day at the Eastern Festival, Great Yarmouth Race Course, Thurs 19th September
Ladies Day takes place on the last day of the three-day Eastern Festival and is the highlight of the racing calendar at Great Yarmouth. Yours truly will be there with my hat on, style spotting for intu Chapelfield’s ‘Best Dressed’ competition. Hospitality, fizz and restaurant packages available if you fancy upping the stakes.
Book tickets: from £17.50 up to £79.50
Kinky Boots, Theatre Royal Norwich, Tues 17th – Sat 28th September
With songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots takes you from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. We love a story which revolves around a stiletto!
Book tickets: £10 – £51
Bug-themed fun, Intu Chapelfield, Norwich, until Fri 27th September
Don’t miss out on the 12 supersized bugs invading intu Chapelfield!
The dozen giant indigenous bug sculptures, including a honeybee, ladybird, hornet and butterfly, will create an exciting family trail through the centre, visitors can catch the Big Bug Tour until Saturday 28 September. Kids can learn more about mini-beasts by chatting to the creepy crawlies over text message, using the special phone number located on each bug around the centre. The bugs will respond with questions and interesting facts about themselves.
Goodnight Mister Tom, Sheringham Little Theatre, Thurs 19th to Sat 21st September
Sheringham Little Theatre presents Goodnight Mister Tom, one of the most uplifting stories ever written! This classic story is brought gloriously to life in this stage adaptation by David Wood, and will have you crying, awwwing and feeling all cosy inside.
Book tickets: £12
The Sweetbeats, Norwich Arts Centre, Fri 20th September
Dance all night to the joyful sounds of The Sweetbeats as they blend self-penned songs with twisted versions of the classic ska, reggae, bluebeat, soul and dub tunes.
Book tickets: 12.50
Charity Gala Dinner, Holkham Hall Estate, Sat 21st September
Holkham Hall are hosting a charity gala dinner for the East Anglian children’s hospices. It’s a black tie event, with a 3 course meal, live music, photographers and more – so dust off the glad rags and enjoy a night of glamour for a great cause.
Book tickets: £80
Walking for the Glaven, Blakeney, Sat 21st September
The Glaven Centre in Blakeney are having three fundraising walks across Glaven valley this month. The walks are to raise money for the centre, which provides a local luncheon club, care and companionship for the elderly. Ranging from 10k for serious walkers, through to a toddle up the road for families with young children. There’ll also be opportunities to splash in the ford, feed the ducks and visit The Shell Museum along the way!
Book tickets: from £10
Felix Simpson, The Lodge Hunstanton, Sat 21st September
Head up to the coast and enjoy a night of live music from Norfolk acoustic singer & songwriter Felix Simpson at The Lodge in Old Hunstanton. We love this cosy coastal pub and an evening supping a glass of pinot with a home made pizza sounds just perfect. If you fancy making it a little more romantic, they have some gorgeous rooms and then you can have the whole bottle!
Book a table £12.50
Liz Earle Champagne Lunch & Diamond Raffle, Holkham Hall, Tues 24th September
Diamonds are a girls best friend as is skincare pioneer Liz Earle MBE! Join Liz and Eve Pollard OBE for a Champagne Lunch with Diamond Raffle at Holkham Hall’s Lady Elizabeth Wing – organised by the women’s health charity Wellbeing of Women.
Book tickets: £100
Deepdale Festival, Burnham Deepdale, Thurs 26th to Sun 29th September
The third annual music and arts festival in cool coastal village Burnham Deepdale, where seemingly there are more acts than permanent residents! Featuring the best musicians from East Anglia and beyond plus food, drink stalls and pop up shops!
Book tickets: Day tickets – £12.50 adults and £6.25 children
The Screw Tape Letters, Norwich Playhouse, Thurs 26th September
Right off the back of three Edinburgh Fringe Sell-Out Show Awards, the award-winning satirical comedy The Screwtape Letters is coming to Norwich’s Playhouse! With sharp humour and well honed performances, the opportunity to see Lewis’ work brought to life doesn’t come along often – so don’t miss it!
Book tickets: from £10
Downham Market Live, 27th – 29th September
I’ve never been but if you’re missing the summer music vibe, head over to Downham Market for their three day local music festival which includes a buskers trail, acoustic stage and the usual food/drink and craft.
Fever: As Not Seen on Drag Race, The Garage, Norwich, Fri 27 September
Now this looks a little bit different for the Garage – an extravaganza of everything the world of queer cabaret has to offer. Expect incredible burlesque, unforgettable cabaret, fierce as hell drag kings and more!
Book tickets: from £8
Apple Weekend, Blickling Hall, Sat 28th September
Celebrate the early autumn apple harvest at Blickling Hall with all manor of apple based fun. Join the cooks in the 1930s kitchen for apple treats – fresh apple Juice and toffee apples anyone?
Nor-Con, The Norfolk Showground, Sat 28th – Sun 29th September
If you love your Batman, Iron Man, Dr Who or any other type of complete “Nerdity” then this is the place for you. Norfolk’s very own comic convention has been rated one of the top 10 in the country, and it’s right on our doorstop at the Norfolk Showgrounds. With talks, exhibits, special guests and shops, come along and release your inner geek.
Book tickets: Day passes from £12
And a little something extra….
The Norfolk Mead, Coltishall, September Special
Fancy a mini-break or a couples getaway? The gorgeous Norfolk Mead Hotel in Coltishall is offering a midweek one night stay (in a Suite) for two guests, inclusive of a three course dinner and breakfast for £250. Visit our Little Black Book page for our review.
Book rooms: from £250
Whoops you’ve missed all this …..
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet, Theatre Royal, Norwich, Tues 3rd – Sat 7th September
Norwich’s Theatre Royal presents Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet, a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Described as a ‘seismic youthquake’ this production of Romeo and Juliet is for the millennial generation and features Norwich’s brightest young dance talent. With romance and tragedy rolled into one, it’s sure to be an unforgettable evening.
Book tickets: from £10
Green Build 2019, Felbrigg Hall, Sat 7th & Sun 8th September
Be inspired to live your life more sustainably at the regions largest green lifestyle event. Stalls, product demonstrations, information and innovations plus a host of ideas on how to save money and protect the planet – hooray!
Sandringham Game & Country Fair, Sandringham Estate, 7th & 8th September
Three main stages will showcase the best in equine sports (including Horse Boarding – it’s a thing), country pursuits and the world of dogs. Visit the large steam area or have a go at fishing, falconry, field sports and much more. Plus food glorious food – a great day out for all the family.
Book tickets: Adult £13.50, Child £4, Family (up to 3 children) £35
Horrible Histories: The Movie (Sing-a-Long!), Cinema City, Norwich, Sat 7th September
Friends, Romans, Celts… lend us your ears! Cinema City are showing a kids’ club screening of Horrible Histories: The Movie, so they can learn, sing and have fun in 90 minutes of historical hijinks!
Book tickets: £2.50
North Norfolk’s Cider & Music Festival, Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe, Sat 7th September
Let’s all get Jolly up at the coast with 20 deliscious local Ciders and live music including Nelson’s Shantymen and Soul Allience. Sounds like a great send off to the summer.
Free (apart from the booze!)
As and When – Michael Lewis, Norwich Cathedral, until Sun 8th September
Norwich Cathedral is hosting Michael Lewis’ exhibition As and When (In the Waxing Crescent) which presents a series of works exploring our relationship with time. The Cathedral describes it as ‘circumnavigational movement meditation of monks in the cloister to the methodic shaping of stone by masons, from geologic time to annual moon cycles to the washing of hands.’
Phew – that’s a mouthful but even for art amateurs like us it’s definitely worth a visit.
Fleamarket, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Sat 7th September
It’s a goodie – the Kings Lynn fleamarket has run for 35 years with no intention of stopping – and why would they with such a great spread of postcards, ephemera, coins, badges, books, records, classic toys and antiques! Lots of bric-a-brac to sift through for the intrepid bargain hunter – so head down and find yourself a hidden gem.
Tickets: £1.50 OTD – under 16’s go free
Festival of Wellness, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, Sat 7th & Sun 8th September
Norwich’s mind body and spirit festival is being hosted at in the magical St Andrew’s Hall this month, with workshops and demonstrations surrounding self-care, spirituality and wellbeing available throughout the weekend. Stalls from the Norwich Healing Centre as well as pregnancy wellbeing, psychics, aura readings and yoga. Take some time to reconnect with yourself at this free event.