What’s on this week and beyond in Norfolk
Get set for September, here's my round-up of fun and frolics as we come to the end of the longest summer. A day out with the mudlings or a taste of modern burlesque - I've got it covered!
Wild Fields 2020 Norfolk Showground, Sept 12th
After the huge success of Wild Paths 2019 which showcased a festival of emerging local and national talent across Norwich venues, the genius bods are back with Wild Fields in what looks to be a seriously cool line-up, this time at the showground. Expect eclectic sounds from every genre and some seriously scrumptious street food. Norfolk at it’s coolest. You can even book a VIP pod with your own drinks runner. I’m in!
Pods from £33.30 per person / VIP Pod £44.40 per person
Mannington Hall Gardens, Sundays 11-5
If you’ve not yet visited Mannington Hall and Gardens, you’re in for a treat. This stunning 15th century hall and it’s gloriously romantic gardens has remained home to the Walpole family for generations. As well as playing host to the cutest vintage fairs and charity events, Mannington houses Amber’s Bell Tents for cool camping. See the website for Covid restrictions.
Tickets are £8 / £6 concessions. Pre-book via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01263 584175
Nearly Fest Taverham Garden Party 2020
The Nearly Festival guys have managed to pull it out of the bag just as we say cheerio to summer with this impressive line up of tribute acts. Yes, I did say tribute acts – surely you already knew that Norfolk is the GOD of tribute? Saturday is indie rock all the way so don’t forget your baggy jeans. Sunday is straight to the 80s with George Michael, Queen and Elton John. You’ll be dancing till your feet are sore.
FAMILY FUN: Woodland bike ride – Blickling Estate, Wed to Sun every week
Bike ride bliss is back on at Blickling, so peel yourself and the sprogs off the screens, dig out your raincoat and get on your bike to discover a four mile trail off-road all weather route. Adult £5 / Child £4.
POETRY: Luke Wright, Norwich Arts Centre, 12 Sept
Norwich is known for it’s literary gems and here’s one to know. Wright is a spit-and-sawdust wordsmith and a raconteur at the top of his game. He’s won a Fringe First for playwrighting, a Stage Award for acting, and has toured with the likes of John Cooper Clarke and The Libertines. Book early!
FAMILY FUN: Star Wars – may the toys be with you, Time & Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth. Until 13 Sept
For those Star Wars enthusiasts of all ages – this is a must see, including not only over 300 toys but classic artwork and designs from the films. Bring your light sabre to keep your social distance!
PERFORMANCE: Strictly Variety, Cromer Pavilion Theatre, until Sept 13 7.30pm
Hats off to Cromer Pier who are doing their bit to Keep Variety Alive by opening up the space to those acts who desperately need to get back onstage, in this 90 minute extravaganza. Not much beats a bit of old fashioned Variety – us Brits do it so well, so let’s keep ’em going!
KIDS: Wroxham Barns, weekends and school holidays 10 -5pm £8.95 under 2s go free
You can still enjoy a day out with your mudlings at a social distance from others – so grab a coffee, breathe in some fresh air, and let them run about in the space of the Junior Farm and Fun Park – after which you and the kids can meet Ant and Dec, the resident Alpacas – what’s not to love?
LIVE STREAM: Style it Up with Fashion Editor, Erica Davies, 16 Sept, 8pm
Theatre Royal Norwich are bringing it home – just send the kids upstairs and snuggle up on the sofa with a big glass of vino to get the real chat on all that’s fun and fashionable. Author and influencer Erica Davies gives honest and uplifting advice on how to dress – plus you can get a copy of her new book Leopard is a Neutral: A Really Useful Style Guide. I’m in!
Tickets £10 – £20 with a copy of the book.
BURLESQUE COMEDY: Circus Lates @Interlude Chapelfield, until Sept 19, 9.30pm (18+)
Over done Netflix and want to go out-out? Well look no further for a bit of grown-up fun and expect to be slightly scandalised by the irrepressible Abigail Collins, naughty Master of Ceremonies, for this adults only, late night circus event. Saucy!
Tickets from £12.50.
EXHIBITION: Art Deco by the Sea, Sainsbury Centre, until 20 Sept
2020 is the year of the staycation so what better way to celebrate our wonderful British seaside escapes than with a visit to SCVA to see these iconic examples of coastal architecture. There are 130 works including paintings, posters and textiles. This exhibition explores the sports, activities and amusements of the seaside between the wars. Don’t mind if we do!
Tickets £13 | 50 percent off for under 18s | Free for members
EAT OUT: Junkyard Norwich St Mary’s Works, just off Duke St. Fridays 5 -10pm, Sat and Sun 12 – 10pm. Until 27 Sept
Street food, craft beers and quality cocktails, er yes please! There’s still a few more weeks to get along to this brilliant bustling new open-air food and drinks market set up over lockdown in a carpark. What could be cooler? Oh -one more thing, these guys have also raised over £10,000 for the homeless. Simply amazing.
ART: A Fine Balance – Houghton Hall, until Nov 1
Give yourself an afternoon off – it’s been a long ol’ summer – get a new perspective in stunning surroundings. Visit the stunning Houghton Hall to see a collection of recent work by more than 40 artists and makers, reflecting on our post lock-down landscape, then take a stroll around the huge Anish Kapoor exhibition in the grounds.