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Spring fling! Fab things to do in Norfolk this April

It's awesome April! Make the most of the month with our jam-packed guide to the quirkiest and most unmissable events in the county this month. Go forth, and have fun!

Get your dancing shoes out – no matter your taste in music!

Hands up who agrees that parties nowadays should involve plenty of snacks and enable you to get into bed well before midnight? The answer, of course, is an epic themed brunch.

The legendary UKG Brunch hits Epic Studios in Norwich on 2 April, featuring big name UK Garage acts including DJ Luck and MC Neat, Kele Le Roc and Oxide and Neutrino (the guys who sampled the Casualty theme tune – remember?!) Whether you were there the first time round or not, you’re guaranteed a good time – plus bottomless cocktails AND endless fried wings. 

Across at The Ocean Rooms in Gorleston-On-Sea, there’s a night devoted to our queen – Britney Spears – on 9 April. There’s bottomless drinks between 7-8pm, plus Britney-themed entertainment, so expect things to get a little messy. 

In an 80s nostaliga kinda mood? Dig out your best ra-ra skirt because the still-swoony Spandau Ballet frontman Martin Kemp brings his famed Back To The 80s DJ party to the Kings Lynn Corn Exchange on 15 April. Gold!

But if house and techno are more your thing, there’s a rare chance to see a true legend of the scene in a small club when Craig Richards (the man behind Norfolk’s ultra cool Houghton Festival) plays Our House at Norwich’s Gonzo’s Tea Room on 30 April. 

Take lunch al fresco

The weather has been glorious recently and, well, we can only hope that we get more of the same! Make the most of it and head out for some lovely outdoor nibbles. The beautiful Holkham Estate hosts A Bitesize Feast In The Park between 2 and 7 April, featuring fab local street food from the likes of Fat Teds.

Plus don’t miss the return of Holt Market on 3 April, where you can feast on Norfolk street food as well as vibing to live music and browsing goods from carefully curated local makers.

Be the countriest of country ladies

Up for a quirky day out that celebrates country life? You can’t miss the East Anglian Game And Country Fair between 23-24 April at the Euston Estate. Watch doggy aqua sports (yes, really!), try trendy axe throwing, catch a ferret show and marvel at the world-renowned JCB dancing diggers.

Catch some amazing live music

Treat yourself to a great gig this month. On an indie tip, Isle of Wight girl duo and hot band of the moment Wet Leg showcase their self-titled debut album at Norwich Arts Centre on 24 April.

Alternatively, join Peter Hook And The Light on what’s sure to be a very special night as he presents a celebration of Joy Division at the UEA LCR on 9 April (featuring an opening set of New Order material).

Go va-va-vintage on the pier!

It’s time to shimmy into that mini and hop (oh-so-elegantly, of course) onto that scooter, because the Vintage Sixties Festival is returning to sunny Cromer on 2nd April.

Expect live music, classic vehicles, retro parties and oodles of shopping – and if there’s one thing we love more than a bit of vintage browsing, it’s vintage browsing on a pier.

It’s showtime!

Think you know Wuthering Heights? Even if your copy is well-thumbed to the point of disintegration, like mine, you don’t want to miss the innovative and exciting adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic novel that’s playing the Norwich Theatre Royal from 12-16 April.

And if you need a feel good mood boost, look no further than the special sing-a-long screening of The Greatest Showman, at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on 10 April. Fancy dress optional, but absolutely encouraged.

Shop ’til you drop…

We never say no to a spot of local shopping! The ultra cool Clutter City Norwich will be taking over Norwich Arts Centre on 2 April, featuring fantastic gifts and goods from hot Norfolk illustrators, designers and makers.

Alternatively, get yourself down to the Living Heritage Food, Craft and Wood festival on the Sandringham Estate between 30 April and 2 May. Expect a huge drinks and foodie market showcasing a host of local suppliers, live music and kooky traditional demos – including chainsaw wood carving!

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