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March on! What to do in Norfolk this month

No need to beware the Ides of March when there's THIS much fun stuff going on in Norfolk. From mystery supper clubs to tastemaker gigs, here's what you won't want to miss.

Stick a fork in it

@acmefirecult Credit: James Moyle

Dig out your elasticated trousers and prep your tastebuds, because Norfolk is positively buzzing with fab foodie events this month.

Aylsham’s ever-amazing Hodson & Co deli and cheese room are back on 23 March with another edition of their Cookery-Wine-Humour bonanza, hosted at nearby pottery cafe Urban Clay.

Award-winning chef Andrew Clarke will present his new “live-fire” concept Acme Fire Cult and explore his love for all things food, music and cooking on open coals related. Bring it on!

@junkyardmarketnorwich

And if you’re a foodie-in-the-know who loves surprises, make sure you nab a ticket to Junkyard Market’s Secret Dinner Club on 10 March. Feast on a five course street food menu curated by a famous local chef, to be revealed nearer the time.

Hit the Creake Abbey Farmer’s Market on 5 March to stock up on local goodies, from Loaf.Microbakery sourdough to Straithe Smokehouse mussels.

Plus, make sure you check out the brand new Flavours festival, hitting Great Yarmouth between 24-27 March, a showcase for the town’s on-the-up foodie scene.

Curtain’s up!

Get your diary out, because there’s some incredible theatre coming to Norfolk this month that you don’t want to miss.

Kids and adults alike will be captivated by Animal Farm, on at Norwich Theatre Royal between 9-12 March. The production puts a unique spin on George Orwell’s classic using beautiful puppetry, designed by creatives who worked on War Horse.

Mind control master Derren Brown will also be bringing his first live show in six years to town between 22-26 March, while raucous comedy duo Scummy Mummies will be dishing laughs and parenting real talk at the Norwich Playhouse between 21-23 March.

Meanwhile, over at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, wilderness expert Ray Mears is doing his bushcraft thing on 29 March – full of useful tips, no doubt, for if you ever get lost in the wilds of Norfolk. (It happens, ok?!)

Save the rave

If you’re up for a big night out – and we mean BIG – get yourself down to the special St Patrick’s Day edition of the ever raucous Bongo’s Bingo on 19 March at the Gorleston-On-Sea Pier Gardens and 25 March at Epic Studios. Expect dance-offs, cash bingo prizes, cheesy singalongs, a massive rave up – oh, and more shamrocks and green stuff than you can shake a Baby Guiness at.

If you’re after something a lot more U-rated, but still cracking fun, head to the family friendly Big Fish Little Fish Norwich Family Rave on 20 March, also at Epic Studios. You and the little people in your life can enjoy crafts, bubbles, glitter cannons, strobe-free lights and a rave dancing stilt walker. Not bad for a Sunday afternoon.

Art attack

The Sainsbury Centre has a major new exhibition on show between 13 March-17 July. Pablo Picasso: The Legacy of Youth takes a look at the important early years of the guy who utterly revolutionised 20th Century art – and then some.

Combine your trip with a coffee and Figbar cake in the Terrace Cafe, plus a stroll around the sculpture garden, and you’ve got the makings of an ideal culture vulture’s day out.

@kettlesyard

Ok, so it involves crossing the Norfolk border (oo-er), but we also thoroughly recommend popping to the gorgeous city of Cambridge to catch Ai Wei Wei: The Liberty Of Doubt at fabulous Kettle’s Yard (on until 19 June). It’s a chance to see one of the biggest artists of our time in unique, quirky house setting – and to top it all off, admission is absolutely free!

Feelin’ Groovy?

“Back to liiiiiifee, back to reality!” Take a trip down memory lane on 18 March as Soul II Soul play tribute to their legendary debut album Club Classics Vol 1 at The UEA.

Or, if you fancy yourself as a bit cutting edge (too right!), take yourself down to The Room in Gorleston-On-Sea on 12 March. A live music showcase with a Jools Holland-esque format, it has previously seen surprise visits by the likes of Brit-winner Rag’n’Bone Man.

Set your creative juices loose

Norfolk bookworms are in for a treat this month, as the 30th edition of UEA Live hits Norwich – aka The City of Stories – from now until May. Don’t miss the launch night on 2 March, featuring multi award-winning author Jon McGregor (who grew up in Norfolk!)

The King’s Lynn Fiction Festival, headlined by Captain Corelli’s Mandolin writer Louis De Bernières, will also be in town between 11-13 March.

Keen to pick up a new creative hobby? Try out all sorts of crafts, from linoprint to ceramics, at the Norwich Makers Festival in Norwich between 9-20 March. Crafts weren’t just for lockdown, you know!

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