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MON 13 - SUN 19 AUG 2018

Miss Saigon, Norwich Theatre Royal, Wed 15 August – Sun 15 September 

miss Saigon army

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


Outdoor Theatre, Holkham Hall, August 2018 

out door theatre blue skies What better setting to enjoy a summer evening’s theatre than the beautiful walled gardens at Holkham Hall. First on the billing – Boxtree Productions brings Treasure Island to the stage on Wed 1 August.

The programme of outdoor theatre continues throughout the summer with Journey to the Centre of the Earth on Wed 15 Aug , The Midnight Gang on Thurs 23 Aug and the Tempest on Wed 29 Aug.

Book tickets Adult £14, Child (2-16 years incl.) £10, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £43


Burnham Market Craft Market, Burnham Market, Fri 17 August 

coloured patterned plates

It’s where the lovely Monica Vinader started selling her beautiful bracelets, so Burnham Craft Market is always worth a visit – you never know who you might discover! Over 100 stalls laden with crafts by local artists, designers and artisans – woodwork, pottery, basketwork, plants, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, cards, sculptures furniture, glassware, photography, aromatherapy, metalwork and more.



The Greatest Showman, Open Air Cinema, Heritage Garden, Hunstanton, Sat 18 August 

open air cinema

Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s a fab opportunity to see the lovely Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron in tight trousers singing their hearts out! And it’s FREE – hooray!


The Plantation Garden Summer Music & Sunday Teas, Plantation Garden, Norwich, Sun 19 & 26 August 

plantation garden

Pop down to this beautiful Victorian Garden for an afternoon of drinking tea and eating home-baked cakes!

Live performances from local musicians,  a lovely way to spend a few hours on a sunny Sunday.

Entry £2 on the gate


Summer Sounds, Holkham Hall, Sundays 19th, and 26th August

holkham hall

Relax, unwind and enjoy a summer Sunday afternoon of fabulous live music.

On the 5th and 19th August, Jackdaw Duo will bring a toe-tapping set of old and new covers, with an eclectic mix to keep everyone entertained. On 12th and 26th August, enjoy the laid-back, jazz-infused Chris Cooper Trio, perfect for whiling away a summer afternoon.

Fancy a Pimm’s? The Lady Elizabeth Wing bar will be open all afternoon.

Book tickets Free


Go Ape, High Lodge, Thetford Forest, August 2018 

go ape high ropes course

Home to the first Go Ape course in the country and not a bad spot for a series of high ropes crossings designed to hurl you out of your comfort zone. With a cocktail of high rise platforms, tricky obstacles and supercharged zip wires, this tree top adventure is not to be underestimated.

Don’t worry, there’s a Junior course and it’s perfectly acceptable to use the kids as an excuse to ease your way into the tree tops. If you’d rather stay firmly on the ground, there’s a brilliant adventure playground, cycle routes, walking trails and Forest Segway.

Book tickets from £18


Puppet theatre workshop, Norwich Puppet Theatre, August 2018 

cardboard robot

Lots of great puppet making workshops happening across the school holidays from robots to unicorns to Ninjas to dragons!

Let their imaginations run wild and let them loose in bags of buttons, gadgets, glitter and fabrics to make their very own puppet to take home!

Book tickets £9.50


Summer Days, Pensthorpe Natural Park, August 2018 

pensthorpe water little girl slides

School holidays stretch out ahead of us and if you’re looking for inspiration, check out the Summer Days programme at Pensthorpe. Inspired by the heady, rose-tinted childhood memories of a long ago distant era, the event promises a return to the old-fashioned values of traditional outdoor play.

So tear those devices off the kids and pop along for a day of den building, summer craft activities and the brand new Hootz and Friends Discovery Trail will weave you through the 700 acres of woodlands, wetlands and gardens of the reserve.

Book tickets Adults £11.95 Kids £10.95 (age 3-16)


Brian Alabaster Sculpture Exhibition, The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds, until 30 Sept 2018

Brian alabaster sculpture children

Pop over the border to Bury St Edmunds and relax in the garden of The Northgate.
A glass a of cold Pimm’s or afternoon tea surrounded by these beautiful life size figurative sculptures, is the perfect way to while away a sunny summer’s day.
To celebrate this charming exhibition from renowned Suffolk based sculptor Brian Alabaster, The Northgate will be offering 25% off its delicious Suffolk afternoon tea for the duration of the exhibition, which includes their very special Suffolk pink macaroons!
Reservations at
The Word Defiant, Blickling Hall, Blickling, until 28 October 

sink full of books, taps

The Word Defiant! is a series of installations throughout the hall and out to the garden Temple that reveals stories of books that have been banned, burned, redacted, drowned, neglected and superseded, with each linked to the theme of books under threat.

A five-year conservation project at Blickling Estate inspired Theatre Company Les Enfants Terribles to explore the importance of books through contemporary art to spectacular effect – well worth the visit!

Make a day of it – lots of summer family activities too.

Book tickets Adult £15.95 Child £7.95 Family £39.85


Family fun at the Sainsbury Centre – Anthony Gormley, Lynn Chadwick’s Beasts and Brian Clarke: The Art Of Life, August 2018 

metal beast sculpture

We’ve featured them before but the Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park is a Muddy must this summer with three great exhibitions. Plan ahead and take advantage of the built in BBQ’s by the lake for a little informal get together with friends on a Sunday afternoon!



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