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MON 20 - SUN 26 AUG 2018

Outdoor Theatre, Holkham Hall, August 2018 

the tempest wave hand and boat

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 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


Canoe Adventures, Fairhaven Gardens, South Walsham, Wed 22 August  

mother and daughter canoe

You provide the picnic and they’ll provide the paddle for free! This sounds like a perfect way to spend an evening – a gentle paddle along the Broadland waterways, stopping for a picnic in the reeds with Free Spirit Canoe Tours.
Also, every Thursday during August you can explore the hidden Broads by joining one of their afternoon wildlife canoe trails.

Book tickets £22 adult; £12 child 5-16 yrs


Pop Up Pictures, Catton Park, Norwich, Thurs 23 – Sun 26 August 

outdoor cinema

We love a bit of outdoor cinema here at Muddy – Picnic and Prosecco at the ready as we head down to my local park in Old Catton to catch one of four great films – The Lion King, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Greatest Showman and Grease.

Book tickets £12 Adults £8 kids


Trunchonbury Festival, Trunch, Fri 24 – Sun 26 August 

Trunchonbury festival

It’s a new one for us and this family festival hidden away in the North Norfolk countryside looks like a goodie. Billed as a three day music & arts event, there’s an acoustic stage, dance tent and disco shed – have I got your attention? Throw in a healing field, outdoor cinema, circus workshops and a fun fair and you’ve got all the key ingredients for a pretty cool weekend.

Book tickets £20 day tickets, £50 weekend tickets, under 5’s free and camping options available!


Sushi & Sake Festival, The Open, Norwich, Sat 25 August 

sushi & sake festival

OPEN will be transformed into a Japanese Street Market this bank holiday weekend with Sushi Bars, Tempura Bar, Japanese Desserts, Cocktail Bars, Sake Bars, Whisky tastings, masterclasses and live music.

Book tickets £10


The Grand Norwich Duck Race 2018, The Ribs of Beef, Norwich, Sun 26 August 

norwich duck race

It’s the seventh annual charity Grand Norwich Duck Race from St George’s Bridge to Fye Bridge and a great day by the waters edge for all the family.

The Fun starts at 11am with a duck parade and the individual duck race starts at 2.00pm with 3000 sponsored ducks battling their way to the finish line. At 2.30pm it’s time for the large painted corporate ducks to take to the water.

There will also be a cake stall, ice creams, face painting, Archers Butcher’s sausage stall, little duck stall, games and other activities for everyone to enjoy.



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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