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MON 27 AUG - SUN 2 SEPT 2018

Outdoor Theatre, Holkham Hall, Wed 29 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.

It’s the last of the summer season of outdoor theatre at Holkham Hall and a great finale with the Tempest on Wed 29 Aug.

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

 

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

 

Sundown Festival, Norfolk Showground, Norwich, Fri  31st August – Sun 2nd September 

sundown festival 

If you need one more festival hurrah before the autumn arrives, then make it Sundown. There’s a stellar line-up of bands and DJs this year, so snap up the last final-release tickets before it sells out!

Book tickets £47.50 for the day or £90 for the weekend.

 

Beer, Gin, Cider & Music Festival, King’s Arms, Shouldham, Fri 31st August – Sun 2nd September 

Now in its sixth year, the King’s Arms Festival is the event that needs little explanation: it delivers everything that it says on the tin, including 28 – yes, 28 – different gins. Oh, and camping pitches are available too so there’s no need to think about taxis. We’re in!

Free 

 

The Wind In The Willows, Maddermarket Theatre, Fri 31st August – Sat 1st September 

Sean Owen, Reflective Arts

This is your last chance to see Mike Kenny’s adaptation of the children’s classic, The Wind In The Willows, which features all of the original and lovable characters but has a twist in the tale. Suitable for ages five years and over, with an approximate running time of 90 minutes, this is a production that all the family can enjoy.

Book tickets – £10 – £42

 

Raveningham Country Fair, Thurlton, Sat 1st – Sun 2nd September 

It’s safe to say that Norfolk has its ‘fair’ share of country events, but RavFair, a traditional threshing fair which celebrates everything to do with local farming, is a fete with a difference. Its 41st year will see everything from steam engines and classic cars to live music, beer and cider tents, equestrianism and birds of prey. Oh, and if that isn’t enough, there’s a Wuffa Viking display too. Unmissable stuff!

Book tickets  – £5 on the door and under 16’s go FREE.

 

Film In A Wood, Beachamwood, Sat 1st September 

What could be better than a night in the forest beneath the stars? A night in the forest beneath the stars, watching Patrick Swayze on a big screen, of course! Moth In A China Shop and their sponsor, Mr Hugh’s, will be showing an outdoor screening of Dirty Dancing in the idyllic setting of Larchwood. Hot and cold food (including popcorn) will be available to purchase and if you’d like to make an evening of it, camping pitches are also available.

Book tickets  £10 Adult and children under 15 go free. Or for £20 go VIP and get a picnic hamper!

 

North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival, Holkham Hall, Sat 1st – Sun 2nd September 

Holkham Hall is renowned for holding Muddy-worth events, and this will be no exception. Exhibitors may only sell goods that are reared, produced or sold in North Norfolk, so you can guarantee that you’ll be tasting the freshest local food and drink around. Not only that, but it’s set in the beautiful grounds of the Walled Garden and there’ll be plenty of activities and entertainment for children too. This is definitely one that’s top of our Muddy list!

Free £3 charge for parking.

 

Norwich Thai Festival, Eaton Park, Sat 1st – Sun 2nd September 

This is another event for the foodies, although the festival isn’t just about Thai cuisine. The Magic Of Thailand event will bring you traditional music, dancing and entertainment, so you can lie back and relax after a Thai massage and enjoy the sights and sounds around you, all in the grassy surrounds of Eaton Park.

Book tickets £4 per Adult and under 12s go free.

 

Sportspark Kids’ Open Day, UEA Sportspark, Sun 2nd September 

Need to burn off that final bit of summer-holiday energy before the kids head back to school? The Sportspark are holding a free Open Day where children can try everything from Gymnastics and Archery to Bubble Football.

Free 

 

Vegan Sunday Chapter Three, Redwell Brewing, Bracondale, Sun 2nd September 

Following the success of their initial Vegan Sunday events, Redwell Brewery are back with more fantastic vegan food from Bia Vegan Diner and vegan and gluten-free cupcakes from Battie & Hoo. There’ll also be vegan and gluten-free craft beers and natural wines – the perfect excuse for a little indulgence!

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 www.thenorthgate.com
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!

Free

 

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