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What’s on this week in Norfolk 14 -20 Sept

Get set for a dose of heritage culture, circus fun and Muddy adventures this week with plenty of lovely things to do while the sun shines. Let's go!

FAMILY FUN: Summer Spectacular Yarmouth Hippodrome, 16, 19, 20 Sept

Ahh just what we all need! The circus and water show at Hippodrome Circus is back with an array of acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and the ‘legendary’ Johnny Mac. The summer spectacular has been Covid-19 guidelined so you can go along and enjoy the show without fear of catching anything apart from a good ol’ spoonful of joy.

Tickets from £12 for kids and from £20 for adults, call 01493 738877

EAT OUT: Feast in the Park, Holkham Hall Sat & Sun through Sept

Grab your picnic blanket and the pooch and let’s head off to Holkham for a spot of scrummy street food for Saturday brunch. Overlooking the lake and with the hall as a backdrop, this is the perfect place to unwind, there’s even a bit of outdoor Jazz to lull you while you scoff a woodland pizza – you can save me a slice while I trott off to get us a Pimms from the cricket pavillion bar.

CULTURE: Norfolk Heritage Open Days, until Sept 20

Get inspired by Heritage Open Days with a visit to Bishop’s House, where the garden will have you redesigning your vista, pronto. At St Peter Mancroft listen to the lowdown on the super-cool 17 Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich, including the first ever British Lady Mayor, Ethel Colman, daughter of the mustard giant. Norwich is jam packed with medieval buildings so now’s your chance to explore some of the finest wonky places. Did you know that Dragon Hall, originally a slum, is now home to the National Centre for Writing and the 900 year old Norwich Castle was once a prison? Notebooks at the ready.

BOATING: Norfolk Broads, Wroxham, daily

Ahoy there! September is the perfect time to don your boating cap. One of the most heavenly ways to explore Norfolk is via the Broads. Pack a picnic and a couple of jumpers (and maybe a waterproof) and head out for a half or full day of meandering through the waterways. You can even bring the pup along too. Standard half day hire from £77.

EATING OUT: Bills, Norwich, Mon – Wed through Sept

Bill is nice isn’t he? This comfy national brassarie is one of the restaurants who’ve chosen to extend the Gov lead Eat Out to Help Out campaign, giving customers the chance to save up to 50% on food. Pan-seared fillet of seabass with prosecco hollandaise for a tenner? Er, don’t mind if I do.

WALK: Felbrigg Estate, daily

Desperate to get the kids out of the house, if only for half an hour? A bracing walk (or reluctant drag) around the stunning grounds of Felbrigg should do it. Don’t forget to book your slot through the National Trust website though – after getting everyone there it would be a shame not to get out of the car. (Ehem, yes, I did forget to book)

CINEMA: Military Wives, Wells Maltings, 18 & 19 Sept, 7pm

The indefatigably gorgeous Kristin Scott-Thomas and the brilliant Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) deliver the warmth in Military Wives, if you missed it the first time round, now’s a good time to catch this feel good choir movie. Showing this weekend at the Wells Maltings. Call 01328 710885 to book.

SHOPPING: Dalegate Market Pop Up, Burnham Deepdale, 17 – 22 Sept

Pick up the prettiest handmade pressies at the weekly Dalegate Pop Up. This week there are watercolour paintings, metal work sculptures, wool woven hand-crafted stools all from local creatives, plus irresistable beach huts from Driftwood Glass (pictured). Only 14 weeks till Christmas (sorry) so why not start now?


FESTIVAL: London Design Festival, various locations, 12 – 20 Sept

Now in its 18th year, this cool festival features commissions and installations across the city, including The Hothouse, located in the newly coined International Quarter (Stratford). The glasshouse installation provides a controlled habitat for cultivating plants that would not ordinarily grow within the UK’s climate. 

EXHIBITION: Aubrey Beardsley, Tate Britain, until 20 Sept 

Here’s the last call to see this awesome retrospective exhibition of Aubrey Beardsley’s work, from his early medievalist and mythological subjects to his bold illustrations covering themes of sex, death and humour. 

EXHIBITION: Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, The Design Museum, London, until 14 Feb

From underground raves to the pioneering sounds used in Dr Who, this exhibition explores the history and culture of electronic music throughout the ages. 

EXHIBITION: Ai Weiwei: History of Bombs, Imperial War Museum, London, until 24 May 2021

Part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North, this exhibition draws on renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.   

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