What’s on this week: 5 – 11 Oct
There's no shortage of cool stuff to do this week, whether you fancy a dose of culture or a bit of sea air, Muddy's got you covered.
It’s great to see Norfolk getting up to speed with BLM. Brush up on your black history with this one and a half hour guided walking tour which celebrates the diverse contribution of black people to the county’s history. Hear the stories about the great and the good, including 18th century street traders and Pablo Fanque, the UK’s first black circus impresario, as well as the American servicemen who brought rhythm and blues to the city. Tours are selling out fast but you’ve still got time to book for later in the month. Book now for 22/24 Oct
St Giles Pantry, Upper St Giles
For a truly hollistic grocery shop experience that includes getting to sit down for a coffee, I can totally recommend the recently opened St Giles Pantry, where everything from veggies to gin is locally sourced. With a simple, old school counter and 40s style interior, pleasing rows of jars and big chunky cheeses and baskets of wine, there’s not a jot of tack about this place, just old school style, decent food and drink, and owners who clearly know their stuff.
Never a better time for a bit of light relief than now, eh? Join award winning comedian Adam Kay for his brilliant stage adaption of the best-selling book, where horror stories from the frontline NHS are peppered with silly songs and poetic wordplay. Only a few tickets left – grab yours now.
Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams, SCVA until January 2021
Now extended until early January, this exhibition of Art Nouveau objects showcases ceramics, glass, textiles, posters, prints and sculpture with the theme of nature and dreams at its centre. There are works by Degas, Rossetti and William Morris. Seriously – one not to miss.
Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall, until 1 Nov
There’s still plenty of time to catch this remarkable exhibition by ground-breaking artist Anish Kapoor. Get dizzy with the sky mirror and marvel at the 24 examples showcasing the past 40 years of Kapoor’s work. Always at the forefront of the country’s heritage/art world, Houghton can be trusted to keep on delivering these impressive shows, pandemic or not.
Safari on Foot, Wildlife Trekking Day, 8 October
Think you’re a nature buff? Better get on this special day safari through Holkham Nature Reserve to properly brush up on your wildlife, plant and bird knowlege, then. This is a fascinating in-depth guided exploration into the reserve’s history in terms of the ever-changing landscape, environment and the species that inhabit this beautiful area. Tickets for the day are £50, book via the website
A huge expanse of broad, waterway and woodland just south of Norwich, Whitlingham offers everything from walking to biking – the beryl sharing scheme is there now so you can just hop on and explore away. There is usually a wealth of water activities on offer (do check the website for covid restrictions) so you can make a proper day of it.
Wroxham Barns, weekends and school holidays 10 -5pm £8.95 under 2s go free
You can still enjoy a day out with your mudlings at a social distance from others – so grab a coffee, breathe in some fresh air, and let them run about in the space of the Junior Farm and Fun Park – after which you and the kids can meet Ant and Dec, the resident Alpacas – what’s not to love?
An hour of proper belly laughs, tubing is a winner for all the family (my teenager insists on this year after year) as well as a treat for the kids. Speed down the snowy slopes in the safety of a big fat inner tube or grab hold of your family’s hands and slide down in tandem. Wrap up warm and grab a hot choc afterwards. Tickets £13
Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Aylsham Sat & Sun 10.30 to 3
What could be nicer than spending an hour or two over the weekend with these gorgeous beings, Wiggins and Wacko? Our 2019 Muddy Best Family Attraction, Redwings Aylsham is open again and invites visitors to come along and say hola to its 50 rescue residents, including the herd of notorious shetland ponies aka the ‘Gangstas’. Entry is free but donations are welcome. Book your visit via the website.
Seal Boat Trip, Morston Quay
After a hearty lunch at the Anchor you’re a stone’s throw from Morston Quay, where you can hop on the ferry to see the gorgeous fat seals. Beans Boats has been running the coastal trips since the 1930s so they’ve got the operation down to an art. Wrap up in your cosiest woolies and expect to enjoy a splash or two while you venture out for one and a half hours of coastal exploration via the boat, with a landing at Blakeney Point at high tide. Book early, check the website for timetables. Tickets are £13. 01263 740505 / 01263 740038