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FRI 12 - SUN 14 JULY

Our pick of the best things to do this weekend!



Shakespeare Festival in the Cloisters, Norwich Cathedral, Fri 12th July

The Norwich Cathedral cloisters make a beautiful backdrop to Shakespeare’s magical comedy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is a UK’s premier of all male theatre company – The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Pack a picnic or order one from the Refectory (chairs provided but bring a cushion).

Book tickets: £20


Chapelfield Summer Circus, Chapelfield Gardens, Fri 12th to Sun 14th July 

Four days of circus fun are taking place in Norwich’s Chapelfield Gardens, with events ranging from free outdoor circus workshops to Late Night Cabaret and new-to-East-Anglia – Ethiopian Dreams. With something for the whole family – it’s a weekend not to miss out on!

Book Tickets  – from £9.50

It’s Miss Hopes Springs, The Norwich Playhouse, Fri 12th July 

Toe-tapping show tunes, finger-snapping pop, heart-rending torch songs all interspersed with scandalous revelations from Miss Hopes Springs ‘Ritz to the pits’ showbiz life in LA, Paris, Berlin and, erm, Dungeness where she now lives in a camper van with husband Irving and his close hairdresser pal Carlos.

Miss Hope Springs is the ‘cult creation’ (The Times) of internationally acclaimed songwriter, pianist, singer and comic actor Ty Jeffries who grew up between Pinewood and Hollywood where he mixed with Shirley MacLaine, Diana Dors, Shelley Winters and even danced with Fred Astaire, all of which adds authenticity to his ‘stellar portrayal of a jaded faded star.

Book tickets £17.50


A Star Is Born, Waterloo Park, Norwich, Fri 12th July 

Oscar nominated blockbuster ‘A Star is Born’ is coming to the outdoor cinema in Waterloo Park this month. Bring along a picnic and make sure you have lots of tissues as Gaga and Cooper’s performance is sure to make you bawl like a baby!

Book Tickets – Price start at £12 with concession reductions


The Mousetrap, Norwich Theatre Royal, Fri 12th – Sat 13th July 

Oooooh I love a murder mystery and this Agatha Christie production is fast becoming the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre!

Sordid pasts are revealed as a group of people are caught up in this Cluedo style country house murder!

Book tickets £10 – £31


Dereham Blues Festival, Dereham, Fri 12th – Sun 14th July 

Who would have thought Dereham would be home to this amazing four day blues extravaganza? Headliner Hamilton Loomis will be joined by 50 blues acts from across the world. Worth a shaking a tail feather at!




Festival Too, Kings Lynn, Fri 12th – Sat 13th July

Festival Too is a two-week musical extravaganza that totally transforms the town and sees some very famous names take to the stage for a fortnight of entertainment. Cast, Judge Jules, Nadine Coyle, Marti Pellow, Shola Ama, Cast and more plus street activities and fireworks too. Amazingly, it’s all free!



Banham Zoo @ Sunset, Banham Zoo, Sat 13th July 

Join Banham for their annual charity evening raising funds for ZSEA wildlife conservation and get a chance to watch the sunset over the park. There will be various bars, BBQ’s, live music, crafts and a birds of prey display. A great evening out for the family.

Books Tickets – Adults £15, 3-15 year olds £9, Under 3’s -FREE


Take Your Time Summer BBQ, Norwich Arts Centre, Sat 13th July 

An all day celebration of Reggae including open decks (if you fancy a turn) followed by a line up of local DJs spinning selections of Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Calypso and Afrobeat.  The River Kitchen Wroxham will be manning the BBQ plus a host of local makers and craftspeople will be sharing their wares and creations.


Tribe Festival, Happy Valley, Sat 13th & Sun 14th July 

A family friendly woodland festival with music, arts and wellbeing. A stellar line-up of music, lots of boutique shopping, creative workshops from macrame to bushcraft, yoga, wellness and lots of scrumptious food.

Book tickets: Saturday Adult £15, Child £7.50 Sunday Adult £12, Child £6.00 – Glamping and Camping options available too!


Hopster Showtime: Pride, Cinema City, Norwich, Sun 14th July 

This collection of short films at Cinema City are aimed towards children and feature positive LGBT+ characters. Created by Hopster Studios in partnership with Diversity Role Models, a UK-based education charity, Rainbow Stories was designed to nurture empathy and acceptance in the next generation. Toddler time is exclusively for pre-school children and their parents.

Book Tickets – £3 for Children and free for Adults


Modern Landscape: David Hockney and Claude Monet in the East End Gallery, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, now – Sept 2021

The Sainsbury Centre is displaying two works of landscape art by Claude Monet and David Hockney, two of the most important artists in impressionism and figurative art respectively. On display is Monet’s Allée de sapins à Varengeville, and Hockney’s Yosemite I. Hockney made images depicting the dramatic landscape of Yosemite National Park in California using an iPad and Monet’s are based upon his visits to paint along the Normandy coast. It’s an incredibly rare opportunity to be able to see works by these artists, but luckily Sainsbury Centre is housing these paintings until September 2021.


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