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August’s best reasons to go out whatever the weather…

Grab your brollies coz it's the good old British summertime! Rain never stops play in Norfolk and there's loads to do so get outside and make the most of life. The sun'll come out tomorrow.

ART WORKSHOPS

We were over the moon when Art Academy East agreed to support Norfolk’s Muddy Awards 2021. And even more excited to hear about their new courses and workshops to inspire your creativity during the summer.

Introduction to Figurative Sculpture Workshop

Workshops are delivered by professional artists who provide live demonstration with step-by-step guidance and support. Whether you’re just starting out or already more confident, there are sessions for beginners, improvers and experienced artists.

Introduction to Pattern Design Workshop

Materials are included in the price of your booking and be quick to book as spaces are limited to keep everyone safe as things return to whatever normal is.

From £35 to £70 on dates through August. More info and booking here.

NIGHT OF THE HUNTERS

He’s behind you.

Dinos at Night returns to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure for their award-winning annual evening of activities, live music from The JRB Band, funfair games, Norwich Astronomy club, BBQ and bar all alongside all the usual attractions like Dippy’s splash zone, Predator High Ropes and Dippy’s Theatre. Loads for the whole family to enjoy from hatchlings to prehistoric parentals.

14 August, 6.00pm – 10.00pm. Tickets £9.95 or £7.96 for Discovery Pass holders. Get ’em here!

HEAD OUT NOT HOME

Alden, Patterson and Dashwood

Norwich’s free summer festival of music and street theatre is back with a bang! Taking place across the city centre on Sunday afternoons between 2-5pm it includes established local bands like The Vagaband and Georgia Shackleton Trio and world renowned street theatre (programmed with Covent Garden Entertainment) such as Betty Brawn, Akira, Mullet Man and Jarrdu. We love spotting future stars via the breaking artist Platform Acts.

​Running until Sunday 5 September you’ll find a whole lot happening on Gentleman’s Walk, Westlegate, St Gregory’s Green, Tombland, Millennium Plain and Riverside.

​Fab for families and romantic summer afternoons in the city. All the latest news right here.

THAILAND IN NORWICH

Guessing long haul flights are out for a while but who cares when there’s a two day Thai Festival at Eaton Park in Norwich?! Magic of Thailand are bringing cooking demos, delicious food stalls and Thai produce, Thai Boxing, Lady boy Shows, Kids Rides, a Thai Beer Garden, Traditional Thai Music and Dancing, Thai Massage and…our fave… an ‘I’m British Get Me Out of Here!’ Eating Competition.

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August 2021, from 10am to 7pm

 Adults: 1 day ticket – £4, Children under 12 are free. Tickets here.

THEATRE

Our Town is Sheringham Little Theatre‘s reworking of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1930s classic play. With a cast of professionals and locals, the production shifts the original American focus to “our time and our town”, says director Marcus Romer. Offering a “warm and gentle look” at local townsfolk, it addresses the brevity of human life. A poignant reminder to appreciate what we have while we have it.

Sat 7 Aug – Sat 14 Aug, 7.30. Tickets £12. U16s £8.

WELLBEING

Image: Bev Cogman

Ease into summer Saturdays with The Meditation Man in Norwich’s beautiful Plantation Gardens. Guided meditation session for adults of all abilities in the city’s favourite tranquil oasis. Lots of space for social distancing, no masks unless you want to, bring your own cushion or chair for comfort. Afterwards you’re welcome to stay and enjoy the garden in your peaced out state.

No parking at The Plantation Garden but if you can’t arrive on foot, there’s some free parking at the Black Horse pub on Earlham Road for Meditators, on the understanding they leave the carpark at 10.30am.

Sat 14, 21, 28 August and Sat 18 and 25 Sept. 9.15am-10.15am. Tickets here.

EXPLORE

Messing about on the water

Head to South Walsham and uncover the secrets of beautiful Fairhaven Garden’s hidden waterways while getting up close and personal with Norfolk’s watery wildlife on a guided exploration of Fairhaven’s broad and backwaters with Free Spirit Canoe Tours. You’ll be in small groups and no experience necessary. Allow a good couple of hours and get there an hour ahead of your start time.

Wednesdays only until 29 September.

Adults £27.50. Children aged 4-16 £17.50 and includes entry to gardens. Tickets available here. Booking essential!

RARE GROOVES

Not Norfolk but hey, we can dream.

Bliss out on the grass at Wildcraft Brewery, chatting and chilling with your besties. For recorded background music or acoustic solo acts check out Wildcraft’s Pop-Up Pub events (free) but we’re going for a late summer night of Balearic beats with their Chilled Ibiza Brewery Session. Live music from local artists, one-off beers and summer vibes. Groove is in the fields.

29 August 7pm-10pm Admission £7.00

SUMMERTIME BLUES

Jools and his old Joanna

Multi-platinum-selling boogie-woogie Blackheath boy Jools Holland has been thumping the ivories with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 1994 and the man ain’t stopping yet. Touring with special guest Eddie Reader (Fairground Attraction), his stupendous skills and epic 20-piece band guarantee a storming night of gospel, boogie-woogie and blues. You’ll be ska-ed for life.

Outdoors in the stunning grounds of Sandringham Estate on Sat 28 August Tickets £45

COCKTAILS BY THE SEA

We can’t wait for the return of oh so mellow North Sea Nights on Cromer’s East Promenade. Music from Cromer Soul Club , craft beers from Ampersand Brew Co , delicious espresso martinis from North Sea Coffee with The Gangway, and food from The Lifeboat Cafe. 

This year there’s a festival vibe with deposit & return scheme on branded plastic cups. And you can use the North Lodge loos for the night thanks to the good old NNDC. So that’s a relief.

5pm-11pm on 7 & 20 of August, 11 September and with exclusive special guest DJs on 25 September.

STREET FOOD

We love buzzy global street food sensation Junkyard Market, now a permanent Norwich fixture. With high end cocktails using local ingredients and forward-thinking traders whipping up everything from Turkish flatbreads to chicken wings, to Asian fusion to Mac & Cheese, the mix is roughly a 50/50 mix of local and UK-wide. The diverse music includes fab DJs too. A great summer festival vibe.

Tickets are available on Monday evening (6pm) for the following weekend.

PLAY DARTS

Bullseye

Gourmet grub hub Street Feast at The Ffolkes in Hillington near Kings Lynn has ramped up the fun with FEAST & PLAY DARTS. You get access to fabulous Street Feast plus your own private dart booth and table for up to 6 people.

£6 per person for 1 hour 45 mins at the table. With fabulous food from Moco’s bao buns and gyro flatbreads to Oishii’s sticky satay wings and chicken katsu plus cocktail trees and doughnuts…let’s just say if you’re still feasting (you will be!) they’ll shift you to another table at no extra cost. Book here!

FOOD MARKET

Make time for Creake Abbey Farmer’s Market at North Creake, near Fakenham. One of Norfolk’s best produce markets set outside in the fresh air and surrounding barns. Proper bread, yummy charcuterie and cheeses, piquant chutneys, homemade jams, luxurious puddings and pies, local vegetables, super fresh juices, gooey brownies, scrumptious cakes, smoked fish, herby seasonings, spiced rum, small batch gin, fragrant teas, groovy popcorn, succulent sausages, dog biscuits, delish doughnuts, health foods, Norfolk cider, funky fudge, mouthwatering macaroons, zingy curries, decadent chocolates…all life’s joy in one very pretty place! Full list of producers here.

Sat 7 August, 9.30am-1.00pm

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