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30+ things to do in Norfolk this November

From film festivals and festive opera to rave bingos, light shows and unicorn puppets, here's your curated guide to the best of Norfolk this month.

THEATRE

Circus of Horrors, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, 5 Nov

Circus of Horrors

Not quite ready to let go of spooky season? This celebration of the beautifully bizarre set to a thundering rock soundtrack should tide you over until next Halloween.

Under Lockdown in Milk Wood, Westacre Theatre, 5-6 Nov

This quirky indie production asks the question: what if the characters of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood had been in lockdown? Expect Zoom calls aplenty and a guest turn from Wolf Hall and Game of Thrones star Sir Jonathan Pryce CBE.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes – Living Dangerously, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, 7 Nov

Find out more about the life of legendary explorer Ranulph Fiennes, including his current goal to be the first person to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. Phew – not bad for 77!

Airswimming, Westacre Theatre, 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27 Nov

Set in the 1920s, Airswimming tales the tale of two women (inspired by the real Miss Kitson and Miss Baker) abandoned for over fifty years in a hospital for the “criminally insane” after both bearing illegitimate children. Funnier than it sounds, honest.

Groan Ups, Norwich Theatre Royal, 15 Nov

Groan Ups
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Mischief Theatre (who you’ll know from The Play That Goes Wrong) are back with another side-splitter. Groan Ups follows a group of unruly 6-year-olds through to their teen years and adulthood to ask the question ‘do we ever really grow up?’ (my money’s on no!).

Bobby and Amy, Wells Maltings, 26 Nov

Foot and mouth disease might not sound like the cheeriest topic for a play, but it paints the backdrop to multi-award-winning Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show Bobby and Amy. Crammed with Nineties nostalgia, the play features twenty-one characters in a small Cotswold town – all played by two people.

MUSIC

Rock for Heroes, Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, 7 Nov

Rock for Heroes

Don your best leather jacket and whip out your hairspray – Rock for Heroes is back at Cromer Pier to raise funds for Help for Heroes. Expect smash hits from faves like Queen, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Guns N Roses, and Prince.

Sheringham Shantymen, Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, 14 Nov

If you’re addicted to sea shanty TikTok (it’s a thing – ask your teens), then swashbuckle on over to Cromer Pier on Remembrance Sunday to see the Sheringham Shantymen play their 30th anniversary show.

Glyndebourne Tour, Norwich Theatre Royal, 24-26 Nov

One of the UK’s most famous opera houses brings its productions to Norwich this Autumn, with performances of The Rake’s Progress, Don Pasquale and Handel’s Messiah.

We Need a Little Christmas – Diva Opera, Holkham, 26-27 Nov

Diva Opera

Opera with a festive twist, We Need a Little Christmas is a super-sparkly mash-up of arias, dances and carols, starring Bryan Evans, Catriona Clark, Katherine Aitken, Ashley Catling, David Stephenson and special guest Richard Suart.

Bongo’s Bingo, Pier Gardens at Gorleston-on-Sea, 27 Nov

Not your nan’s bingo! Bongo’s Bingo is part rave, part karaoke, with comedy and some bingo thrown into the mix (they have a residency in Ibiza, which should give you an idea of the vibe).

FILM

Norwich Film Festival, 12-21 Nov

Summerland

Norfolk’s biggest and best film festival is back, and this year it’ll be taking place both online and in person, at The Forum, The Garage and Millennium Library. The itinerary features full-length feature films (such as Gemma Arterton’s Summerland, above), collections of shorts (including LGBTQ+ collections and shorts produced by female directors and first-time filmmakers) and panels.

FAMILY

Dragons and Mythical Beasts, Norwich Theatre Royal, 9-11 Nov

Dragons and Mythical Beasts

Forget your average Punch and Judy puppet show – this is puppetry on a whole other level, and we guarantee littles will be blown away. If you’ve seen Dinosaur World Live on the West End, this show is by the same creators, and features dragons, unicorns and griffins, as well as exotic mythical creatures like Japanese Baku and Russian Indrik.

Luminate Sandringham, Sandringham Estate, 12 Nov-19 Dec

Luminate Sandringham

Whisk the kids away to Her Majesty’s private Estate for a whimsical illuminated trail, vintage fairground (new for 2021!) and festive food and drink from Sandringham Courtyard. Save a roasted marshmallow for us!

The Norfolk Lights Express, Sheringham, 15 Nov – 3 Dec

All aboard! A Muddy favourite since its first journey in 2019, The Norfolk Lights Express sees a beautifully lit steam train chugging from Sheringham to Holt and back. Buy hot soup, booze, homemade cakes and more from The Old Luggage Office for the trip.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, Norwich Theatre Playhouse, 23 Nov – 5 Dec

Produced by the same team behind Muddy favourite musical Six, this new pop-filled show based on Kate Pankhurst’s award-winning book promises to be, er, ‘kickass-pirational’, and takes us on a musical tour of some of feminism’s greatest heroes. Seriously catchy stuff.

My First Panto: Cinderella Rocks, The Garage Norwich, 26 Nov

Kick off panto season with this fun modern-day take on Cinderella, in which lead character Ella wants to take over the world of music. After all, who needs a prince when you have rock and roll?

‘Sparkle In The Dark’ Dippy’s Christmas Celebration, Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, 26-27 Nov

If your kiddos are fans of Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade, then they’ll love this after-dark festive special. Meet Father and Mother Christmas, follow the elves through the winter trail and tuck into hot chocolate and gingerbread.

Autumn Lights, Norfolk Showground Arena, 27 Nov

Autumn Lights

Keep the fireworks fun going with this massive drive-in event at the end of the month. Not only does Autumn Lights feature one of the country’s biggest fireworks displays, but you’ll also see lit up hot air balloons and glowing roaming entertainers, as well as enjoying funfair rides and street food and drink.

BOOKS

‘Hill House Living’ book signing, Holkham, 25 Nov

Hill House Living

If you’re constantly stalking Paula Sutton’s antique chic Instagram feed, then her new book ‘Hill House Living: The art of creating a joyful life – simple, practical decorating tips and cosy recipes’ will be right up your well-heeled street. Meet the author for a book signing and a gin tasting with local distillery Archangel at Holkham this month.

COMEDY

Mark Watson: This Can’t Be It, Norwich Theatre Playhouse, 18-19 Nov

Mark Watson

You’ll have to move quick to snap up the last remaining tickets for Mark Watson’s newest stand-up show, in which he ponders the meaning of life and the fragility of his own mortality (what else?).

Jayde Adams: The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face, The Garage Norwich, 19 Nov

You had us at the show title, Jayde. This touring version of her award-winning Edinburgh Fringe show is the TV host’s first since her hit Amazon Prime special in 2020, and promises to live up to the hype.

FOOD AND DRINK

Make your own gin, Adnams Norwich, 6, 13 and 20 Nov

Adnams

Head to Adnams Norwich Gin Lab in Westlegate to create your very own tipple, from selecting your own botanicals to naming and labelling your personal bottle, which you’ll take home along with a goodie bag. Perfect for birthdays or work days out.

Creake Abbey Farmers Market, Fakenham, 6 Nov

Can you think of a more beautiful setting for a farmer’s market than the ruins of an Augustian Abbey? Neither can we. Head to Creake Abbey to pick up the best food and drink North Norfolk has to offer.

Norwich Vegans Christmas Market, The Forum Norwich, 7 Nov

Whether you’re 100% plant-based or more of a flexitarian, there’s something for everyone at the 6th annual Norwich Vegans Christmas market. Entry is free and there’s even a massive tombola to keep you entertained.

CHRISTMAS

Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Nov 9-Dec 23

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

The big one! This all-singing, all-dancing variety show has a cast of over 130, and more sequins and feather headdresses than a Strictly special. It might go on until 23 Dec, but book to see the Spectacular between 9 and 16 Nov and you’ll get half price tickets.

Norfolk Artisan Fair at Christmas, Fakenham Racecourse, 13-14 Nov

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at this fabulous fair full of Norfolk indies (there are 110 stalls to choose from, so you’ll be spoilt for choice). There are even gifts for your four-legged friends!

The Greatest Christmas, Barnham Broom, 26 Nov

The Greatest Christmas

Barnham Broom’s glitzy Christmas dinner party in their big top kicks off at the end of the month. You’ll get a delicious three-course dinner with drinks before tripping the light fantastic in the Barford suite and marquee. Dancing shoes at the ready…

Great Yarmouth Christmas light switch on, 26 Nov

The man with the bag (that’s Father Christmas to you and me) will be making a special appearance to switch on Great Yarmouth’s Christmas lights in the market place at 7pm, followed by a rooftop fireworks display and late-night shopping.    

Cromer Pier Christmas Show, 27 Nov – 30 Dec

There’ll be music, comedy and magic in spades at this family-friendly show on Cromer Pier. Expect plenty of glitzy costumes, full-on dance numbers, and festive cheer thanks to local boy, host Olly Day.

Creake Abbey Christmas Fair, 27 Nov

Get ready to warm your cockles with the best food, drinks and gifts Norfolk has to offer. There are plenty of stalls both indoors and out at this picture-pretty location, and you’ll be able to enjoy local tipples and nibbles too.

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