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5 things to do this weekend

It’s with delight, pleasure and a little shiver of excitement that I inform you that the next Muddy Guide will celebrating the changing seasons. So with a spring in our step (see what I did there?), let’s go gambolling (and again, see?) to help our social lives fully bloom this weekend (OK, even I’ve had enough of this now).

The Red Shoes, Theatre Royal, Norwich – until Sat 25 Feb:

A beloved fairytale and Academy Award-winning movie, Matthew Bourne’s seductive ballet enchants audiences with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion. Terry Davies arranges a new score using the mesmerising music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann (most famous for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles), with designs by Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).

National Winter Beer Festival, Norwich – until Sat 25 Feb:

Run by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), this Norwich-based festival hosts 300 real ales, ciders, perries (pear-based) and International beers at The Halls (essentially two venues: St Andrews Hall and Blackfriars Hall, both on St Andrews Hall Plain) until Saturday, with local breweries headlining the event (please take centre stage Woodforde’s, Lacons, Norfolk Brewery and Green Jack). Food – including a hog roast – comes from local café and deli Pandora’s Kitchen, while live music will entertain on Friday and Saturday evening.

A Life Writing Workshop, The Dragonfly Gallery, Watton – Sat 25 Feb:

Budding writers: this one is for you! Hosted by Susan Hollingworth, whose career spans the UEA, BBC, CVR (Africa), and Norfolk & Cambridge Libraries, this workshop concentrates on a series of short writing exercises, with hints on how to make a story come to life, tips on editing and advice on how to get your story published. Participants are encouraged to bring proper writing materials (remember what a pen and paper looks like?) rather than laptops and iPads. £10.
Tel: 01953 880285.

Soul Stew, The Birdcage, Norwich – Sat 25 Feb:

It’s great to see an entire evening dedicated to Soul, Disco & Funk being hosted at the eponymous Bird Cage, with the promise of ‘strictly vinyl’ being spun on a turntable. DJ Keith Slater will riffle through his large collection of vinyl and spin 45s until 1am, playing some of his favourite – and rare – tracks, including deep southern soul. If you love this genre of music, this event is a must.

Lambing Weekend, Easton Campus, Norwich – Sat 25 & Sun 26 Feb:

I can’t think of anything much cuter – or more spring-like – than feeding milk to beautiful little lambs, but what if you could actually watch them being born and taking their first wobbly steps? This weekend, Easton Campus lets adults and children onto the farm to observe this amazing spectacle before handing them a bottle to feed the newborns. Want to make a day of it? Take a tractor or trailer ride around the farm to see the other animals – including highland cows and piglets – wander around the arts and crafts stalls or enjoy a BBQ lunch.
Tel: 01603 731200.



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