7 cool things to do this weekend
Whether you’re looking to do some exercise, get your friends together for a pub lunch, find something to do with the kids or inject some culture into your winter veins, Norfolk is your veritable playground. Here’s seven cool things to do this weekend (if you ever want to be included in these weekly round-ups, please write in the comment box below):
Opening weekend, Byron Burgers, Chapelfield, Norwich – Fri 17 Mar:
Yours truly will play Gineau pig tomorrow evening as the eponymous London burger chain opens its first branch in Norwich – and tries to impress journalists and bloggers alike (review next week; officially public opening Monday). Having frequented the branch in Angel Islington for years – with its industrial-chic design and burgers stacked so high you risk getting lock-jaw – I’m as pleased as a grass-fed cow to welcome Byron to Norwich. As well as tasty hamburgers with a massive choice of toppings (homemade guacamole please), Byron also serves creamy milkshakes and skinny fries and (more importantly) it’s own beer. Like we needed another excuse to go shopping…
Fashion Finale, OPEN, Norwich – Fri 17 Mar:
Norwich Fashion Week comes to a close tomorrow evening with a party in the main banking hall at OPEN. A veritable mash-up of music and fashion, the event will be headlined by disco pop duo Ekkah who will provide the soundtrack to a fabulous final run on the catwalk. A party with DJs will then continue until late.
The Scratch Band, The Connaught Hall, Attleborough – Sat 18 Mar:
I absolutely love live music hosted in village halls – free parking, cheap beer and…. really decent music. Attleborough welcomes The Scratch Band this Saturday, a London-based 12-piece blues ensemble formed in 1993 that can add New York’s Ronnie Scott’s to its play list. Performing a eclectic mix of covers from the 1960s to now, as well as their own tracks, gig-goers can expect an energetic cacophony of keyboards, alto sax, flute, guitars, bass and percussion, as well as vocals (including four-part capella harmonies). So, get your butt off that uncomfortable chair (I’ve found one negative about village halls) and hit that dance floor pronto!
A Street Cat Named Bob, Amy Robsart Hall, Syderstone – Sat 18 Mar:
Homeless and recovering from drug addiction, James Bowen has finally got his own bedsit and attempts to build a life and future for himself busking in Covent Garden. Returning home one day, he finds a ginger cat sitting outside his door. At first he ignores the cat, but over the next few days the cat continues to linger. From that point onwards their lives become entwined. Classic, heartwarming cinema based on an International best-seller. 12A.
First Hippo on the Moon, Norwich Playhouse, Norwich – Sat 18-Sun 19 Mar:
A firm favourite with my four-year-old daughter, The First Hippo on the Moon is a funny, beautifully-illustrated book written by bestselling children’s author David Walliams. This Saturday sees the start of a four-day run of the stage version at the Norwich Playhouse, adapted by award-winning theatre company Les Petits. The First Hippo on the Moon will be brought to life via puppetry, music and a giant space race. If you have children aged three and up, this is a must-see.
Yoga with Poppy Reed, Fakenham – Sun 19 Mar:
It’s officially spring out there today (it’s 11am on Thursday folks, just in case tomorrow is wet and windy), and all thoughts turn to getting into shape for the summer. There’s nothing more toning – or relaxing – than a Yoga class, and the lovely Poppy Zella Reed runs sessions all over North Norfolk, including at Fully Trained Fitness in Fakenham this coming Sunday. Get your downward facing dog (or headstand for the show offs amongst you) back on par, and get those legs summer ready. 5pm-6pm; £8.
Editors note: If her classes are as fantastic as her name, then we’re in!
Thorpe Antiques & Collectors’ Fair, Thorpe – Sun 19 Mar:
As someone that owns a proper typewriter, far too many old cameras and one of those record players that you pick up and carry, there’s nothing I like more than trawling around an antiques market on a Sunday afternoon, even if I have no intention of buying anything (which, in truth, I usually do). Roxley Hall is the setting for this Sunday’s Antiques & Collectors’ Fair with anything from fine porcelain, glass and silverware to vintage kitchenware on sale. The atmosphere is relaxed and, well, suitably Sunday-ish and refreshments are provided by at The Vintage Café – think filter coffee and homemade cakes. One man’s trash, etc. 9am-3pm; admission £1.
Tel: 07919 022352