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7 fab things to do from tomorrow

I’m looking at the weather on my iPhone and there is a big sunshine next to both Friday and Saturday – time to ditch the sheepskin coat, get outside and smell the daffodils; spring it here, at least for this weekend…

UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra, St Andrews Hall, Norwich – Fri 24 Mar:

The concert will take place at St Andrews Hall, Norwich

Under the direction of UEA Choirmaster Tom Primrose, the UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra will perform a rendition of Verdi’s celebrated Requiem at 7.30pm tomorrow. Amongst the richest and most revered works in the choral repertoire, the choir will be joined by soloists Emily Garland (soprano), Claire Barnett-Jones (mezzo-soprano) and Richard Dowling (tenor), while Keel Watson will accompany the orchestra on bass.

Deepdale Hygge Festival, Burnham Deepdale – Fri 24-Sun 26 Mar:

Pronounced hoo-ga, hygge is a Danish concept that celebrates the good stuff in life: friends, family, food… The first of its kind for North Norfolk, the Deepdale Hygge festival celebrates what the team love about where they work – and play. Expect fire pits, cycling, stargazing, BBQs and live music. As part of the event, Saturday sees the free Norfolk Norfolk Coast Hygge Fair, where local companies
(including the National Trust, Go Ape, Deepdale Bike Hire, MarGins Walking & Glamping Holidays and the RSPB) will be exhibiting.

Just Crafts Show, Sandringham Estate – 24-26 Mar:

Learn how to upcycle your old bathtub with Barracuda Baths

Barracuda Baths, Fifty Shades of Clay and Mad About Nature Soaps aren’t just witty names for local companies – they will all be exhibiting at the second Just Crafts Show at Sandringham this weekend. Attracting the county’s best designers, artists and crafters, the event includes working demonstrations – think glass blowing, jewellery-making and woodwork – stalls to buy gifts or treats for yourself, and a food hall packed with local artisan produce to sample and take home.

Vintage Club Market on Tour, Attik & Seller, Dereham – Sat 25 Mar:

Attik and Seller, Dereham

Despite being rinsed, squeezed, used and rinsed again, the pop-up concept isn’t done yet – and thank goodness; how else would new businesses test their fab, delicious or quirky wares on us without shelling out a fortune? After a short break, the roving Vintage Club Market is back on tour – popping up this Saturday at the Attik & Seller Barn in Dereham. Come and shop for vintage clothes and homewares in two beautiful barns.

Clocks go forwards – Sun 26 Mar:

Spring forwards; fall back – clocks go forwards at 1am this Sunday for British Summertime (don’t forget now), meaning we lose an hour in bed (boo), but get lighter evenings (yup). How will you celebrate? An early-evening jog? Heading to Wroxham Barns to feed the lambs? Going up into the loft to get your spring clothes out? Or, even better, hitting the shops to update your wardrobe (I don’t know about you, but I need flip flops)? Don’t let this gift pass you by – find a way to celebrate it!

Mother’s Day – Sun 26 Mar:

Dunston Hall is offering discounted rooms for Mother’s Day

Since posting ideas of what to do with mother dearest in Norfolk this coming Sunday, as well as some gift ideas (links below), I have come across some Mother’s Day offers to take advantage off. Both The Kings Head in Letheringsett and The Jolly Sailor in Brancaster Staithe are offering free glasses of fizz for mum with lunches, while The Mercure Hotel in Norwich will be adding a live vocal duo to their lunchtime offering. Still in Norwich, seafood restaurant Loch Fyne has a Mother’s Day breakfast – cooked breakfast of choice, coffee or tea, juice and a glass of fizz for £15pp. Fancy treating mum to a hotel stay? Dunston Hall, Barnham Broom Hotel and The Maid’s Head Hotel are all offering Mother’s Day discounts.

Open Garden, Gayton Hall, Kings Lynn – Sun 26 Mar:

The National Garden Scheme runs Open Garden events for charity

There’s nothing lovelier than wandering around a beautiful garden on a spring day, particularly when said ‘garden’ is actually 20 acres of water garden containing two miles of paths, lawns, lakes, streams, bridges and woodland. Spring foliage ready to delight this weekend includes primulas, astilbes, hostas, lysichiton and gunneras (I have no idea what most of these look like, but am sure they’ll be pretty!). There’s also a variety of unusual trees and shrubs, a large majority of them labelled. Part of the National Garden Scheme, the £5 entrance fee for this Open Garden event goes towards Marie Curie, making it good for the eyes, the nose – and the soul.


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