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7 things to do this weekend

It may be January, it may be cold, but there is still plenty of great stuff going on this weekend in Norfolk. Wrap up warm and get out and about – if all else fails, there’s always the pub (for, erm, a lemonade if you’re doing a dry January – you crazy, crazy lot!).

Pasanda Roof Orchestra, Norwich Playhouse – Fri 6 Jan:


If you’re a fan of the Big Band sound of the 1920s and 1930s, then this annual event is for you. Playing each January at the Norwich Playhouse, The Pasanda Roof Orchestra puts on an incomparable show replicating classic songs from Bing Crosby, Al Bowlly and Fred Astaire, as well as tunes from famous dance bands of the era.
42-58 St Georges Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1AB, Tel: 01603 598598.

Cycling Fun Day, Great Yarmouth – Sat 7 Jan:


Part of the Winter Walking & Cycling Festival taking place in December and January, the Cycling Fun Day is a family-friendly day out with a Learn to Ride area, a Cycling Fun Zone including lots of activities, cycling games for families to compete in and a Dr Bike section where you can learn how to look after your beloved two wheels. The actual ride takes place around St Georges Park in Great Yarmouth and is free.
St Georges Park, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2LD.

Oh What a Night, Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich – Sat 7 Jan:

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

A tribute to the wonderful Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (my favourite song EVER is The Night), this fast-paced, energetic production has an authentic live concert feel and includes songs like Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man and, of course, Oh What a Night (Late December back in ’63). With slick choreography, brilliant audience participation, amazing live vocals and a great live band, its clear to see why ’Frankie’s Guys’ are receiving standing ovations all over the world.
St John’s Alley, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1DR. Tel: 01603 620917.

Norwich Farmer’s Market, Norwich – Sun 8 Jan:


Established in 1977 to enable local farmers to sell their produce direct to shoppers at a fair price, the Norwich Farmer’s Market is about freshness, quality and value-for-money in support of traditional animal breeds and heritage fruit and vegetables. The bi-monthly market hosts over 25 stalls with cooking demonstrations and the occasional guest craft stall. Open from 9am until 1pm.
The Costessey Centre, Costessey, Norfolk, NR8 5AH. Tel: 01502 677214.

EDP Bride: The Wedding Show, Dunston Hall, Norwich – Sun 8 Jan:


Now in it’s 10th year, the first EDP wedding show of 2017 sees 60 exhibitors offering inspiration and advice for the big day. Companies exhibiting this year include venues, wedding dresses, menswear, cakes, florists, photographers, videographers, hats, stationery, entertainment, stag & hen dos, jewellers, vehicles and much more. This year there’s an opportunity to win a whopping £6,000. Entrance is free and the event runs from 10.30am until 3.30pm.
Ipswich Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 8PQ.

Norwich Ice Rink, Norwich Castle, Norwich – until Sun 8 Jan:


If you didn’t manage to whiz around the ice rink at Norwich Castle before Christmas – with its ridiculously-large Snowman-cum-bouncy castle (called Snowy Joey) at the fore and beautiful Norwich Castle as a backdrop – you have until Sunday to literally get your skates on. This year, the rink has been increased in size to 300sq metres to cater for high demand – 12,500 skaters took to the ice in 2016. The real, glistening ice is embellished with atmospheric lighting and festive music.
Norwich Castle, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JX. Tel: 01603 628311.

Music for Epiphany, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich – Sun 8 Jan:


It’s always amazing to hear live music or singing in a church or cathedral and the magnificent Norwich Cathedral is no exception. The Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir will be joined by the Vasteras Cathedral Moet Choir from Sweden in a concert sure to make the heart sing. Conducted by Ashley Grote and Johan Hammarstrom, Music for Epiphany is a free event which music-lovers shouldn’t miss.
65 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH. Tel: 01603 218300.


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