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7 things to do this weekend

Ghostly Dinner, Norwich Guildhall, Norwich – Fri 13 Jan


It’s Friday the 13th and what better way to celebrate than to scare yourself silly while gorging on a two-course buffet dinner? You will be entertained by tales of phantoms by Man in Black, of Norwich Ghost Walk-fame, before taking a creepy walk around the historic building, dipping into the old police cells and 15th century under-croft. Listen out for the cries of ghosts lurking within the old walls. Just don’t blame us if you can’t get to sleep!

RSPB Farmland Wildlife Walk, Feltwell – Sat 14 Jan

The male Yellowhammer

The male Yellowhammer

A unique opportunity to join expert guides in discovering more about the wildlife typically found in a Brecks farmland Nature Friendly Zone. Led by RSPB Officers and local farmers, participants will hunt out winter thrushes such as fieldfares and redwings, skylarks, birds of prey and brown hares, as well as finches and buntings like tree sparrows, corn buntings, yellowhammers and linnets. Sessions are free but donations are welcome. Bring binoculars.
Feltwell, Norfolk, IP26 4AE. Tel: 01842 753732

Volunteer Recruitment Day, Blickling Estate – Sat 14 Jan

Blickling Estate in winter. Photo: Andy Davison

Blickling Estate in winter; Photo: Andy Davison

The beautiful and historic Blickling Estate is run and maintained by volunteers, with the annual recruitment day happening this weekend. Don’t miss the opportunity to be actively involved in one of Norfolk’s iconic mansions – with several roles on offer, from gardening to working in the cafe – there is sure to be one to suit you.
Blickling Estate, Aylsham, Norfolk NR11 6NF. Tel: 01263 738077.

Paul Cross Memorial Concert, The Assembley House, Norwich – Sat 14 Jan


With its coved ceilings, rare artwork and ornate chandeliers, The Assembley House is the ideal venue for classical music. This fund-raising concert of piano and song is designed to raise awareness of – and funds for – the Milan Petrovic special needs School in Novi Sad, Serbia, which is twinned with Norwich. Radoslava Gorgic sings soprano to Julija Bal on piano, who plays a range of music  from Handel and Mozart, as well as four Serbian songs.
The Music Room, The Assembly House, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1RG. Tel: 01603 458665.

Clear Cut, Memorial Hall, Pulham Market – Sat 14 Jan


Bring your own drinks and nibbles to an evening of country music as Country Gold presents Clear Cut, a country duo currently travelling around Norfolk as part of a UK tour. Playing in beautiful Pulham Market for one night only, tickets cost £6 on the door. 8.30pm start.
Memorial Hall, Station Road, Pulham Market, Norfolk, IP21 4SU. Tel: 01379 644136.

South Walsham Art Club Exhibition, South Walsham – until Sun 15 Jan

Green Bowl with Fruit

The third annual exhibition of paintings to take place at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden covers a wide variety of subjects and styles painted by members of the weekly South Walsham St Lawrence Art Class. Entitled The Way We See It, the event encapsulates whatever interests and inspires class members each week, be it flowers, landscapes, animals or a bowl of fruit. Entrance is free with doors opening from 10am-4pm.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham, Norfolk, NR13 6DZ

Militaria Fair, Thetford Leisure Centre, Thetford – Sun 15 Jan


One for the Muddy male in your household? Browse over 100 tables of military wares from leading UK specialists including swords, bayonets, knives, uniforms, helmets, medals, badges, books and more, each with a fascinating story to tell. Free parking and café.
Croxton Road, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1JD. Tel: 07596 436260.













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