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7 things to do this weekend

If, like me, the week has run away with you and you haven’t yet made any weekend plans, you’ve come to the right place. Here are seven ideas to try…

Scratch Night, The Garage, Norwich – Fri 20 Jan:

One of the best performances I ever saw was Eddie Izard trying out new material in Soho. No matter how big or small the star, comedians, dancers and singers all benefit from trying out new ideas on smaller audiences to gauge feedback. This is what Scratch Nights at The Garage are for – regional performers test out new ideas in 15-minute slots. This Friday sees Base Dance, Orange Skies, The Keeper’s Daughter and Mary Benefiel take to the stage, with honest audience feedback at the end. Help shape the stars of the future…

Ann Feavers & Roger Burnay Exhibition, Fairhaven Gardens, South Walsham – Fri 20-Sun 22 Jan:

Fairhaven Garden is the venue for this art exhibition

Ann Feavers will be showing her range of Victorian-style painting on glass pictures and explaining how they are produced, while animal and wildlife painter Roger Burnay will give a demonstration on how he produces his work in oil, pastels and coloured pencils. Prints and cards of their work will also be for sale.

Greyhound Racing, Yarmouth Stadium, Caister-on-Sea – Sat 21 Jan:

You don’t have to be the betting type to enjoy an evening at the Greyhound Races. With its large restaurant boasting clear views of the track, four licensed bars, children’s play area, fast-food cafeteria and choice of places in which to watch the action (from standing to outdoor seating to executive lounges), Yarmouth Stadium is sure to guarantee a great evening out. There will be between 11 and 14 races to enjoy on Saturday with clear instructions on how to place a bet if you so desire.

UEA Campus Concert, UEA, Norwich – Sat 21 Jan:


The Drama Studio at the University is the location for this classical concert performed by the UEA Symphony Orchestra. Delight in renditions of Beethoven’s celebrated Symphony No. 5 (as classic and timeless as Channel’s perfume of the same name) and Debussy/Louys’ haunting Les Chansons de Bilitis. The orchestra will be joined by the UK’s longest-running French language theatre company, Sacre Theatre.

Winter Seal Watching Trip, Blakeney Point Nature Reserve, Sat 21-Sun 22 Jan:

Join local family business Beans Seal to get up close to these lovely mammals without disturbing them. Daily boat trips to the Blakeney Point nature reserve guarantee sightings of the common and grey seal of which there are approximately 500 in the area this time of year.
Tel: 01263 740505

Thorpe Antiques & Collectors Market, Thorpe – Sun 22 Jan:

Whether it’s the sense of tradition, an awe for the workmanship or the desire to showcase something historic and unique in your home, browsing antiques markets at weekends is as popular a pastime as ever. Roxley Hall is the location of this one-day event with many different stalls selling anything and everything from the world of antiques – think ceramics, crystal & glassware, brass, copper, stamps, postcards, furniture, vintage clothing, gold & silver, watches & jewellery and more. Open 9am until 3.30pm.
Tel: 07919 022352

Little Red Riding Hood, Roydon Village Hall, Roydon – Sun 22 Jan:

One final pantomime fix is available this weekend before the red curtains come down for another year. Puzzle House Pantomimes presents this traditional family favourite where audience participation is key: sing songs, solve puzzles and get fully involved. Just six actors play a range of characters in this matinee show filled with song, live music and, of course, the required amount of slapstick.
Tel: 01379 384 656


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