7 things to do this weekend
Well hello there February, you’re looking mighty fine (laters January!). What have you got in store for me this month? Plenty, you say? Great, let’s get stuck in…
Deepdale Conservation Weekend, Burnham Deepdale – Fri 3 Feb-Sun 5 Feb:
A rare opportunity to join a team of 20 volunteers to work on a conservation site at the eco-friendly Deepdale Farm, North Norfolk. In exchange for two days’ work (from 10.30am-3.30pm) volunteers will get free overnight accommodation in either the Deepdale Hostel or on the campsite, breakfast each morning and dinner each evening. Saturday night will be met with a BBQ and a bonfire.
Tel: 01485 210256. deepdalebackpackers.co.uk
Cities, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich – Fri 3 Feb:
Watch imaginary cities being built before your very eyes as one actor uses dozens of objects to create this unusual collection. Each city has its own narrative and is designed to question the challenges of our own contemporary society. Anybody interested in learning more about performer Oliver Ducas can attend a workshop run by him on Sat 4 and Sun 5 Feb from 10am-5pm.
Tel: 01603 629921. puppettheatre.co.uk
Buddy Holly Show, Gorleston Pavilion, Gorleston – Fri 3 Feb:
Singer Buddy Walker’s tribute to American musician-singer-songwriter Buddy Holly – a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll before his early death by plane crash aged just 22 – runs for one night only at Gorleston Pavilion. Expect a barrage of hits, including Oh Boy, Everyday, Peggy Sue, Rave On, That’ll Be The Day and more.
Tel: 01493 662832 gorlestonpavilion.co.uk
Top of the Terrace Motown & Soul Night, Norwich City Football Club, Norwich – Sat 4 Feb:
A football pitch may seem like an odd location for disco, but this duo – hosted every two months – seems to go down a storm. Expert DJs will spin classic and rare Motown and Northern Soul vinyl until the early hours at the Top of the Terrace. There won’t be talcum powder on the floor but you can definitely expect great music and cold beer. Tickets £7 in advance, £8.50 on the door. 8pm-2am.
Tel: 07990 618293. tinyurl.com/ncfcsoul
Brendan Cole – All Night Long – Theatre Royal, Norwich – Sun 5 Feb:
Partnered with singer Anastacia last year, Strictly professional Brendan Cole tours his new UK show until April, stopping in Norwich this coming Sunday. Expect a spectacular production featuring guest dancers, a new leading lady, a 14-piece band and singers live on stage. Stunning lighting, amazing special effects and superb choreography guarantee a great – and glitzy – night out.
Tel: 01603 630000. theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
Isn’t it Romantic? Downham Market Methodist Church, Downham Market – Sun 5 Feb:
Norfolk-based ladies choir Coro Stellante returns for its fourth annual concert, with pre-concert afternoon tea prepared and served by the ladies themselves. Covering music from the golden era of the 20s and 30s – with a glorious amount of cappella – the girls are conducted by Michael Kibblewhite and accompanied by Graham Instrall on drums, Akos Hasznos on double bass and John Byron on the piano. £12 entry; 4pm start.
Tel: 01553 810116. corostellante.org.uk
Exuberance is Beauty, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich – until Sun 26 Feb:
Celebrating the life of local musician, sculptor, teacher and calligrapher David Holgate, who died in 2014, this exhibition of his work is hosted courtesy of a collaboration by the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, the Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society and the Norwich Twenty Group, with whom David was associated. He is probably best known for creating the statues of Mother Julian and St Benedict on the west front of Norwich Cathedral.
Tel: 01603 218300. cathedral.org.uk