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7 things to do this weekend

From comedy to swan calls, it’s all happening in Norfolk this weekend – wrap up warm and get out there before you turn into a couch potato (no? Just  me then…).

Hate ‘N’ Live – Stand Up at St George’s, St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth – Fri 10 Feb:

Leo ‘Pun Man’ Kearse; Image:

Following a successful three-year run at The Edinburgh Comedy Show, Hate ‘N’ Live comes to Norfolk this month, featuring two of the country’s most popular comics: Tony Marrese and Leo ‘Pun Man’ Kearse, alongside other top acts. A raucous and surreal show that’s not for the faint-hearted – expect gags about Jeremy Corbyn, Self Service Checkouts and even Paralympics! Love it or Hate it, it’s sure to be entertaining.

Pizza & Tipples, The Drill House, Great Yarmouth – Fri 10 Feb:

Make your own pizza at The Drill House

Wood-fired pizza, beer and fun collide this Friday from 4pm-11pm at The Drill House. Bring the whole family, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in, with a host of varied fun – from making your own pizza fromscratch (£4, or £5 with soft drink; £6 with beer) to trying your hand at circus skills – think juggling and tumbling – or testing your knowledge at the 8.30pm quiz (teams of 2-6 people; £1 per person entry). It certainly won’t be dull.

Loddon Farmers’ Market, Loddon – Sat 11 Feb:

Buy real ales at Loddon Farmers’ Market

Run twice a month in the charming town of Loddon – with its watery setting right at the mouth of the broads – the Loddon Farmers’ Market attracts producers and farmers from all over the county, with everything on sale grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked or processed in East Anglia. Expect stall-upon-stall of freshly-baked bread, pungent cheese, delectable cakes, homemade chutneys, heritage fruit and veg, organic meat, fresh fish, free range eggs, raw milk, pies and real ales. Tea, coffee and, of course, cakes are for sale alongside scrummy bacon sandwiches.

Swans Awake, WWT Welney Centre, Kings Lynn – Sat 11 Feb:

Image: WWT Welney Centre

Set your alarm (for an alarming 5.30am) and head down to the WWT Welney Centre to watch nature at its best – thousands of swans will wake up on the wetlands and then take to the skies to fly out to the fields for the day. The Fen landscape will fill with the sound of swans calling to one another as they pass over head. Definitely worth getting out of bed for! Booking ahead essential.

City of London Sinfonia, St Andrew’s Church, Holt – Sat 11 Feb:

Image: City of London Sinfonia

7.30pm is the start time for this classical musical extravaganza hosted by the City of London Sinfonia orchestra, and featuring two of the country’s best folk singers – folk fiddler Henry Webster and banjo player Dan Walsh. The orchestra will re-create well-known, and well-loved, pieces including Autumn from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Romance del Diablo from Piazzolla and Hoe down from Copland, among others. The church setting is sure to bring out the goosebumps.

Jo Malone Valentine’s Day Event, Jarrolds, Norwich – Sat 11 & Sun 12 Feb:

I’ve been a fan of Jo Malone’s light, fruity fragrances since falling in love with the stylish bottles at an airport about five years’ ago. Jo Malone London will be in Norwich this weekend offering some Valentine’s Day treats – sip something cold and fizzy, be pampered with a hand and arm massage and try a spritz of her new fragrance designed especially for Valentine’s Day, Red Roses Cologne; the perfect V-day treat. (9am-6pm Sat; 11am-4pm Sun).

Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific, The Sainsbury Centre, Norwich – until Sun 12 Feb:

Image: The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Last chance to see this beguiling exhibition that Her Majesty The Queen visited recently (if it’s good enough for her…). The largest and most comprehensive exhibition about Fiji ever assembled, Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific takes visitors on a journey through the art and cultural history of Fiji since the late 18th century via sculptures, textiles, ceramics, ivory and over 270 works of art. Don’t  miss the specially-commissioned, eight-metre-long double-hulled sailing canoe, built in Fiji and shipped to Norwich especially for the event.



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