Muddy Guide, What’s on – Fri 19 – Thurs 25 August
From craft fairs and kite flying festivals to live jazz and theatre, it’s all happening in Norfolk this week, starting tomorrow. The summer is still here – don’t miss out!
Fri 19 August – Sun 4 September
Thetford’s Great Festival, Thetford
Get ready for three weeks of events in Thetford including a Great Pantomime Dame Pageant (19th), Park Fun Run (20th), Folk in The Gardens (21st), Cooking demonstrations (22nd) and a performance of Mid Summer Night’s Dream at Lynford Hall Country House Hotel (25th).
20 King Street, Thetford, Norfolk,IP24 2AP. Tel: 01842 754247. thetfordsgreatfestival.org
Sat 20 August
Burnham Market Craft Fair, Burnham Market
Traditional, local and regional crafts will be displayed alongside items by local artists, designers and artisans on over 100 stalls in the centre of the village green from 10am. Don’t miss a walk around the Village itself, which boasts the brilliant Humble Pie deli, The Hoste Hotel and Restaurant – perfect for a cider on the green – and the .
Burnham Market, Norfolk, PE31 8HD. Tel: 01328 738503. burnhammarket.co.uk
Sun 21 August
Richardson’s Tour de Broads, Norfolk Broads
Get on your bike and raise money for charity at the annual Tour de Broads, the largest locally-organised cycle event in the region raising over £40,000 for charity last year. Suitable for all abiliities and ages, choose between five different rides – of between three and 100 miles – taking in 16 broads, four rivers and several beautiful villages. This year the official charities are Macmillan and Love the Broads.
Scottow Enterprise Park, Lamas Road, Badersfield, Scottow, Norfolk, NR10 5FB. Tel: 01603 465470. tourdebroads.com
Sun 21 August
Jazz in the Courtyard, Holkham Hall, Holkham
Holkham Hall and jazz go together like Easter and Chocolate – add free entry and a jug or two of Pimms and there isn’t a better way to wile away a Sunday afternoon. The Lady Elizabeth Courtyard is the setting for Norfolk’s very own Chris Cooper Trio with the opportunity to take a sneaky peak around afterwards.
Holkham Estate, Wells-next- the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB. Tel: 01328 713111. holkham.co.uk
Sun 21 August
Hunstanton Kite Festival, Hunstanton
Hunstanton Kite Festival is a long-running annual event held every August, with kite displays, air displays, a classic car rally, classic motorcycles on display, craft fair, kids’ activities and stalls all organised by the Hunstanton Rotary Club. Come down from 10.30am.
Smithdon High School, Downs Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5HY. hunstanton-info.com
Until Tues 23 August
Pop-up Shops at Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale
Just one more week of Dalegate Market’s annual summer pop-up shops, hosting four independent businesses a week in pretty pastel coloured beach huts. Independent traders, local artisans and producers – including food, drink, clothing, antiques, collectables, toys, art, crafts and home furnishings – set up camp for a week at a time at the back of Dalegate Market, which also has a great cafe. Combine a visit with a trip to the nearby beach for a wonderful family day out.
Main Road, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, PE31 8FB. Tel: 01485 210305. dalegatemarket.co.uk
Tues 23 – Sat 27 August
West Side Story, Norwich Playhouse
Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is set in 1950s New York City in an ethnic, blue-collar neighbourhood. The well-loved musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. Bernstein’s fantastic score includes Something’s Coming, Maria, America, Somewhere, Tonight & I Feel Pretty.
42-58 St George’s Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1AB. Tel: 01603 598598. norwichplayhouse.co.uk
Weds 24 August
Summer Fireworks, Great Yarmouth Beach
Join The Heart Roadshow at the seafront for a final night of music and fireworks. Live music starts at 8pm at the Sea Life Centre Gardens followed by fireworks on the beach at 10pm. For the best viewing areas, head to the seafront Esplanade, along Britannia Pier or to Wellington Pier.
Seafront, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EN. Tel: 01493 846346. great-yarmouth.co.uk
Until Thurs 25 August
FoolHardy Circus, Wroxham Barns
The Fooldhardy Circus is back with their new show Ha Ha Bonk. Expect top class circus skills, comedy routines and lots of laughs to keep you and your family clapping for more. Help Cozboz the down trodden clown re-find his clown mojo from the master clown before visiting the show’s hall of mirrors. Performances commence at 12pm and 2pm and last 55 minutes.
Tunstead Road, Hoveton, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8QU. Tel: 01603 783762. wroxhambarns.co.uk
Thurs 25 August
Showaddywaddy, Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth
I need you (ba ba ba ba ba) I need you near me. I want you (ba ba ba ba ba), yes I do and I hope you’ll hear me! If, like me, you grew up singing When by Showaddywaddy while trying to perfect the dance steps, then this show is the guilty pleasure for you. Formed in the 1970s in Leicester, they have sold more than 20 millions records worldwide including Under the Moon of Love.
Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EH. Tel: 01493 842209. britannia-pier.co.uk