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Muddy guide: what’s on, Fri 22 April – Thurs 28 April

While it’s all very nice to see the sun – and get your washing on the line for once – sadly it isn’t going to last (it is only April I guess), so here’s a round-up of what’s on the for weekend and the week ahead, both inside and out.

Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall

The Housekeeper’s Tale, Holkham Hall, Holkham
Fri 22 April
During the 19th and 20th centuries, housekeeping was one of the most prestigious jobs in the country for a woman, and also one of the toughest (often managing up to 100 servants and a bank account the size of a small country). One person who knows the ups and downs of this position too well is Tessa Boase, Senior Housekeeper of Holkham Hall during this time. Tessa will be hosting a talk in the Saloon of Holkham Hall for one evening only, during which time she will share surprising personal stories of domestic service in the great British country house, as well as promote her new book ‘The Housekeeper’s Tale’. Tickets include a glass of wine.
Holkham Hall Estate, Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB. Tel: 01328 713111.

King Lear

King Lear

King Lear, Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
Fri 22 – Thurs 28 April
Ageing tyrant Lear faces the consequences of maintaining his supremacy through surveillance and cruelty, rather than wisdom. Where once Lear saw all, now his vision is clouded by doubt and sentimentality. Scorning his advisers, Lear hands power to his daughters, Goneril and Regan, while banishing the daughter that truly loves him, Cordelia. As Lear’s refuge from pain manifests itself, audiences are left wondering whether humanity can be redeemed.
Maddermarket Theatre, St John’s Alley, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1DR. Tel: 01603 620917.

Fakenham Farmer's Market

Fakenham Farmer’s Market

Fakenham Farmer’s Market, Fakenham
Sat 23 April
Held in the picturesque Market Square in the North Norfolk town of Fakenham near King’s Lynn, the Farmer’s Market takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month. Visitors will be able to purchase the best in organic, local fayre, including fruit and vegetables, flowers, jams and cheeses, alongside goodies such as chocolate & ale steam puddings from pudd’Eng, luxury hand creams made using pedigree goats’ milk from Goat Shed, and ginger and sage organic sausages from Ash Organics.
Fakenham Market Square, Fakenham, Norfolk. Tel: 01328 862702.

Sculptors by Alberto Giacometti

Sculptors by Alberto Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time, The Salisbury Centre, Norwich
From 23 April
This landmark exhibition is dedicated to the work of Alberto Giacometti, one of the giants of the twentieth century art, celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman. The exhibition will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death and is an exciting opportunity to examine the artist’s influence amongst his contemporaries in Paris and his impact on British art in the post-war period.
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich, NR4 7TJ. Tel: 01603 593199.

Typical car boot sale

Typical car boot sale

Hunstanton Car Boot, Glebe School, Hunstanton
Sun 24 April
It’s car boot time Muddy readers with community centres, schools and fields being prepared for the season ahead. Whether you’re buying or selling, car boots are a great experience. Spend a morning in the fresh air, bacon sarnie and instant coffee in hand (no doubt served in a polystyrene cup and costing 50 pence), and rummage through boot upon boot (or stall upon stall as they tend to be these days) of games, vinyl, pottery, plants and gardening tools. While they can be a bit similar, Hunstanton Car Boot has two things going for it: it’s located in a beautiful prep school, with its oodles of character, and is close to the beautiful – and dog-friendly – Hunstanton Beach. Now that is a bargain…
Glebe House School, Cromer Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 6HW


A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Theatre Royal, Norwich
Tues 26 – Thurs 28 April
The nation’s favourite Shakespeare play is performed as never before, magically blending professional actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company with amateur actors from local amateur group The Common Lot. Set deep in an enchanted wood on Midsummer’s night, the play focuses on the marriage of the Duke of Athens to Hippolyta. Four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest. Will it be a dream come true? Go and see for yourself.
Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1RL. Tel: 01603 630000.

downham market 2

St George’s Day Parade, Downham Market Town Hall
Fri 22 April
Downmarket Market will be decked out in its finest flags and bunting in celebration of St George’s Day, the patron saint of England. In a time-honoured tradition, the Town Square will be the venue for re-enactments of the slaying of the dragon by children from local schools, while local choirs will perform. The event is followed up with a Family Fun Day on Saturday with bouncy castles, games and stalls opening at 10am in the Town Square.
Downham Market Town Square, Downham Market, PE38 9HS. Tel: 01366 387770.


Swampy’s Froggy Fish-off, BeWILDerwood, Hoveton
Until Thurs 28 April
Swampy, as you may well know, is okay at fishing, but can often fall asleep! You and Swampy must gather up some Fluffifish from the Scary Lake to help the BeWILDerFrogs and their Tadpoles locate the perfect spot for their young to grow. Hop down the Big Hat to make your own Fluffifish –  throughout the day, place your fluffifish with everyone else’s creations inside a 3D pond by the Big Hat and see the Scary Lake come to life before your eyes. The froggy fish-off takes place at the lake at 12pm and 2pm; then why not drop by the FacePainters to get your face made up into a BeWILDer-Frog between 11am-4pm? It’s a whole day of boggy, fishy fun.
Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8JW. Tel: 01692 63303. 

lamb milk

Lamb Feeding, Wroxham Barns, Hoveton
Until Thurs 28 April
Ah baby lambs – my aren’t they just the cutest? Lamb feeding season is back and running until July, so get down to Wroxham Barns before it’s too late. Wroxham Barns is one of the very few places in East Anglia where visitors can bottle-feed baby lambs so early in the year, with sessions available every day in the main barn on Junior Farm at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. And once they’ve had their lunch, head to Wroxham Barn’s café or restaurant for a slice of cake or spot of lunch, including Sunday roasts.
Tunstead Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8QU. Tel: 01603 783762.



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