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The Muddy Guide: What’s on, Thurs 24-Weds 30 Nov

Pull your wellies on, grab that scarf and get out and about this week – from beer festivals to The Commitments, it’s all happening right here in Norfolk.

Great Yarmouth Winter Beer & Cider Festival, St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Thurs 24- Sun 27 Nov

Featuring around 50 real ales, craft beers and ciders – many hailing from Norfolk & Suffolk’s growing number of micro brewers – winter tipples and live music from some of the hottest local acts will be the focus of this three-day event. Hosted annually at St Georges Theatre, this year is set to be bigger and better with more ales to try – many you never knew existed.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday, countywide, Fri 25 Nov & Mon 28 Nov


What started as an American tradition in the 1930s following Thanksgiving has now come across the pond, with many retailers slashing prices for one weekend only. Black Friday marks the start of the three-day sale with everything from small independent shops to large department stores like Jarrolds and John Lewis getting involved – be prepared for a scrum, particularly on larger household items like televisions and fridge/freezers. The following Monday is now increasingly becoming known as Cyber Monday, when websites create discounts on everything from car insurance to holidays.

A 1930s Christmas, Blickling Estate, Blickling, Fri 25-Sun 27 Nov


Join the staff at this beautiful North Norfolk estate in a 1930s Christmas. Whether Kath and Mrs Forsythe are baking scones, pigeon pie, venison, gingerbread or a good old apple crumble, there will be some delicious smells wafting through the house from midday at this National Trust event. This year the whole estate will be sporting art nouveau decorations with 19,000 lights decorating 50 trees, 24 of them lining the drive.

Camilla Brides New Season Launch, Sprowston, Sat 26-Sun 27 Nov

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Camilla Brides by David Woodcock Photography

If you’re getting married next year and still haven’t found ‘the one’ (the dress that is, not the husband-to-be!), then head to Camilla Brides in Sprowston where, for one weekend only, new stock will be showcased in an event that’s guaranteed to be popular. Each order placed during the weekend will be subject to a generous £250 discount. Booking ahead is recommended.

Norwich Maker’s Market, St Thomas’ Church, Norwich, Sat 26 Nov


Taking place at St Thomas’ Church on the Earlham Road twice a year, this market showcases the brewing talent of local designers, illustrators and makers under one roof, with stalls laid under a bunting-clad ceiling. This festive version is sure to get your Christmas shopping off to a great start, while the Deerly Beloved Bakery will be providing refreshments of tea, coffee and homemade cake. Will there be mulled wine this time, I wonder? Only one way to find out. Entrance is free and there’s a free goodie bag for the first 20 people through the doors when they open at 11am.

An Evening With Banter, Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, Sat 26 Nov


Bursting onto the Festival scene in their first year, Banter is already gaining a reputation as one of the ‘must-see’ bands on the folk circuit, with Glastonbury, Southwell and Sidmouth already under their belt. Hosted by Deckchair Productions, An Evening with Banter includes a medley of traditional English dance tunes and songs played with a cheeky twist. Featuring Simon Care (of Edward II/Albion Band fame) on squeezeboxes, Nina Zella (Liam Robinson Dance Band, Andrea Capezzuoli et Compagnie) on piano and vocals, and Tim Walker (Liam Robinson Dance Band, Pigeon English) on percussion and cornet, it’s one not to miss.

The Commitments, Theatre Royal, Norwich, Mon 28-Wed 30 Nov


This BAFTA award-winning film classic comes to the Norwich stage, starring Coronation Street legend Kevin Kennedy as well as many of the cast from the smash hit West End show at London’s Palace Theatre. The Commitments received universal critical acclaim following its London World Premiere and was quickly hailed as a smash hit musical sensation, with over 20 soul classics performed live on stage including: Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Reach Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can’t Turn You Loose and more. A fabulous night out is guaranteed.

Fiji, Art & Life in the Pacific,  The Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, until January 2017


The most comprehensive exhibition about Fiji and Fijian art ever assembled, Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific will highlight exceptional collections from the UK and elsewhere, including the Fiji Museum. The exhibition will bring together over 250 beautiful historic objects such as wood sculpture, bowls, canoes, weapons, large painted barkcloths and finely crafted objects made of shell and whale ivory, as well as examples of contemporary art, drawings, paintings and photographs.




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