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5 things to do this week!

School’s out! The kids are off! Commute times into the city are significantly reduced!

Head out not Home
Thursday from 4.30

This one is going to be particularly special; that’s right – there’s going to be a barn dance in the street. Well, a ceilidh. If you fancy it, head to Gentleman’s Walk this evening to catch Will Pound and Ross Grant, who will be performing at 5pm, 6pm & 7pm. Elsewhere, Rob Roy Collins will be bringing his daredevil escape artistry to London Street. This man holds a Guinness World Record for famously escaping from a straightjacket while hanging upside down from a helicopter in flight. Seriously – you don’t want to miss this one (4.40pm, 5.40pm & 6.50pm). The Norwich Arts Centre lawn will play host to the beautiful vocals of Finn Doherty, Lost in Translation Circus will be flying high on Westlegate, and Ben C Winn and the Panache will be performing on St Gregory’s Green. All these events are free!

Not sure what to do with the kids? Norwich Puppet Theatre have the answer.

Throughout the Summer Holidays, the utterly magic Norwich Puppet Theatre will be putting on Puppet Making workshops, for the whole family to join. On Friday (tomorrow!), make your own unicorn, inspired by puppets used in real life theatre performances; on Monday 6th August bring your own bear and make them a teddy bear puppet friend; and from Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th of August, the theatre will be running all-day workshops for older children (7+) around the theme ‘all at sea’. These workshops are wonderful, hands-on, and materials are provided.

Norwich Puppet Theatre
Norwich Puppet Theatre

The Gunton Festival of Food and Music
Saturday 4th August 2018 

This isn’t in the city centre, but absolutely well worth venturing out for.

The Independent described The Gunton Arms as ‘a rock and roll hunting lodge’. It’s a beautiful pub with rooms, within a deer park in north Norfolk. It is spectacular: your typical ‘country pub’ is electrified by Robert Kime’s interior design, and art by Emin, Hirst and Freud (to name a few) adorn walls all over. The food on offer is to die for, too.

This Saturday, following the sell-out success of the event last year, the Gunton Festival is back. Featuring a music line up headlined by ‘The James Hunter Six’, DJs and street food, all from 12pm. Enjoy. 

Tickets: £27.50

Once Upon a Wild Wood - Exhibition of artwork from renowned author-illustrator Chris Riddell
From Wednesday 1st August 2018 to Friday 31st August 2018

This August Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library host a free exhibition for all the family of artwork from the 2015-2017 Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell. The exclusive exhibition, sponsored by Macmillan Children’s Books, features original paintings from Chris’s new picture book, Once Upon a Wild Wood, inspired by the woodland around the author-illustrator’s Norfolk cottage. Come along and see traditional fairy tale characters as you’ve never seen them before! Younger children will know Chris from his ‘Goth Girl’ and ‘Ottoline’ books; adults might recognise him as a cartoonist for ‘The Observer’.

Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, and Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm.  

VIP Record Fair – St Andrew’s Hall
From Saturday 4th August 2018 10:30 to 15:30

Eastern Britain's biggest and busiest Record Fair returns this Saturday 23rd, to massive and atmospheric St Andrew’s Hall.

It's an absolute vinyl fest with genres ranging from Prog Rock, Punk Rock and Hip Hop to Soul, Reggae and Doo Wop. You’ll be rifling through the enormous selection for ages, and when you’re done, stop off for a nearby pint: The Playhouse Bar, The Doghouse Bar and St Andrew’s Brewhouse are all located on St George’s Street.

Admission £3


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