Now that the lights are on, Christmas events are kicking off in earnest this week – there’s lots going on all over the place to kick start your festive cheer, or keep you in the Christmas spirit if you’re one of those people that started watching Home Alone in October.
This weekend, take your pick of a couple of really excellent Christmas Markets: Festive Fair at the Forum looks set to be a huge event, running every day from Friday 24th until Monday 27th. They will be selling all sorts from pottery to preserves, and there will be live music performances including a very special session by The Voice Kids contestant Perry Cooke on Monday afternoon. Also on Saturday 25th, the Norwich Vegans Christmas Market will be at OPEN from 10am until 4pm, so you can pick up all your vegan crafts, cards and treats! Why not go to both?
UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Stuart Dunlop (UEA Director of Music), will perform a world première and two acknowledged masterpieces at the atmospheric St Andrew’s Hall on Thursday. The concert will feature performances by the 170-strong choir and 80-strong orchestra, of: Music Centre Award Holder, Caitlin Woods’ Fantasia No.1 (a world première); Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8; and Elgar’s The Music Makers. Tickets: £4 - £12.
Put your best festive jumper on and get your team together (or turn up and Nelson’s Journey will put you in a team!), for this family friendly quiz, with food provided by the famous Grosvenor Fish Bar – all to raise money for a fantastic cause! Tickets for this are £25 advance.
This weekend, see an enchanting and atmospheric performance of Aladdin at Norwich Puppet Theatre. If you’ve never been to the theatre before it’s impressive – it’s housed in a Grade 1 listed medieval church, which is now adorned with fairy lights, props and beautifully crafted puppets. Using very intricate and delicate shadow puppetry, Indigo Moon will tell the story of a poor street boy who falls hopelessly in love with a princess, and uses wild and dangerous magic just to see her again. Tickets for this are £9 each, or £30 for a family of four.
The famous Thursford Collection near Fakenham is currently home to an absolutely stunning Winter Wonderland, where Santa, the penguins and polar bears will be in residence until the 23rd of December. This breath-taking spectacle for all the family comes around but once a year, so make sure you don’t miss it – it really is a special experience! You need to book, as Santa’s only available for visits on certain days - check out the Thursford website for more information.
Is there a difference between patriotism and nationalism? Can we be English and European? Join the debate with writer and broadcaster Iain Dale and John Denham, director of the University of Winchester's Centre for English Identity and Politics. The panel is completed by UEA historian Camilla Schofield, who has written on Enoch Powell and anti-racism in postwar Britain. The bar will be open for refreshments during the event. This event is FREE but you must book!
Finally, this is your last chance this year to catch some of Norfolk’s finest markets. The last Loddon Country Market will be Tuesday the 28th, so head down there next week at 9.15am to pick up some fantastic local produce! Costessey Farmers Market also ends for the year this week, so make sure you go this Sunday 26th – it starts at 9.30am at the Costessey Centre.
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