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6 Things to do this week

Take your pick of festivals this week, plus circus, opera, primulas and paintings!

WOW - Women of the World Festival
From Friday 27th April 2018 to Sunday 29th April 2018

Women of the World Fesitval is an initiative started by Jude Kelly of the London Southbank Centre. WOW festivals have been taking place all over the world in the past few years and finally it comes to Norwich.  This weekend – Saturday and Sunday there is a host of events taking place at OPEN in Norwich.  There will be conversations about art, theatre workshops, talks, exhibitions, comedy, performance and more. Plus the phenomenal Moxie dance party for women will be taking place on the Saturday night, at Norwich Arts Centre. If you like Beyonce don’t miss it. 

For a full programme events and to find out more, read our blog  all about it!

Until 29th April

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th we have Oak Circus Open Weekend hosting an open weekend of FREE activities - try your hand at juggling, plate spinning, Diablo and hula hooping in celebration of Circus250. If you are feeling brave, scale to dizzying heights and try some of the aerial disciplines too. This is all taking place at the Oak Circus Centre in Oak Street, Norwich.

There’s also I spy... Circus, a trail around Norwich’s Historic Churches to find hidden letters. This actually started in early April but comes to an end on Saturday.  Once you have all 10 letters, rearrange them to spell the name of Norwich’s famous Circus Proprietor… Hand in your completed map at The Oak Circus Centre by 28th April to be entered into a  prize draw to win a course of circus classes or one-off taster sessions.

The Broads Outdoor Festival
From Saturday 28th April 2018 to Sunday 13th May 2018

The Broads National Park offers over 125 miles of navigable waterways, with a different vista around every bend and 25% of the UK’s rarest wildlife.
Whether you fancy something creative, active, relaxing or otherwise, there will be plenty of activities at the eighth Broads Outdoors Festival.

There’s too many events to name, but our particular favourites are the kayak and stand-up-paddle safaris! Click here for a full list of events.

The English Touring Opera at Norwich Theatre Royal
From Thursday 3rd May 2018 to Saturday 5th May 2018

See Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ (Thur 3rd & Fri 4th) sung in English, with surtitles visible from all seats. This is an energetic new production of one of the world’s most beloved operas: Figaro and Susanna must overcome every obstacle put in their way by Count Almaviva and his cronies before they can finally be married. Blanche McIntyre (Tosca, 2017) returns to direct this most warm-hearted of operas.

On Saturday, see Puccini’s ‘Il Tabarro’ & ‘Gianni Schicchi’ (pictured, image by Richard Hubert Smith) for some moody romance, and dark comedy (respectively). Click here for more info.

Candelabra Primulas Tour and Cream Tea at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
Wednesday 2nd May from 2pm

Join Fairhaven on a guided tour of the garden with Head Gardener, Ian Guest showcasing the colourful candelabra primulas. Find out about their care and propagation and, at the end of the tour, enjoy a cream tea with homemade scones, jam and clotted cream and a pot of tea or cup of coffee for one.

Dual Jet Control – Harry Cory Wright at the Fairhurst Gallery
Until the 5th of May

The Fairhurst Gallery in Norwich will host an exhibition of drawings and paintings by one of Britain’s most celebrated photographers, Harry Cory Wright.

Dual Jet Control will include a selection of the artist’s lesser known works on paper which explore the North Norfolk salt marshes. Also on exhibition will be Cory Wright’s new screen prints and one of his large-scale landscape photographs


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