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6 things to do this week

Exhibitions, tractors and a massive climbing frame surrounded by dinosaurs (seriously). 

The Paston Treasure - Norwich Castle
From Saturday 23rd June

First up, there are more fantastic exhibitions for you to catch this week. Tomorrow sees the launch of ‘The Paston Treasure’ at Norwich Castle, which is a huge event for the city. The Yale Centre for British Art in America have been working with Norwich Castle on this once in a lifetime exhibition, which brings together objects from this mysterious, collage-like painting commissioned by the famous Paston family. This is a painting shrouded in mystery – there is a great video on the blog here  (narrated by Stephen Fry), which talks about some of the secrets that the painting conceals… See this incredible exhibition from Saturday, included with standard admission to the Castle - £9.15 for adults and £7.30 for children. 

The Paston Treasure, unknown artist, Dutch School, c1663, oil on canvas. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, © Norfolk Museums Service
The Paston Treasure, unknown artist, Dutch School, c1663, oil on canvas. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, © Norfolk Museums Service

'The Art of Light' - Brian Clarke exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre
Until 14th October

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts  have opened their enormous blinds especially for their spectacular Brian Clarke exhibition, ‘The Art of Light’. Brian Clarke is a celebrity favourite, and produces stained glass like nothing else you’ve ever seen. From end to end of Norman Foster’s vast gallery, you can see panels of coloured glass – without lead – in an array of contemporary, almost pop-art esque designs. Look out for a stained-glass stock exchange! Entry: £7 adults, £6 for children and free for members and student members. 

Brian Clarke - The Art of Light
Brian Clarke - The Art of Light

The Royal Drawing School Young Artists Exhibition - Norwich Cathedral
On until 28th June

Lastly for our exhibitions, Norwich Cathedral are hosting the Royal Drawing School Young Artists Exhibition. Each week students aged 10 -18 were challenged to capture their observations of the world around them and put them to paper, working from models, still life scenes, artworks in local galleries and museums, and from the streets and green spaces in the city. It is wonderful to see such incredible talent coming from this city, and it's great to see different interpretations of the same subjects as you move around the exhibition space. The resulting exhibition is varied, interesting, and well worth a visit! This exhibition is free, and on until the 28th of June.

Royal Drawing School Young Artists Exhbition
Royal Drawing School Young Artists Exhbition

Predator High Ropes 
Roarr Dinosaur Adventure

Elsewhere this weekend, I recommend you pay a visit to Roarr Dinosaur Adventure  in Lenwade. Not only do they have all your familiar favourites such as dinosaur trails, play areas, petting zoo and fab restaurants (and remember your towel for Dippy Splash Zone!), but they have recently opened the ULTIMATE climbing frame for older children and adults! Their predator high ropes adventure gets you harnessed up, and set loose on their high ropes trail – walking the plank, zip lines and various other wobbly, high-up rope-based obstacles. Tickets to the entire attraction are £14.95 for adults, and £16.95 for children.

Dinosaur Adventure
Dinosaur Adventure

The Royal Norfolk Show
27th & 28th June

Next week, the Royal Norfolk Show comes to Norfolk Showground on Wednesday 27th of June and Thursday 28th of June. The Royal Norfolk Show is the county’s biggest event of the year, and attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the UK. It’s one big Norfolk celebration, and a great day out for all the family: see agriculture displays, the Adrenaline Tour quadbike team in action, show jumping, and visit the Adnams Food and Drink Experience! Advance ticket prices vary from £8 for a one-day child, to £47 for a one-day family ticket

Royal Norfolk Show - Scurry Driving
Royal Norfolk Show - Scurry Driving

GoGo Hares
24th June until 8th September 

Finally – we’ve all been waiting for it – GoGo Hares launches their trail on Sunday! There will be 50 City sculptures that will form the main trail with a further 15 different hand-painted sculptures placed across Norfolk. Each city hare has a letter on its plinth, making up a phrase, which you can complete to be in with your chance to win flights to Europe for 4 people with KLM. Pick up a free trail map at the TiC to find out more!

GoGo Hare
GoGo Hare


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