This week it's all about chutney, royalty in disguise, peacocks, scones, books and a big splash of cider!
This Saturday (the 23rd), head to beautiful historic market town Wymondham for their Food and Drink festival, which this year is focusing on all things vegetarian, vegan, and ethically sourced.
Coinciding with the Abbey’s Harvest Festival Celebrations, the festival runs from 10am to 3pm – and the forecast is sunny! There will be plenty of food stalls to wander amongst, plus sample delicious home-made food from the Abbey’s popular pop-up café, Vette’s Veggie Van, and the tempting ice-cream and yoghurt from Mooilicious. There’ll also be plenty of beer, cider, chocolate, chutneys on offer too.
For the sports fans amongst you, the green-fingered of Wymondham will also be competing for the best fruit and vegetables in the town. There will also be a cake making competition for children and young adults – entries can be any type of cake or biscuit, so if you fancy yourself a Mary Berry (or Noel Fielding?), get your bake on at home and bring your entry along! Entries will be split into two groups: up to age 13, and ages 14-21.
For something a little livelier this Sunday evening, head down (or up, actually) to the Rooftop Garden for dinner and jazz. Instead of spending the last precious vestiges of the weekend ironing and thinking about all the DIY that you didn't get done, enjoy the music of jazz legend Herbie Hancock, as performed by the band Beyond Cantaloupe. Herbie's compositions from this period provide a sophisticated yet accessible programme to appeal to most jazz enthusiasts, ranging from hard-swingers, through to ballads, blues and bossas, so if you're jazz-curious, this is the event for you. The evening also features commentary on the background of Herbie and his music, and the decade he spent recording with Blue Note. All of this in Norwich's only rooftop bar, which if you haven't been, provides a beautiful view over nighttime Norwich (and daytime Norwich) from an modern bar and restaurant. Absolutely worth leaving your sofa for.
Jazz & Dine at the Rooftop ticket includes a two course Dinner Menu on the evening, with vegetarian options. Additional course £5.00. There will also be a charge on the evening of £12.50 music cover fee per person.
Music Starts at 8pm with two one hour sets.
He has sung for the Pope and the Royal Family, and now Aled Jones is coming to Norfolk to sing for you! On Sunday the 24th of September 2017, Aled will be singing at Potters Resort – a coastal retreat just in between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. This fantastic package includes a one night stay, a five course dinner with selected wines, a midnight dish, breakfast, and use of the extensive sports and leisure facilities. Of course the star attraction is a performance by Aled himself who will sing in Potters delightfully intimate theatre. Aled has sold over 10 million albums, received over 40 silver, gold and platinum discs, and performed across the world, including the Hollywood Bowl, The Vatican, Buckingham Palace and the Sydney Opera House.
The break starts at £139.00 per person, and includes pretty much everything you need for sparkling break by the coast. For a full itinerary and to book, visit the Potter’s Resort website.
Did you hear about the time Princess Diana was dressed in drag for a night out with Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett? Royal Vauxhall is a Desmond O'Connor musical which plays out the imagined events of the true story of the night Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett took Princess Diana in drag to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The story, widely reported in the press following the revelation by Cleo Rocos in her 1998 autobiography, is used as a springboard to delve into the lives of three of the most famous and best loved faces of Britain in the 1980s. See the show at The Garage on Thursday 21st September at 7.30. Over 16s only. Tickets are £13 and £11 concessions. To book call 01603 598646.
See a unique exhibition of work - natural earth pigments on handmade paper - at The South Asia Collection Museum and Shop (The Old Skating Rink Gallery on Bethel Street). The painting, by Putli Ganju's, is known as a 'sohrai' painting and depicts two peacocks trying to chase a hungry iguana away from their eggs. Sohrai is a form of mural painting from the villages in the plains and hills of the Hazaribagh plateau. The mural traditions of the Hazaribagh plateau are passed down, mother to daughter. Alongside the larger motifs, it is common to see an area of wall with a butterfly or parrot, painted in a small hand, where the daughter has been practicing. Find out more about this fascinating story and view the art from Monday 4th September to Saturday 30th September. Admission is free, and you can also get in a bit of shopping if you love South East Asian furniture, clothes, objet d’art and jewellery. It’s a treasure trove of goodies!
This month you can taste all the wonderful colours and flavours of autumn with the special seasonal Harvest Menu at Côte Brasserie. Try their Moules au Cidre - Mussels simmered in Breton Cidre, smoked bacon lardons, crème fraîche and tarragon. The OBollée D'Armorique Breton cidre is full-flavoured, crisp and medium dry with an intriguing oaky taste, a perfect accompaniment to the moules. Is your mouth watering yet? Guests can enjoy a complimentary glass of Baron de Marck Champagne when ordering from the 10th Anniversary menu including three courses of our favourite dishes from the last 10 years. This offer is available until the end of September for £27,95 per person. Book now at Côte Brasserie.
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