This week is one of the busiest of the year for entertainment, thanks to three days of Lord Mayor's Celebration events. There's also outdoor Shakespeare, a teddy bears' picnic and a disco that's perfect for insomniacs!
Image: Lord Mayor's Celebration street procession
LORD MAYOR'S CELEBRATION
This annual event sees a carnival spirit take over the city for three days of music, entertainment and a lively street parade. Cyclists with impressive stamina start the celebrations with the 'Gas Hill Gasp' on Friday, 7th July, from 7.15pm. The main event is the Lord Mayor's Procession on Saturday 8th July. the Procession leaves from the top of St Stephens at 5pm and winds through the city to end in Tombland. There are all sorts of family-friendly events taking place around the city throughout the day. On Sunday, have a browse around Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre and listen to some live music or see the Grand Norwich Duck Race. For full Lord Mayor’s Celebration events, see Norwich City Council website.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Puck and his musical fairy band tell a tale of lovers and magical mayhem in an enchanted forest. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons present an evening of open-air theatre at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, this Friday, 7th July at 7pm. Save £2 on each ticket by booking in advance - £11 adult; £9 concession & members; £6 child. Under 5s free.
CRACK OF DAWN DISCO
Yes, this really is a disco for early risers or very late night owls! If you have the stamina to get your party on at the unearthly hour of 6am, this is for you. Get down to Norwich Arts Centre on Sunday 9th July for the Daybreak Disco and Egg Café. Dawn DJs, Miniscule of Sound, will be bashing out the breakfast beats and morning rousers. Tickets are £5 for adults and £1 for under 10s and there's a non-alcoholic bar if you need some caffeine to get you through until 9am!
STORY TIME IN WONDERLAND
Strange Fascination Theatre Company brings an open-air production of Alice in Wonderland to the Story Festival at Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse on Sunday 9th July. Performances at 11am and 3pm are included in general admission to the museum. There are also chances for children to snuggle up for story time and get active by making crafts and following a trail around the grounds. Adult tickets are £10.50, Concs £9.50, Young Person (4-18) £7.50, Museums Pass holders are free of charge.
TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC
Under-fives will love this free Teddy Bear's Picnic event filled with magical fun, professional magicians and entertainers. Pack a picnic - and your favourite teddy bear - and enjoy two hours of family fun on King's Head Meadow in Wymondham. Wymondham Town Football Club clubhouse bar and facilities will be available from 12.15pm.
GO GLOBAL IN THE HEART OF THE CITY
Visit Norwich Market and pick up goodies from around the globe from the Global Village Market Collective - on now until Saturday 15th July. Stalls change throughout the month but you could find African clothing, crafts and jewellery, Indian kaftans, Spanish leather bags, Moroccan pastries and much more. Take a look on Row G and pick up something a bit different, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.
YOUNG ARTISTS' EXHIBITION AT NORWICH CATHEDRAL
Visit Norwich cathedral to see a free exhibition of work from students of the Royal Drawing School’s Young Artist programme from Friday 7th to Saturday 15th July. The students, aged 10-18, were challenged to capture their observations of the world around them, working from models, still life scenes, artworks in local galleries and from the streets and green spaces in the city. The exhibition is free to view and open from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
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