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7 Things to do this Week


There is so much coming up in the city this week it was hard to choose just 7 things to do! We’ve got live music and sausages all over the place, two great theatre performances for the family, plus a trip back in time to windy 1987…



Norwich Sound and Vision at the Arts Centre - From Thursday 12th October 2017 to Saturday 14th October 2017

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As part of Norwich Sound and Vision Festival, Norwich Arts Centre are proud to present 3 days of the best new music from some of the UK’s top bands featuring headliners Peace, Mercury Award 2017 nominated The Big Moon and Pop/Punk duo Diet Cig. Running from Thursday to Saturday these three unmissable evenings bring you the freshest and most exciting new music around.

Thursday 12 October
Diet Cig + Goat Girl + Sink Ya Teeth
8pm | £8 adv | £10 door

Friday 13 October
The Big Moon + Get Inuit + Peach Club
8pm | £13 adv | £15 door

Saturday 14 October
Peace + Gaffa Tape Sandy + We’ll be Detectives
8pm | £20 adv

Full list of details, and book tickets HERE




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Porkstock is rapidly becoming famous all over Norfolk. This family food event is an unmissable event in our calendar: it’s all about celebrating local food, local drink, local producers, with all profits going to Nelson’s Journey, the incredible Norfolk charity that does so much work to support bereaved children. Porkstock is on Saturday 14 October at the Norfolk Showground, and is run entirely by a team of hard-working volunteers.

And Porkstock by day and Porkstock by night are very different…


During the day Porkstock is a free family festival for food, music and fun-lovers of all ages and you don’t need a ticket.

You’ll find a fantastic food and drink from local producers, lots of live music, a sausage eating contest, kids’ games, activities and lots of family fun. And this year it’s all undercover so no need to worry about the rain! The cookery stage is at heart of the daytime event. Sponsored by Porkstock patron Charlie Hodson, the founder of Charlie’s Norfolk Food Heroes, with Feast Norfolk Magazine as media sponsor, the stage will host demos and talks from some of the region’s leading chefs, butchers and restaurateurs.

THE EVENING KNEES UP – 7pm till midnight

As the sun goes down the Porkstock Party comes alive.  This is an adult-only, ticketed event where music takes over from food as the main attraction. Live bands play through the night, while the Gin Palace welcomes back Tallulah and the Goodtimes Republic, an electro-swing extravaganza not to be missed.

Last year, more than 3,000 people attended Porkstock, with 1,000 tickets sold for the evening knees up, raising more than £10,000 for Nelson’s Journey.

Absolutely don’t miss this – guaranteed to be so much fun!

A few tickets still remain for the Evening Knees Up; to get yours visit




Bavaria by the sea!

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th October

Bringing the spirit of Bavaria to north Norfolk, the Beach Café, Wells-next-the-Sea is transformed for Oktoberfest, bringing you live music, beer, and the very special Wells-Wurst.

Catch performances from Jay and Phoebe, Vic Salter, Gizmo and The Mob, plus choose from two WellsWurst Sausages served with Sauerkraut in pretzel rolls plus a selection of German pastries. 

Plus, soak up the sausage and the atmosphere with a selection of beers from Bitburger, Kostritzer and Benediktiner Weissbier, plus Adnams Ghost Ship ales.

They're open until 7pm, and entry is free so don’t miss it; that would be the wurst. For details please see our website.



The Anniversary of the Great Storm at Fairhaven

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2017 marks 30 years since the Great Storm (and that Michael Fish moment). In 1987, ferocious wind and rain battered the country, mostly effecting the South of England, East Anglia and the Home Counties. These two very special events at the beautiful Fairhaven garden reveal the impact of the storm on the woodland, and how the woodland was eventually recovered…

Storming Changes - From Sunday 15th October 2017 11:00 to Sunday 15th October 2017 12:30

The Great Storm ripped through Fairhaven Garden on the night of 15 October 1987, felling 2000 trees, including more than 100 mature oak trees that had been planted in the 18th century. Join Head Gardener, Ian Guest, on a guided walk through the garden, looking at how the woodland has recovered and the garden has developed over the last 30 years.

Surgery - From Monday 16th October 2017 11:00 to Monday 16th October 2017 12:00

The King Oak, one of the oldest trees in Norfolk, survived the Great Storm, but needed surgery to secure its continuing good health. Join Matt Jordan, Head Forester and his team, as they give the King Oak its annual health check and 'haircut'. The foresters will be demonstrating their tree surgery skills and explaining how they look after the woods. The King Oak is believed to be more than 950 years old and was a sapling at the time of the Battle of Hastings.

Both events are Included in garden entry: adult £6.75, concessions £6.15, child £3.85, under 5 free (free to Fairhaven members) – no need to book.



Pat-a-Cake Baby

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Sunday 15th October - 11.00am

Come on Jelly Baby, Allsorts Baby and Candy Baby – Pat-a-cake Baby wants to make a very special cake and needs your help, what a job it is! Pitter-patter – get the butter!

A restless baby sets upon a crazy nighttime adventure…

This week at the gorgeous and historical Norwich Puppet Theatre, Long Nose Puppets will be performing their marvellous moonlit show full of riotous rhyme, zany puppets and very special cake; all iced with music and songs by Tom Gray. Little children will feel stuffed to the brim with magic. Pat-a-Cake Baby is based on the book written by Joyce Dunbar and illustrated by her daughter Polly Dunbar, so a real family affair! Winner of the Mal Peet Children’s Award at the East Anglian Book Awards. For details please see our website.




Fairhurst DISlocations


NUA ‘Textile Culture’ Alumnus Joni Smith is bringing her intricately cut, twisted, folded and manipulated maps to the Fairhurst Gallery, in a stunning exhibition opening on the 17th of October.

Inspired by a 7500km cycle trip that Joni did in 2015, in which she cycled from Norwich to Croatia and back, ‘DisLocations’ asks viewers to re-evaluate their positions as we enter a new technological era, where the idea of a ‘map’ is being reworked, and renovated into portable, downloadable GPS systems which tell us the route we should be navigating.

Manipulating fragments of maps and atlases, Joni cuts and twists them to create exquisitely intricate artworks. The Fairhurst Gallery are also excited to present a new series of circular ‘Colour Studies’: beautifully executed drawings based on Joni’s 3-d works.

FREE admission. Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 9:30/5:30




James and the Giant Peach

At The Garage from Wednesday 18th October 2017 19:30 to Friday 20th October 2017 21:00

By Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood.

When James Henry Trotter's parents are eaten by an escaped rhinoceros, he is sent to live with his two repulsive Aunts, Sponge and Spiker. Miserable, James dreams of the time he spent with his parents, when he was happy. Until one day something peculiar happens and James goes on a very special adventure…

Running time: 90 minutes. Age: All ages welcome. Tickets: £15 / £12 concessions.




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