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8 (ish) Things to do This Week

This week is such an eclectic mix of things to do, there’s something for everyone. Russia is a theme this week, with a fantastic exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and a performance by the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Plus catch poetry, murder mystery, puppets and loads of free things to do at Norwich Castle!

 Title image: Richard Long's 'Earth Sky' at Houghton Hall 



James Mortimer Poetry at OPEN

Thursday 19th October, 8pm. Tickets £5 advance, show suitable for 16+

James will be performing his debut album ‘Nail Varnish’ live and in full, in a specially arranged set that will include brand new versions, unreleased poems, and special guests. It promises to be an exciting night, showcasing a brand new poetic voice, in an experience of poetry that will be quite unlike any other.

 Please visit the OPEN website to book.



Murder Mystery at Barnham Broom

20th October, £119 per person sharing (for overnight stay)

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Enjoy a fun filled ‘Night at the Casino’ murder mystery evening at Barnham Broom this Autumn.  Not to be missed!

If you fancy staying the night, take a look at what’s included:

  • Drink on arrival
  • 3 course evening dinner
  • Murder Plot Special Event
  • Luxury overnight stay
  • Full English breakfast
  • Complimentary use of The Edge Health and Fitness club (gym, sauna, steam room and swimming pool)

Tickets only: £49.00 per person. Click here for more info. 



The Russia Season, The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts UEA

14th October 2017 - 11th February 2018, tickets £12/£10.50 concessions

It’s hard to know what to write about this exhibition that will communicate quite how special it is, without ruining the experience of walking around it for the first time. To quote Museum Director Professor Paul Greenhalgh, talking about the Centre last week, “this is the best it’s ever looked”.

This is completely right. Curators Ian Collins, Peter Waldron and their team have done something really special with the space; splitting it into two exhibitions: ‘Royal Fabergé’ and ‘Radical Russia’. And it really is a spilt – walking from Fabergé into Radical Russia is like stepping outside the house for the first time on a Winter morning. Fabergé presents pieces so perfect they defy belief: the Queen’s Basket of Flowers Egg for example, is so delicate it must be cleaned with tiny puffs of air. By stark contrast Radical Russia will show you how avant-garde art went from scandalising conservative society to briefly become the State’s approved culture. While you’re there, pop into Kofra for their beautiful coffee, and gaze out the window at the dramatic model of Tatlin’s tower (which you can read about here).

This exhibition is very, very good; we cannot recommend that you go and see this enough. For more information click here. 



St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra - Norwich Theatre Royal

Sunday 22nd October 2017, 19:30
Tickets £8-£36. Discounts for Friends. Tickets also available for the first three concerts in the series for £50-£85.

St Petersburg Orchestra

From Russia to Russia. The world-famous St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra will perform some of the greatest works from its home country, to herald a series of performances which will bring respected and acclaimed musicians to the city.

Their visit on October 22 is the first of four which will also include concerts from the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the return of Britten Sinfonia who will be conducted by Thomas Adès. For more information please see our events listing. 



The Chris & Pui Show – Norwich Theatre Royal

From Monday 23rd October 2017 to Monday 23rd October 2017

Chris and Pui

Little ones are in for a half term holiday treat when CBeebies favourite double act Chris & Pui makes a return visit to Norwich Theatre Royal with the toys and characters from their hit TV programme for their very own live show.

Familiar characters such as Incy Wincy, Twinkle, Old MacDonald, Humpty, Granny Humpty and the toys Tom, Momo, Teddington, Stuffy and Miss Mouse, will be on stage for two performances of The Chris & Pui Show at 11am and 2pm on Monday October 23. To book please visit the Norwich Theatre Royal website. 



Everything at Norwich Castle!

There’s so much going on this week at Norwich Castle that I couldn’t pick just one to write about! Pick your favourite event and click the link to find out more!

All the above events are FREE with admission to Norwich Castle, unless stated otherwise.



Earth Sky at Houghton Hall – finishes on 26th October

For information please visit our website. 

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Full Moon Circle by Richard Long

Catch this magnificent collection of works by landscape artist Richard Long, before it closes on Thursday!

Long’s pieces in the grounds of Houghton Hall use a variety of materials, including local Carr stone, trees from the Estate and slate, and accompany the permanent Long sculpture, Full Moon Circle, which was commissioned for Houghton in 2003. You can also see mud paintings and smaller-scale works in gallery spaces, as well as historic material relating to the artist’s career. This exhibition has been really well received, and would be a perfect Autumny activity if you’re in beautiful west Norfolk this week.



And of course…The CAMRA Beer Festival

Tuesday 24th October - Saturday 28th October - see website for times and ticket details. 

It’s that time again folks. I’ll be seeing you there, tokens in one hand and tankard in the other. Set in Norwich’s historic St. Andrew's and Blackfriars' Hall, over 200 cask-conditioned Real Ales from Britain's independent brewers will be on sale, along with draught and bottled beers from Continental Europe, plus a large range of traditional ciders and perries, with over 40 varieties, mostly from East Anglia. Look out too for food stalls, and live entertainment. This is always packed, so make sure you get your tickets!




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