Celebrate the fact that May has arrived with some fun things to do – there’s literature, there’s music, and there’s a sprinkle of vintage thrown in too!
Image: The Billy Joel Songbook at Norwich Playhouse
Image: Ali Smith, image by Sarah Wood
UEA’s spring Literary Festival continues with international bestseller and award-winning author Ali Smith; she’ll be in-conversation with Dr Philip Langeskov on Wednesday evening. You’ll also have the chance to get your books signed afterwards in the campus Waterstones!
Wednesday 3 May, 7pm, University of East Anglia.
Talented artists perform previously unseen material in this special show taking place at The Garage. It’s a fast paced showcase through various art forms, and ticket prices go towards funding local performance companies. Tickets £5, call 01603 598646 or book online.
Friday 5 May, 8pm, The Garage.
This great show celebrating the amazing musical talent of Billy Joel sees performances of a selection of his biggest hits and fan favourites. They’ll be performed by Elio Pace, who has toured America with Billy Joel’s original touring band! Tickets £22.50 / £20 concessions; call 01603 598598 or buy online.
Friday 5 May, 7.30pm, Norwich Playhouse.
Celebrate all things miniature with various attractions; head over to Wroxham Miniature Worlds, the largest indoor modelling attraction in the UK, to see stunning model railways, lego displays and dolls’ houses – which brings us to our next recommendation: the Small Stories exhibition at Norwich Castle. There are plenty of stories presented in this exhibition spanning hundreds of years and displaying every type of house, from mansion to bungalow.
Pop over to Eaton Park on a Sunday (apart from the last Sunday of the month) and have a go on their Miniature Railway; it runs through lots of greenery and pretty parkland and is really cost-effective. It only costs £1 to ride the mainline railway or 50p for the raised heritage track!
Image: Holkham Hall
This fantastic exhibition at Holkham Hall allows visitors to see the house – and, in fact, the world – through the eyes of Holkham’s staff over the years. Have a go at some of the activities and tasks that they’d have completed – like laying a table properly and shining shoes – and see unseen photos, listen to stories, dive into dressing up clothes and see artefacts - all together this exhibition will really bring the past to life.
Vintage fans will delight in this event taking place at OPEN on Saturday, which brings together all things vintage. It will highlight some of the best fashion, accessories, art and homewares, plus it will have a great vintage tea room to relax in! Tickets £2.
Saturday 6 May, 11am – 4.30pm, OPEN.
intu Chapelfield have a great (and completely free!) event this week: Preen Team! Visit their stylish salon and enjoy pampering treatments, grooming tips from experts from various makeup brands including Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay, Keihls, Clarins and Benefit, scent stations and much more. There's plenty suitable for men, women AND children - definitely worth a visit!
Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 May, 11am - 5pm, intu Chapelfield.
Head over to the historic market town of Wymondham and visit the Wymondham Abbey Craft Fair, with a mix of stalls laid out in the Abbey's courtyard - and inside the Abbey itself! There'll be plenty of unique products for sale, as well as local products. The Abbey Pop up Cafe will also be open!
Saturday 6 May, 10am - 4pm.
Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
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