Here's five great things to do this week, from incredible music to award-winning curries!
Image: Cities, part of Manipulate Festival 2017
Part of Manipulate Festival (on tour and currently in Norwich), this fantastic show features “an actor, a table, a camera”, building unusual imaginary cities in front of your eyes! Each city is built to provide an alternative narrative about our own contemporary society and the challenges we face. This looks like a truly unique and interesting show, so buy your tickets soon to avoid disappointment. Catch it at EPIC Studios on Magdalen Street, Friday 3 February at 7.30pm. Tickets £18/£16 concessions, available online.
Image: Norwich Philharmonic Society
The Norwich Philharmonic return to the beautiful St Andrew’s Hall for another fantastic concert – this time performing Shostakovich’s Symphony No.12 “The Year 1917”. Friday 3 February, 7.30pm. Some tickets are still available; buy online here.
Norwich Castle hosts a day of free tours suitable for all the family, showing visitors the Castle collections, including old favourites and new, exciting additions currently on display at this historic venue. Booking for the tours is recommended (call 01603 495897 / 493625). There are also trails to follow to explore the Castle, meaning you can go at your own pace if you wish; the Tours and Trails Day activities are included in museum admission – check their listing for more details. Saturday 4 February, 10.30am – 3.30pm.
Image: David Holgate carving
This exhibition at Norwich Cathedral is a collaboration between Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society and Norwich 20 Group. It’s a retrospective exhibition of David Holgate’s work, who was a member of all three organisations and a man of many talents – he was a musician, sculptor, calligrapher and teacher, and produced some amazing work; the most well-known of these is probably his statues of Mother Julian and St Benedict on the west front of Norwich Cathedral, and his wonderful letter carvings which are featured in various buildings and churches around Norwich. David died in 2014 but this great exhibition will celebrate his work and life.
Saturday 21st January - Sunday 26th February, open 9.30am – 4.30pm on Monday – Saturday and 12noon – 3pm on Sundays. Free entry.
If you haven’t yet tried this amazing Indian restaurant, don’t delay any further because once you’ve been you’ll wish you’d discovered it far earlier. Award-winning restaurant Namaste serve up authentic vegetarian and vegan dishes which are so packed full of flavour, even the most hard-core carnivores won’t miss the meat! Give it a try today – located on Opie Street, the restaurant is slap bang in the city centre, so you won’t have to go far to experience it!
Psst – if you pick up a copy of the Norwich Food & Drink Guide, you’ll find a discount voucher for Namaste inside for 10% off your total bill!
Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Abellio also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.
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