With autumn fast approaching, we take a look at our top 10 events to celebrate. There’s no need to mourn the end of summer - we’ve got plenty to keep you amused!
Image: Norwich Science Festival
Everyone loves a good Murder Mystery Evening – the chance to pretend you’re in an Agatha Christie novel can’t fail to entertain! This event at the gorgeous Barnham Broom Hotel can be booked on its own for £49 per person or combined with good food AND an overnight stay at the hotel (we’d definitely recommend this option!) with breakfast in the morning, for £119 per person sharing! It would make a great gift for someone or a lovely way to treat yourselves – but book quickly before the spaces are gone!
The first Norwich Science Festival opens for two weeks (18 - 30 October)! Working with scientists from the University of East Anglia, the John Innes Centre, the Sainsbury Laboratory and other institutes on the Norwich Research Park, The Forum has organised this great event which will feature “messy experiments, interactive exhibitions, intriguing discoveries and loads of loud, colourful family activities” – sounds great! By the way, there are equally great events for adults too, such as talks and discussions with none other than Prof. Robert Winston and The One Show’s Marty Jopson.
‘Tales From the City’ is definitely an unmissable event for Norwich City supporters. A live event in which a section of Carrow Road will be converted into a theatre, where contributors to the second volume of Tales from the City – ie. lots of former Norwich City players (including, for those in the know, Robert Fleck, Ruel Fox, Adam Drury, Craig Fleming and many others) will be commemorating the history of the club. The event starts at 5pm on Sunday 9 October.
Fans of fashion from a bygone era, listen up because OPEN have just the event for you: the ‘Norwich Does Vintage’ fair on Saturday 8 October. But it’s not just for vintage fashion lovers – there’ll also be vintage art, jewellery, homewares and accessories, as well, all for you to peruse and delight at! Entry is £2 on the door and will be well worth it!
It’s that time of year again: St Andrew’s and Blackfriar’s Hall opens its doors to the 39th Norwich Beer Festival. There’ll be brilliant live music to listen to whilst you sup your pint of ale (fruity beers and ciders also feature, of course!) as well as tasty snacks on offer as well. Catch this year’s Beer Fest from 24 – 29 October – we’d recommend booking tickets to jump the queue and ensure you get admitted!
Prepare yourselves for the largest and most comprehensive art exhibition ever assembled about Fiji, opening at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on 15th October. The exhibition will feature historical Fijan objects and newly crafted examples, with over 270 works of art on display. Don’t miss the highlight: an impressive, newly commissioned double-hulled sailing canoe which measures eight metres long – it was built in Fiji and shipped all the way over to Norwich!
7. CRAZY OFFERS
If you fancy a game of Crazy Golf right here in Norwich, then Eaton Park Crazy Golf is the place to be. With 18 holes of crazy challenges and obstacles, set in the beautiful Eaton Park, the only thing that can make this better is the fact that throughout the October Half Term (22 – 30 October) they’re offering that all players, whatever their age, can play crazy golf for the under-7 price of £3 per head!
Alternatively get out on the water with Broads Tours during the October Half Term, who are offering boat trips for children free of charge during this time, when they’re accompanied by a paying adult (two per adult paying £8.50). Enjoy a live commentary from your skipper, explaining the history of the Broads and pointing out great wildlife and other interesting things to see!
The 2016 festival programme is packed full of things to see and experience, including an exclusive adaption of King Lear In New York, especially rewritten and adapted for the festival by Melvyn Bragg. Also featuring is the one-woman opera Lady Macbeth is Dead and Fantasia, a concert of varied programme of beautiful music for violin and harp. There are literary events, the Norfolk Arts Awards 2016 and many more events to enjoy.
Try and soak up some of the warmth of Africa and the Caribbean right here in Norwich – at The Forum, in fact. Catch the market from 10am – 5pm on Friday 30 September & Saturday 1 October. Browse crafts, fashion, beauty, homewares and rum stalls. Run by the Global Village Market, who pride themselves on running market events using ethically sourced materials and fairly-traded items. There’ll also be “street food, music, dance, storytelling, coffee & reggae beats, henna and face painting, and more!” on the Saturday.
Arriving no doubt with a bang on Halloween, this award winning musical is coming to Norwich Theatre Royal – and with some big names starring, too! John Partridge will play Billy Flynn, Jessie Wallace takes the role of Mama Morton and Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart – a great cast of stars and what will no doubt be a fantastic musical. Catch it from 31 October to 5 November – but get your tickets quickly, they’re going fast!
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