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Straight From The Horse's Mouth - 12/08/2016

Each Friday we'll be live on Future Radio, highlighting some of the best events and things to do over the next week or so!

If you heard us on there this week then have a read to remind yourselves of what we talked about (and don’t forget to tune in to Future Radio at 4.15pm each Friday to stay up to date!) 

We're looking at some lovely weather for this weekend, so here are Laura's picks:

  • The Northern Ballet are at the British Art Show 8 tonight at Norwich Castle for a special performance by artist Linder, made in collaboration with choreographer Kenneth Tindall, fashion designer Christopher Shannon and composer Maxwell Sterling. Tickets are £16, starts at 7pm.
  • On the theme of 'culture', don't forget the Norwich Radical Film Festival which takes place from 26 – 28 August. This is the inaugural festival and its going to be great with Q&As, loads of films to see and discuss. Check out our blog post all about it here.
  • During the day in Norwich on Saturday there is a 'Crafts in the Garden' event at Chapelfield Gardens between 10am – 4pm with over 100 stalls and family activities.
  • On a nice warm Saturday enjoy a guided walking tour; they run at 11am and 2pm on Saturday so are a great opportunity to learn more about the city. Meet outside the Forum; tours cost £5 per adult or £1.50 per child.
  • Then afterwards, why not pop down to Elm Hill? The Britons Arms coffee house is a 15th century merchants house newly thatched last year and it has a gorgeous secret garden. Their raspberry Pavlova is legendary – I urge you to visit as soon as you can! Top tip though - they only take cash!
  • On Saturday Don Broco are playing OPEN for 2 nights, the first will feature the band performing their breakthrough 2012 debut album Priorities in full while the second will see them playing 2015's Top 10 album 'Automatic'. Advance tickets are £20 for one show and £35 for both.
  • This Sunday don't miss the latest Bandstand Concert, which sees Great Yarmouth Brass play at Waterloo Park, 3pm. These are on every Sunday at different locations, by different bands, until Sunday 28 August.
  • Plantation Gardens has afternoon teas on Sunday afternoons so that's a great place to go. I popped in last Saturday and it was lovely and busy, so good to see.
  • This is the last weekend for Raveningham Gardens to see the agapanthas which I visited last weekend – entry £5 adults. They were beautiful it is such a great garden. And what I loved is the fact you can buy your vegetables there at a very reasonable price and then they will go and pick them freshly for you! If you are heading that way (it's past Loddon) if you fancy lunch out make a reservation at either The Fritton Arms, which is really close, or The Loddon Swan.


  •  Enjoy a taste of the circus at the Time and Tide museum and see if you can unlock a talent of your own. Circus, Circus, 17th August, 11am - 4pm. Museum Admission Adult £5.50, Conc £5.20, Child (4-18) £4.40 Family (1 Adult) £14,
  • Thursday 18th Family Fun Day 1, Norwich Cathedral 1030 -3.30pm, Join them for the first of two Family Fun Days in August. This year's theme is 'Seasons of Celebration'. Explore and celebrate the colours and vibrancy of the seasons in their beautiful surroundings. There'll be crafts 'on-going' throughout the day; drama, music and dance workshops (sign up for on the day), balloon modelling, puppets and much more. Check in from 10.30am at the Hostry to receive a wristband and welcome pack. No tickets needed, just turn up and enjoy! £2.00 for over 5s, adults and under 5s free.
  • Puppet making workshops at Norwich Puppet Theatre are selling really well so you need to be quick - there's still availability for 24, 25 & 27 August at the moment. The workshops are for the over 5's and huge fun.
  • Finally, it's not for a few weeks but West Side Story is coming to Norwich Playhouse from 23-28 August and it's set to be a spectacular show (we wrote a blog post about it here), so if you fancy going get your tickets soon!