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Now that the decorations are down and there's nothing good on TV anymore, check out our list of things to do around Norwich this week! 

Title image: Roger Law: From Satire to Ceramics ; Image Credit: Andy Crouch


Do some drinking and laughing at the same time
The Birdcage, Wednesday 10th Jan, 7.45 pm

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This IS tonight as this blog goes up, but if you’re in the city tonight (or if you just fancy avoiding another night at home with your 7th iteration of a turkey dinner this year) then head down to The Birdcage for Tom Clutterbuck’s very excellent Altered Feast Cabaret. The first one of 2018, this is the perfect way to ease you out of the post-Christmas blues: Tom will be joined by three critically acclaimed comedians from across the country, and will also be opening up the stage for you – bold reader – to perform two minutes of whatever you like (if you fancy it). I highly recommend getting yourself a fish and chip dinner from Grosvenor’s beforehand, eating it in the cosy warmth of the Birdcage (found opposite, and yes that’s allowed), then getting yourself a pint before the show starts at 19.45. For more information check out the Altered Feast facebook event.



A sensory odyssey at the Arts Centre
Norwich Arts Centre, Friday 12th Jan, 8pm

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Plaid and Felix's Machines is a collaboration between artist Felix Thorn, and electronic musical duo Plaid. In 2009, Felix worked with Plaid to create an original show with music written specifically for his incredible acoustic machines. Since then, the collaboration has grown alongside Felix’s solo development of the machines, helping guide the physical configuration towards a more immersive live show experience that you can see at the Arts Centre on Friday. 

This show has been described as 'a unique mixture of natural amplification and audio processing synchronised with hypnotic patterns of light and movement', and will be a treat for the senses. Ticket prices available on the Arts Centre Website. 



Sweet vocals at the Rooftop Gardens with Jazmine Honey Banks
The Rooftop Garden, Sunday 14th Jan, 8pm

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End the weekend right by heading up to Norwich's stunning Rooftop Garden for good views, good music and good wine. This week, as part of an ongoing live music programme by the Rooftop Garden, the restaurant and bar will be hosting the smooth vocal stylings of Jazmine Banks: a singer from Lowestoft who's elegant vocals secured her 4th place out of 1200 entrants in the OpenMicUK competition.

This is a free event, and the impressive views and drinks menu at the Rooftop are certainly not to be missed either...



Julian Study Centre, UEA, Tuesday 16th January, 6.30 pm

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If you too can’t miss a natural-disaster documentary on Yesterday, then this is surely the event for you. Learn all about these terrifying and complex wonders of nature at this free public lecture at the UEA on Tuesday.

Even today, we still don’t understand volcanoes well enough to forecast when they will erupt, and how they will affect the populations that live nearby. In this talk you will discover how volcanologists work with the information that they have to help them understand volcanoes, and how insights into volcanic behaviour come from a surprising range of sources: meteorologists, sociologists, historians and writers. This sounds utterly fascinating, plus there’s a chance to meet the speaker at a drinks reception afterwards.  

Free event



Exhibitions still on at the Sainsbury Centre…

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Roger Law: From Satire to Ceramics ; Image Credit: Andy Crouch

You can still catch two fantastic exhibitions at the  Sainsbury Centre:  The Russia Season, and Roger Law: From Satire to Ceramics. The Russia Season is an incredible journey through 20th century Russia, contrasting the dreamlike jewels of Fabergé  with the stark avant-garde artwork produced in the wake of the revolution. This incredible, very special exhibition will be on until the 11th of February, so you’ve got a month to catch it. I really recommend you see it before it goes; some of the work in the show is absolutely breathtaking, especially in Fabergé.

Roger Law: From Satire to Ceramics celebrates the extraordinary work of satirist, artist and cultural commentator Roger Law, and showcases not only his ceramic work, but also some of the awesome creations made for TV series Spitting Image. This journey through Law’s artistic career is also exceptional: you’ll be amazed by his observational and technical skill.

For admission prices please visit the Sainsbury Centre website. 



Book a Yoga Retreat…
This weekend at Barnham Broom, prices vary


What better way to detox after Christmas than three days of pure bliss at Barnham Broom’s yoga retreat. This weekend, Jacqui Sutton will be leading a three-day programme of yoga, meditation and relaxation, plus you’ll be able to enjoy Barnham Broom’s fantastic leisure, spa and dining facilities too. This is ideal as a last-minute break if you’re wondering how to spend the weekend, or are deliberating about kick-starting that exercise regime. PR manager Mel did it last year and had a wonderful time (read about it here), and not to worry if you haven’t done yoga before either – this one is for all abilities. So dig out those stretchy pants and treat yourself!

 From £199 per person sharing. For more information please visit the website.




Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 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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