As usual there is a lot going on in Norwich in the month ahead, which - of course - includes Christmas lights and the start of the busy festive calendar.
That said, we'll start with non-Christmassy things first, and it is only just November, after all...
For David Walliams fans, Awful Auntie treads the boards at Norwich Theatre Royal from 8 November until the 10th. Follow Stella as she sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, but has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Alberta tells her turns out to be true, and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own Awful Auntie! Tickets: £10.00 - £22.50.
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery has two events this autumn, celebrating women. The first explores the Norfolk rebels who fought for equality at the ballot box, through the lens of feminism and fashion: Rebels! Suffragettes in Norfolk. Join the Costume and Textile team, as well as Springboard East Theatre Company who will perform ‘Suffragettes on Trial’ in their Victorian courtroom. The event is on Saturday 10th of November, starts at 10am and finishes at 3.30pm; the event is included in museum entry: adults £9.50 children £8.10; there are also family tickets available.
Visible Women brings together work from Norwich Castle’s modern and contemporary art collection. It’s closing soon – 11 November – if you are interested and yet to see it, it’s included in museum entry.
Also on 11 November, the castle opens early at 11:02 am for Remembrance Sunday, offering free admission for the armed forces and veterans. Whilst there see their latest exhibition, Armistice: Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk.
Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice exhibition opens today at The Forum and is on until 13th November. Free entry.
Not long now until the official lights switch on event in Norwich: November 15th. The evening is always loads of fun and attracts many many people. Not only do the city lights go on but the event includes The Tunnel of Light and 70ft Castle Projections which stay until 5th January. To add to the atmosphere, Norwich market food stalls stay open so it’s possible to have some nice food out either before, during or after the switch-on. There will be a Father Christmas parade and lots of entertainment and music!
If you love a wonderful Christmas performance then head to see The Nutcracker at Norwich Theatre Royal. It’s on between 21 Nov and 24 November. Also, don't miss the annual panto – this year its Aladdin’s turn: 12 December to 13 January.
Father Christmas goes back in time this year, at Strangers’ Hall. Each Saturday in December ahead of the big day itself, children can visit Father Christmas in surrounds themed ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Expect projections, costumed characters, presents and a wonderful traditional Christmas feel to this amazing museum in the heart of Norwich. Visits including museum entry are £10 per child or £8 to just see Father Christmas. Adults pay usual museum entry.
Just ahead of the game, the first Christmas market of the season. Norwich is great for Christmas markets because rather than having one traditional market, it has lots of little ones around the city with a real emphasis on locally made gifts and crafts and Norfolk food and drink produce. With that, on Saturday 10 November there is the Vintage & Creators Christmas market at St John the Baptist cathedral. Its free entry and open 11am to 4.30pm.
Next is the well established Festive Fair at the Forum 22 – 25 November. This wonderful market is stuffed with fantastic things to buy and there’s festive music, food and drink. Also free to enter. The Forum looks so lovely at Christmas with their lights; a real iconic Norwich scene.
The weekend after that is the first Christmas market at Norwich cathedral for some time – The Norfolk Christmas Fayre. Joining forces with the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association , the 1st December will see the market in the Nave, Cloisters and Close. This market will have loads of great local food and drink plus lovely lifestyle things to buy, there will also be vintage rides outside. Another free entry event - open from 10am to 6pm.
Lastly on 2nd December there is the Vegan Christmas Fair at OPEN. Entry to this is also free, and there will be there will be a wide variety of stalls, tombola, raffle and sample to try.
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