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5 Things to do This Week

October has arrived! This week we’ve got a range of indoor and outdoor activities for you to choose from, so whatever the weather you’re not left twiddling your thumbs. If you’ve got a thing for swing, Norwich is certainly the right place for you this week, and on Saturday Harfest comes to Norwich Cathedral, in all of its glorious Autumny abundance. So get your leaf-kicking best on and head into the city for our pick of things to do this week…


Swing Time at the Maddermarket Theatre – 5th October

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Do you like Jazz? Do you like fun? Are you free on Thursday night?

If the answer to all of these things is yes, then head to the beautiful Maddermarket Theatre on Thursday to see this unique 5-star swing show, as seen at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. Featured will be songs from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz & Blues, performed by some big names in the contemporary swing scene: Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra, and Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band, Herb Miller Big Band (Glenn’s brother), plus Tony Bennett’s trombonist!

Tickets £15, concessions £17, to book please visit the Maddermarket Website


‘Beautiful’ – The Carole King Musical – Every night until 7th October

3. BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical. Photo by Birgit Ralf Brinkhoff

Photo by Birgit Ralf Brinkhoff


Beautiful tells the sparkling true story of Carole King.

Before she was a superstar, Carole King was just an ordinary girl with an extraordinary voice – Beautiful charts her rise to stardom, and how she came to write the soundtrack to a generation.

As a teenager, Carole battled her way into the record business and released ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ when she was 17. In her twenties, things seemed perfect for Carole, as married the man of her dreams and was writing hits for all the big names of the time, from Aretha Franklin to The Monkees. But when her personal life began to crack, Carole finally discovered her true voice…

This is the award winning West End musical’s first ever UK tour, and has been critically acclaimed for its amazing story of the ‘songwriting talents of Carole King told through laughter and tears’ (Radio 2).

Performances at Norwich Theatre Royal, 7.30pm each day with 2.30pm matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tickets £8 - £43.50


Harfest – 7th of October

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Norfolk HarFest is a FREE family event in the heart of Norwich, bringing the farm into the city and celebrating all things harvest. 

Perfect for everyone of all ages, there will be activities and live entertainment all day. Local bands and performing arts groups will be on throughout the day, arts & crafts for children, plus see livestock and farming machinery.

If your fancy yourself quite the rural craftsman, participate in the Great Norfolk Scarecrow Competition and enjoy locally produced food and drink, all in the beautiful setting of Norwich Cathedral Close.

Friendly Harfest farmer Mr Mawkin will also be there with his farm! Meet Jelly the Jersey and her calf, chickens, turkeys, miniature donkeys, Norfolk Horn sheep, pigs and goats – not the normal menagerie you would see in the city centre!

The Cathedral Cloisters will be transformed into a farmers’ market where you can taste and buy from the very best Norfolk food & drink producers and crafts, kindly sponsored by Leathes Prior. Local beers and a bar will be provided by sponsors Lacons Brewery.

Fun starts at 10.00 am!


Jacqui Dankworth, Jazz Sirens – 11th October

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Jacqui Dankworth was absolutely born with jazz in her veins. Described as ‘one of the UK’s finest singers, regardless of category’, Jacqui is the daughter of Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth – and she is firmly positioned as one of the UK’s foremost jazz vocalists. In this very special and intimate evening at OPEN, Jacqui turns her attention to the ‘Jazz Sirens’ of the Twentieth Century and the singers who defined 'The Great American Songbook' - including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone and Peggy Lee.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR CITY OF STORIES READERS: Get 10% off your booking using code CoS10

This is a night not to be missed for jazz fans; tickets available via the OPEN website, and start at £20.00 adv. For more information please see our website.


UEA literary festival kicks off (Kazuo Ishiguro) – 11TH October

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Credit: Jeff Cottenden

One of the most engaging storytellers of our time – and one of my favorite Authors – Kazuo Ishiguro will be opening the UEA literary festival, with a guest lecture on Wednesday.

Kazuo came to England from Nagasaki, Japan, when he was five. He completed an MA in creative writing at UEA and is behind best-selling titles such as An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day, When We were Orphans, Never Let Me Go and The Buried Giant. He was awarded an OBE in 1995 and has also received many literary awards including the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, the Booker Prize and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. This promises to be a truly engaging evening with one of the most fascinating literary minds of today, and a great start to over a month of events.

Tickets available from the UEA 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.

East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.

Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.


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