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The school holidays are in full swing and (hopefully) we are due some sunshine – which means it’s the perfect time to get out and about in Norwich. With a whole host of events to enjoy, here’s our round up of what’s on this August in the City of Stories.
Plantation Garden has been busier than ever with summer events in full swing. And now they are able to bring back their Sunday Afternoon Teas 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm until 5 September. Have a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake while the children run around.
Fancy a sing-song? INTERLUDE theatre – the big top tent in the Close has singing sessions for £8 on 4 August at 10am (you must book). No experience necessary. Just give it a go. They also have a jam-packed programme of entertainment for August days and nights with a huge offering for families and adults. There’s theatre, comedy, live music and circus – they have it all covered. See the full programme here.
For the adults, we’d recommend paying the big top tent a visit on International Beer Day, which is the 6th August. Have a beer by the river at The Ribs of Beef pub, then head to see Mark Steele for lots of laughs. Mark has presented the BAFTA nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s The News Quiz. He’s also appeared on BBC2’s QI and Room 101. The show starts at 8.30pm, tickets are £16.
Note: entrance to Interlude is opposite The Great Hospital, and parking is recommended at The Adam & Eve pub.
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts opened its latest exhibition recently: Leiko Ikemura: Usagi in Wonderland. Leiko is a Japanese-Swiss artist, and she has chosen 50 works to present through paintings, sculpture, drawings and photography spanning 3 decades. This will be her first exhibition in the UK. Tickets: £8 or FREE for Members. And don’t forget to spend some time after the exhibition taking in the fantastic art in the Sculpture Park, which encompasses 350 acres surrounding the Sainsbury Centre. With works by Henry Moore, Anthony Gormley and more, it’s well worth a visit – plus it’s free!
Free live entertainment in the city centre. Head Out, Not Home showcases the best local talent, as well as performers from across the country, and fantastic street entertainers. Sundays from 2pm – 5pm until the 5th September. Head out into the city and soak up those summer festival vibes.
If you hadn’t already heard, dinosaurs have come to Norwich! With Dippy, the Natural History Museum diplodocus cast on tour at Norwich Cathedral, the GoGoDiscover T.rex Trail, a dino-themed city food trail, and more happening across the city – it’s time to get stuck into the prehistoric fun. Check out our dinosaurs page for more information.
Get ready for a bookshop crawl across Norwich this summer! Chosen as one of ten locations across the UK, it’s the ideal opportunity to get together with family and friends and discover the incredible bookshops the City of Stories has to offer. Download a welcome pack and get started. Find out more about the bookshop crawl here.
Pensthorpe Natural Park has a packed programme of summer fun until Sunday 5th September. Find all the usual activities: pond-dipping, den building, storytelling, noughts and crosses and natural play including the iconic WildRootz stream for splashing around and keeping cool. Plus, new for this year the Secret Garden Wildlife Trail. The trail will see keys hidden across the gardens and reserve to uncover facts about the different species that call Pensthorpe home. There’s free crafting too! Adult tickets are £12.95, senior (60+) tickets are £11.95 and child tickets (3-16) are £11.95. Annual memberships available too.
The Bure Valley Railway is a hit with adults and children, but did you know that for over 18s you can book a one-day course, designed to get you behind the controls of one of their unique narrow gauge steam locomotives. Many of us missed out on celebrating birthdays last year so this could be something special for the right person. The cost is £225 and you get to drive the train 9 miles.
And let’s not forget that August means there’s warmer evenings to enjoy. There’s plenty of events going on to spice up an evening or two this summer!
Dinos at Night at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure is one of the park’s most popular (and highly anticipated) events! This year is it taking place on Saturday 14th August. You can enjoy all the usual activities but this time under the stars. There will also be a barbeque, bar, live music and Norwich Astronomy Club. Prices for adults and children over 90cm are £9.95 each, whilst children under 90cm go free.
Holkham Hall has loads of evening events in August with Outdoor Theatre presenting: The Further Adventures of Dr Dolittle (4 Aug); Mr Stink (11 Aug); Treasure Island (18 Aug) and Macbeth (25 August). Perfect for families as well as lovers of the theatre! Tickets priced individually (£10-15 and for families £45).