What's On in March

21 February 2024

What’s On in March 

As we look forward to the return of warmer weather across our fine city, everyone’s calendars are quickly filling up with the many fantastic events happening across Norwich over the next few months.  

Read on for our recommendations on how to make the most of your March!

 A Month of Comedy at the Theatre 

Amongst the fantastic productions and the West End show ‘Bonnie & Clyde’, it’s also a March full of laughs across the venues of Norwich Theatre – with many of the country’s best comedians gracing the city’s stages. 

It’s really important to keep an eye on the Norwich Theatre social channels and websites, as quite a few of these shows are announced months in advance and sell out quickly – like Ed Gamble’s ‘Hot Diggity Dog’, Josh Pugh’s ‘Exisitin’ La Vida Loca’, and Romesh Ranganathan’s ‘Hustle’, but don’t be discouraged, there’s plenty more opportunity to see some laugh-out-loud comedy this month! (Though, they’re likely to sell out very soon, so be sure to purchase your tickets as soon as possible!) 

Start your month with Lucy Beaumont’s ‘The Trouble and Strife! (Wednesday, March 6, Norwich Theatre Royal, 7:30pm). A brilliant show from the BAFTA nominated, award-winning comedian, who has also featured on Live at the Apollo, Taskmaster, and is wife to fellow comedian, Jon Richardson. In this two-hour show (interval included), Lucy lets loose on her rollercoaster world. See life through the Beaumont lens, and you’ll find its more surreal than you could imagine! Tickets available from £10. Book your seats here! 

Just a day later, you can catch the hilariously funny Andy Parson’s ‘Bafflingly Optimistic’ for a run of three shows (Thursday, March 7 – Saturday, March 9, Norwich Theatre Playhouse, 8pm). From Radio 4 to numerous TV appearances on Live at the Apollo, The Comedy Store, and QI, Andy is hitting the road with his brand-new tour to show you that the world doesn’t have to be filled with pessimism, not when he’s feeling so bafflingly optimistic, anyway. Tickets for this show cost £18.50 and can be booked on the Norwich Theatre website here. 

Or perhaps you’d like to be in the company of a seasoned comedy veteran? For that, there’s few shows better than ‘Ross Noble: Jibber Jabber Jamboree’ (Sunday, March 10, Norwich Theatre Royal, 8pm). To mark his 21st solo stand-up tour (yes, you read that right), Ross Noble invites you to join him for an evening of ‘inspired nonsense’. From there, the rest is a surprise. Tickets for this evening at the Playhouse start from £10, so grab a ticket from the Norwich Theatre website and enjoy the ride. 

And finally, if you’d rather see an up-and-coming stand-up comedian at work, look no further than Tom Houghton’s ‘It’s Not Ideal’ (Saturday, March 16, Norwich Theatre Playhouse, 8pm). After his incredible break-out year, this multi-viral, social media sensation and star of Netflix’s ‘The Circle’, and host of ‘Very British Problems: Live’ and the ‘Bad Manors’ podcast is setting out on his biggest and funniest show yet. Tickets cost £17.50 and are available to book here. 

Norwich Theatre Royal Auditorium

There’s no need to go anywhere else but Norwich Theatre for your comedy fix this March!

National Centre for Writing March Events 

Did you know? Norwich is the home of the National Centre for Writing! It’s only right, since we are the country’s first UNESCO City of Literature, after all. You can find it in Dragon Hall, which is on King Street. The best bit is, with such a prestigious institution right on our doorstep, it comes with tonnes of free and paid for events to enjoy each month, from tours and performances to mentoring and workshops, which help you improve your own writing! 

There’s a total of 18 fantastic events on throughout March, like the ‘Guided Tour of Dragon Hall‘ (Monday, March 18, 2pm – 3:30pm, FREE, Dragon Hall) ‘Exploring New Ways into Your Family History with Yin F. Lim’ (Saturday, March 2, 10am – 12:30pm, £45 per person, Dragon Hall), ‘Meet the World: Poetry in the Digital Age’ (Tuesday, March 12, 7pm – 8:30pm, FREE, Online), the ‘Dragon Hall Social’ (Wednesday, March 6, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, FREE, Dragon Hall), and so much more!  

For more events and details on each, be sure to check out the National Centre for Writing website, and get your spaces booked soon before they fill up!  

The National Centre for Writing has events of all kinds for you to improve and enjoy your literature!

Roarr! Bring a Guest for Free on Mother’s Day Weekend  

Mark your calendars, March also means Mother’s Day! And this year, there’s no better way to enjoy it and show your mum some well-earned love and appreciation than with Roarr!’s ‘Bring a Guest for Free’ weekend 

Simply visit the park on Mother’s Day weekend (Saturday, March 9 – Sunday, March 10) and enjoy your favourite attractions, like the Predator High Ropes, Dinomite Indoor Play, Secret Animal Garden, Dippy’s Raceway, and more, all with a very special guest coming for totally FREE! What better way to sort Mother’s Day and keep the kids entertained? Find out more on the Roarr! website.

Roarr! has all the makings for the perfect family day out this Mother’s Day!

Free Family Sundays at the Sainsbury Centre

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts isn’t just an art gallery and museum (though, these two are definitely worth seeing) – it’s also a fantastic day out for the family! Every first Sunday of the month, you can drop-in between 10:30am and 12:30pm and join their Free Family Sundays to look, explore, draw, and more with a different Sainsbury Centre artist and theme each month. 

March’s theme is ‘Outdoor Explore with Jess Morgan’ (Sunday, March 3), taking place in their gorgeous 350-acre Sculpture Park, so be sure to come dressed for the weather! For more information on the Sainsbury Centre’s Free Family Sundays, check out their website! 

Sainsbury Centre

If you’re in need of a dose of culture, the Sainsbury Centre is the place to be.

Holkham Walking Women, Park Run, and Wellbeing Walks 

It’s a March of self-care at Holkham, and it all sounds absolutely fabulous. Start your March with ‘Walking Women’, a free to attend, gentle walk, with friendly chatter, discovering the wide-ranging land and seascapes on Holkham’s doorstep. It’s good for fresh air, exercise, and sociability with like-minded women!  

Walking Women happens on the first Tuesday of every month (Tuesday, March 5, 10am, in this case), meeting at different points each time. This March, it’s starting at Holkham Beach! 

And if you’d like a bit more of a challenge, that’s as equally fun at the same time, the Holkham Park Run is for you. Every Saturday (March 2, 9, 16 23, and 30, 9am) come join this free and friendly 5k around Holkham Park. All abilities and ages are welcome, whether you want to walk, run, or spectate! The courtyard café is also open for that post-run hot or cold drink! You’ll need to pre-register for your place at the Park Run, which you can do here. 

Don’t miss the final of this year’s Wellbeing Walks, which are designed to get you out and about in those colder, darker days – it’s another great way of getting moving and enjoying friendly conversation (Tuesday, March 19). It’s a circular, 90-minute route, with dogs welcome!  

This month’s Wellbeing Walk will see you explore Holkham Park, meeting outside the Visitor Reception. There’s no need to book, just turn up at 9:55am, ready for a 10am start! 

Holkham has a huge range of scenery right on it’s doorstep – it’s a must-visit!

So, there you have it! A rather busy but exciting March awaits. What will you be taking part in throughout the coming month? As always, if you’re looking for even more fantastic suggestions on events, workshops, talks, performances, and much more, be sure to check out our ‘What’s On’ page, where you’ll find a whole calendar of excitement for the year.