March events and entertainment
5th OPEN GARDENS
Raveningham Gardens, with its 18th century walled kitchen garden featuring large glasshouses, will be open for viewing in aid of the National Garden Scheme, and visitors will also be able to enjoy views across the new lake established at the turn of the millennium and the contemporary sculpture in the gardens. The gardens will be open from 11am to 4pm; refreshments will be available in the tearoom. Entry: £5 adults, £4.50 concessions and children under 16 are free.
6th BLICKLING HALL AWAKENS
After being closed for the big winter clean Blickling Hall will open its doors to welcome visitors back for the season and, for the first time, will be open daily from 12 noon-5pm right through until October 29. Costumed interpreters will be bringing history to life every Wednesday and you can catch the cooks in the kitchen cooking up Lord Lothian’s favourite dishes on March 12, 19, 24 and 31.
9th BACH AT THE OCTAGON
The Bach Players are at The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich, performing Stabat Mater: Music for Lent. Pergolesi’s popular piece is complemented by instrumental music on the same theme by Vivaldi and Biber. Tickets are £17.50 and £12.50, Students £5, under 18s are free.
12th CONCERTO DEBUT
The Norwich-based Academy of St Thomas has been invited by clarinettist Emma Johnson to give the first live performance of a new clarinet concerto written for her by East Anglian composer Patrick Hawes. Emma is one of the UK’s biggest-selling classic artists, having sold over half a million albums worldwide. The performance will take place at St Andrew’s Hall from 3pm.
15th SPRING FASHION
Jarrold invites readers of EDP Norfolk to join them for an evening to welcome the spring season with new looks from beauty and fashion, the launch of the home sale, fashion shows, live entertainment and savings across the store. Open 6-9pm.
15th NORWICH GHOSTS
Friends of the Norwich Museums; talk by the Man in Black. Town Close Auditorium at the Castle Museum, 2.30pm friendsofthenorwichmuseums.co.uk
18th A STREET CAT NAMED BOB
Cinema in Syderstone presents a presentation of A Street Cat Named Bob, at Amy Robsart Village Hall, Syderstone. Homeless and recovering from drug addiction, James Bowen finally has his own bedsit and attempts to build a life and future for himself busking in Covent Garden. Returning home one day, he finds a ginger cat sitting outside his door. Screening starts at 7.30pm, advance tickets are £3.50 from 01485 578244 or 01485 578171.
19th BRIAN’S IN HOPTON
One of Britain’s most celebrated comic entertainers, Brian Conley, returns to Potter’s Resort in Hopton to perform comedy, sketches and songs, alongside some of his best-known and loved retrospective material. The one-night break starts from just £139 per adult and includes comfortable accommodation, dinner, a midnight dish, breakfast and use of the resort’s facilities.
23rd THE HERMITAGE ENSEMBLE
This Russian choir gave much pleasure to music lovers in 2016
Museum of the Broads opens its doors and returns to All Saints Church, Thornham again this year. Performance starts at 6.30pm. For tickets, £15 each, children £10, please call Sue Burland, 01485 512155, or Jane Long, 01485 512101.
23rd-25th GLORIOUS BROADWAY
The Chorus of St Cecilia presents Glorious Broadway! a concert of favourite hit songs from the West End and Broadway, featuring choir performances and guest soloists with musical director Matthew Hardy. Performances begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are adults, £11, concessions £10, from Pavilion Theatre box office.
24th-26th SPRING IS IN THE AIR
Dalegate Spring Market, in Burnham Deepdale, features more than 50 Norfolk artisans and producers in two large marquees, the beach hut pop up shops and many outside stalls, alongside the Deepdale café which will also be open. Entry and parking are free.
25th MEZZO MARTHA
The Grace Jude Concert Series presents the classical mezzo soprano Martha Jones with piano accompaniment. The performance will begin at 7.30pm at St David’s Church, Plumstead Road, Thorpe End. Tickets are £10 (including refreshments) and are available from Thorpe End Post Office 01603 433211, Annette Jude 01508 492308, Darleen Plattin 01603 300093 and on the door. www.marthajonesmezzo.co.uk
28th MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE RADIO
The Friends of All Saints Church, Hemblington invite you a riveting evening at the church to hear local celebrity radio broadcaster and writer David Clayton talk about My Journey through the Radio. The evening will begin at 7pm. For more information please visit www.hemblingtonchurch.org.uk or contact Sue on Hemblington@ gmail.com 01603 715804
29th NEW YEAR, NEW MUSEUM
The Museum of the Broads re-opens for 2017 with new displays, a special exhibition, Broadland in Pictures, and plenty for families to do including the new Ellis Eel Trail, a fun Easter Holiday Trail, and steam boat trips from Tuesday to Thursday. Take part in a Second World War rescue by an airborne lifeboat, discover how the Broads landscape has inspired artists and encouraged tourists, play on our new play boat, and upload your Broads photo to #Broadland Pictures.
Blickling Hall is opening up its doors after a long winter clean
Above: Raveningham Walled Garden Glasshouses
Left: Brian Conley appearing at Potters Resort, Hopton