Calendar: There’s a packed programme of events in October
UNTIL 28TH DEFIANT WORDS
Blickling Hall’s exhibition explores the importance of books through sound, theatrical design and storytelling in a series of installations throughout the mansion and out to the garden temple that reveal stories of books that have been banned, burned, redacted, drowned, neglected and superseded. Blickling’s own library, with 12,500 volumes, is currently undergoing a comprehensive five year conservation programme to ensure its survival. nationaltrust.org.uk /blicklingestate
2ND AND 9TH VOICE PROJECT
It’s the 10th anniversary of Norwich’s Voice Project. The vocal music education charity will be hosting a celebration with special guests in December and you’re invited to join. To be involved, visit the community choir which is open to all for a free taster session on Tuesday October 2 or the first rehearsal on Tuesday October 9. voiceproject.co.uk
2ND-27TH REBELLIOUS SISTERHOOD
Norfolk Broad Horizons Theatre Company will be touring Rebellious Sisterhood- Votes For Women throughout the county. Exploring the life of Emmeline Pankhurst, following her release from prison, Karen Forbes’ new play shows life behind the scenes of the leaders of the Suffragettes. For tickets see broadhorizonstheatre.co.uk
3RD-16TH FIRST FLIGHT
Local artist Emily Rose will be debuting her First Flight exhibition at Cley Marshes Visitor Centre. Showcasing local wildlife and marshes, a selection of original pastels will be available to view. The artist will also be there painting, and talking about the work on show and offering insight into the process. emilyrosefineart.co.uk
3RD, 10TH AND 17TH DEER DISCOVERY
Learn all about the herd of deer in Holkham park. Discover changes in behaviour and how the sanctuary has become what it is today. Bring your binoculars and cameras as you enjoy an informative guided walk. 11am and 2pm, tickets £6.50 adults, £3.25 children, holkham.co.uk
3RD, 10TH, 17TH, 25TH LITERARY LOVE
The UEA’s Autumn Literary Festival features esteemed writers including MI5 historian Christopher Andrew, biographer and memoirist Claire Romalin and novelist and memoirist Rose Tremain. Raising money to fund student scholarships at UEA, the festival will be offering an intriguing mix this autumn. Tickets £9, £5 students, £54 season ticket, uea.ac.uk/litfest
5TH CATHEDRAL LOCK-IN
This October sees the return of Cathedral@Night when Norwich Cathedral will welcome hundreds of young people and leaders from across the region for an all-night 12 hour lock-in. The event is open to all aged between 10-17 and will see Norwich Cathedral spectacularly transformed with atmospheric lighting, live music, cathedral tours, a climbing wall challenge, chill-out zone, board
games, pampering, sports, prayer space, worship and a midnight ceilidh! The event starts at 7pm on Friday October 5.
To register and receive your full booking information visit: DofN.org/CathedralatNight
6TH & 7TH APPLE WEEKEND
Celebrate the apple harvest by joining the team at Blickling Hall near Aylsham in the walled garden and enjoy juicing demonstrations and tastings. Discover the estate’s heritage apples, with pop-up talks from the garden team and learn more about a special variety that has been re-introduced from the diary of a 19th century Blickling gardener.
Free admission to the orchard and parkland. Normal admission applies for the house and garden, with National Trust members free. £5 parking charge for non-members.
6TH & 7TH ART EXHIBITION
See art by the members of Hingham and Hardingham Art Group at its annual exhibition. Free, Lincoln Hall, Hingham. 10am-5pm.
7TH HARVEST LUNCH
Dig in to a celebratory lunch at the Walpole St Peter Parish Hall. It follows the Harvest Festival Service, offering a roast lunch with seasonal vegetables and dessert. Everyone is welcome even if you can’t make the service.
12.30pm, tickets £8, walpolestpeterchurch.org
7TH–10TH, 11TH HARE TODAY
The GoGoHares are all in one place! Book a 90 minute slot at the ‘Hare Today Gone Tomorrow’ event to see the hares together before they’re auctioned off for Break charity.
The original hares will be gathered outside The Forum alongside two that aren’t on the trails. Get yourself a raffle ticket for your chance to win Pablo the circus themed hare. For those that have autism or need space and quiet there is a quiet session on October 11 with limited tickets.
Tickets £2.50, visitnorwich. co.uk/explore-and-experience/ hare-today-gone-tomorrow/
Celebrate Oktoberfest with OPEN Norwich. The Bank Plain will transform into a German themed bierkeller with authentic food, beer and entertainment. Guests can also expect to be entertained by classic German oom-pah and Euro-pop bands over the weekend.
Tickets from £10, opennorwich. ticketsolve.com
12TH–3RD NOVEMBER PRIMEVIL SCARE
Claimed to be ‘Norfolk’s biggest scare experience’, PrimEVIL offers 17 nights of fright at Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade. It hosts five attractions and various entertainment including street performers, a live band and a barbecue.
6pm-11pm, last admission 9pm. Tickets from £10, primevilscare.com
Join in the sausage eating competition, taste the local ciders and enjoy the activities on offer at the Norfolk Showground. Have fun and raise money for Nelson’s Journey, all to celebrate Norfolk’s food and drink.
10am-5pm. Admission free, £2 per car parking
Finish the day with the Porkstock party. The ticketed evening event will have local beers as well as a range of gin and tonics and more. 7pm-12.30am. Tickets £20, porkstock.co.uk
13TH ACADEMY OF ST THOMAS
The orchestra celebrates its 45th anniversary by introducing international conductor Benjamin Pope and cellist Richard Harwood for a concert in Norwich. Richard is regularly heard on BBC, having made his BBC Radio 3 debut at the age of 13 with a live recording of the Elgar Concerto – the work he will be performing in this concert.
St Andrew’s Hall, 7.30pm academyofstthomas.com
13TH NEON NIGHT
Experience a brand new 5k event with East Anglian Air Ambulance. Neon Night Mission will be a fun run including lasers, foam, paint and inflatables as you go through five mission areas in the style of EAAA. Open to anyone over the age of 12, 6pm, tickets from £16.50, neonnightmission.co.uk
14TH SCHNAUZERFEST WALK
The annual charity fund raising event gets schnauzers and humans together, raising money to help dogs get care and veterinary treatment after being saved from horrible backgrounds. The event has no fee but offers an ‘honesty box’ for people to give however much they wish. 10.30am for 11am set off; meet at the Beach Café, Wells-nextSea, thebarkingbugle.co.uk
14TH-29TH LANTERN PARADE
Explore the woodland, meet BeWILDerbats and create a lantern throughout the day. As dusk falls at BeWILDerwood, jump into the parade and see a ‘magical light extravaganza’. Put on your costumes and run wild. Tickets from £8.50, bewilderwood.co.uk
18TH CITY SERVICE
Workers in Norwich are invited to a lunchtime harvest festival service at St Andrew’s Church (next to Cinema City), St Andrew’s Street Norwich. Starts at 1.05 and includes a short service followed by refreshments. Admission and refreshments free.
For more information call Rev Martin Young 01603 498821
18TH RALPH MCTELL
Songwriter and guitarist Ralph McTell will be at Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre as part of his UK autumn tour. The Streets of London songwriter will perform many of his best loved works. 7.30pm. Tickets £23.50 including box office fee. princesshunstanton.co.uk
18TH–28TH TRICK OR TWEET
Discover a new side of nature at Pensthorpe Natural Park this halfterm with the natural Halloween themed event. Enjoy craft-making and a creepy-crawly trail through the woodlands and wetlands of the reserve or, for more thrills, try the eco-play areas.
10am to 5pm, tickets £11.95 adults, £10.95 children and seniors, under threes and annual members free.
For more dark secrets and to explore more of the reserve not reachable on foot, book a place on the Pensthorpe Explorer tour, an ‘off road’ adventure.
Additional charge to booking free. £5 adults and seniors, £4 children and £4.50 annual members.
19TH ILLUSTRATED TALK
Choosing a life of fraud and swindling in the 1800s, Alfred Tallent was convicted and transported to Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean. Join Chris Johnson as he illustrates this tragic story of a grocer and draper with connections to Norfolk and Suffolk, at St Mary’s Church Hall, Diss. Tickets £3 members, £5 nonmembers, dissmuseum.co.uk
19TH-21ST ANTIQUES FAIR
Held at Holkam Hall once a year, the antiques fair is home to furniture, paintings, jewellery, glass and more. Join 30 dealers as they showcase their goods in the Lady Elizabeth Wing for residents and visitors to the area. 11am-4.30pm. Tickets £4, under 16s free, lomaxfairs.com
20TH–28TH ALL ABOARD
Admire the wildlife in the Broads National Park with the help of Broads Tours. Start at Wroxham and hear all about the origins of the Broads from the skipper on the 90-minute boat trip. Departure 11.30am and 2pm Tickets £9 adults, children free, maximum of two children free for every fare-paying adult
24TH WILD WEDNESDAY
Join the National Trust team at Brancaster beach for a ‘day of 50 things’ themed family fun. Build a sandcastle, watch the wildlife or fly a kite; it’s an opportunity to collect stickers and stamps for your scrapbook. 10am to 4pm. Admission free, visitnorfolk.co.uk
26TH JAZZ VOCALIST
The Hoste of Music’s live music guest will be jazz vocalist Georgia Mancio, celebrating the music and spirit of Brazilian Bossa Nova. As well as enjoying live music, guests can experience a three course dinner in the Burnham Market; Brasserie restaurant. Tickets £55 including, an allinclusive meal and music ticket, thehoste.com
26TH DINE IN THE DARK
Originating in Switzerland, dining in the dark aims to test your senses and take your taste buds on a journey. OPEN Norwich offers a unique dining experience with five courses of Norfolk delights and world flavours. Tickets £25, opennorwich. ticketsolve.com
27TH SENSATIONAL SIXTIES
Returning to King’s Lynn for one night only, the three hour 60s show has a brand new production but the same nostalgia. Step back in time with big names including Mike Pender, Chris Farlowe and Herman’s Hermits. 7.30pm, tickets £29, kingslynncornexchange.co.uk
31ST SPOOKY HAPPENINGS
Journey through an interactive theatre experience at St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth. Enjoy apple bobbing, unlucky dip and more traditional games for the whole family. Expect an evening of tricks and treats.
Tickets £6 each or £20 family, stgeorgestheatre.ticketsolve.com
ABOVE:Kate Barmby demonstrates her skills at the Porkstock last year