FEBRUARY February 1 - 28
The National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Festival sees gardens across the county opening to the public to share the delight of these glorious little flowers which signal the first early signs of spring. To find a garden opening in your area, visit ngs.org.uk/snowdrops
February 2 - 28
The Assembly House Food Festival features a host of delights for food and drink lovers across the whole month of February. You can enjoy guest chef pop-ups, cookery demonstrations, a cheese and wine festival, a last supper with Jay Rayner, an Elvis-inspired menu which includes an appearance by the King himself, and much more. assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk/ food-festival-2020
February 9 – June 14
Art Deco By The Sea is a major new exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. It explores how Art Deco architecture and style shaped the modern seaside during the 1920s and 30s, through paintings, posters, brochures, photographs, fashion, furniture, ceramics and textiles. scva.ac.uk
The traditional spring and autumn UEA literary festivals is taking a break for 2020, with a special event planned for later in the year to celebrate 50 years of its pioneering creative writing programme. However, there is a one-off literary event featuring author Isabel Allende who will discuss her much-awaited new novel, A Long Petal of the Sea, in her first visit to the UK in 12 years. uea.ac.uk/litfest
February 13 - 15
The Love Light Norwich Festival aims to light up the city in the midst of winter with a series of family events with the theme of love and belonging. Happening across the city, it includes largescale installations, performance, a light trail, parades and pyrotechnics. lovelightnorwich.co.uk
February 13 – 16
Kids will love this stage version of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s classic book Room on the Broom at Norwich Playhouse. norwichplayhouse.co.uk
The annual King’s Lynn Mart brings all the fun of the fair to the Tuesday Market Place attracting thousands of visitors. The Mart always opens on Valentine’s Day and usually runs for two weeks.
February 22 – 23
Bride: The Wedding Show at the Norfolk Showground, brings together everything you need and more if you are planning your big day including exhibitors, inspiration, competitions and choreographed catwalk shows. bridetheweddingshow.co.uk
February 24 – 29
Comedy legend Jennifer Saunders stars in the revival of Noel Coward’s play Blithe Spirit at Norwich Theatre Royal. A tale full of high jinks, strange goings-on, an eccentric medium and a sabotaging spirit, the show has already received rave reviews.
Celebrate 70 years since the formation of the Sheringham & District Branch of the Royal Air Force Association with an unmissable fundraising Big Band Concert by the Royal Air Force College Band at the town’s St Peter’s Church. For tickets call RAFA Sheringham on 01263 479507.
March 4 – April 4 For a whole month, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Les Misérables will be at Norwich Theatre Royal. Tickets are scarce, but at time of writing there were still some available. theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
March 6 –7
The Circus of Horrors 25th Anniversary Tour arrives at Great Yarmouth’s Hippodrome. It features an amazing collection of acts, driven by a rock n’ roll soundscape, which will leave you on the edge of your seat and roaring with laughter. hippodromecircus.co.uk
March 13 – 15
The King’s Lynn Fiction Festival will feature a top class line-up of authors, with talks, Q&As and events across the weekend at venues in the town. Keep an eye out for the line-up. lynnlitfests.com
The Norfolk Festival of Nature: Nature Walk and Writing Workshop sees nature writers Mark Cocker and Jean McNeil lead a circular walk around Cley and Salthouse Marshes. They follow it with a writing workshop looking at natural and literary history in the area. Book at norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk March 27 - 29 The Deepdale Spring Market features more than 60 crafts, arts, food and drink stalls and local wildlife organisations in two large marquees at Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale, along with outside stalls. deepdalespringmarket.co.uk
If you fancy seeing Blicking Estate’s ancient woodland in a different way, why not take part in the Night Run? Choose from a 3km or 7km traffic-free route and remember your head torch. Booking essential. nationaltrust.org.uk/events
Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show at Diss Corn Hall will inspire, enthral and amuse, with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins and howling jelly babies – perfect for kids and adults! thecornhall.co.uk
It’s bigger, better and muddier than before – why not take part in this year’s Only The Brave obstacle course through Thetford Forest? Choose from a six or 10 mile course and raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which organises the event. eaaa.org.uk
March 29 – September 13
The Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts’ exhibition Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams examines the first European style to self-consciously proclaim itself modern. scva.ac.uk
The MHA Larking Gowen City of Norwich half marathon starts and finishes at the Norfolk Showground, taking you around the surrounding countryside and villages. Enter at cityofnorwich halfmarathon.com
The Yellow Brick Road Easter pantomime comes to the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange promising a star cast and lots of fun for all the family. kingslynncornexchange.co.uk
April 15 - 18
The theatre adaptation of awardwinning young adult book Holes tells the intriguing story of Stanley Yelnats. It is sure to be a hit with older children and adults alike. theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
Iconic comedian and writer Arabella Weir returns to the stage with her witty new show Does my mum loom big in this? norwichplayhouse.co.uk
Learn about life in the countryside and down on the farm, meet animals and discover more about our wildlife and conservation, and explore arts and crafts activities with the whole family at the annual Spring Fling at the Norfolk Showground. springfling.rnaa.org.uk
Join a guide at Felbrigg Hall for a very special night hike. As the sun goes down, see deer come out of hiding, star gaze and listen for nature in the still of night. nationaltrust.org.uk
April 25 - 26
The 16th East Anglian Game and Country Fair at Euston Estate, near Thetford, features displays, country crafts and pursuits, animals, competitions, shopping, food and drink, all with a rural theme. ukgamefair.co.uk
May 4 - 9
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