7 things to do in Norfolk this weekend - from ice rink to Cinderella panto
PUBLISHED: 11:24 18 December 2019 | UPDATED: 11:24 18 December 2019
From Norwich Theatre Royal's Cinderella panto to a pop-up ice rink for all the family, there are plenty of event to get you in the Christmas mood this weekend.
1. What: Cinderella
Where: Norwich Theatre Royal
When: Until January 19, various times
Cost: £10 to £28.50, theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk, 01603 630000 The timeless tale of a rag to riches servant girl who falls in love with Prince Charming. Will she get together with the man of her dreams or will her cruel sisters ruin her happiness? Expect magical twists, songs, fun, laughter and adventure with this stunning production. The cast includes soapstars David Witts as Prince Charming (EastEnders' Joey Branning), Amanda Henderson as an Ugly Sister (Casualty's Robyn Miller) and Joe Tracini as Buttons (Hollyoaks' Dennis Savage). The title role of Cinderella is played by Kara-Lianne Jones and Theatre Royal panto favourite Richard Gauntlett plays the Fairy Godmother and he is also the writer and director of the show.
2. What: Swing into Christmas with the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band
Where: The Forum
When: December 22, 8.30pm
Cost: £16.50, Norwich Theatre Royal box office 01603 630000, theforumnorwich.co.uk/whatson
East Anglia's award-winning Jonathan Wyatt Big Band return to The Forum with their festive extravaganza, Swing into Christmas, sponsored by Norwich Camping & Leisure. Perfectly timed just before Christmas, the show will get you tapping your feet to some festive swing and features guest vocalists Lindsey Ball and Stephen Amer. The band's show includes Rat Pack holiday classics such as 'It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year', 'Santa Claus is Comin' to Town' and 'White Christmas', plus some exclusive festive arrangements. The Big Band recently scooped The Music Award at the 2019 Norfolk Arts Awards and their annual show at The Forum has become a highlight of Norfolk's festive season shows.
3. What: Winter Wonderland
Where: Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade, NR9 5JW
When: Daily December 19 to 24
Cost: £6.95 per child for Santa's Grotto, winter gate admission price £10.95 adults and children over 90cm and £9.95 online, roarrdinosauradventure.co.uk
The popular attraction has been transformed into a dinosaur-themed winter wonderland, where children can stumble across the magical world of Narnia through C.S. Lewis' enchanted wardrobe in the Lost World Maze, as well as discover creatures through the festive Dinosaur Trail, filled with hidden candy canes. Families can step into an enchanted grotto to visit Father Christmas for an additional charge, where Dippy and his little helpers will be on hand to give out gifts. Christmas arts and crafts will also be available for children to take part in and make decorations and cards to take home for family and friends.
4. What: Ice Rink
Where: The Georgian Townhouse, 30-34 Unthank Road, Norwich NR2 2RB
When: December 22 to 23, slots from 11am to 9pm
Cost: Booking essential, thegeorgiantownhousenorwich.com
Skate into Christmas as an ice rink is coming to Norwich this weekend and it is bound to make you feel festive. The rink will be in their large pub garden with 20 minute slots available from 11am to 9pm on both days and it is suitable for all ages. The event will also include mulled wine and cider, hot chocolate, festive face painting, a barbecue and wood-fired Christmas pizzas.
5. What: Norwich Vegan Christmas Festival
Where: St Andrews Hall, NR3 1AU
When: December 22, 10am to 4pm
Cost: £2, under 5s free
A festive vegan festival with plenty of stalls, selling gifts and plant-based Christmas treats to make sure you don't miss out, food to enjoy whilst you shop and live music from Norwich Brass Band and Norwich Community Choir. The event is back by popular demand and raises money for animal charities.
6. What: Beastly Belle
Where: Norwich Puppet Theatre, St James, Whitefriars, Norwich NR3 1TN
When: December 19 to 26, various times
Cost: Adults and children £10, family ticket £35, puppettheatre.co.uk, 01603 629921
Be charmed and surprised by a new twist on an old tale, inspired by the iconic era of 1920s and 30s cinema. Young heroine Belle is plucked from a life of poverty by Merill, a greedy film producer who sweeps her off her feet and into fame and fortune in the movies. Caught up in the glitz and glamour Belle forgets her roots and ends up on a journey of discovery which explores perceptions of physical beauty. Will Beauty come to understand and accept the Beast?Featuring a skilful mix of puppetry, film projections and an original musical score and there are also signed and relaxed performances.
7. What: Christmas Farmers' Market
Where: Creake Abbey, Creake Road, North Creake, NR21 9LF
When: December 21, 9.30am to 1pm
Cost: Free entry and car parking
A festive occasion for all ages, Father Christmas will in attendance from 11am to 12pm and will have free goodies to giveaway in his grotto. There will be 50 of the region's best food and drink producers there, selling items including beer, apple juice, puddings, pies and fruit and vegetables. Among the well-known local brands at the event will be Bread Source, Bray's Cottages Pork Pies and Candi's Chutneys.