Your alternative guide to the World Cup


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With one day until the World Cup's big kick-off, the country is bracing itself for a wave of football-mania.

Games, highlights, analysis and football-themed adverts will dominate the airwaves, with wall-to-wall coverage of Roy Hodgson's England team a certainty.

But for some, the thought of a month of football sends a shiver down the spine.

With that in mind, the Rio Round-Up has come up with some alternative activities and distractions for those who see football as the not-so-beautiful game.

Here's what you could be doing when England are playing:

The dates to watch out for: England's Fixtures:

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v Italy - Saturday June 14, 11pm

v Uruguay - Thursday June 19, 8pm

v Costa Rica - Tuesday June 24, 5pm


Find the Lady?

Murder Mystery Night - Saturday, June 14- 7.30pm

Tickets: £38.50 and includes a 3-course meal.

Venue: Davenport's Magic Kingdom, Cromer Road, North Walsham.

Tel: 01692 405254


Website: www.davenport



Monday June 16, until Thursday June 19. 2.30pm and 7.30pm showings. Tickets: £19-£27

Impressionist and comic Alistair McGowan stars in the adaption of George Bernard Shaw's play. The aristocratic Professor Henry Higgins (McGowan) makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can transform the manners and speech of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and pass her off as a society lady.

Singin' in the Rain

Saturday June, 14- 7.30pm. Tickets: £45-£29.50.

Limited tickets are still available for the last showing of the touring show which has come straight from the West End. Based on the 1952 musical and comedy film staring Gene Kelly, and featuring the classic songs, 'Good Morning', 'Make 'em Laugh' and 'Singin' in the Rain' - in addition to 12,000 litres of water.

Dance 'Til Dawn

Monday, June 23 until Saturday June, 28. 2.30pm and 7.30pm showings. Tickets: £36.50-£20.00

Set in 1940s Los Angeles, a Hollywood leading man is murdered and a romance develops between the starlet and her lover. The production is created by and stars Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace.


Thursday June 19 - 8pm. Free admission

Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Venue: The Forum, Norwich.

Telephone: 01603 727930



What better way to escape the football than organising a movie night with your friends and ordering a takeaway. Here is a list of film's that are being shown while England's first game on Saturday is being broadcast on BBC One from 10.20pm- 1.30am.

Forrest Gump (1994)- Channel 4, 9.00pm.

Staring Tom Hanks, Sally Field and Robin Wright.

The Beach (2000) - Channel 4, 11.45pm.

Staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tilda Swinton.

The Holiday (2006) - ITV2, 9pm.

Staring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black.

Schindler's List - ITV4, 10pm.

Staring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley.


Odeon Cinemas, Vue Cinemas, Cinema City and Hollywood Cinema around Norfolk.

22 Jump Street

X-Men Days of Future Past

A Million Ways to Die in the West


Edge of Tomorrow

Grace of Monaco



If you're not totally sport-averse, football isn't the only thing to see over the next month:

Wimbledon - June 23 to July 6.

Coverage will be shown on BBC One and Two, where you can see if Andy Murray can retain his 2013 Wimbledon Men's Singles title.

F1 Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg - June, 20-22

Live coverage from the BBC will be broadcast on TV, radio and online.

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