What’s on in Norfolk? 20 things to do August 21-27

Preview of the hand painted ducks that will be taking part in Break's annual duck race in Norwich.

Preview of the hand painted ducks that will be taking part in Break's annual duck race in Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Looking for something to do in Norfolk between August 21 to 27? Arts correspondent Emma Knights highlights 20 shows, exhibitions and events to enjoy.

Rehearsals for Maddermarket Theatre's summer production of Swallows and Amazons. The Walker children

Rehearsals for Maddermarket Theatre's summer production of Swallows and Amazons. The Walker children in their boat Swallow. From left, Titty, nine, played by Alicia Shortman; Roger, seven, played by Steve Dunn; Susan, 11, played by Victoria Penn; and John, 12, played by Thomas Price. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

For the latest What's On news click here• Swallows and Amazons - Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, August 18-September 2

The Norwich Players present Arthur Ransome's classic tale Swallows and Amazons. When John, Susan, Titty and Roger set sail on their beloved boat Swallow they encounter fearsome foes, secret islands and dastardly pirates.

Tickets £10-£15 - www.maddermarket.co.uk or call 01603 620917

• The Wizard of Oz - Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, August 22

Join Dorothy on a magical adventure to the Land of Oz in this pantomime version of L. Frank Baum's classic story.

Tickets £12.50 adults, £10.50 children - www.princesshunstanton.co.uk or call 01485 532252

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• Summer Family Fun Day - Norwich Cathedral, August 23

The second of the cathedral's summer fun days will see families exploring earth, water, air and fire with crafts, storytelling, puppet shows, games, dance, drama and more.

Entry costs £3 for over 5s, adults and under 5s go free - www.cathedral.org.uk

• The Nimmo Twins: The Country Cords - Norwich Playhouse, August 23-28

The Nimmo Twins return with their sell-out, award-winning show The Country Members to be recorded for a live CD.

She Goo, Billy Boy, Anne, The Council and Kraftwerk return to be recorded for posterity on a shiny disc thing that captures voices and souls and is the Devil's work. There will also be a preview of one or three new bits for their next show.

Tickets £19.50 (£16 Wednesday preview) - www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk or call 01603 598598

• The Great British Seaside Special - Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, August 24

The Princess Theatre's summer season show is packed full of music, dance, magic and comedy.

Tickets £12.50, under 16s £6 - www.princesshunstanton.co.uk or call 01485 532252

• A Bedfull of Foreigners - Sheringham Little Theatre, August 24 to September 5

The fast-paced farce A Bedfull of Strangers is the lastest show in Sheringham Little Theatre's summer theatre programme.

Ticket prices vary - www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com or call 01263 822347

• King Neptune and the Norfolk Noise! - Sheringham Little Theatre, August 25 and 26

The children's theatre show Neptune and the Norfolk Noise! sees the mighty god of the sea go on a mission which leads him and his unlikely band of Roman characters on an adventure in Norfolk.

Ticket prices vary - www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com or call 01263 822347

• Theatre Royal Open Day - Norwich Theatre Royal, August 26

Go behind the scenes and learn more about the magic of theatre at Norwich Theatre Royal's annual open day from 10am until 4pm.

Free - visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call 01603 630000

• A Real Mermaid's Tale - Norwich Puppet Theatre, August 26

Ripstop Theatre presents a seafaring adventure in which Amelia Buttersnap - brave adventurer and seeker out of hidden and mysterious creatures - sets out on her continuing quest to discover evidence of the unknown and goes deep underwater in search of mermaids.

Tickets £9, family ticket £30 (two adults and two children or one adult and three children) - www.puppettheatre.co.uk

• Mercury - A Queen Tribute - St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, August 26

Mercury was formed in 1998 and is now established as one of the world's most authentic tributes to Freddie Mercury and Queen.

Tickets £18 - www.stgeorgestheatre.com or call 01493 331484

• Joe Pasquale - Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, August 26

Comedian Joe Pasquale takes to the stage with his latest show called The Devil In Disguise.

Tickets £22 - visit www.princesshunstanton.co.uk or call 01485 532252

• Grand Norwich Duck Race - From St George's Bridge to Fye Bridge, Norwich, August 27

The 6th annual Grand Norwich Duck Race will see a colourful array of decorated ducks take to the River Wensum to raise funds for children's charity Break.

The individual duck which will take place at 2pm with 3,000 little ducks and the corporate duck race of larger, decorated ducks will start at 2.30pm.

Free to watch but people can sponsor a small duck for £2 - www.break-charity.org

• Alice in Wonderland - Blackwater Farm, Norwich, August 26 and 27

An open air theatre production of the classic Lewis Carroll story presented by Strange Fascination.

Tickets £12 adults, £8 children - www.ticketsource.co.uk/strange-fascination-theatre

• Village at War - Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, August 27 and 28

Step back in time to the 1940s. Discover how the Baedeker raids changed the local landscape and see displays of military and civilian vehicles. Enjoy a wartime tea dance and tap your feet to 1940s music: with British and American costumed characters.

Special event admission charges apply - www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

• UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue - Holkham Hall, August 27

UB40 - featuring original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue with an eight-piece band - will perform an open air concert featuring the group's reggae and pop greatest hits against the beautiful backdrop of Holkham Hall.

Tickets £40 general admission and £55 platinum enclosure - www.holkham.co.uk

• Nelson and Norfolk - Norwich Castle, July 29-October 1

A major exhibition focusing on Norfolk's most famous son, Admiral Lord Nelson, incorporating significant objects connected to the man himself, and examining the way in which his achievements have continued to exert a powerful fascination in the 200 years since his death.

Tickets £6 adults, £5.70 concessions, £4.80 children aged four to 18-years-old - www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

• Rana Begum: Space, Light Colour exhibition - Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, May 12-October 1

Rana Begum's exhibition has transformed the Sainsbury Centre's Mezzanine Gallery with work that blurs the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture.

Tickets £7, concessions £6 - www.scva.ac.uk or call 01603 593199

• EARTH SKY: Richard Long at Houghton - runs until October 26, open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from 11am

Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Long has created art all across the globe, and his latest major exhibition EARTH SKY features works inspired by Houghton Hall and its surrounds.

Tickets £18 to visit the exhibition, house, gardens and grounds, £10 to just visit the gardens and grounds, children aged 16 and under are free - visit www.houghtonhall.com

• Summer Spectacular Circus and Water Show - The Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth, runs until September 17

The Hippodrome's 2017 summer show features circus acts from around the world, comedy from Jack Jay and Johnny Mac, and a water spectacular grand finale which sees the circus ring turned into a giant pool.

Various ticket prices - www.hippodromecircus.co.uk or call 01493 844172

• Cromer Pier Shows - Cromer Pier, June 24-September 23

The Pavilion Theatre's summer spectaculars feature an eclectic blend of pop music, West End ballads, speciality acts and comedians. Show 1 runs from June 24 to September 9, Show 2 runs from July 8 to September 6, and a Best of Show 2017 runs from Sept 12 to 23.

Tickets - £12-£25 adults (concs. from £10) - www.cromerpier.co.uk or call 01263 512495

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