What’s on in and around Norfolk and Suffolk in the upcoming weeks
When and where: 21 July, Epic Studios
We could all do with an evening of belly laughs, so it’s lucky that everyone’s favourite Canadian comedian, Katherine Ryan, is the next star of comedy to headline the Live At Epic shows. Supported by a fantastic line up including MC Dave Ward, Adam Rowe (famous for his exploits at Hot Water Comedy Club in Liverpool and appearing on the Nationwide adverts), and Jen Brister, who boasts Live at the Apollo and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order TV credits.
THE BOWIE COLLECTIVE
When and where: 30 June, The Apex
Ready for a sing and dance? Leave the past year at the door and take a two-hour trip through the surreal genius of David Bowie’s finest work. From alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, through the fractured reality of Berlin and into the joy of Let’s Dance, this group of rock musicians, artists and performers recreate Bowie’s most iconic recordings in exquisite detail against a spell-binding backdrop of lights and visual magic.
PRIDE & PREJUDICE
When and where: 26 June, open air theatre at Dalegate Market.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s witty and romantic masterpiece is one of the most popular stories of all time. Will Mrs Bennett manage to see her numerous daughters married in record time? Will Elizabeth and Mr Darcy finally get together? Will creepy Mr Collins just go away please? The Pantaloons Theatre Company presents this hilarious version of the much-loved story, providing a perfect way to spend an evening under the stars of the North Norfolk Coast.
TONY CRAGG AT HOUGHTON HALL
When and where: Until 26 September
Major works by the celebrated British sculptor Tony Cragg are on show in the grounds and historic interiors of Houghton Hall in Norfolk. The exhibition, curated by the artist himself, includes large-scale bronze and steel sculptures sited in the gardens and grounds, and smaller pieces shown in the State rooms and gallery spaces of the house. Several new works have been made specifically for the exhibition. Lord Cholmondeley, owner of Houghton, said: “Tony Cragg at Houghton is the sixth contemporary art exhibition held at Houghton since 2015. I am particularly grateful to Tony for the chance to show his sculptures here in Norfolk, and for agreeing to curate the exhibition himself. As life is no longer, for the moment, as we once knew it due to the challenges of Covid 19, we have been faced with some extraordinary logistical problems; not least transporting exhibits to the UK from Tony’s studio in Germany. I would especially like to thank Dorotheum and Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery for their support as this year’s exhibition sponsors.”
Watatunga Wildlife Reserve, found in Watlington near King’s Lynn, is now a wildlife paradise of woodland, grasses and lakes and is home to more than twenty-five deer and antelope species, not to mention rare birds, including the star of the show – the Great Bustard. With many of the birds and animals on the endangered list, Watatunga provides a safe haven and a place where important breeding programmes are carried out. Book in advance to enjoy the 5-star self-catering accommodation and guided electric buggy tours of the reserve.
This free event provides shoppers with a change of scenery from the chain stores on the high street with pop-up stalls from talented local producers. Taking place outside in the courtyard area, there will be plenty of space to browse through the crafts, photography, jewellery, textiles, bespoke gifts, and food and drink. On the day of the Makers Market Pensthorpe are also offering reduced admission to the park (£9.95 per person, under 3s free) so why not make it a full day out?