Secret Norfolk: What’s on in 2018

Secret Norfolk: Life in a Fine County

By Nicole Ranaweera

 A New Year and a New You is the most typical way to start January, but perhaps this year you might want take on the old Norfolk adage and ‘Do Different’ for 2018?

NNF18 ® Chris Nash

With new and exciting experiences waiting right here on your doorstep, take a look at my top five picks for 2018 that are just that little bit different:

  1. Pop along to manipulate at Norwich Puppet Theatre 


Running from 27 January – 9 February, this annual festival, hosted in conjunction with Puppet Animation Scotland, is one for the adults only! Renowned puppeteer Steve Motram will be putting on a show and there will be a puppet making workshop from John Roberts. Delve into a captivating world of beauty, the surreal and the unexpected inside a converted medieval church…this is certainly not something you’ll see every day!

  1. Enjoy a Lotus Driving Experience at Hethel Headquarters

Unleash your inner speed demon and drive in the slipstream of champions with the Scare Yourself Sensible course. Unique to Norfolk, you will not only enjoy a comprehensive tour of the Lotus production facility, including a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look, but will also discover just why the driving public become smitten once they venture behind the wheel of a pure-bred Lotus sports car.

  1. Book yourself tickets to this year’s Norfolk & Norwich Festival, 11 – 27 May 2018

NNF18; Wayfaring ®Nick Read

With 17 days of unmissable performance, music, literature, art and free events, the largest international arts festival in the East of England is not one to miss! Annually the Festival includes world premières and shows that open here in Norwich before anywhere else. Tickets to some events are available now, but the full programme will be announced shortly.

  1. Learn to cook with the Richard Hughes Cookery School

This year, the Richard Hughes Cookery School will be welcoming guest chefs to join Richard in the kitchen. Along others, you could be taught by: pastry supremo Mark Mitson, Kate Barmby from the 2016 Great British Bake Off or master chocolatier Julia Hetherton. There’s sure to be something that will tickle your tastebuds so take a look at their calendar of events today!

  1. Explore Norwich with the GoGo Hares sculpture trail, 24 June to 8 September 2018

Norwich loves its outdoor art and for 2018 there will be 50 sculptures dotted around the city to find. Plus, for the first time, you can also enjoy the moongazer trail across the county taking in the beautiful Norfolk countryside and coast line. Explore parts of Norwich and Norfolk you’ve never seen whilst supporting this fantastic charity art trail.

Keep up to date with events in Norfolk this winter, and join our Facebook group: What’s On in Norfolk with Eastlife:

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