From an outdoor performance of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays to a street food market, there is plenty to do in Norfolk this weekend.


Witches in The HandleBards’ Macbeth – Kathryn Perkins, Natalie Simone and Jenny Smith (LR)
– Credit: Tom Dixon

1. What: Macbeth

Where: In outdoor locations across the UK

When: In East Anglia through June 23, including Pensthorpe Nature Park on June 12 and North Lodge Park in Cromer on June 13, all shows start at 7 p.m.

Cost: £ 10 to £ 18, with some venues offering free tickets for under 10s with a paying adult (these tickets still need to be booked online), handlebards.com/tickets

The HandleBards are touring the UK with Macbeth this summer, with shows in East Anglia through June 23.

Members of the all-female company pack the Scottish piece on their bikes and take it to outdoor venues, making it the most eco-friendly Shakespearean theater company.

The show, which is suitable for ages eight and up, will be performed on a wooden stage, which moves in an electric van, with socially remote headquarters and audiences can expect a wacky production on bicycles.


Junkyard Market will be present in 10 locations in the UK by the end of June.

Junkyard Market outside St Mary’s Works in Norwich.
– Credit: Chris Harvey

2. What: Junkyard Market

Where: Parking outside St Mary’s Works (next to Duke Street), Norwich, NR3 1QA

When: Friday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: pre-book a slot on junkyardmarket.co.uk, refundable deposits from £ 10 to £ 30 depending on the number of people

The popular Junkyard Market street food event returned in April, after sold-out events last summer and over Christmas, and it was recently cleared to stay in place for a year.

At the event, there is a mix of local food vendors and those from further afield and all orders are made on the app.

The market also has bars inside shipping containers, with drinks including cocktails and fruity beers from London-based craft brewer Jubel, and refundable deposits have been introduced this time around to avoid no-shows.


Put on your shorts!  is the first performance to take place at the Sewell Barn Theater in Norwich since last February.

Put on your shorts! is the first performance to take place at the Sewell Barn Theater in Norwich since last February, pictured Aura Guha and Ralph Yarrow.
– Credit: Sean Owen / Sewell Barn Theater

3. What: Put on your shorts!

Where: Sewell Barn Theater, Constitution Hill, Norwich, NR3 4BB

When: Until June 12 at 7:30 p.m. and an additional morning at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday

Price: £ 10, £ 11 with soft drink or £ 14 with alcoholic drink, ticketsource.co.uk/sewellbarn

This is the first on-site production since last February and it will feature local writers and actors in ten short films, which were initially developed and rehearsed online.

Each original piece will have up to three actors and its style ranges from surreal comedy to poignant introspection.

Covid-secured arrangements include online booking only, on-site refreshments, and social distancing between groups.


All Saints Church, Hemblington.

All Saints Church, Hemblington.
– Credit: contributed

4. What: Butterflies of Norfolk Talk

Where: All Saints Church, Hemblington, NR13 4EF

When: June 12, 12:30 p.m.

No cost

Author and local naturalist David Bryant will be giving a free in-church picture of butterflies as part of Hemblington Nature Watch Week, which ends June 13.

People are also encouraged to come early between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. to help identify and record any wildlife they see around the cemetery.

For more information visit hemblingtonchurch.org.uk


Laura's Cakes and Cupcakes participates in the Watlington Garage Sale.

Laura’s Cakes and Cupcakes participates in the Watlington Garage Sale.
– Credit: Laura’s Cakes and Cupcakes Facebook page

5. What: Watlington Garage Sale

Where: Various locations, parking suggested at Watlington Village Hall (Church Road, PE33 0HE)

When: June 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: £ 5 to get your place on the map (email [email protected]), free tour

So far, more than 50 homes have registered for the Watlington Garage Sale, which supports the local preschool and you can pick up cards there the same day (22 Rectory Lane, PE33 0HU).

This includes the home of local business Laura’s Cakes and Cupcakes with many delicious treats you can also pre-order on the Facebook page.

Make sure you follow social distancing rules when visiting homes.


Gennadiy Ivanov's Transitions exhibition opens this weekend in Norwich.

Gennadiy Ivanov’s Transitions exhibition opens this weekend in Norwich.
– Credit: contributed

6. What: Transitions Exhibition

Where: Undercroft Gallery, 112-113 Market Place, Norwich, NR2 1NE

When: June 12 to 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

No cost

Transitions is a new exhibition by Gennadiy Ivanov on climate change, which features works by him and three other artists: Helen Wells, Deanna Tyson and Andy Hornett.

There are over 60 paintings, with a few installations and performances as well, and it’s an art-science project in which Professors Trevor Davies and John Pomeroy also participated.

The couple just returned from a research trip to Canada and were joined by Mr. Ivanov who was able to produce paintings in the field.

For more information on Mr. Ivanov’s work and the exhibition, visit gennadiyart.weebly.com


This weekend is your last chance to see Pirates Live!  at the hippodrome circus.

This weekend is your last chance to see Pirates Live! at the hippodrome circus.
– Credit: Hippodrome Circus

7. What: The pirates live!

Where: Hippodrome Circus, St George’s Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EU

When: Until June 13, various times

Cost: Adults: £ 20 to £ 25, Discounted rates: £ 19 to £ 22, Children: £ 14 to £ 15, call 01493 738877 to book and see full details on hippodromecircus.co.uk

Join Captain Jack Hawkseye and Pirate Johnny, played by family favorites Jack Jay and Johnny Mac, as they defend the harbor of Great Yarmouth from the evil Captain Blackeye, played by James Franklin, and his band of slaughtered buccaneers .

They are joined by an incredible array of swashbuckling circus performers, harbor dancers and mysterious mermaids emerging from the racecourse’s historic aquatic spectacular.

The show is presented to a socially remote audience, with half of the building consumed by the immersive pirate theme and setting, including a 40-foot pirate galleon.



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