The East of England is awash with a wide range of festivals, exhibitions, theatre productions and art installations this October, with an emphasis on ensuring boredom is not an option this half-term.
From our very own Scream Time campaign, which aims to get you off your screens and into the region’s theatres and museums, to the Norwich Science Festival which is drawing some of the biggest names in science to the Norfolk capital, there’s genuinely something for everyone this October.
Are your kids getting enough scream time?
This October half-term Visit East of England has pulled together a thrilling range of activities and productions across Norfolk and Suffolk that we hope will get kids (and adults) off their screens and into the region’s leading theatres and museums… and what’s more, the more you see the more you’ll get…
If you go down to the woods today…
Developed as part of Forestry England’s centenary celebrations, Future Forest is a dramatic sculptural installation of colourful life-size figures installed across the High Lodge area of Thetford Forest, Suffolk. The youthful figures are presented as custodians of the forest, tasked with protecting it for the next 100 years and beyond.
Going for Goldsmiths
The Norfolk & Norwich Festival of Architecture 2019 is staging a wide range of site-specific events across the region throughout October and November. Earlier this week, Norwich’s Goldsmith housing project landed the prestigious nationwide RIBA Stirling Architecture prize and you can see what wowed the judges by taking a tour of the groundbreaking eco-estate on 24 November.
The appliance of science
Norwich Science Festival returns for October half-term with nine days of city-wide exhibitions, shows and hands-on activities for all ages and all levels of knowledge. Highlights include Reasons for Hope: an evening with ethologist, conservationist and chimpanzee champion Dr Jane Goodall – and My Perfect World: a frank discussion about the links between social media and mental health.
Baby loves to boogie
As one of the UK’s leading dance performance spaces and enablers of excellence in all things movement, it’s no surprise that DanceEast starts them young. So much so, that on the 27 October they’re hosting a baby friendly disco with craft activities, storytelling, face painting and more at their purpose-built dance house on the Ipswich Waterfront. Suitable for under fives and their families.
Head to Yarmouth for Young @ Arts
Young @ Arts is a free arts festival for young people aged 11-19, which takes place across Great Yarmouth on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 October. Visitors are given the opportunity to experience the arts and creative industries and try out something new and exciting. The free workshops include music production, filmmaking and even Bollywood dancing.
Family Opera: Peace at Last
Thanks to the inclusive and creative programming of venues such as Suffolk’s Snape Maltings, opera is no longer just the preserve of the privileged. So much so, that on Saturday 26 October Snape is staging an operatic rendering of Jill Murphy’s best selling picture book, Peace at Last, for children aged 3 to 5.
When strong women of science runaway to the circus
StrongWomen Science is the brainchild of two scientists turned circus performers, who reveal and explain the scientific basis of their show-stopping tricks. Want to know how to balance a chair on your chin or how circus performers eat fire? Then make a beeline to Ipswich Museum on 23 and 24 October.
Getting it right at the National Centre for Writing
Where better to hone one’s creative writing skills than the National Centre for Writing in Norwich’s medieval Dragon Hall? Poet and theatre maker Hannah Jane Walker is hosting a series of half-term courses at the leading literary facility for 11-13 year-olds to find their writing voices and 14-17 year olds to become confident writers.
A powerful pizza theatre
The seemingly invisible faces behind a pizza shop counter reveal how they’ve crossed continents and survived conflict zones, all to find themselves in the UK spinning dough for a few large margheritas. Authentic and celebratory theatre from Phosphoros, one of the UK’s leading refugee theatre companies, performing on Friday 25 October only, as part of the Norwich Theatre Royal’s Creative Matters season.
Are we all we’re cracked up to be? Discuss…
As part of the Norwich Science Festival, author and host of BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science Adam Rutherford explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not: we are not the only species that communicates, makes tools, utilises fire, or has sex for reasons other than procreation. All will be revealed at the Norwich Playhouse on Tuesday 22 October.
Born to be wild
Wild Boy is the true story of a feral child, found in the woods of Hanover, Germany in 1726, who was taken in by the court of King George I, named Peter and kept as a pet. After the king grew bored of the child, Peter was lost to history. That is, until a fire broke out in Norwich prison. Live music, movement and puppetry tell the mysterious tale on Friday 1 November at the Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich.