January Events in Norfolk

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January may be the middle of winter in Norfolk, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything going on! In this post we will share the best events in Norfolk in January 2023.

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January 2023 Norfolk Events

If you are looking for things to do in Norfolk in January, you have come to the right place. Here you will find events happening in January 2023 in Norfolk. It includes some events that are family-friendly and/or free. Unfortunately, you are no longer able to see the Norwich Tunnel of Light.

Remember there can always be last minute changes, so it’s always a good idea to double-check the details with the organization hosting the event.

*Details for some of the January 2023 events have not been announced. Events with TBC – meaning to be confirmed – next to them means they happened last year but have not been confirmed for this year. I will update the post as the information becomes available.

Winter Wonderland at Norfolk Showground

When: 18 November 2022 – 3 January 2023

This winter extravaganza features an ice skating rink and much more. You can enjoy a whole host of rides, a visit with Father Christmas, and festive food and drinks.

You should book ice skating in advance, it is not included in admission. Ride credits also need to be purchased separately. If you book midweek, you can save £10 on family skating with the code £10-OFF-SKATE or save £2 on individual Skating with £2-OFF-SKATE.

Get more information and book here.

Jack & The Beanstalk Panto at Norwich Theatre Royal

When: 10 December 2022 – 7 January 2023

An all-star cast will take to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage to perform the panto, Jack and the Beanstalk. It’s the story of hero Jack, who swaps his family’s cow for a bag of magic beans and finds himself on a giant adventure. 

You can expect all the traditional pantomime ingredients including energetic songs, a live band, magic, mesmerizing dance routines, slapstick comedy, and plenty of audience participation. The show is perfect for all ages and it’s one of the best things to do in Norwich during Christmas.

Joe Tracini, who played Tommy the Cat in 2021’s Dick Whittington Panto, plays the title role of Jack. Norwich’s favourite panto dame Richard Gauntlett is also back. It also features Amanda Henderson as Pat the Cow and Linda John-Pierre as Fairy Fullobeans.

Prices start at £17.50 for under 18, students, and over 60, while adult tickets start at £19.50. Purchase tickets here.

Read our review of Jack and the Beanstalk here.

Cromer New Year’s Day Fireworks

When: 1 January 2023

The New Year’s Day Fireworks Display in Cromer has been a tradition for more than 20 years. This event raises money to pay for the Cromer Fireworks display each year and for local charities.

As you might expect, the town will be busy so we recommend that you get there early. Don’t worry there are activities starting in the afternoon to keep you entertained. Shops and cafes will also be open.

Get more details here.

Norwich Pops Orchestra New Year’s Day Concert

When: 1 January

Celebrate the New Year with a concert of traditional Viennese favourites at the Halls in Norwich. The tickets start at £13 and under 18s are £5. There is also a small booking fee.

Get more details here.

Masquerade and Mischief Party

When: 6 January

Join Norfolk Steampunk on the Twelfth Day of Christmas at the Hethersett Social Club for a ‘Masquerade and Mischief’ Party. There will be a buffet, music, teapot racing, crafts, and more! Masks and fantasy costumes are encouraged.

Tickets are £5 per person. Get more information here.

World Indoor Bowls Championships

When: 6 – 22 January

The world’s best indoor bowlers descend on the picturesque Norfolk Coast, in the quaint village of Hopton-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth, where the championship takes place at Potters Resort, one of the top luxury hotels by the sea in Norfolk. You can book a World Bowls Break or just purchase day tickets.

Get more information here.

Wedding Show at Dunston Hall

When: 8 January

Start planning your wedding at The Dunston Hall Wedding Show where there will be over 55 local independent wedding specialists (from flowers, cakes, wedding transport, toastmaster to bride and groom attire and more) ready to talk to you about your big day.

Get more information here.

Georgia King’s Big Night Out at The Assembly House!

When: 13 January

Join Georgia King for a special musical evening to raise awareness of a vitally important fundraising appeal. Georgia and her family are trying to raise £70,000 for life-changing brain surgery – not available on the NHS – to will help the 19-year-old live more of a normal life.

She lives with a severe form of Tourette’s Syndrome, a brain condition which is plagued by all-consuming ‘tics’ that can leave her convulsing and needing medical care. But…when she sings, the tics disappear!

You can see her perform at an event sponsored by The Assembly House and held in the beautiful Music Room.

Get your free tickets and more information here.

ABBA Tribute Night

When: 14 January

See the ABBA tribute band perform some of ABBA’s greatest and most memorable hits including Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Take A Chance On Me, SOS, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Knowing Me Knowing You, Money Money Money and many, many more at the Mercure Hotel.

Tickets include a two-course meal. Get more information here.

Veganuary Mela

When: 15 January

Namaste Village in Norwich is hosting an Indian ‘mela’ (carnival) with vegan food stalls and more.

Buy tickets and get more information here.

Disco for Grown Ups

When: 20 January

The Grown Up Disco is back after selling out the last event. It will be a night of dancing to all your favourite 70s, 80s and 90s disco, soul and feel good pop hits plus glow sticks and retro sweets.

Get more information and purchase tickets here.

Faulty Towers Revisited

When: 21 January

A fun night of comedy, music, and food at the Mercure hotel. Basil is not happy when Simon Cowell booked the Hotel for a number of Tribute acts. These tribute acts with Basil, Sybil and Manuel at their very best, will keep you entertained.

You ticket includes a three-course meal and the entertainment. Get more information here.

Creative Wellness at the Forum

When: 21 January

If improving your health is part of your focus for the year, you don’t want to miss this free creative arts exhibition and wellbeing marketplace, created by The Garage’s Creative Wellbeing Group. Expect creative demos, workshops, space for conversations, as well as wellbeing walks at 11:00 and 13:00.

Get more details here.

Mental Health Awareness Evening

When: 23 January

The Norwich City Fans Social Club has put together an mental health mini-conference. It is hosted by Michael Bailey and there will be several special guests and 17 mental health groups as well. Simon Thomas, Darren Eadie, Declan Rudd and Alan Neilson will be offering their own insights.

It’s a FREE event but there will be a raffle which will be raising money for the CSF.

Get more information here.

Walsingham Abbey Snowdrops

When: 23 January – 5 March 2023

Walsingham Abbey is one of the best places to see snowdrops in Norfolk. They reopen on 23 January for their Snowdrop Walks where you can explore the grounds to see these beautiful white flowers, the ruins of the Abbey, the Crypt, Shirehall Museum, and Prison.

Admission is £6 for adults, £2.50 for children 6-16, and free for under 6. Historic Houses members are free. No booking is required, and you must pay by card.

Read our guide to seeing the Walsingham Abbey snowdrops.

Burns Night Celebrations

When: 25 – 29 January

While Burns Night is officially the 25 January, some events are conveniently scheduled for the weekend. Check out our list of the Burns Nights events in Norfolk.

Norwich Job Fair

When: 25 January

There will be more than 40 potential employers at the Forum in Norwich. You can talk to them about their job vacancies and boost your job prospects. It is free to attend.

Get more details here.

Rumble at Epic Studios

When: 27 January

Expect a massive line up with even bigger vibes and the very best sound and production.

Early bird tickets are sold out. General Release tickets are £20.05 including booking fee.

Get the details here.

Hellesdon Light the Night Lantern Trail

When: 27 – 29 January

Households in Hellesdon will display homemade lanterns on their doorstep, windows or driveways combat loneliness and anxiety felt during the dark and cold weather. The tradition started back in 2020.

Get more information here.

Arabian Nights at The Old Post Office

When: 28 January

Enjoy a delicious Lebanese meze by Chef Julia and belly dancing with the fabulous Kay from Dance Egyptian. You can even join in with the dancing if you like (highly encouraged!).

It’s £40 per person and there are dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options.

Get more information here. Book by calling 01379 853308.

80s Party Night

When: 28 January

If you like the 80s, you don’t want to miss this party at the Holiday Inn Norwich North. There will be live DJ sets, giant video screens, retro sweets, a photo booth, red carpet, and retro decor. Wear your fancy dress, and create memories in the photo booth.

Get more information and purchase tickets here.

Thomas Paine Birthday Dinner

When: 29 January

Celebrate the birthday of one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Thomas Paine, at the place of his birth in Thetford. The Thomas Paine Hotel is serving a special 3-course dinner with music from the local band, The Magpies. It’s only £29.99 per person and the dress code is black tie.

Get more information here.

Kinky Boots at Norwich Theatre Royal

When: 31 January – 4 February

After the huge success of the Sound of Music at Norwich Theatre in 2022, this year, the Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society will be performing Kinky Boots. It tells the story of Charlie Price, a young man who inherits a struggling shoe factory and teams with Lola, a cabaret performer, to turn it around with a line of high-heeled boots for drag queens.

Get tickets here. Read our Kinky Boots review to learn more.

Looking Ahead

Check out February Events here.

Check out March Events here.

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