From rural shows to art, what’s on in August
1st-6th SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Ten Norfolk artists will be showcasing their work at Wymondham Arts Centre in an exhibition called ‘Something for Everyone’. The clue’s in the name – hopefully you’ll find something pleasing to your eye. Tuesday to Saturday open 10am to 5pm, Sunday open 12noon to 5pm Admission is free www.wymondhamarts.org
3rd-28th LEFEVER EXHIBITION
Norwich 20 Group member Geoffery Lefever is holding an exhibition of abstract art called ‘Ash on an Old Man’s Sleeve’ at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral throughout August. www.geofferylever.com www.catherdral.org.uk
4th-13th WASH WEEK
Wash Week is a series of events around the Wash and north Norfolk coast which includes family activities, guided walks, boat trips, informative talks in historic places around coastal Norfolk and Lincolnshire and much more. Immerse yourself in this extraordinary part of the Great British coastline. www.norfolkcoastaonb.org.uk
6th THE BIG BUG HUNT
Join in at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, for a fun family event with ‘Bugsbirdsbeasts’. Spend the day searching for all the creepy crawlies that love to make this beautiful place their home. Garden entry: adult £6.75, concessions £6.15, children over 5 £3.85. bug hunt additional £2 per child. www.fairhavengarden.co.uk
6th WAYLAND SHOW
One of the oldest one-day agricultural shows in the country, Wayland is a great day out for all the family. The wellattended livestock competitions, which have increased in size every year, are aways popular, while the equestrian-minded can admire everything from miniature ponies to shire horses There are plenty of food outlets around the showground, a new family fun dog show, vintage tractors and classic cars. Wellbehaved dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads. www.waylandshow.com
8th-12th PATCHETT’S PASTELS
Renowned pastel artist John Patchett is at The Forum, Norwich, for ‘Drawn by the Light’, a show of his acclaimed work. His pastel paintings cover a wide range of subject matter, including East Anglian and French landscapes, cityscapes, Broadland scenes, gardens, sun-lit markets, street cafes, marine and coastal locations. Admission free.
11th-14th SUMMER EXHIBITION
EastCoastArtz Summer exhibition will be taking place at St Margaret’s church, Thorpe Market. Featuring nine local artists, refreshments will be available throughout the event, open 10am to 5pm. Free entry and parking. www.dioceseofnorwich.org
12th FRENCH FAIR
The people of Great Bircham are staging a French Fair to help raise funds to repair their local church, which has become riddled with dry rot. The church and surrounding area will be transformed into a bustling French market, with food and drink stalls, activities for the children, and musical performances, along side a range of other stalls. Open 11am to 4pm, admission and parking is free. For details 01485 576134
13th VIKINGS DAY
Take a trip to the Museum of the Broads in Stalham this month and you may come across some rather unusual characters as Vikings Day takes over the museum. Visitors are invited to dress up in costumes to emulate the Vikings living in the area in the 9th century. There will be plenty of activities and fun for all the family including discovering battle dress, shields and weaponry and you can ride on the steam boat Falcon for a unique river trip (£3.50 and £2.50). www.museumofthebroads.co.uk
18th TWELFTH NIGHT
Professional theatre company Rain or Shine, hailed by The Stage as ‘one of the best companies touring open air theatre’ are set to delight family audiences this summer with their production of Shakespeare’s hilarious cross-dressing comedy Twelfth
Night at Mannington Gardens, near Saxthorpe. Audiences are requested to bring lowbacked seating or rugs to maximise their enjoyment of the al fresco performance. Performance begins at 7pm, Tickets from Mannington Hall 01263 584175, or from Rain or Shine 0330 660 0541 or online from www.rainorshine.co.uk
19th FAKE FESTIVAL
The UK’s only touring tribute festival is back and celebrating its 11th year this summer, including an event in Thetford. The party starts at Melford Common from midday, with three world-class tribute acts and five local support bands providing the warm-up to get you in the party mood. Tickets available online www.fakefestivals.co.uk
20th SUMMER FAIR AT WOLTERTON
This celebration of beautiful Norfolk, at the gorgeous Wolterton Hall and park, will be a fun-filled family day out including lots of delicious artisan Norfolk food and drink, a Woodforde’s beer tent, vintage-themed tea tent from the The Norfolk Tea Stop, great live music, beautiful local arts, crafts and artisan makers, country-focused local businesses and plenty of fun activities for children, including minimonsters, scarecrow fancy dress competition, with great prizes, Splat the Rat and much more. Entry is free for CPRE memebers, under 18s and anyone arriving in a classic car. Others pay £2.50. Event is open 10am to 4pm.
FURRY FAMILY FUN
Wells Community Hospital Trust is a charity that provides a wide range of flexible and integrated health and wellbeing services for the community. It will be holding a dog show and family fun day at Creake Abbey to raise funds for the trust. There are lots of fun classes for your dog to enter together with a huge array of children’s activities as well as various craft stalls and trade stands, plus all the facilities at Creake Abbey including shops, food hall and café. Gates open 10am for registration. Entry £4 per person (under 12s go free) and free car parking available.
GET JIGGE IN THE GARDEN
Folk and early music duo Chanter’s Jigge will be in the garden at The Blickling Estate from 1-3pm. Get your feet tapping with songs, ayres, jigs and jollies from around Europe and across the centuries, played and sung with ancient, traditional and modern instruments. www.chantersjigge.co.uk
ART NORFOLK 17
With their first exhibition at the beautiful venue of Blickling Hall, the group Art Norfolk 17 will be exhibiting the work of nine local artists, who have come together to offer a wide variety of paintings, drawings, collages, glass work and sculpture. Open 10am to 5.30pm Booking is not necessary although entry to the house will be required.
11th-12th CLASSIC BLICKLING NIGHTS
Mid Norfolk Singers, winners of the inaugural Great British Prom Choir Competition, will join the star-packed line up at Blickling Estate this summer and perform Jerusalem live in front of thousands of classical concert goers at the Great British Prom on August 12. Based in Dereham, The Mid-Norfolk Singers were established in 1946 as an educational evening class. Jane Fannon, chair of the singers, said: “We feel honoured and excited to be singing at this splendid event!” They join Only Men Aloud, conductor Anthony Inglis, soprano Annette Wardell and the National Symphony Orchestra for the big night. Meanwhile tickets for the Classic Ibiza event, featuring The Urban Soul Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Hussey, with DJ Goldierocks and vocalists Max Barnes-Davy, Jina Burrows and Roo Savill, which is on the night before, are selling out fast. www.greatbritishprom.co.uk www.classicibiza.co.uk 01630 674342
Taking place at Brancaster Staithe and Deepdale Village Hall this month is a solo exhibition by local artist Jill Ilett, featuring landscapes and still life paintings. Open from 10am to 5pm, admission is free. Contact 01485 545798 for more details
Shouldham Church is holding a flower festival over the bank holiday weekend, with refreshments, raffles, and bric-a-brac stalls. All profits will go towards church funds.
CAISTER ART GROUP
Caister Art Group is holding its annual art exhibition on August bank holiday at Caister Holy Trinity Church. The group shares the day with the church’s summer fete. Art group members are donating prizes for the tombola with all proceeds going to church funds. The Primrose Shield themes this year are ‘Scenes of Flatford Mill’ and ‘People Watching’ which were chosen by last year’s winners. The public vote throughout the day for their favourite painting from this separate exhibition and the winner is announced at the next group meeting.
The Aylsham Show has been entertaining visitors for over 70 years with a traditional event on August Bank Holiday Monday. Visitors will find something for all tastes, from animal exhibitors and competitions to wonderful displays in the main ring. Sideshows such as classic cars, the starting handle club (for classic engines) and many more offer much to keep visitors entertained. www.theaylshamshow.co.uk
Above: The Falcon steam boat at the Museum of the Broads
Below: The gorgeous Wolterton Hall and Park
Right: Dappled Shadows – Norwich Market. John Patchett is at The Forum for ‘Drawn by the Light’, a show of his acclaimed work
Below: An avocet walking along the shore on Snettisham beach
Above: Geoffrey Lefever in his studio
Above: Mid-Norfolk Singers
Right: artwork by local artist Jill Ilett