2ND TO 16TH LOVE LITERATURE For 25 years, the spring literary festival has welcomed some of the world’s finest writers and thinkers to the UEA – and this year is no different. Don’t miss three great female writers - Madeline Miller, on May 2, Christine Watson, on May 9, and Emma Healey, on May 16.
Tickets £9 adults/£5 students. 7pm – 8pm, in Lecture Theatre 1, followed by a signing. www.uea.ac.uk/litfest 2ND – 17TH NATURE Pensthorpe Natural Park has launched a series of events for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts of all ages to commemorate its 30th anniversary.
From expert guided walks and tutored bird identification to tours of the reserve at sunrise and sunset, the aim is to lift the lid on the wonders of natural world in the Wensum Valley. For a programme of events, see pensthorpe.com 5TH BORDER TALES Award winning dance company Protein, brings Border Tales to the Norwich Playhouse - a satirical and poignant look at multicultural life in Britain. Conceived and Directed by Luca Silvestrini, the stage show combines the performers’ own experiences, fusing speech and dance in a funny and all-toofamiliar look at stereotypes and clichés. 7.30pm, tickets £14. norwichplayhouse.co.uk 5TH AHOY! The fifth Horning Boat Show features more than 100 exhibitors, showcasing luxury cruisers, sailing boats, yachts, launches and all things marine related.
The charity event also features fashions shows, a food and drink court, classic cars and family entertainment on the riverside and around the village. 10am to 5pm. Free entry. Parking free at BeWilderwood with a shuttle bus to the show. horningboatshow.co.uk 6TH FAMILY DOG SHOW The Chet carnival and community group is running a Fun Dog show between 11.30am and 5.30pm at the Jubilee hall playing fields in Loddon to raise funds for the Scarecrow festival and carnival on June 16. Entry forms for your dog are available from Rosy Lee’s tea rooms in Loddon and you can find out more about the event by calling 01508 766585 or e mailing [email protected] 10TH AND 11TH REV ‘EM UP If you love classic vehicles and
supercars of all vintages and styles, head to The Hoste in Burnham Market. The event is always a real spectacle, last year more than 40 vehicles worth more than £15m were on show at the rally with owners happy to chat and show off their fabulous cars. thehoste.com 12TH CHARITY MUSIC Grace Jude concerts present Music in May at St. David’s Church, Thorpe End in aid of The Lymphoma Association and The Church in The Plumsteads. They will perform a variety of music and song from Finzi, Reid and Burgmuller to Gershwin and Cole Porter. 7.30pm, tickets £10 (including refreshments). Tickets 01508 492308/01603 300093 or on the door. 12TH AND 13TH DINO-MITE ADVENTURE If your kids love dinosaurs – don’t miss this exciting interactive show at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange featuring an astonishing cast of remarkably life like prehistoric creatures. Dinosaur World will lead young explorers on adventures to uncharted territories. 11am and 2pm daily. Tickets £10 - £14. kingslynncornexchange.co.uk, 01553 764864. 19TH - 20TH CROMER CRAB AND LOBSTER FESTIVAL This is a lively weekend celebration; now in it’s 9th year it has become a major fixture on the Cromer calendar drawing many thousands of visitors to the town in a feast of fun, food, art, heritage and entertainment celebrating local links with the sea. There is a new fringe event on May 19: a gardening festival in North Lodge Park in Cromer. During the day there will be garden-themed events for all from experienced to young gardeners, with a range of related stalls selling a range of plants and other products for the garden. For more information email [email protected] org.uk or visit the website at northlodgepark.org.uk. 19TH POLITICAL HISTORY Spark your passion for history at the UEA’s Political Activism in the Past event at The Forum in Norwich. A programme of invigorating and thoughtprovoking lectures from worldrenowned academics will look at the impact of political activism from the medieval period onwards. All welcome, free entry. 9.45am5pm. uea.ac.uk/history/newsand-events 19TH MILITARY MAGIC To celebrate both the centenary of the birth of the Royal Air Force and 100 years since the opening of the former RAF station at Bircham Newton, a special Veterans’ Day will bring together all the former servicemen who served or trained at the flying station over the years, along with their families. The RAF Heritage Centre at Bircham Newton will be open for guided tours, illustrated talks and exhibitions, with military vehicles and large-scale model aircraft on display. Refreshments will be available and a short flypast is planned. From 1pm, entrance and car parking free. www.rafbnmp.org 20TH BULLSEYE! If you love your arrows – don’t miss the classic darts break at Potters Resort, Hopton. Darts’ stars Keith Deller, Steve Brown, Colin Lloyd and 16 time world champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor bring all the showmanship,
razzmatazz and anecdotes from the professional darts tour to the east coast.
£139 per person, includes one nights accommodation, dinner with selected wines, midnight dish, breakfast and entertainment. pottersholidays.com 22ND TO 26TH ‘ALLO ‘ALLO The Sheringham Little Theatre Drama Society makes its debut with classic wartime comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo. The performances from the new theatre group will raise money to fund improvements at the popular seaside venue. Tickets £12, under 16s £8. 01263 822347 or sheringhamlittletheatre.com 23RD BOOKS Join crime writer Harry Brett at Jarrold for the launch of his new book Red Hot Front. You might recognise Harry as Henry Sutton, an established writer in his own right and director of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at UEA. 6pm. Tickets £5, including a glass of wine. Jarrold.co.uk 24TH ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Do you have an old family heirloom you long to learn more about? Now is your chance. BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow is heading to Cromer Pier for its latest series and anyone is welcome to have their antique looked at by its team of experts. You might have to queue, but it will be worth the wait – you might even get on the television. 9.30am – 4.30pm. bbc.co.uk/ programmes or cromerpier. co.uk 26TH RAINBOW GARDENS Members of the LGBT community and their friends and family are invited to the Stody Big Gay Out, to explore the stunning gardens and woodland and discover a few surprises along the way. The event at Stody Lodge Gardens, near Briston, has been organised in association with Norwich Pride, who will be serving delicious rainbow cakes on the day. The proceeds of the event will go to Norwich’s 10th anniversary Pride event on July 28.
Everyone is welcome; £6, children under 12 free. stodylodgegardens.co.uk. 26TH GARDENER’S DELIGHT Plant Lovers’ Day at Creake Abbey brings together specialist plant and tree nurseries from across the region showcasing everything from perennials, shrubs and climbers to vegetables, exotics and unusual fruiting and nut trees, producing everything from olives, walnuts and almonds to damson, cherry, fig, mulberry and Mirabelle. Creake Abbey’s café and shops will also be open. Now in its 11th year, it has raised thousands of pounds for Wells Community Hospital Trust. Entrance, £4 adults, under 16s free. 10am – 4pm. creakeabbey. co.uk 27TH AND 28TH OPEN GARDEN Dersingham’s gardeners and artists are joining forces for the village’s annual Open Gardens and Art Trail. Explore show gardens, pop into art studios and chat to artists and sample lunch and cream tea in St Nicholas Church. The fundraising event opens each day from 11am to 5pm. £4 in advance, £5 on the day, under 16s free. dersinghamopengardens.co.uk/ dersinghamarttrail.org 27TH AND 28TH HOVETON COUNTY FAIR From falconry, archery, clay pigeon shooting and soldier re-enactment displays to story telling, vintage games, arts and crafts and a fun dog show – the annual Country Fair at Hoveton Hall Gardens has something for the whole family to enjoy. £7.50 adults, £4 under 16s (under 4s free). hovetonhallestate.co.uk. 28TH MOODY MUSIC Singer songwriter Justin Hayward brings his ‘In Concert’ tour to Norwich, performing solo hits, such as worldwide smash
Forever Autumn, and a collection of songs from his time with the Moody Blues. The driving force behind the legendary band, he penned classics such as Nights in White Satin and Your Wildest Dreams. Norwich Theatre Royal, tickets £38.50, theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
A Black-winged Stilt at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve ABOVE:
The wherry Hathor on the Norfolk Broads RIGHT:
ABOVE: The Hoste classic cars rally.
The gardens at Stody Lodge in full bloom ABOVE: