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De­cem­ber 2018

EDP Norfolk - - INSIDE - Pic­ture: Robin Mair

What’s on in Nor­folk in De­cem­ber – plus the panto sea­son is here!

1ST A NOR­FOLK CHRIST­MAS FAYRE

En­joy a Christ­mas fayre, from the cre­ators of the Royal Nor­folk Show, at Nor­wich Cathe­dral. 10am-6pm. rnaa.org.uk

TO 2ND DEEPDALE CHRIST­MAS MAR­KET

More than 130 stalls join the per­ma­nent shops and café for a fes­tive mar­ket. Ar­ti­sans and pro­duc­ers will be in three large mar­quees, a food court and more stalls out­side, in the barn and court­yard and over at St Mary’s, along­side the church’s own fund-rais­ing café. For its 10th an­niver­sary, the mar­ket will be sup­port­ing lo­cal char­i­ties. En­joy the choirs and mu­si­cians – and a Christ­mas jumper flash mob at 2pm on Sun­day. 10am to 5pm each day. deep­dalechrist­mas­mar­ket.co.uk

TO 2ND ART FAIR EAST

The East of Eng­land’s big­gest art event re­turns to Nor­wich from Novem­ber 30 to De­cem­ber 2. More than 200 artists will be show­ing paint­ing, prints, pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture, mixed me­dia and more at St An­drew’s Hall. Artists and or­gan­is­ers Will Teather and Brian Kortel­ing se­lect the ex­hibitors, with new faces this year in­clud­ing Nor­folk’s Lucy Love­heart and her mag­i­cal pic­tures. Ad­mis­sion £3.50, £3 con­ces­sions, ac­com­pa­nied un­der 14s free. art­faireast.com

1ST TO 9TH TREE FES­TI­VAL

Find a for­est of fes­tive trees at St Mary’s Church, Stal­ham, from 10am (mid­day on Sun­days) to 4pm. See trees dec­o­rated by schools, clubs, busi­nesses and groups. Ad­mis­sion free.

TO 30TH END OF PIER END OF YEAR FES­TIV­I­TIES

The Cromer Pier Christ­mas Show fea­tures en­ter­tainer Olly Day with ma­gi­cian and comic Mark James and lots of mu­sic and fes­tive sparkle at the Pavil­ion The­atre. cromer­pier.co.uk

TO 31ST WIN­TER VIS­I­TORS

Pen­sthorpe Nat­u­ral Park has daily flood­lit feeds for birds at 4pm through­out De­cem­ber and Jan­uary. Watch from the warmth of a view­ing gallery as the birds gather in the Wen­sum Val­ley. In­cluded in ad­mis­sion price or £3 for adults and £2 for chil­dren, for flood­lit feed only.

A Win­ter’s Tail, from De­cem­ber 19 to Jan­uary 2 en­cour­ages fam­i­lies to ex­plore Pen­sthorpe’s nat­u­ral habi­tats, learn en­chant­ing sto­ries about an­i­mals that hi­ber­nate, those

that adapt to han­dle the cold, and those that take long and ad­ven­tur­ous jour­neys to warmer climes. In­cludes crafts and a win­ter-in­spired self-guided trail through the re­serve. In­cluded in ad­mis­sion price.

Pen­sthorpe Nat­u­ral Park, near Fak­en­ham, open daily ex­cept Christ­mas Eve, Christ­mas Day and Box­ing Day, 10am-5pm. Adults £11.95, se­niors £10.95, chil­dren £10.95, un­der threes free. 01328 851465 pen­sthorpe.com

1ST, 16TH AND 24TH AD­VENT AND MORE

En­joy an Ad­vent mar­ket and cel­e­bra­tion at Walpole St Peter’s Church on De­cem­ber 1, 2-4.30pm. Stalls, bar­be­cue, and re­fresh­ments – plus Christ­mas tree light­ing and carol singing at 4pm. Free en­try. On Sun­day 16, en­joy car­ols by can­dle­light with mince pies af­ter­wards. The Christ­mas mid­night ser­vice is from 11.30pm on De­cem­ber 24. Walpole St Peter’s Church, Church Road, PE14 7NS.

5TH AND 6TH MU­SIC

Hear sea­sonal and clas­si­cal songs per­formed by Hay­ley Moss and Ben­jamin Lake at Hove­ton St John Church, in aid of church funds, at 7pm both evenings. Tick­ets for the Christ­mas con­certs are £12.50, in­clud­ing mulled wine or a soft drink and fes­tive re­fresh­ments, avail­able from Roger and Sarah Tomkins on 01692 630892.

7TH ON­WARDS ALL SHOOK UP

See 20 por­traits of Elvis tribute acts by Stu­art Pear­son Wright at the Fairhurst Gallery. One of Bri­tain’s most cel­e­brated por­trait painters will fea­ture draw­ings of tribute acts from across the coun­try. Stu­art’s pre­vi­ous sub­jects have in­cluded JK Rowl­ing, the Duke of Ed­in­burgh, John Hurt, Keira Knightly, Alan Rick­man, Ben Wishaw, Sir Ian McKellen, Daniel Rad­cliffe and Sir Michael Gam­bon. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Fe­bru­ary 2, Tues­day to Satur­day, 9.30am-5.30pm. fairhurst­gallery.co.uk

7TH – 16TH MIN­STER TREES

More than 50 trees, dec­o­rated by in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses, schools and groups, will be on show along­side beau­ti­ful crib scenes at Great Yar­mouth Min­ster Christ­mas Tree and Crib Fes­ti­val. 10am- 3pm. Ad­mis­sion adults £2, chil­dren free.

7TH CHRIST­MAS EVENING

En­joy a sea­sonal evening of rhymes, read­ings and car­ols at St Peter and St Paul’s church, Main Road, Filby, 6.30pm for 7pm. Ad­mis­sion £5 adults, £2 chil­dren.

7TH SWING­ING CHRIST­MAS

Hear dance-along in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Win­ter Won­der­land, Baby It’s Cold Out­side, Santa Claus is Com­ing to Town and many more with the band Jazz at The Movies, at The Hoste, Burn­ham Mar­ket. A three-course meal, mu­sic and danc­ing, from 7pm to late, is £55, or £15 for just the mu­sic.

7TH-16TH AND 21ST-23RD SEA­SONAL SNAPE

A cast of 100, a live or­ches­tra and daz­zling cos­tumes and ef­fects are promised as the Co-op Ju­niors per­form The Nutcracker at Snape Malt­ings from De­cem­ber 7-16. The Snape Malt­ings Christ­mas Week­end fea­tures mu­sic for all the fam­ily in­clud­ing Han­del’s Mes­siah, a Christ­mas sing-along of fes­tive hits and Irish folk singer Cara Dil­lon. Christ­mas clas­sic The Snow­man re­turns to the Con­cert Hall – ex­pe­ri­ence the magic on a big screen ac­com­pa­nied by live or­ches­tra. snape­malt­ings.co.uk

8TH TO JAN­UARY 6TH CHRIST­MAS CIR­CUS

Cir­cus per­form­ers from across the world, plus swim­mers and dancers, star in the Hip­po­drome Christ­mas Spec­tac­u­lar Cir­cus in the beau­ti­ful Great Yar­mouth Hip­po­drome. hip­po­drome­cir­cus.co.uk

8TH CAR­OLS

The Fram­ing­ham Earl Singers Christ­mas Con­cert of tra­di­tional car­ols with au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion is at The Cen­tral Bap­tist Church, Duke Street, Nor­wich, from 7.30pm. Tick­ets in­clud­ing fes­tive re­fresh­ments, £10 in ad­vance, £12 on the door, un­der 16s free. fram­ing­hamearlsingers.co.uk

8TH TID­INGS OF JOY

Hear good tid­ings of great joy at the an­nual Christ­mas con­cert at Canaan Chris­tian Cen­tre, Holt Road, Sher­ing­ham at 3pm.

Mar­i­lyn Baker, a blind singer/ song­writer, will lead the con­cert with Tracy Wil­liamson, and their guide and hear­ing dogs. All wel­come, sea­sonal re­fresh­ments.

8TH AND 9TH WELLS WIN­TER MAR­KET

The new Wells Malt­ings will be host­ing a win­ter mar­ket, 10am5pm on Satur­day and 11am-4pm on Sun­day. Stalls at the fes­tive fair will in­clude jew­ellery, wood­work, glass­ware, paint­ings, pot­tery, plants and more from around East An­glia, mulled wine, a band play­ing car­ols and a fair­ground or­gan.

Ad­mis­sion free. Wells Malt­ings, Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea. wells­malt­ings.org.uk

8TH AND 12TH WREATHS AND WALKS

Make a Christ­mas wreath to hang on your door from fresh fo­liage, nat­u­ral wood­land ma­te­ri­als and dried in­gre­di­ents and rib­bons. The work­shops at Fairhaven Wood­land and Wa­ter Gar­den, run from 10am to noon and 1.30-3.30pm on De­cem­ber 8 and 10am to noon on De­cem­ber 12. All ma­te­ri­als sup­plied – bring se­ca­teurs and an apron.

£25 per per­son (£20 mem­bers) in­clud­ing fes­tive re­fresh­ments. Book­ing es­sen­tial. On Box­ing Day take a guided walk around the gar­dens, 11am to 12.30pm. Learn about the his­tory of Fairhaven, its plants and or­ganic work­ing meth­ods. Tick­ets: adult £6.85, con­ces­sions £6.60, chil­dren £3.95, un­der 5s free. Fairhaven Wood­land and Wa­ter Gar­den, School Road, South Wal­sham NR13 6DZ. 01603 270449 or at fairhaven­gar­den.co.uk.

8TH OR­CHES­TRATED TAXIS

Hear the Nor­wich Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra per­form mu­sic by Amer­i­can com­posers in­clud­ing Bern­stein and Ger­shin - fin­ish­ing with Gersh­win’s An Amer­i­can in Paris, com­plete with taxi horns in the cor­rect key.

St An­drew’s Hall, Nor­wich, 7.30pm. nor­wich­phil.org.uk

9TH TRUE STO­RIES LIVE

Spe­cial guests Nina Nan­nar of ITV News, and He­len Line­han, cre­ator of BBC hit Moth­er­land, will join the line-up of peo­ple telling per­sonal sto­ries on the theme of ‘he­roes.’ Hear true sto­ries for a cold win­ter’s night hosted by poet and per­former Molly Naylor. Sto­ries at the monthly evenings range from heart-warm­ing to re­veal­ing, and funny to sad.

11TH TO 15TH DREAM­ING OF A WHITE CHRIST­MAS

White Christ­mas the Mu­si­cal is based on the movie, and fea­tures 17 Irv­ing Ber­lin songs. Fak­en­ham and Dis­trict Light Op­er­atic ABOVE: Molly Naylor So­ci­ety will be per­form­ing this heart­warm­ing mu­si­cal. Fak­en­ham Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. fad­los.co.uk

13TH CAR­OLS FOR THE WORK­ERS

A short lunch-break carol ser­vice at St An­drew’s Church, Nor­wich, next to Cin­ema City, be­gins at 1.05pm and fin­ishes with mince pies, sausage rolls and other re­fresh­ments.

Ad­mis­sion and re­fresh­ments free. stan­drews­nor­wich.org/ events

13TH - 16TH ITAL­IAN FES­TIVE CIR­CUS

See an Ital­ian Christ­mas tra­di­tion as Lost in Trans­la­tion Cir­cus brings The Baron in the Trees – a Christ­mas Cir­cus Spec­tac­u­lar to Nor­wich. In­spired by an Ital­ian chil­dren’s book, the show will fea­ture high fly­ing aerial stunts, amaz­ing ac­ro­bat­ics, slap­stick po­etry, jug­gling and live mu­sic. The Oak Cir­cus Cen­tre, Nor­wich, 6.30pm daily. Tick­ets £10 adults, £6 chil­dren, £28 fam­ily. theoak­cir­cus­cen­tre.org

18TH FAM­ILY CLAS­SICS

Nor­wich Phil­har­monic’s fam­ily Christ­mas con­cert prom­ises a light-hearted evening of sea­sonal favourites. St An­drew’s Hall, Nor­wich, 7.30pm. nor­wich­phil.org.uk

19TH R&B

Hear Alexan­der O’Neal at the Water­front, Nor­wich. The soul and rhythm and blues singer, whose ca­reer in­cludes work­ing with Prince and hav­ing sev­eral top 10 sin­gles, has fans around the world and across the decades. 01603 508050. the­wa­ter­front.tick­etabc.com

19TH - 20TH ST MARY CHRIST­MAS

Start the Christ­mas week with a con­cert by can­dle­light of choral and pop­u­lar Christ­mas songs – plus sur­prises.

Each of the St Mary’s Singers Christ­mas Carol Con­certs starts at 7.30pm. Ad­mis­sion £6 in­cludes mulled wine and mince pie. St Mary the Vir­gin church, The Street, Hemsby.

20TH MAKE ME SMILE

Hear Steve Har­ley and Cock­ney rebel at Open. The show will be packed with hits

such as Mr Raf­fles, Here Comes The Sun, Se­bas­tian and Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) - one of the most-played sin­gles in British ra­dio his­tory. Har­ley will also pick a mix of tracks from his long ca­reer, plus a se­lec­tion from re­cent al­bums. Tick­ets £27.50 ad­vance, 7pm. 01603 763111. open­nor­wich. org.uk

Pic­ture: Pen­sthorpe Nat­u­ral Park

ABOVE: Win­ter bird feed­ing at Pen­sthorpe

by Lucy Love­heart

BE­LOW:Nor­folk Trea­sures

by Stu­art Pear­son Wright

ABOVE:Elvis

by Fern Car­pen­ter

BE­LOW:Baron in the Trees

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