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Here are five June high­lights

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GLO­RI­OUS GAR­DENS

HOE, GAY­TON, ELSING, JUNE 2, 16

Some of Nor­folk’s loveli­est gar­dens will be open in aid of St John Am­bu­lance this month. On Sun­day June 2, the grounds of Hoe Hall, next to the church in Hoe, near Dere­ham, will be open. A spec­tac­u­lar wis­te­ria walk runs the full length of the walled gar­den and there are also lovely views over park­land, herba­ceous borders and rose parterre.

On Sun­day June 16 the gar­dens of Gay­ton Hall in­clude more than two miles of paths ram­bling be­tween lawns and the lake with bridges lead­ing over streams and into beau­ti­ful wood­land. See water­side beds, un­usual trees and shrubs and for­mal flower borders.

On Sun­day June 30 see the gar­dens at moated manor house Elsing Hall, near Dere­ham. The hall dates back to about 1470 and is set in a small park. Elsing is renowned for its abun­dance of old English roses grow­ing up the house and through the gar­dens, plus its unique av­enue of gingko trees, for­mal gar­dens and a lake with a view­ing mound.

Gar­dens open 12-5. En­trance £5, chil­dren free. open­stjohn­gar­dens.wee­bly.com

FES­TI­VAL

GREAT YAR­MOUTH, JUNE 6-16 The fes­ti­val re­turns for its sixth year with street fun, art, mu­sic, drama and more. From clas­si­cal mu­sic in the Min­ster to pop and cir­cus, the fes­ti­val in­cludes the Car­ni­val Pa­rade from the Vene­tian Wa­ter­ways to St Ge­orge’s Theatre on June 8 and the Festa Fi­esta of street theatre on York Road. great­yarmouthar­ts­fes­ti­val. co.uk

A THOU­SAND YEARS

ST BENET’S ABBEY, JUNE 9 AND 13-15

In 1019 King Canute (he of the tides) gave land for an abbey to a group of monks. A thou­sand years on, parts of St Benet’s Abbey still stand on the banks of the Bure – and it is one of the most beau­ti­ful and at­mo­spheric sites on the Broads. The an­niver­sary is be­ing cel­e­brated all sum­mer with drama, art and talks, in a project de­vised by the Friends of St Benet’s Abbey and sup­ported by the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund.

The com­mu­nity play A Time to Gather Stones will be per­formed twice on June 9 be­gin­ning at St Benet’s Green, Horn­ing, and con­tin­u­ing to St Benet’s Abbey. Tick­ets £10 in­clud­ing a re­turn Mis­sis­sippi River­boat trip, from Eventbrite.co.uk There are also free per­for­mances in Lud­ham, Horn­ing and Neatishead on June 13, 14 and 15.

ROSE GAR­DENS

MANNINGTON, JUNE 20

See Mannington’s renowned her­itage rose gar­den at its best as you wan­der through the beau­ti­ful gar­dens of the es­tate. More than 1,000 va­ri­eties of roses are planted ac­cord­ing to their date of ori­gin in the gar­dens. See, and smell, gor­geous blooms at their breath­tak­ing best. Mannington Es­tate Na­tional Gar­den Scheme open evening, 6-8.30pm. £8 adults, chil­dren free. Re­fresh­ments and plant sales. man­ning­ton­gar­dens.co.uk

ROYAL NOR­FOLK SHOW

NOR­WICH, JUNE 26-27 Cel­e­brate all that is fabulous about Nor­folk, from farm­ing and coun­try­side tra­di­tions to gardening and food. Plus there is fash­ion, cook­ery, ed­u­ca­tion, art, con­ser­va­tion and thrilling en­ter­tain­ment in the grand ring. From big beast farm ma­chin­ery and some of the largest cat­tle in the land to rare breeds and world class show-jump­ing, the farm­ing, live­stock and equine pro­gramme will be packed as ever. There is also Nor­folk’s big­gest food and drink ex­pe­ri­ence and hun­dreds of stalls and attraction­s. roy­al­nor­folk­show.rnaa.org.uk

HAND­BELLS

GREAT YAR­MOUTH, JUNE 1 The East Anglian Re­gional Team of hand­bell ringers will be per­form­ing at the Min­ster church with hand­bells and chimes. Hear well-known tunes and orig­i­nal hand­bell mu­sic played by groups and soloists, directed by Ai­dan Fozard. Adults £8, con­ces­sions £6, un­der 18s free

STRICTLY CHAR­ITY BALL

NOR­WICH, JUNE 1

There’s a Strictly theme to this year’s Keep­ing Abreast ball. As well as food, fun and en­ter­tain­ment, the evening will in­clude the fi­nal per­for­mances of a group of volunteers tak­ing part in the Keep­ing Abreast Strictly Chal­lenge in as­so­ci­a­tion with Miller Dance.

Hol­i­day Inn Nor­wich, North. Tick­ets from [email protected] keepingabr­east.org.uk 01603 819113. keepingabr­east.org.uk/ strictly­ball/

BLESSED GAR­DENS

BAWBURGH, JUNE 9 Wan­der through 12 beau­ti­ful Bawburgh gar­dens – in­clud­ing an art stu­dio and St Wal­stan’s holy well. 11am-5pm. Adults are £5, chil­dren free. Plus free en­trance to a craft fair in the Vil­lage Hall. Re­fresh­ments. Pro­ceeds to Lit­tle Lifts, EACH and the Vil­lage Hall

STYLISH AN­NIVER­SARY

EA­TON, NOR­WICH, JUNE 4 The Style Show will be cel­e­brat­ing its first birth­day in Ea­ton with a fash­ion show at Ea­ton Vil­lage Hall. It will in­clude a fash­ion show, beauty demo, scarf-ty­ing demo, fizz and fun in­clud­ing styling in­for­ma­tion, colour tips and mod­els of all ages and sizes to demon­strate it all. 7pm. Tick­ets £5 with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Big C char­ity, Ladies in League Against Can­cer. In­cludes £5 to spend at the bou­tique. Book at styleshow.co.uk

ANNA MUDEKA

NOR­WICH

JUNE 5

Nor­folk’s multi-tal­ented mu­si­cian Anna Mudeka brings her mul­ti­me­dia one-woman theatre show Anna Mudeka: KURE KURE/ FAR­AWAY to Nor­wich Arts Cen­tre. Hear tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, sooth­ing songs and spo­ken word; see pro­jected vi­su­als and en­er­getic dance as Anna takes her au­di­ence on an ex­hil­a­rat­ing jour­ney through an­cient and mod­ern-day Zim­babwe, Lon­don and Nor­folk. Nor­wich Arts Cen­tre, 8pm, pay what you can af­ford. nor­wicharts­cen­tre.co.uk

SUM­MER READS

NOR­WICH, JUNE 6

Writ­ers Heidi Swain and Sue Moor­croft are both Sun­day Times best-selling au­thors and have both set their new nov­els in Nor­folk. They will be talk­ing and tak­ing ques­tions in the books de­part­ment of Jar­rold. Tick­ets £8, in­clud­ing a glass of fizz. 6.30-8.30pm. jar­rold.co.uk

JULIAN CLARY

NOR­WICH, JUNE 6

Co­me­dian and en­ter­tainer Julian Clary re­turns to the stage with his new tour, Born to Mince. Julian, a reg­u­lar on tele­vi­sion and ra­dio, prom­ises to in­clude ou­tra­geous anec­dotes and mu­sic in a show packed with camp com­edy and inim­itable in­nu­endo. Nor­wich Theatre Royal. the­atreroy­al­nor­wich.co.uk

SUM­MER EVENING

SPIXWORTH, JUNE 7

Mu­sic for a Sum­mer Evening, fea­tur­ing Ayl­sham Brass, is a sup­per and con­cert in Spixworth rec­tory gar­den, to raise money for the church. Hear a se­lec­tion of pop­u­lar mu­sic and en­joy a homemade hot sup­per. There will also be a beer and bub­bles bar.

Tick­ets £10 in­clud­ing sup­per, from reynolds­fam­[email protected]­mail.co.uk 01603 891236. 7pm

OPEN FARMS

JUNE 9

Farms across Nor­folk will be open­ing their gates for the na­tional an­nual Open Farm Sun­day. Vis­i­tors can find out about food production, con­ser­va­tion and much more from the farm­ers them­selves. The event is or­gan­ised by the char­ity Leaf (Link­ing En­vi­ron­ment and Farm­ing) farm­sun­day.org

CY­CLE NOR­FOLK

JUNE 9

Hun­dreds of cy­clists will be ped­alling through beau­ti­ful Nor­folk coun­try­side rais­ing cash for char­ity. The routes all be­gin and end in Nor­wich, tak­ing in loops of lovely coun­try­side for 25, 50 or 100 miles. There are new routes for 2019, start­ing from The Forum and end­ing near the cathe­dral. It’s the 25th an­niver­sary of this pop­u­lar event 7am-6pm bike-events.co.uk

VIL­LAGE GAR­DENS

EDINGTHORP­E, JUNE 9 Wan­der through some of the vil­lage’s lovely coun­try gar­dens. There will be plant stalls, homemade jams, cakes and lunches.

Ad­mis­sion adults £4, chil­dren free, with funds go­ing to All Saints Church, Edingthorp­e.

ED­U­CAT­ING RITA

NOR­WICH, JUNE 10-15

A ma­jor new production of Willy Russell’s Ed­u­cat­ing Rita, star­ring Stephen Tomp­kin­son, comes to Nor­wich Theatre Royal. Tick­ets £10-£29.50. the­atreroy­al­nor­wich.co.uk

WILD­FLOWER WALK

PENSTHORPE, JUNE 12

En­joy a guided mid­week stroll around Pensthorpe’s beau­tiftul na­ture re­serve to iden­tify the plethora of species in one of north Nor­folk’s largest wild­flower mead­ows – af­ter a de­li­cious dinner.

Tick­ets for dinner and walk £22.95. 6-9pm. Pensthorpe Nat­u­ral Park. pensthorpe.com

IAN HOUS­TON ART EXHIBITION

NOR­WICH

JUNE 15-29

See re­cent works by painter Ian Hous­ton at Man­dell’s Gallery. Ian has ex­hib­ited around the world but his long re­la­tion­ship with East Anglia is the fo­cus of this exhibition – along­side other places Ian has been in­spired by. “My ca­reer as a painter was formed un­der East Anglian skies. The spe­cial qual­ity of the light and the won­der­ful forms of the clouds cre­ated an aware­ness of the sky which has never left me, no mat­ter where I am in the world,” said Ian. His works are held in royal and na­tional col­lec­tions. Man­dell’s Gallery, Elm Hill, open Mon­day to Satur­day 10am-5pm. man­dells­gallery.co.uk

TEX­TILE ART

BLICKLING, JUNE 19 TO JULY 1 The an­nual exhibition and sale of work of the East Nor­folk group of Tex­tile Artists – In Stitches - will be held in the Loft Gallery at Blickling Hall, near Ayl­sham. 10am-5.30pm daily. Free, but a park­ing fee ap­plies.

FIRST LIGHT

LOW­EST­OFT, JUNE 22-23 Cel­e­brate the sum­mer sol­stice at a new free fes­ti­val on Low­est­oft’s lovely South Beach. The 24 hour fes­ti­val begins at noon on June 22 with Mercury Prize-win­ning mu­si­cian Talvin Singh, who will also per­form at dawn. Danny Boyle will be there to in­tro­duce a beach screen­ing of his sci-fi epic, Sun­shine, and club DJ and BBC 6 Mu­sic pre­sen­ter Gilles Peter­son will bring the best world­wide vibes to the beach for a sun­down ses­sion. The fes­ti­val will in­clude a wild beach zone for chil­dren, a dance party with swing, a ceilidh and a tea dance, a new dance work with per­form­ers danc­ing on the hour, ev­ery hour in the sand-dunes, science talks from ex­perts on the moon, an­cient humans and the sea, plus well­be­ing and wild camp­ing. Mu­sic ranges from clas­si­cal, with the new First Light En­sem­ble and a pi­anist play­ing through the early morn­ing mist, to a late-night silent disco on beach and a soul set. first­light­low­est­oft.com

SU­PER­HERO

BURN­HAM OVERY STAITHE, JUNE 22

Watch com­peti­tors swim a mile across the bay to the quay, kayak four miles around the creeks, cy­cle 45 miles in rolling north Nor­folk and run eight miles across tracks, sand, mud and marsh. It’s ar­du­ous, chal­leng­ing and fun for those tak­ing part and im­pres­sive and prob­a­bly even more fun for spec­ta­tors. And it’s all for char­ity (and glory) too. nor­folk­su­per­hero.co.uk

AL­TERED IM­AGES

NOR­WICH, JUNE 22

Singer and ac­tress Clare Gro­gan be­gan her ca­reer as part of charttoppi­ng Al­tered Im­ages. For the past 30 years she has worked in film, TV, theatre and ra­dio drama. Now, af­ter an 18 year gap, she is back with the band. Epic Stu­dios, Magdalen Street. epic-tv.com

VIOLA STAR

SALLE, JUNE 22 World-renowned viola player Philip Dukes will per­form two baroque con­cer­tos and con­duct the rest of the pro­gramme, for the Academy of St Thomas pop­u­lar an­nual mid­sum­mer con­cert. Au­di­ence mem­bers are wel­come to bring a pic­nic to en­joy by the vil­lage green be­fore the con­cert. The mu­sic begins at 7.30pm. Tick­ets from St Ge­orge’s Mu­sic Shop 01603 626414 or tick­et­source.co.uk acade­my­of­st­thomas.com

BISHOP’S GAR­DEN

NOR­WICH, JUNE 23

Marvel at the mag­i­cal gar­den beside the Bishop’s House in Nor­wich Cathe­dral Close. The his­toric four-acre gar­den has be­longed to Bish­ops of Nor­wich for cen­turies and high­lights in­clude huge herba­ceous borders, rose beds and shrub­beries with un­usual plants in­clud­ing a hebe grown from a sprig of Queen Victoria’s wedding bou­quet. Re­fresh­ments, mu­sic, chil­dren’s trail, and plant and book stalls will also help raise funds for City of Sanc­tu­ary, Free­dom from Tor­ture and Amnesty In­ter­na­tional Nor­wich, work­ing to­gether for Refugee Week. En­try from St Martin at Palace Plain, opposite law courts. Ad­mis­sion £4, chil­dren free. 1-5pm

OPEN GAR­DENS

THETFORD, JUNE 23

See 33 lovely gar­dens in­clud­ing some in the town cen­tre, some on the river, pri­vate and com­mu­nity gar­dens and even a knit­ted gar­den cour­tesy of lo­cal crafters. Re­fresh­ments avail­able in many of the gar­dens, plus ex­pert gar­den­ers on hand to ad­vise on all as­pects of gardening.

All pro­ceeds go to St Ni­cholas Hos­pice Care. Tick­ets £5, chil­dren free. 11am-5pm. open­gar­dens.co.uk

MU­SI­CAL MOVIES

NOR­WICH, JUNE 29

The Show Must Go On – From Mu­si­cal to Movie! is a new show, telling the story of how stage mu­si­cals be­came hit films. From the era of Ok­la­homa! and Seven Brides for Seven Broth­ers,

the show charts the story on through the 1960s and 70s and mu­si­cals such as West Side Story, Mary Pop­pins and Oliver!, right up to the mod­ern age of films in­clud­ing Les Mis­er­ables, Frozen and The Greatest Show­man.

The pro­fes­sional cast in­cludes lo­cal star He­len McDer­mott . Epic Stu­dios, Magdalen Street. epic-tv.com

FREE FES­TI­VAL

KING’S LYNN, JUNE 29-JULY 13 For three con­sec­u­tive week­ends Fes­ti­val Too takes over the streets of King’s Lynn. The open­ing day of the free fes­ti­val of street en­ter­tain­ment in­cludes clown shows, jug­glers, pup­pets and bal­loon mod­el­ling dur­ing the day and then more fun from 8pm, plus free fire­works too, at King’s Staithe Square at 10.30pm. fes­ti­val­too.co.uk

TEDDY TRAIL

GREAT ELLINGHAM, JUNE 29-JULY 14 The Great Ellingham Teddy Bear Fes­ti­val begins with a craft mar­ket in St James’ church on June 29. Spot bears on the teddy trail through­out the fort­night, and there is also an art exhibition in the church, a car trea­sure hunt and a vil­lage street party in July. ted­dyfes­ti­val.org

FAM­ILY FUN

LONG STRAT­TON, JUNE 30

A po­etry take away and danc­ing on a ta­ble ten­nis ta­ble is just part of the fun at South Nor­folk on Show at Long Strat­ton. The fam­ily day also in­cludes mu­sic, food, sto­ry­telling and crafts. 11am-4pm. south-nor­folk.gov. uk/on­show

MARSH FUN

THORPE MARSHES, NOR­WICH, JUNE 30

Mirac­u­lous minibeasts, dyke dip­ping and guided walks are just part of the free fam­ily fun day on Thorpe Marshes.

The Nor­folk Wildlife Trust is invit­ing peo­ple to ex­plore the re­serve as part of the Water Mills and Marshes project funded by the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund. 10.30am-2.30pm. Free. No need to book. Ac­cess to the re­serve is on foot over a rail­way bridge. nor­folk­wildlifetr­ust.org.uk/ whats-on

Mannington Hall Mark Bul­limore

St. Benet’s Abbey, The Broads, Nor­folk

BE­LOW: Anna Mudeka at the 2014 South­burgh Fes­ti­val

ABOVE: Joshie Sharpe with some of the cows at the Open Farm Fun­day at Fun­den­hall Denise Bradley

BE­LOW: Julian Clary - Born to Mince tour

ABOVE: Sun­set Tus­cany by Ian Hous­ton

ABOVE: Com­peti­tors take part in the 2015 Nor­folk Su­per­hero race around North Nor­folk Matthew Usher

BE­LOW: Philip Dukes will be per­form­ing at the Academy of St Thomas an­nual mid­sum­mer con­cert at Salle Church Tina Gutier­rez

BOTTOM: Bishop’s Gar­den, Nor­wich Antony Kelly

BE­LOW: The Great Ellingham Teddy Bear Fes­ti­val

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