5 HOT PICKS
Here are five June highlights
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
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.
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
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/
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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