WHAT’S ON in July

In­sider’s guide to the best of what’s hap­pen­ing in Nor­folk this month

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FREE FES­TI­VAL

KING’S LYNN, JUNE 29/30, JULY 5/6, JULY 12/13

Across three week­ends, Fes­ti­val Too brings a host of mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment to King’s Lynn. The con­certs in Tues­day Mar­ket Place are com­pletely free and in­clude a host of top names, in­clud­ing soul singer Shola Ama, Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pel­low, boy­band 5ive, Brit­pop in­die favourites Cast, Girl’s Aloud star Na­dine Coyle and DJ Judge Jules, along­side lo­cal bands, mu­si­cians and per­form­ers. fes­ti­val­too.co.uk

CIR­CUS SPEC­TAC­U­LAR!

NOR­WICH, JULY 11 - 14

Roll up, Roll up – the Chapelfiel­d Sum­mer Cir­cus ar­rives in Chapelfiel­d Gar­dens in Nor­wich bring­ing breath­tak­ing, in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned shows, dare­devil per­form­ers, free work­shops and some fan­tas­tic lo­cal com­mu­nity per­for­mances, in­clud­ing Nor­wich’s own in­ter­na­tional cir­cus com­pany, Lost in Trans­la­tion. Head­lin­ing in the iconic red big top is the sen­sa­tional Cir­cus Abyssinia with their in­ter­na­tional smash hit show Ethiopian Dreams which has won rave reviews around the globe.

Full pro­gramme and tick­ets at cir­cus­nor­wich.co.uk or from Nor­wich The­atre Royal on 01603 63000.

COUN­TRY FAIR

HOLKHAM ES­TATE, JULY 20-21 Don’t miss this two day cel­e­bra­tion of land, sea and sky at the Holkham Coun­try Fair with coun­try­side pur­suits, ru­ral crafts, dare­devil dis­plays in the grand ring, food demon­stra­tions, dog dis­plays and com­pe­ti­tions, en­ter­tain­ment, food and drink and lots more for the whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing your four­legged friends. Tick­ets £18, un­der 14s free, holkham­coun­try­fair.co.uk

FAB­U­LOUS FES­TI­VAL

WORSTEAD, JULY 26 - 28

The vil­lage of Worstead once again bursts into life with its an­nual fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing ru­ral life, farm­ing and the crafts, pro­duce and her­itage of north Nor­folk.

Now in its 54th year, the week­end starts with a road run and en­ter­tain­ment on the Fri­day evening, fol­lowed by two days of fun with stalls, street food, bars and live mu­sic, along with farm­ing, an­i­mal and ru­ral at­trac­tions. See vin­tage trac­tors, mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and clas­sic cars, see demon­stra­tions from lo­cal chefs and watch dis­plays in the main ring.

worstead­fes­ti­val.org

PRIDE NOR­WICH

NOR­WICH, JULY 27

The 11th Nor­wich Pride is a cel­e­bra­tion from the LGBT+ com­mu­nity for ev­ery­one to en­joy, trans­form­ing the city into a rainbow, to help en­sure it is a place where ev­ery­one can feel safe and proud to be them­selves. The event fea­tures a colour­ful march, start­ing from out­side City Hall at 1pm. The Fo­rum will host com­mu­nity groups, unions, busi­nesses and shops with stalls inside and out, and there will be a range of en­ter­tain­ment on Mil­len­nium Plain through­out the day. There will be talks, an ex­hi­bi­tion from the British Musum and Ques­tion Time in the Gallery. From 2pm, Chapelfiel­d Gar­dens will host live mu­sic, com­edy, well­be­ing tents, stalls and street food. nor­wich­pride.org.uk

POR­TRAIT PER­FEC­TION

HOLT, UN­TIL JULY 2 In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned por­trait painter Ter­ence McKenna re­turns to his home county of Nor­folk with a se­lec­tion of work from his ac­claimed ex­hi­bi­tion at The Royal Opera Ar­cade Gallery in London. The ex­hi­bi­tion at The Gallery, Pic­ture­craft in Holt fea­tures a se­lec­tion of his work; his sub­jects in­clude ac­tors Zoë Wana­maker, Ray Win­stone, and the late Roger Lloyd Pack as well as many em­i­nent peo­ple con­nected with the arts in Nor­folk. ter­encem­cken­na­por­traits.com; pic­ture­craft­gallery.com

OUT­DOOR OPERA

MANNINGTON, JULY 6 Pa­tience, a light opera by Gilbert and Sul­li­van, will be per­formed in the mag­nif­i­cent grounds of Mannington Hall by the Opera Any­where com­pany as part of a na­tion­wide tour. Bring a pic­nic. Gar­dens open at 4.30pm, the per­for­mance be­gins at 6pm. man­ning­ton­gar­dens.co.uk

PIC­NIC AND PAD­DLE

SOUTH WALSHAM, JULY 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

En­joy a gen­tle pad­dle and a pic­nic on the wa­ter’s edge with Free Spirit Ca­noe Tours at Fairhaven Wood­land and Wa­ter Gar­den. No ex­pe­ri­ence needed, all equip­ment pro­vided, bring your own pic­nic. 6pm – 8pm. £24.50 adult, £14 child 5-16 yrs. Book­ing nec­es­sary, 01603 270449, fairhaven­gar­den.co.uk

LORD MAYOR’S CEL­E­BRA­TION

NOR­WICH, JULY 5 – 7 Nor­wich will be a riot of noise, colour, fun and en­ter­tain­ment for the an­nual Lord Mayor’s Cel­e­bra­tion. The high­light will be the pro­ces­sion which will bring a car­ni­val at­mos­phere to the streets on the Satur­day evening. Through­out the week­end there will be en­ter­tain­ment, out­door stages, stalls, food and drink, a fun fair and fire­works. nor­wich.gov.uk

CON­CERT

AYLSHAM, JULY 6

En­joy a con­cert of bell­ring­ing by Bell­folk Hand­bell Ringers at Aylsham Parish Church. Mu­sic also comes from cel­list Maxim Calver, win­ner of the Strings section in 2018’s Young Mu­si­cian of the Year.

7pm, tick­ets £8, un­der 16s free

CLAS­SI­CAL CON­CERT

RACKHEATH, JULY 6

The Bit­tern Con­cert se­ries 2019 presents Mu­sic for a Sum­mers Evening with cel­list Char­lotte Wat­son and pi­anist Ruth Al­dred at Holy Trin­ity Church, Rackheath.

Tick­ets are £10 from Dar­leen 01603 720966 or on the door, in­clud­ing com­pli­men­tary re­fresh­ments.

RIVER FES­TI­VAL

BECCLES, JULY 6 - 7

A cel­e­bra­tion of life on the river, past and present, this free fes­ti­val at Hip­per­sons Boat Yard in con­nec­tion with Visit Waveney Val­ley fea­tures a num­ber of his­toric boats for vis­i­tors to step aboard, live mu­sic, a lo­cal food fayre, face paint­ing, stalls and the chance to get on the wa­ter for taster ses­sions in day boats, ca­noes and kayaks. Among the many boats moored up on the banks of the River Waveney will be the Dunkirk flag­ship MTB 102, Wherry Maud and the award win­ning Count­ess of Light. Do­na­tions wel­comed on the day, to be dis­trib­uted among nautical char­i­ties.

ART EX­HI­BI­TION

NOR­WICH, JULY 6 - 27

A ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion of bright and bold works by Derek Mor­ris, for­mer pres­i­dent of The Royal British So­ci­ety of Sculp­tors, takes place at Man­dell’s Gallery in Nor­wich. He was hugely in­flu­en­tial in de­vel­op­ing tal­ent at Nor­wich Univer­sity of the Arts and is trustee of the Nor­folk Con­tem­po­rary Art So­ci­ety..

PINK TRAC­TOR RUN

THORPE AB­BOTTS, JULY 7

One of the county’s most iconic char­ity events – The Pink Ladies’ Trac­tor Run – will bring fun and colour to south Nor­folk’s roads. Since it be­gan, it has raised more than £640,000 for Can­cer Re­search UK’s breast can­cer ap­peal. More than 100 trac­tors and their driv­ers, all decked out in pink, will wind their way from Thorpe Ab­botts air­field, through Thorpe Ab­botts, Brock­dish, Up­per Wey­bread and Har­leston.

The pro­ces­sion leaves at 11.30am and there is a pic­nic at 1pm at Gawdy Hall, north of Har­leston, to which ev­ery­one is in­vited, be­fore the trac­tors set off back to the air­field. ladies­trac­tor­road­run.co.uk

STEAMPUNK WEEK­END

BRESSINGHA­M, JULY 6 – 7

Go back to Vic­to­rian times for a fes­ti­val of imag­i­na­tion, in­ven­tion, cre­ativ­ity and splen­did cos­tume cel­e­brat­ing all things steampunk, set among Bressingha­m’s col­lec­tion of steam en­gines. bressingha­m.co.uk

LIVE MU­SIC

KING’S LYNN, JULY 7

Award win­ning Amer­i­cana star Rachel Har­ring­ton will play a spe­cial gig at Cap­tain Fawcett's HQ in King’s Lynn. The bar­bers and gentleman’s groomers will host the singer to raise money for the Make-A-Wish-Foun­da­tion. 7pm, tick­ets £12 in ad­vance, eventbrite.co.uk/e/rachel-har­ring­ton-at-cap­tain-fawcett-hq-tick­ets £15 on the door. eventbrite.co.uk/e/rachel-har­ring­ton-at­cap­tain-fawcett-hq-tick­ets

GLO­RI­OUS GAR­DENS

RING­STEAD, JULY 7

En­joy a blaze of colour, cakes and com­mu­nity spirit at Ring­stead Open Gar­dens while rais­ing funds for the vil­lage church. Gar­dens, big and small, will open be­tween 11am to 5pm, a flower fes­ti­val will be held in St An­drew’s Church and this year’s sees a pé­tanque pitch for ev­ery­one to en­joy. En­joy tea, cake, plant stalls and much more.

£5 ad­mits to all gar­dens.

SALLE PARK

SALLE, JULY 7

Visit a Ge­or­gian style plea­sure gar­den of for­mal lawns and top­i­ary, rose gar­dens, spec­i­men trees and shrubs, win­ter bor­der, colour­ful spring dis­play and wild flow­ers, in­clud­ing an or­angery with ex­otic plant­ing, in the open gar­dens events in sup­port of St John Am­bu­lance.

En­trance £5, chil­dren free, teas, dogs on leads open­stjohn­gar­dens.wee­bly.com

SING THE BLUES

DERE­HAM, JULY 10 – 14

The 7th Dere­ham Blues Fes­ti­val, hap­pen­ing at venues across the town, fea­tures a packed pro­gramme of lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional artists. Open­ing the fes­ti­val is Amer­i­can star Hamil­ton Loomis Blues, sup­ported by lo­cal blues­man Ron Sayer Jr backed by The Shunters. dere­ham­blues­fes­ti­val.org.uk

OPERA CLUB

NOR­WICH, JULY 11

The Nor­wich Opera Club presents a DVD pre­sen­ta­tion of Les Troyens by Ber­lioz at The Assem­bly House. The club is open to any­one who en­joys watch­ing or lis­ten­ing to opera. All wel­come to come along, first visit is free. 7pm.

YOUNG TAL­ENT

NOR­WICH, JULY 13

Watch stu­dents from the Jen­nifer Grace Mu­sic school based at Helles­don per­form songs from their favourite films at a spe­cial con­cert Mu­sic from the Movies at Nor­wich Pup­pet The­atre. 12.30pm, 5.30pm. Tick­ets £10 adults, u16s £8. 01603 629921; jen­nifer­grace­mu­sic.co.uk

IN­NO­VA­TION

NOR­WICH, JULY 14 – 15

Eight schools from across the city will show­case the in­no­va­tive ideas they have de­vel­oped on themes of food pro­duc­tion, trans­port and con­sumerism, as part of the Cre­ate Nor­wich project. The We Cre­ate Nor­wich Ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture ev­ery­thing from VR, to mod­els, film and the prod­ucts and ser­vices they have de­signed. The project is sup­ported by the Nor­wich Freemen’s Char­ity. we­cre­at­enor­wich.co.uk.

ARTS FES­TI­VAL

KING’S LYNN, JULY 14 – 27 From live mu­sic to art exhibition­s, talks and guided walks, the King’s Lynn fes­ti­val has it all. High­lights in­clude a show bring­ing to­gether so­prano Les­ley Gar­rett and clar­inet­tist Emma John­son, a con­cert by the BBC Con­cert Orches­tra, and a talk by Pro­fes­sor Robert Win­ston – Ma­nip­u­lat­ing Hu­mans.

For a full pro­gramme and kingslyn­n­fes­ti­val.org.uk tick­ets see kingslyn­n­fes­ti­val.org.uk

BESTHORPE HALL

ATTLEBOROU­GH JULY 14 En­joy the gar­dens which sur­round the hall in this St John Am­bu­lance open gar­den event. Two main gar­den ar­eas are bounded by lovely old Tudor brick walls with dec­o­ra­tive gate­ways and there are ex­ten­sive lawns with cylin­dri­cal clipped yews and large mixed borders of shrubs and her­ba­ceous flow­ers En­trance £5, chil­dren free, teas, guide dogs only. open­stjohn­gar­dens.wee­bly.com

HOR­TI­CUL­TURE

BRESSINGHA­M, JULY 17 Cel­e­brat­ing the 190th an­niver­sary of the Nor­folk and Nor­wich Horticultu­ral So­ci­ety, pres­i­dent Adrian Bloom will host a very spe­cial event for mem­bers and their guests at The Bressingha­m Gar­dens cel­e­brat­ing all the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s achieve­ments. the­bress­ing­ham­gar­dens.com nnhs.org.uk

OUT­DOOR THE­ATRE

BRECKLAND, JULY 18

Chap­ter­house The­atre brings its new adap­ta­tion of swash­buck­ling pi­rate adventure Trea­sure Is­land

to Lyn­ford Hall near Thet­ford. Doors open 5pm. Adult, £17.60, chil­dren £12.10, un­der fives free. chap­ter­house.org

FES­TI­VAL OF NA­TURE

CLEY, JULY 18 – 21

En­joy a host of na­ture in­spired events as part of the Cley Call­ing fes­ti­val at the Nor­folk Wildlife Trust’s Cley re­serve. From walks and talks to mu­sic and arts and in­clud­ing high pro­file nat­u­ral­ists, sci­en­tists and writ­ers, this cel­e­bra­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment and arts fea­tures events for the whole fam­ily. High­lights in­clude a con­cert on July 19, by singer, song­writer and gui­tarist Kitty Mac­far­lane, £10 – £13, and on July 20, join NWT’s chil­dren’s

ambassador, Jess French – vet, zo­ol­o­gist, minibeast ex­pert and pre­sen­ter of Minibeast Adventure with Jess on CBee­bies – to learn all about the fas­ci­nat­ing world of but­ter­flies.

Talks at 11am, 12pm, 1pm. Free. Book­ing es­sen­tial for both events, 01263 740008; nor­folk­wildlifetr­ust.org.uk/ cley-call­ing

COM­EDY

NOR­WICH, JULY 18-20 Nor­folk co­me­dian and writer Karl Minns, one half of The Nimmo Twins, re­turns to the Nor­wich Play­house with his one-man show Sortabi­og­ra­phy. A tale of death, dark times, crime and pun­ish­ment, fame, los­ing his head and find­ing his feet – this walk through Karl’s life is emo­tion­ally-charged, mov­ing and funny all in one breath.

BEER FES­TI­VAL

LIT­TLE MEL­TON, JULY 19 – 21 Head to the Cru­saders Rugby Club for its an­nual beer fes­ti­val, spon­sored by the Fat Cat Brew­ery. With more than 30 real ales and ciders, a BBQ, a great line up of live mu­sic with The Off-Beats head­ling­ing on the Satur­day night, and en­ter­tain­ment for the kids, it’s a real fam­ily event. Camp­ing is avail­able.

Cru­saders Rugby Club, Lit­tle Mel­ton Road, NR9 3NP

POT­TERY EX­HI­BI­TION

HOLT, JULY 20 – AU­GUST 7

An ex­hi­bi­tion of work by in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned British pot­ter Wal­ter Keeler will run in con­nec­tion with the Holt Fes­ti­val at Bir­cham Gallery. Con­sid­ered a pot­tery in­no­va­tor, he has worked with clay for over 50 years and this show will fea­ture a col­lec­tion of his func­tional do­mes­tic ware as well as larger sculp­tural pieces. bir­cham­gallery.co.uk

OPEN GAR­DEN

DITCHINGHA­M, JULY 21 Ex­plore the stun­ning pri­vate gar­dens at Ditchingha­m Hall which are open­ing for the day to raise funds for the Mu­si­cal Keys char­ity. There will be re­fresh­ments and stalls.

SAN­DRING­HAM FLOWER SHOW

JULY 24

One of the most pres­ti­gious horticultu­ral events in East Anglia, the 138th San­dring­ham Flower Show on the Royal Es­tate fea­tures spec­tac­u­lar show gar­dens, flo­ral ex­hibits, stalls and talks, crafts and en­ter­tain­ment and com­pe­ti­tions for lo­cal grow­ers. san­dring­ham­flow­er­show.org.uk

PO­TIONS AND REME­DIES

NOR­WICH, JULY 24

At Strangers’ Hall mu­seum in Nor­wich tour the gar­den and make reme­dies and beauty prod­ucts pop­u­lar 100 years ago as part of the Great-Granny’s Gar­den Lore event.

2pm to 3pm; usual ad­mis­sions charges ap­ply, book­ing es­sen­tial, 01603 495897

CHAR­ITY COF­FEE MORN­ING

HOCKERING, JULY 24

The Ladies In League Against Can­cer (LILAC) holds its com­mit­tee cof­fee morn­ing at Hockering House be­tween 10am and 1pm. Feel free to come along, there will be dif­fer­ent stalls and stands, cof­fee and cake, mer­chan­dise and much more. Tick­ets £5.

GO WILD

PENSTHORPE, FROM JULY 25 Run­ning ev­ery day un­til Septem­ber 3, don’t miss Na­ture’s WILD Tribe at Pensthorpe – a sum­mer fam­ily adventure which will en­gage minds, young and old, with the nat­u­ral world. Hunt, track and fol­low na­ture around the re­serve at Pensthorpe as part of the WILD Tribe Trail, dis­cover aquatic life with pond dip­ping, craft ac­tiv­i­ties and bird feed­ing and get mucky in the new mud kitchen.

Adults £11.95, chil­dren £10.95, un­der 3’s free. pensthorpe.com.

ALL STAR COM­EDY

NOR­WICH, JULY 25 TO 28 Laugh in the Park 2019 has a stel­lar line up of top co­me­di­ans in­clud­ing Chris Ram­sey, Lucy Porter, John Robins, Stephen K Amos, Phill Jupi­tus and more. Run by the Red Card Com­edy Club, the fes­ti­val in Chapelfiel­d Gar­dens takes place across four nights in the big top tent.

For a full pro­gramme and tick­ets see red­card­com­e­dy­club.com

OPERA

SOUTH CREAKE, JULY 26 – 27 The Yorke Trust’s sum­mer opera this year will be The Tem­pest by Henry Pur­cell, adapted from Shake­speare’s play, per­formed at St Mary’s Church, South Creake. This thrilling pro­duc­tion is con­ducted by award-win­ning Christo­pher Mc­Mullen-Laird and di­rected by Jen­nifer Hamil­ton, from Trin­ity La­ban Con­ser­va­toire of Mu­sic in London, with The Yorke Trust Com­mu­nity Cho­ris­ters singing the cho­ruses un­der the di­rec­tion of Sue Valen­tine. 6.45pm, tick­ets, £18 – £20 yor­ketrust.org

EIGHT­IES MU­SIC

NOR­WICH, JULY 27

For­mer Span­dau Bal­let star Martin Kemp takes to the decks at Epic Stu­dios in Nor­wich to spin the hits from the 1980s to get ev­ery­one up on the dance floor for a night of nos­tal­gia.

7.30pm, tick­ets from £16. epic-tv.com/events

FUN FOR KIDS

MARSHLAND ST JAMES, JULY 30

Chil­dren can let off some steam dur­ing the school hol­i­days at the Nerf Wars club at Marshland Hall, near Wis­bech. The ses­sions run ev­ery Tues­day from July 30, through­out the sum­mer hol­i­days and there are two age groups, 10am – noon for ages 8-11 and 1-3pm for ages 12 to 16. All equip­ment pro­vided but chil­dren can bring their own Nerf guns. Book­ing es­sen­tial, 01945 430414 or marsh­land­hall.com­mu­ni­ty­book­ings.co.uk

Steve Adams

ABOVE: All the fun of the Worstead Fes­ti­val

BE­LOW: Ca­noe at Fairhaven gar­dens

Sonya Dun­can

RIGHT: Karl Minns ahead of his one man show

LEFT: Pot­tery by Wal­ter Keeler at the Bir­cham Gallery in Holt

Ian Burt

BE­LOW: HRH The Duchess of Corn­wall on a tour of last year’s San­dring­ham Flower Show

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