WHAT’S ON in July
Insider’s guide to the best of what’s happening in Norfolk this month
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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, 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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
ABOVE: All the fun of the Worstead Festival
BELOW: Canoe at Fairhaven gardens
RIGHT: Karl Minns ahead of his one man show
LEFT: Pottery by Walter Keeler at the Bircham Gallery in Holt
BELOW: HRH The Duchess of Cornwall on a tour of last year’s Sandringham Flower Show