What's on and things to do in Norfolk in June
PUBLISHED: 12:38 29 May 2019
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We have gathered some of the top events from around the county this month
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
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@example.com 01603 819113
- 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
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 online
- Anna Mudeka
Norwich, June 5
Norfolk's multi-talented musician Anna Mudeka brings her multi-media 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 01603 891236. 7pm
- Open farms
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
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
- 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
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 well-being 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.
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.
- Altered images
Norwich, June 22
Singer and actress Clare Grogan began her career as part of chart-topping 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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