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What’s on and things to do in Norfolk in February

PUBLISHED: 13:03 29 January 2019

The Milky Way over Happisburgh Lighthouse Picture: Shaun Reynolds

The Milky Way over Happisburgh Lighthouse Picture: Shaun Reynolds

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We have gathered some of the top events from around the county this month

• CELEBRATE A CITY OF SANCTUARY (5TH)

A former member of the Syrian National Orchestra and refugee musicians who have found sanctuary in Norfolk will be playing during a free evening of music, food and talks to celebrate Norwich’s role as a city of sanctuary.

Norwich Arts Centre, St Benedicts, 6pm. norwichartscentre.co.uk

• STARRING THE STARS (5TH-10TH)

Astro-photographers Shaun Reynolds and Chris Grimmer are exhibiting some of their stunning night-sky vistas from around the world at the Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden. On Saturday, February 9, from 7pm, astronomers from the Norwich Astronomical Society will be leading Star Night star-gazing sessions (clear skies permitting) and talks. Booking required.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham NR13 6DZ. 01603 270449. fairhavengarden.co.uk

• ROMANTIC CLASSICAL CONCERT (9TH)

Hear the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra play a gorgeous spread of romantic pieces by Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Mussorgsky, Rimsky Korsakov and Wagner. Includes young virtuoso Katy Woolley who coached the Phil’s brass section for its acclaimed 175th anniversary performance of Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand.

St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. Tickets from St George’s Music Shop, Norwich or norwichphil.org.uk

• LOVE SONGS (9TH)

Hear the King’s Lynn Festival Chorus sing the love songs some say Brahms wrote for Clara Schumann. The choir will also sing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, accompanied by two Steinway concert grand pianos and a harmonium at St Nicholas Chapel, King’s Lynn.

Tickets £20, under 12s free, from the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange 01553 764864 or kingslynnfestivalchorus.co.uk

• UEA LITERARY FESTIVAL (13TH–MAY 2)

Hear eight fascinating writers talk about their latest work at the University of East Anglia’s litereary festival – beginning with former singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn on February 13. Tracey spent 17 years in the duo Everything But The Girl and has since released three solo albums, a movie soundtrack, several singles and two books, including the bestselling memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen. Her latest memoir, Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia, is published this month.

Also this month, novelist Tessa Hadley will be talking about her work on the 20th and Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James will be at the UEA on February 27.

His third novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, won the Man Booker Prize, Marlon is an English professor in Minnesota and his latest novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf, is the first of a trilogy.

All events are at UEA’s Lecture Theatre 1 at 7pm and profits are used to fund scholarships for UEA writing students.

Tickets from uea.ac.uk/litfest/tickets

• SNOWDROP FESTIVAL (16TH)

Some of the earliest flowers of the year carpet three gardens raising money for the charities of the Norfolk National Gardens Scheme. On February 16, Horstead House, near Coltishall, and beside the River Bure, is open for visitors to enjoy snowdrops carpeting its woodland. An island of vivid red dogwoods is another highlight, and home-made teas will be on sale.

Charities supported by the National Garden Scheme include the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and MS Society.

Horstead House, NR12 7AU, open 11am-4pm, tickets £4, children free. ngs.org.uk

• SNOWDROPS AND BRUNCH (17TH)

Enjoy a relaxing stroll in the beautiful gardens at Hoveton House and admire drifts of snowdrops and aconites, and soup, hot-dogs and a drink. 11am to 2pm.

Tickets £7.50, children under 12 £3, in aid of Autism Anglia and St John’s Church, Hoveton. Book on 01692 630892. Tickets also available at gate.

Hoveton House, off Hoveton to Horning Road, NR12 8JE

• SNOWDROP WALKS (17TH AND MARCH 3RD)

See the beautiful snowdrops around Spixworth church, plus an exhibition of local historical finds. Enjoy snowdrop walks from the churchyard and through nearby farmland and woodland which is not usually open to the public and marvel at archaeological artefacts discovered in the area by two metal detectorists. Their fascinating finds give a wonderful picture of village life, dating back to Roman times. Alongside the exhibition in the church enjoy refreshments and browse stalls selling crafts, second hand books, cakes and preserves.

Tickets £4, children free. St Peter’s Church, Spixworth, near Norwich, NR10 3PR

• DANCING WITH POCAHONTAS (18TH)

The fascinating story of Pocahontas, the daughter of a Native American chieftain who saved the life of an English captain and married a Norfolk man, is told by the dancers of the Michala Jane School of Dance, which is based in Brooke and

in Norwich. They will bring the story of romance, tragedy, loyalty, betrayal and love to the stage of the Norwich Theatre Royal as an action-packed musical theatre show.

Tickets £7-£17.50 from the Theatre Royal, 01603 630000, theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

• TRUE STORIES (24TH)

A Feast of True Stories: The Start of Something Good is the title of a new event put together by True Stories Live and the Bicycle Shop café. Storytellers will riff on the theme and there will be memorable food – with the audience sharing the food over three courses. Compered by Molly Naylor. Dietary requirements can be catered for if known in advance.

Tickets £18.50 including food, welcome drink and coffee. Norwich Arts Centre norwichartscentre.co.uk truestorieslive@gmail.com

• SNOW FORECAST (26TH)

Female polar exploration, our impact on the earth, polar bears and a journey through grief, adolescence and the Arctic are some of the themes of A Hundred Words for Snow. The play is about a woman’s determination to cross the Arctic to honour the memory of her father.

Tickets to the award-winning play by Tatty Hennessy are £15, concessions £9. The Garage, Norwich. 01603 598 646 thegarage.org.uk

• SNOWDROPS AND SOUP (24TH)

Enjoy a scenic walk through snowdrops, followed by soup made from vegetables grown on the estate farm, at Bagthorpe Hall, Bagthorpe Hall. Tickets £5, children free, in aid of National Gardens Scheme charities, plants and refreshments for sale, dogs allowed, 11am-4pm.

Bagthorpe, Hall, between Fakenham and Hunstanton, PE31 6QY. ngs.org.uk

• ALMOST 100 VARIETIES OF SNOWDROP (24TH AND MARCH 3)

The garden at Chestnut Farm, West Beckham, near Sheringham, is renowned for its snowdrops. It is also home to many more late winter flowers and plants will be on sale, alongside light lunches and teas. Chestnut Farm will be open 11am-4pm in aid of the National Garden Scheme charities. Admission £5, children free.

Chestnut Farm, West Beckham, NR25 6NX. ngs.org.uk

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