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What's on in Norfolk in May 2017

PUBLISHED: 12:33 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:33 02 May 2017

True Stories Live at Norwich Arts Centre (photo: Andi Sapey)

True Stories Live at Norwich Arts Centre (photo: Andi Sapey)

Andi Sapey

We have picked some of the best events from around Norfolk in May 2017

Sara Pascoe appears at True Stories Live first birthday celebrationsSara Pascoe appears at True Stories Live first birthday celebrations


May Day Fair

St Edmund’s Church, Taverham is holding a May Fair on bank holiday Monday, with fun and games, including a treasure hunt for all the family, barbecue, beer tent and live music, as well as local craft stalls in the church. Entry is free and parking for disabled visitors is available at the church with other parking on the roads and at the school nearby.

Open 11am – 4pm

Beccles Food & Drink Festival 2017Beccles Food & Drink Festival 2017


Spring chorus

The Framingham Earl Singers are performing their spring concert of choral favourites and a musical rarity at The Central Baptist Church, Norwich this month. The programme will include items from Gilbert and Sullivan, Handel’s Zadok the Priest and the premiere of Suite of Songs from Malcolm Arnold’s only musical Parasol.

Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door.


Russell Watson appears at Potter's Resort, HoptonRussell Watson appears at Potter's Resort, Hopton


Calling all singers

Norwich Music Group are inviting singers to join them for a Come and Sing Mozart Requiem at St. Andrew’s Church, Eaton, Norwich. Registration and rehearsal begin at 2.30pm with a performance at 7pm. Please bring your own book as limited copies are available.

Singers £10, Audience £6

Contact Philip Aldred on 07761 832821 or visit www.norwichmusicgroup.co.uk


All a jumble

If you enjoy boats or fishing, like a bargain and recycling, then this well-established sale is for you. The Museum of the Broads is holding a boat and fishing jumble sale at the museum in Stalham as part of the Broads Outdoors Festival.

Entry is £1



Evening song

Holkham Hall will play host to a chamber music concert featuring soprano Ailyn Pérez and pianist Gary Matthewman. Ailyn comes to Norfolk between singing Violetta in La Traviata at the Staatsoper unter den Linden, Berlin and the Teatro alla Scala, Milan.

Tickets: £35, includes a glass of champagne in the saloon

01328 713111 or visit www.holkham.co.uk


Norfolk glory

Classical guitarist Peter Turrell returns to St Mary’s Church, North Tuddenham, this month to perform a concert of glorious classical guitar music. The programme will include music by Bach, Scarletti, Beethoven, Tarrega and Albeniz. Plenty of parking available at the church.

Tickets £10 per person, including wine/soft drink and canapés

Contact Julia Meynell on 01362 637455 or jmeynell@jmeynell.plus.com Tickets also on the door.


True Stories Live

True Stories Live is an intimate monthly storytelling evening at Norwich Arts Centre that has grown over the past year to become a sell-out success. It celebrates it’s first birthday this month with a ‘Best of’ evening, in the main auditorium, hosted by Molly Naylor and featuring special guests including comedian/writer/actor Sara Pascoe, together with a selection of contributors from over the year.

7.30pm, for more information call 01603 660352



Roots and Routes

Artful Stitchers invite you to discover their annual show this May at Anteros Arts Foundation, Fye Bridge Street, Norwich. The vividly colourful exhibition explores the subject of ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ – interpreting shared histories, natural themes and journeys, in both 2D and sculptural forms.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm. Admission free



Snap Happy!

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is holding a practical workshop, led by professional photographer Peter Mallett, in the woodland garden for beginners using SLR or DSLR cameras. The workshop will cover basic camera controls and operation, understanding exposure, ISO, shutter speeds and apertures, exposure compensation and lenses. Includes tea/coffee and biscuits from 9am. Please bring your own camera and instruction manual.

£35 per person (£30 members). Booking is essential. Please call 01603 270449.



The Voice

Russell Watson, known as the ‘The Voice’, makes his debut at Potters Resort, Hopton this month. He has sold more than seven million albums, and is the UK’s biggest selling classical artist. Join him for a one night break starting from £169 per person, including accommodation and a five course dinner and breakfast.

Call 0333 3207 497 or visit www.pottersholidays.com



Gearheads get ready! The annual supercar event at The Hoste in Burnham Market is back for another year, and promises to be bigger than before. Last year more than 40 vehicles, both vintage and modern and worth an estimated £15million, drove up to attend, so be sure not to miss out.

Places are limited so please register your interest now or call 01328 738777 to apply for tickets.



Page turner

Book lovers will flock to the inspirational Turn the Page artists’ book fair at The Forum in Norwich. This year’s theme is ‘Home’ and, alongside more than 60 artists and printmakers, artist Anna Yevtukh will be creating a leather-bound Street of Books which will represent the artist’s interpretation of the quote ‘There’s no place like home’. Founder and director Jules Allen will reveal her own work, Ware Hall Paper House - an illuminated book art sculpture of May Savidge’s amazing house at Wells. May was famous for moving her house from Hertfordshire to Wells, piece by piece. Additionally the fair will feature the legendary Norfolk Longbook, now 14 metres long, with just a year left of the project to run.



Food fest

The 3rd Beccles Food and Drink Festival will be held at venues in and around the town centre and should be a fun day for all the family. The free event is hoping to follow the success of the last two years with more than 50 stalls, selling a variety of cooked and raw food, pickles, preserves, oils and other condiments, confectionery, along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. There will also be demonstrations in the public hall.

Running from 10am till 4pm, there is a free park and ride service from Beccles Quay.



Hit the streets

Wymondham Town’s Busking Day will take place this month when musicians perform all over the town centre creating a wonderful atmosphere. If you have never busked before do come along and join in the fun. Individual musicians and groups are very welcome and should register in the Market Place from 11am, or call 01953 333500. Event organised by Wymondham Music Festival



Flying high

Exciting new flying displays have just been announced for the Duxford Air Festival at IWM Duxford. Thunderous contemporary jets, powerful military helicopters and dynamic parachute displays offer exhilarating aerial excitement for all the family.

Tickets: Adults £29.50 (one day) £42.50 (weekend pass), Children: free, car permit £5 per day, discounts available for disabled and friends of Duxford.


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