Festival 3 by the Sea programme at Hunstanton

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Hunstanton & District Festival of Arts has announced the launch of its new summer programme Festival 3 by the Sea.

Lasting from April until September, it is bursting full of bright ideas for anyone of any age to get involved with the arts in all its forms.

First of is the recently-launched photographic competition “Flights of Fancy” to find 12 brilliant amateur photographers who can provide the best pictures of West Norfolk for the Hunstanton Town Calendar.

Top prize is £100, with £25 each for 11 runners-up and all entries must be in by September 7.

There will be hints and tips in a talk given by prizewinning photographer and tutor Chris Holt being held at Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre on Wednesday, April 22, at 2.30pm.

He will share his walk between Hunstanton and Great Yarmouth – “A North Norfolk Coastal Walk”, – illustrated with his own beautiful photographs and slides; tickets cost just £2 and can be bought at the door.

A creative writing course for adults with tutor Sue Burge, called intriguingly “We do like to write beside the Sea-side!”, will be held in Hunstanton Town Hall Chambers with its wonderful sea views (top floor) on Wednesday, April 29, from 10am-4pm; the cost is £15 and places are limited, so book early and bring lunch.

HDFA craft fairs take place every month in the Town Hall, with the Easter dates on April 3 and 4, followed by the May fair on Saturday 2nd; these events continue right through to November 21 and entry is free

Among the many other events planned is a new design a ceramic tile project with Paint Me Ceramics and the new topic will be “Seaside Memories” to fill up two more of those plain and boring panels on the sea front with exciting shapes, colours and designs. The cost is £10 per tile.

In May there will be an adjudicated Dance Festival; poetry mornings are planned for on May 20 and July 15; and there is the annual Drama Festival of 18 different one-act plays at The Princess Theatre from July 9-12th, with tickets at £8 per session of three plays or £25 for a season ticket (the awards night will be Sunday, July 12).

Two items planned for local schools are an adjudicated Bible Reading competition and an Authors in Schools event.

Also in the planning stage is an Art Day with tutor Kate Dunbar called “Taking a line for a Walk” suitable both for beginners and those wishing to improve their drawing technique and this will be on June 30.

All these and many more arts projects will be on offer to both residents and visitors throughout the summer.

Further information will be available on the HDFA “Festival 3 by the Sea” leaflet available soon from the Tourist Information Centre and local shops or contact the website www.hdfa.org.uk