Hunstanton’s “Festival 3 by the Sea” programme

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“Festival 3 by the Sea” is the new summer programme by Hunstanton & District Festival of Arts.

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

First, there is the ongoing photographic competition, “Flights of Fancy “, to find 12 excellent amateur photographers who can provide the best pictures of West Norfolk for the Hunstanton town calendar. Take your seasonal photos now, and enter by September 7 latest. The top prize is a cracking £100, with £25 each for the 11 runners up. Entry is free on line at Digital entries only please.

The HDFA will be at “Blossom day” in the town’s Community Orchard tomorrow, May 2, with full details. Look out for their stall to try your hand at painting a tile, or contact the shop in Hunstanton’s Westgate.

Craft fairs take place every month in the Town Hall and the May dates are tomorrow, Saturday 2, and Saturday 23; entry is free, refreshments available.

A new “Design a Ceramic Tile project” with Paint Me Ceramics is planned and the topic this time will be “Seaside Memories” to fill up two more of the plain and boring panels on the sea front with exciting shapes, colours and designs. A subsidised cost of £8 per tile will include special paints, firing and studio time.

The Princess Players popular poetry morning “The Joys of Spring” will take place on Wednesday, May 20, in the Town Hall basement from 10.30-12 noon, entry £2.

The annual Drama Festival of one act plays will be at the Princess Theatre from July 9-12. Tickets cost £8 per session and there will be three different plays each performance or £25 will buy a season ticket to see all the plays and give you an audience vote for the most accomplished one of the week.

The awards night will be on Sunday, July 12, with a special performance by JGData Children’s Theatre Group; Michael Williamson, NODA, is the lead adjudicator for this event and John Harris will entertain at the piano.

Also new this year is an art day with tutor Kate Dunbar called “Taking a line for a Walk”. This one-day course will be suitable both for beginners and those wishing to improve their drawing technique; It takes place on Tuesday, June 30 and will cost £15; ages 18 up, places are limited and you can find it in Hunstanton’s Town Hall Basement.

Stop press: It has just been announced that a folk music festival will take place on Saturday, August 15 at Hunstanton Community Centre and grounds, contact Viv Young for more details on 01485 534566. Line up to include The Jake Morrell Band and West Norfolk’s Stone Pony.

Further information will be available in the “Festival 3 by the Sea” leaflet now available from the Tourist Information Centres and local shops, or visit the website