I expect many have been enjoying the recent Bank Holiday Weekends, and so far we have enjoyed relatively good weather here in West Norfolk, so it’s certainly the right time to really get out and about if possible.
Visitors to Downham Market Festival have, no doubt, enjoyed a great week so far, but don’t forget there is still a couple of days entertainment to go; the committee’s coffee morning today from 10am until 12.30pm in the Town Hall and the baby show and fancy dress competition also today from 2 until 4pm at the same venue.
The Macmillan Festival Quiz takes place also at the Town Hall, from 7.30pm tonight, tickets are £5 per person (including a buffet) and teams of four are welcome! Contact Denise Whiley on 01366 383615 for details.
Tomorrow there is a 12-hour craft fair being held from 9.30am in the Town Hall and The Festival Flag is lowered at the festival’s close, 4pm. A festival with something for everyone.
Over in Hunstanton Friday Night is Oscars’ Night! Next Friday, June 5, starting at 7.30pm, at The Princess Theatre, a celebration of award winning music, dance and drama will be presented. Quality entertainment there will be in abundance, and as I mentioned a few weeks ago, the show will include all the award-winning dancers from the recent Festival of Dance organised by the Rollason Stage School for the Hunstanton Festival 3 by the Sea project.
For more details visit The Hunstanton Festival of Arts website: www.hdfa.org.uk It’s bound to be an amazing night!
Staying in Hunstanton for a minute, a reminder that the Royston Town Band will perform at the bandstand on The Green, near the central prom between 2 and 4pm this Sunday, May 31. Over in King’s Lynn at the same time Meadow Lane will perform in The Walks Bandstand. So you have a choice depending on your favoured location or taste in music!
Castle Acre is another superb village to visit at this time of year. Guided walks will take place on June 1, July 11, August 29 and August 31 between 10.30am and 12 midday. Your tour will no doubt reveal a thousand years or more of fascinating history. The walks are subject to change if the weather is bad, for example, so do visit the website to keep up to date: www.historiccastleacre.com
Another excellent trip could be a visit to Gallery Plus at Wells-Next -the -Sea where an exhibition of works by two new ceramicists, Sophie Southgate and Penny Withers is being held. Exploration of these artists’ work will be rewarding and the good news is one has the chance to go along until June 30, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm and admission is free. To get in touch call on 01328 711609 or visit: www.gallery-plus.co.uk
An exciting literary event is coming up this summer, and the Lynn Waterstones Book Club is getting involved! Harper Lee’s novel, so far never published, Go Set a Watchman, including characters from her famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird is being published on July 14, and both books will be the subject for discussion at future meetings. More will be revealed in this column soon; keep reading!
I have been reminded by Edith Reeve that visits to the Red Mount on The Walks can now be made up to September 13. This famous historic chapel is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 1-4pm. Admission is free and children should be accompanied by an adult. Over at The South Gate you can try your hand at brass rubbing, also, so pay “The Gate” a visit as well, times are the same!
Lastly, don’t forget The Lions Family Fun Day,onSunday, June 7, on The Walks, it’s all go!