Having spent time at an intriguing and enjoyable event recently in Downham Market, I thought I would stay in that town for the first few items of the column suggesting things that, hopefully, are of interest to readers.
The event I attended for a while (I would certainly have wanted to stay longer) was The Fear in the Fens Film Festival, 2016, organised and devised by CULTure Babylon and held for a day and evening at Downham Town Hall. Taking advantage of East Anglia’s unique, rather bleak landscape, the event showcased cult horror films such as Witchfinder General and Dracula 1972 AD as well as showing locally-made short films.
Talks were presented by experts in this cult field and there was the chance to see work of the Super 8 Group, dedicated to preserving low-gauge analogue film-making. Together with excellent local refreshments available and the chance to socialise and network, I think the event was a great success. The sponsors, Downham Market Arts, Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Community Foundation and Tesco should be congratulated. Here’s to the next, CULTure Babylon event!
Staying at Downham Town Hall, I notice DMTH Cinema is showing the film Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, on Thursday, November 24, with screenings at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 each and available at Lewks in Wales Court and Downham Market Town Council offices during normal opening hours.
I also notice some exciting live stream performances coming up at Lynn’s Majestic Cinema, and, no doubt, a cinema near you. On the evening of Thursday, December 15, at 7pm Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart star in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land live from the National Theatre and before then The Tales of Hoffman ( November 15) and The Nutcracker Ballet (December 8), both from The Royal Opera House .
Two events coming along soon involving crafts, food, and gifts! Firstly to Dents Farm at Hilgay where there is a Christmas food and craft fair on November 12 and 13; for more details email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 01366 385661. It’s well worth a visit with fine refreshments available.
Over at the Sandringham Estate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 18-20, there’s the popular Sandringham Christmas Fair which is open 10am- 5pm daily. Besides the crafts, food and gifts there are other attractions and activities to view and get involved with. Just follow the AA signs.
And now to music. Here’s a date for lovers of piano music to note. The classical pianist Natalia Williams-Wandoch is to visit Lynn Town Hall to give a recital for Lynn Music Society at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November. Membership is not essential to attend and there are concessions and free tickets for young people and students. Doors open at 7pm.
It’s certainly an appropriate time of year to hear and see Terrifying Tales of Lynn and other Spooky Stories! If you have not visited True’s Yard Museum yet to view their eerie exhibition, please drop in Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm (last admission is at 3.30pm). Entrance to the exhibition is included in admission. Do visit the museum’s website for details of other interesting and fun events.
I finish this week as I started, featuring film! The popular 1949 Ealing Studios comedy starring Stanley Holloway, Passport to Pimlico, is being shown at St. George’s Guildhall on Tuesday, November 22 at 2pm. Tickets are £5 and it’s another in the current series of Winter King’s Lynn Festival events. It’s got to be good!