Thursford Spectacular wins national travel award
Entertaining visitors of all ages from across the globe, Thursford Christmas Spectacular, near Fakenham, has become one of Europe’s biggest Christmas shows.
It has been seen by more than 5.7 million people since opening its doors in 1977 and regularly attracts up to 50 coaches a day from far and wide, earning it (for a second time) the award for ‘Best Event for Groups’ at the Group Travel Awards this year.
The nationwide awards, which were this year held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London, saw Thursford Christmas Spectacular win against fellow 2019 nominees in the groups category: Christmas at Kew; Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall, Edinburgh Tattoo; John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Longleat’s Festival of Light, The R.H.S. Hampton Court Flower Show; and Royal Ascot.
Now in its 43rd year, Thursford Christmas Spectacular will run for seven weeks during the festive season from November 6 to December 23, with many performances already sold out.
Britain’s Got Talent finalist Steve Hewlett is new to 2019’s Spectacular. The witty comedian and ventriloquist will introduce this year’s speciality acts including one of the world’s top acrobatic Cyr wheel specialists Billy George (as seen on BBC’s Tumble, ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, Get Your Act Together and more) and the gravity-defying, international roller skating double act Royer and Emelie.
Returning to the stage is leading theatre organist Phil Kelsall, dazzling audiences on The Mighty Wurlitzer, one of Thursford Collection’s most prized possessions, and one of the largest remaining Wurlitzers in Europe.
Some 3,000 West End and Broadway performers auditioned for the company of over 120 dancers, singers and musicians who will perform show-tunes, chart toppers, Christmas carols and more.
The family-run show has a production budget of £2 million this year.
More details: www.thursford.com/christmas-spectacular/
A brand new lighting experience has also been installed, so Christmas 2019 is set to see the highly anticipated show have its biggest and best season to date.
Nestled in the beautiful Norfolk countryside, the truly unique Thursford Collection also includes Santa’s Magical Journey, an enchanted trip for children and grandchildren through a festive fantasy land to meet Father Christmas and the Steam Engine Museum, the world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs.
The Garden Pavilion transforms into a festive celebration of cafés, restaurant, bar, and shopping village, home to the famous Christmas Shop and pantry; and the award-winning bed and breakfast Holly Lodge is just a three-minute walk away.