Muddy guide: Fri 29 Jul – Thurs 3 Aug
It’s festival-tastic this weekend in Norfolk as annual festivals in Holt, Kings Lynn and Gorleston all come to a close, often saving the best until last. Let’s get stuck in…
Fri 29 – Sun 31 July
Holt Festival, Holt
There’s just one weekend left of the nine-day Holt Festival, taking place at a variety of venues all over the town. From comedy to cuisine, politics to pop, Holt Festival is a celebration of the arts that brings the best in music, theatre, fine art and the spoken word to visitors. There are still tickets left to see 60’s soulful singer Arthur Brown on Friday, while witty comedian Mark Watson, family adventure Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time and singer Suzie Heath are on the bill for Saturday. One-woman show Jane Austen at Home kicks off the festivals final day, while sixties hit-makers The Searchers close the show with a show of their back catalogue include Needles and Pins and Sugar and Spice.
Various venues in Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6BE. Tel: 01603 568699. holtfestival.org.uk
Until Sat 30 July
Kings Lynn Festival, Kings Lynn
Now in its 66th year, the Kings Lynn Festival embraces classical music, jazz and folklore, alongside film and talks in many venues all over the city, including theatres, churches, art spaces, hotels and council buildings. On the bill this year are stars from jazz club extraordinaire Ronnie Scott’s. The fortnight-long festival culminates this week with a screening of classic film Elviva Madigan and a talk by Natural Navigator and best-selling author Tristan Gooley (pictured).
Various venues in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1JW, Tel: 01553 764864. kingslynnfestival.org.uk
Until Sat 30 July
Pop-up Pictures outdoor cinema, Fritton Lake, Great Yarmouth
The grounds of Fritton Lake Country Park is the setting for Pop-up Pictures’ summer movies which ends the season with ABBA tribute Mamma Mia (30 July). Unlike most cinemas – where over-salted popcorn, greasy hotdogs and massive buckets of wee-inducing soft drinks are the order of the day – snacks on sale here include fresh wood-fired pizzas and warm nachos, as well – of course, as a licensed bar.
Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre, Church Lane, Fritton, NR31 9HA. Tel: 0333 456 0777. http://popuppictures.co/
Sat 30 – Sun 31 July
Laugh in the Park Festival, Norwich
There’s a lot to be said for a good dose of comedy – the health benefits of a good chortle alone make it worthwhile seeking out – so make sure you check out Red Card Comedy Club’s Laugh in the Park Festival. With a massive line up of comic genius (including John Mann, Andy Parsons, Aisling Bea and Paul Tonkinson), Laugh in the Park is set in Norwich’s beautiful Chapelfield Gardens, with food and drink from Bite The Bullitt (burgers and burritos) and Grain Brewery (beer). Tickets cost £20 per day and can be bought online. Laugh in the Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TN. Tel: 01603 508050. redcardcomedyclub.com/laugh-in-the-park
Sun 31 July
Wells-next-the-Sea Carnival, Wells-next-the-Sea
Wells Carnival has been taking place in the town for over 50 years, and this year promises to be a great event. Running from July 29 to August 7, each day sees different activities taking place all over the popular seaside town. Events on Sunday will include a car boot sale, beer festival, fete day complete with petting zoo, stalls, crafts, dog show and more, as well as the crowning of the Carnival Queen and live music (pictured).
Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1HT. Tel: 07771 874997. wellscarnival.co.uk
Sun 31 – Mon 1 August
Gorleston Cliff Top Festival, Gorleston-on-Sea
This two-day event has been running at the end of July since 1998 and features lots of attractions, such as live music (the event has a dedicated acoustic music stage), dance, theatre, sports displays, children’s events and a dog show. Stalls include crafts, collectables, cakes, charities and local businesses showing their wares.
Marine Parade, Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk, Nxxx. Tel: xxx. clifftopfestival.co.uk
Weds 3 August
High School Prom Queen, Theatre Royal, Norwich
Norwich Theatre Royal is turning trans-Atlantic this summer as the stage is transformed into the classrooms and corridors of Swallow Falls High School. The centre of learning is the setting for this year’s summer musical from the Norwich Theatre Royal Youth Company. High School Prom Queen aims to follow the preparations, battles, angst and romance which leads up to winning the prestigious prom queen prize.
Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1RL. Tel: 01603 630000. secure.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk