Welcome back! Hope school started well and you’re looking forward to your North Norfolk half term. As usual it’s all about Halloween. Does anyone remember Guy Fawkes, poor chap? Lots of scary puns at all the usual venues but also some exciting (non-Halloween) participatory art and theatre for youngsters.
FAMILY: HALLOWEEN, HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE
The United Kingdom’s scariest ever 31st of October might not be til next week (unless of course…) but that doesn’t stop the bandwagon of Halloween events rolling well in advance. National Trust Oxburgh Hall has a Scary Scavenger Hunt every day from 19 to 27 Oct, 10.30am-4pm. Holkham Hall’s new rope walk is making itself spooky from 19 Oct and the Hall itself has a daily Halloween Hunt from 24 to 27 Oct, 10am-5pm. Pensthorpe Nature Park maintains its reputation for horrifying puns with ‘Trick or Tweet’ from 19 Oct to 3 Nov. The North Norfolk Railway promises thrills for ‘either children or adults’ from 19 to 31 Oct. And keeping it to one special day, Creake Abbey Café has teamed up with ‘Little Lifestyle Store’ Marshes and Flint, to create a Halloween party on the afternoon of 25 Oct. The programme looks great for little ones.
FAMILY: AND YET MORE HALLOWEEN, WITH A DIFFERENCE
A pumpkin palace in Thursford, all week
An original and fun idea for Halloween (that also counts as one of your five-a-day) is the Pumpkin House at Brookhill Farm in Thursford, on the A148. Owners Henry and Victoria Cushing came up with the idea in 2018 and have er, built on it, for this year. Follow a scarecrow and pumpkin trail like Hansel and Gretel and you’ll come to a whole house built of pumpkins (and some wood), take a pic and pick a pumpkin. Also tea and pumpkin cakes and a hay bale maze. Open 10am-4pm. Postcode: NR21 0BD. Entry free, 19 to 31 Oct.
ART/FAMILY: (P)ARTICIPATE IN A NATIONAL ART EVENT
Brancaster Beach will be many mountains high, Sat 20 Oct
An art installation needs your help. From 8.30 to 11.30am on 20 Oct artist Katie Paterson brings her project ‘First There is a Mountain’ to Brancaster Beach. Under Katie’s direction everyone will be encouraged to sculpt a range of mountains from moulds in the shape of some of the world’s most famous peaks. All ages welcome. The artwork is ‘an invitation for the public to slow down, pause and side step reality to create something that is both real and unreal at the same time.’ The installation has almost completed its tour of 25 UK beaches through the summer. Go to www.firstthereisamountain.comfor more.
FESTIVAL: SEAFEVER 3, LITERARY FEST, 18 OCT
Hear about Norfolk’s favourite son and hero on 18 Oct
Be quick to catch the Seafever 3 Literary festival at Wells Maltings on Fri 18 Oct. The one-day autumnal appendix to the main festival focuses on Nelson, it being Trafalgar Day on 21 Oct. Guest speakers include a distinguished naval academic, Andrew Laughton, and Royal Navy veteran Rear-Admiral Dr Chris Parry. Also on the programme is what will surely be a lively debate, audience participation welcome, about who is the superior naval novelist and fictional hero: CS Forester and Horatio Hornblower or Patrick O’Brian and Aubrey/Maturin. All events at the Maltings in Wells.
THEATRE: A MUSICAL, A FOOTBALL WEDDING AND CHARLES DARWIN
Science can't get much wackier than Tangram Theatre’s
Since Tue 15 Oct the Cromer and Sheringham Opera and Dramatic Society, (CSODS) have been toe-tapping their way through ‘Stepping Out, the Musical’. Last three shows this weekend, at the Sheringham Little Theatre. Two more theatrical treats in tucked away places this week: on Fri 18 Oct the clearly-named Anonymous Is A Woman Theatre Company bring to Sedgeford ‘It is Now’, a play set during a wedding on the 30thJuly, 1966. Football fans and anyone over 60 will know the date. On Sat 19 Oct at Kettlestone Village Hall the delightfully wacky Tangram Theatre present ‘The Origin of the Species’ during which Charles Darwin invites the young audience to help him come up with his famous theory, fast. ‘So damn brilliant,’ according to one review. We highly recommend for the youngsters.
Blakeney’s ‘End of Season’ Fireworks and Bonfire Night on 20 Oct (someone else who can’t wait for Guy Fawkes to turn up). Fakenham Races, first meet of the season, sponsored by Sky Sports. A talk by Lord Butler, former head of the Civil Service about serving five prime ministers, on 18 Oct at Wells Maltings, and lots of nature fun for families at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
AND STICK AROUND FOR…
More races at Fakenham on Wed 30 Oct, the last open day of the year at RAF Bircham Heritage Centre, and a night run round the Blickling Hall estate.
CURRENT ART SHOWS
Folkart, Time on our Hands, Sheringham Museum, www.sheringhammuseum.co.uk, to 26 Oct, daily, 10am-4.30pm
John Threlfall, Birdscapes Gallery, Glandford, www.birdscapes.co.uk, to 27 Oct, daily, 11am-5pm
International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition, Sheringham Park, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheringham-park, to 27 Oct, daily dawn til dusk
Wildlife Around Us, Steve Cale, Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley,www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk, to 29 Oct, daily, 10am-4pm
Transformation, The Gallery, Holt, www.thegalleryholt.com, to 30 Oct, Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm
The Art of Nature Photography, Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley, www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk, to 7 Jan, daily, 10am-4pm