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Half way through half term, and the Halloween events are relentless. We’ve had to repeat them from last week, and assume that by the time we’ve gone to print the scariest event of them all, the big B, will have been solved or shelved, yet again. (First ever mention of current affairs in My Week in North Norfolk). We’d better focus on what we know: what’s on this week in North Norfolk.

FAMILY: (IT’S STILL) HALLOWEEN, HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE

Halloween at Holkham Hall until 27 Oct

National Trust Oxburgh Hall has a Scary Scavenger Hunt every day to 27 Oct, 10.30am-4pm. Holkham Hall’s new rope walk is making itself spooky until 31 Oct and the Hall itself has a daily Halloween Hunt until 27 Oct, 10am-5pm. Pensthorpe Nature Park maintains its reputation for horrifying puns with ‘Trick or Tweet’ to 3 Nov. The North Norfolk Railway promises thrills for ‘either children or adults’ 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. Be quick to catch it.

NATURE: KIDS, ART AND AN EXCLUSIVE SAFARI

Search for mini beasts at NWT Cley on Fri Oct 25

Perhaps there’s yet another Halloween hook-up with all the bugs and creepy crawly events at nature reserves along the coast. Norfolk Wildlife Trust has two events on Fri 25 Oct for children, one at its base in Cley, the other at West Runton. More grown-up nature to be had, again at the NWT, where you can learn to paint birds over two days with artist Steve Cale or tag along on one of their guided walks. Over at Holkham jump on an exclusive ‘Nature Reserve Experience Day’ on Thu 31 Oct. Limited to just four people, they’ll drive you in a 4x4 round the reserve and park, including many areas closed to the public. Priced at £65 per person.

MUSIC: CLASSICAL GUITAR, HARD ROCK AND TRIBUTES

Stevie Nimmo rocks Blakeney on Sat 26 Oct. (Photo: Halu Gurer)

Sticking with the exclusive theme, local classical guitarist James Boyd has paired up with the Coastal Exploration Company to give an open-air concert on the salt marsh on Sat 26 Oct. We suspect it may be well booked but worth checking. It will be a very special evening. Contact details in the venues. More accessible music at the Princess and Pavilion Theatres in Hunstanton and Cromer respectively, whose autumn tribute act season is kicking off. We love how those bands come up with the names. ‘Talon’: who could that be? Original songs from old school rock band Stevie Nimmo Trio at the Blakeney Harbour Room on Sat 26 Oct.

TALKS: COTTAGE CRAFTS, THE MAKER OF A MIDSHIPMAN AND A REWILDER

A young Hughie Green as Marryat’s Midshipman in the 1935 film

Take respite from all the horrors of Halloween and hard rock with a quiet talk. You might be just in time to catch Rachel Donald discussing the ‘Home Arts and Industries’ at the Sheringham Museum, aka ‘Mo’, at midday on Fri 25 Oct. Blakeney Harbour Room on Tue 29 Oct hosts local author Jim Ring talking about Captain Marryat, naval action man, prolific author and significant inventor, who retired to live in Langham, hence the Norfolk connection. And on Thu 31 Oct, the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley hosts Charlie Burrell in conversation with Nick Acheson. Burrell has pioneered a remarkable ‘rewilding’ project at Knepp Castle in West Sussex. Nick Acheson is a well-known local naturalist and guide.

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, to 31 Oct.

DON'T MISS…

The horseraces at Fakenham on Wed 30 Oct, a night run around the Blickling Hall estate near Aylsham on Sat 26 Oct, a history and ghost walk around Cromer on Sun 27 Oct, and the last open day of the year at the RAF Bircham Heritage Centre.

AND STICK AROUND FOR…

The ultra cool Artisan Market, 2 Nov, at Back to the Garden in Letheringsett, Hunstanton town’s clifftop bonfire and fireworks show same day, and a while ahead but with a strong appeal to a local art lovers, a talk at Raynham Hall on 29 Nov about a pair of very special paintings.

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