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August 24th to August 31st

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THEATRE FOR KIDS: A HIGHWAYMAN, FAIRY TALES AND A TEMPEST

Will she make an Honest Gentleman of him? Stuff of Dreams Theatre in Cromer on 25 Aug

It’s a fantastic last roar of children’s theatre. If you’re quick, catch the Fri 24 Aug matinee at the Sheringham Little Theatre. It’s ‘Jumble Tales’, a mash-up of favourite fairy tales. On Sat 25 Aug, at North Lodge Park in Cromer, there’s an outdoor show of ‘An Honest Gentleman’, a ‘musical play about East Anglia’s very own Dick Turpin’, by local and lovely Stuff of Dreams company, who promise: ‘a rollicking adventure with wine, women and song, and where facts are scarce… glorious embellishment.’ Suitable for children 10 and above.Finally, Holkham Hall’s outdoor theatre on Wed 29 Aug is ‘The Tempest’ by the highly entertaining Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Yes it’s grown-up Shakespeare, but the setting and the TLC men suit all ages. They really are brilliant.

THEATRE FOR GROWN UPS: A FARCE, A COMEDY AND THE SAME TEMPEST (AS THE KIDS’ ONE)

 ‘The Tempest’ at Holkham on Wed 29 Aug 

Sheringham Little Theatre’s summer rep this week is Ray Cooney’s loveable farce: ‘Wife Begins at Forty’. In the ‘hilarious comedy’ a couple in a stale marriage decide to move on, but the direction they end up following is quite the opposite to the one they expect. Couples suffering an overdose of summer holiday would do well to attend. Another show that’ll put a smile on your face is comedian Joe Pasquale, of ITV’s ‘New Faces’ (not quite so new after 30 years). Joe is doing a one man show at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton on Sun 26 Aug. It comes with the health warning: ‘This show may contain nuts and Joe may say the word “fart”.’ As above, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men at Holkham on Wed 29 Aug will be brilliant.

MUSIC: LAST OF THE SUMMER CONCERTS

Trevor Pinnock tinkles his harpsichord in Binham Priory on Sat 25 Aug

As well as some serious reggae and calypso at a couple of party venues (see below) music lovers can catch the final concert, by the Doric Quartet, of the North Norfolk Music Festival at South Creake on Fri 24 Aug. More classical with a harpsichord concert by Trevor Pinnock in historic and picturesque Binham Priory on Sat 25 Aug. Blakeney Harbour Room bookend the week with Irish blues and rock band Crow Black Chicken on Fri 25 Aug and Split Whiskers on Fri 31 Aug. The latter play Chicago blues and according the BBC, their show is ‘a complete experience’. Sounds good.

COUNTRY: GO TRAD’ COUNTRY AT THE AYLSHAM SHOW

It’s all about the little animals at the Aylsham Show on Bank Holiday Monday

The Aylsham show on Bank Holiday Monday is one of the few remaining traditional country shows in the UK. The focus is on the livestock, with forty classes of goat alone to be judged (by the aptly named chief steward, Ms Lamb) and countless cups and trophies, for everything from the Beef Young Handler Champion (sponsored by the butcher) to fancy dress and the best Individual Food and Drink Winner. In the main ring there’ll be showjumping, marching bands, vintage vehicles, kids’ sack races and tugs of war, and the all-crowning Grand Parade. Children under 16 enter free. For a proper day out in the country there’s nothing like it.

PARTY: LIKE THE SUMMER WILL NEVER END…

Voewood Hall by Holt has a house party and all are welcome on Sun 26 Aug

Voewood Hall near Holt throws open its many doors on Sun 26 Aug for a day of calypso and jazz, while Twenty9, the trendy Burnham bar and restaurant, has three reggae bands over the weekend, plus 100 rums on offer. Keeping it traditional and rustic, the Wighton village harvest festival on Sun 26 Aug, in the church at 11am, is followed by a Ploughman’s Lunch Party, which will feature the famous local cheeses of local Mrs. Temple. Take some home and stick it on fresh bread from Bircham Windmill’s Bread Festival, on Tue 28 Aug.

STICK AROUND FOR…

The North Norfolk Railway Steam Gala from Fri 31 Aug

… The Steam Gala at the North Norfolk Railway, starting on Fri 31 Aug. Buy a day ticket or a photo pass for the line, or simply go for a walk across Kelling Heath and relive the Railway Children as they puff past. Or stuff your face at the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, in Holkham Hall on Sat and Sun, 1 and 2 Sep. Fill up your car with goodies at the Creake Abbey Farmers’ Market on Sat 1 Sep. Or if you can really stick around, there’s a bit of a lit fest at the Westacre Theatre starting Sat 1 Sep. Take advantage of the post holiday peace and quiet with a good book.

CURRENT ART SHOWS

Connection: Open 18, Wells Maltings, to Sun 30 Sep, 10am-6pm. www.wellsmaltings.org.uk

Shirley Carnt Open Studio, Coastguard House, Thornham, to Sun 2 Sep, 10am-5pm. www.shirleycarntartist.com

Tracey Ross, Norfolk Horizons, Creake Abbey Café, to 16 Oct, 9am-5pm, www.creakeabbeycafe.com

Methodist Modern Art, Community Matters Café, Cromer, Tue 7 Aug to Fri 17 Aug, 10am-4pm.

Capturing the Moment, John Patchett, Picturecraft Gallery, Holt, Fri 17 Aug to Wed 22 Aug, 9am-5pm. www.picturecraftgallery.com

Gareth Jones, Sea Things My Way, Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley, Wed 22 Aug to Tue 4 Sep, 10am-5pm. www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

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