Diary Dates

Norwich Music Society

1st

1st Norwich Music Society, Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane Norwich NR2 1EW, 7.30-c10pm. An informal society for lovers of mostly classical music, from CD recordings, £3 admission. Tel Brian 07941 977703 or Andrew 07799 258715. Video/audio equipment demonstration by professionals.

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A Festival Of Decorated Christmas Trees

5th

5th-7th A Festival Of Decorated Christmas Trees, St Mary’s Church, Woolpit, Friday, 5th, Preview from 6pm followed by a Concert by Voice Squad Cadets at 7pm. Tickets £7.50 to include mulled wine. Saturday, 6th, 10 am to 5 pm. Refreshments in the Church. Entrance fee £2.50 accompanied children under 12 free. Craft stalls in village centre. Sunday, 7th, from 12.30pm onwards. In the Church there will be a “Peace on Earth 1914″ tableau depicting a British trench. No Man’s Land diorama with the German trenches in the background lit up with Christmas trees depicting the scene confronting British troops on Christmas Day, 1914. Tel: Mary Hughes, joint organiser, 01359 240811.

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Lavenham Christmas Fair

5th

5th-7th Lavenham Christmas Fair. Starts at 6pm on Friday with the Lighting Up Lavenham ceremony in the Market Place, when Father Christmas arrives in his sleigh. Eighty craft and food stalls over the weekend, selling gifts and food and drink. Late-night shopping on Friday until 8.30pm, Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday, 11am-4pm. An array of food and drinks: hand-made pies, sausages, cheeses, olive oil, chocolates, cakes, biscuits, apple juices, wines and spirits. Craft stalls include handbags, fur hats, scarves and stoles, jewellery and watches, glass jewellery and panels and art works, Christmas wreaths, garlands and decorations,Christmas cards and paper, wildlife photography, wooden toys and gifts, plants and flowers, bath products, candles, patchworks, bunting, wooden home-and-gardenware, wool and tweed cushions, accessories and art works. lovelavenham.co.uk

Seraphim: Christmas concert

6th

6th Seraphim: Christmas concert at St Edmund’s Church, Southwold, 7.30 pm. Music from the female vocal group and the newly-formed Spring Baroque Ensemble, including Vivaldi’s Gloria for upper voices, Corelli’s Christmas concerto and medieval carols. Peal of bells from 7pm. Refreshments following the concert. Tickets £12 from Spring, 4 Church Street, Southwold, halcyon@agencyforchange.co or 01502 726161.

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Sing Nowell

6th

6th and 14th Sing Nowell, Iceni Choir, Chapel Field Road Methodist Church, 7.30pm. Vivaldi, plus carols by Rutter, Britten, Leighton and Willcocks. Tickets £10, includes light refreshments. All proceeds to be divided between the Iceni Choir and the chicken project, Zimbabwe. Available from Prelude Records, 25B St Giles Street, Norwich. Tel: 01603 628319 or Jim Stebbings, 01362 693277. www.icenichoir.org. Dec 14th, 3pm, Hunter’s Hall, Swanton Morley NR20 4JU. Christmas programme with refreshments, tickets from Hunter’s Hall – www.huntershall.com/ – or Jim Stebbings, see above. jimstebbings@btinternet.com

Diss Salvation Army Christmas Concert

6th

6th Diss Salvation Army Christmas Concert, Alburgh village hall. Doors open 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start.  Admission £2 includes tea or coffee with a sausage roll or mince pie (vegetarian option available. Donation bucket for the Salvation Army raffle and bar. Tel: Pat 01986788510 /Julie 01986788934, patricia.goose@yahoo.co.uk

Phoenix Male Voice Choir Christmas Concert

6th

6th Phoenix Male Voice Choir Christmas Concert, Mile Cross Methodist Church, Alysham Road, Norwich, 7.30pm. Doors open 7pm. Tickets £6. Available from 01603 408393. or on the door. Refreshments and raffle.

Visit Father Christmas

6th

6th-7th Visit Father Christmas in his Magical Woodland Garden, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road South Walsham NR13 6DZ, 11am-4pm. Meet reindeer Comet and Blitzen, then visit Father Christmas in a traditional yurt. £6.10 adult, £5.60 concessions, £7 per child to visit Father Christmas and receive a present (includes garden entry). Pre-booking is essential to visit Father Christmas. Tel: 01603 270449. www.fairhavengarden.co.uk

Dragon Hall’s Medieval Christmas Market

6th

6th-7th Dragon Hall’s Medieval Christmas Market, 10am – 4pm. Annual medieval themed Christmas market with costumed traders from around the UK and Europe. Live music, licensed bar and refreshments. Dragon Hall, King St, Norwich (01603 663922) www.dragonhall.org £2.50, Under-16s £1, Under-5s free. Proceeds help towards the upkeep of this wonderful building.

A Silver Band Spectacular

6th

6th A Silver Band Spectacular with David Stowell and Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band, St. Nicholas’ Church Dersingham, 7.30pm. The Friends Of St Nicholas’ Church (Charity Number 1046540) present seasonal music – decorated Christmas trees, mulled wine – mince pies. Tickets in advance £9 or £10 at the door.Refreshments included. Tickets 01553 631124 or 01485 540865/ 540081

Hoveton Hall Estate Christmas Craft Fair And Childrens’ Santa Trail

13th

13th-14th Hoveton Hall Estate Christmas Craft Fair And Childrens’ Santa Trail, 10am-3pm. Meet Father Christmas and feed and stroke real reindeer, while the tea rooms will be open for a warming bowl of soup and Christmas-themed cakes. There’ll be a gift for the children and for grown-ups a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie to enjoy whilst mooching around the festive Craft Fair in the Stable Yard next to the Hall. Free parking. Entry is £5 per person to include a childrens’ gift and mulled wine with a mince pie for the grown-ups. No need to book, pay on the gate. To book a craft stall call 01603 784297, e-mail office@hovetonhallestate.co.uk or visit www.hovetonhallestate.co.uk

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Jonathan Wyatt and his Big Band

21st

21st, Jonathan Wyatt and his Big Band will be raising the roof of The Forum, Norwich, with their annual Christmas concert. Jonathan and his friends will help you Swing into Christmas with timeless jazz classics and toe-tapping arrangements of seasonal favourites. Their own versions of Sleigh Ride, Let it Snow, White Christmas and classics by Michael Bublé, Bing Crosby and more make this a performance not to be missed. “Our Christmas concerts are the highlight of my year,” said Jonathan. “With the Big Band we bring a new dimension to the festive period with something for everyone.  Each year we add something new to the programme. Two of East Anglia’s top big band vocalists will be featured and we are delighted to have the ever popular female vocal trio The Moonglow Sisters returning to perform with us.” The concert is always a hit and tickets sell out fast. Contact the Norwich Theatre Royal box office on 01603 630000. Tickets are £12.50 each. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 7.30pm. Drinks are on sale at Marzanos bar, or you can book a table on the Pizza Express bridge and choose a meal from the Christmas menu while you enjoy the concert. This year’s selected charity for Swing into Christmas is Age UK Norfolk who will be holding a raffle on the night. For more on The Forum’s Christmas markets, exhibitions, films and more www.theforumnorwich.co.uk

DEC
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Boxing Day Walk

26th

26th Boxing Day Walk, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, 11am. Enjoy a tour of the garden with Head Gardener Ian Guest. Included in garden entry: £6.10 adult, £5.60 concessions, £3.60 child (under 5 free). No need to book. Contact details, see above.

DEC
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All listings correct when published on the Let's Talk website, but subject to change. Please contact organisers and venues directly.

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