Diary Dates

Orchestras North Norfolk Live


4th and 27th Orchestras North Norfolk Live, Laura van der Heijden, BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012 with European Union Chamber Orchestra, St Catherine’s Church, Ludham, 4th, 7.30pm, www.euco.org.uk, tickets £12 and £5 under-16s from Ludham Butchers or tel North Norfolk District Council, 01263 516294 ; Orchestra of the Swan, Auden Theatre, Gresham’s School, Holt, 27th, 6pm, www.orchestraoftheswan.org, tickets £20 through the Holt Festival, holtfestival.org


Mid Norfolk Singers


Mid Norfolk Singers, St James the Great, Castle Acre, 7.30pm. Light summer evening concert. Songs from the shows. In aid of Swaffham and Litcham Home Hospices. Tickets from Ceres Book Shop, Swaffham, Dereham Travel Centre, on the door or 01362 860423.


The Great Ellingham Teddy Bear Festival


5th-19th The Great Ellingham Teddy Bear Festival is a two-week long charity event where villagers build and display human sized straw bears and place them into a scene, sometimes quite elaborate ones. Supporting EACH and other local charities. www.greatellingham.org.uk/festival.htm

The Blakeney Guild of Many Crafts Annual Exhibition and Sale


6th-31st The Blakeney Guild of Many Crafts Annual Exhibition and Sale, St Nicholas Church Hall , The Quay, Blakeney. NR25 7ND. 10am to 5-30pm daily. Admission 50p per person. This is the 63rd exhibition showcasing a wide selection of items for sale, all handcrafted by local people. Crafts include textiles, ceramics, glass, wood and more besides.


Norwich Opera Club


10th and 24th Norwich Opera Club, Assembly House, Norwich, 7pm. July 10: DVD presentation – Gluck’s 300th Anniversary, July 24: DVD presentation. Two short operas by Ravel. A friendly and sociable club for anyone who loves watching and listening to opera. First visit free. Everyone welcome.Contact Greta, 01603 624537.


Patrick Hawes


12th Patrick Hawes, Eventide, in memorium Edith Cavell, Norwich Cathedral, 7.30pm. Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society presents this world premiere with the English Chamber Orchestra and soprano Elin Manahan Thomas. Tel: 01603 630000, www.cathedral.org.uk/centenary


The Suffolk Steampunk Spectacular


12th-13th The Suffolk Steampunk Spectacular, Long Shop Museum, Main Street, Leiston, IP16 4ES. Drawing inspiration from writers like H G Wells and Jules Verne, Steampunk combines the style of the Victorian era with the concepts of new technology. The event will give visitors a chance to experience the creative and enthusiastic Streampunk world, with exhibitions, performances and music – and take part in the sport of tea duelling. Tel: Emma Jackson, 01728 832189,

Mind Body Spirit Festival


12th-13th Mind Body Spirit Festival, The ‘Open’ at 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, 10am-5pm. 70 stalls including massage, remedies, therapies, clairvoyant mediums, Tarot, angels, spiritual gifts and plenty more. There will be 20 interactive demonstrations including Yoga, Pilates, The Balance Procedure, Laughing Yoga, Gong Baths, Healing Shares, Psychic Medium Demonstration, Buddhist Chanting, Meditation and so much more besides. £2.50 to get in with all the interactive demonstrations included.

Castle Acre Open Gardens


13th Castle Acre Open Gardens, 11am-5pm. Ten private gardens in this historic village, ranging from small courtyards to one acre plots providing a variety of design and planting style. Plant stall, children’s trail, and homemade teas served all day. Admission £5, children free. Parking available. Tudor Lodgings PE32 2AN Tel: 01760 755532, jstaffordallen@btinternet.com


Westacre Theatre’s annual Jazz Picnic


13th Westacre Theatre’s annual Jazz Picnic in the grounds of Gayton Hall again, 12–3pm. This stunning location proved popular last year when a record number of tickets were sold for the event, which will feature the DixieMix Jazz Band. Tickets £10 each (children 10 years old and under go free). Relax and spend the afternoon listening to the great band in this gorgeous setting with its 20-acre water garden, two miles of paths, lawns, woodland, lakes, streams and bridges. Tel: 01760 755007.

Felbrigg Church Flower Festival


19th-21st Felbrigg Church Flower Festival, 10am-4pm daily. Songs Of Praise, Sunday, July 20, 6.30pm. Poetry is this year’s Festival theme. Refreshments available daily. Felbrigg St Margaret (NR11 8PR) is set in the beautiful parkland surrounding Felbrigg Hall, National Trust property in north Norfolk. Tel: June Clarke, 01263 761483.


Peasenhall Pea Festival


20th Peasenhall Assembly Hall, 11am-4.30pm. Peasenhall Pea Festival in the beautiful Suffolk village, and celebrates the pea, its growers and its heritage. The festival opens at 11am with a children’s pea themed fancy dress parade and continues with music, wacky pea themed games and activities, and local pea produce, through until 4.30pm. The festival is supported by the Yes Peas! campaign with proceeds going  towards the upkeep of the historic Assembly Hall. A share will be donated to the Friends of Peasenhall School. Tel: John O’Connor on 01728 660339 or email: peasenhallpeafestival2014@gmail.com


Hoveton St John Church


24th Hoveton St John Church, Concert of Remembrance to commemorate the centenary of the start of The First World War, Hoveton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Norwich City Concert Band will play music and songs of the time. There will be a roll-call of names of people from Hoveton-Wroxham-Belaugh area who gave their lives for their country. Tickets £8 for adults and £4 for children (Light refreshments included). Tickets from Roger & Sarah Tomkins. Tel: 01692 630892, Mob 07889 534432. Proceeds to Hoveton St John Church.


The Iceni choir


25th-27th The Iceni choir is part of the three-day Whinburgh music festival. Three concerts at Home Farm Barn, Whinburgh, the first being the 25th at 7.30pm. This will include songs, poetry and archive footage from the First World War. Entitled Hell and Humour in the Trenches. On the 26th Broadway in the Barn is a selection of Broadway Musicals to include Showboat, My Fair Lady, West Side Story and more. 7.30pm. On July 27 Mostly Faure, the Iceni Choir and soloists. 7.30pm. £8 each or all three concerts for £20. Contact concert manager Jim Stebbings 01362 693277 or Beverley Cooper 01362 858185 / 07710 722149 coop501954@yahoo.com


Phoenix Male Voice Choir Summer Concert


26th Phoenix Male Voice Choir Summer Concert, St Catherine’s Church, Norwich Road NR29 5QA Ludham, Norfolk. 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). Tickets £6 from Alan, 01603 408393, and on the door. Raffle, refreshments.


Suffolk Art Society Midsummer Exhibition


July 26th-August 11th Suffolk Art Society Midsummer Exhibition, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9OT, 10am to 5pm daily. Elegant setting for the work of some of Suffolk’s finest artists. A wide spectrum of subjects and styles will give everyone something to enjoy. The Society is non-profit-making and donates substantial sums to charities, in this case the church. Admission is free, warm welcome. Tel: 01440788836, delhoye@waitrose.com

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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