- The Third HDFA Folk Festival was held this year on September 16, 2017, in the Wash and Tope in Hunstanton. Acts from all over East Anglia contributed to the most successful event so far. HDFA member and musician Ian Wells organised the event, pictured, and started the day off with some of his self- penned songs. This was followed by a range of acts from ragtime to country/folk and sea shanties. The audiences throughout the afternoon and evening were well entertained by the wide ranging talents of the artists, including headliners the Tildens and the Fried Pirates. Thanks are due to Tracey, Jay and Steve of the Wash and Tope for their support throughout, those who donated prizes for the raffle, including Norfolk Deli, Wells Therapy, HDFA committee members, a local honey producer and the Wash and Tope, helping to raise almost £100. The Purfleet Trust also held a successful raffle to support homeless people in the King’s Lynn area. Plans are now in hand for the next festival in September 2018 and we would welcome some local talent and those from further afield, who might be interested in becoming involved.
- Wednesday 9th, August.
- Gates open at 6.30pm | Performance at 7.30pm
- Thornham Village Hall
- Tickets £12.00 adult £10.00 conc. Box Office Hunstanton TIC 01485 532610 Tickets also available on the door.
- The scene is set: a respectable garden party to celebrate Lord Cava’s retirement and the handing over of his sparkling wine empire to his nephew, Charles. It is no secret that Charles intends to shut down the business and convert Lord Cava’s Manor (The Cavary) into a conference centre. Unsurprisingly, Charles is later found dead, poisoned, clutching Hercule – Lord Cava’s beloved pet parrot. The garden party is thrown into disarray, the sardonic Inspector Back arrives to investigate and the twists and turns of a whodunit both puzzle and entertain alongside dangerous amounts of humour. Can you solve the mystery?
This original murder-mystery by David Kerby-Kendall will be an interactive play with references to Downton, Agatha Christie, part romp, part farce and a whole lot of fun. Come along and figure out if you can decipher ‘whodunit’?!
Running time 2.5 hours inclusive of a 20 minute interval
Suitable for 12+.
Please bring picnics, rugs and low back chairs. (Indoors if Wet).
- | Friday 7th – Sunday, 9th July
- Performances will take place at 7.30pm each evening and there will also be matinees on Saturday, 8th and Sunday 9th July at 2.30pm
- Princess Theatre.
- Tickets cost £8.50 per performance (Festival Ticket £30 which includes access to all performances) will shortly be available from the Princess Theatre Box Office on 01485 53 22 52 or on line at www.princesstickets.co.uk
- The popular Hunstanton One-Act Drama Festival will take place once again this year from Friday 7th – Sunday, 9th July at the Princess Theatre.
Performances will take place at 7.30pm each evening and there will also be matinees on Saturday, 8th and Sunday 9th July at 2.30pm. Each performance will consist of different adult and youth Drama Groups from throughout the District performing one-act plays of their choice. Each session will usually include two or three different plays while the last evening, ‘Oscars Night’, will include special entertainment and the presentation of awards for both the Drama and Dance Festivals.
After each session, the adjudicators will talk briefly about each play and how well each team achieved their objectives. Full written adjudications will be issued to each Group after the event.
The event is also a competition and trophies will be awarded within different categories including Best Original Script, Best Play and Best Actor/Actress at the end of the Sunday performance. These will be presented by the Mayor of Hunstanton.
Entries are still being received and the deadline for these will be the end of April 2017. Entrants may submit a published or an original One-Act play or, alternatively one scene from a full length play. If you are interested in submitting an entry please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain forms and full details of the rules and regulations.
Senior Adjudicator, Michael G Williamson said that he was delighted that the Festival had continued to grow in numbers and significance over the years and was now regarded as one of the best in Norfolk. It was always good to see groups returning to Hunstanton and to note their progress and development. Each performance provides something different and can cater for all tastes.
Tickets cost £8.50 per performance (Festival Ticket £30 which includes access to all performances) will shortly be available from the Princess Theatre Box Office on 01485 53 22 52 or on line at www.princesstickets.co.uk
Come along and support your favourite local Drama Group or just enjoy an afternoon or evening of entertainment.
- | June, 2017
- BIBLE READING FOR SCHOOLS COMPETITION 2017
The annual Bible Reading for Schools competition took place at Hunstanton Methodist Church in Cromer Road this year.
3 Schools took part, Hunstanton Primary, Glebe School and Docking School.
Everyone who read obtained above the minimum mark of 65 and received a gold certificate. They were as follows.
Year 1. Olivia Belham. (Age 5)
Year 2. Evie Sykes, Harry Robinson, Summer Mann.
Year 3 Purity- Rose Ologhoejebi, Scarlett Hallard, Freddie Gribbin, Tia Odedra.
Year 4, Charles Prout. Macey Jezeph, Lexie Reynolds.
Year 5, Ethan Newton-Walters, Asia Boswell, Ebony Hodgeman, Kirstie Nudds,
Year 6, Oliver Shaw, Elise Barber, Kitty Robinson, Daisy Waddison.
Best reader in each group: Olivia Belham, Evie Sykes, Tia Odedra, Ethan Newton-Walters, Macey Jezeph, Oliver Shaw.
Best overall readers were Macey Jozeph and Oliver Shaw who both managed a magnificent 80 marks.
Adjudicator Ann McKimm said” the standard was very high this year with everyone making a real effort to put interest and feeling into their spoken pieces. This was a most enjoyable event and I commend all the students for taking part and I was very pleased with the standard - they all did very well.”
- | June 2017
- Free Admission.
- Summer Season Highlights.
- | 11th June.
- The Spinney, High Street, Hunstanton
- Free Admission.
- Step back in time and listen to your favourite swing hits.
- | May 28th
- The Spinney, High Street, Hunstanton
- Free Admission
- George Fornby has nothing on these guys!
- |16th April
- The Spinney, High Street, Hunstanton
- Free Admission.
- The Girl with the Golden Voice, Rhiannon Rae, performs everyones favourite hits from the 50's, '60's, plus a selection of Rock n Roll, Country and Country/Rock - not to be missed!
- | 23rd April
- The Spinney, High Street, Hunstanton
- Free Admission
- The new singing sensation that has swept across the county. Rock Choir is very different to the more traditional choirs and choral societies. They sing their own, special arrangements of feel good chart and pop songs.
- | 29th April
- 12 - 4pm
- Venue Henry Le Strange Community Orchard - Hunstanton
- Free Admission
- Blossom Day
12 noon - 4pm
Previous event details
- The Hunstanton & District Festival of Arts is again holding a Christmas Tree Festival at the Town Hall and we are looking forward to seeing another amazing display.
Do you wish to enter the competition
on behalf of your charity, school or business?
We ask that you supply and decorate an artificial tree. You are welcome to put a collection tin nearby for visitors to donate. We will also have a competition box where visitors can nominate their favourite tree. There will be two categories, one adult and one junior with each winning organisation receiving a cheque for £50.
You will be able to set your tree up on Thursday 8th December between 1pm – 7.30pm or on Friday 9th December 10am - 12 noon. Trees will need to be removed on Sunday 11th December between 4pm – 6pm or Monday 12th between 9am – 12pm.
While the Festival is open to the public there will be music and refreshments, including mince pies and mulled wine.
As you can appreciate, we only have space for a limited number of trees so can you please let me know a.s.a.p. if you would like to participate and if you will be requiring an electricity supply and/or a table for your tree. We would welcome some help with manning the hall if possible (details on entry form).
If you wish to enter a tree please download the Entry Form from the link: Please click here for Christmas Tree Entry Form
- | An on-going project
- Award winning Paint Me Ceramics have been working alongside the HDFA to produce a tile wall feature on Hunstanton sea front.
In 2012 a similar project was completed for the Jubilee, which proved a great success. Elaine Clutton, Chair of the HDFA (pictured above left) said “ It captured the imagination and creativity skills of the whole community and visitors. It also brightened up that area of town and was also recognised by the In Bloom judges. We had no hesitation in supporting this latest project with the theme ‘ Memories of Hunstanton’.
We are always looking at different things to get the community engaged in arts. This project will ensure that people with all types of ability can get involved. The impact on the appearance of the sea front promenade will be amazing “
Paint me Ceramics who are based in Hunstanton are a paint it yourself, pottery studio. They work with local schools, groups and individuals young and old. They inspire everyone to get creative and personalise their own tile with a memory of Hunstanton. Using a whole range of techniques, such as stickers, specialised 3d paint, and even hand and foot prints, they have been able to create a fantastic collage of images representing peoples memories.
Suzy Mason Owner of Paint me Ceramics HDFA (pictured above right) said “ Hearing the stories as people painted was something special. We’ve heard about the fairground, the sea life centre and even how the wash monster has evolved. These stories all had a common theme, Hunstanton holds many special memories for many different reasons. I’m proud to see that Hunstanton has created so many memories, these tiles really does show what we have to offer, from the cliffs, beach and fish and chips to the brownies, scout groups and the In bloom awards.”
We, the HDFA ,whose main objective is to organise and promote Arts in and around Hunstanton, are hosting and promoting a whole series of events. Elaine Clutton, Chair of HDFA said “we are always looking at different things to get the community engaged in arts. This project will ensure that people with all types of ability can get involved. The impact on the appearance of the sea front promenade will be amazing “
Paint Me Ceramics – Suzy Mason, 01485 534340, www.paintmeceramics.co.uk
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- Saturday October 15th at 7.30 or Sunday October 16th 2.30 (Matinee)
- “A marriage of minds, not hearts” is how Lady Alice Elgar describes her relationship with her husband, Edward Elgar – arguably our country’s greatest composer – in the closing scene of Peter Sutton’s compelling play, Elgar and Alice.
The play was a “four-hander” with excellent performances by the professional cast with Chris Millington as Elgar and Elaine Elliott as Lady Alice and ably supported by Alison Roberts as Alice Stuart-Wortley (a female admirer/muse to Edward) and Rose Floyd playing Lady Alice’s devoted maid, Sarah Allen. The play gave an insightful look at their lives in the period when Lady Alice’s health is deteriorating. The Director, Michael Philips, brought an irrestible charm and a tremendous feeling of place and time to the production which also benefitted from excellent lighting effects and authentic costumes.
There was an excellent turnout for both performances of this play by Peter Sutton and there were a few tears shed by the audience at the final scene of this rewarding piece of theatre – which we were all privileged to see brought so vividly to life by this talented group of actors.
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- | Saturday 24th September
- The second annual
Folk Music Day held at the Wash and Tope hotel on Saturday, September 24, was a great success.
The afternoon and evening sessions were well supported and the audience, made up of local people and those who came from far and wide to support the event, was treated to an excellent quality and range of music from Phil Lascelles, Malle and Colin Payne and the Fried Pirates in the afternoon and Paul Tooby, Sharon Clifton, the Tildens and the headlining artist, Liam Jary in the evening.
A great time was had by all, and it even attracted a group of “real” pirates in the afternoon celebrating a local young man’s 30th birthday. The organiser of the event, Ian Wells (an HDFA committee member), provided the commentary and performed some coves of well-known songs as well as some of his own compositions.
This free event was made possible by the HDFA committee and the generosity of the sponsors, the Wash and Tope
hotel, Wells Therapy, the Norfolk Deli and the audience’s generosity in buying the raffle tickets.
The whole-hearted view at the end of the event was it would be welcomed back on the calendar for 2017.
- Sunday | 21st August, 2016
- 2.00pm - 4.00pm
- Town Bandstand, The Green
- Many people gathered on the Green with their families and picnics and the Red Hat ladies joined in the festivities as usual and all enjoyed the music by The Hunstanton Town Concert Band.
- Thursday-Sunday | 7th -10th July.
- This year’s Drama Festival of One Act Plays held at The Princess Theatre in Hunstanton, drew to a successful close on July 10th. There were 12 entries in all and winners of the Adult Section were:-
The Wisbech Player with their excellent production of “Orphans” written by Kyle Kessler. This hard hitting and adult themed play will be seen in full later this year.
Winner in the Youth Section was Garboldisham Amateur Dramatic Society with their moving version of “Children’s Ward”, by Ellen Dryden. Entries came from all over the Eastern Area, and included The Hunstanton Community Players and The Rollason Stage School Youth entry who won The Shakespeare Cup. The standard was judged as high by the 4 adjudicators who were led by Mr Michael G. Williamson the Festival Director. Congratulations go to all concerned. It is planned to hold Drama Festival 2017 on the same dates next year and details will be available soon.
Click here for the Drama Festival list of awards
Photos to follow shortly.
- Saturday | 23rd July, 2016
- Free Event
- This free event was held at the Spinney, Hunstanton, with the Shantymen facing the Spinney and the audience seated on the walls and in the shade of the trees (much needed because it was very hot). The Shantymen performed many favourite shanties and sea songs and the audience participation was excellent with them joining in with the help of the supplied Chorus sheets. A very enjoyable afternoon for all.
- Wednesday | 20th July, 2016
- All welcome to read poems old or new or just listen. Refreshments included.
- Saturday | 17th July 2016
- The performance by the King’s Lynn Ukulele Club was a great success and the audience was enchanted by the very entertaining and colourful players.
- Friday | 17th June, 2016
- Compere “Rollo”. Guest artist:Derek Martin “Charlie Slater” from EastEnders.
- Sunday | 28th May. There will be at least one a month all the way through till November
- “Please see Current Event listing”
- Wednesday | 25th May, 2016
- There certainly was a great ‘to-do’ - in the Town Hall that evening! HDFA organised an extravaganza of local talent to celebrate the 400th anniversary of ‘The Bard’. The audience of 150, enjoying a ploughman’s supper and ‘mead’, were greeted by the Shawms and Lysards of Wylde Noyse, and Carl Stuter’s melodic lute. Our Master of ALL Ceremonies – Michael Williamson - guided us through performances by Rollason’s Midsummer Beautiful Fairies : Setchey Society’s comic rendition – ‘a few lines from Othella …and you’re a hell of a fella!’ – special thanks to Stephen Hayter for putting it all together! – and the screening of the Tate/Tennant sketch which was very funny!
There were brilliant interpretations of Macbeth and Hamlet by Smithdon and Glebe, HCPand The Supernovas – all different in their way and thoroughly entertaining! A group of singers, from various local choirs, sang madrigals - ‘It was a Lover and His Lass’ and ‘The Merry Month of Maying’!
Nigel Wickens, accompanied by Gill Smith, delighted us with song and sonnet readings and the evening ended with a superb rendition of ‘This Royal Throne of Kings’ by Michael Williamson.
Prizes were presented to winners of The Sonnet Competition and Quiz, and the sonnet winners read their poems to an appreciative audience – to this day, there remains the mysterious, Unknown Poet who wrote ‘Choices’?! – (please come forward to claim your prize!).
The whole evening was an enormous success, HDFA’s commitment to community involvement in the Arts well and truly met with the performers ranging from 5 years old to 75!.
Finally, our thanks to all the performers, the Committee of HDFA, the technical support from Phillip James and the delightful ambassadors, Elsie Garner and Beth Anthony and others who helped behind the scenes to make such a happy occasion, with everyone enjoying the delights of Shakespeare’s legacy to us all..
AB June, 2016
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- Thursday | 26th May, 2016
- 7.30pm - 9.00pm
- Hunstanton Town Hall
- Tickets £6.00. Hunstanton TIC 01485 532610 or from Ann McKimm 01485 533933
- The Hunstanton & District Festival of Arts “Festival 3 by the Sea” project is happy to announce that local poet Doreen Reed will be entertaining us again with her wit and humour on Thursday May 26th in the Hunstanton Town Hall.
Doreen is well known in East Anglia as a writer of observational poetry which is witty, with a down to earth style. With a talent for originality coupled with a very natural and sometimes cheeky sense of humour, Doreen’s work is a delightful programme of memories, amusing predicaments and family observations!
This will be her second appearance for the HDFA, and tickets cost just £6.00 from the Hunstanton Tourist Information Centre. Please book in advance as numbers are limited.
Further information about her work from www.doreenreedpoet.com or the new HDFA website.
- Over one hundred youngsters from four stage schools competed across a range of dance disciplines at Hunstanton’s Town Hall on Sunday in what is known as the ‘Friendly Festival’.
Rollason Stage School organises the competition under the umbrella organisation of the HDFA, and Michelle Rollason said: “We’ve had more competitors than ever this year and it is great to welcome dancers from the Trapdoor Theatre Academy Donnington and Splitz Theatre Arts Cambridge to join our friends from 1st Academy Fakenham and of course Rollason Stage School.
“We are also very fortunate for have former West End and TV performer Jacquie Sindle to adjudicate the event.”
In a high-scoring competition all the dancers achieved at least 84 marks and achieving Honours with 90 marks for dancing described as ‘exceptional, both technically and artistically’ were the Trapdoor Theatre Academy’s modern groups of youngsters and individual performers Emily Smith and Beth Scarborough.
For their Modern Duet Lucy Elsegood and Danielle Harrowing from Rollason Stage School achieved a Distinction with 89 points and this was matched by Tommy Rollason and Macy Hodgson’s Street Duet in the 13-16yrs competition also from the Rollason school.
Throughout the competition the audience was wowed by ballet, tap, modern, street, song and dance and group routines including ‘Cheerleader’ and numbers from ‘Kinky Boots’ and ‘Chicago’, this last bringing back memories for adjudicator Jacquie Sindle who was in the West End show in the 1980’s.
Elaine Bird - Hunstanton Town & Around
- The event was well attended and the audience all remarked on the wonderful ambience, range of music and the good bar and tea and cake stall and all said they would come again – so all in all a great success for Hunstanton’s first ever Folk Festival. It is hoped that it will be a bigger event next year with lots of artisan stalls outside with strolling minstrels and of course a great line-up of artists and the real ale bar inside.
Please look at Current Events for news on 2016 Festival in September.