On the weekend of 24th May, the widely renowned Houghton International Horse Trials take place.
Exciting new classes have been incorporated into this year’s Houghton International Horse Trials. In addition to the traditional Three Day Event, hotly contested each year by many of the top event riders in the world, the venue will also host Norfolk’s Festival of Showing and British Showjumping classes.
Showing takes place on Friday and Saturday, 24th & 25th May, with RIHS qualifiers for hunters, riding horses, cobs, hacks and working hunters as well as retrained racehorse qualifiers for Hickstead and the Royal Windsor. In hand and ridden qualifiers for Equifest, BSPA Championships of Colour, Veteran Horse Showing Championships, Royal London and Chiltern Rider Championships will provide showing enthusiasts with an inspiring two days of sport.
British Showjumping makes its debut with a £4,500 prize fund, Point Trophies and Leading Rider Awards. Classes over the weekend range from 80cm up to 1.30m and include British Showjumping Scope Festival Qualifiers.
The old Houghton favourites still feature in the programme: the popular Sema Lease Eventers Grand Prix, Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifiers, Pony Club and unaffiliated showjumping, and unaffiliated dressage all make for an action packed four days during which over 700 horses will perform.
For full details on how to book, and the provisional timetable, visit www.houghtoninternational.co.uk
The 8th Annual Bespak Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) and the 3rd Mini GEAR take place around King’s Lynn town on Sunday, 5th May 2013. This popular event has become a real fixture on the athletics calendar as well as being a firm favourite with local people who might be running for fun or to raise money for charity.
The Bespak GEAR, organised by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and sponsored by Bespak, starts at 10.30am in the Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn, the fast, flat course takes runners on a loop through the town centre, through The Walks and along the waterfront, showcasing some of the town’s key heritage and retail areas.
Come along to King’s Lynn to support the runners and spectate for free.
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The Pasadena Roof Orchestra show includes famous tunes such as ‘Puttin on the Ritz’ ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ ‘The Lullaby of Broadway’, as well as hot numbers from the twenties such as ‘Duke Ellingtons’ ‘Black and Tan Fantasy’ or ‘Truckin.’
English Dance Bands are also included, with the beautiful numbers that were sung by Al Bowlly, and arranged to perfection by Ray Noble.
The show is far from a pure history lesson as audiences can testify; there is a liberal dose of ‘British humour’ in its presentation.
When it comes to authentic swing music the orchestra has no equal. The reputation of the orchestra is as legendary in its own right, as the bands from the 1920′s and 1930′s that inspired it.
The orchestra performs year-round, with a line-up of eleven excellent jazz musicians who have perfected their craft and studied jazz at the top conservatories. Many years of working together and top class arrangements, result in the ensemble sound for which the orchestra is renowned.
The orchestra will be performing at the Princess Theatre on Saturday 4th May.
For more information visit http://www.thelittleboxoffice.co/princess/event/view/2534
Deepdale Outdoor & Wildlife Festival will offer stalls, entertainment and activities inspired by the outdoors & wildlife of the beautiful North Norfolk coast – walking, cycling, bird watching, wildlife watching, kite surfing, watersports and more.
There will be stalls offering a wide range of outdoor & wildlife related goodies. The regular shops at Dalegate Market, including Deepdale Café, will also be open throughout the weekend as normal. The event takes place from Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st Apr 2013.
For more information, see the Deepdale Outdoor & Wildlife Festival website.
Quality crafts from some of the country’s finest artists, designers and craftsmen will be on display this year, together with demonstrations of many rare and unusual skills. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at this perennially popular event, including puppet shows and amusements for the children and a wide range of catering facilities. The food halls are legendary at the shows. Locally produced delights with regional & international fine foods to eat and enjoy or buy to take home.
The fair takes place on the weekend of the 12th-14th April.
For more information, see Sandringham Craft & Food Fair.
The Burnham Market International Horse Trials is a fantastic day out for all the family! Alongside the top class competition, there’s over 40 trade stands to ‘grab a bargain’ at and for the children there’s bugee trampolines, bouncy castles and a climbing wall. On Friday 29th and Saturday 30th Razz and Pearl will be performing circus workshops and Ridgeside Falconry will be attending with their magnificent birds of prey, plus there’s lurcher racing. This is a great family day out, over the Easter weekend.
The SPC Holdings Burnham Market International Horse Trials is based in North West Norfolk. One of the country’s finest events where visitors can see a multitude of Olympic and Championship athletes competing on home turf. Riders who regularly compete at Burnham Market include Zara Phillips, Team GB Olympians William Fox-Pitt, Pippa Funnell and local girl Piggy French.
The event takes place Thursday 28th – Saturday 30th March 2013.
For more information visit www.musketeer.co.uk
The Burnham Market International offers a fantastic day out for all the family! Alongside the top class competition, there’s over 40 trade stands to ‘grab a bargain’ at and for the children there’s bugee trampolines, bouncy castles and a climbing wall. On Friday 29th and Saturday 30th Razz and Pearl will be performing circus workshops and Ridgeside Falconry will be attending with their magnificent birds of prey, plus there’s lurcher racing. This is a great family day out, over the Easter weekend.
Holkham Hall will be hosting an exhibition of balls gowns and beautiful dresses by Belinda Bellville and Bellville Sassoon on the 25th of March 2013.
Belinda Bellville, society dressmaker and Viscountess Coke’s mother, is world renowned for her stylish dress designs and as co-founder, with David Sassoon, of Britain’s foremost couture label Bellville Sassoon.
Elegant ball gowns and designer dresses take centre stage in the Statue Gallery of Holkham Hall, charting the path of fashionable couture over the last fifty years.
On display will be a collection of dresses created by Bellville et Cie and Bellville Sassoon including ball gowns, cocktail and party dresses, as well as a wedding dress belonging to Sophie Coltman Rogers (was Whately) and a yellow jersey, pin tucked dress, designed by Bellville Sassoon, available as a pattern from Vogue Patterns. In addition, drawings, patterns and photographs create a fascinating insight into Belinda Bellville’s glittering career.
The dresses on display have been kindly lent by Lady Anne Glenconner, Valeria Viscountess Coke, Mrs Camilla West (was Bellville), Lady Carey Basset, Sophie Coltman-Rogers (was Whately) as well as Belinda Bellville and Viscountess Coke.
The exhibition can be viewed in the Statue Gallery when Holkham Hall is open to the public from 25th March to 31st October 2013 on a Sunday, Monday and Thursday 12-4pm.
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For centuries the horse fair was held over several days in Downham Market at this time of year and was one of the largest of its type in Europe.
It was recorded that more than 10,000 horses were bought and sold during some of the fairs, which commenced on St Winnold’s Day, and helped to replenish stocks for various armies on the continent.
The fair has long disappeared from Downham Market but crowds watch an annual procession make its way through the town which recognises its once pre-eminent place in horse trading.
The event is also a celebration of the continued success of the town’s markets, which were granted to the town in 1046 by Edward the Confessor.
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Experience the taste of East Anglia and Norfolk with Docking’s Local Produce Market, held every Wednesday from 10am until 2pm, where you can find real food, passionately produced locally all year round througout the county and its borders, making food come to life through a great taste experience.
For more information, visit http://www.dockingmarket.com/
On Sunday 27 January, Conductor Philip Hesketh presents three international soloists – Yuri Zhislin(violin), Corinne Morris (cello) and Alexandros Kapelis (piano) – to play Beethoven’s wonderful Triple Concerto. This programme of well-loved music will begin with the most ambitious of Beethoven’s four overtures for his opera Fidelio and culminate in a performance of Brahms’ last and most majestic Symphony.
For more information visit www.nso-uk.co.uk
Takes place Sunday 27 January, 3:30pm.
To order tickets, contact: Corn Exchange Box Office 01553 764864