Sheringham Little Theatre, nestled on the North Norfolk coast, is home to one of the last surviving summer repertory seasons in the country, celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2016. This much-loved community arts venue has a year-round programme of events, including film, art exhibitions, dance, drama, music and comedy. Our popular winter pantomime is enjoyed by school groups and families, both local and visiting North Norfolk.
As well as watching a performance, you can also take to the stage with a variety of workshops, classes and amateur performance opportunities every year!
Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury and has influenced the town a great deal over the last few centuries. In Spring 2016 Gainsborough’s House created a new walking trail, Gainsborough’s Sudbury, to explore the town that inspired Gainsborough on foot, highlighting some of the fascinating heritage sites across the town, and some of the landscapes that are now immortalised in his paintings.
This map of Sudbury offers visitors the chance to explore the town at their own pace, and visit the sites that are of most interest to them, including Gainsborough’s House itself, Vanners Silk Weavers, Friars Street and the beautiful Water Meadows.
The map is free, and can be found at Gainsborough’s House. Plan a trip to explore Gainsborough’s Sudbury.
While you’re in the area, why not see what else Suffolk has to offer? Visit Suffolk is the perfect place to start.
As explored in a previous Culture365 item, flint has played a significant part in the East’s history, and now, a new exhibition explores the role it has played in more detail. Flint Rocks! is at Ancient House Museum until October, and examines flint throughout the region.
From fossils to flakes and soldiers to strikea-lights, this exhibition throws light on this very versatile stone. Discover the people who worked and used it, and find out about flint’s Japanese
And has there ever been a better time to visit? Ancient House was recently named the winner of the EDP ‘Visit Norfolk Tourism Awards’ Best Visitor Attraction.
In March 2016, visitors to Time and Tide Museum were able to explore a brand new exhibition – Halfway to Paradise. Halfway to Paradise re-lived the excitement and energy of the early years of rock and roll through the exceptional photography of Harry Hammond, the music photographer who documented the emergence of Rock ‘n’ Roll music in post-war Britain. His era-defining images of popular music icons such as Roy Orbison, Ella Fitzgerald, Cliff Richard and Shirley Bassey went on show alongside rare memorabilia exploring Great Yarmouth’s thriving music scene of the early 1960s, including posters, programmes and star autographs.
The display was drawn from the V&A’s collection and provided an insight into the change in musical tastes over the two decades following the war. Hammond’s photographs chronicled the jazz and big band musicians of the early 1950s such as Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, American Rock ‘n’ Roll stars visiting Britain including Little Richard, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent, through to the early breakthroughs of British rock such as the Animals and the Beatles in the 1960s.
The exhibition also explored the fascinating local dimension to this story, documenting Great Yarmouth’s place in the Rock ‘n’ Roll revolution when home-grown talent played alongside top stars of the day at the town’s key venues such as the ABC and Windmill Theatres.
Halfway to Paradise was a nostalgic treat for the ear and eye – and a wonderful opportunity to revisit one of the most exciting eras in popular music. See what’s on at the moment at Time and Tide.
Explore Great Yarmouth, as well as the rest of the region (Norwich is great for live music too!) with Visit Norfolk.
If The Shoe Fits was a special event to celebrate Norwich Fashion Week 2016. The Museum of Norwich partnered with Van Dal, the last shoemaker in the city and the largest traditional ladies shoe manufacturer in the UK, to host an evening of fashion where past and present collided!
Once upon a time, the Norwich shoe trade was the largest industry in Norwich. At its peak, there were 26 shoe factories which employed 12,000 people across our Fine City. Today, only one major manufacturer continues to produce shoes in Norwich; The Florida group, known to us as Van Dal.
The public were invited to explore the museum galleries, where they were able to discover installations of live mannequins, styled by the Fabulous Miss K, modelling the newest Van Dal designs against the museum’s heritage backdrop. Curators were also on hand to showcase shoes from the museum’s extensive collection which were not on display at the time.
The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, in Norwich, is one of the finest examples of Victorian Gothic revival architecture in England. Designed in the Early English style by George Gilbert Scott Junior, St John’s contains some of the most exquisite 19th century stained glass in Europe. It also has a wealth of Frosterley marble and beautiful stone carving.
The Cathedral was built on the former site of the City Gaol. At the Duke’s request it was designed in the Early English style of the 13th century by architect George Gilbert Scott junior, a recent convert to the Catholic faith.
One of the first things that you notice as you walk up the steps to the Cathedral is the thousands of fossils contained within the stone steps. Once inside, this element is continued with more fossils speckling the black Frosterley marble pillars surrounding the nave.
The Cathedral is open every day of the year from 7.30am to 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome at all times but are asked to respect the silence rule during services.
Jessica Warboys is an artist who spends her time between Suffolk and Berlin. She works across film, performance and painting – diverse practices that are, for her, closely related. In particular, she sees her large-scale Sea Paintings – made on the beach with the sea as her collaborator – as ‘prints or traces of a performance.’ Scattering pigment onto sea-soaked canvas, she allows the movements of the waves and the wind to determine the distribution of the paint. Some of her most celebrated works were created on the beaches of Dunwich here in Suffolk.
Jessica Warboys was one of 42 artists who brought work to Norwich in summer 2016 for the British Art Show 8. Warboys created a new Sea Painting for each leg of the Show.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe landed in Norwich in 2014, when the University of East Anglia’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts doubled for the Avengers Training Ground at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The art gallery and museum appear towards the end of the blockbusting film, with filming taking place inside and outside, including by the lake.
Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson and Elizabeth Olsen were some of the stars who flew in for the shoot, with director Joss Whedon having visited earlier in the year for a recce.
And with at least two more Avengers films in the pipeline, who knows? The grounds of the Sainsbury Centre may grace the silver screen once again in the near future.
Every year, Norwich Cathedral host a special series of events as part of its Science Festival. Each edition of the festival takes on a different theme; for example, 2016’s festival aimed to explore the relationship between science and faith, two areas of study that are often thought of as completely separate.
Coinciding with British Science Week, the festival offers a number of special exhibitions, talks and services, for budding scientists of all ages!
To find out more about the Science Festival, and other events taking place, visit Norwich Cathedral.
The cathedral has a series of year round events and exhibitions. Plan a trip to explore with Visit Norwich.