Photo gallery: Successful year for Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival

PUBLISHED: 17:32 02 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 November 2014

The Honeybirds in singing action at a Cromer tea dance. Picture: SAM ROBBINS

The Honeybirds in singing action at a Cromer tea dance. Picture: SAM ROBBINS


Circus and cabaret brought an eclectic arts festival to an end this weekend.

The week-long Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival (COAST) is in its fifth year.

This year’s theme was War and Peace to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

COAST trustee Jenny Rumens, a Mundesley sculptor, said: “It has gone well this year. Most of the feedback has been positive and we have all had a good time.

“COAST brings visitors in and creates enjoyment. People can see things they would not normally see and can do things they would not normally do. It is important for the area to have an active arts scene.

“It is only a small festival but it is fun and people enjoy it.”

The festival included music, film, art and literature for all ages and Ms Rumens said people from out of Norfolk booked holidays in the area to visit COAST activities.

For the second year, the No/Where Fringe Festival was run at the Atrium in North Walsham alongside COAST.

A cabaret evening last night entertained a large crowd.

Other weekend events included Circus Bizerkus at Cromer Community Centre yesterday.

Festival attractions were a war reading by poet Jeanne Markham at Virginia Court Hotel in Cromer and a performance by 1940s-style close harmony group the Honeybirds at the Sea Marge Hotel in Overstrand.

Ms Rumens said the festival was developing a good reputation, had built good foundations and was “ready to fly”.

Volunteers behind the event want to include more live music and are appealing for art hanging space for future festivals.

This year’s event cost £13,000, raised through fund-raising and grants.

To become a friend of the festival or to volunteer visit

Are you organising an arts event in north Norfolk? Email

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