North Norfolk gets set for four days of celebrations

A beacon on the highest point in Norfolk and a flotilla of dressed-up boats are among the Jubilee celebrations in towns and villages across North Norfolk.

Communities big and small are getting ready to hang out the bunting to mark the Jubilee in their own style across north Norfolk.

Cromer's four days of celebrations centre on North Lodge Park which are being turned into Jubilee gardens hosting games, tea parties and music, while the town centre will be lit up by a son et lumiere light and sound show projected on to buildings.

Sheringham is hosting a Big Picnic on the sports field on the Sunday where the fun includes a fancy dress pageant and songs from the famous Shantymen choir.

At Holt the action is in Church Street with a Saturday royal tea and Sunday lunch, plus an 800m fun run on Spout Common for the energetic.

Jubilee jaunters at Aylsham enjoying the Market Place fun on Monday will figure in a panoramic picture being taken to record the event, while on Sunday bellringers will do a quarter peal of 1260 changes dedicated to the Queen.

At North Walsham the winners of a Jubilee pudding competition, based on a recipe marking King George V's coronation in 1911, will be chosen on Saturday ahead of a Market Place party the following day.

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Stalham's Sunday picnic aims to be inclusive for all ages and abilities, with its mini Olympics featuring races for mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

But it is not just the towns which are pushing the boat out for the Jubilee.

At Blakeney a flotilla of decorated boats will sail through the harbour on Saturday to launch a busy weekend in the nautical village which also sees children performing and recording a specially-written new Jubilee song.

The newly-formed Southrepps Chorale is using the weekend to stage its first major concert, with the Wherry Brass, in the parish church. While neighbours Northrepps' street party on Monday includes a tug of war between the two villages' pubs.

Schoolchildren at Erpingham will unveil the new village sign they have designed, which features a panel in the middle which will change every year to display a new picture of the village by a local youngster.

Beacons will be lit at towns and villages on the Monday night, but Aylmerton's can boast the one that is at the highest spot in Norfolk - the aptly-named Beacon Hill at Roman Camp.

And even the smallest communities are not being left out. Plumstead near Holt, which is home to just 100 adults, has no village hall, but 60 years ago locals gathered in a local barn to celebrate the coronation. Pictures of that day feature in an exhibition of nostalgia being staged in the communities only public place, apart from the church - the telephone box.

The disused call box was bought by the parish council for �1, and has been restored as a local information point, normally containing village history, background and contacts.

It is being officially open during the Jubilee weekend, when it will host a special royal display. with local volunteer Julie Brown, who organises the contents, cutting the ribbon.

From town centres and sports fields, to quaysides, residential streets and even a phone box, a huge variety of settings will be hosting a right royal weekend to remember for young and old.

ALDBOROUGH AND THURGARTON

Monday June 4. Children's disco, Aldborough Green, 6pm. Music by Drop the Clutch 7.30pm–11pm. Beacon lighting 10.30pm.

Tuesday June 5. Dog show, 11.30-12.30. Decorate your picnic area 12.30pm. Picnic starts 1pm. Children's crafts/face painting/castle building, 1.30pm. Official opening of the village pond, 2.15pm. Races, penalty shootout, sugar beet shot-put, kwik cricket, 2.45pm. Tug of War, 4.45pm.

AYLMERTON

Friday June 1. Art competition themed on the Jubilee at village hall. Entries to hall from 3pm to 6pm. Four classes – up to eight years, 9-12, 13-16, 17 and over.

Saturday June 2. Connie's cake stall and viewing of art entries, village hall, 2-4pm. Line dancing evening with red, white and blue fancy dress, 7pm. Limited tickets.

Sunday June 3. Bring and share Jubilee lunch, village hall playing field (hall if wet), from noon. Songs of Praise, St John's Church, 6pm. The choir will sing the hymn sung at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I in 1578.

Monday June 4. Jubilee jaunt walk, with marshalled route to take in Felbrigg park and lake (just under three miles), start at St John's church 11am (registration from 10.30am). Entry fee �1.50. Lighting the Jubilee beacon at Norfolk's highest point on Beacon Hill (Roman Camp), 9.30pm for 10pm. Snack bar on site. Collection for the RNLI. Information for all events from Connie 837647, Richard 838209 or John 837707.

AYLSHAM

Friday June 1. Jubilee parties at ACT centre, 11am and 3pm including tea and show provided by the Seagull Theatre Company, hosted by Helen McDermott. Music, laughter and old songs with sing-a-long choruses. Tickets �6 each, including a meal, available from 01263 733385. Transport also available at �1.50 per person.

Whole Weekend - St Michael's parish church flower festival and art exhibition.

Saturday June 2. Aylsham Twinning dance with Barry Lee, Town Hall, 7.30pm. Bring your own food and drink. Tickets �7.50 from 01263 733201.

Sunday June 3. Ecumenical service, parish church, 10am, followed by a quarter peal of 1260 changes dedicated to the Queen.

Monday June 4. Free street party, Market Place, noon to 6pm. Entertainment from Aylsham Band, Smokehouse Blue Marching Jazz Band, Barry Lee, Guitar George, disco and magician. Bring your own food and drink. Booking forms in local shops.

Tuesday June 5. Walking treasure hunt, Market Place, 11am-1pm.

BLAKENEY

Saturday June 2. Pageant of decorated boats sailing around Blakeney Quay. 4.30pm.

Sunday June 3. Open gardens around the village, 10am-1pm. Tabletop/wheelbarrow sale at The Pastures (village hall if wet). Pitches cost �5 from parish clerk.

Songs of Praise with collective churches at Pastures, 4pm. Patricia Alexander has written a special Diamond Jubilee song to be sung and recorded by the children of Blakeney Primary School. Main celebrations at The Pastures, noon-9pm. Barbecue. children's rides and activities including Queen and corgi stocks and teddy bears' picnic. Local performers Peter Thompson (5.30pm), Shelly Wolfe (6.45pm) and Mark Fawcett and George Crawley (8pm).

Monday June 4. Street party, High Street, 2pm onwards. Crown and bunting making for the children, starting at 2pm. Mister Fied (professional children's entertainer) 4pm-6pm. Old Wild Rovers singing throughout. Beacon lighting at church tower 10.15pm.

CORPUSTY

Saturday June 2. Afternoon tea and cakes plus games, village green, 2.30pm-4pm.

CROMER

Saturday June 2. Official Jubilee launch at North Lodge Park, 1pm. Youth band competition in marquee from 2pm. Mynx Soul Band, marquee, from 8pm. Diamond Jubilee concert in the parish church, 7pm, features Timescape and Friends with music, song and dance from the decades of the Queen's reign. Free.

Sunday June 3 - Civic service, Cromer Church, 10.30am. Village games, BBQ and bouncy castle, Cromer churchyard, noon. Youth band competition continues in North Lodge Park marquee, 2pm. Rad� and Friends, marquee 8pm. Light and sound show projected onto the fa�ade of buildings around the town, after dusk.

Monday June 4. Day of family games, picnics and music, North Lodge Park from 11am. Judging of fancy dress competition, 2pm. Coronation tea dance, 2.30pm. Coronation tea, marquee, 3pm. Idunnos, marquee. 7pm. Torchlight procession, Cromer church, 9pm. Guitar George in marquee 9.45pm. Beacon lighting, 10.15pm.

Tuesday June 5. Children's tea party on the pier, 3pm. Includes Punch and Judy, face painting, a climbing wall, live music, fancy dress and best crown competitions and a disco. DILHAM

Monday June 4. Exhibition showing history of Dilham and the people who lived there, village hall, 10am-4pm. Refreshments and facilities for a picnic, with live music, on the playing field. The Islands, a 25-acre Victorian pleasure garden almost hidden in undergrowth for many years, will be open. Entry to the village hall events free, tickets and directions for The Islands costing �5 (under 12s free) available from the village hall on the day. Beacon lighting at Dilham's highest point at 10pm.

EDGEFIELD

Tuesday June 5. Old-fashioned style village fete, road in front of the village green, 2pm-4pm. Stalls, races for children, fancy dress competition. Cream teas in village hall. Beer tent and bar open from 2pm. Hog roast from 6.30pm.

ERPINGHAM

Saturday June 2. Barn dance, village hall, 7.30pm. Tickets �6. Call Norman Smith 01263 768665.

Sunday June 3. Service, Calthorpe church, 10am. Sunday lunch for Erpingham and Calthorpe villagers only. Tickets �2.50.

Monday June 4. Safari supper. Call 768665.

Tuesday June 5. 14 open gardens, 11.30-3.30. Maps from village hall. Tea party, children's games, 4pm. Unveiling of new village sign, designed by local children.

FELBRIGG

Monday 4 June. A Cracking Day Out, Felbrigg Hall, 11am–10.30pm. The National Trust property is hosting one of the few premieres of a new Jubilee-themed Wallace and Gromit short film, amid a party atmosphere, with model-making with one of Aardman's animators. Watch the BBC's Diamond Jubilee concert live from Buckingham Palace.

HEMPSTEAD

Saturday May 26. Jubilee diamond feast, village hall, 7pm. Trumpet fanfares as flag raised up new flagpole outside the village hall. Patriotic songs will be sung to music by a brass ensemble from Gresham's, followed by a hog roast.

HOLT

Saturday June 2. Craft fayre, Church Street, 10am-3pm. Royal tea from 4pm-6pm. Bring a plate of food to share. Tea will be served from the parish church hall. Wear a crown and gown for the best-dressed competition. Also competitions for best-decorated cake and cup cake. Lots of activities for all the family, including palm printing for children.

Sunday June 3. Two-course roast lunch, Church Street, 1pm. Tickets �10 for adults and �5 for children. Bar and entertainment. Civic service, church, 3.30pm. Jubilee Fun Run (800m) over Spouts Common from 9am until noon. Monday June 4. Jubilee beacon lighting at the Common, 10pm.

HOVETON

Sunday June 3 to Tuesday June 5. Dragons and Dragoons celebrations and craft fair at Hoveton Hall Gardens. East Norfolk Militia Napoleonic war re-enactments on Sunday and Tuesday. Falconry shows. Afternoon tea. For more information visit www.hovetonhallgardens.co.uk or call 01603 782558 or 07825 517647.

MUNDESLEY

Saturday June 2. 40th anniversary of the Mundesley Volunteer Inshore Lifeboat, Gold Park, 7.30pm. Hog roast and BBQ with music. Tickets on sale at the lifeboat shop in Mundesley.

Sunday June 3. Marvellous Mundesley fair, by youth and community group, Gold Park, 11am-5pm. Barn dance in the evening in the marquee, 7.30pm. Tickets from Jupe, Station Road.

Monday June 4. Children's tea party and presentation of commemorative mugs to the children in the marquee, 2pm. Church service, 5.30pm in marquee. Beacon lighting behind Coronation Hall, 10.15pm.

NORTHREPPS

Monday June 4. Village street party, bake-off, produce show, balloon race, sports, tug of war, disco and band, hog roast. Street closure noon to 4.30pm. Jubilee beacon and fireworks in evening.

NORTH WALSHAM

Saturday June 2. Community flower festival (until June 5), St Nicholas church. Afternoon judging of competition to make a Jubilee pudding. Last Night of the Proms by Wherry Brass, 7.30pm tickets �5.

Sunday June 3. Jubilee songs of praise and civic service, St Nicholas Church, 3pm.

Monday June 4. Street party, Market Place, 1pm-5pm (Market Place closed 9am to 8pm). Residents invited to dress in red, white and blue fashions from the 1950s to the present day, and bring own tables, chairs and food. Sports and games planned for a central strip of Market Place and entertainment, including music and dance performances by local schools.

OVERSTRAND

Saturday June 2. Jubilee disco to 60s, 70s and 80s music, Conservative Club, 8.30pm. Non-members welcome.

Monday June 4. Jubilee parade, forms at Ivy Farm, 1.45pm, leaves 2.15pm led by samba band, arrives sports ground 2.35pm. Loyal toast 3pm led by Cromer town crier Jason Bell, with glasses of bubbly provided. Scarecrow and fancy dress competition judging, 3.30pm, presentation of prizes, 4pm. Live music throughout afternoon. Tug of war open to allcomers. Barbecue, 5.30pm. Torchlit procession to beacon on Pauls Lane car park, 9.30pm.

PLUMSTEAD

Monday June 4. Big Garden Party for the community, plus invitees from neighbouring villages who have contributed to life in the village, 1pm.

Tree planting by villagers of all generations. Coronation exhibition in the newly-refurbished telephone box, beneath the also new village flagpole. The photographs and memorabilia will provide a record of life in Plumstead during the Coronation. Afternoon celebration including traditional village games and a barbecue.

ROUGHTON

Saturday June 2 to Tuesday June 5. St Mary's Church Jubilee flower festival and memorabilia exhibition, 10am-4pm.

Sunday June 3. St Mary's Church Jubilee Sing for Joy, 4pm presented by local school children followed by a Coronation tea.

SHERINGHAM

Sunday June 3. Combined church service, sports field, 10.30am. Big Picnic, 11.30am. Residents to pack a hamper to join in the fun. Dancing, singing, games, children's competitions and a fancy dress pageant. Live music from four home grown bands in the evening, including the Sheringham Shantymen and costumed four-piece act the Yow Yows.

Monday June 4. Beacon lighting, Beeston Bump, 10pm.

SOUTHREPPS

Friday June 1. Summer concert with the Southrepps Chorale and Norfolk Brass performing music inspired by Queen, country and the 1950s, parish church, 7.30pm. Tickets from Stephen Richards 01263 83441. Under 16s free.

Sunday June 3. Street party, Church Street, 1pm. Fancy dress for children and adults 2.15pm, children's sports at rec 3pm. BBQ (7.30pm) and music from Chibber at Vernon Arms, 8.30pm.

Monday June 4. Fancy-dress teddy bears parachute from 113ft church tower for prizes, 1pm-3pm. Beacon lighting, Stump Cross, 10pm.

STALHAM

Friday June 1. Free showing of Stalham and Stalham Green in the Past, town hall, 7.30pm.

Saturday June 2 to Wednesday June 20. Photographic exhibition of Stalham over the past 60 years, town hall, 10am-4pm. Free entry but donations gratefully received.

Saturday June 2. Happing Festival concert by Norfolk folk group Stone Angels, St Mary's Church, 7.30pm. Tickets �10.

Sunday June 3. Big Party Picnic, Memorial Recreation Ground, noon. Children's entertainer, Stalham Town Band, and Mini Olympics for all ages and abilities, including mobility scooters, wheelchairs and strollers. Exhibition of memories of 60 years ago. Donkey rides and bouncy castle. Stalls by local organisations. Joint church service of celebration, 2.30pm.

Monday June 4 and Tuesday June 5. St Mary's Church, Stalham open from 10am-4pm for visitors and locals to sign a book of thanksgiving and good wishes to the Queen. Also an exhibition of medals and Coronation memorabilia.

WORSTEAD

Friday June 1. Worstead School Diamond Jubilee garden party involving the local community as well as children and parents, on green in front of school, 1.30pm.

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