Seven places where you can enjoy open air entertainment in Norfolk this summer

The Last Night of the Blickling Proms. Picture: Denise Bradley

The Last Night of the Blickling Proms. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

From open air concerts celebrating the best of the 80s, to new renditions of Shakespeare's classics, there's a variety of outdoor events taking place across the county this summer.

• Holkham Hall

Throughout August, Holkham Hall will be hosting a range of outdoor theatre performances, offering a variety of titles and genres for the whole family to enjoy. The next show will be the classic tale of Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn't grow up on Wednesday, August 10. This will be followed by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Ratburger and the programme will conclude on August 31 with Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Tickets are priced at £14 per adult, £10 per child and £43 for a family ticket (two adults and two children). The end of the month will also see Holkham celebrate the 1980s with an open air concert, featuring Level 42, with special guests Go West, Big Country, Heatwave, Jaki Graham and Nathan Moore from Brother Beyond.

• Larchwood, Beachamwell

Moth in a China Shop, a newly established charity focusing on sport and health will be hosting two different Film in a Wood sessions at the end of August, showing Blues Brothers (1980) on Friday August, 24 and Love Actually (2003) on Saturday, 27. The open air film screenings will take place in Larchwood, tickets will be £10 per person, and those wishing to camp can pay an additional £5 for a pitch. A range of food will be available on both nights, as well as a bar supporting local breweries and children's activities. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs/blankets and to come in fancy dress.


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• Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale

Until Saturday, August 13, Strange Fascination Theatre Company will be performing their own open air version of Shakespeare's classic, A Midsummer Night's Dream at Dalegate Market. The tale follows the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus to Hippolyta. Various food will be available from Deepdale Cafe on site, but guests are welcome to bring their own food/drink as well as chairs and rugs.

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• Blickling Estate

On the 12 and 13 August, Blickling Estate will be hosting two very different open air music events, the first a night of classic Ibiza dance tracks which will be accompanied by a live 32 piece orchestra and stunning laser show, the second The Blickling Proms where special guests Blake are set to perform. Tickets are prices at £35 for an adult and £16 for a child.

• Oxburgh Hall

On Saturday, October 1 an evening of secret music will be held within the grounds of the beautiful Oxburgh Hall, built in around 1482. The music is taken from Tudor England and will provide an example of what may have been sung at Oxburgh in the 16th century. The evening will include music by English composers William Byrd and Thomas Tallis and tickets will cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.

• Ketts Park, Wymondham

On Friday, August 12, a new outdoor family show called The Town band of Bremen will be performed in Ketts Park, Wymondham. The family performance follows four animals who share a passion for music and will be shown at 12pm and 1pm. Ice-creams will be provided by Parravani's at the free event.

• Mere Park Pavilion, Diss

Friday, August 26 will see Explorers Galore land in the Mere Park Pavilion, a unique family show that follows two daring explorers hoping to follow in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg. Watch as armed only with a balloon, their baggage and a bicycle built for two, the two heroes laugh, sing and dance their way through dangerous and exciting adventures.

• Are you hosting a unique outdoor event? Email courtney.pochin@archant.co.uk

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