Free family fun at first ever North Norfolk Stories Festival

Youngsters rehearsing for The Screaming Cockler, which is bering performed at Sheringham Little Thea

Youngsters rehearsing for The Screaming Cockler, which is bering performed at Sheringham Little Theatre as part of the North Norfolk Stories Festival. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

A new festival will be celebrating north Norfolk's fascinating history, through talks, walks, hands-on fun, music, exhibitions, wildlife, performances and much more this month.

The first ever North Norfolk Stories Festival is happening at 18 venues across the district from Wednesday May 16-Saturday May 16.

It is for all ages and includes 20 free events in Cromer, Holt, Mundesley, North Walsham, Stalham, Sheringham, Neatishead, Wells and Langham.

The festival has been co-ordinated by Museums Norfolk and is part of the North Norfolk Stories project which is supported for two years with £75,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It is hoped the festival will become an annual event.

Stephanie Potts, Development Manager at Museums Norfolk, said: 'There is a brilliant range of free events for everyone to enjoy. It's a great chance for people to get out and about and experience some of our fantastic local museums, libraries and cultural sites in a different way and to see, do and learn something new.'

The events include:

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?May 13

North Walsham Library - an illustrated talk about the life and music of musician Sam Larner by folk expert Brian Gaudet. 2-4pm. 01692402482.

?May 14

RAF Air Defence Radar Museum in Neatishead - A talk by the Bat Conservation Trust on how bats navigate with their version of radar. 7-9pm. 01692 631485.

?May 15

North Norfolk Railway Holt station- An exhibition entitled Holidays of the Past which features a 1930s holiday cottage and the William Marriott Railway Museum at Holt. 7-9.30pm. 01263 820800.

Sheringham Little Theatre - A youth production called The Screaming Cockler which dramatises the story of Nancy - one of the Stiffkey cockle pickers. It is a chilling story with a strong relevance to today. 7-7.45pm. 01263 822347.

?May 16

Cromer Museum - A Mammoth Night Out includes live music from The Time Fiddlers, hands-on activities and an appearance from the mechanical model of the West Runton elephant. 6-9pm. 01263 513543.

Henry Blogg Museum - The Wailing Winds, Wild Waves and Wreaking Wrecks event is an evening of lantern-lit tale-telling. Lantern making stars from 6pm and tale-telling starts at 7.30pm. 6-9pm. 01263 511294.

?Festival leaflets are available across north Norfolk libraries, other participating venues and tourist information centres.

?For more information please visit, follow @museumsnorfolk on Twitter or email

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