New week-long community festival in North Walsham

Anam Cara Dance at a previous North Walsham variety show. Picture Submitted

Anam Cara Dance at a previous North Walsham variety show. Picture Submitted - Credit: Archant

A first week-long festival for North Walsham – looking to the town's past as well as its future – is being held later this month.

Pedro the monkey who will be starring in this year's North Walsham Festival variety show with youngs

Pedro the monkey who will be starring in this year's North Walsham Festival variety show with youngsters in North Walsham. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Local school children, musicians, artists and performers are all lined up to take part in the special eight days of events from June 21-28.

Highlights of the week, organised by the charity Arts North Norfolk, will include a big talent and variety show on Saturday 27 and the festival parade through the town on Sunday 28 – leading to a fun day on the memorial park.

Joseph Ballard, director of Arts North Norfolk, said: 'We want to use the arts and festival setting to inspire local people to develop the sense of community in North Walsham.

'People often share memories of the town's activities, and attitudes of townsfolk of the past and we want to rekindle that spirit. North Walsham is a lovely market town with lots to offer – and the festival can help profile this to residents and visitors alike.

'It's the festival's first year and we're planning for growth and ability to respond to what the town would like in its namesake festival going forward. We're relying on them to get involved and support the biggest event of the town's calendar year.'

There are still many ways to take part in the festival, for individuals, groups, clubs, sports teams or businesses; from having an entry in the first parade for many years (all entries will be on foot/non-motorised vehicles) to performing in the talent show.

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Tickets for festival events are available from Arts North Norfolk by calling 01692 218060, the festival website www.northwalshamfestival.org.uk or visiting its headquarters at No. 1, Market Place in North Walsham.

The North Walsham Festival, as part of the charity's development plan, has been supported by Arts Council England.

For more information on shows, events or classes, pick up a brochure, pop into No. 1 Market Place which is open Wednesdays to Saturdays 9.30am-1.30pm.

Alternatively visit www.artsnorthnorfolk.org for more details.

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