Six of the Best: Cultural highlights not to miss this weekend

Tom Odell set to appear at Thetford Forest

Tom Odell set to appear at Thetford Forest - Credit: Archant

Tom Odell is among the performers at this year's gigs at Thetford Forest, plus comedy, the Britten Sinfonia's talented youngsters and an outdoor Pride and Prejudice. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.


Tom Odell

Thetford Forest, July 5, gates open 6pm, £34.50, 03000 680400,

The hugely popular Forest Gigs return to High Lodge in Thetford Forest this weekend. The Script (tonight), Sam Smith (tomorrow) and Paloma Faith (Saturday) are all long sold-out, however there are still tickets available for this chart-topping Chichester singer-songwriter, who achieved the ultimate industry accolade of 'Songwriter of the Year' at the Ivor Novello Awards last year for his delicate, impassioned, piano-led ballads and this woodland setting could be the ideal setting to see him in. Support from Rae Morris, whose huge single, Closer, you've heard whether you realise it or not, given that it has been ubiquitous in shops, on the radio and on TV.


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KL Comedy Club

King's Lynn Corn Exchange, July 2, 8.45pm, £9.50, 01553 764864,

The KL Comedy Club brings another four comedians including the easy charm, razor-sharp wit and clownish physicality of returning comedy circuit favourite Rob Derring (pictured). Glasgow-born Larry Dean is a former Scottish Comedian of the Year . The cornerstone of his upbeat act is about being an atypical gay man, but this promising comic has plenty more to offer in his engaging, fun sets. Danny Ward's observational humour is one of the new breed of comics not reliant on smut or swearing. Kicking off the evening will be Windsor, who will acting as MC for the evening.


Britten Sinfonia Academy at Lunch

St Andrews Hall, Norwich, July 3, 1pm, £9, £3 under-18s/students, 01603 630000,

The Britten Sinfonia Academy take centre stage at the finale concert of this year's Britten Sinfonia's lunchtime series of concerts. Joined by members of the Sinfonia they will be performing YOYO, a new work by pianist and composer Iain Farrington, who has worked extensively with the young academy members on the piece. The programme also includes Mozart's Overture to Idomeneo and two pieces from Laurence Olivier's film adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry V by William Walton. In a nod to the young players there will also be Les comédiens by Kabalevsky, a key figure in Soviet musical education. Meanwhile Farrington has also produced an arrangement of Ravel's Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose Suite), written initially as a piano duet for children.


Pride and Prejudice

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, July 3, 7pm, £11 (£9 cons), £6 children adv/£13 (£11 cons), £8 child on the door, under-5s free, 01603 270449, Park, July 4, 6.30pm, £10.50 (£12 on the door), £8 children (£9 on door), 01263 820550,

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen's witty and romantic masterpiece is one of the best-loved stories of all time, dealing with the most important questions in life... The Pantaloons bring their own production outdoors at Fairhaven and, for the fifth consecutive year, at Sheringham Park. Will Mrs Bennett manage to offload her numerous daughters in record time? Will Lizzy and Darcy actually get together? Will creepy Mr Collins just go away please? The literary classic gets the full Pantaloons treatment in what is sure to be a hilariously innovative new adaptation.


Festival Too

Market Place, Kings Lynn, July 3-5, from 7.30pm (Fri), 6.30pm (Sat), 2pm (Sun), admission free, full details

To celebrate 30 years of bringing free entertainment to the town, King's Lynn Festival Too has lined up an impressive roster of names from the past to entertain this weekend and next. The event always attracts huge crowds to the Market Place with a mix of music, entertainment and more. Headlining Friday night is 1980s new wave pop-rockers The Blow Monkeys, together with Vex and Lynn-based band Gifford. There is more 80s hit on Saturday with Heaven 17. Also on stage will be Mike, Cheryl and Jay in Formerly Of Bucks Fizz, Morganway and The Puppeteers. Tom Hingley of The Inspiral Carpets tops the bill this Sunday on a bill that also includes Ducking Punches, The Beau Bow Belles, Addison's Uncle, Jessie's Ghost and Pirate Joe.


Cley 15: Marvellous in Ordinary

Various locations, Cley, July 2-August 2, 10am-5.30pm, asdmission free,

Cley 15 is an open submission contemporary art exhibition in and around Cley showing work by 52 artists including paintings, sculptures, textiles, ceramics and installations in five locations: St Margaret's Church, the beach, Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Crabpot Bookshop and the iconic Cley Windmill. This year's guest curator is contemporary artist Meryl Doney who said: 'Back in September I challenged artists with the title Marvellous in Ordinary. It was taken from a description of the work of the late, great Margaret Mellis. One of her iconic works in the church – Bogman – generously loaned from a private collection.'

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