Six of the Best: Norfolk cultural highlights not to miss this weekend

Norfolk Cider Company's Stephen Fisher working at his apple mill at a previous Sandringham Craft and

Norfolk Cider Company's Stephen Fisher working at his apple mill at a previous Sandringham Craft and Food Show. - Credit: Archant

Sandringham Estate hosts a celebration of crafts and local food, Alex Horne looks at the funny side of telling lies, Lloyd Cole performs solo and there are two Bach Passions. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.


Sandringham Spring Craft & Food Fair

Sandringham Estate, March 28-30, 10am-6pm, £6.50 (£6 cons), £2 children, 01283 820548,

Popular spring craft fair returns bigger than ever with a major new emphasis being placed on activity and demonstrations. Main arena has displays of falconry, ferret racing and owls, plus children's shows. Craftsmen will demonstrating skills including glassblowing, woodturning, pottery, stick making and textile making. There will also be specialist demonstration areas of craftsmen, artists and designers. To tempt your taste buds make sure you don't miss the Food Marquee where you will be able to try before you buy from a wide range of mouth watering delights.


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Alex Horne: Lies

St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, March 29, 8pm, £12, 01493 331484,

Inventive and thought-provoking humour from the writer and leader of The Horne Section, who here leaves behind both his musical buddies and the Power Point for this latest packed full of jokes, impressions and lies. Almost all comedy material is fabricated or at least embellished. Horne expands this idea into a well reviewed high concept show about lying itself that is finely constructed and forever whipping the rug out from under us as he riffs on truth, fiction and that grey area in between. Is the odd porky pie actually necessary for the sake of entertainment?

To argue his case he is joined by the disembodied voices of everyone from Michael Caine to Andre Agassi.


Lloyd Cole

Lecture Theatre 1, UEA, March 30, 7pm, £18, 01603 508050, Apex, Bury St Edmunds, March 31, 7.30pm, £20 adv/£22 door, 01284 758000,

Through both his lauded work fronting the Commotions and his highly respected solo material, Lloyd Cole has established himself as one of the most articulate and acute songwriters of the post-punk era. Though he'd never be so gauche as to suggest it himself, has enjoyed something of a renaissance in 2013, he released his new 'career best' album, Standards, last summer. He also found himself with star billing on Later with Jools Holland… and he has been playing to sell-out houses across Europe. These two shows will see him performing solo and acoustic.


St Matthew Passion/St John Passion

Norwich Cathedral, March 29, 6.30pm, £14-£12, 01603 628319, Apex, Bury St Edmunds, March 29, 7.30pm, £21-£12, under-25s half price, 01284 758000,

Norwich Baroque performs Bach's St Matthew Passion with the massed choirs of Norwich Cathedral plus Norwich Baroque at maximum strength. Meanwhile Bury Bach Choir and Suffolk Baroque Players, plus soloists including soprano Rachel Dyson, mezzo-soprano Valerie Reid and tenor Austin Gunn, perform Bach's St John Passion in Bury. It tells the story of an extraordinary week in Palestine – the Last Supper, Jesus' trial before Pilate, and finally his crucifixion.


Talbot House - A Home from Home

Granary Theatre, Wells, March 29, 7.30pm, £9 (£8 cons), 01328 710193,

During the First World War Talbot House in Poperinge, Belgium a few short miles behind the front line, became a haven for thousands of allied troops – a 'home from home' where they could enjoy some of the comforts of home and remember the men that they really were. Run by a diminutive chaplain named Tubby Clayton the house became known by its army signaller's code of Toc H and ultimately would be the inspiration for the association with that name. Written and directed by Peter Gill, this moving play from Beyond Eternity Productions gives a brief taste of the history of the house and with the aid of poetry and music from the Great War, the atmosphere that was felt by the troops that visited it.


Monument: Aftermath of War and Conflict

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, March 29-July 27, Tues-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm, free admission, 01603 593199,

Monument is a cross-channel art exchange between four English and French institutions dedicated to the commemorations on either side of the Channel of the 100th anniversary of the First World War, as well as to the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings. A joint project coordinated by the cities of Norwich and Calais, the exhibition includes works by 35 international artists who were tasked with exploring the idea of monument in relation to war and conflict and examine just what constitutes a memorial today. Artists taking part include Maya Balcioglu, Stua Brisley, Andrew Burton, Marcus Vegette, Benjamin Sabatier, Boris Chouvellon, Jocelyn Cottencin and Antonine Durand. Among the notable works are Djamel Kokene's colossal ball of barbed wire and John Cornu's cloud of 300 First World War caltrops - four-pronged spike weapons that were used to pierce the underpart of a horse's hoof.

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