Harleston - what's on

What's on in Harleston

This is a list of the planned up and coming events in and around the town.  Click here for the annual calendar of key events.

Summer Treasure Hunt

Start Date: 2 July 2018
End Date: 31 August 2018
Location: Around town

How good a detective are you? Take part in the Harleston Summer Treasure Hunt to put your skills to the test.

You will follow a trail around Harleston: detailed instructions about the trail will be on the Treasure Hunt leaflet. As you go along, you will be able to find the answers to the 20 questions set out in the leaflet. When you have noted these down you will be able to solve your first challenge. The leaflet will also have 20 photographs, 19 of them taken in Harleston and one cuckoo in the nest. Can you find out which is the odd photo out? The items can all be found on the same trail. The final part of the Treasure Hunt takes place at the Harleston Hare.

Correct answers will be entered in a draw held at the end of July and the end of August, with a prize of a £25 gift voucher each month. The Treasure Hunt can be taken by one person or by a family or a team.

Get your leaflets from Robinsons Stationers or the Swan Hotel, both in the Thoroughfare, at a cost of £1.00.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Date: 21 July 2018
Location: Earsham Hall, Near Bungay, NR35 2AN

Immersion Theatre invite you to an evening of open-air decadence and hilarity as they proudly present Oscar Wilde’s wittiest comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Join foppish bachelors Jack and Algernon on their latest Bunburying exploits replete with mistaken identities, icy women, trivial banter and of course, muffins!  Prepare your cucumber sandwiches and spend the evening in the glorious sunshine enjoying one of literature’s most trivial comedies for serious people…there’ll be handbags at dawn!

Tickets: £16.00, under 21 £14.00, from http://www.earshamhallevents.co.uk, telephone 01986 469017.

Performance starts at 19:00. The Tearooms will be open before the performance from 17:00 where you can grab a bite to eat. Booking essential.

Billingford Mill Open Day

Date: 22 July 2018
Location: Billingford Mill

Each month, from April to September, Open Days include free events and mill tours plus light refreshment from the Shepherd’s Hut. Mill tours approximately 45 minutes: Adults £3; Seniors £2; Children over 3 years free. Special opening for clubs, groups etc. can be arranged.

Tractors of all ages and sizes are welsome to the special day. The David Brown Tractor Club has been invited.

Come and see the restoration progress and parts of the mill you are unlikely to see again.  Further information from Julie + Herbert, Mill Custodians 01379 853967

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (15)

Date: 26 July 2018
Location: Masonis Rooms, Harleston

Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand (Fargo) delivers a stunningly powerful performance in this darkly comic drama that has been hailed as one of the year’s best films. A murdered girl’s defiant mother (McDormand), frustrated at the local police force's ineptitude, takes matters into her own hands to ensure that the media, local citizens and the police take her plight seriously and find her daughter's killer, igniting a furious battle with a volatile cop (Sam Rockwell) and the town’s revered chief of police (Woody Harrelson).

Screened at 2pm and 7.30 pm (doors open half an hour before) Ice creams at the interval, bar in the evening

Seats are £4, pay on entry but please book at Harleston Information Plus, 01379 851917, or by email to hip@harleston-norfolk.org.uk

Guided Walk - Harleston at War

Date: 28 July 2018
Location: Around Town

Meet at The Swan Hotel at 14:00.

This walk will show how Harleston was subject to two invasions; firstly the potential threat from the Nazi army, then aa actual and friendly one by the Americans in WWII. Other aspects of life at the time will be mentioned and the relevant places pointed out. There will be reference to WWI as we near the centenary of its conclusion. So, for both visitors and locals this is an opportunity to see a unique aspect of the town’s story!

Tickets £4.00 per adult, children under 15 accompanied by an adult go free. There are a series of guided walking tours around the town throughout the summer, full details at Harleston Walks.

Guided Walk - Harleston Highlights

Date: 11 August 2018
Location: Around Town

Meet at The Swan Hotel at 14:00.

Harleston has over 160 Grade I and Grade II listed buildings dating back to the early 14th century. However Harleston is not preserved as a relic from the past, it is a living town which has evolved and transformed over the years. Learn about some of the history of Harleston, it's fabulous buildings and previous residents. 

Tickets £4.00 per adult, children under 15 accompanied by an adult go free. There are a series of guided walking tours around the town throughout the summer, full details at Harleston Walks.

Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail

Start Date: 17 August 2018
End Date: 16 September 2018
Location: The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk NR14 6NU

The fifth annual Sculpture Trail again features site-specific work, 3-D constructions and sculpture by artists from East Anglia and further afield in the fascinating setting of the Raveningham Centre, near Beccles.

The fabulous site is made up of three acres of lawns, shrubberies and orchard around Tudor buildings which house a range of intriguing artisan businesses and a café. The Trail, which drew over 3,000 visitors last year, is curated again by Sarah Cannell.

Full details at waveneyvalleysculpturetrail.com.

Billingford Mill Open Day

Date: 18 August 2018
Location: Billingford Mill

Each month, from April to September, Open Days include free events and mill tours plus light refreshment from the Shepherd’s Hut. Mill tours approximately 45 minutes: Adults £3; Seniors £2; Children over 3 years free. Special opening for clubs, groups etc. can be arranged.

The annual Teddy Parachute Jump (two) with prizes for teddies travelling furthest from the mill. Make your own parachute and enter as many teddies as you wish @ 50p a go!

Come and see the restoration progress and parts of the mill you are unlikely to see again.  Further information from Julie + Herbert, Mill Custodians 01379 853967

U3A Ukulele Group

Date: 21 August 2018
Location: King George's Hall

Tuesday 21 August, 14:30

Part of the Harleston and Waveney Festival.

The U3A Ukulele Group will be entertaining everyone who cares to come along. Listen to the many varied popular songs and join in and sing along with friends. Donations welcome - proceeds towards the Festival Funds.

Blythe String Quartet

Date: 21 August 2018
Location: St John's Church, Broad Street

Tuesday 21 August, 19:30

Part of the Harleston and Waveney Festival.

An evening of wonderful classical music. Tickets £9.00 available from the Swan Hotel, 01379 852221

Rotary Quiz

Date: 22 August 2018
Location: The Swan Hotel Carvery, Harleston

Part of the Harleston and Waveney Festival.

Meet at 18:00.  Quiz starts at 18:30.

Tickets £10.00 per person, to include a buffet supper. Teams of 6 people per team. Prizes for winning table.

Railway and Business

Date: 22 August 2018
Location: King George's Hall

Wednesday 22 August, 14:30

Part of the Harleston and Waveney Festival.

U3A Talk by Peter Metcalf and Mark Orchard on Harleston, its Railway and the Businesses that used it. A nostalgic look at our local railway station over the years it served as a vital link to the outside world.Donations welcome - proceeds towards the Festival Funds.

Guided Walk - Art in Harleston

Date: 25 August 2018
Location: Around Town

Meet at The Swan Hotel at 14:00.

The Harleston area is home to many visual artists, from potters to painters. This walk will include visits to a number of artists' studios and the recently-opened art gallery. A unique opportunity to hear from thue artists directly about their approach and techniques, about what inspires them and how they transfer their ideas into works of art.

Tickets £4.00 per adult, children under 15 accompanied by an adult go free. There are a series of guided walking tours around the town throughout the summer, full details at Harleston Walks.

Soul of Santana

Date: 25 August 2018
Location: Wortwell Community Centre

Saturday 25 August, 19:00

Part of the Harleston and Waveney Festival.

Fantastic tribute band - Soul of Santana. Dance the night away or enjoy the wonderful music in your seat.

Doors open 19.00 - Bar. Plenty of parking available. Band commences at 20.00. Information available from sheila.ife@gmail.com Tickets £13 available from The Swan Hotel, Harleston, 01379 852221.

Summer Garden Party

Date: 25 August 2018
Location: Bridge Fen, 29 Low Road, Wortwell, Harleston IP20 0HJ

Music and bands in a beautiful Waveney Valley setting between 12 noon and 8pm

Enjoy music from five fantastic live bands: Indigo, Terence Blacker, Blue Train, Sneaky Beats, Weird Rare Animal, and Sark

Parking, disabled access and toilets. Bar and food.

£5 entry, under 16s - £1

Profits donated to Alzheimer's Society and River Waveney Trust

For further details please contact Mr Lister Noble, on lister.noble@farmsystems.co.uk or 07594 553275

The Big Sing

Date: 26 August 2018
Location: St.John's Church, Harleston

Part of the Harleston and Waveney Festival.

This is our 8th year and as usual it takes place in St.John's Church, Harleston at 6.00 pm.

There will be a selection of favourite songs/hymns, with poems and readings. This year the theme will be around 'Friendship' so come along and have an enjoyable time singing together. Everyone welcome

Prior's Croft Collection

Date: 26 August 2018
Location: Prior's Croft Barn, Withersdale Street

Part of the Harleston and Waveney Festival.

This year The Prior's Croft Collection will be open to visitors from 11 am to 4 pm. The theme will be Film and Video, Ancient and Modern. Working will be cassette and open spool video tape equipment from the last 40 years, along with the scanners in regular use to transfer old films to the present day digital domain.

Much of the Prior's Croft Collection of wireless sets has been moved to the Waveney Heritage Centre, at Brockdish. The collection is at Prior's Croft Barn, the second building on the left after the 30 mph signs as you enter m from the west on the B1123. Entrance is free.

Guided Walk - Educating Harleston

Date: 26 August 2018
Location: Around Town

Meet at The Swan Hotel at 14:00.

Supplementing the Harleston and Waveney Festival our special walk will take place on Sunday. Join in a fresh view of Harleston, this time looking at its many different schools over the past 575 years, since its first recorded one opened! Many of the town's well known buildings have actually been used for educational purposes, which will surprise many. Children as young as 5 years have been boarders here - so come along and hear their tales.

Tickets £4.00 per adult, children under 15 accompanied by an adult go free. There are a series of guided walking tours around the town throughout the summer, full details at Harleston Walks.

Church Tower Tours

Start Date: 26 August 2018
End Date: 27 August 2018
Location: St. Mary's Church, Redenhall

Part of the Harleston and Waveney Festival.

Tower Tours at St. Mary's Church, Redenhall. The tower is really eye-catching and houses 8 bells, the first of which arrived in l5l4.  Why not brave the 120 steps and look at the panoramic view.  On a clear day you can see for many miles. Tours 2 - 4 pm. Adults £2. Children (over 8 only) £1. All proceeds will go towards the maintenance of the church. Teas available.

Bank Holiday Fun Day

Date: 27 August 2018
Location: Recreation Ground, Wilderness Lane

Part of the Harleston and Waveney Festival.

An extra special event this year with the emphasis on children and families. Classic cars will lead a parade through the town starting at 10.30 and ending in the Recreation Ground. In the centre ring, there will be a display of skill by some of the classic car owners plus organised races; three legged; sack; and egg and spoon. There will be a four bed trampoline and bungee jump, eight inflatable bouncy castles, swing boats and a land train. Come and join the fun and win a prize! There will be a large seated picnic area with loads of food and drink available. There will be craft stalls selling their wares, and Park Radio will be there, entertaining us with requests and talking to everyone.

If you would like a stall - please contact sheila.ife@gmail.com

Billingford Mill Open Day

Date: 16 September 2018
Location: Billingford Mill

Each month, from April to September, Open Days include free events and mill tours plus light refreshment from the Shepherd’s Hut. Mill tours approximately 45 minutes: Adults £3; Seniors £2; Children over 3 years free. Special opening for clubs, groups etc. can be arranged

The final final opening is our traditional Celebration of Harvest with music by Diss Salvation Army Band .

Come and see the restoration progress and parts of the mill you are unlikely to see again.  Further information from Julie + Herbert, Mill Custodians 01379 853967

Harleston Food and Drink Festival

Date: 6 October 2018
Location: Town Centre, Harleston

The Harleston Food and Drink Festival will return. There will be a Street Market with stalls selling an array of locally-made products, from savoury pies to mouth-watering cakes and pastries, locally-reared meat to bottled preserves and fruit liqueurs, artisan bread to locally made apple juice and cider. There will also be games and activities.

Guided Walk - Food and Drink

Date: 6 October 2018
Location: Around Town

Meet at The Swan Hotel at 14:00.

Running alongside the annual food and drink festival this walk will add a few stops at shops to sample local produce, from chocolate, meats, cheese, beer and cider, our artisan town has it all. Cost: £8.00 to include samples of food and drink. Walks will run throughout the day and be limited to 10 people for each Food and Drink walk to permit entry to participating outlets. This walk can be booked in advance for parties of 10 people, an ideal social outing for your group or organisation.

Tickets £8.00 per person, there are no discounts for children on this walk. There are a series of guided walking tours around the town throughout the summer, full details at Harleston Walks.

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