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.

Harleston and Waveney Art Trail

Start Date: 19 May 2018
End Date: 28 May 2018
Location: Around Town and Surrounding Area

The Harleston and Waveney Art Trail Collective, also known as HWAT, is a diverse and lively community of professional artists who live and work in the beautiful Waveney Valley, all within reach of Harleston, a small market town on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk. The HWAT has taken place every summer since 2005. Each year the artists open their studios and workshops for two or three consecutive weekends.

In 2018, the two HWAT Open Studios weekends are: 19 – 20 May and 26 – 28 May 2018. Over 30 artists will open their studios between 11.00 to 18.00.

Entry to all studios and workshops is free, browsers are very welcome, and work can be purchased direct from the artists. All the studios are within ten miles of Harleston: you can tour by bike, on foot or by car. Two bicycles are available to hire from the Swan Hotel in the centre of Harleston.

Full details at hwat.org.uk.

The Greatest Showman (PG)

Date: 24 May 2018
Location: Masonic Rooms, Harleston

Hugh Jackman stars in this uplifting musical with infectious show stopping performances, outstanding music and choreography. Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum and celebrating the birth of show business, the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.

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

Fun Charity Quiz Night

Date: 25 May 2018
Location: The Swan Hotel, Harleston

Quiz starts at 19:00.

It looks easy on the television. But how would you do under the pressure of the competition? Put your general knowledge to the test.

Tickets £2.00 per person, maximum 4 people per team.

Guided Walk - Harelston by the Yard

Date: 26 May 2018
Location: Around Town

Meet at The Swan Hotel at 14:00.

Many people ask why Harleston has so many yards or courts that lead off the town centre and what happened in them. Many people do not even know they exist or have never seen them. Here is a rare chance to see the places and hear the tales of several of them and learn of their huge importance to Harleston’s existence and development.

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.

Craft Fair and Table Top Sale

Start Date: 26 May 2018
End Date: 28 May 2018
Location: The Carver, The Swan Hotel

Spring Bank Holiday Saturday 26 May - 28 May, 10:00 - 14:00

In The Carvery plus a Car Boot sale on Monday. Free entry. Bric-a-Brac, antiques and craft fair, tombola, refreshments available.

Tables - £10 one day, £15 two days, £8 extra table. Booking is essential. Contact Vickie Eke: 01379 852222 or 07894 063642 for more information.

Guided Walk - Harleston Highlights

Date: 9 June 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.

Antiques Market

Date: 17 June 2018
Location: Town Centre, Harleston

This will be the fifth year the town hosts a massive antiques and vintage street market from 9.00 am till 3.00 pm. Over 70 stalls will be selling antiques, distressed and painted furniture, vintage clothes, medals and other priceless memorabilia, curios and all manner of collectibles. It will be a great day to wander, browse, buy or barter, greet strangers and meet friends. The traditional rural crafts tent outside St John’s will return with demonstrations of crafts such as spinning and weaving, longbow making, and blacksmithing. 

Street Party

Date: 17 June 2018
Location: Market Place, Harleston

In the evening the roads will stay closed for families to come out and enjoy a free party in the Market Place and be entertained by singer and performers. There will be a variety of food stalls and the every popular Pimms tent.

Guided Walk - Ye Olde Pub Walk

Date: 23 June 2018
Location: Around Town

Meet at The Swan Hotel at 14:00.

Half Moons, Dragons, Magpies and Eagles are in the mix for this colourful part of Harleston's past. What is more, they were controlled by wheelwrights, harness makers and maltsters. Whatever else the people of Harleston may have lacked, it was not the opportunity to quench their thirst! Pubs, beer houses and breweries abounded. Most of the old buildings are still here – if you know where to look. This walk will give a fascinating insight into a small part of Harleston history.

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.

Art and Eats in Harleston

Date: 28 June 2018
Location: The Swan Hotel

Come for a sociable light lunch to hear the stories behind the Harleston Hare, the Swift Bar, and the making of PARADISE. Following lunch there will be a visit to the workshop studio of artist and teacher Russel Moreton who will demonstrate the potential of cyanotype, a historic photographic printing process, and reflect on both its historical usage and its reappearance in contemporary art.

The Swift Bar. 12:30 - 14:30. Tickets £12.

Darkest Hour (PG)

Date: 28 June 2018
Location: Masonic Rooms, Harleston

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award winner Gary Oldman).
DARKEST HOUR is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage changed the course of world history.

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 Highlights

Date: 14 July 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.

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.

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 - Harelston 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.

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

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.

Guided Walk - Art in Harelston

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 sculptures, to painters. Harleston is a hotbed of artists. This walk will include visits to a number of artists' studios, where they will open their doors and talk about their approach and techniques. A unique opportunity to hear from the passionate artists directly on what inspires them and how they transfer their ideas into a work 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.

Guided Walk - Educating Harelston

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.

Bank Holiday Fun Day

Date: 27 August 2018
Location: Around Town

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

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.

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.

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