Arts & Culture
What’s On – June 22
Sunset Live Festival
24-26 June, Earlham Park, Norwich
2, 3 July & 6 August, Castle Park, Colchester
This summer, why not enjoy a Sunset Live festival in Norwich or Colchester? Check out which of your favourite artists is headlining the festival… Ball & Boe, Simply Red, The Ibiza Orchestra Experience or Westlife. Each festival includes some amazing special guests and support acts, with the likes of The Overtones, Gabrielle, Mica Paris and Marisha Wallace. Local musicians have been invited to join the stage to showcase their talents; bringing you a summer you do not want to miss out on!
Platinum Jubilee 2, 3 & 5 June
In the Hall will be a display featuring coronations and Jubilees, with robes and numerous souvenirs, as well as pictures and documents. Highlighted Royal roses in the garden and in the tea rooms you can enjoy a Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea with sandwiches, scones and cakes including Her Majesty’s Chocolate Biscuit Cake and Maid of Honour tartlets, with speciality teas (and maybe a glass of fizz too) – must be prebooked (£18).
7-19 June, The Ballroom & Courtyard Gallery,
This is an exhibition in two parts; there will be new paintings by Kate Giles, exploring the Nar and Bure River valleys in the first floor Ballroom, and complementing these new landscapes will be new work by Jack Wheeler and Beth Groom as well as sculpture by the late Emily Mayer (who passed away in April 2022). The second component on the ground floor Courtyard space, will be a group exhibition of artists and makers with a strong connection to East Anglia and its coastal landscape. Their work encompasses the environment, marginal land use, creative use of natural materials in the art and handmade objects, and the flora and fauna of the area.
Stomping good fun
27 June to 10 September, Norwich and Norfolk
A free, family-friendly sculpture trail of prehistoric proportions is stomping onto the streets of Norwich and Norfolk. GoGoDiscover features 79 individually designed sculptures comprising 55 T.Rex and 24 Steppe Mammoths, each decorated by artists from across the country.
The T.Rex sculptures will be located around Norwich city centre, with the Cretaceous creatures set to appear at popular sites including Chantry Place, Norwich Cathedral, The Forum, Castle Quarter, and Jarrold.
Joining them is a humongous herd of 24 Steppe Mammoths, which will appear outwards from the city centre in towns and tourist hotspots such as King’s Lynn, Holt, Cromer Pier, Holkham, Carrow Road, the Norfolk Broads, Hemsby and Pensthorpe.
GoGoDiscover is an expansion of last year’s 21-strong dinosaur trail, which accompanied the arrival of the Natural History Museum’s legendary Dippy the Diplodocus to Norwich.
Jubilee Event at John Lewis
4 June, 10am -4pm, John Lewis, Norwich
On the day there will be lots of activity across the shop for all the family to get involved with, pop in and let us help you prepare for your street parties on the Sunday. To celebrate they are giving a nod to the 50’s, inspired by the Queen’s coronation, and will be joined by local dance club ‘Everything’s Jumpin’ who will be jiving outside the shop on the morning to get everyone in the mood for the party weekend. Throughout the day they will also have live performances from Doo-Wop band the The Testosta Tones who will be singing some 1950’s classics. For children there will be crown decorating, Jubilee-themed colouring and face painting in Toys. For crafter’s there will be local independent brand ‘Piglet & Chestnut’ who make and sell macrame art and macrame starter packs. They will be on the Ground floor in our Great British Exchange pop-up shop; offering their Jubilee-themed kits and advice on how to start up macrame. For fashionistas, their Personal Stylist’s will be running ‘Style Talks’ showcasing ‘street party’ outfits; visit them on the first floor.
Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle
6-13 May, 9am to 5pm daily.
Free Entry, The Forum, Norwich
After a wait of two years, one of Norfolk’s longest-running art groups will be staging its 202nd exhibition. Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle, which was established in 1885, will show more than 150 works by its members at the Forum in Norwich this May.
The exhibition will feature new selected artworks from members of the group in a variety of mediums, styles and art-forms with all artwork for sale. Hazel Pidsley, chairman of Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle, said: “I am delighted that we can stage an exhibition in The Forum again and I do hope we will attract many visitors to see the varied, high-quality art that is produced by our members. There are more than 150 works to peruse in diverse mediums. Thankfully the restrictions have been lifted so I hope people will enjoy the experience of seeing our members’ art in an excellent setting.”
Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle, which is marking its 137th year,
was established in 1885 following Crome & Cotman’s famous Norwich Society of Artists and has included in its membership artists of national and international acclaim such as Alfred Munnings, Edward Seago and
Bernard Reynolds. It now has more
than 200 members.
Amazona Zoo, Cromer
Amazona is a Braziliant zoo and it’s a fun visit for the whole family! Located on the north Norfolk coast in Cromer, it is home to over 200 birds and animals from tropical South America; jaguar, monkeys, pumas, peccaries, otters to owls, macaws, parrots, capuchins and snakes and much more!