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Magical fun at the Fairy Fair, just some of the events this half term

It’s May Bank Holiday and the schools are out again, but feat not, there is something to appeal to everyone and keep the kids happy this half-term. SIMON PARKIN highlights some events and fun for all the family.

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Upcoming Norfolk Events: Shakespeare Festival, Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival and the Fairy Fair. (L-R)

From the Fairy Fair to the World Snail Racing Championships, here’s a guide to some of the most interesting and exciting events taking place in Norfolk over the next few months.

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The sun high in the sky at Hunstanton beach. Picture: Matthew Usher

You know you’ve made the most of our county when you’ve ticked off at least three quarters of our 50 quintessential Norfolk experiences.

Norfolk events

NNF16. Billy Bragg. Photo: Andy Whale.

The Bard of Barking opened this sold-out gig with a classic Bragg number, the Milkman of Human Kindness, and the crowd never stopped drinking it up

NNF16. FB Pocket Orchestra. Photo: FB Music and Media Ltd.

Looking like they had been transported straight from a 1930s tea dance, the FB Pocket Orchestra brought the sounds of the early 20th century back to the Spiegeltent – the sort of music that would have reverberated around its mirrored walls at its creation.

NNF16. English Chamber Orchestra. Pictured at Cadogan Hall in London. Photo: Marianne Swienink-Havrd.

Just the names of Haydn and Mozart are a promise of an evening of delightful music, and a large audience was enthusiastic in its appreciation of the performances given by the much-admired English Chamber Orchestra. It was led by David Juritz and conducted by David Parry, who is no stranger to Norwich.

Norwich

Eating Out or Eating In

Eating Out pix - Zaks Poringland

To celebrate International Burger Day here’s our guide to seven of the best places you can get one from in Norwich.

Norwich
The Lord Mayor of Norwich Marion Maxwell pictured with Herbie.
 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A cheeky horse tried to steal a sip of the Lord Mayor’s pint as Norwich City of Ale 2016 got underway.

Norwich
Polly Guy. Picture: Maurice Gray

The first instalment of Polly’s Pantry, showcasing all the fine food that Norfolk has to offer. Today Polly cooks up a Cromer crab thermidor.

Film & Cinema

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in THE NICE GUYS. Picture: Daniel McFadden

Shane Black has had his ups and downs in Hollywood – going from a million dollar screenwriter (Lethal Weapon) in the ‘80s to being largely ignored in the ‘90s.

Ken Loach.  Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Dartmouth Park director Ken Loach celebrates his 80th birthday this June. After his latest feature, I, Daniel Blake won the Palme D’Or and a documentary out about his life and work, Meredith Taylor reports on this gritty slice of social realism.

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Nick Cage in The Trust

When two small time cops try to rob a drug dealing network’s hidden vault, thing don’t go as they expect – which is to be expected.

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