Thetford festival fortnight bows out with a flourish

Thetford finished its festival finale with a flourish last week with a touch of classic British entertainment and drama.

Now in its second year, the Thetford Festival went out with a bang as it culminated at King’s House gardens with a weekend of family entertainment, including circus skills and a Punch and Judy show, and a final open air production.

The finale followed a fortnight of events which began with an evening of comedy and a food and drink festival in the town centre.

Five youth football teams then took to the Redcastle playing fields for the Thetford world cup and charity fun day – which also helped raise �250 for the Thetford Community Association to support its work with young people in the area.

Organised by the Thetford Tourism and Heritage Partnership, which aims to raise awareness of the town’s rich heritage and promote tourism, the festival is already set to make a return next year at the end of August.

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David Brooks from social enterprise Leaping Hare, which promoted the event, said: “Leaping Hare is very proud to have been involved in such a great week and we have seen an enthusiastic rush to reserve tickets this year.

“The weather has unfortunately been typically English, but overall the festival managed admirably and no-one’s spirits were dampened.

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“The two open air offerings – Midsummer Night’s Dream and Three in the Air were excellent productions and all involved should be very proud.”

Anyone who would like to run an event at the festival next year, or have an idea of what they would like to see or would like to help in any way, should call 01842 751975 or visit the website at

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