First ever North Norfolk Stories Festival kicks off this week

The first North Norfolk Stories Festival kicks off this week, with 20 free events for all ages at museums, libraries, heritage and wildlife sites. The Festival runs Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 May 2015 and gives local people and visitors the chance to explore and enjoy the area’s fascinating history, through talks, walks, hands-on fun, music, exhibitions, wildlife, performances and much more. The Festival is part of Museums at Night, the national annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage. Venues are throwing open their doors and giving people the chance to explore their sites and enjoy a range of special activities for free. Most events are drop-in and some take place at twilight when the venues are normally shut, creating a unique opportunity to visit the venues. Free drop-in events include: A Wild Night at the Museum, Friday 15 May at the Museum of the Broads, 6-8pm: explore Broadland’s wildlife by the river with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust – make wildlife feeders and homes and much more; A Mammoth Night Out at Cromer Museum, Saturday 16 May, 6-9pm: enjoy live music from The Time Fiddlers, colourful Victorian characters, hands-on activities and the lifesize mechanical model of the West Runton Elephant; Bats at the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum, Thursday 14 May, 7-9pm: find out how radar works, learn about how bats navigate with their version of radar and enjoy museum trails and bat detection; Stories of the Sea Storytrail, Wells Maltings, Saturday 16 May, 2-6pm: hear about smugglers, maltsters and fishermen in an interactive storytelling event; The Screaming Cockler at Sheringham Little Theatre, Friday 15 May, 7-7.45pm: watch...