The programme for this year’s North Norfolk Stories Festival will be launched on 28th April. The Festival line-up of 24 free events for all ages to enjoy at cultural, heritage and wildlife sites across 11 locations will be unveiled at the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer at the launch event.

The Festival takes place from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 May and is part of Museums at Night, the national annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage. Come across pirates, ghosts, Einstein, 1940s fashion, 1950s music and much more as venues throw open their doors and invite visitors to enjoy performances, family activities, exhibitions, music and talks.

Many events are taking place at twilight when the venues are normally shut, creating a unique opportunity and atmosphere for visitors to explore the sites, learn something new and have fun.

Thanks to National Lottery players, the Festival gives local people and visitors the chance to explore and enjoy the area’s fascinating history, including some lesser known stories from the past. Events include:

  • Blood on the Beach: A specially commissioned 1950s murder mystery walking tour around Cromer by Making Theatre Happen. Enjoy a night of intrigue by torchlight as you solve the terrible fate of Professor Cecil Hunter, a visiting fossil hunter who has gone missing.
  • Vintage 1940s Day at the Sackhouse in Wells-next-the-Sea, with a 1940s cream tea, fashion display and workshops, vintage makeovers, swinging Lindyhop lessons and music.
  • When Einstein Came to Cromer: A family event at Cromer Library where you can try light-bending glasses, see the Van De Graaf Machine and enjoy other scientific fun in a session run by Mad Science.
  • A Wild Night At The Museum at the Museum of the Broads, Stalham, discovering Broadland’s wildlife with activities and trails for the whole family, and free rides on the steam boat Falcon.
  • A tour of RAF North Creake, a former Royal Air Force station and control tower
  • Wailing Woods, a new play which dramatizes the true story of two children murdered in Norfolk’s Wayland Wood in the 16th Century, created and performed at Sheringham Little Theatre by its Drama Group.

Laura Crossley, the North Norfolk Stories’ project manager, said: “This is North Norfolk’s biggest ever Museums at Night programme and there  is a brilliant range of free events for both  local people and visitors to enjoy. It’s a great chance for people to get out and about and experience some of our fantastic local museums, libraries and venues in a different way and to see, do and learn something new.”

The North Norfolk Stories Festival is delivered by 22 partner organisations and run by Museums Norfolk, a membership organisation that supports and works on behalf of heritage organisations across the county, and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) with £75,800 funding.

For details of events please visit www.northnorfolkstories.org, follow @museumsnorfolk on Twitter or Museums Norfolk on Facebook, email northnorfolkstories@gmail.com or call Project Manager Laura Crossley on 07791 505045.

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Notes to Editors

For all media enquiries please contact Christina Lister, Marketing and Communications Consultant for the North Norfolk Stories project, on 07968 438273 or email comms@christinalister.co.uk.

About The North Norfolk Stories Festival

The Festival brings the history of North Norfolk to life with 24 free events over three  days at museums, parks, libraries and other cultural venues and heritage sites across 11 North Norfolk locations. Events explore and showcase North Norfolk’s fascinating history and include live performances, hands-on craft events, exhibitions, talks and walks. The events are part of the Museums at Night weekend, the annual UK-wide festival which seeks to encourage visitors into museums, galleries and heritage sites by throwing their doors open after hours and putting on special evening events. The Festival is a core part of the North Norfolk Stories Project, which aims to enthuse and involve more people with heritage and support the resilience of participating venues. It is run by Museums Norfolk and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The North Norfolk Stories project will run for two years with funding from the HLF, with the aim of creating a sustainable festival which will continue beyond this.

North Norfolk Stories project partners

Cromer: Cromer Museum, RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer Library
Fakenham: Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History, Fakenham Library
Holt: North Norfolk Railway, Holt Library
Langham: Langham Dome
Mundesley: Mundesley Library
Neatishead: RAF Air Defence Radar Museum
North Creake: The Control Tower
North Walsham: North Walsham Library
Sheringham: Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham Library, Fishermen’s Heritage Centre, Peter Coke Shell Gallery, Sheringham Park
Stalham: Museum of the Broads, Stalham Library
Wells-next-the-Sea: Wells Maltings, Wells Library
Norfolk Record Office

About Museums Norfolk

Museums Norfolk is a registered charity that provides a dynamic and active network to support museums in Norfolk. It instigates and facilitates collaboration, provides forums for networking, training, skills sharing, and seeks to promote and advocate for Norfolk’s museums. Museums Norfolk was awarded a grant of £75,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2014 to support the North Norfolk Stories project. The project aims to engage more people with heritage, as both participants and visitors, and will provide training for young people in valuable employment skills. It also includes an education programme for schools, reading groups in libraries, opportunities for volunteering and mentoring and skill-sharing between partners. Two part-time jobs will be created to manage the project and it is intended that over the course of the project the participants will become more self-sufficient, local businesses will get involved and the event will become a regular even on the North Norfolk calendar, bringing people to the area and contributing towards the local economy. www.museumsnorfolk.org.uk.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious  memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery @HLFEoE

Museums at Night

Museums at Night is the annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special events.