Friday, September 7, 2012
It’s the last weekend of the summer holidays — but fear not, before autumn arrives, there is still lots of family fun to be had in the sun. SIMON PARKIN picks this weekend’s events not to miss.
Cheer on Bradley Wiggins as he bids to add the Tour of Britain title to his medal haul following his incredible 2012 double of the Tour de France and Olympic gold. The regional stage of the Tour of Britain (which is the opening one of this year’s race) takes place on Sunday, starting at Ipswich Waterfront at 10am, reaching Reydon/Southwold around 11.40am, Lowestoft 12.07pm, Great Yarmouth 12.40pm, Potter Heigham 1.06pm, Coltishall 1.26pm, Reepham 1.53pm, Swanton Morley 2.11pm, Dereham 2.15pm and ending at the Norfolk Showground at 2.46pm (where’s there a family fun day). The flat nature of the stage means it should end in bunch sprint at the Showground making that other British cycling hero, also racing for Team Sky Mark Cavendish firm favourite to get to the line first. With British cycling on a huge high at the moment, the chance to see both ‘Wiggo’ and ‘Cav’ (not to mention lmost 100 of the world’s other top cyclists) should ensure that last year’s big crowds will be even bigger this time round, so make sure you get your place in good time. Highlights will be on ITV4 at 7pm. The Evening News will be on hand too, of course, to capture the excitement online and in-paper.
Heritage Open Days continue until Sunday offering a fantastic chance to sample some of this country’s amazing heritage for free. There will be plenty of chances to visit some rarely-seen sites, from town houses to windmills and in Norfolk there will be special events and activities that focus on local architecture and culture. Norwich
HEART has produced a special brochure which covers the city, Great Yarmouth, and nearby towns and villages – and for other local towns try your nearest tourist information centre or have a look on-line. A few examples of what you can see include going on a behind the scenes tour of Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, and seeing the chapel and ward space in the former Royal Naval Hospital in Yarmouth, which was built to accommodate Nelson’s sailors. www.heritageopendays.org
MAGNIFICENT FLYING MACHINES
Duxford Air Show, on Saturday and Sunday, is the highlight of the Imperial War Museum Duxford’s calendar of flying events. In an outstanding aerial spectacle, the very best historic and modern aircraft display in the skies over this famous airfield near Cambridge. Featuring civilian and military aircraft, the air show always presents a fantastically varied programme with some distinctive and popular flying performances. Gates open 10am-6pm, displays 1.55pm-5.30pm. Admission £27.50 (£22 cons), £13.75 children, under-4s free, 01223 499353, www.iwm.org.uk/duxford
YARMOUTH GOES ZANY
Great Yarmouth’s fifth Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts is up and running, with a feast of international street and circus perform-ers to enjoy. The festival, which continues until Sunday, has grown rapidly to be the largest of its kind in the region. Most of the attractions are free, but there is a special ticketed show tonight at 7.30pm when the Hippodrome hosts rock‘n’roll circus Switch, from French circus geniuses Compagnie Bam (£10 (£8 cons), 01493 844172, www.hippodromecircus.co.uk). Don’t miss Saturday’s spectacular Waterlitz show in St Nicholas Car Park at 7.30pm, and The Wheel of Death daredevil show (three shows Saturday and Sunday afternoons in Festival Park). St George’s Park – renamed Festival Park – is the centre for most of the activities, but there are other locations round town too. There’s lots (lots!) more too – check out the website and programme for details. www.outtherefestival.com
GET STEAMED UP
The 39th Haddenham Steam Rally takes place at the village near Ely (on the A1421) on Saturday and Sunday. More than 600 exhibits will be featured, with working demonstrations by steam, heavy horses and tractors, vintage cars, tractors and lorries plus the famous showman’s engine Iron Maiden with the Oktoberfest Organ and Stage Show, and old time fair with Rule’s steam-driven gallopers among the many attractions. The rally also boasts over 75 trade stands, a craft tent, large selection of bygones and a beer tent. On the Sunday the extremely popular Heavy Horse show will celebrate its 25th anniversary, wit competitors coming from all over the country to compete. Admission £8 (£6 cons), £3 children, £20 family, 07741 019848, www.haddenhamsteamrally.co.uk
ON YOUR BIKE
Gear up for the arrival of the Olympic cycling heroes in the Tour of Britain by getting on your bike and helping to raise funds for your local church during the hugely popular annual Norfolk Churches Trust Bicycle Ride on Saturday. The event has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years to help preserve the county’s lovely legacy of medieval churches. Have fun designing your own route, then cycle, walk or ride round as many churches as you wish from 9am-5pm. The 2011 ride raised more than £120,000. You can download a sponsor form, and a list of all the churches and chapels taking part, from the NCT website. Don’t forget to get your sponsors to Gift Aid their donations too. www.norfolkchurchestrust.co.uk
OFF YOUR TROLLEY
The East Anglian Transport Museum, at Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, holds its annual Trolleybus Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. As always they will be open until 9pm on the Saturday evening, enabling visitors to sample after dark rides. During the weekend all available ‘Trolleys’ will running and a free motorbus service will operate to Lowestoft Bus and Rail Stations and Seafront and Beccles Bus Station — see website for times and locations. All rides included in admission price. The museum will be open Sat 1pm-9pm, Sun 10.30am-5pm. Admission £7.50 (£6.50 cons), £5.50 children, under-4s free, 01502 518459, www.eatm.org.uk
The Sandringham Game and Country Show on the Sandringham Estate, taking place once again on Saturday and Sunday will have plenty of trade stands, displays and other events for all those interested in country pursuits. The show has three entertaining arenas with all-day displays, competitions and top country demonstrations to enjoy. In the Falconry Village see birds of prey, scurry racing, heavy horses, gundog working, fun family dog shows, sheepdog and duck displays and more. The Craft Village will have plenty of rural crafts, a working demonstration area, a Food Glorious Food area and numer-ous country stalls to browse. Gundogs are a big part of the Sandringham Estate history, so at the show the finals of the Gundog Multiscurry take place along with several other dog events including the Lurcher racing finals with a Red Mills 1000 guineas prize. Open daily 10am-6pm. Admission £10 (£9 cons), £4 children, under-5s free, 01283 820548, www.livingheritagecountryshows.co.uk
COME ON YOU LUBBERS!
Don your best swashbuckling cutlass and take part in the Wells Pirate Festival this weekend. Actually, better forget about the cutlass (health and safety and all that) but do get set to discover your inner pirate with the packed
programme which runs to Sunday. The fun starts tonight with the Smugglers Ball (£15 tickets from Kinsleys on Staithe Street). Other events over the weekend include a Pirate Market, an auction of celebrity ‘pirate pants’, Black Knight historical re-enactors sword fighting, musket firing, boat board-ing and generally marauding, boat trips past ‘Pirate Island’, Pirate Fete, Spooky Smugglers Walk and more. For the full programme visit: www.wellsmaltings.org.uk
It’s all eyes to the skies as the Seething Airfield Charity Air Day returns on Sunday. The event will once again feature a mix of trade and charity stands, classic vehicles, static aircraft displays, and of course more than two hours of aerobatic and flying displays. The airfield is off the B1322 Bungay to Brooke road, nine miles south east of Norwich (follow the special Air Day signs). This year’s event includes the Grace Spitfire, Wildcat Aerobatics, the Great War Display Team, Fiesler Storch, ME108 and more. This year’s event will support the East Anglian Air Ambulance and St John Ambulance. Gates open 10am, flying starts around 1.30pm. Admission £10, £5 children, £25 family, 01508 768930, www.seethingcharityairday.com