Museums at Night extravaganza North Norfolk Stories Festival is back this week

People will have the chance to enjoy 24 free events for all ages at museums, libraries, heritage and wildlife sites across North Norfolk during the North Norfolk Stories Festival this week.

The Festival runs 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.
  • 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.
  • Revolting North Walsham, an interactive community theatre event telling the tale of North Walsham’s quirky past in a walk around town, organised by North Walsham Library.
  • Open House at Langham Dome, an intriguing building built in 1942-3 on the edge of RAF Langham, which utilised ground-breaking technology to train anti-aircraft gunners.

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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