Saturday 26th May until Monday 28th May
Open daily 11:00 am until 4:00 pm
Thorpe Market Church will be hosting an exhibition of works by Mike Waters, a renowned local artist who has exhibited with the Royal Society of Marine Artists.
Mike was born in Melton Constable and has been painting coastal views and landscapes in watercolours and oils since 1991.
Mike will be offering high quality reproductions of some of his best-known images in a variety of formats at affordable prices.
Sunday May 27th Thorpe Market Church
“Visit our Churchyard” – Open Day for all the Family
The churchyard is looking beautiful after the dismal weather of recent months. Primroses, Bluebells, Violets of different hues and a sea of Comfrey in the Hazel Grove.
The resident bees are becoming active, the Bug Hotel is open for business and we hope the re-homed hedgehogs are settling in well in the Hazel Grove.
Sunday 27th May will be a day of varied activities for all the family.
The churchyard is renowned in conservation circles for the great diversity of its plant-life.
In February in excess of 1200 people visited the snowdrops and enjoyed cakes and hot drinks.
Now the end of May is the time to see all the other wild flowers looking their best, including several species that are on the endangered list.
The event will run from 11:00 until 4:00 and there will be the usual array of homemade cakes. Entry is of course free.
- Norfolk Wildlife Trust will be on hand with activities for all ages:
- Churchyard Bioblitz – How much can be identified.
- Churchyard Wildlife Quiz Trail – Can it be found.
- Bat making – Definitely NOT the cricketing variety.
- Time to browse the used book selection
- Enjoy some live music on the organ.
Thursday 31st May at 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Licensed Bar, Car Park, Level Access
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by W. Shakespeare
The summer is long and the season will not change until Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, resolve their dispute. Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. In search of their loves these four young Athenians take to the woods but when a mistaken Puck, servant to the fairy king, places a spell on the wrong suitor, chaos results. In all of this, a company of actors meet to rehearse a play but the mischievous Puck once again interferes placing an asses head on the unfortunate Bottom, much to the horror of his friends. Find out how these tales intertwine and resolve as a reduced company of actors bring one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays to life in this one act adaptation. With live traditional folk music this comedy of love, magic and mischief will capture the imagination of audiences.
Thorpe Market Church is delighted to be the venue for this ON-STAGE production by a professional theatre company.
Tickets £12.50, under 16 £5.00 . Tickets should be pre-booked on www.thisismytheatre.com
“THISISMYTHEATRE” Is a Sussex based theatre company, although they now tour all over.
The aim of the company is to produce classical plays and literature that are accessible to all, particularly those living in rural communities. As such, they are delighted to work regularly with charity The Churches Conservation Trust to stage productions in their ancient buildings, aiding their mission to “work with local communities to bring them alive again”
Their first production was Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, performed initially at St Botolph’s Church nestled in the South Downs near Steyning. Due to the popularity of the performance they then toured Sussex and Surrey later that same year and haven’t looked back since!
They also tour to open air venues including purpose built theatre spaces, gardens and to be honest anywhere they can! They love the challenge of working in different spaces whether conventional or not so are always on the look out for somewhere new or different to perform. In 2018 they will work with a variety of new spaces including those owned privately and those kept open and cared for by charitable organisations including The National Trust.
St Margaret’s Church in Thorpe Market will, once again, be hosting its popular “Snowdrop Sundays” throughout February, including four art exhibitions and a book signing by local legend Keith Skipper on 18 February
Thorpe Market churchyard in rural North Norfolk is now a mecca for visitors both local, national and international. In 2017 over the four weekends in February the snowdrops attracted over 1000 visitors, including a coach load of Dutch visitors, who came, saw and experienced the welcoming signs of spring and the warm embrace of those who volunteer at the church to support the event. As with last year, this year the church will also host 4 local artists, each exhibiting their work so that returning visitors will see new work on the walls, all of which will be on sale. The artists are:
Sunday 4 Feb. Gillian Eustace
Gillian is a Norfolk artist inspired by the local landscapes, Broadland and coastal views, resulting in watercolour, pen and wash and acrylic paintings and scenic and nostalgic cards. Her work is widely collected from Aukland, New Zealand to the United States.
Sunday 11th Feb. 9 Norfolk Photographers www.horningtoft.org.uk/9photos
Our group of 9 photographers from north and west Norfolk will be exhibiting examples of their varied works; including abstracts, architecture, fauna, flora, and landscapes at St. Margaret’s Church, Church Road, Thorpe Market, NR11 8UA on Sunday, 11th February, 2018, from 12 midday, as part of the Church’s popular ’Snowdrop Sundays’ month. Most of the work will be for sale at reasonable prices, including framed work, mounted prints and greeting cards.
Sunday 18th Feb. Rosalie Osborne Gibb https://www.rosaliegibbart.co.uk/
Rosalie’s love of coast and countryside is reflected in her diverse range of subjects, from sun, sea and sand to boats and birds, flora and fauna, from detailed watercolours to bold acrylics and soft pastels, available as original artwork, signed Limited Edition prints, greetings cards and unique gifts. In addition to sales through UK galleries and exhibitions, including The Guildhall, London, and private commissions, Rosalie’s art has been purchased by collectors worldwide, from Australia to Canada and many countries in between.
Rosalie conducts inspirational ‘Creative Watercolour’ workshops, recently tutoring at a residential art week for the John Lewis Partnership in Brownsea Castle.
Sunday 25th Feb. Peter Mallett http://www.wildnorfolk.co.uk/
I run a 40 acre smallholding in east Norfolk and have always had a passion for and tried to encourage the wildlife living on the farm. I regularly have barn owls hunting my grazing land and have recently had them breed very successfully in one of my owl boxes
Around ten years ago I started photographing some of my favourite species including barn owls hares and water voles both on my land and in the wider Norfolk countryside. When friends started asking to buy copies of my photos I decided to produce a few framed prints and also attended some local craft fairs. Demand for my work quickly grew and I now have my own fully equipped framing workshop where I make an extensive range of mounted prints, framed prints, aluminium prints, coasters, placemats and fridge magnets along with a very popular range of locally printed greeting cards. I am proud to supply merchandise to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust for their visitor centres and also produce items for the Holkham estate gift shop bearing my photos of some of Holkham’s wonderful wildlife. Every photograph I sell is taken by myself in Norfolk so it is all local and hand made.
Our ‘inside’ exhibitors this year include two regular favourites, and two newcomers to Thorpe Market. We are also looking forward to welcoming Keith Skipper on 18 February, Norfolk writer, broadcaster and entertainer who has appeared several times at the church. Keith will be there with a selection of his books, DVDs and CDs for sale. He will make a donation to church funds – and enjoy a mardle with any Snowdrop Sunday visitors who want to share a yarn or two.