What connects Harry Edwards, the Britten Sinfonia, The Gramophones Theatre Company, floating lanterns, Boudicca and the Romans?

The Aylsham Wide Sky Festival, 22-26 May 2015

An arts project conceived by Jessica Perry based on floating lanterns lights the way to events taking place in this year’s Aylsham Wide Sky Festival. The festival’s theme, ‘Vivat Aylsham!’ celebrates the town’s connections with the Romans, with several events and talks in advance of a possible major archaeological dig in the area.  

The lanterns will be floated at events during the Festival and feature in a film by James Hubbard, with music by Harry Edwards, that will be part of the Rotary Art Show in Aylsham Town Hall over the Festival weekend.

Other events include the Hansells Conversation between local author Patrick Barkham and TV presenter Mike Dilger; The Gramophones Theatre Company with East Anglian story telling woven together with original live folk music; a chess competition; special events at Blickling Hall; The Great Aylsham Quiz; and a quartet from the Britten Sinfonia performing in Aylsham Parish Church. 

For more information and to book tickets, call the Festival Box Office on 01263 731808, email tickets@aylshamfestival.co.uk, go to www.aylshamfestival.co.uk or visit Barnwells of Aylsham.  You can also use the Droplet app on your smartphone.   

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More information:

Aylsham Festival: sue.sharpe@aylshamfestival.co.uk / 01263 733441

The Publicity Works: teaboy@publicityworks.biz / 01263 761000

Festival Programme:

Wednesday 20th May, 10.30am

Talk: Boudicca and Iron Age Norfolk by Dr John Davies, Chief

Curator of Norwich Castle Museum

Aylsham Library .Tickets: £3 to include refreshments. Pay in the Library.

Friday 22nd May, 7.30pm

The Hansells Conversation: Patrick Barkham, author of The Butterfly Isles, Badgerlands and Coastlines with Mike Dilger, ecologist, natural history presenter on The One Show and writer.

Jubilee Family Centre. Tickets: £10 Over 60: £8 U18 £5

Saturday 23rd May, 11am-4pm

Quickplay Chess Tournament with a chance to win the Festival Cup.

Aylsham & District Ex-Servicemen’s Club

To book 01263 731327

Saturday 23rd May and Sunday 24th May, 10am - 4pm

Romans at Woodgate Nursery

A Roman garden, display of artefacts found on the site, ‘Ask an Archaeologist,’ make a Roman helmet.

Saturday 23rd May, 10am - 4pm

Rotary Art Exhibition in Aylsham Town Hall with a WI Cafe on Saturday 9.00am - 2.30pm

Artists include Teucer Wilson, Dick Williams, Andrew King, Caroline Fisher & Rory Kent.

Saturday 23rd May, 2pm

Aylsham History Society Walk through Time

Start at The Buttlands Car Park and finish at The Heritage Centre at about 3.15 pm.

Saturday 23rd May, 4pm and 8pm, and 25th May 4pm

Art of the Garden

Guided sunset walks through the beautiful garden of Burgh House featuring art on the medieval fish-ponds: 'Aylsham Afloat' paper-lanterns and Liz McGowan's Reed Sculptures

Booking essential: 01263 733441 £2.50/person

Sunday 24th May, 10am - 4pm

Rotary Art Exhibition in Aylsham Town Hall with Slow Food Café and Music from Kiesha Rice (clarinet), Carl Suter (lute) & Noah Horne-Morris (Harp)

Monday 25th May, 11am

Walk organised by Walkers are Welcome of Aylsham, from Aylsham to Brampton with expert Stuart Wilson on navigation, mills and Roman history. Bure Valley Railway. Bring a picnic lunch. Tea and cake upon return.

Tickets: £5

To book contact Susan Munday 01263 733858 at Bure Valley Station

Monday 25th May, 7.30pm

Play: ‘Wanderlust’ The Gramophones Theatre Company

Wanderlust captures the magic of how journeys help us connect to the world around us.

Aylsham Town Hall. Adult: £10 Over 60: £8 U18 £5

Tuesday 26th May, 10am – 12 noon

Children’s Activities in Aylsham Parish Church

Tuesday 26th May, 10am

Visit to Blickling - Preview of Lothian’s Gift and tour of Walled Garden. Tickets: £6

Wednesday 27th May, 10am

Coach Trip to Colchester Museum, leaving from Aylsham Market Place, return approx 5.30 pm

Tickets: Adults: £17, Children £10, which includes Museum entry

Saturday 30th May, 7.30pm

The Great Aylsham Quiz courtesy of Mike Halls and with Roy Starling as Quiz Master Supremo

Aylsham & District Ex Servicemen’s Club. Tickets: £7.50 to include fish or pizza and chips


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