Festival Fringe

Gresham's School Memorial Chapel - Spem in Alium
Sunday 24th July 5.00pm  
A rare opportunity to enjoy Thomas Tallis' master work Spem in Alium. Considered by some critics to be one of the greatest pieces of early English music, the 40-part motet will be sung by a mass choir comprising children from the Britten Music Course and enthusiastic amateurs. The choir will be led by some of the country's leading choral singers, including members of The Monteverdi Choir, The Sixteen and The Tallis Scholars who will also perform further works by Tallis and William Byrd as part of this special concert. Tickets are £12 with under 18's free. For further details see www.audentheatre.co.uk

St. Andrew’s Church - Free Lunchtime Concerts, Children's Art Exhibition and Children's Poetry and Art Awards 

Sunday 24th July
10.30am Holt Festival Service
The Parish Eucharist will be offered in Celebration and Thanksgiving for the Arts by the Revd Canon Howard Stoker. The service will include choral & instrumental works. For details of the guest preacher please check the website www.holtchurch.org All are very welcome.

Monday 25th July
12.30pm “Sitting on a Rainbow - songs for a Norfolk Summer’s Day”
The Samphires, a local ladies vocal ensemble, present a concert of songs to evoke the nature and blue skies of our beautiful county.

Tuesday 26th July
12.30pm Organ Recital given by Lawrence Tao
A former Organ Scholar at St John’s College, Durham, Lawrence is currently Acting Director of Music at Gresham’s School.

Wednesday 27th July
12.30pm “Noel Coward - Live and Personal”
John Knowles and Susie Turner, accompanied by Annette Jude bring the music and magic of Sir Noël Coward to life at St Andrew’s Festival Fringe.

Thursday 28th July
12.30pm “Tali Dolce Musica”
A concert of music for soprano, wind instruments and piano with Anna Hopkins (flute), Neil Johnson (oboe), David Morgan (piano) and Meg Starling (soprano).

6.00pm Celebratory Children's Poetry and Arts Award Event
This July children from five local primary schools are taking part in an exciting and ambitious music, art and poetry project based around the orchestral work 'Carnival of the Animals' by Saint-Saens. Prizes for the children's work in this project will be awarded at this event by award-winning author Kevin Crossley-Holland. The project is being organised by FALCON www.falcon-norfolk.org.uk and supported by the five schools, Norfolk Library Service, the Rector at St Andrew's Church and Holt Festival.  

Friday 29th July
12.30pm “Chanter’s jigge”
A professional duo performing songs, ayres, jigs and jollies played and sung with ancient, traditional and modern instruments. A lively entertainment for all ages and all tastes.

An Exhibition of Children's Art based on “Carnival of the Animals” will be on show in the Church from Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th July

For further information about the lunchtime events at St Andrew's Church please check the website www.holtchurch.org

Holt Town Tour

Tuesday 26th July 9.45am and Thursday 28th July 9.45am
A free one-hour long walking tour of Holt's historic buildings and sites with Steve Benson, Chair of Holt Society. Aimed at families and adults. Just turn up at St Andrew's Parish Hall

'The H-Music Factor'

Wednesday 27th July 7.30pm until late
A chance to hear at Holt Community Centre a play-off of the best original music acts from a previous audition day. All welcome ! Entry £2. Bar available

Arts and Craft Activities for all Ages

The Gallery at Picturecraft - Lyles Court, Lees Yard

Saturday 23rd July 10.00am - 4.00pm. All welcome to a free art techniques demonstration by Bob Brandt. 
Saturday 30th July 10.00am - 4.00pm  Free art techniques demonstration by Kimberley Walker . Art activities for children aged  4 - 8yrs.  Children must be accompanied

Something Special - Tuesday 26th July 2.00pm- 4.00pm and Thursday 28th July 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Free knitting and dress-making advice plus pompom making. All welcome but any children must be accompanied by an adult. Just turn up to our shop in Feathers Yard.


The following shops are running a series of sessions for children at a special festival price of £6. All sessions are 30 minutes and cost £6 per participant. Please book at the relevant shop.

Beading Fantastic - Saturday 23rd July 2.00pm - 4.00pm and Saturday 30th July 2.00pm - 4.00pm. To book call 01263 713570 or visit the shop at Lyles Court, Lees Yard. 

Doodlepots - Monday 25th July 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Venue St Andrew's Church Hall. To book call 01263 713135

Driftwood Glass Studio - Tuesday 26th July 2.00pm - 4.00pm and Wednesday 27th July 2.00pm - 4.00pm. To book call 01263 710042 or visit the shop at Feathers Yard  

North Norfolk Photographic Society - Annual Exhibition

Wednesday 27th July and Saturday 30th July at St Andrew's Church Hall. Free Entry

Kitty Mazinsky - Folly Tea Room

Sunday 24th July & Wednesday 27th July Tickets £18.50 – including lunch, afternoon tea or tapas – Friday 29th – Daily menu with £6 surcharge
Enjoy the upbeat swing and cool ballads from Kitty Mazinsky in the vintage charm of the Folly Tearoom and garden. Call on 01263 713569 to make a reservation

The Oldie Literary Lunch – Wiveton Hall Café

Tuesday 2nd August  For the past twenty years, The Oldie magazine has hosted literary lunches at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand. Desmond MacCarthy has kindly agreed to host a lunch at Wiveton Hall Café, overlooking the north Norfolk coast. After a three-course lunch with wine at 1pm, three authors will speak for ten minutes each about their latest book. There are drinks at 12noon, when the authors will sign their books