A Double Dose of Panto!

Dragon from Princess & the Pea - photo courtesy of Hunstanton Pantomime

As most parents will find, it does get harder to inspire teenagers to want to attend a Christmas panto and recently I have been in that arena myself.  In the past few years I have let them off lightly but this year I made them attend TWO on the promise that this would be the last time.  Since my boys will be 16 and 14 next year it does seem right that they have more say. On Boxing Day we attended “Jack & the Beanstalk” at the Princess Theatre and on 29 Dec … Continue reading

Grey and Dismal for Hunstanton Christmas Swim 2015

The drizzly, grey and dismal weather may have reduced the number of spectators at this year’s Hunstanton Christmas Swim but it it did not dampen the spirits of the swimmers.  Indeed, the warmer temperatures seen thus far this winter encouraged a fantastic number of swimmers to take part.  The tide was a long way out and the swimmers had to walk quite a distance from the beach before they could take their usual run into The Wash and satisfy the long standing traditions of the Hunstanton Swim. The Hunstanton Roundtable … Continue reading

Christmas Cracker Against All Odds!

Whilst many other towns/villages cancelled their Christmas light switch on (including Burnham Market), Hunstanton Christmas Cracker went ahead against all the odds. Although the weather was highly challenging the plucky organisers soon adapted to the trying conditions as the fierce wind and rain took over. The event’s usual “stage” was rendered useless by the wind thus the Hunstanton Community Choir and the West Norfolk Rock Choir were unable to perform amongst others. Not surprisingly, many stallholders withdrew at the last moment leaving the High Street with only a handful of stalls. … Continue reading

Hunstanton Christmas Swimmers Prepare for their Annual Dip!

Hunstanton Christmas Swim 2012 - photo by Neal Sanderson of Hunstanton Backpackers

Every year, since 1957, there has been a Hunstanton Christmas Swim but a sponsored Christmas Swim was only introduced in the early 1970s and thereafter the Hunstanton Roundtable organised and managed the event. The History of the Hunstanton Christmas Swim makes interesting reading if you care to take the time. As usual, this year’s swim will take place from the central promenade at 11am on Thursday 25th December. The 2013 Hunstanton Christmas Swim had a record 165 swimmers taking part and raised over £5,000 for local good causes. To enter … Continue reading

Christmas Lights Switch On 2014

Panto Dame Kitty Litter helps with a selfie - photo by Stella Gooch

Unseasonally “warm” weather blessed this year’s Hunstanton Christmas Cracker, although as the afternoon wore on temperatures did become cooler. The more comfortable temperature certainly helped to bring out the crowds which steadily grew throughout the afternoon. Stall holders were up and running from 10am with a Festive Craft Fair in Hunstanton Town Hall. The High Street was brightly furnished with a selection of Children’s fairground rides and outside The Princess Theatre too. As darkness crept in the lights from the fairground rides contributed to a great atmosphere. The ever popular … Continue reading

Festive Fridays in Hunstanton

Christmas Cracker 2013 - photo by Stella Gooch

Hunstanton’s all new ‘Festive Fridays’ is being launched this Christmas.  Brainchild of High Street trader, Debbie Harrington of Norfolk Home and Garden, many Hunstanton shops are keen to encourage late night shopping every Friday in the run up to Christmas and are beginning the Christmas spirit with the big light switch on at the Hunstanton Christmas Cracker on Sunday, 30 November which will be packed with loads of fun for all the family.   Local shops are getting in to the festive spirit and, whilst plans for the events are … Continue reading

Panto: Hansel & Gretel’s Big Adventure

Hansel & Gretel Panto Christmas 2014

Panto time is here and “Hansel and Gretel’s Big Adventure” is written and directed by the talented John Giller once again. Kitty, Kitty, Kitty, is back for another fairy-tale spectacular, and if you didn’t shout “Oi, Oi, Oi” then you haven’t been to the very popular Hunstanton Pantomime held every year at the Town Hall. It’s not every day you get to help the outrageous Dame Kitty Litter on her adventures in pantoland. This year promises to be bigger and better then ever before, and if you weren’t lucky enough … Continue reading

Christmas Concert – 6 Dec 2014

Bilton Silver Band - photo courtesy of Nigel Sisson

Friends of St Nicholas’ Church, Dersingham have a special 2014 Christmas concert lined up to take place in the church at 7.30pm on 6 December 2014.   Tickets are available in advance at £9 or on the door at £10.  All enquiries to: 01553 631124 or 01485 540865/540081. The concert line up includes David Stowell and Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band who were formed in 1893, over 120 years ago.Over the years, Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band’s mission has been to serve its community, both in encouraging the young (and the not … Continue reading

Hunstanton Christmas lights go with a bang

Hot roast chestnuts at Hunstanton Christmas Cracker - photo by Stella Gooch

Photos by The Golden Lion, Stella &, Robbie Gooch & Neal Sanderson (Hunstanton Backpackers Hostel) The 2013 Hunstanton Christmas Cracker had a fantastic range of activities and things to see and do amongst it.  Along with stalls from community groups such as the Beavers/Cub/Scouts families were able to see an amazing Sci-Fi Exhibition with replica DALEK at The Golden Lion Hotel.  Face-painting was available for those younger siblings whilst the Sci-Fi fans could admire an amazing collection of Dr Who memorabilia and costumes and talk to the Norwich Time Travellers.  … Continue reading

Bircham Windmill opens for Christmas 2013

Xmas Fairy - photo courtesy of Bircham Windmill

Bircham Windmill, a much loved local attraction, will be opening its doors this Christmas for the first time.  “We have always fancied doing Christmas” said owner Stevie Chalmers.  “The mill looks so beautiful floodlit in winter and its such a lovely atmosphere here in the wintertime.” Each floor of Bircham Windmill will be graced with Christmas trees and there will floodlights too.  The trees are sponsored by local business and are to raise money for local charities and good causes.  Visitors can climb the mill to the top (and yes … Continue reading