Wow! We say goodbye to Thetford's Great Festival 2016 and a huge thanks to everyone involved, those organising the wide array of events and to all of those attending and supporting - it's been quite a year. Roll on 2017!


We're in Full Swing!!

Thetford's Great Festival has been amazing so far and with so much more to experience and enjoy.

Pick up your Thetford's Great Festival programme from all sorts of places including the Festival Box Office at 20, King Street, Thetford and Thetford Town Council offices or you can click here and get to see it right now!

Check out our events page for links to find out more information and for links to buy tickets.



Great first evening for Thetford's Great Festival, kicking off with Shadwell's school colouring competition, giving £4,000 to local schools. Congratulations to the winning hare 'Gazing at the Brecks' from Redcastle Family Primary School. Click here for the full story.

Great first evening for Thetford's Great Festival, kicking off with Shadwell's school colouring competition, giving £4,000 to local schools. Congratulations to the winning hare 'Gazing at the Brecks' from Redcastle Family Primary School. Click here for the full story.


Thetford & Brandon on line 19th August click here

Thetford & Brandon on line 19th August click here


The Countdown to this year's Festival continues - Raring to Go!!

The Countdown to this year's Festival continues - Raring to Go!!


Lovely write up in EDP Norfolk Magazine. You can check out all the events on our events page and links to buy tickets are all detailed too - don't leave your planning too much longer, it starts in just over 2 weeks!!

Lovely write up in EDP Norfolk Magazine. You can check out all the events on our events page and links to buy tickets are all detailed too - don't leave your planning too much longer, it starts in just over 2 weeks!!


This month's About Thetford magazine is packed full of Festival info, but you will find details of all the events right here - so much to do, we can't wait!!!

This month's About Thetford magazine is packed full of Festival info, but you will find details of all the events right here - so much to do, we can't wait!!!


Great mention for the Junior Town Crier Competition in this week's Thetford & Brandon Times - the Festival River Day also features in the new Thetford's Great Youth schedule of Summer Activities, a brilliant example of what Thetford's Great Festival does best!


Variety Evening

Festival organisers urge people to get their tickets early to avoid disappointment
Last year's Variety performance was standing room only at what proved to be a wonderful feel-good evening, Make sure you get your tickets early as this promises to be another great event performed by members of the Churches in Thetford; including sketches, songs, comedy, musical solos, film & a few surprises! Tickets are just £4 for adults (16+) and £1 for children with all proceeds raised donated to charity.

Last year's Variety performance was standing room only at what proved to be a wonderful feel-good evening, Make sure you get your tickets early as this promises to be another great event performed by members of the Churches in Thetford; including sketches, songs, comedy, musical solos, film & a few surprises! Tickets are just £4 for adults (16+) and £1 for children with all proceeds raised donated to charity.


Yum! Gaia's Kitchen has not one but two NEW events in this year's Festival. First up, a chance to see Phil Mitchell at work with a cooking demonstration - with tasters!! - on Monday 22nd August. Phil has ten years’ experience working in plant based cuisine and is the proprietor of Gaia’s Kitchen and Gaia’s Supper Club. Then come along to a beautiful summer buffet/picnic in King's House Gardens on Sunday 28th August - tickets are on sale now! Gaia's Kitchen promote plant based cuisine via an on-line deli, blog, supper club and catering services. Using the latest cooking techniques, raw food preparation and their extensive knowledge of plant based ingredients they're able to provide foods that are both delicious, nutritious and affordable.

Yum! Gaia's Kitchen has not one but two NEW events in this year's Festival. First up, a chance to see Phil Mitchell at work with a cooking demonstration - with tasters!! - on Monday 22nd August. Phil has ten years’ experience working in plant based cuisine and is the proprietor of Gaia’s Kitchen and Gaia’s Supper Club. Then come along to a beautiful summer buffet/picnic in King's House Gardens on Sunday 28th August - tickets are on sale now!

Gaia's Kitchen promote plant based cuisine via an on-line deli, blog, supper club and catering services. Using the latest cooking techniques, raw food preparation and their extensive knowledge of plant based ingredients they're able to provide foods that are both delicious, nutritious and affordable.


A welcome return and a brand NEW play

Fine Time Theatre return to this year’s Festival with a brand new play entitled 'Pulp'.

Kiara Hawker, both company director and actress says: “This time we took inspiration from the story of Winston Churchill sending some of his secret papers to Thetford under an armed guard during World War II. They were to be transformed into one of the town’s unique products, Pulpware. We’re so excited to be premiering our telling of this story in the town itself!”

Fine Time Theatre takes stimulus from real stories to help them weave a performance, which explores legacy and repurposing.

Two performances are planned in the beautiful and atmospheric St Peter’s Church and tickets are on sale now at just £4 (£3.50 Concession). Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st August 8pm (doors open 7.30pm).


Thetford Invitation XI attempt to win cup back for Thetford

Well known female Bhangra team, Eternal Taal will perform during the break for tea at this year's Festival Prince Frederick Duleep Singh Cup Match, which will take place - weather permitting - on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August. Bring a chair and a picnic to Thetford Town Cricket Club and enjoy watching The Thetford Invitation XI take on The Young Lions, an all Sikh side from Nottingham.


WOW - final line-up for Folk in the Gardens is now complete and we can't wait for this amazing FREE event. There are so many great events happening in this year's festival it makes sense to put the whole 2 weeks in your diary now Friday 19th August - Sunday 4th September, that way you won't miss any of it!


NEW Event Announced -
Battle of Britain Dinner

All in aid of the incredible Project 17. 

Why not spoil yourselves? The evening will feature a 5 course meal including wine and port with ticket price just £40 so book now and help this fantastic Project reach its goal.

 

 


Folk in the Gardens - first act announced

The first act has been announced for Folk in the Gardens - Megan Hughes/ A talented young singer/songwriter from Suffolk, Megan describes herself as a tall redhead who is slightly crazy and loves to play her guitar. Megan is sure to wow us with some great original songs as well as contemporary well loved acoustic numbers. More acts to be announced very soon....book Sunday 21st August in your diary and watch this space!


Oh no it isn't - Oh YES, it most certainly is!

It's back by popular demand!

The totally raucous, sometimes ridiculous and definitely rude beauty pageant to end all beauty pageants…..

Thetford Players, proudly sponsored by Haart, presents a selection of brave beauties from the local area as they strut their stuff, aiming to impress a panel of judges to be crowned Queen of the Dames. 

Who will take the crown in 2016? Previous contestants included representatives from Haart Estate Agents, Leaping Hare, Mark Skinner Funeral Directors, Shadwell Stud and Thetford Players. Previous winners were Josh from The Mulberry Restaurant and Aaron from The Norfolk Terrier Pub.

Have you a potential lovely in your company? This is a brilliant excuse for a great team building night out and a chance to be competitive with fellow businesses - all for fun. 

Anyone interested in being a contestant please email thetfordplayers@hotmail.co.uk

Tickets for this not to be missed Festival event cost £15. Enjoy a night of belly laughing entertainment with a buffet and disco.

Please note this is an adult only event.

 


Get Inspired

The Festival team are calling on people of all ages to get inspired and involved in this year's Annual Show from Thetford Garden & Allotment Club. Whether you plan to grow some fab vegetables, enter the funniest vegetable class, show off your baking skills or get creative with the handicraft section - at just 25p per entry let's get planning, growing and creating! Entry forms and details now available from the Festival Box Office.


Event announcement!!! 

Thetford Town Council presents a fantastic Funk & Soul Night with live music from the fabulous Ruby and The Revs with support from DJ Clarkie and Choices Roadshow.

Ruby and the Revs are one of the UK's top bands, guaranteed to have you movin' and groovin' all night long! Their reviews and testimonials from previous clients and famous faces speak volumes! 

Chris Evans (Radio 2) "Absolutely Brilliant!" 

David Kaplan (Razorlight) "A Great, great band!"

This will be a great night, tickets on sale NOW!


Great Sponsorship Opportunities

Latest sponsorship & advertising opportunities for this year's festival are out now. Check full details here and find out how you can benefit from supporting this year's festival.


A Midsummer Nights Dream

Thetford Town Council welcomes a brand new venue for this year’s Festival - Lynford Hall Country House Hotel with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy.

Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players. Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful new musical score and enchanting woodland creatures go to make this an evening of unmissable summer garden theatre.

Relax with family and friends in the stunning grounds of Lynford Hall for the perfect evening of magical theatre in magical surroundings.

Food and drink will be available to buy including an outside bar and BBQ.

Tickets are on sale now from Lynford Hall or click here to buy on line.


 Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! 

Junior Town Crier festival event is now accepting entry forms - open for ages 6 - 14 yrs - great opportunity, prizes and Best Dressed. Forms also available from Festival Box Office ☺ 

click the poster or Here to read more.


Thetford's Great Festival News!

New & exciting events for this year's Thetford Great Festival 2016

Thetford Town Council are excited to announce that this year's festival will include an Outdoor Theatre and a River Day - more details coming soon - along with some favourites from previous years. Our expression of interest form is available to download now (see right) and many events are already signed up. 

Return your form to info@ThetfordsGreatFestival.org or the Town Council offices in King Street. 

If you would like to be involved but are not sure what you can do please contact festival co-ordinator Tina Cunnell on 01842 754247 or info@ThetfordsGreatFestival.org 

Check out our helpful events support section too by clicking here.

Don't leave it too long - the deadline for guaranteed inclusion into the published festival programme is 31st May and the festival clock is ticking.....


The Thetford's Great Festival Programme is now out! For the digital edition, click the front cover. →


You can now book tickets for Thetford Great Festival Events! To book simply click here.  Check out our gallery of events (on your right) and book early to avoid disappointment. ->


It is now easier than ever to get involved and help support the festival. We've just launched our very first Media Rate Card and we're very excited to tell you all about it. You can advertise in our all new Festival programme this year from as little as £35 or you can become an official sponsor from just £500 and get invites to the exclusive Thetford's Great Festival preview evening. Click the picture to find out more.


One of our first Festival events, Thetford Players and their fabulous Thetford’s Great Pantomime Dame Pageant 2015. This fun-filled event will take place on launch night – Friday 21st August. Start planning your table, get your friends together - you won’t regret it! It’s also a great excuse for Companies to enter a table and get just a little bit competitive - so why not get your boss to organise a table or two?. 


The Festival countdown has begun.


We have had an amazing response to our Earlybird expression of interest forms and the 2015 Festival is looking fantastic! If you are wanting to organise an event in the Festival there is still time to get on board - just click this link and download your expression of interest form. These need to be completed and returned to us by 28th February latest. Hurry as we are filling up fast!!


Be a Festival Earlybird and get your expression of interest form in for the 2015 Festival NOW! Don't worry, you don't have to have a fully worked up event plan, just let us know that you want to be a part of the Festival and get priority booking status. Get in touch now, just click the link here. Hurry, Earlybird's need to have their forms in by the end of November!


Look out for Thetford & Brandon Times this week and our press release with exciting news!


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