The Britten Youth String Orchestra July 21st

Posted on May 15, 2018

Britten Youth String Orchestra

St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford

Saturday 21st July, 7pm

Free Entry

The Britten Youth String Orchestra from The Netherlands will perform a free evening concert of music for strings at St Bartholomew’s Church.

The orchestra was founded in 2007 by their conductor, violinist and acclaimed conductor Loes Visser. Its aim is to provide a platform for talented young string players to develop their musical skills in an inspiring, high-level and musically demanding environment. Many progress on to further study at conservatoire level. For this concert they will perform a programme of beautiful music for strings by Warlock, Rachmaninov, Berlin, Grieg, Bloch and Shostakovich.

Entrance is free, with a retiring collection towards the church.

Orford Craft Shop re-opened as Orford Craft Centre Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Posted on September 4, 2017

The Orford Craft Shop was very popular with visitors who were attracted by the eclectic range of baskets displayed in front of the shop. Much of the stock in Orford Crafts was locally made or had a local theme, including baskets, pottery, books, jams and preserves.

Previous proprietor, Stuart Bacon, is a noted marine archaeologist and has dived in the waters off Dunwich many times, exploring the ruins of the former town of Dunwich. Information gained from these dives was documented in an exhibition on the first floor. Much of this archive has been donated to Dunwich Museum or is currently stored in the Cobra Mist building on Orford Ness.

Stuart decided to retire and the shop has undergone refitting and refurbishment in the hands of the licensees of The King’s Head.

On completion of this work the shop re-opened as the Orford Craft Centre on Tuesday 22nd May.


The Suffolk Walking Festival 13 May – 4 June 2017

Posted on April 11, 2017

The Suffolk Walking Festival

13 May – 4 June 2017

This year, the Suffolk Walking Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

There really is something for everybody this year. Whether you’re a novice or expert, young or old, walking with your family or walking alone, you are bound to find a walk that tickles your fancy.

There are a range of short walks that are between one and four miles. There are a range of walks between five and ten miles. There are also walks that are over fifty miles long for those who really want to challenge themselves.

You can take part in any of these walks at your own pace, with a group or against the clock.

This year’s festival also offers a variety of themed walks for you to get stuck into. There’s Duelling Dragons in Sudbury, where you will visit the oldest part of Sudbury and learn the answers to quirky questions such as ‘which dragon won the fight on Ballingdon bridge?’

If you’re looking for something a bit more subdued, you can watch for birds as you stroll around Westleton Heath. There’s also a speed dating walk, where you could meet new friends or a partner.

If you’re hoping to take your little ones on a stroll, there are a selection of walks during the half term period from golden mile walks between parks and museums in Lowestoft to activity routes in Ipswich and Sudbury. There’s even a trail even a trail or two at Jimmy’s Farm for those of you who’d like to meet the animals and see behind the scenes.

The Suffolk Walking Festival is the perfect way for people of all ages and abilities to get out and enjoy the Suffolk Coast and countryside. Walking is also great for our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. So come on, let’s go for a walk!

The end of this year’s Suffolk Walking Festival is coinciding with the end of Suffolk’s Year of Walking. Suffolk’s Year of Walking is a campaign that celebrates walking, as well as encourages those who don’t walk too often become at least a little bit more active.

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