In our corner of rural Norfolk, June and July are traditionally the months of the fete and the festival. We are very fortunate to have so many events to enjoy. Young and old alike, there is surely something for everyone. Music, art, crafts, homemade produce and an opportunity to relax and enjoy what we hope will be long, glorious sunny days and balmy evenings.
Within ten miles of Top Barn numerous fetes and festivals have been organised. The fete at the nearby village of Kimberly is the first of many through the summer months, raising funds and attracting many visitors. These events epitomize rural life and country living.
We are also very fortunate to have a number of top class local music festivals. The first of the summer is the music festival weekend at Whinburgh, this year on 16 – 18 June, was established in 2013 to raise funds for church repairs and has continued, going from strength to strength www.whinburghmusicfestival.co.uk. And a new festival at Reymerston the following weekend. We are so lucky to have much local talent.
The leading music festival in South Norfolk is staged in our local town Wymondham. Established in 1996 initially as a ‘music week’ it has grown and flourished presenting more than 40 events in and around the town through the summer from late May to mid-July.
The climax of the festival is a fortnight of live music between 1 – 16 July, including our very successful Jazz Picnic on 3 July. The Wymondham Music Festival brochure is now widely available and we strongly recommend that you take a look, there is almost certainly something for everyone, see the website https://www.wymfest.org.uk/.
Most of these events are completely free.
The venues for many of these fetes and festivals will be our local churches. Inside or out, our churches offer a magnificent backdrop for music, art and community gatherings. Dating back many hundreds of years, these buildings remain the focal point of every village and for many a cherished part of every community. A place of worship but also a place where you can simply come and enjoy a time of peaceful reflection.
In our village of Wramplingham we have our own local fete late July which, given our strong preference for good local food and drink, we call a ‘picnic’. Not a large public event like the fetes in many villages around us, but more a gathering of our small local community to chat, enjoy local produce and usually engage in fun activities for young and old alike.
We hold our picnic in a different place each year – fields, gardens and even the church if the weather is bad. This event, like so many rural fetes and festivals, make us very grateful that we are part of such a wonderfully vibrant community.
If you are planning to be in Norfolk this summer, near Wymondham, we hope that you can attend one or more of the fetes and festivals on offer.