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Free Victorian Nights Festival brings the past to life in Cromer, Sheringham and Wells

Victorian character at Cromer pierOn 18 – 20 May 2012, Cromer, Sheringham and Wells will be transported back to the Victorian Age with a packed programme of free events which celebrate this significant period in North Norfolk’s history, when the coming of the railways marked the area as the popular tourist destination it remains today.

The brand new Victorian Nights Festival is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with financial support from Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service and North Norfolk District Council.

Prepare to be entertained and amazed by the festival’s exciting events, which include Victorian fire eaters, escapologists, circus acts, a Victorian photo parlour, a steam train ride, hands-on activities, a Victorian fashion show, re-enactments, archive and feature film, guided walks and the chance to meet lots of costumed characters. Most of the events are drop-in, but some are ticketed. Please see the Victorian Nights website (www.victoriannightsnorthnorfolk.com) for more information.

This brand new festival is part of the national Museums at Night campaign, the annual after-hours celebration of arts, history and heritage. The campaign is co-ordinated by Culture 24, a not-for-profit online publisher, working across the arts, heritage, education and tourism sectors.

The initiative is the work of eight cultural organisations across the three towns: Cromer Museum, RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer Preservation Society, North Norfolk Railway, The Mo Museum, Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham and District Society and Wells Maltings.

Laura Crossley, Victorian Nights Coordinator, said: “Victorian Nights offers people a fantastic opportunity to have fun and do something different, whilst exploring North Norfolk’s stunning cultural and heritage venues. This is a special chance to take part in a brand new festival, with all kinds of activities to amaze and intrigue.”

A volunteer Blogging Team, who are being trained in literacy, marketing and blogging skills by the Norfolk Library and Information Service and local literacy expert Wendy Austin, are blogging about the festival and the Victorian Era. Their handiwork can be seen at http://victoriannightsblog.wordpress.com.

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