Written by Rob John [fEast Theatre] and directed by Simon Floyd [The Common Lot] 'Stories Down the Line' was performed as a free show over two weekends in September 2019 at a number of locations on Marriott's Way.
The 26 strong cast and singers were recruited from the communities along our historic line. They have worked tirelessly and energetically on their scripts and songs since June and their talent and comradery really shone through.
Performed to over 500 people among woodlands, embankments and abandoned railway platforms at Norwich, Hellesdon, Aylsham and Whitwell.
Through drama and songs written and performed by musician Charlie Caine, Stories Down the Line explored 150 years of Norfolk history and celebrate the extraordinary 26 mile ‘green corridor’ that has become the Marriott’s Way. Each Act told a tale of the ‘time passengers’ whose lives were closely linked with history and fortunes of the railways. So many of our favourite Marriott's Way tales were told; including the Themelthorpe Curve, Colman's Mustard Men to the ill-fated Liberator Lady Jane.
Our Cast and Crew were all project volunteers and were a fabulously committed and enthusiastic team to work with.
In addition to the 26 cast members we would like to thank:
Simon Floyd, Rob John, Charlie Caine, Ali Mackenzie of Tin House, James Goff, Ann Middlemas, Dave Mole, Dave Parrish Wain, Janet Clare, Lucy Galvin, Alan Baker, Maddy Goodall, Ray Meek, Tony Ashford, Zoe John, FONCS, Whitwell & Reepham Railway, Philip’s Cameras and many more...
Now in its fifth year, the popular Norfolk Walking and Cycling Festival returns this October with more events than ever.
October is a great time to be outdoors in Norfolk - with the best overall climate in the UK and before the clocks change. And the Autumnal scenery is stunning. This year’s festival is hosted by Coastal Treasures. In July 2017, Norfolk County Council was awarded funding from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund for ‘Coastal Treasures’, a project to promote sustainable tourism and new ways of accessing the wealth of heritage features in the coastal area between King’s Lynn and Burnham Overy, and beyond into inland West Norfolk.
For more information on the Norfolk Walking and Cycling Festival go to Visit Norfolk to find out all the latest walking and cycling events happening near you.
During September we helped celebrate 25 years of Norfolk Heritage Open Days by holding a number of events including two special walks. Featured in our Monthly Walks Program, FONCS delivered another popular "Walk and Talk" event. Starting at City Station a large group gathered to make their way along the Marriott's Way up to the next station along the line, Hellesdon. Along the route they discovered the hidden locomotive heritage of the area.
A family walk was also held at Aylsham and saw a number of young children and families enjoying an woodland adventure walk along Marriott's Way's northern point, inspired by the endearing, imaginative children’s book 'Stanley’s Stick' by John Hegely.
Our next walk is an exploration of Aylsham's heritage; taking in the historic buildings, stories, and events that have shaped the town. The walk will be approximately 3 miles on Saturday 12th October and will finish with a visit to the parish church, and then an opportunity to get refreshments together for those who want to talk heritage a little further.
We are excited to announce that we’re working in conjunction with innovative walking app GoJauntly. A soft launch of some of our favourite Marriott’s Way walks is now going live, with more content to follow soon. We are working in collaboration with GoJauntly’s team to allow Marriott’s Way circular routes to join the 900 walks already on the app itself. You’ll be able to discover short and long walks, discover heritage hotspots and have plenty of outdoor adventures specifically curated by our Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail team.
GoJauntly is a free community-based walking app, created by and for urban dwellers keen to stretch their legs and explore their local area. The app which has had over 75 thousand downloads and allows you to find new walks based on your location. Photo guides help you navigate, while helpful tips point out things of interest and places to eat and use the loo.
We’ll be sharing more of this exciting new content over the next coming months.
In the meantime, click here to visit GoJauntly’s website and go to your app store and download for free to try it out for yourself.
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