Arts Festival 2011

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Welborne Arts Festival

In the Heart of Norfolk




Welborne Arts Festival , running for over 10 years, uses performance and exhibition to bring quality art to the heart of rural Norfolk.  The Festival takes art out into the community and brings the community to art.

In 2011 the Welborne Art Festival featured the Big Top of Circus Ferrel as the centrepiece for dance, music and performance in a wider programme of exhibited art, literature and sport.  The festival also welcomed personalities from the worlds of broadcasting (Helen McDermott) and sport (Mathew Roberts) as celebrity contributors.

Activities for 2011 included:

Visual Arts

  • Unlaced – clothing and the female form (Curated by Krys Leach)
  • Woven willow figures at Welborne Church (In partnership with ‘Art Alive in Churches’)
  • Breckland Artists at Welborne
  • The Norwich Print Fair Exhibition at Welborne
  • Villagers Marquee
  • Katherine Hamilton – Exhibiting in the Village Hall
  • Art Activity Marquee

Music & Entertainment

  • Fred’s House
  • The Minister’s Vision
  • Andy Kirkham
  • Howard Burton & Joe Tozer
  • John Ward & Mario Price
  • Mathew Williams & Hurdy Gurdy
  • Ceilidh in the Big Top with Pendragon
  • Clog dancing with ‘Fiddlesticks’
  • Time Travel Team present Station X – Music, Mystery and Mirth

Circus Ferrell at Welborne

During the festival, Circus Ferrel ran workshops for local schools and groups both in their colourful Big Top and in local care facilities.  In addition to the workshops and impromptu entertainment during daylight hours, shows were also staged each evening.

Welborne Sport

In the year leading up to the 2012 Olympics sport was celebrated in different ways with:

  • Mathew Roberts (High jumper and one of Aviva’s development athletes)
  • Kensington Lodge Farm Equestrian Display Team#


  • Dance Workshops run by Norfolk Dance
  • Ceilidh in the Big Top with Pendragon
  • Clog dancing with ‘Fiddlesticks’

Welborne Literature

  • Rachel Hore
  • Elspeth Barker
  • Helen McDermott



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