Get Active in Fakenham 16-24 Aug 2014

Nine days of fun and well-being activities

From kayaking, yoga and theatre to Ju-Jitsu, line dancing, rambling, running, writing and plenty more, thereʼs something for everyone. 

Saturday 16th August 

FUN RUNS ROUND FAKENHAM RACE COURSE For all ages and abilities. Free shuttle bus from town centre from 10.00am. Starts from 11.00am. Stalls, food, face painting, bar, raffle, bouncy castle. FREE taster sessions – squash, indoor bowls & archery, Open Day to look around the Gallow Sports Centre and have a go at some FREE activities. FREE giveaways.
Healthy Communities stand with free health information. Pre-register at SweetsʼnʼThings, Oak St or on the day
at the Gallow Sports Centre. Details/Booking 07803 131118

For more information see Fakenham Fun Run poster

To register online go to Online registration

To register via post or on foot Fakenham Fun Run application form

ROMEO OR JULIET The Keeperʼs Daughterʼs Romeo or Juliet is a promenade theatre production of the classic Shakespearean love story. it is an imaginative adaptation of the play. Choose your allegiance to either Montagues or Capulets and become a part of the story as events unfold around you. The Keeperʼs Daughter use non-traditional methods of theatre and film to stimulate imagination and nurture creative development. £10 (Concessions £7). Both performances £18. (max 60 places) Tickets from SweetsʼnʼThings or through Community Campus website  Performances 6pm and 8pm. See attached for more information see Romeo or Juliet flyer and Romeo or Juliet poster

THEATRE WORKSHOP FOR AGE 13 TO 19 YRS 2 to 3pm by The Keeperʼs Daughter Theatre Company £3. (Only 20 places). Book at SweetsʼnʼThings or on the website. Held at the Fakenham Community Centre.

RAMBLERS 8 MILE CIRCULAR WALK Start at Fakenham Community Centre, Oak St at 10am, finish approx.
3pm, followed by FREE tea and cakes in the garden. Bring plenty of water (2 small bottles still water per person) plus packed lunch. Stout footwear is essential. Contact Margaret Tomlinson at or on 01328 864727. FREE

CANOE AND KAYAK Have a go at Kayaking and Canoeing on the beautiful river Wensum with the Ospreyʼs Canoe Club. 1 to 5pm Best to book at or 01328 855835. FREE 

Sunday 17th August 

THE GREAT FAKENHAM DUCK RACE 2pm, from Goggs Mill Bridge. KLFM Super Trouper Bear. Tickets bought in advance from ʻSweets n Thingsʼ, Oak Street. Cash prizes.

WORDS ACROSS THE WENSUM FESTIVAL Hosted by Heather De Lyon and Caroline Gilfillan. An afternoon of workshops and ʻMeet the Authorʼ sessions – all local published writers. Workshops include: ʻWriting for Radioʼ and ʻWriting your Life Storyʼ (Workshops £5 each including a drink). Meet the Authors: Sally Festing, Nicola Talbot and Dickimaw Books, Jenny Boyd, Ken Lake, Howard Young and members of First Focus Writers Group. Sessions from 12.30 to 6.15pm. Meet the authors session is FREE. Numbers are limited so please book in advance – contact Heather De Lyon at, 07810 288712 or 01328 855357. Being held at Fakenham Community Centre, Oak Street, Fakenham, NR21 9DY

For more information see Words across the Wensum poster

For full information see Words across the Wensum timetable and information – 17 August 2014

Pictures of those involved can be seen at

BALKAN DANCING Hempton Memorial Hall. Contact Dawn Wakefield at or 01328 856582.(see Wed for details) 4 – 6pm £5. Age 18 and under £2.50.

TABLE TENNIS TASTER AND COACHING Fakenham Table Tennis League are running this FREE session. 9.30 – 2.00pm. Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre. Ring 01328 850010

OPEN DAY – FAKENHAM SPORTS AND FITNESS CENTRE, Trap Lane, NR21 9HL. FREE Zumba. 10.00 – 11.00am, FREE Badminton, FREE Table Tennis, all day, . FREE Gym Passes all day. Booking is essential for all of this. Ring 01328 850010.

Monday 18th August 

GET INTO RUNNING SESSION A one off session run by Active Norfolk includes a practical session, with tips on warm ups/cool down, focusing on how to progress your running. 6 – 7pm. Fakenham Sports & Fitness Centre. Just turn up. FREE

See Running Fakenham for more information

AQUAFIT 6 – 7pm. Adult Aquafit. £5 (half going to charity) Fakenham Academy Pool, Field Lane. Contact Nikki at or 07803 131118. Booking essential.

LADIES SWORD CLASS Gentle introduction to (wooden) Samurai swords – good all round exercise. 7 – 8pm taster event £1 Fakenham Sports Centre, Trap Lane. Contact George Condron at or 07810365032.

JU-JITSU introduction to various Martial Arts, suitable for all ages (over 7 years old), male and female. Families welcome. 8 – 9pm. Fakenham Sports Centre, Trap Lane. £1. Contact George Condron at or 07810365032.

Tuesday 19th August 

NATIONAL CITIZENS SERVICE EVENT Local young people will be devising, organising and promoting their own event. See publicity, website and social media for details nearer the time.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHANGES MyTime Active Health Trainer with Active Fakenham. Support, guidance and encouragement to make healthy lifestyle changes; including losing weight and becoming more physically active. 7 – 8pm at Fakenham Community Centre. Hear about and possibly sign up for some exciting small group sessions we will run in the Autumn. All welcome.

Wednesday 20th August 

NEW – FAKENHAM TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE COACHING DAY – All welcome Adults & Children over 10 years whatever your playing ability – from beginners to experienced players. Being held at Fakenham Sports & Fitness Centre, Trap Lane       From 10 3-30 p.m. Cost – £12         For more details and Booking Form contact Chris Fuller 01328-878836 and see Table tennis course poster

GLEE CLUB 7 – 8.30pm, Schoolroom Methodist Church, Oak St. Singing workshop taster session, £3. Contact, 01328 855545 or 07773 164397

BALKAN DANCING Taster event at Hempton Memorial Hall. Contact Dawn Wakefield at or 01328 856582. Dip in for a short time or do the whole session. No booking. Simple dances from Greece, Armenia, Macedonia and more. No partners or experience needed. All dances explained. Minimum age 12. No upper limit!
12.30 – 2pm. £1

MODERN LINE DANCE FREE taster session at Cromwell Barns Studio (Tesco car park) Fakenham NR21 8DX. Come along and dance to all styles of music. No partner required, males and females, all ages, low impact. 2 – 3pm. Contact Nikki Hammond 07851350704.

FUTSAL FOOTBALL Bring out the silky skills you know are there. Just turn up on the day half an hour before. 10 – 16 ages at 6 – 7pm, 17+ at 8pm. £2. Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre, Trap Lane.

FAMILY AQUAFIT 6 – 7pm. £2 Fakenham Academy Pool, Field Lane. Contact Nikki Pearce at or 07803 131118. Booking essential.

WALK AND WRITE Caroline Gilfillan will lead a gentle stroll along the Wensum River, starting at Goggs Mill Bridge, combining walking with simple writing exercises. Just turn up. 11am – 12 noon. FREE Contact, 01328 855545 or 07773 164397

Thursday 21st August 

NETBALL Women over 16. We are a really friendly group and are always looking for more people to join us, either to keep fit and have fun or as a way into joining a team in West Norfolk Netball League. Just turn up. £2. Contact Zoe Emmerson at Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre, Trap Lane. 7 – 8.30pm

PT IN THE PARK FREE taster. 6.30 – 7.30pm. Millennium Park, Queenʼs Road. Just turn up.

GET ACTIVE FOR MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING Reduce stress, anxiety and depression. (Active Advice Day) Over 50s physical activity and advice sessions. For anyone with disability and/or health ailments. 10am – 3pm at First Focus Fakenham, First Focus, 18 Cattle Market St.

Friday 22nd August 

IYENGAR YOGA Hempton Memorial Hall. 12 – 1.30pm. £2. Booking Liz Ward or 07740 105339.

WRITERSʼ DROP IN ADVICE SESSION Gallery Bistro, Market Place. 10.30 – 11.30am.

Caroline Gilfillan (left) and Heather De Lyon (right) will be happy to talk to you about your writing. FREE

SUMMER CEILIDH/BARN DANCE Family friendly fun dance with music from the band, Rig-a-Jig-Jig.
8 – 11pm. Licensed bar. Tickets £7 (£3.50 – under 18) Fakenham Community Centre. Contact Dawn Wakefield at or 01328 856582. Tickets from Dawn or Sweets ‘n’ Things, or on the door

Saturday 23rd August 

FAKENHAM FAIR Millennium Park. 11 – 5pm. Will include food, craft stalls, childrenʼs activities, trade stalls, live music, demonstrations, North Norfolk Radio. This yearʼs theme is the 1950ʼs. Procession starts Highfield Rd Car Park at 1pm.

ACTIVE FAKENHAM IT’S A SPORTY KNOCKOUT (1 hr. session) at the Fakenham Fair. Mixed teams of 6 (2 men, 2 women, 2 under 13s) Fun family sports competition for the Kick Start Fakenham Shield. Also games for all on the day. 3.45pm. Pre-register your team at SweetsʼnʼThings or at Limited number of teams.

FAKENHAM FOOD FESTIVAL 11 to 5pm at the Fakenham Fair. See and on Facebook.

WRITERʼS SURGERY at the Fakenham Fair. Stall providing information about activities for those interested in writing and reading, and a display of books. Book appointments with Caroline Gilfillan to discuss a particular piece of work. From 12 noon. 20 mins for £3. or 01328 855545.

FARMERS MARKET  Market Place. 8.30am – 12 noon .

Sunday 24th August 

FAKENHAM 50 Riding North Norfolk is a great way to spend the day. Five rides from 14 to 75 miles. Register or at SweetsʼnʼThings, Oak St.

SUNSHINE CHILL OUT EXTRAVAGANZA  Active Fakenham and Fakenham Community Centre. Barbecue, live
music, inflatable, BMX display, massage, bar. KLFM Super Trouper Bear. In the centre and garden. 12.30 to 4.30pm. (if it rains this will be inside, in gazebos and a marquee) FREE 


All Week 

ACTIVE FAKENHAM WRITER IN RESIDENCE – CAROLINE GILFILLAN During the week Caroline will visit activities, writing poems or stories which will be published on our website and other media. Carolineʼs will write up her poems and stories, and collect in work by other writers and arrange for them to be displayed in the town at cafes, shops, the library, churches, and other community venues.

HEALTHY EATING, SPORT & HEALTHY LIVING Exhibition, promotion and books to borrow. Fakenham Library, Oak Street.

HUGHES ELECTRICAL Norwich Street will be showing sport on their TVs for the week and distributing FREE Change 4 Life Snack Swappers.

GIANT JENGA, CONNECT 4 AND OTHER GAMES At the Gallery Bistro, Market Place.

GET ACTIVE LEAN MEAT PACK Special locally farmed meat pack and FREE Change4Life Fun Wheels. At J&D Papworth, Millers Walk.

GET ACTIVE FAMILY FRUIT AND/OR VEG BOX Benbow Norwich St. Fakenham. FREE Snack Swappers.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION Fakenham at the Norfolk Village Games: North Norfolk winners 2013 & 2014 and Fakenham Shopkeepers Olympics. Tudor Tea Rooms, Norwich St.

VOTER REGISTRATION At some of our events we will be helping people join the electoral register. This is non-party political and part of our Active Citizenship Programme. Regulations for voter registration are changing.


Our official charity for the weekʼs events is Rebeccaʼs Wishes

The charity for the Fakenham 50 is the Environmental Investigation Agency


These events are Independently run and organised. Active Fakenham does not take responsibility for any changes in times or cancellations

Thanks to Crook De Lyon Ltd Organisation Development & Training ( and Fakenham Town Council Market Tolls