Cley Calling celebrates Norfolk’s starry skies this December


Monday 13 November, 2017




Do you know your mallard from your gadwall? Can you hum ‘Die Fledermaus’ or fancy a spot of frosty storytelling with a glass of mulled wine? Yes, it’s Cley Calling time again, as Norfolk Wildlife Trust celebrates Norfolk’s winter skies with its final wildlife festival of the year.

Cley Calling - Winter Skies runs from Thursday 7 December to Sunday 10 December at NWT Cley Marshes on the north Norfolk coast. The events celebrate Norfolk’s many natural wonders and build on the success of the three previous festivals.

Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers are leading guided walks around the reserve and invite you to take a closer look at Cley’s wintering wildfowl. Saturday’s workshop Sound Recording, in partnership with National Trust, ties in a walk around the reserve with the rare chance to capture the sounds of Cley’s secretive residents such as bearded tits and bitterns, hiding away in the depths of reedbed.

NWT is pleased to welcome back North Norfolk Sinfonia after their wonderful performance at Cley Church last summer. On Friday 8 December, the salon orchestra of twelve will be performing Viennese and British light classical music using a variety of string, brass and woodwind instruments, as well as a grand piano. Guests will enjoy a three course dinner and a glass of wine (included in ticket price) as the orchestra performs classics including ‘The Blue Danube’, festive hits such as ‘Sleigh Ride’, and to tie in beautifully with our dark skies theme: ‘Die Fledermaus’, which translates to ‘The Bat’ in English.

Keith Hobday, leader and conductor of North Norfolk Sinfonia, said: “North Norfolk Sinfonia are really looking forward to joining NWT for this special event. We are delighted to have the opportunity to perform beautiful music in an equally beautiful landscape.”

The festival is concluded with a weekend full of family fun. On Saturday families can battle it out to see who can hand-make the most Christmas crafty creations using natural materials. On Sunday 10 December, the festival will come to close with some magical Storytelling by Paul Jackson, who will be reading a collection of stories to celebrate winter, entitled ‘When it’s so cold that words freeze in the air’. Paul has been storytelling for 24 years and is Chair of The Society for Storytelling, the national body that promotes storytelling. He has visited more than 2,000 schools nationally, impressing his audiences with his brilliant stories interwoven with the melodic tunes of the harp and flute. Wind down in the education centre with a glass of mulled wine or hot squash as Paul enchants us all with his seasonal stories.

For more information and to book tickets go to www.cleycalling.com or call the Cley Marshes Visitor Centre on 01263 740008.
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