Whilst the final decorations are being hung and the last-minute presents are being bought, Thursford is already completely in the mood for Christmas. The annual Thursford Christmas Spectacular has returned to the tiny North Norfolk village. This festive stalwart has 12 performances left this year and has entertained over 112,000 visitors from across the country and the globe.
From Rock ‘n’ Roll to Showtunes; the Can Can to Carols, this Vegas-style variety show which boasts 65 musical numbers, a troupe of dancers who have performed in the West End and on Broadway and show-stopping choreography, is set to entertain all ages.
With the 2019 specialist act yet to be announced, 2018 sees Vanessa Alvarez, a seventh-generation circus performer who recently performed on London’s South Bank at the world-renowned Underbelly Festival, take to the Thursford stage for the first time to showcase her singular style of antipodism, juggling an array of props with her feet. Each night she was joined by Norfolk’s much-loved comedian Paul Eastwood who returned to compere the evening. One of the Thursford Collection’s most prized possessions, The Mighty Wurlitzer with its 1339 pipes, one of the largest remaining Wurlitzers in Europe, is a spectacle in its own right and will entertain visitors throughout the evening at the hands of Phil Kelsall for whom 2019 marks his 40th season at Thursford.
The Thursford Christmas Spectacular has become one of the most anticipated festive events in East Anglia, having attracted audiences from across the country since opening on Christmas Eve 1977.
Thursford Christmas Spectacular is Europe’s biggest Christmas show with a budget of £1.8million. Each year the family-run Thursford Collection serves up 35,000 mince pies, almost 19,000 mulled wines, and 24,000 tubs of ice cream.
2018 saw Thursford’s sound systems have a huge overhaul and upgrade to a state of the art audio system which has completely revolutionised the audience experience. The comprehensive DiGiCo solution comprises of the flagship mixing console, the DiGiCo SD7T for FOH duties and a DiGiCo SD10 with redundant engine, for Monitors.
6 November – 23 December 2018
Thursford Collection, Thursford, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 0AS