Screen on Sea Norfolk

Brought to you by Cambridge Film Trust, the Screen-on-Sea  pop up ‘cinema’ will tour resorts from King’s Lynn to Felixstowe   celebrating our rich moving image heritage of the coast and sea appearing at 10 resorts as part of summer festivals, concerts, carnivals and Heritage Days on the quay, the prom, the clifftop, the bandstand and the beach!

With a wonderful selection of footage taken by amateurs and professionals alike, sourced mostly from the UEA’s East Anglian Film Archive, you will be transported from the ‘20s through the decades of the last century to witness the fun and frolics of seaside holidays, the harvesting by local fisherman and the enduring beauty of our coastline caught on camera over the years. The focus will be on archive local to each resort and surrounding area providing a fascinating insight into how the coast and our holiday hot spots have changed (or not!) throughout our lifetime.


Alongside Blakeney’s Charity Concert on the Quayside Car Park

Come and see some archive gems of Blakeney holidays and nearby Morston in the 50s

Saturday 15th July 11am to 6pm

A FREE event


At Wells-next-the-sea’s CARNIVAL FETE at the Recreation Ground, Beach Road.

Pop in the pop up and see 1950s day  trippers ferried out to the sand banks to harvest cockles by the sack load, family sailing holidays at nearby Burnham Overy Staithe in the 60s and clips from a 1980s film that takes us out to the beautiful Scolt Head.

Sunday 30th July 12 noon to 5pm

A FREE event


On the Bandstand by Beach Terrace Road

Come and see local news footage of 81 year old Mr Grange who looked after the donkeys rides on the beach in the 60s –  one of his donkeys has a special talent for predicting the weather!  Footage will also include seaside holidays in the 30s and 40s including the amphibious boat and a special seaside picnic for youngsters from Gayton.

Tuesday 15th August 11am to 7pm

A FREE event


As part of CROMER CARNIVAL celebrations

Pitched outside the Museum in Church Street you can see film of the Carnival nearly 60 years ago see beachside rehearsals for the End of Pier Show in the 30s and Cromer wouldn’t be Cromer without its crabs!



Wednesday 16th August 12 noon to 7pm

A FREE event


Happisburgh International Lighthouse Heritage Day

Screen-on-Sea ‘cinema’ will be on the cliff top in the shadow of Happisburgh Lighthouse as part of this special day. The lighthouses dotted round our coast are imposing and iconic buildings which have played a crucial part in our lives over the last century. By their nature they are set on cliff tops, promonteries or alone in potentially hazardous waters to guide and alert those at sea. With the advent of automated lighthouses and GPs technology these buildings around the world have their own stories of survival to tell but many now remain more as a nostalgic, historic visitor destination. As a special tribute to Happisburgh and lighthouses across the world, as part of the Britain on Film Coast & Sea project, Screen-on-Sea  will feature archive footage of lighthouses and lightships in their heyday around the UK sourced from the various regional film archives and the BFI’s own collection. Pop in and see films that include Bishop’s Rock Lighthouse in the Isles on Scilly in 1976,  the Skerries Lighthouse at Carmel Head,  Anglesey in 1960 and back to Christmas on the Lynn Well Lightship in the Wash in 1922!


Sunday 20th August 11am to 5pm

A FREE event

King’s Lynn

In Tuesday Market Place as part of the town’s HERITAGE OPEN DAY celebrations alongside the Classic Car Rally where film of King’s Lynn will no doubt match the age of some of the cars!



Sunday 10th September 11am to 5pm

A FREE event