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“A spectacular booking tip.”
Review of Thursford

Thursford
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Fakenham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Visited by over 5.3 million people. The Thursford Collection - The sights, sounds and sensations of the golden age of steam are never forgotten. Climb on board and enjoy all the fun of the fairground on our traditional carousels and gondola. Experience the size scale of steam with the largest collection of traction engines in the world. Delight in the unique sounds of Robert Wolfe show on the mighty Wurlitzer. Christmas Spectacular - Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, a cast of over 130 performers deliver an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. Santa's Magical Journey - A trip to Santa will never be the same again with this truly unforgettable journey to the perfect Christmas memory.
Reviewed January 10, 2014

This was my first visit to the Thursford Spectacular and Spectacular is the only way to describe not only the show but the venue itself. It begins from the minute you get out of the car, even on a wet night!
Other reviewers have said it all so you don't need to hear about this year's show again, although I will agree with the reviewer who loved the tin soldiers, very clever, my favourite too.
You do need to book now for this year, it sounds ridiculous but it is as excellent as any west end production and gets sold out quickly.
I know you don't always know what you are doing for next Christmas in January and don't want to book for something so far ahead , but tickets can be returned, check out their policy.
I did not know I was spending Christmas in Norfolk untill last November, but here is the tip.
From the 1st. December you can ring the box office daily for returns. That is how we bought three tickets for the last night in 2013. Christmas began at Thursford, wonderfull!

1  Thank janbgov
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"magical journey"
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is a great show but whatever you do make sure 120% you can go on the dates you originally booked.
My friend who is a firefighter will be going with me but and has had her shifts changed so we now have HUGE problems trying to arrange this.
Thursfords policy is NO echange as this cant be done through the system they have. For goodness sake Thursford get with the times. The show is not until November so there should be plenty of time to exchange after all its not as if i want any money back!

1  Thank Teresa P
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

This was the second year that we have been to the show and it won't be the last! Listening to people there are those who return every year and the first-timers who vow to return.
If you want to get into the Christmas spirit then this is the show to see. For us the highlight was the tin soldiers who fell backwards in slow motion. On a more negative side we were more than a little disappointed to find we were unable to access the grotto as on the night we were there it had to be pre-booked. Last year this was one of the highlights.
All in all though a good night!

Thank Liz T
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

For the second year I took a coach party on 2 occasions to see this fabulous show in the middle of nowhere(apologies to Thursfordians). A magical setting with trees illuminated in a riot of colour led us firstly to Fantasy Land, well worth the extra cost to visit. What can only be described as a huge Christmas Grotto. The show was fantastic,Slick, professional featuring carols,choirs, a full orchestra,(which did go wild at one stage), dancers, bagpipes, comedy, juggling, ballet and pop.
What more would you want? A great start to the festive season, and we will be going again next year. It's great.

Thank showcoachman
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

I visited this show with my husband and 2 friends for the 1st time in about 27 years! We had a good journey from Shropshire to Norfolk and arrived in plenty of time for looking round the shops etc. There are approx. 130 members of the cast and the setting in the museum is stunning. We felt the show was varied offering something for everyone with dancing, singing, carols and traditional Christmas songs. The comedian got us all going and the juggler was terrific. We had been advised that at the interval it is better to head straight for the Carousel Bar rather than walk across to the cafe and this proved to be sound advise. We loved the hot mince pies and mulled wine and had time to wander around some of the exhibits. This is a truly professional show that would rival any West End performance. On Xmas Eve I was straight on to the Internet to book tickets for 2014 and this time my 2 grown up children and their partners have insisted on coming with us! Looking forward to it already!

1  Thank Wasessa
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