The Thetford Progress 1578

27 Jan‑19 Feb 2023
18:00-21-00

Please register or sign in to make a window.



Download window map

Welcome Putting on a Progress 1578: An Elizabethan Window Wanderland!

Curious Spark is delighted to be bringing this fantastic event to Thetford! With your help, we will transform the streets into a magical outdoor Elizabethan gallery for all to enjoy!

Window Wanderlands have been held around the world, and here are some links if you want to know more:

Window Wanderland on The One Show

Windows of Wonder – The Guardian

Window Wanderland spreads friendship – BBC News.

Fancy taking part?

Taking part as a Windowmaker is FREE, and everyone’s welcome. You can make a display in the windows of your flat, house, business, school, nursery, car, campervan, shop – or front garden!

Please don’t feel intimidated. Your display could be as simple as a candle, a Tudor goblet, a royal crown or a Tudor gown. Or you could go all out and create a line of Elizabethans waiting in line to see Queen Elizabeth I progress through your town! Anything Elizabethan goes… as long as it’s family-friendly!

Elizabethans? What’s it all about?

In 1578 Queen Elizabeth I and more than 200 courtiers made an incredible journey travelling into the unknown lands of Norfolk on her annual progress.

The royal progress visited Thetford on August 26, 157

• The citizens of the town worked hard to repair, clean and prettify the route of her journey.

• Her visit celebrated Thetford’s Royal Charter of 1574 which made the town independent of the Crown.

• The Queen stayed in a house owned by a man she had recently knighted, Sir Edward Clere, also of Blickling Hall.

• Crowds lined the streets to get a glimpse of a Queen they had only ever seen on the pennies in their purses!

• Throughout her short say, Elizabeth I was showered with gifts, lavish entertainment and fine feasts. 

What to do next

  • Join in the Elizabethan events at Thetford Library and The Ancient House Museum on Tuesday 25 October
  • Click on ‘Take part in this event’ to add your location to our map.
  • Click here to get information inspiration and guidance on making your window
  • Speak and share with your friends, neighbours, schools, and local businesses to ask them to get involved!

Get Inspired!

You can find display ideas on YouTube or find Window Wanderland on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest @windowwander

If you have any questions or would like to sponsor, promote or volunteer to help with this event, please contact Sarah or Joy through Contact organiser (The Orange button) on the right or email Sarah who will be thrilled to hear from the Thetford Windowmakers. 

There will be 6 trails across Norfolk- Will the Thetford Progress display the most windows?

The Cathedral Quarter 1578, Norwich

The Stranger’s Pageant 1578, Norwich

The Hunting Party 1578, Costessey, Norwich

Party like it’s 1578, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

The Return Progress 1578, Wymondham, Norfolk

Event produced by

With Thanks to the players of the National Lottery

 

Download window map
More info about this area Wanderland Shop
Share this event