Big Band in a Big Park

Monday, June 28, 2010

Did you have a lovely weekend?

I did. Not really being a lover of the hippier side of outdoor Music I wasn’t at Glastonbury this weekend. Instead I headed off to the Plantation Gardens to spend a beautiful Summers evening listening to Big Band and Swing courtesy of The Pavilion Big Band.

The Plantation Garden is an amazing Victorian Garden with a stunning Gothic Fountain in the centre of Norwich. It’s wonderful for picnics and charges just £2 entry. It’s entirely run on donations so the purpose of the Big Band on Saturday was to raise funds to keep the gardens open.

On the 17th July there is another Jazz event, if you fancy it then you can get more details on the Norwich Events page.

Picnics were the order of the day, but as we’d planned to go out after the concert we restricted ourselves to an easily disposable 2 litre bottle of Pimms and a couple of bottles of Crabbies Ginger Beer, a Summer favourite of mine.

Others weren’t quite so restrained and I was quite jealous of the groaning picnic tables and popping champagne corks around me. I think the average age of the other concert goers was probably a little higher than that of those at Glastonbury, but it was far more civilised!

It was a wonderful evening, listening to Big Band sounds drifting gently over the garden whilst resting on the beautifully maintained lawn and sipping Pimms and lemonade. I really recommend the jazz evening in July. I’ll be at the Chap Olympics on that day, sadly, but it’s really worth a trip if you’re Norwich based. If you can’t make the concert the Plantation Gardens also offer afternoon tea on Sundays, or you could just pack up a picnic and head down any day.

I also found some gorgeous Spode plates and 50s shot glasses at a Boot Fair on Saturday, so all in all a wonderful day!

The rest of the weekend didn’t exactly live up to this amazing start.

Obviously Sundays football was a bit of a let down, but there’s always Wimbledon…..

9 Responses
  • Franca
    June 28, 2010

    That looks great fun, such a nice way to spend a day! I haven’t had Pimms yet this summer!

    Sorry about the football (but yeah germany!)! It was high tension in our household, boyfriend Dave skulked off to the kitchen after the third Germany goal, and I wasn’t even gloating. I thought it was hilarious how the pundits were all predicting England to win before the game and afterwards they were all going ‘they’re all rubbsh, they’ve been rubbish all along, and lets have Fabio’s head on a stake’.

    • Retro Chick
      June 28, 2010

      Ah, I love Pimms!

      I know, Football pundits are always the same though. It was a shame, but onwards and upwards eh?!

  • Claire at Poppy Valentine
    June 28, 2010

    Looks like it was a lovely evening, I wish I could have made it. Those gardens are amazing- will have to check them out

    • Retro Chick
      June 28, 2010

      Ah yes! I was sad to miss the chance to meet you!

      I hope you’re feeling a bit better now though.

  • Claire
    June 28, 2010

    Ahhh Pimms and music in the park on a sunny summer’s evening….sounds perfect! x

  • Ruby
    June 28, 2010

    It looks beautifully oldfashioned!

  • Alice
    June 28, 2010

    Ah, sounds lovely! And the park looks amazing. I would probably prefer a weekend like that to a festival, too 🙂

  • Michelle
    June 28, 2010

    So classy! Now you’ve got me all curious what Pimm’s tastes like, I don’t even know if we have it over here. Regardless, it looks like an awesome way to spend a weekend 🙂

  • Melanie
    July 1, 2010

    I found your blog on Shop It To Me yesterday. (We were recently named as a Trendsetter as well!)

    Beautiful photos! I spent a summer in Oxford a few years ago and this makes me long for the cool English summer and Pimms on the lawn. It gets unbearably hot here in Atlanta!

    Just wanted to let you know I’m enjoying reading all of your posts!