An essential fixture in the north Norfolk arts calendar is set to return for another week of music, comedy and entertainment this summer. 

The Holt Festival is back for its 15th year, with seven days of variety running from July 20 to 27. 

This year's line-up includes singer and actress Barbara Dickson, who will be performing special acoustic versions of her songs. 

Nigel Planer, from the 1980s TV series The Young Ones and The Comic Strip Presents, will be in conversation about his time at the centre of alternative comedy and his recent writing.

There will also be a Derek Jarman day, celebrating the life and work of the talented artist, film-maker and theatre figure. 

Eastern Daily Press: Barbara DicksonBarbara Dickson (Image: Holt Festival)

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Other performers include Rosemary Ashe, a leading figure of West End musical theatre, folk music from The Shackleton Trio, and some of the finest classical music performances from The Piatti Quartet and Grace Davidson.

Saxophonist Christian Forshaw, flautist Andrew Findon, and organist and pianist Richard Pinel will all be performing in St Andrew’s Church in Holt as well.

There will also be after hours jazz with Mitch Dalton and The Studio King’s, and a feast of indigenous Native South American folk music from Inca. 

On the final Saturday, legendary rock band The Zombies will bring the festival to a close on the field stage, playing their hits She’s Not There and the chart-topping single Time of the Season.

Eastern Daily Press: The ZombiesThe Zombies (Image: Holt Festival)

Other festival highlights include celebrated writer Sarah Perry, who will talk about her much anticipated new novel Enlightenment, and highly successful newcomer Claire Daverley, author of Talking at Night.

The festival's popular comedy night will also return with The Red Card Comedy Club, and there will be a free family afternoon of entertainment with Maynard Flip Flap and friends.

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