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Events this year (2024)...

We're currently at the planning stages of events for 2024, but more information will follow soon.

Below is a summary of the amazing events we took part in last year (2023). 

Pap Leeky Expedition from Norwich to Great Yarmouth

August 17th-20th, 2023

From 17th-20th August, a team of volunteers, including some Norfolk teachers too, paddled 27 miles (43.5 km) along the Norfolk Broads from Norwich to Great Yarmouth, in a raft hand-built from repurposed (upcycled) materials in order to raise finds support and awareness of the arrival of our charitable work in Great Yarmouth schools come September 2023. We also took to the waterways in Norfolk, where rising sea-levels due to climate change and global warming mean our low-lying land is at great risk of regular flooding and coastal erosion. Producing food more locally to where we live, work and learn, and hence reducing food miles, can certainly contribute to lessening our carbon footprint. We have currently raised over £5500 for The Papillon Project.





Please click here to learn more about this extraordinary event and to donate to support via JustGiving.

Houghton Hall

On July 19th, with the invitation of Lord and Lady Cholmondeley, we celebrated four years of charitable work at Houghton Hall's beautiful walled gardens. It was a brilliant event and an incredibly way to end the 2022-23 academic year! Many West Norfolk schools attended this very special event along with friends, supporters, volunteers, staff and trustees of The Papillon Project.



The Aylsham Show, Blicking Park, Monday 28th August 2023

For the first time this, we were invited to take part  Aylsham Show this year and we were so delighted to attend! 


Royal Norfolk Show

Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June 2023

We really enjoyed attending the Royal Norfolk Show again this year (28th & 29th June 2023). We are extremely grateful to the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association for inviting us for a second time and for all their continued support.




Above: Some of the charity's volunteers who were celebrated and recognised as 'community champions' at the Royal Norfolk Show. This special ceremony was organised by the Norfolk Lieutenancy and the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association. 

'Norfolk's Healthy Environment Day'

We attended a community event that Norwich Friends of the Earth have invited The Papillon Project along to at the Forum in Norwich on Saturday 10th June as part of The Climate Coalition’s Great Big Green Week ( 


No Straight Lines public viewing

Saturday 15th April 

We screened our charity's film, No Straight Lines (please click here to view online), at The Forum in Norwich . Charity Trustees, staff and volunteers  welcome people were also present to share information about our charitable work across the county.


Forum (2023) poster

What is the film No Straight Lines about?

No Straight Lines has been a film that has spent many years in the making. Directed and produced by Louis Johnson, No Straight Lines is a documentary film that captures the experiences of many teachers and young people (all from different schools) at their school allotment and serves very much as a celebration of all that has been achieved by secondary schools in Norfolk to date.

Norfolk's Green Care Network's festival launch: The Planation Garden, Norwich

In July, we participated, with other like minded organistations, in the Norfolk's Green Care Network's festival launch.


The Aylsham Show, Blickling Park, Monday 28th August 2023

For the first time this, we were invited to take part  Aylsham Show this year and we were so delighted to attend! 



We run occasional workshops throughout the year to make ethical crafts, repair vintage tools and to bring people together. The following workshops are happening this year. We sometimes run separate tool repair and upcycled craft workshops, but on some occasions we combine both 

  • Saturday 19th November (TOOL REPAIR) @ City Academy Norwich (10:00am - 3:00pm)
  • Saturday 10th December (UPCYLCED CRAFTS) @ City Academy Norwich (10:00am - 3:00pm)
  • Saturday 21st January (TOOL REPAIR & UPCYCLED CRAFTS) @ City Academy Norwich (10:00am - 3:00pm)

Please click here if you would like to register an interest in attending any of the above workshops. We would be incredibly grateful of for any extra support!

Below is a little more information about what our workshops are about:

Tool Repair Workshop(s):

Join us for repairing second hand tools for schools and to restock our charity's 'Tool Bank'.! We believe 'secondhandness' sets a good example to young people and is better for the environment too. 

Tool Bank collage

Upcycled Craft Workshop:

Join us to learn how to create upcycled crafts and to help us to create products that can be sold to raise funds via our charity shop (The Pap Up Shop). 

Workshop collage

DIY fundraising?

You might like to 'DIY' (Do It Yourself) when it comes to fundraising for The Papillon Project? Below are some amazing examples:

Charity walk?

There have been a number of people who have walked incredible distances to help raise funds for The Papillon Project. From Debbie who walked 630 miles along the South West Coast Path to charity founder, Matt Willer, who walked the whole length of The Peddars Way (46 miles) in two days complete barefoot (please click here to learn more)! 


Sponsored bike ride?

Faye cycled from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, covering ~ 1000 miles over 12 days to raise money for The Papillon Project. Please click here to find out more about Faye's incredible journey.

Faye's bikeride

Sunflower growing competition?

Huge thanks to amazing people like Frances in North West Norfolk who have organised a sunflower growing competition with proceedings going to support the charitable work of The Papillon Project:

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