North Norfolk

Things to do

Holt Festival

This year’s Holt Festival, the first with Anwen Hurt as Artistic Director, cements the charming North Norfolk town’s reputation as a home for world class arts and entertainment. Between 21 and 27 July, best-selling authors rub shoulders with national treasures and venues around the town are filled with drama and poetry, first class art exhibitions, pop music icons and fun activities for children and young people.

Birdwatching for beginners - A guided walk at Holkham Hall Estate

An introduction to birdwatching for the beginner; covering key identification and fieldcraft skills. We will spend the morning searching for birds in the diverse habitats of the NNR, where you will learn how to tell a Kestrel from a Sparrowhawk, a Spoonbill from an Egret. Your guide will share tips, techniques and almost 40 years of birdwatching experience. After a hard morning’s birding, we will relax and reflect with coffee and cake at The Lookout. Various Fridays throughout July and September.

Holkham Park Run

The Holkham Park Run takes place every Saturday morning at 9am.  Come along and join many others to run or walk the 5k course in the beautiful grounds of Holkham Estate.  This event is growing every month and visitors are always welcome.  Other park runs take place nearby at Sheringham Park and Blickling Estate. A fabulous way to start your Saturday morning and then back to your cottage for a healthy breakfast.

Holkham Cricket Matches 2019

Throughout the late spring and into summer, Holkham plays in cricket fixtures with local teams.  Come along to watch with your family or just on your own.  Take time out to sit and enjoy the gentle pace of cricket in north Norfolk during your holiday.

The Henry Moore Exhibition at Houghton Hall

In a unique collaboration with the Henry Moore Foundation, Houghton Hall in Norfolk presents this major exhibition HENRY MOORE AT HOUGHTON HALL: NATURE AND INSPIRATION – the first significant show of the artist’s work in East Anglia.

The exhibition will include several monumental outdoor pieces in the grounds of the house, as well as a selection of smaller works, which will be shown in the ground floor gallery spaces. 

Deer and Wildlife Safari

Join the Deer and Wildlife Safari at Holkham Estate on selected weekend days throughout May and October. This is an exciting opportunity for families to hop on board the tractor trailer tour to explore the wildlife at Holkham park and learn about the Fallow Deer herd who wander through the trees and grass.

Sandringham Food and Drink Festival - 3rd - 4th August

A wonderful festival for all the family with a mix up of new and local celebrity chefs live on stage and on the Food Road show.  The festival will aslo play host to an exciting variety of food and drink producers and retailers, great street food, live music, real ales, cider and gin bars. There will aslo be an amazing selection of artists, designers and craftsmen who will be selling their crafts and demonstrating their skills. There is plenty for children too, including a puppet show, amusements and craft workshops.

Farmers Market at Creake Abbey

Once a month over 50 of the region’s best food and drink producers come to Creake Abbey to supply outstanding fresh seasonal produce including meat, vegetables and fruit, cakes, tray bakes, dairy produce, artisan beer, apple juice, artisan breads, morning goods, puddings, pies, tarts, olives and prepared meals, all made with the finest local ingredients.  Other events take place at Creake Abbey too, find out more below.

Wells-next-the-Sea Carnival

From 26th July to Sunday 4th August, Wells-next-the-Sea will enjoy the traditional summer Carnival for residents and visitors. A week of family fun and events including a Carnival Day procession around the town featuring floats, fancy-dress, pull-and push-along vehicles and much more. Traditional seaside activities include a sand-castle competition, town crier competition, gillying on the quay and the crowning of the Carnival Royals. 

Hidden Passages and Servants' Stairs at Holkham Hall - April to October

Find out how the servants managed to flit between the grand State Rooms without being seen and how they serviced the State Bedchambers, where royalty once slept. Learn where Princess Victoria’s Ladies in Waiting were accommodated. See where the Housekeeper, the Cook, the Butler, and the Steward once ruled the roost and see the bells which summoned them, and their staff, on demand.

The views of the park from the Tower rooms are delightful, but be aware! You will need to climb seventy stairs to the top of the house (and seventy stairs down again!) So, do wear sensible shoes.

White Three Sugars Exhibition at Creake Abbey - June to September

An exhibition of vintage style travel posters featuring North Norfolk scenes, amongst others, by Nigel Wallace. 

This new show, will feature some new work of Holkham Hall and Thornham Coal Barn plus some old favourites including posters of Brancaster and Wells next the Sea. The drawings are not produced from photographs, rather Wallace draws them freehand onto a sketch pad, which transfers his sketches and lines onto a computer screen. The drawings are then printed using high quality ink to preserve their quality for many years. 

Tidliners Exhibition, Burnham Overy Staithe, 2019 - 13th July to 18th August

Established over 30 years ago in the pretty Victorian schoolhouse of Burnham Overy Staithe, now the Village Hall, this exhibition takes place every summer and is truly delightful.

An outstanding exhibition of original art and fine crafts made and sold by professional artists.  These wonderful crafts will make lovely additions to any home as well as making excellent gifts.

The Cromer Pier Show - June to September 2019

Traditional and contemporary variety of performances at the famous end of pier theatre, one of only five in the UK. Expect rib-tickling comedy courtesy of cheeky, quick-fire comic Paul Eastwood and the hilarious, unique talent of The Man They Call G. Conjuror Matthew Pomeroy’s captivating magic has been described as “brilliant” by Hugh Jackman. Show-stopping vocals and breathtaking dance routines, all delivered to bring you a completely unique theatre experience for the whole family.

Summer Visitors & Evening BBQ at NWT Cley Marshes - Thursday 25th July 2019

This evening workshop, led by local birder Trevor Williams, will introduce you to the birds that visit Cley in the summer to breed. It will begin with a short presentation on the identification, migration and breeding habits of some of our regular summer visitors. After a barbecue on the terrace, head off on to the reserve to look for birds, which might also include some early autumn migrants. Booking is essential.

Nature's Wild Tribe at Pensthorpe Natural Park - 25 Jul 2019 - 3 Sep 2019

One for families with children – bring along your own wild tribe and get messy in the new mud kitchen in WildRootz, go on a barefoot trail, play hopscotch, seek out the wonders of the natural world around every corner and learn about some of the creatures that call Pensthorpe home. Throw pooh sticks, play leapfrog over tree stumps, battle it out at ‘giant’ noughts and crosses, build a den, see what is hiding in the maze, try your luck at giant pick-up sticks, play bird songs on wooden chimes and spot bugs.

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