What’s on in North Norfolk
Everything going on from food and drink fairs, wildlife excursions, park runs, craft markets, to tours and music festivals. For a list of places to visit at any time, take a look at Things to do.
Winter Tree Walk at Pensthorpe
Trees are a vital part of the landscape and play a huge role in sustaining and protecting the wildlife in the colder months. Join the team at Pensthorpe Natural Park on a stunning winter walk and discover the various native trees in the reserve, and enjoy the added bonus of seeing the wonderful wildlife migrating to the area.
The walk includes a slice of cake and a cup of coffee in our cafe afterwards- perfect to warm you up!
An Audience with Father Christmas at Holkham Hall
10, 11, 21, 22 December
Surrounded by twinkling lights and a sea of sparkles, you’ll be greeted by the Ukulele Elves in the magnificent Marble Hall. From here, you’ll be led through the glistening staterooms by the elves until you reach The Saloon, with the grandest tree you ever did see!
There, you will find Father Christmas. With Mother Christmas by his side, Father Christmas will fill your hearts with festive cheer as he chats and laughs along with your children.
One by one, each child/family group will be called up by Father Christmas to receive a little something to remember their visit by. Don’t forget your cameras!
Christmas Food, Drink and Gift Market, Holkham
10 and 11 December
Holkham Estate’s ever-popular Christmas market returns this December in the Lady Elizabeth Wing. Soak up the season’s bounty with food, drink and gifts galore. The perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit with your nearest and dearest!
You can enjoy live music as you browse the stalls, before heading to a street food court to tickle your taste-buds! – Saturday with Fakenham Town Band (10.30am – 12.30pm) and on Sunday with Nelson’s Shantymen (1pm – 2pm, 3pm – 4pm).
11 November – 18 December
Nestled deep within Sandringham Estate, awaits a spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses.
As darkness descends, join them on the enchanting journey, as they weave a captivating light trail through the Royal Parkland at Sandringham. Immerse yourself in their mesmerising mile long trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.
A timeless experience to be enjoyed by all, young and old alike.
Fakenham Races December Christmas Meeting
Wrap up warm for this great outdoor event held on the last Sunday before Christmas. The flag drops for the first race at 12.15pm.
This is a great day out, and a firm favourite with a local crowd drawn from all corners of the county. the first race kicks off at 12.15pm but you will want to be there well before that. As well as great racing expect to be find a whole host of food trucks as well as independent stalls to pick up a last minute gift.
The Norfolk Artisan Fair, Fakenham Racecourse
19 and 20 December
This Christmas the Norfolk Artisan Fair will be showcasing an inspiring array of innovative and quality artisan goods.
Over 100 local food and craft stands will be offering everything ranging from local food and drink, clothing, crafts, paintings, plants, glassware, art, prints, cushions, bunting, candles, pottery, make-up, skincare and bath products even a present for your dog. Many of these products are locally made and can’t be found on the High Street. Refreshments are available from outdoor stalls which include a selection of delicious crepes, handmade pizzas, cakes, pastries, and seasonal hot and cold drinks.
Thursford Christmas Spectacular
8 November – 23 December
This wonderful event is set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 120 professional singers, dancers and musicians – most of whom are straight out the West End.
The three hour performance delivers an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites, with famous and much-loved chart toppers being performed alongside traditional carols.
The finale of the show includes a fly over of white doves across the auditorium.
Norfolk Lights Express, Sheringham - Holt
11 November – 2 January
The Norfolk Lights Express is an immersive, wintertime experience that is fun for the whole family! Arrive after dark at Sheringham Station and you’ll be greeted by the magical site of a steam-hauled train illuminated by thousands of tiny lights.
As your train steams along, you will literally see the countryside adjoining the track in a whole new light as the onboard lights shine on to the scenery in a series of changing colours. During the 5½ mile journey to Holt you’ll pass around 10 colourful lit-up dioramas on the lineside or dramatically set in the woods adjoining the track. These create an intriguing story which is brought to life by the on-board narration and music.
Holkham Hall by Candlelight
Selected dates in December
Holkham Hall will have decked the halls and lit the hundreds of candles in readiness for you to celebrate Christmas with them and tour the hall by candlelight. This is a truly magical opportunity to relish the magnificent state rooms adorned with opulent Christmas decorations and beautiful flickering candlelight. Lady Leicester, together with Christmas-connoisseur Catherine Zoll, spend the entire year designing the sets and themes for your enjoyment and we look forward to sharing this year’s themes with you a little closer to the time.
Either take a guided tour or visit the rooms at your own pace. Whichever way you choose, the expert tour guides and room stewards will share how the installations and unique decorations were created and divulge the inspiration behind each room setting.
Pink Footed Geese at Snettisham
31 October – 31 January
Each year the Pink Footed Goose visits our shores in larger numbers with thousands of the birds blackening the evening sky as they head to their night roost. Their numbers increase steadily throughout October, and by the end of November most of the geese will have arrived. The Pink-footed Goose is not only attracted to Norfolk for sea shell delicacies, but for a rather less well known food – the sugar beet. By February most will be returning home to their breeding ground in Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen . The sight of tens of thousands of geese taking off and landing en-masse at the Snettisham reserve is one of Norfolk’s natural wonders.
Walsingham Snowdrop Walk
23 January to 27 February
For an evocative winter walk head to Walsingham Abbey. This is where snowdrops cast a new light upon the crumbling stone of the old abbey. This is a perfect spot, tucked away with a beautiful stream which can run fast and high. Glorious hellebores and aconites as well as the carpets and carpets of snow drops.
Walsingham Abbey is famous for the beautiful ruins of the Priory of our Lady of Walsingham, and nowadays it’s spring snowdrop walk around the ruins that stand among the lawns, with woodland and river walks extending to 18 acres.
Sunday Market, Holt
First Sundays of the month
The Holt Sunday Market is back on from 10-3 on selected first Sundays of the month
It’s a chance to shop from a lineup of over 40 artisan makers and local creatives. Everything from small-batch artisan gin, ceramics, upcycled bags and jewellery brings its own energy and dynamism to the Market.
There’s also a tasty range of street food to sink your teeth into and live music.
(Note there is not a market on Sunday 5 June – It’s the community ‘Jubilee Big Lunch’).
North Norfolk Steam Train Railway, Sheringham
Daily throughout 2022
The North Norfolk Railway offers far more than just a train ride! Grab your tickets, watch the guard wave his green flag, listen for the sound of the whistle and a whoosh of steam as you set off on a timeless journey through some of Norfolk’s most stunning coastal scenery and beautiful countryside.
Lovingly-restored steam and heritage diesel trains transport passengers on an 11 mile return journey between the delightful Victorian resort of Sheringham and the smart Georgian town of Holt.
Deepdale Farm Guided Walk
First Thursday of the month
Join the guided walk around Deepdale Farm on the first Thursday of each month. The walk is about 5km, and stops will take place at various places to talk about the crops, hedges, stewardship schemes, wildlife, regenerative farming & agroecology practices. The walk will take you through woodland and there will also be amazing views. The walk will take you through areas of the farm that aren’t usually open to the public.
Places are limited, so please make sure you book ahead.
Holkham Park Run
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.