North Norfolk

What’s on

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.

Holkham Plant Fair

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24th & 25th September

Visit Holkham’s 18th century Walled Garden for their 2021 plant fair.

With regional nurseries displaying a huge range of plants and other gardening must haves, as well as a variety of other gardening stalls, you will be sure to find something special.

The setting of the walled gardens will also enthuse gardeners and provide an opportunity to see the progress of their restoration project involving the Thomas Messenger building, Ornamental Garden, Samuel Wyatt vinery, the vineyard and the herbaceous borders.

Deepdale Thai Food & Pizza Night - Burnham Deepdale

Deepdale Thai food

Selected Thursdays and Fridays throughout September & October

Tasty Thai food from Norfolk Thai Cuisine, and fabulous Pizzas from The Wood Fired Food Co., available at Deepdale from the food stall outside Deepdale Visitor Information Centre. Get a takeaway to take back to your cottage. The menu for each evening will be slightly different with new specials. See the link for full details.

Deer and Wildlife Safari at Holkham Park

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Selected dates through September & October 2021

Take a journey around Holkham deer park. Let the knowledgeable guides tell you all about the resident herd of Fallow Deer that live at Holkham. Learn about their habits, behaviours and characteristics and how to recognise a buck from a doe. In early summer, you’ll spot the fawns as they find their feet and in the autumn you may well witness the rut! 

Hidden Passages and Servant Stairs at Holkham

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Selected Wednesdays in September and October

The tours explore the hidden passages and the servants’ stairs of Holkham Hall right up to the highest tower rooms and attics. You will also see what lies behind the stunning ceiling of the Marble Hall.

Discover how the servants managed to dart between the grand State Rooms without being seen and how they looked after the State Bedchambers where Royals slept. Learn where Princess Victoria’s Ladies in Waiting were put up. This is an opportunity to see parts of the Hall the public don’t generally see. 

Holkham Courtyards and Cellars

Safari on Foot at Holkham Nature Reserve

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Selected Thursdays in September, October and November

This guided walk lasts a full day around Holkham National Nature Reserve with an expert guide. The route covers all types of habitat between Holkham and Burnham Norton, focusing on birds, wildflowers, plants, invertebrates, fungi and trees. The walks looks intently at land management practices, the history of the Holkham National Nature Reserve, specialist breeding species and breeding habitats, dune succession, changing landscapes and environmental and human threats to the nature reserve.

Felt Making Workshop for Adults


Tuesday 5th October

This  craft workshop provides the opportunity to learn about the felt-making process, including composition, detail and an understanding of this early form of fabric making. When finished the works are complete, or they could be further developed by stitching into, leading to all sorts of possibilities. No experience is necessary as you will be guided through the process all along.
For more information or to book a place, please contact – Connie at


Creatures of the Night Tour at Pensthorpe

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8th October

An evening of discovery taking place after-dark, where you will be able to see and learn about the resident bats, owls & moths that live at Pensthorpe Natural Park. This is a special chance to see and hear some of the nocturnal animals who are waking up and venturing out as the sun goes down.

You will be guided around the park by the Reserve Manager Richard Spowage for this exceptional behind-the-scenes tour. You will be offered refreshments in the Courtyard Café  before the tour starts and have the opportunity to ask questions as you walk around the park.

Into the Darkness on the Holkham National Nature Reserve

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Sunday 10th October

As part of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s Dark Skies festival running from 25th September to the 10th October, you can go on a special night-time walk around the Holkham National Nature Reserve with an expert wildlife guide.

Starting as the sun begins to go down over the marshes, you will explore the pinewoods, fresh marshes, sand dunes, salt marsh and beach. With some creatures settling down for the night and some just waking up, this will be a sensory treat. Bats, owls, moths and a whole lot more will take middle stage on this atmospheric journey through this beautiful part of the north Norfolk coast.


Deer and Wildlife Walks at Holkham Park

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7th & 21st of October

Join the Holkham education team on a guided walk within the Holkham deer park. Discover the history of the resident Fallow Deer herd and learn about the characteristics and behaviours of this fine species. Whether it is early summer with fawns being born, or autumn during the rutting season, there will always be something to see and learn. Aside from the Fallow Deer, take in the wildlife that lives on Holkham Lake and a look into one of Holkham’s smallest buildings, The Ice House.

Really Wild Half Term at NWT Cley and Salthouse Marshes Visitor Centre

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23rd to 31st October

All are welcome to join the team in the NWT Cley and Salthouse Marshes education centre for a family filled week. There will be a variety of free hands on activities, from bird feeder and plant pot making to decorating your own plastic free bag.

Wicked Wildlife at Pensthorpe

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23rd to 31st October

Find out the gruesome side of nature on the Wicked Wildlife trail around Pensthorpe park.

Terrifyingly enjoyable activities are on offer, with pumpkin carving/decorating, a pumpkin trail, craft based fun, and junior wildlife tours deep into the park.

For the best excitement and hair-raising fun, remember to book your place into the Hootz Haunted House and WildRootz indoor and outdoor play areas, with their dens, tunnels, zip-wires and slides, all spookily decorated for added fun!

Pensthorpe Christmas Market

Christmas Pensthorpe

28th November

You will find the region’s best food and drink suppliers, artists and craft makers at Pensthorpe Christmas Market. It provides goers with a welcome change from shopping on the high street, with pop-up stalls, all in a spacious and relaxed outdoor environment. Get away from the city crowds and discover bespoke gifts, creative ideas and yummy treats made from boutique producers, many of whom are from the local area. 


Deepdale Farm Guided Walk

Deepdale guided walk

First Thursday of every 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.

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