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.

Birds of the Reedbeds - Titchwell Marsh

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Wednesday 6 July

Experience life in the reedbeds before the reserve opens up to visitors. Early morning is an ideal time to hear the mellow boom of the bittern echoing across the reedbeds or catch the tuneful calls of sedge and reed warblers. With your guide you’ll venture to the east side of the reserve and watch marsh harriers leaving their roosts to soar high over Titchwell’s stunning landscapes. Enjoy the tranquility of reedbed havens that host an array of dragonflies, damselflies and other invertebrates. Listen out for bearded tits as you meander past reedbeds fringing the West Bank Path and be on the lookout for families of otters. You’ll learn about reedbed management and how important conservation work is protecting these sites for our wildlife.

The Burnhams Flower Show and Carnival

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16 July 2022

The Burnhams Flower Show & Carnival takes place at Burnham Market Playing Field from 2pm on 16 July.

This traditional colourful summer show is for all the family to enjoy. Explore the horticultural marquee with its flowers, vegetables, arts, crafts and cookery all on display and to enjoy. There is also a splendid carnival parade with floats and a marching band. Be entertained by the arena events and spend some pennies at the craft stalls and refreshments stand. There is even a funfair for the children and a licensed bar for the grown-ups.

Dazzling Dragonflies, Pensthorpe Natural Park

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Wednesdays 6 and 27 July

Dragonflies are very fast and hard to spot, but Pensthorpe guides know just where to go to find them. These incredible insects fly backwards, perform dramatic hairpin turns, and come in an array of mesmerising colours with the most intricate wings.  Join the team on one of their favourite walks and learn how to tell the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly.

A hot drink and slice of cake are included in the walk. Please wear sensible footwear. Parking is free.

 

Holt Arts Festival

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Saturday 23 July – Saturday 30 July

The Holt festival is an annual arts festival, which comprises a range of events, from food and theatre to music, fine art and more

From comedy to cuisine, politics to pop Holt Festival brings you the best in music, theatre, fine art and the spoken word in a glorious celebration of the arts.

There are venues all over town, in pubs and hotels, in tents and school halls. There are performances at the church, the Auden Theatre, in the bookshop, and the magnificent open-air Theatre in the Woods.

 

Wells Carnival - Wells-next-the-Sea

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Friday 29 July – Sunday 7 August

Wells-next-the-Sea in the heart of North Norfolk enjoys a 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.

Festival of Sport, Holkham

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Friday 12 – Monday 15 August

This family sports festival is full of entertainment, camping, competitions and coaching from world-class sporting legends, all taking place within the beautiful grounds of Holkham. Festival of Sport provides an amazing opportunity for children to try new sports for the first time whilst getting expert coaching and learning new skills in the sports they love. 

There is something for everyone regardless of age or experience. There are also sporting taster sessions for adults, a host of wellness workshops and a family 5k on Sunday morning. The under 5’s are not forgotten either, there is lots to keep them happy during the weekend. All this, together with the live music and the Friday night open air cinema, you will certainly be entertained. 

River Wildlife at Pensthorpe Park

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Wednesday 17 and Friday 26 August

A very special river dipping session! The River Wensum is a highway for wildlife and there are lots of exciting critters and creatures living and thriving in it. This is a free drop-in session where you can catch, see and release fish, dragonfly larvae, may fly larvae and wetland insects with one of the Pensthorpe reserve wardens. Ask their admissions team on the day where to go!

Cricket Matches at Holkham

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Weekends from June to September

What better location to relax and unwind and enjoy a game of cricket. Our cricket pitch, next to the lake, was laid by the team at Lords back in the 1920s and is very much still in use today. You are most likely to see the Holkham Cricket Club in action, but there is also a Holkham Estate team made up of staff.

New for 2022, the Adnams Bar in the cricket pavilion will be open for both players and spectators – just perfect for a relaxing pint or delicious G&T!

Trailer Tour from St Withburga's to the Walled Garden Vinery - Holkham

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Selected Tuesdays in June to July

A brand new tour for 2022 – climb aboard for a magical tractor trailer journey through parkland, woodland and farmland, seeing the Fallow Deer and a whole host of other wonderful wildlife. Enroute you will encounter many remarkable monuments and buildings, with highlights including a tour inside St. Withburga’s Church, dating from the 13th century, and a rare chance to see inside the newly restored Samuel Wyatt Vinery at the Walled Garden. While you are there you will have a quick peek at the restoration of the Georgian sunken pits and stop for a well-deserved glass of wine.

 

Deer and Wildlife Safari - Holkham

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Selected dates between June and October

Hop aboard the tractor-trailer for a whistle-stop journey around Holkham deer park. Sit tight while the knowledgeable guides tell you all about the resident herd of Fallow Deer that call Holkham home. Learn all about their habits, behaviours and characteristics and how to recognise a doe from a buck. In the early summer months, you’ll spot the fawns as they find their feet and in the autumn you may well witness the rut! Whatever the season, you’ll be sure to see our fascinating herd and leave the tour full of facts! 

 

Hidden Passages and Servant's Stairs Tours

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Selected Wednesday’s from June to October

Accompanied by an expert guide, the behind-the-scenes tours take you right up to the highest tower rooms and attics. You will even see what lies behind the beautiful ceiling of the Marble Hall and hear how it was made.

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. This is a rare opportunity to see parts of the Hall not normally on public display.

Holkham Hall from the Outside

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Various Tuesdays from June to October

A history and architecture walk discovering all about the outside of this beautiful stately home. Why Palladian? Is it symmetrical? What tricks with bricks and windows were used? Why four wings and how many floors are there really? On this exciting new walking tour led by Holkham’s historian and librarian, Dr Mac Graham, special access has been granted to the private gardens to reveal all. You will circumnavigate the hall’s exterior, examining grand elevations and looking into nooks and crannies not normally seen by the public.

North Norfolk Steam Train Railway, Sheringham

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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. 

Sunday Market, Holt

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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’).

Linocut Workshop at Pensthorpe Natural Park

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5 October 2022

Join Pensthorpe Wildlife Park for a one-day linocut workshop with Norfolk Artist and Printmaker, Sue Welfare.

This informal and relaxed workshop will be filled with lots of advice, support and hands on guidance for you to make your very own linocut print!

You will learn a range of mark marking techniques and skills, to create light, shade, line and texture to explore your print ideas before creating a final piece. You’ll be working in black and white – although other colours will be available for you to print in if you prefer.

Find out much more through the link below.

Wellbeing Walks at Holkham

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Third Tuesday of the month

During the colder months, when the days are shorter and the skies are greyer – it can be easy to begin to feel a little blue. Join Holkham’s free wellbeing walks on the third Tuesday of the month for your dose of fresh air and good conversation.

The walk will be a circular route, lasting roughly 90minutes, through a mixture of terrains. No booking required. Just meet at the designated location, a few minutes before 10am.

Deepdale Farm Guided Walk

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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

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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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