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.

Crab and Lobster Festival, Cromer

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17 – 19 May

This May, Cromer will host its famous Crab & Lobster Festival, with a host of seafaring fun for all the family – and it is all set to get off to a cracking start with its opening concert. The fabulous variety show is for anyone who enjoys a traditional seaside spectacular filled with irresistible humour and unique songs of the sea. 

The Festival weekend continues on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May at Evington Lawns in Cromer. The Festival will host an array of local food and drink stalls, cookery demonstrations, activities for children, heritage displays, live music, crab sandwiches, superb seafood, seafaring crafts, crab dressing demonstrations and a crab dressing competition.

On the Saturday evening from 5pm-7pm, bring your own picnic to the Festival marquee for a party picnic with entertainment by Westie’s Warblers.

Visitors will also be able to follow the Festival’s Art Trail to hunt out decorated mooring post lamps located in shop windows around Cromer. 

May half term at Holkham

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26 to 29 May

Head to the Walled Garden at Holkham Hall and be amazed by the things that go up, up and away! Watch in amazement as hawks, kestrels and falcons soar through the skies over Holkham, in the birds of prey displays from Fens Falconry. Learn about these magnificent creatures and get to see the birds up close. Take part in some hands-on science experiments with Wild Science! Enjoy art and crafts activities. Follow the bubbles for some pop-tastic fun! Take part in the Mystery Creature trail and listen to amazing tales from the Storyteller.

The Power of Pollination at Pensthorpe

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25 May to 2 June

Bzzz… Come and bee a brilliant explorer at Pensthorpe this May Half Term and uncover the Power of Pollination.
Did you know butterflies use their feet to taste? Or that one honey bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers in a day!? Or, that in fact moths are the largest pollinators?!

Learn more about our wonderful and whacky pollinators at our May half term event with a fun and interactive trail on the reserve. 

There will also bee FREE crafts, pond-dipping, flamingo talks, bee and butterfly themed treats in the cafe and so much more!

Langham Dome Museum, Open Day!

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Sunday 21 July

The renowned actor, Martin Shaw from the ‘Professionals’ and ‘George Gently’ will open this wonderful event to celebrate 10 years of the Dome opening as a museum, plus 80 years of RAF Langham re-opening. You will be treated to spectacular sights when a spitfire will fly over the dome, performing an amazing aero-display.

Come dressed in 1940’s attire and have a chance of winning a prize for being the best dressed. There will be live music, 1940’s re-enactors, military displays, dancing, chips, pizza, children’s rides and much more. Parking is free as is the entry.

Walled Garden Walking Tour at Holkham

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Selected Fridays in May, June and September

Join Holkham on a leisurely amble within the walls, passing through the various rooms such as the kitchen garden and the cutting garden. You’ll get a brilliant insight into the newly renovated buildings such as The Messenger Glasshouse and the Samuel Wyatt Vinery.

Please note that the Walled Garden is situated a 20 minute walk from the main visitor car park, so please allow plenty of time before your tour to reach the meeting point. This is a beautiful walk past the Hall and lake, but if you require closer parking there are limited spaces at the Walled Garden – please speak to the car parking team on arrival.

Grand Tractor Trailer Tour at Holkam

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Various weekends and school holiday dates

Unlike the eighteenth-century Grand Tours of Europe undertaken by young aristocracy, our grand tour will travel to important historical and architectural buildings and structures that have shaped Holkham’s history. We’ll pass the Great Barn, home of the famous sheep shearings and the Obelisk sitting in perfect symmetry to The Monument. Imagine you are looking out over the Tuscan hills as we travel past fields of gold in Holkham park. We’ll tell you all about the crops we grow, the livestock we keep and the conservation work we undertake to preserve this unique landscape. There is so much to see and learn on a Grand Tour of Holkham.

Gone Wild Festival at Holkham

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8, 9, 10 & 11 August

Bear Grylls’ Gone Wild Festival is coming to Holkham in 2024!

Stay in one of our cottages and buy day tickets to embark on an extraordinary family adventure at the UK’s fastest-growing family festival.

Join Bear Grylls for four action-packed days. Enjoy over 100 outdoor activities, inspirational speakers and live performances featuring headliners Example, Sam Ryder and McFly, supported by Scouting for Girls and Reef. Discover more about the headline acts, speakers, and activities through the link below.

The Jolly Indian Sailor

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Every Friday (order by Wednesday of the same week)

The Jolly Indian Sailor makes authentic and tasty dishes using seasonal and fresh ingredients. They use traditional Indian tiffin tins, enjoying delicious take away food without plastic packaging.  Their pre-ordering system means they only cook what they need, helping to achieve zero waste.
Each tiffin serves two people generously and comes as four separate dishes including traditional savoury pastries, seasonal salads- served warm or cold, rich aromatic curries and dhals, all served with infused basmati rice all, 100% Vegetarian.
Delivered every Friday 4-7pm, between Burnham Market and Blakeney. Simply heat and eat!  What better way to start an easy and relaxed weekend here in North Norfolk.

Farmers Market at Creake Abbey

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1st Saturday of each month

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 through the link below.

Fakenham Weekly Market

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Every Thursday throughout the year

A weekly market held by Fakenham Town Council in the market place in the centre of town. There are stalls selling plants and flowers, books, crafts, bread and cakes, clothes, newspapers, jewellery, foods such as cheese and fish as well as refreshments.

The James Beck weekly auction also takes place on Thursday’s in Fakenham at Cornhall, Cattle Market Street. It starts at 11am with viewing from 8.30am.

Sunday Market, Holt


First Sundays of the month

The Holt Sunday Market is on from 10-3 on the first Sunday of the month from April to December.

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’).

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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