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
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
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
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
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
Selected Tuesdays in September and October
This tour will take you on a journey back through time to the constantly changing world of the Holkham courtyards and cellars. Strip away the years and discover how the servants used the courtyards and cellars and how they moved discreetly from place to place. See the full extent of the kitchen complex and where the bread was baked. Discover the many ways the hall has been heated – and how things were kept cool. Hear about the very first laundry and why working down below might not have been quite so bad after all.
Safari on Foot at Holkham Nature Reserve
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Creatures of the Night Tour at Pensthorpe
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
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
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
23rd to 31st October
Wicked Wildlife at Pensthorpe
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
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
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.