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Highlights through the year

  • Enjoy Burns Night with a visit to the English Whisky Company
  • Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular continues into January
  • World Indoor Bowls Championship at Potters
  • Snowdrop Trails at Walsingham Abbey
  • Fun of the fair at King's Lynn Mart
  • Try orienteering in Thetford Forest
  • Norwich Fashion Week throughout the city
  • Try the Norfolk Coastal Path from Holme to Cromer
  • Burnham Market International Horse Trials
  • Nets out! Cromer crabs back in season
  • Beautiful bluebells to be found at Blickling, Foxley Wood...
  • Burnham Deepdale Outdoor Festival
  • The Broads Outdoor Festival
  • The Norfolk & Norwich Arts Festival, the oldest in the country
  • Folk on the Pier at Cromer
  • The 2-day Royal Norfolk Show
  • The Broads' Three Rivers Race - the Le Mans of the water
  • Lynn Too festival in King's Lynn
  • Shakespeare Festival in Norwich Cathedral cloisters
  • Who might you see at the Sandringham Flower Show?
  • Spitfire and Mustang at the Old Buckenham Air Show
  • Free summer fireworks at Great Yarmouth
  • It's all up in the air at the Hunstanton Kite Festival
  • Festival of Bowls at Great Yarmouth
  • The Norfolk Food & Drink Festival - the biggest in the country
  • March to the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival
  • Shiver me timbers! It's the Pirate Festival at Wells-next-the-Sea
  • CAMRA's Norwich Beer Festival in The Halls
  • The pink-footed geese return to The Wash
  • Apple Day at Gressenhall Museum
  • The Christmas Spectacular returns to Thursford
  • Festival of Swans at Welney
  • Culmination of Familiar Fields Britten 100 celebration
  • Christmas shopping in Norwich
  • The best time time to see seals off the Norfolk coast
  • Panto time... at Norwich Theatre Royal and Hunstanton
    Norwich panto


Wondering what's on in Norfolk? Whatever the time of the year, whatever your age or interests, Norfolk will have something you'll enjoy doing, taking part in, or watching.

We've got Norfolk events, festivals across the county, we've got carnivals and processions, we've got outdoor concerts and theatre, we've got exhibitions and art shows.

In fact, we've got the lot. As you'll find when you come to spend time with us here in Norfolk.

For more ideas of what to do in Norfolk go to our Inspire section.

Browse through what's on events in Norfolk.

You can also add your own events.

Fireworks at Great Yarmouth

Thrill to spectacular firework shows in Greater Yarmouth! Beginning on May 2 at Central Beach, there are then displays on May 24 at Hemsby and May 27 at Central Beach before weekly Wednesday displays from July 15 to August 26 at Central Beach. There will be Tuesday displays at Hemsby beach from July 21 to September 1, plus a display on July 26 for the Gorleston Cliff Top Festival. There's also a Halloween Spectacular at Central Beach on October 28 and Christmas Lights Switch-on at Gorleston on November 29.

Until May 24 - Norfolk & Norwich Festival

The internationally-renowned Norfolk & Norwich Festival is a flagship arts organisation for the East of England with a reputation for innovative, inspirational programming and commissioning. It is one of the largest, and certainly the oldest, arts festivals in the country. Details

Until May 24 - Wolf's Child at Felbrigg Hall

World premiere piece of promenade theatre through the woods at the National Trust's Felbrigg Hall in north Norfolk. A new creation from acclaimed theatre makers WildWorks, co-produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, audiences will be taken on an immersive journey deep into the dark woods in this grown-up fairytale. As day turns to dusk they will encounter a world of shape-shifting animals and humans. Details

Until June 30 - Lamb feeding at Wroxham Barns

Wroxham Barns is one of very few places in East Anglia where visitors can bottle-feed lambs so early on in the year and the sessions will take place every day in the main barn on Junior Farm. Details

Until July 26 - Francis Bacon and the Masters at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Groundbreaking exhibition bringing together over 25 major works by Francis Bacon with those by old and modern masters including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse, many of which have never been shown before in the UK. This is a unique collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. Details

Take a look at some of what you'll see here

Until Sept 13 - Jeff Koons at Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery is working with ARTIST ROOMS for the first time, hosting an exhibition of work by American artist, Jeff Koons, one of the most important, influential and controversial artists of our time. The exhibition will include works in a variety of media to showcase his originality and remarkably diverse art practice. The show will be a highlight of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Take a look at some of what you'll see here.

Until Dec 31 - Lynn Lumiere

Ticking clocks, primeval plants and mesmerising whirlpools are appearing on some of King's Lynn's most iconic buildings in a series of spectacular light shows. You'll see the historic town in an entirely different light! Details

May 21-31 - Norwich City of Ale

Norwich City of Ale is a ten-day celebration of local pubs, breweries and real ale taking place throughout the fine city. Details

May 23-24 - Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich

BBC Radio 1's flagship event The Big Weekend will take place in Earlham Park, headlined by seven time Grammy winner Taylor Swift, Florence & The Machine and Muse. The annual show is Europe's biggest free ticketed music event and will be broadcast live on Radio 1, 1Xtra and streamed on the Radio 1 website. Details

May 23-June 7 - Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2015

Norfolk artists throw open their studio doors over 16 days, allowing the public to visit and enjoy the wide range of visual arts across region. This is one of the largest and most successful open studio schemes in the country. Details

May 23 - Mamma Mia! open air cinema at Holkham

'Mamma Mia!' comes to Holkham as part of a weekend of open air cinema. Go along and get into the spirit of the evening with this feel-good flick! The screening will be held in the beautiful walled gardens. Details

May 24-25 - Fairy Fair at Holt Hall

The Fairy Fair returns to the lovely grounds of Holt Hall, north Norfolk, with magical activities and workshops, great live music, walkabout performers, entertaining shows and storytelling. Details

May 24 - Top Gun open air cinema at Holkham

Get ready for a thrilling evening of outdoor cinema at Holkham. Set against the backdrop of Holkham park, enjoy a showing of 'Top Gun' and let Tom Cruise take your breath away! With a setting as grand as Holkham it's one not to be missed! Details

May 28-31 - Houghton International Horse Trials

The Houghton International Horse Trials has it all; exhilarating sporting action, spectacular setting, entertainment for young and old, plus shopping at over 70 trade stands. Set in the magnificent grounds of Houghton Hall, Norfolk, this truly is one of the most outstanding venues within the sport of eventing. Details

June 5-14 - Gt Yarmouth Arts Festival

The hugely successful Great Yarmouth Arts Festival returns, with cultural activities, shows and events in a range of locations around the town for everyone to enjoy. Details

June 7-Oct 24 - LightScape at Houghton Hall

Acclaimed artist James Turrell from the USA who specialises in the visual effect and interpretation of light and space creates a major exhibition of his work at Houghton Hall. A spectacular light display will be visible from dusk on Fridays and Saturdays. Details

June 13-Sept 6 - Humans in Ancient Britain at Time & Tide Museum

A major Great Yarmouth exhibition from the Natural History Museum and Norfolk Museums Service, including artefacts from Norfolk's unique Deep History Coast.

June 21-Sept 5 - GoGoDragons! in Norwich

An arts trail through the streets of Norwich with 82 sculptures painted and decorated by artists with each Dragon sponsored by a local company, raising valuable funds for Break Charity. Details

July 1-2 - Royal Norfolk Show

Taking place at the Royal Norfolk Showground, the Royal Norfolk Show is the largest annual event in Norfolk, the largest two-day agricultural Show in the country, and has a reputation for being a fantastic event full of entertainment for all the family.

July 12-25 - King's Lynn Festival

The 65th annual King's Lynn Festival features live classical, jazz, folk, choral & orchestral music plus talks, exhibitions and films. Details

July 19-27 - Holt Festival

A glorious artistic celebration of the best in music, theatre and the spoken word in this gorgeous Gorgian market town. Details

July 25-26 - Holkham Country Fair

The fair ensures two days of fun and interest for all ages, thanks to a full programme of events and displays in the Grand Ring, from morning to evening. More than 200 trade stands and a large variety of showground events complete the mix. Details

July 29 - Sandringham Flower Show

The Sandringham Flower Show is a very firm favourite in the events calendar, mixing local village flower and produce competitions, trade stands, amateur and professional display gardens and a wealth of arena events. It is always the busiest day of the year on the estate, welcoming over 20,000 visitors. Details

Aug 8 - Last Night of the Blickling Proms

Enjoy a grand British Proms spectacular with an evening of fun and nostalgia. It's a special year as Blickling is celebrating 75 years with the National Trust and a big 1940's party is planned for the evening! Details

Aug 29 - Jools Holland Orchestra Open Air Concert, Holkham

Set out your picnic in the beautiful setting of Holkham park as Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra return for a fantastic night of jazz and blues music. Along with Jools' special guest, Marc Almond, the 20-piece orchestra will be accompanied by the astounding vocal powers of Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Mabel Ray. Details

August 30 - Run Norwich

Run Norwich is a new, 10-kilometre road race taking place in the heart of Norwich's beautiful and historic city centre. The route will pass some of the city's most iconic landmarks, including Norwich Castle, The Forum, Norwich Cathedral, and many more. Details

Aug 30 - Holkham Last Night of the Proms hosted by Fiona Bruce

Last Night of the Proms returns to Holkham for an evening of stirring and popular classical music, with compere Fiona Bruce. Let the National Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Ben Crick enthral you with some of the country’s favourite patriotic pieces. Details

Aug 30-Sept 25 - Gt Yarmouth Festival of Bowls

The Britannia Bowling Greens on the Great Yarmouth seafront are the venue for four weeks of competition as mens, ladies, and mixed teams battle it out for singles, pairs and triples titles. Details

Sept 4-6 - Wells Pirate Festival

A cheerful weekend of piratical activities around the quay, on the water and through the streets. Costume is optional but increasingly it's worth dressing up so that you blend in.

Sept 17-19 - Maris Otter 50 Beer Festival

A beer festival celebrating the 50th commercial harvest of Maris Otter, with 50 top brewers from the UK and abroad each brewing a new cask beer for the festival. Details

Sept 18-20 - Gt Yarmouth Out There Festival

The Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts is set to return to the streets, venues and public spaces of Great Yarmouth for the eighth time from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September, promising to be bigger and better than ever! Details

Oct 26-31 - Norwich Beer Festival

38th city real ale festival with cider and foreign beer at St Andrews & Blackfriars Halls. Food and entertainment will also be available. Details

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