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1 Norfolk Food & Drink Festival: The country's biggest month-long food festival in September, it features weekend festivals at Holkham on the north Norfolk coast, in the buzzy, bustling city of Norwich, in the beautiful Brecks at Swaffham and at Slow Town Aylsham. Plus The Big Onion, The Moveable Feast, Battle of the Bangers and much more. Choose what kind of foodie weekend you want, and book yourself into a nice gastropub or boutique hotel.

2 Norfolk & Norwich Festival: Norfolk's biggest arts and cultural event brings world-class international music, performance, visual art and literature to the region for more than 2 weeks every May. Featuring premieres, new commissions, a vibrant free outdoor programme and work by artists from the region.

3 Broads Outdoor Festival: Events across Britain's Magical Waterland every May include guided walks, canoe trails, viewing the heritage windmills and much more.

Norwich City Festival of Ale: A ten day celebration of beer straddling May and June. Norwich's brewing heritage began with Benedictine monks making ales in Cathedral Close in the 11th century – and the city hasn't stopped drinking since.

5 Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival: Takes place every September along the length of the historic South Quay, featuring tall ships, shanty music, and you’re likely to bump into Nelson and some pirates too.

6 King's Lynn Festival: Recent highlights have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Courtney Pine, the BBC Big Band and BBC Young Musician Laura van der Heijden. There's also Festival Too. A more populist take on the previously-mentioned, Too aims to provide free music for the people of West Norfolk and visitors. King's Lynn also has a Poetry Festival.

7 Downham Market Water Festival: A knock-out Dragon Boat competition - let's just hope nobody gets knocked overboard into the water! Plus lots of family fun activities on the riverbank.

8 Festival of Bowls: hosted by the Great Yarmouth Britannia Bowling Greens for four weeks every late-summer, more than 1700 bowlers compete.

Lord Mayor's Celebration: Four days in July when Norwich city centre is taken over by funfairs, processions, fireworks, outdoor theatre and more. Look out for the Snapdragon.

10 Norwich Beer Festival: CAMRA-organised festival in the Autumn at St Andrews and Blackfriars Halls. They like their beer in Norwich – it wasn't that long ago the city had a pub for every day of the year.

11 Out There: An international two-day streets arts and circus festival burst out onto the streets of Great Yarmouth, with lots of entertainment on the seafront, in St Georges Park and the town centre.

12 Hunstanton Kite Festival: As well as expert kite fliers, you can try it for yourself when you’re not looking at the fun dog show, the classic motor bikes and car rally.

13 Houghton International Horse Trials: a four-day May festival of showjumping and eventing in the beautiful setting of Houghton Hall

14 Shakespeare Festival in the Cloisters: The GB Theatre Company perform The Bard in the beautiful surroundings of the Norwich Cathedral cloisters in July. Pack a picnic or order one from the Refectory.

15 Cromer & Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival: A long weekend of food, fun, art, music, heritage and entertainment every early summer. The two towns also share a literary festival in October.

16 Wymondham Music Festival: in mid-Summer, the quaint market town and historic abbey hosts events of all musical varieties.

17 Wells Pirate Festival: A-hah, me hearties! A three day festival with fun events including pirates on the park, boat trips to pirate island, a pirate fete and a smugglers ball. Get ready to swash your buckle.

18 Holt Festival: An eclectic mix of international music, drama, comedy, visual art, street theatre, workshops and cinema in July in the gorgeous north Norfolk Georgian town.

19 Deepdale Christmas Market: Early December, get yourself up to the north Norfolk coast for this, with over 50 stalls, presents, decorations, great local food and drink and more.

20 North Norfolk Music Festival: Held in August, events include a gala concert at Holkham Hall and performances in many churches, including St Mary's Church in the grounds of Raynham Hall.

21 Worstead Festival: A weekend in July that grew from a village show into a celebration of traditional country pursuits, such as heavy horses and tractors, with fun for the kids, craft stalls, and the best of Norfolk food.

22 Folk On The Pier: Norfolk's largest festival of its kind, you'll find folk rock and acoustic acts at the Pavilion Theatre and across the town.

23 Deepdale Outdoor & Wildlife Festival: Every Spring, this festival highlights what’s best about north Norfolk – the coastline, countryside and wildlife. Learn about protecting our environment in a fun and active way.

24 Fairy Fair: Two days in May when Sennowe Park hosts magical workshops, magic wand and potion making, secret dens, trolls, storytelling, a fairy queen and pirate fete.

25 Thetford's Great Festival: An amazing and varied programme of events at the end of August including comedy, drama, family days out, music, action and much more.

26 Thursford Christmas Spectacular: What do you mean, 'That's not a festival'? It's a festival of remembering everything you love about Christmas and is a fantastic reason to come to Norfolk in the winter.

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

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