Arts and culture in Norfolk

Influenced enormously by European immigrants throughout the ages, Norfolk has a wide range of arts and cultural activity to suit all ages and interests.

There are over 900 artists based here, countless musicians and hundreds of other great events. So why not take time out to experience the best that Norfolk has to offer?

Festivals: In almost any month, there are wonderful festivals going on somewhere in Norfolk, not least the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Britain's first arts festival which began in 1772.

Norfolk also has the country's biggest food festival, which lasts throughout September and includes hundreds of events, promotions and offers. Highlights of the Norfolk Food & Drink Festival include themed weekends at Holkham Hall in north Norfolk, in Swaffham in the Brecks, at Slow Town Aylsham and in buzzing, cosmopolitan Norwich.

The coast boasts some fabulous family-fun festivals, including the Maritime Festival and Out There in Great Yarmouth; Crab & Lobster and carnivals in Cromer and Sheringham; Festival Too in King's Lynn.

Discover Norfolk's Top 25 festivals.

Exhibitions: From major public collections, such as Norwich Castle and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, experimental art at Norwich Arts Centre or charming market town galleries, there are always scores of high quality exhibitions in towns and villages across the county.

Theatre and Shows: There are a wide range of theatres across Norfolk, some of the biggest in Hunstanton, Great Yarmouth and Norwich. During the summer you can still find end-of-the-pier shows at Cromer and Great Yarmouth.

Norfolk live: Thetford Forest hosts a successful series of live outdoor concerts in the summer; other events take place on beaches and the stately homes of Norfolk regularly host outdoor classical and firework extravaganzas. Norwich has a thriving music scene, from marquee names at the University of East Anglia and the Theatre Royal to bars and pubs.

Discover more in What's On and for more Arts & Culture stories see our Inspire section.

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