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Norfolk's top festivals

As if you needed any additional reasons to visit Norfolk, we have festivals throughout the year to suit all tastes and budgets!

What's On in Norfolk

Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Out There, Great Yarmouth

Out There, Great Yarmouth

Crab and Lobster Festival

Crab & Lobster Festival, Cromer and Sheringham

Wells-next-the-Sea Pirate Festival

Wells-next-the-Sea Pirate Festival

Royal Norfolk Show

Royal Norfolk Show

Shakespeare in the Cloisters

Shakespeare in the Cloisters, Norwich Cathedral

Maritime Festival

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

1940s weekend

Sheringham and Holt 1940s weekend

Country Fair at Holkham

Holkham Country Fair

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

2 Norfolk & Norwich Festival: Norfolk’s biggest arts event, held every May, offers a culturally diverse programme of music, dance, theatre and visual arts. Details

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

4 Norwich City Ale of Festival: 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. Details

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. Details

6 King’s Lynn Festival: In July you'll find concerts, shows and events for all taste across the town. Details

7 Festival Too: A more populist take on the above, and also in July, Too aims to provide free music for the people of West Norfolk and visitors. Details

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

9 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 at the Procession. Details

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. Details

11 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 at this great August event. Details

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

13 Burnham Market Horse Trials: Gaining internatonal status in 2003, this April event attracts soe of the best national and international riders. Details

14 Cromer & Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival: A long weekend of food, fun, art, music, heritage and entertainment every May. Details

15 Wymondham Music Festival: in July, the quaint market town and historic abbey hosts events of all musical varieties. Details

16 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. Details

17 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. Details

18 Hollham Country Fair: Two days in July at this stunning north Norfolk estate, and the Red Arrows are appearing! Details

19 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. Details

20 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. Details

21 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 in May. Details

23 Royal Norfolk Show: Two days in late June when it seems as if all of Norfolk descends on the showground outside Norwich. Details

24 Wayland Agricultural Show: Livestock, motorcycle displays, sheepdogs, arts and crafts... you name it, it's at this August show. Details

25 Cromer Pier Summer Show: Okay, it's a show, but it's nonetheless a festival of fun and theatre and, come on, it's the world's only end-of-pier show! Details

26 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. Details

27 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. Details

28 Sheringham and Holt 1940s weekend: You'd be forgiven for thinking you've stepped bacj in town when these two towns are taken over in September. Details

Events throughout the year

January

Whooper swans, Welney

Enjoy the Winter Wildlife Safari of migrating birds, England's largest seal colony, as well as the Festival of Swans at Welney

February

King's Lynn Lumiere

It's half-term - all the attractions are open again and King's Lynn Lumiere lights up the town

March

Feeding the lambs at Wroxham Barns
 
Longer days, Easter holidays - come and feed the lambs, experience Museums Week or find a beach of your own
 

April

Amazona soft ball fun

You'd be a fool not to visit with Cromer crabs back in season. And don't worry about April showers - most of our attractions have inside facilities

May

Norfolk & Norwich Festival outside The Forum

Events to enjoy include the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Broads Outdoor Festival and Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival

June

Al fresco in Tombland

The longest days let you stay on the beach all day and eat al fresco in the evening. Oh, it's the Royal Norfolk Show too!

July

Great Yarmouth seafront fireworks
Festivals at King's Lynn and Holt, coastal carnivals, fireworks at Great Yarmouth and the Sandringham Flower Show

August

Blickling Proms
There's outdoor events across the county, including theatre and film, family fun and shows at seaside resorts and over 90 miles of coast to explore

September

Out There, Great Yarmouth
Don't miss the Out There and Maritime Festivals at Great Yarmouth, 1940s weekend at Sheringham and the North Norfolk Food Festival at Holkham

October

Halloween at Holkham
It's Autumn half-term, there's Halloween events, a Beer Festival in Norwich's Halls, and the migrating birds are returning

November

Jarrolds department store, Norwich
Christmas is coming... there's great shopping in the market towns and in Norwich, the Cromer Pier Christmas show is on, and remember, remember the 5th of November

December

Norwich Castle
There are pantomimes and festive shows, Christmas lights abound, or you could just enjoy the migrating birds and largest seal colony in England
Cromer Pier Summer Show

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