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Visit Norfolk has the most comprehensive listings of What's On in Norfolk

EVENTS ALL YEAR ROUND

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

REASONS TO VISIT NORFOLK...

Until Sept 2 - SUPERSTRUCTURES at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Celebrating its 40th anniversary as the first public building designed by the world-renowned architect Norman Foster, The Sainsbury Centre launches a major exhibition to shine a light on developments in architecture from the 1960s to the 1990s. Details

Until Sept 9 - Drawn to the Coast: Turner, Constable, Cotman at Time & Tide, Great Yarmouth

Explore Great Yarmouth and its coast through the lives and works of Turner, Constable and Cotman at Time & Tide Museum this summer. Details

Drawn to the Coast

Until July 15 - Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall: Colour Space Paintings & Outdoor Sculptures

A series of new paintings by Damien Hirst entitled Colour Space will be installed in the State Rooms. The exhibition will also include a number of the artist’s most celebrated sculptures which will be installed throughout the 18th-century house and gardens. Details

Hirst at Houghton

Throughout 2018 - Repton 200 Season

March 2018 marks the 200 year anniversary of the death of one of Britain’s greatest, and original Landscape Gardeners, Humphry Repton. Details

Repton in Norfolk

Until Aug 28 - Fireworks at Hemsby

Join the fun at Hemsby beach for a fantastic free aerial firework display on Tuesday nights during the school summer holidays and on Whitsun Sunday. Details

Until Oct 31 - Curious Cabinets at Felbrigg Hall

Four striking pieces of furniture created by set designer, Gary McCann, have gone on display in the Service Wing at Felbrigg Hall. Throughout 2018 these Curious Cabinets will showcase previously unseen objects collected by the colourful characters, whose exotic travels and wild interests have shaped this family home. Details

Curious Cabinets

Until Oct 14 - Brian Clarke: The Art of Light at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

The Sainsbury Centre will stage a spectacular exhibition across the building exploring the stained glass of Brian Clarke. Clarke is celebrated as the greatest stained glass artist in the world today and has collaborated globally with the most radical architects of our time. Details

The Art of Light

Until Sept 23 - The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World, Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle, in collaboration with Yale Center for British Art, is staging a major exhibition which takes the extraordinary painting, The Paston Treasure (c. 1663-5), as its starting point. Gathering together some of the depicted treasures in this mysterious painting for the first time in three centuries, the exhibition explores the world of the Paston family and their magnificent collections once held at Oxnead Hall in Norfolk. Details

The Paston Treasure

July 12-15 - Chapelfield Summer Circus, Norwich

Norfolk-based Lost in Translation Circus have hand-picked a selection of international contemporary circus shows, all appearing in Norwich for the first time. Details

July 15-28 - King's Lynn Festival

Music, concerts, film, talks and much more in west Norfolk's premier arts festival. Details

July 18 - Ladies Night at Gt Yarmouth Racecourse

Spice up your life with special guest DJ Melanie C providing entertainment after the racing with a selection of tracks showing the girl power of the annual Ladies Night fun and some of her favourite songs. Details

July 21 - World Snail Racing Championship at Congham

Snail racing is a fun event for young and old alike. For more than 25 years the World Snail Racing Championships have been held at Congham, near King's Lynn, in Norfolk. Details

July 21-28 - Holt Festival

During Holt Festival, the Georgian town of Holt becomes home to street performers, musicians, poets, actors, dancers, artists and comedians. Details

July 21-Sept 9 - 50 Days of Summer at Banham Zoo

Visit Banham Zoo for a whole summer of activities as we celebrate a different animal each day! Details

July 25 - Sandringham Flower Show

Set in the magnificent surroundings of Sandringham Park, this one-day show attracts around 20,000 visitors each year with entertainment for the whole family. Details

July 25-Aug 29 - Great Yarmouth Fireworks on Central Beach

Every Wednesday evening for six weeks the skies over Great Yarmouth are illuminated with our fantastic summer firework spectacular. The evening starts off with fun and music entertainment from 8pm followed by fireworks from 10pm. Details

July 27-Sept 8 - Summer Days at Pensthorpe Natural Park

Spend your summer days outdoors and create memories… get closer to nature, explore the further reaches of the reserve, play as a family in the adventure play areas, follow trails, do some craft making, go pond dipping, build dens and more. Details

July 28, 29 - Gorleston Clifftop Festival

Known as the ‘mile-long summer attraction’, this two day event offers a huge variety of entertainment, stalls, fun fair, live music, sports and much more! Details

Aug 2-5 - Cley Calling Summer Spirit

A long summer weekend of wildlife and creativity inspired by the unique North Norfolk landscape is coming to Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Cley Marshes Nature Reserve. Details

Aug 5 - Run Norwich

Enter the city centre 10km run. Details

Aug 10 - Classic Ibiza at Blickling Hall

Classic Ibiza sees the Urban Soul Orchestra (USO) and a live DJ, in conjunction with Ministry of Sound, perform a playlist of iconic dance music anthems from the 'White Island'.

Aug 11 - Great British Prom at Blickling Hall

In 2018 the Blickling Proms will be celebrating 100 Years of the RAF with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Inglis, joined by the Rolls-Royce Spitfire. 

Aug 12 - Downham Market Water Festival

The Downham Market Water Festival and Dragon Boat Race takes place at Hythe Bridge on the banks of the Great Ouse Relief Channel. Stalls, a fun fair and of course lots of fun out on the water! Details

Sept 1-2 - North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival

Just outside the Walled Garden at Holkham Hall a food court area will provide everyone attending the event with outstanding local food and drink for consumption on site. Details

Sept 8-9 - Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

The famous Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival is a fantastic free two-day event found on historic South Quay with ships to go aboard, live shanty folk music, fun street theatre exhibitions and demonstrations for visitors to explore. Details

Sept 15-16 - Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth

Weird and wonderful, outrageous and outstanding – the Out There Festival brings you some of the world’s finest circus and street arts performers… and almost all for free! Details

Nov 2 - Big Boom Fireworks in Norwich

The city's November firework show fired from Norwich Castle. Details

Dec 8-Jan 6 - Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show

A fast moving alternative to the family visit to a pantomime, the amazing Water Spectacle at Great Yarmouth Hippdrome has all the Christmas spirit you need set in the unique atmosphere of the Edwardian Hippodrome. Details

Festivals in Norfolk

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