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Local events and activities

27 July 2017

Our pick of just some of the events and activities coming up this summer

Until 26 October














Until 29 October

A Taste of India, Blickling

To mark the 70th anniversary of the passing of the Indian Independence Act this year, Blickling welcomes you to a country house party in July 1938, where amongst the guests you’ll find Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira. Lord Lothian became Under-Secretary of State for India in 1931 and his interest in the subject remained until his death in 1940.

Friday 28 July to Sunday 6 August

Wells Carnival

Fun for all the family including a teddy bears picnic for the little ones, raft race and funrun plus painting and sandcastle competitions, history walks and various workshops plus live music over six nights along with the ever popular Screen on the Green. The event culminates on the second Saturday with the main Carnival event, including fancy dress competitions, a parade around the town and a spectacular music event in the evening. Further information can be found at:

Saturday 29 July

Cley Church Fair, St Margaret’s Church, Cley-next-the-Sea, NR25 7TT

A traditional village fair with lots of stalls and games, teas and music in the church and much more. A great afternoon out for the whole family.  2 – 5pm, free entry.

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July

Worstead Festival

See heavy horses, enjoy family fun and games plus music, bars, food and more. Gates open 10am each day, £5 entry, under 12s free.

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July

Saturday 29 to Monday 31 July

Historic Lifeboat Festival, Wells

Six historic lifeboats will be moored at Wells-next-the-Sea for the inaugural Historic Lifeboat Festival, part of Wells Carnival. There will be a parade of historic lifeboats down the channel, led by Lucy Lavers and a display of model lifeboats in Wells Library, continuing throughout Wells Carnival week to 6 August.

 Wednesday 2 August, 6.15pm

Outdoor Theatre at Holkham: Alice in Wonderland

Strange Fascination Theatre present their own madcap version of Lewis Carrol’s classic tale of delight and fantasy, Alice in Wonderland. Join Alice as she falls down the rabbit hole and meets a whole host of whacky and funny characters on an adventure for all the family! Bring a picnic and enjoy a wonderful open air production in the Walled Garden with puppets, singalongs, comedy and surprises that will delight children and adults alike!

Tickets: Adult £14, Child £10, Family (2 adults and up to 2 children) £43. To book telephone Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111 or visit

Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 August

Cley Calling Summer Sea Festival

As part of National Marine Week, NWT Cley Marshes will be exploring coastal wildlife, landscape and culture in North Norfolk, with coastal explorations, family events, theatre, music and poetry inspired by the sea. Visit for more details

Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August

Summer picnic concerts at Cromer Hall

Head to Cromer Hall’s Home Park for The Music of ABBA & The British Symphony Orchestra on the Saturday (gates open 5.45pm) with the ABBA Revival Show, and The Music of Elvis & The British Symphony Orchestra on the Sunday (gates open 5pm). Tickets £29.99 when quoting ‘Summer17’ at the checkout, for North Norfolk Living readers. General release £38 from

Saturday 5 to Sunday 13 August

Open Churches Week

Historic churches abound in Norfolk, with features including round towers, medieval glass and richly decorated rood screens. Churches across the county have arranged special events and activities for this week, including concerts, flower festivals, children’s activities and author talks.

Wednesday 9 August, 6.15pm

Outdoor Theatre at Holkham: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Join Illyria in the Walled Garden for their cheekiest show ever! Illyria’s fun adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s much loved classic, follows the fortunes of the Emperor, who is a lovely man but is surrounded by fools. What keeps him sane is the monthly Grand Parade at which he wears his newest outfit. But how much is the Emperor willing to sacrifice when two tricksters offer to make him a suit of clothes which can only be seen by the wise? All, as they say, will be revealed…

Tickets: Adult £14, Child £10, Family (2 adults and up to 2 children) £43. To book telephone Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111 or visit

Wednesday 9 August

Murder on the Terrace, Thornham Village Hall

Join Heartbreak Productions at 7.30pm for their outdoor performance of this murder mystery spoof, specially commissioned by Heartbreak. Adults £12, concessions £10, from Hunstanton TIC 01485 532610. Visit for more information.

Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 August

Houghton Festival

This new art and music festival curated by Craig Richards and produced by Gottwood, on the Houghton Estate, will feature back-to-back sets with performances from Ricardo Villalobos, Nicolas Jaar, Floating Points and many more. Visit for tickets.

Friday 11 August

Classic Ibiza, Blicking

Norfolk’s biggest dance party of the summer is returning to the Blickling Estate, for an outdoor concert full of iconic Ibiza anthems. A spectacular laser show will accompany DJ Goldierocks and the Urban Soul Orchestra. Adults £35 (£38 on the night), children (ages 5 to 16) £16 (£18 on the night) To book visit or call 01630 674342. Gates open at 6pm

Saturday 12 August

The Great British Prom, Blickling

The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Inglis, make their debut at Blickling. They will be joined by Only Men Aloud, soprano Annette Wardell and traditional piped band, for performances of Proms favourites, closing with a spectacular firework display. Adults £35 (£38 on the night), children (ages 5 to 16) £16 (£18 on the night). To book, visit or call 01630 674342. Gates open at 5pm

 Wednesday 16th August, 6.15pm

Outdoor Theatre at Hokkham: Billionaire Boy

Mr Spud has lost all his money. Not much… just a few billion pounds. Heartbreak Productions, Mr Spud and his son, Joe, would like to invite you to a garage sale (they used to own 500 garages) where they will be selling their final belongings to raise some money to buy food. The Formula 1 racing car has already been taken by the bailiffs, but there might be something interesting left. Bring your picnics, blankets and fold up chairs and come to the helicopter pad outside at Bumfresh Towers to hear the story of how Mr Spud made his billions, lost it all and how Joe became the richest boy in the world. Recommended for ages 7 and above.

Tickets: Adult £14, Child £10, Family (2 adults and up to 2 children) £43. To book telephone Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111 or visit

Friday 18 August

Twelfth Night, Mannington Gardens

Be transported to a land where nothing is quite as it seems in this open air performance of Shakespeare’s comedy by the Rain or Shine Theatre Company. Take a rug or low backed seating. Tickets £13, concessions £11, child (ages 5 to 15) £6 from 01263 584175 or Performance starts at 7pm.

Saturday 19 August

Burnham Market Craft Fair

With over 100 stalls in the centre of the village. 10am to 5pm,

Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 August

Get Active in Fakenham A packed programme of activities including a music festival on 19th and Ride North Norfolk, Fakenham’s own official British Cycling Sportive on 27th.

Sunday 20 August

Cley Harbour Day, Cley quay (near the windmill)

Lots of boat-themed fun for everyone. Inter-village racing, best dressed boat, bar, hog roast, BBQ, best dressed pirate (under 12’s), live music and much more. Park at the village car park NR25 7RJ.  From 3pm, free entry.

Sunday 20 August

CPRE Norfolk Summer Fair, Wolterton Hall

Head over to Wolterton Hall from 10am to 4pm for the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Norfolk Summer Fair, including local artisan food and drink stalls, artists and craft makers, vintage themed tea tent, classic car display, children’s activities and much more. Entry (including parking) free to card-carrying CPRE members, under 18s and those arriving in a classic car. Otherwise £2.50 on the door or £2 advance purchase from Champagne reception and art auction £20 in advance.

Sunday 20 August

Dog Show and Family Fun Day, Creake Abbey

A fun filled day for all the family in aid of Wells Community Hospital Trust. Gates open and registration from 10am, with classes from 11am to 4pm. There will be lots of fun classes for your dog to enter, agility demonstrations, children’s activities, craft stalls and trade stands plus live music in the afternoon. Entry £4 per person, under 12s go free.

Wednesday 23 August, 5.45pm

Outdoor Theatre at Holkham: Wind in the Willows

Pack your picnics and join the boat-loving Ratty, the sensible yet curious Mole, wise old Badger and the fantastically irrepressible Toad as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime culminating in a colourful battle with the sly weasel to save Toad Hall! Eye-catching costumes, toe-tapping music and larger than life characters promise to capture the imagination of the youngest of audience members whilst the sheer nostalgic charm of this beloved story is guaranteed to take older generations on a glorious trip down the riverbank onto memory lane.

Tickets: Adult £14, Child £10, Family (2 adults and up to 2 children) £43. To book telephone Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111 or visit

Saturday 26 August

Summer Gift Fair, Creake Abbey

With over 40 stands offering fashion, children’s clothing, art, jewellery, textiles, local food and drink plus much more. New stands include Archangel Distilleries from Fakenham with their Archangel Gin made using a complex array of botanicals and water from Walsingham. 10am to 4pm, free entry and parking.

Sunday 27 August

The Affordable Art Sale

Local artists will be at The South Creake Memorial Pavilion from 10am to 5pm, with cards, prints, unframed and framed original paintings.

Sunday 27 August

UB40 Concert, Holkham

UB40 are bringing their Grandslam UK Tour to Holkham’s South Park for an evening of their greatest hits. Tickets from or the Holkham Ticket Office in person or on 01328 713111.

Wednesday 30th August, 6.30pm

Outdoor Theatre at Holkham: The Comedy of Errors

Join The Lord Chamberlain’s Men in Holkham Walled Garden this summer for one of Shakespeare’s early plays, a humorous, light comedy driven by slapstick and mistaken identity. This fantastical comedy follows two pairs of identical twins, Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus, and their servants, both named Dromio. When they were babies, the twins and their parents were separated in a shipwreck; now, years later, as one half of the twins search for the other they unwittingly find themselves in the same city on the same day. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men performs Shakespeare as it would have been; all male, in the open air and in full Elizabethan costume with traditional music and dance.

Tickets: Adult £15, Child £10, Family (2 adults and up to 2 children) £45. To book telephone Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111 or visit

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September

North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, Holkham Walled Garden

This annual celebration of food and drink grown, caught, reared, produced or sold in North Norfolk will feature over 40 food and drink producers. Stalls will offer tasters and products for sale plus there’s plenty to eat and amuse in the area just outside the Walled Garden and games for children. Don’t miss the Cookery Theatre hosted by Mary Kemp, which showcases high profile chefs including Richard Bainbridge of Benedicts, Norwich. 10am to 4pm; free entry, car parking £3.

Saturday 2 September

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Wednesday 13th September, 7pm-8.30pm

Jane Austen at Home

2017 will mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and to celebrate her life and work, join Holkham for a special costumed performance consisting entirely of Jane Austen’s words.

With the setting of the Saloon in Holkham Hall, this one-woman show celebrates the variety and wit of her writings, with extracts from her memoirs, letters, juvenilia, poetry and novels and takes us into the attitudes, imagination and sensations of those who lived in country houses and rectories in the early nineteenth century. It will include much of her perceptive (often satirical) observation of the social life of the English county families. The extracts also capture her warm-heartedness and affection.

Tickets: £18, includes a glass of wine. To book telephone Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111.

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 September

Wells Pirate Festival

A weekend of swashbuckling fun and adventure for all the family.

Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September

Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival, Blickling

Back for a third year, the festival will show classic films Ghost (12A) on the Friday and Blues Brothers (15) on the Saturday. Pack a picnic and enjoy the show! Doors open 6.30pm, estimated start time 7.45pm. Tickets from

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September

Holt 1940s Weekend

Travel back to wartime Britain and relive the golden age of steam at a weekend of themed events, including the Ration Book trail and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra at the Auden Theatre.

Saturday 23 September

Can you hear that? It’s the call of the wild!

Bring the family along to RSPB Titchwell Marsh from 10am for a fun morning packed with wildlife themed activities. Discover the wonder and excitement of the natural world as you get creative, develop new skills and above all, have fun! Activities vary each month, but there’s always something for everyone – from clay modelling, to bushcraft, to face-painting! Activities are £3 per child, and adults go FOC. For information visit