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Local events and activities

7 August 2017

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

Until 5 September 

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway Enchanted Railway
Fairy themed I-Spy down the line, but look out for giants, witches and trolls! Board at Wells or Walsingham Stations, timetable 2 for these dates, five trains every day, seven days a week. Standard fares apply, adult £9 return, children 5-15 years £7 return, 4s and under free.  Dogs welcome if room.

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.

Until 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.


Friday 11 August 

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

Maritime History Day at Creake Abbey with Rescue Wooden Boats

Enjoy displays, films, family activities, admire a fishing boat and chat to experts. There will also be ticketed film showings of ‘Lucy Lavers Return to Dunkirk’, a one-hour film (2015) of this local wooden lifeboat’s successful restoration and return to the scene of her first ever shout, 75 years before – tickets this film showing need to be booked in advance (£7.50, including one drink, showings at noon and 3pm), at or Wells Tourist Information Centre 01328 710885

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

Saturday 12 to Friday 18 August

Cromer Carnival

Fun for all the family with carnival day on Wednesday 16. Follow the link for all the details

Wednesday 16 August, 6.15pm

Outdoor Theatre at Holkham: 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

Wednesday 16 to Saturday 26 August























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 and Sunday 20 August

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

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

Saturday 9 September

Saturday 9 September

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 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.

Friday 22 to Sunday 24 September

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

Saturday 23 September