Helping you to get the most out of living locally.

Local events and activities

18 October 2017

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


Until 26 October














Tuesday 24 October

Discovering Autumn, family event at NWT Cley Marshes 

A magical time of year to explore the reserve, with so much activity before the winter months. Discover the beautiful colours of reedbeds, the migrating birds overhead and the change of wildlife. 10.30am – 12.30pm, £4 children (accompanying adult free)

Wednesday 25 October

Capturing Cley, family event at NWT Cley Marshes

Explore and film exciting Autumn wildlife at Cley using handheld cameras. Then watch your films on the big screen in the education centre. All equipment provided. 10.30am – 1pm, £4 children (accompanying adult free. Booking essential: 01263 740008

Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 October

Halloween at Holkham, 10am-5pm

Halloween at Holkham is a ‘spooktacular’ occasion! Join in the fun and get hands-on with the amazing Kiddy Cook team in the old kitchen to decorate your own terrifyingly tasty creation. Follow Holkham’s fun trail around the hall to discover frightening factoids and creative crafts and have a spooky time solving a macabre murder mystery. Find out what lurks in The Field to Fork Experience for Halloween adventurers. There’s bewitching poetry, spooky skulls and a creepy quiz to keep you on your toes – beware scares galore!

Jump on board the Halloween Express over to the wicked walled garden. It will be a hoot with ‘Wild Encounters’ and their real-life owls. Holkham’s storyteller will be there too, enthralling you with spell-binding and mystical tales. Come dressed for the occasion and join in the fancy dress parade, get gory grazes or weeping wounds with face painting and test your powers of pumpkin carving. The mind-boggling games, trails and Halloween crafts will make your visit truly terrifying! Tickets: Event is included in standard admission. Buy tickets online to save 10%. Some activities will incur an extra charge.

Friday 27 October

Fashion Galore, Cromer Library

Shonagh Marshall, co-curator of Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset House and archivist for the Isabella Blow Collection, will discuss the life of Isabella Blow, the late fashion stylist and editor. 6pm, tickets £5. To book visit which also has full details of COAST Arts’ autumn programme.

Saturday 28 October

Halloween Fun at Creake Abbey Cafe 

A fantastic evening of spooky thrills from 4pm to 7pm.  There will be lots of activities on offer including apple bobbing, unlucky dip and gingerbread decorating.  Cost for these activities is £5 per child (food charged separately). Children may dress up in all manner of terrifying outfits with a prize for the best dressed ghoul.  At 6pm Tilly the Tailspinner, legendary local storyteller, will lead families to the haunted abbey ruins with singing and dancing en route.  The Café will be open serving children’s supper from 4pm and the Food Hall will be full of goodies to eat in or takeaway.


Saturday 28 October

Bizarre Beasts, family event at NWT Cley Marshes

Celebrate Halloween with all things bizarre and slightly scary. They will be dissecting owl pellets looking for bones, exploring the lives of bats and delving into the strange world of many other creatures. Crafts and activities all day in the education centre. 10am – 4pm, free event.

30 October to Friday 10 November

Norfolk Restaurant Week in association with Norfolk Hideaways

With 62 restaurants taking part across the county – including some exciting new additions like The Duck Inn, Stanhoe and The Carpenters Arms, Wighton – diners really will be spoilt for choice. With all the participating venues offering either two courses for £10 and three for £15 or two courses for £15 and three for £20, it’s a great opportunity to meet up with friends and try somewhere new, or revisit some old favourites! Visit to view the full list of participating venues and menus

Saturday 4 November

Creake Abbey Farmers’ Market, 9.30am to 1pm

Over 50 food producers, the largest gathering of its kind in Norfolk, on the 1st Saturday of each month (excluding January).  Stalls carry everything from fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit to meat, fish, locally brewed beer, cakes, pies, puddings, tarts, break and morning goods plus much more.

Sunday 5 November

Little Vintage Lover Fair, Blakeney Village Hall

Browse 25 stands of vintage clothing, textiles, accessories and homewares from circa 1920s to 1980s from 10am to 4pm. DJ The Mailman will be playing live. Entry £1, free car park.

Saturday 11 November

Winter Wonderland Ball

Enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment at historic Pentney Abbey. All proceeds from this black-tie event will be donated to The Norfolk Hospice. Tickets £60 including a three-course meal. Tables of ten can be booked for £600. Tickets from, 01485 601701 or

Wednesday 15 November

Holt Christmas lights switch on

Join the pantomime-themed festive fun from around 5 to 8pm with a parade of lanterns, fireworks, stage of entertainment, carols, nativity, pantomime horse race, plus food and drink

Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 November

Into The Woods, King’s Lynn Arts Centre

The King’s Lynn Players present this musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, packed with characters from Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Performances nightly at 7.30pm and also Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets £15 from 01553 764864 or

Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 November

The Vicar of Dibley Christmas, Sheringham Little Theatre

Christmas is on its way. But first, Geraldine has much to do. She has some news to break that will leave David Horton in shock! She has to find a way to celebrate the anniversary of the church’s saint, which results in a stunning revelation from one of the Dibley Parish Councillors, and she has to find a way to break the twenty-seven-year winning run of David Horton in the village quiz. A task made more challenging when she finds out that his opponent is Alice. Nightly, 7.30pm. Matinee 2.30pm on Saturday 18. Tickets £12 from the box office, 01263 822347. A Sheringham Players production.

Saturday 18 November

Burnham Market Christmas Lights and Market

This year there will be a Christmas market with over 50 stalls and street entertainment. The grand finale will be the lights switch on with Father Christmas and a special guest. From 10am.

Saturday 18 November

Norwich does Vintage




Sunday 19 October

Screen-next-the-Sea presents the restoration of Abel Gance’s magnificient 1927 silent film “Napoleon”

To book visit or call Wells TIC 01328 710885, or visit

Time-table:  1.30 film part 1;  3.25 comfort break;  3.45 film part 2;  4.50 meal break;  6.30 film part 3;  8.15 comfort break;  8.40 film part 4;  9.25 approx. finish.










Sunday 19 November

Antiques Fair, Dunston Hall Hotel

A wide selection of quality antiques at this event organised by Norfolk Fairs. Open 10.30am to 4pm, admission £3, Ipswich Road, Norwich. 07596 436260