2016 in Norfolk: Part 2

Tom Biela with the over all interbreed beef champion at the Royal Norfolk Show last year

Tom Biela with the over all interbreed beef champion at the Royal Norfolk Show last year - Credit: Nick Butcher

Don’t miss a thing in 2016, with our great guide to 50 unmissable events in the county in the year ahead.


Martham Scarecrow Festival

May 1 & 2 (10am-5pm daily)

This annual event sees gardens on every street of the Broadlandis village filled with scarecrows, and carpeted with knitted and crocheted sculptures. St Mary’s church also hostswill also play venue to an art e painting exhibition featuring talented local artisit, as well as refreshements. This is a free event


Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre

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May 1 (10am- 5pm)

Bungay Area Lions Club is holding another Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre in the beautiful grounds of Earsham Hall, Bungay, NR35 2AN. There will be plenty to see - classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and both commercial and military vehicles. Other attractions will include food and craft stalls, licensed bar, trade stands, auto jumble, children’s games, entertainers and workshops.


6th Broads Outdoor Festival

May 7-22

The 15-day Broads Outdoors Festival - now in its sixth year - covers almost has become a major feature of Broads life, celebrating this unique national park and the wealth of activities on offer within it. Now entering its sixth successive year the festival has grown in popularity and reach, covering nearly 200 events which bringto tens of thousands of visitors and residents enjoy in this celebration of the Broads area; local people last year.

For more information visit: www.outdoorsfestival.co.uk

Cromer Museum 1950s Murder Mystery Tour

May 14

In partnership with Henry Bloggs Museum, take a tour around Cromer, where you might just need to keep your wits about you!

More information to be announced soon.


Norfolk and Norwich Festival

May 13-29

The Norfolk and& Norwich Festival will be living up to its reputation for is a flagship arts organisation for the East of England with a reputation for innovative, inspirational programming and commissioning, with the. The first shows to be announced including the Festival Chorus and the acclaimed James Plays on sale now.



Easton & Otley Collge Family Fun Day

June 5 (10am – 4pm)

Easton campus opensdoors will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm to show the diversity ofe courses on offer, plus whilst also offering a range of events and activities for all ages to enjoy (last years these included cl. Last year, such events included climbing walls, tractor rides, food stalls and human table football); .


Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

June 13-18

The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind and this record-breaking 60th anniversary production is back by popular demand in 2016 starsring Louise Jameson. It’s visiting King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, where tickets are (Doctor Who, EastEnders, Doc Martin) as Mrs Boyle.

Tickets: £25.50 adults, / £20.50 children.


Thetford Open Gardens

June 18-26

This year Thetford Open Gardens will be celebrating 10 years of opening its gardens great and small for the enjoyment of our visitors. The scheme is . They are anticipating over 30-plus diverse gardens taking part, and will include some new and some which have remained popular for 10 years. Celebrations start with a plant sale, riverside garden on 18th, followed by a concert and in a riverside garden on 25th, ending with our open gardens day on 26th.

Tickets: £5 per person, children free


Royal Norfolk Show

June 29 & 30

The Royal Norfolk Show is the county’s biggest event of the year and attracts tens of thousands of visitors to from not just the region but all over the UK. It’s a time to see Norfolk at its best, to network, to do business, to learn about Norfolk’s wonderful landscape and the importance of farming and the countryside.


Mary Poppins at Norwich Theatre Royal

June 29 – July 30

TheDisney and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce that their multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins comes to Norwich Theatre Royal with will arrive a Norwich Theatre Royal this June. The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. T.

Tickets from £8-£63.



Lord Mayor’s Celebration

July 1-3

The celebrations bring the people of Norwich together to enjoy a pLast years event was of the biggest and hottest ever, but in 2016 they hope to top the celebrations once again. Including a parade of more than 70 floats, followed by fireworks from Norwich Castle - a, it is set to be a great weekend of events for all the family; .


Simply Red at Thetford Forest

July 3

As it enters its fourth decade, the group Simply Red will be was the defining sound of British R‘n’B in the eighties and nineties As the band enters its fourth decade, buoyed by the excellent new album ‘Big Love’, their reputation as one of the great British groups is set for some timely enhancement as they perform itstheir greatest hits, at in High Lodge, Thetord Forest.

Tickets £47.50; w (plus booking fee)


Latitude Festival 2016

July 14-17

A spectacular array of music, captivating dance performances, astounding poetry, inspiring talks from the world’s greatest minds, and so much more come together to create a magical eleventh edition at Henham Park.

Tickets on sale now.


The Wizard Maze and Play

From 18 July onwards (10am-5pm daily)

Offering a 12 acre Maize Maze, with jumping pillows and a large play area for all ages, there is fun to be had for all the family. If you prefer to just sit and watch, theres a lovely selection of refreshments at the Wizard Farm Café.

Admission: £7 adults / £6 children (under 2s free)


Holt Festival 2016

July 24-31

The annual Holt Festival features a hugely varied range of music, theatre, visual art and spoken word; . Staged in the last week of July with the charming North Norfolk Georgian country town as its backdrop, this award winning annual feast of the arts has quickly become one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the Norfolk calendar.

For more information visit www.holtfestival.org

Sandringham Flower Show

July 27

NOne of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England and now in its 135th year, Sandringham is much more than just a fFlower Show. It is a special unique event, offering not only the best in horticulture but also an excellent day out, filled with family entertainment and traditionally a visit by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; .

For more information see www.sandringhamflowershow.org.uk


Wayland Agricultural Show

7 August 7 (9am-5pm)

This highly successful and traditional agricultural and rural show combines continues to get better each year. Get close to all the livestock and equestrian that are competitions, entertainment in the main ring, exhibitors and plenty of sng on the day, and in addition enjoy the ever-growing equestrian sections, not to mention lots of entertainment in the main ring (and above it!) with all the exhibitors and shopping opportunities; w you could imagine.

Admission: £15 Adults, £5 Children (under 5s free)


Blickling Proms 2016

August 13

Brit-Award winning harmony trio Blake will be performing at what organisers Revival Productions are promising will be the best Blickling Proms to date. Early bird tickets available at £29 until January 31, 2016;


Reepham Festival

August 13-14

Building on a solid reputation as one of the region’s premier festivals, promoting excellent, quality acts catering for all musical tastes in a charming family friendly environment at an affordable price, Reepham16 is aiming to be itsgoing to be potentially the best festival yet, with Toploader headlining on the Hansells’ Stage.

Early bird tickets on sale from February; .


Cromer Carnival

August 13-19

Cromer’s comes alive with seaside fun during its annual carnival week, culminatesing in the lively procession which snakes along the seafront and through the town. Take part in family competitions and events, watch the waiters and waitresses race along the prom and see daredevil displays and shows on the cliff top field before enjoying evenings of live music and entertainment;.


Run Norwich

7 August 7 (8:30am start)

The Run Norwich is a 10-kmilometre road race, organised by Norwich City FC Community Sports Foundation (CSF), saw. Following a hugely successful inaugural run in 2015, which saw over 3,000 runners take to the city centre streets in 2015 and this year’s spaces are filling fast; wand pass some of Norwich’s most iconic landmarks, spaces in the 2016 event are filling fast, so register your interest on their website to take part.


Aylsham Agricultural Show

August 29

Sample the north Norfolk rural way of life, with everything from crafts to farmyard animals, at this popular Bank Holiday Monday show in the parkland beside Blickling Hall


Holkham Open Air Theatre

August 31

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men will be performing Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in the grounds of Holkham Hall, from 7pm; wIn the summer of 2015 Holkham’s walled gardens became the host of several stunning performances including ‘The Importance of being Earnest’, ‘The Secret Garden’, Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ and culminated with ‘Robin Hood the Musical’. This year’s shows are yet to be announced but with such a beautiful backdrop it promises to be an event you won’t want to miss.


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