2016 in Norfolk: Part 3

Raising a glass to Norwich Beer Festival

Raising a glass to Norwich Beer Festival - Credit: Archant

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


Sundown Festival

Dates to be announced

The Sundown festival has grown bigger and better with every year, and has now evolved into a 3 day event at the Norfolk Showground. Featuring music of a distinctly Urban flavour staying more on the beats and breaks side of the Dance music fence, and always has a distinct end of the summer vibe.


Heritage Open Days

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September 8-11

D Get out and discover Norfolk’s all the heritage - from buildings as varied as that lies within Norfolk this September. From the Victorian workhouse and farm at Gressenhall to The Control Tower at Old North Creake Airfield. L, 2015’s open days where packed full with ways to keep the whole family amused. Lists of places opening for the event willings will start appearing online in mid-July; .


Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

September 10-11

This frIn association with Seajacks UK Ltd. the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival is a fantastic free two-day event twhich takes place all along historic South Quay with live shanty folk music and street theatre, and is packed with exhibitions, demonstrations, stalls and ships for visitors to explore; for the whole weekend.


Out There Festival

September 16-18

The Out There Festival brings continues to go from strength to strength. The cream of circus and street art performers from all over the world to fill the venues, parks and streets of Great Yarmouth with a riot of colour, thrills, spills and fun, attracting . The festival attracts more than 60,000 people to the resort; Norfolk’s traditional seaside resort and always includes lots of community participation, family fun and hands-on things to do.


The Sheringham 1940s Weekend at Sheringham and Holt

September 17-18

Now one of the biggest events of its kind in the country, join in the fun of the atmospheric weekend in uniform or 1940s’ civilian wear, to share music, dance, food and memories of wartime Britain; Hear the sound of air raids. Taste wartime rations, See jitterbug dancers and feel the excitement and the fear of the blitz at one of the biggest events of its kind in the country. Come in uniform or 1940s civilian dress to add to the atmosphere. Don’t forget your gas mask and ration books!



Norwich Beer Festival

October 24-29

Having celebrated its 38th year in 2015, tThe Norwich Bbeer festival, which is organised by the Norwich & Norfolk bBranch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), is held at St. Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls in the city and. It boasts over 200-plus cask-conditioned real ales from Britain’s independent brewers alongside draught and bottled beers from continental Europe; .

Advance book is advised


Museums at night

October 28

Museums at Night is brilliant opportunity to enjoy a different looks at our county’s museums and an opportunity for museums and galleries. Among those taking part are Great Yarmouth’s to come together around a single, simple campaign that is attractive to venues, audiences and the media. Several museums in the county are taking part including Time and Tide Mmuseum, The Tolhouse and Elizabethan House.

Tickets will be available from June; w 2016



Big Boom Fireworks

November 4(times TBA)

The Big Boom free fireworks show willreturns to the city centre in 2016 and will once again be light ing up the skies above Norwich Castle with an exhilarating show set to music; . Join us in the city for a spectacular free firework show. All of the fireworks used in the display will be fired to the beat of the music, which makes for a much more exhilarating show.

Get there early to find your viewing spot


Christmas Lights Switch On

November 17

Watch as Norwichthe city is lit up with thousands of sparkling lights at this year’s Big Switch On event; w. More information will be available nearer the time.


Norwich Half Marathon

November 27

First staged in 1985 by Duke Street Running Club, this race was originally based in the centre of Norwich - hence its name. Then in 1993 it moved to the Norfolk Showground on the western outskirts of the city and it’s been there ever since. The runace starts and finishes atwithin the Norfolk Showground and follows a rural single lap route through the parishes of Easton, Honingham, Colton, Barnham Broom and, Marlingford; and close to Easton College.

Register your interest to enter online soon


Thursford Christmas Spectacular

November and– December, dates to be confirmed (exact dates TBA)

TheAn extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety celebrates the f. It’s a fast moving celebration of the festive season and brings thousands of people to Thursford each year; featuring an electric mix of both seasonal and year round favourites. Book early for this ever popular Christmas event

Tickets available online



Norwich Santa Run

Mid -December date to be confirmed

Dress as Santa to take part in this 2km (Date TBC)

Join in for a fun run, jog or walk at Eaton Park in Norwich, in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices; w dressed as Santa all in aid of EACH children’s charity. The event will take place round the beautiful Eaton Park in Norwich, and will see the park painted red as Santa’s set off round the 2km route.

Contact Carol Plunkett on 01953 666767 for more information


Fakenham Races Christmas Meeting

December 18

Join in for a great day of sport with plenty of mulled wine, Christmas music and of course – lots of great food from local suppliers, and ch. ildren can Alternatively why not bring your own winter picnic? Bring the whole family (under17s go free) and you can even bring your dogs. Let the children meet Ffather Christmas and his elves; , for a sweet treat.

Book early and get special rates for advance bookings.


Jack and the Beanstalk

December 13-31 and 2-15 January 2-15, 2017

Get your festive season off to a great start with a traditional pantomime - t that is sure to keep your family tickled until 2017. When jack comes home from market with nothing but some magic beans to show for it, little does he know what adventure lies ahead!

Tickets on sale now at a discount if purchased before end of February, 2016;


The Royals at Sandringham

December 25

Join the crowds at Sandringham to see members of the the Royal Family on their way to and from attend the Christmas morning service at the church on the estate; – what a special way to start your Christmas Day.


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