Snettisham and surrounding areaFri01Nov2019Fri31Jan2020
The dawn flight of tens of thousands of pink-footed geese from Iceland and Greenland leaving their night time roost on the Wash is one of THE best nature spectacles in Europe.
The arrival of the Pink-footed Geese in Norfolk has come to herald the start of the Autumn and Winter season for many bird-watchers and nature lovers. Every year this unique bird visits our shores in greater numbers with thousand blackening the winter sky as they head to their night roost. Their numbers increase steadily throughout October, and by the end of November most of the geese will have arrived. The Pink-footed Goose is not only attracted to Norfolk for the Brancaster mussels or Cromer crabs, but for a rather less well known delicacy - the sugar beet. By February most will be returning home to their breeding ground in Spitsbergen, Iceland and Greenland.
The sight of tens of thousands of geese taking off and landing en-masse is one of Norfolk's natural wonders.
10:00 amPensthorpe Natural ParkSat16May2020Sun17May2020
Pensthorpe has for many years been home to the very popular SpringWatch series on the BBC.
The Bird and Wildlife Fair, which will run at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, on May 16 and 17, was previously known as the Norfolk Bird and Wildlife Fair. Pensthorpe Bird & Wildlife Fair will feature guest speakers, demonstrations, walks and talks, and book signings. The event is a celebration of nature-spotting in Norfolk and will bring together experts in the fields of optic equipment, wildlife-inspired art and crafts, books and wildlife and nature holidays.
10:00 amNorwich City CentreSun31May2020
Great British Cycling Festival will take place in Norfolk in May 2020. The festival will give amateurs the chance to ride in the shadows of those elites riding for the British title with a truly beautiful and exciting 100-mile sportive.
The sportive takes place on open roads, with a closed-roads start and finish.
The Original Century ride returns for it's 26th year! Starting from City Hall and taking in the edge of the Broads, Horsey Mill, the coast (and some hills!) all the way out to Cley, then back past Blickling Hall before a triumphant return within sight of the Cathedral.
Music, beer tent and food at the Finish, and signed routes, cycle mechanics, pick-up vehicles, medics and refreshment stops around the beautiful Norfolk countryside.
Road/hybrid bikes recommended on 100 mile route.
Go along and see see the country’s best riders go head-to-head to claim the national champions’ jerseys. With live TV coverage.
11:00 amFakenham Racecourse, NorfolkSun31May2020
Fashion, food and having a flutter – it has to be the annual Ladies Day at Fakenham Racecourse. A key date in the Norfolk calendar, thousands of people stream through the gates to witness the thunder of steeds bearing down on the finish line and the roar of the crowds interspersed with the popping of corks and the rumble of conversation as visitors enjoy the day.
10.30am High TideBurnham Overy Staithe and North Norfolk CoastSat27Jun2020
The Norfolk Superhero Challenge is a unique quadrathlon event that has raised huge sums for local charities. The Norfolk Superhero Challenge combined courses across land and sea, centred around the coastal village of Burnham Overy Staithe. More than 130 resilient racers took on the best of Norfolk’s scenery – and the worst of its weather – before crossing the line in a gruelling quadrathlon
The quadrathlon consists of swimming 1 mile from Gun Hill to the quay at Burnham Overy Staithe with the incoming tide. Kayak a 4 mile course through the creeks of Burnham Overy Staithe. Cycle a 45 mile circular route on North Norfolk’s most scenic roads. Finally run -8 miles across tracks, sand, mud and marsh.
10:00 amNorfolk Showground, NorwichWed01Jul2020Thu02Jul2020
The Royal Norfolk Show is the UK’s largest two-day country show!
This year’s show at the Norfolk Showground will once again be packed with the very best of Norfolk! With 700 trade stands, over 3000 animals, a packed Grand Ring Programme, Norfolk’s biggest food and drink experience and hundreds of attractions there’s something for everyone.
It attracts tens of thousands of visitors from 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 Food, farming and the Countryside. The celebration of agriculture past, present and future is at the heart of the Show and representation from all walks of county life combine to celebrate all that is great about Norfolk.
Holt and surrounding Norfolk VillagesSun26Jul2020Sat01Aug2020
Now in its 12th year, the Holt Festival is one of the East of England’s most anticipated events and attracts visitors from near and far.
Each July the festival, sets this Norfolk Georgian country town alight with performers, musicians, art exhibitions and literary events. The early announcements include two music stars with many weeks in the charts between them.
Last year featured a host of talent. While Toyah is well known these days for her TV, film and theatre acting, it’s her music that takes centre-stage in Holt. This year is her 40th as a top music draw and she’s bringing her full electric band for a special show. Georgie Fame’s show is one of a very select number of UK tour dates. His impressive array of hit singles include the number 1’s Yeh Yeh, Get Away and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde. Other highlights included MOBO award winners and Mercury Music Prize nominees Kairos4T, the Britten Oboe Quartet, and musical comedy sisters Flo & Joan.
The poet and theatre-maker Luke Wright celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first ever gig with an extensive national tour of Luke Wright, Poet Laureate.
9:00 amSandringham Estate, Norfolk coastWed29Jul2020
Sandringham Flower Show is one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England. Now in its 139th year, it is much more than just a Flower Show. It is a unique event offering not only the best in horticulture but also an excellent day out, filled with family entertainment.
Set in the magnificent surroundings of Sandringham Park with Sandringham House and Sandringham Church as a backdrop, this one-day Show attracts around 20,000 visitors each year. From the beginning the Show has been privileged to enjoy Royal patronage and traditionally the Queen as well as other members of the Royal Family attends the Show.
The Royal marquees contain the competitions in vegetables, fruit, flowers and floral art, with the entries grown by local residents; there are also some open classes which anyone may enter. In the amateur’s marquee, local gardening and horticultural clubs enter a judged display competition, whilst the Horticultural Trades marquee features displays by leading nurseries.
Many of the region’s leading nurseries and horticultural specialists exhibit. In addition to these displays the show features display gardens by leading designers, around 200 trade stands (both horticultural and general), a craft marquee, main arena events, children's entertainment and a military band.
“Our third visit to the Thursford Spectacular and our fifth visit to Magazine Wood – We couldn’t wait a whole year to come back to you every time” TF Nov 2017