11:00 amFakenham Racecourse, NorfolkSun02Jun2019
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.
7:30 pmKings Lynn Corn Exchange, NorfolkSun09Jun2019
An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.The legendary, and now former BBC light entertainment interviewer, who has questioned a huge array of stars from Billy Connolly and Peter Sellers to Les Dawson and Muhammad Ali.
With a career that spans five decades, Parkinson certainly has plenty of stories to tell. Chatting to his son and long-term producer Mike, the first half sees the 83-year old talk about his early career, from his first ever TV interview with a young aspiring musician named Mick Jagger, to the launch of his talk show Parkinson, where he interviewed the likes of George Shearing, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby.
The best material is, of course, the footage and stories we haven’t seen or heard before. A tale of drunken night out in which Dudley Moore forces Parkinson to sing Moon River in front of a packed London bar is re-enacted on stage with the help of singer/songwriter Joe Stilgoe. Previously lost footage of Parkinson interviewing John Lennon inside a giant sack – at the instance of Yoko Ono after he asked a question about The Beatles – is also played on the big screen, as the award-winning broadcaster holds his head in shame.
The second half focuses on the many stars whose careers Parkinson helped to launch, most notably Jamie Cullum, Michael Bublé and Diana Krall. Here, Parkinson also shares some material from his 2012 show for Sky Arts, including a clip of when he put Elton John’s song writing skills to test by asking him to improvise a song about the overflowing River Thames, a test which is later given to Joe Stilgoe who is given his own audience-inspired medley to improvise.
10.30am High TideBurnham Overy Staithe and North Norfolk CoastSat22Jun2019
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.
8:00 amNorfolk Showground, NorwichWed26Jun2019Thu27Jun2019
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.
11:00 amNorwich City CentreSun30Jun2019
Great British Cycling Festival will take place in Norfolk in June 2019. Taking place alongside the 2019 HSBC UK National Road Championships, 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.
For the first time in the championships’ history, the men’s and women’s races will be on the road simultaneously before both finishing in Norwich city centre – with the women’s race to reach its conclusion after the men’s. This is all followed by you starting and finishing in Norwich City Centre and riding behind the championships, on the exact same 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.
9:15 pmHolkham Hall, North Norfolk CoastSat06Jul2019
Holkham Hall is among the most visited estates in the area. Watching a movie in the incredibly beautiful garden, under the stars surrounded by lush greenery is an awesome experience.
Friday 28th June, The Greatest Showman (2017), Doors open at 8pm, film commences at 9.30pm
A sing-along for the whole family! Hugh Jackman becomes the 19th-century visionary and entrepreneur, PT Barnham, in this dazzling story of the birth of show business!
Saturday 29th June, Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), doors open at 8pm, film commences at 9.30pm
A foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their iconic music and sensational lead singer, Freddie Mercury.
Follow the story of the band’s rise to stardom, through Freddie’s unexpected break from the band in pursuit of his solo career, surmounting in the band’s reunion in time for Live Aid.
Bring a picnic or enjoy the fantastic hot food and full bar on site.
9:00 amHolkham Hall, Norfolk CoastSat20Jul2019Sun21Jul2019
Holkham Country Fair is a true celebration of Norfolk country life and offers a full day of family fun for all. Enjoy a full family day out with Grand Ring entertainment and Showground events. There are trade stands for shopping, the Woodforde’s Food Village for nibbling and the opportunity to have a go at countryside pursuits.
If you’re feeling daring, try the new zip wire ride, or get inspired by expert cooking shows in the cookery demonstration tent. You can also get acquainted with a variety of animals, including birds of prey and exotic species.
Give clay pigeon shooting and archery a go, or try out the crossbows and catapults. Take part in the Countryman’s Walk to learn about pole lathe turning, blacksmithing and more.
Attractions also include displays of military and historic vehicles, dog agility and much, much more.
2:00 pmRingstead, Norfolk CoastSat20Jul2019
A few times a year The Gin Trap host their increasingly popular Gin Festivals or ‘Gintastic Extravaganzas”. Whilst Gin does take centre stage there is live Music and a BBQ. A happy mix of locals and visitors makes up a lively crowd and it does get extremely busy so you need to go with a sense of humour (or drink a lot of gin!). Ringstead is a 5 minute drive from Magazine Wood.
The Gin Trap Inn is a traditional and cosy 17th-century coaching inn and has a long and colourful history. It has been a public house since 1668 and the date 1667 can be found on one of the walls of the former farmhouse. Clearly ahead of it’s time and now the natural choice for somewhere to sample their selection of over 100 gins from all corners of the globe.
Holt and surrounding Norfolk VillagesSun21Jul2019Mon29Jul2019
Now in its 11th 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.
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 include MOBO award winners and Mercury Music Prize nominees Kairos4T, the Britten Oboe Quartet, and musical comedy sisters Flo & Joan.
Meanwhile, poet and theatre-maker Luke Wright is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his first ever gig with an extensive national tour of Luke Wright, Poet Laureate.
9:00 amSandringham Estate, Norfolk coastThu25Jul2019
Sandringham Flower Show is one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England. Now in its 135th 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.
6pm Gates OpenBlickling Hall NorfolkFri09Aug2019Mon02Sep2019
The Urban Soul Orchestra conducted by Stephen Hussey return for another sell-out performance of classic Ibiza anthems under the stars, with live DJ and vocalists.
This will be Norfolk’s biggest dance party of the Summer full of iconic Ibiza anthems. A chill-out set in the first half will be followed by a half hour interval with the DJ playing the latest Ibiza tunes.
As dusk falls, the lasers will hit the Blickling skyline as the Urban Soul Orchestra return to bring some of the best of the White Island’s dance tunes to orchestral life. The track-list packed full of some of dance music’s most iconic anthems. Performed by The Urban Soul Orchestra, DJ Goldierocks and a host of live vocalists, the gig is split into two halves - starting with a chill-out set followed by a series of dance-floor fillers. The first set starts at 8pm followed by an interval with DJ Goldierocks at 9pm before the second set at 9.30pm. The concert is expected to finish at around 10.45pm.
Classic Ibiza is a heady mix of iconic dance tunes, a classical orchestra and a music festival in a stunning setting. Whether you want to sit back and relax with a glass of bubbly over a picnic in the evening sun, or get up and dance the night away, everyone is guaranteed a great time.
10:00 amHolkham Hall, North NorfolkSat31Aug2019Sun01Sep2019
There will be a great range of produce on sale such as ales, fresh meat and poultry, local seafood, vegetables, local honey, fruit, ice cream, cheese, fresh juices, cakes, puddings and tarts and much more. To exhibit and sell all products must be grown, reared, caught, produced or sold in North Norfolk. Just outside the Walled Garden a food court area will provide everyone attending the event with outstanding local food and drink for consumption on site.
This festival is a celebration of all that is best about food grown, reared, caught, made or sold in north Norfolk. With the county’s finest food and drink producers attending, you’ll find everything from freshly baked bread, delicious pork pies to real ale and local spirits with plenty of tastings and samples to tempt your taste buds.
Sandringham Estate, Norfolk CoastSat07Sep2019Sun08Sep2019The fair showcases a range of crafts and food stalls as well as many outdoor demonstrations of country sports and activities.Three main arenas, including the Countryside Arena and World of Dogs, displaying the best in exciting equine sports, country pursuits and the wonderful world of dogs; a huge steam and vintage area, have a go falconry, fishing, fieldsports and more. A great countryside day out for the whole family.There is also food arena, children's activities, a shooting village, falconry arena and lots to eat!
Lunch & DinnerNorth Norfolk CoastWed30Oct2019Sun10Nov2019
Restaurant Week is Norfolk’s largest dining event, a culinary celebration of our vibrant restaurant scene, fine food, and the people who produce it.
It is the opportunity to sample those restaurants you have always wanted to try, or revisit existing favourites, all at unmissable prices. Every restaurant who takes part will offer their usual high standard of food but at an incredibly tempting price.
Last year saw hungry diners making the most 40 unmissable priced menus at some of North Norfolk’s best restaurants. “The event has become hugely popular over the last five years, and menus, which are now available to view online, are much anticipated. The most popular places fill up quickly, which is why we always encourage people to book well in advance,” confirms founder and organiser Martin Billing
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.
Bonfire 6pm F/W 7.30pmHunstanton NorfolkSat02Nov2019
Hunstanton Cliffs is the perfect spot for a Guy Fawkes night celebration and the fireworks are big, loud and go on and on and on! They say that nowhere are the skies bigger than in Norfolk but these fireworks do a great job at filling it. Doors open at 5.30pm and the giant bonfire before is lit at 6pm. The main firework display kicks off just after 7.30pm.
Food stalls, a fairground, children's entertainment and a bonfire will accompany the fireworks display and it is worth getting there in good time as this is one of the largest and most popular in the area. If you are looking to book a meal afterwards then reserve early.
2pm & 7pmThursford, NorfolkWed06Nov2019Mon23Dec2019
The Thursford Christmas Spectacular has become one of the most anticipated festive events in East Anglia, having attracted audiences from across the country since opening on Christmas Eve 1977. This year alone has seen more than 112,000 visitors from across the world entertained by 65 musical numbers. Fantastic sets and colour, the choreography, the singing and dancing, and a very special ‘Christmassy’ atmosphere. The show has a 130-strong cast and has a budget of £1.8m, and there is so much happening on the huge stage that it is hard to decide what to focus on. The overall effect is quite breath-taking.
From rock ‘n’ roll, showtunes, the can can and carols, the Vegas-style variety show is Europe’s biggest Christmas performance, with a budget of £1.8m. Each year the family-run Thursford Collection serves up 35,000 mince pies, almost 19,000 mulled wines and 24,000 tubs of ice cream
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“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