Here is just a taster of events happening during August, throughout Norfolk to keep the whole family entertained.
Throughout August BeWilderwood Costume Procession & Wild WeekendAlong with the normal goings on there will be face painting, storytelling and a costume procession through the park everyday plus puppet shows every weekend for the six weeks of summer.
Throughout AugustBanham Zoo, Remarkable ReptilesThis summer it's all about the scales! Get hands-on with reptiles, add your own scale to the giant snake and have your face painted as your favourite reptile!
Thursday 31st July – Saturday 9th AugustWells-next-the-Sea, Carnival WeekWells in the heart of North Norfolk enjoys a traditional summer Carnival for residents and visitors. A week of family fun events, including a Carnival Day procession around the town with floats, fancy-dress, pull-and push-along vehicles plus much more. Traditional seaside activities include a sand-castle competition, town crier competition, gillying on the quay and the crowning of the Carnival Royals.
Saturday 2nd August – Monday 4th August Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade. Dinosaur BioblitzBioblitz is back for 2014! Join the Dinosaur Park for a weekend of activities - all aimed around the wildlife that calls Dinosaur Adventure home!
Sunday 3rd August Fairhaven, The Castaways. 2pm -4pmA varied musical mix of sea shanties, folk, Irish, Country and Western and old time sing-alongs.
Tuesday 5th AugustFairhaven, RSPB Butterfly DayMake butterfly feeders for your garden and butterfly art, then follow the butterfly quiz trail, fun for all the family.
Saturday 9th AugustBlickling Hall, Last Night of the PromsBlickling Hall will be playing host to a British Proms spectacular with a choreographed air display by the Grace Spitfire and a fireworks finale. The event will also be commemorating the milestone of 100 years since the start of World War One. The first half will include a nostalgic sing-along of some of the best loved songs from that era, including "It's a long way to Tipperary" "Keep the home fires burning" and " Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag" The second half will contain a poignant remembrance before the rousing sounds of "Rule Britannia" "Jerusalem" and "Land of hope and glory." It promises to be a celebration of some of the greatest music ever written, performed by the Sinfonia Viva orchestra. Concert goers can bring their own picnics and soak up the atmosphere, song sheets are provided and audience participation is heartily encouraged.
Saturday 9th August – Sunday 10th AugustReepham FestivalReepham Festival is extremely proud to announce that the headline act for 2014 will be none other than the legendary Big Country. The band’s music is most recognisable for the sounds it infuses with Scottish folk and martial music styles, as well as for playing and engineering their guitar driven sound to evoke the inspirational spirit of bagpipes, fiddles and other traditional folk instruments.
Sunday 10th AugustFairhaven, Norfolk Jazz Quartet, 2pm-4pmSwinging jazz standards and melodic music from the Great American Song Book played on a combination of clarinet/saxophones, guitar, bass and drums will take you back to the halcyon days of the jazz and swing era.
Tuesday 12th August – Sunday 24th AugustNorth Norfolk Music FestivalWith an amazing variety of music, the festival brings large audiences to the beautiful home of the Festival, St Mary’s Church, South Creake. Fr. Clive Wylie and the Churchwardens continue to give members of the audience and the musicians a warm welcome.
Friday 15th August – Sunday 17th AugustOld Hunstanton, Flower Festival & FateThe theme for the floral displays for this the Festivals 40th year is My Favourite Book... There will also be stalls including cakes, preserves, books, jewellery and food.
Friday 15th August – Sunday 17th AugustVoewood, Holt. Voewood FestivalThis year the festival has an exciting line up, packed with writers, journalists, singers and musicians from Alison Moore, Louisa Young, DBC Pierre and Joy Division / New Order legend Peter Hook to Midge Ure and Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young.
Saturday 16th AugustBurnham Market 10am – 5pmTraditional, local and regional crafts will be displayed alongside works by local artists, designers and artisans on over 100 stalls in centre of the village. Exhibits will include jewellery, textiles, ceramics, pottery, glassware and much more.
Saturday 16th August – Friday 22nd August Cromer, Carnival WeekWith a packed programme of over 120 events and activities in its 45th year, Cromer Carnival looks set to be a week-long celebration of family fun and entertainment. Acts include the Red Arrows, Wildcat Aerobatics, the Cossack Horse Riders and the Bolddog Lings Motorcycle Display Team.
Monday 18th August- Tuesday 19th AugustNorwich Forum, Havago FestivalHead to Norwich on either of these two days for this free event at the Forum where Norfolk artists and creatives will be on hand to share their skills with members of the public and showcase their work. Take your pick from painting, dancing banjo playing, cake making or pottery to name a few.
Wednesday 20th AugustSussex Barn, Burnham Market. Barnstorm 5.30pm starts at 7.30pmBrainstorm is the ultimate family night out this Summer. Open air concert in the grounds of Sussex Barn. Featuring two of the UKs most acclaimed tribute bands. Queens B and Ultimate Madness.
Wednesday 20th AugustFairhaven, Ghost Walk 6.30pmEnjoy a spine-tingling ramble through the wood listening to the myths and legends of the Fairhaven Woodland Garden.
Saturday 23rd August – Monday 25th AugustPensthorpe Wildlife Gardens, Medieval SpectacularJoin Pensthorpe as they turn the clocks back to the time of chivalry, knights and maidens for the annual Mediaeval Spectacular. With living history encampments dotted around the site, you will get a real taste of Mediaeval life from this special day out. With Jousting, battles, long boat invasions, fire breathing, witch's hovel story tellers and a trader’s row, there is a lot to keep you busy.
Saturday 23rd AugustHolkham. Open Air Concert, Status QuoRock the night away with the iconic rock band Status Quo. The band has recorded more British hit singles than any other group and has total world-wide record sales in excess of 118 million. Come prepared for a night to remember as these legendary rockers are well-known for their ‘rock ‘til you drop’ concerts!
Sunday 24th AugustHolkham. Open Air Concer, Last Night at the PromsThe Last Night of the Proms concert is a uniquely British and hugely popular with concert-goers. The English National Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing at Holkham for the first time with an evening of popular classical music. The orchestra will be joined by one of Britain’s most versatile sopranos Clare Ormshaw and acclaimed tenor Lee Bradley and the audience will be encouraged to join in singing some of Britain’s best-loved patriotic pieces.
Sunday 24th AugustCromer Pier. Crabbing Championship Register as a team or individual competitor and battle it out for the title of World Pier Crabbing Champion. Try to catch the most and biggest crabs. There will also be entertainment, food and craft stalls.
Sunday 24th AugustFairhaven Children’s Day 11am – 3pmRobin Hood's Lost Adventure - a fantastic, family theatre of thrills. Fight injustice with Robin, shout boo to the Sheriff of Nottingham and solve the mystery of an ancient, medieval alien invasion. Theatre and craft workshops, magic making and loads more.
Sunday 24th AugustFakenham FiftyThis is a fun social cycle ride through some of the best cycling routes in the country. It is gentle, but has some challenges. Five routes range from 14 to 75 miles. Riders get a good and healthy day out, insurance, map, signage, registration, marshals, mobile mechanics, breakdown support, rescue service and nourishment along the route including fine home-made flapjack, fresh fruit and drinks.
Monday 25th AugustNorwich Showground, All About DogsA fantastic day out filled with fun, fur, competitions, prizes, dog shows, accessories and experts on hand to answer any questions.
Sunday 31st AugustFairhaven, Dog Day Fun. 10am – 4pmThis dog day is for all the family with a companion dog show, agility, demonstrations, doggy stalls, food and drink and lots of games for you and your four-legged friend. The event is to raise money for Hallswood Animal Sanctuary.