25 x events...

Published: Friday 20th Jan 2017

Written by: Laura Foster

In case you haven’t heard we are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year! Hurrah!  So, to coincide with this we are publishing 25 x 25s.  That’s 25 blogs throughout the year highlighting 25 different reasons why you should come and visit our beautiful Norfolk. 

For our second instalment, we are looking at all the fantastic events taking place around our county throughout the year. We are so lucky that the wide range of events on offer in Norfolk means there‘s something to suit all interests and ages no matter when you visit…. why not book your next stay to coincide with one of the fabulous events listed below?

25 events…

1. Sheringham Viking Festival - February

This two-day event gets bigger and bigger each year. Activities include children’s shield & sword making and painting workshops, a live battle, storytelling and finishing with the grand parade plus the burning of a Viking boat! 

2. Norwich Fashion Week - March

First started in 2010, this week celebrates and promotes the vibrant fashion scene in our marvellous city. It brings together Norwich’s nationally recognised, independent retail offering, and the city’s thriving student fashion design community, plus professional practitioners in fashion and beauty.

3. The East Anglian Game & Country Fair - April

Here we have a fabulous family event held at the beautiful Euston Estate near Thetford. Things to do include clay shooting, dog shows, fly fishing, archery, children's activities, shopping and much more.

4. The Crab & Lobster Festival – May

Historically great rivals, Sheringham and Cromer now join each year for a lively, friendly and entertaining weekend celebrating a feast of food, art, music and heritage. The festival dedicates itself to promoting the local seafaring heritage and active fishing community. 

5. Norfolk & Norwich Festival – May

In addition to staging one of the most significant art festivals in the UK each May, the Norfolk & Norwich Festival collaborates throughout the year with local, national and international partners to produce work for a huge and diverse range of audiences, participants and communities.

6. The Royal Norfolk Show – June

You won’t want to miss the largest annual event in Norfolk, and the largest two-day agricultural show in the country! With a reputation for being a fantastic event full of entertainment for all the family – be sure to visit our stand this year as we have lots of exciting things planned to help celebrate our 25th anniversary. 

7. The Norwich Food & Drink Festival – Battle of the Bangers – June

A free event for all ... Sponsors Cozens-Hardy are offering a fun filled event once again at The Forum with a celebration of Norfolk producers, “Battle of the Bangers” and chef demonstrations hosted by Charlie's Norfolk Food Heroes and celebrity baker Kate Barnby.

8. Holt Festival – July

This is the week that the town home to our office really comes alive - packed full of cultural nourishment arts and entertainment. Details of this year’s performances are due to be announced at the end of February.   

9. Holkham Country Fair – July

Set in the majestic grounds of Holkham Hall – this event brings over 100 trades stands, displays, a grand ring and a variety of showground entertainment, with themes highlighting the English countryside.

10. Norwich Lord Mayors Procession – July

Looking for the city’s biggest community celebration? Then this one is for you. Set over three days you can enjoy street entertainers, fireworks, music, a funfair, craft and food stands and a large street procession at 5pm on the Saturday.  

11. Norwich 10k Run – August 

Back for its third year, this popular race has spectators lining the full route. It is well organised, taking you round many of the top city landmarks. Entries open soon - why not take part?

12. Sandringham Food & Drink Festival – August

After a fantastic first year, this event is back and bigger than ever before. A whole host of food and drink stands to tempt you, live music, entertainment and a number of cookery demonstrations with an awesome line-up of celebrity chefs, including Theo Randall and Daniel Clifford. 

13. Sheringham / Cromer / Wells Carnivals - August

Everyone loves a good carnival – a time when a village or town pulls together for lots of fun and entertainment – these three in particular ooze community spirit and are well worth attending.

14. Fairhaven Dog Day – September

All dog lovers will not want to miss this one. Raising money for local animal charities – bring your four legged friend along to enjoy demonstrations, agility, games, doggy stalls and much more.

15. The Aylsham Show - September

Set in the beautiful National Trust parkland surrounding Blickling Hall, this agricultural show is in its 71st year and prides itself on putting on a great day suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

16. 1940s Weekend – September

Step back in time with Jitterbug dancers, re-enactment groups, a collection of 1940s vehicles, the Sheringham Salvation Army Band, gramophone music, the smell of steam…. and spam sandwiches! - at this popular North Norfolk Railway annual event. 

17. North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival – September

There’s no better setting than the beautiful brick and flint walled garden at Holkham Hall for this annual foodie festival. Marvel at the dazzling array of products on offer; enjoy entertainment, children’s activities and the ever-popular cookery theatre. 

18. Porkstock - Autumn date TBC

Well, what can we say about this one…. Much deserved winners of the 2015 EDP tourism award for “Event of the Year” – the fantastic team behind Porkstock put together a free daytime festival and night-time knees up with a strong porky theme throughout and oodles of fun for everyone…..

19. Wells Pirate Festival – September

The North Norfolk town of Wells-next-the-Sea has added this swashbuckling event to their calendar. Find your inner Jack Sparrow and enjoy pirate-themed activities for the whole family.

20.  Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival – September

This famous Maritime Festival is a fantastic free two-day event found on historic South Quay with ships to go aboard, live shanty folk music, fun street exhibitions and demonstrations.

21. Sandringham Game & Country Fair – September

Set in the Royal Norfolk estate of Sandringham, this is said to be East Anglia’s premier game and country show. A whole variety of entertainment is on offer including gun dog and falconry displays, ferret racing, vintage displays, archery, glassblowing and cley shooting to name just a few.. 

22. Norwich Beer Festival – October

Feeling thirsty? Over 200 cask-conditioned Real Ales and over 40 varieties of traditional ciders and perries will be on sale at this very popular annual beer festival – held at St. Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls.

23. Thursford Christmas Show - November / December

You cannot visit Norfolk at this time of year and not see the largest Christmas show in the country! With a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians, this unique extravaganza will certainly get you into the Christmas mood. 

24. Woodforde’s Christmas Market and Open Weekend – December

The wonderful Woodforde’s Brewery  have been brewing the finest beer for over 30 years and at this event you can have a sneaky peek (and taste!) at a behind-the-scenes tour. In addition, there will be an abundance of Christmas market stalls displaying and selling some of the region’s finest produce. Perfect for Christmas pressies. 

25. Dalegate Christmas Market – December

Now this event is certainly going from strength to strength – discover a raft of not on the high street presents and endless delicious food and drink producers to temp you. This is a free event with so much on offer you can start and finish your Christmas shopping all in one place.

To be honest there is so much going on in Norfolk - We could have listed 125 events! So for further inspiration please head over to our “What’s On” page. Also check out the first instalment of our 25 x 25s entitled “Winter marvels” 

Laura Foster
Laura Foster


Enjoys running, cycling, going to the theatre and supporting Norwich City Football Club.


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