An Insider Norfolk Guide to What's on 2021
09;30Magazine Wood PE36 5LWSun21Feb2021
Magazine 2 Massingham Fun Run -
Sunday February 21st 2021
RUN, WALK or CYCLE 10 miles along the Peddars Way on this great family day out.
£20 an adult and £10 a child donation asked for ~
Starting at 9.30am at Magazine Wood, heading south along the Peddars Way to the finish at the Massingham Dabbling Duck pub, who will be providing a bacon butty and hot drink on your arrival!
In 2020 raised money for EAAA in memory of Caroline Sanderson
Burnham Thorpe King's Lynn PE31 8HLMon17May2021
The Lord Nelson pub in Burnham Thorpe will hopefully reopen in May 2021 after a closure of more than four years. Brewery Greene King used to own the Lord Nelson, but they closed it in September 2016 the pub was registered as an asset of community value later that year. The buildings were purchased by the Holkham estate. The original building have been rebuilt, the 20th century extension is being fitted out with a kitchen, bar, cellar and plant room, while the new parts of the building will house toilets and a 'Victory' dining room. Once complete, the pub will have around 70 covers inside, and another 64 in the outdoor seating area. When war against France was declared in 1793 and Nelson was given command of the Agamemnon, he celebrated by laying on a dinner for the villagers at the pub. The pub was renamed the Lord Nelson, after it's local resident's victory over the French at the Battle of the Nile in 1798.
For many years the pub was an famous for it's specially brewed sailors drink called 'Nelson's Blood'
Houghton Hall, PE31 6TYWed19May2021Sun26Sep2021
It's not just the majesty of the Palladian palace built by Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Not simply the scampering herds of white deer in the great park. Nor merely the glories of the William Kent decorated Stone Hall and Red Salon, the latter an exuberant testament to a time when a Prime Minister’s choice of wallpaper was less than headline news. This year, it's the massive presence, in the grounds and in the house, of Tony Cragg’s subversive, playful, surprisingly sexy and elementally dangerous sculptures. This is the sixth exhibition at Houghton and follows on from Anish Kapoor and Damian Hurst.
Tony Cragg will be exhibiting many of his hall mark sculptures as well as a few surprises From the end of May until well into September.
In the Red Salon, there’s the electrifying spectacle of Pair, two shimmering stainless steel constructs that sit against the sumptuous splendour of the room. In the Secret Garden, its vast weight craned over the walls and into this intimate space, is a voluptuous new work, Masks. At one end of a long and beautiful vista, looking like a precipitous geological formation, is Stack, its threatening asymmetry playing against the harmony of the Palladian water tower that sits at the far end of the enchanting view. And here, in a quiet glade, is Versus, a 2100kg bronze that sits like an enormous shield in its quiet setting.
Tony Cragg at Houghton Hall in Norfolk, 19 May - 26 September (selected days)
All tickets must be pre-booked online at houghtonhall.com
Tickets on sale now; Exhibition tickets £18 per adult
11:00 amFakenham Racecourse, Norfolk NR21 7NYSun23May2021
LADIES DAY IS REPLACED BY A MEMBERS ONLY NORMAL TRACK DAY DUE TO CV19. LADIES DAY WILL RETURN IN 2022.
Fashion, food and having a flutter – it has to be the annual Fakenham Races Ladies Day on the 23rd May 2021. 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. One of the most exciting horse racing fixtures, the all-important Ladies Day fashion at Fakenham is as dramatic as the live horse racing. Chic outfits and beautiful Ladies Day hats will be in abundance as thousands of racegoers put their best Jimmy Choo forward to impress the judges of the striking Style Competition; with the winning Ladies Day outfit taking home a prize, plus other treats.
If you're new to watching live horse racing or if you've been to many horse racing fixtures before, the atmosphere can't be beaten; soak it up as your horse thunders down the home straight and join in with thousands of racegoers cheering on their horses in each of the six thrilling horse races. As well as exciting races and fabulous Ladies Day fashion, there will be plenty of delicious food and drink available to purchase. Enjoy glasses of summer Pimm's, sparkling prosecco and of course glasses of smooth Champagne. To tempt your taste buds, they'll be delicious artisan food served and various other street food-style vendors. A great day out.
10:00 amHoughton Hall, NorfolkThu27May2021Sun30May2021
The Houghton International Horse Trials from Thursday 27 May through to Sunday 30 May 2021 incorporating the FEI Nations Cup has it all; exhilarating sporting action, a spectacular setting, entertainment for young and old, plus shopping at over 70 trade stands.
Past contenders include Badminton Horse Trials winner Piggy French, Gemma Tattersall, Ingrid Klimke, Pippa Funnell, Zara Philips and Lucinda Green.
Set in the magnificent grounds of Houghton Hall, Norfolk, this truly is one of the most outstanding venues within the sport of eventing
10:00 amBrancaster Village Hall, PE31 8AAFri28May2021Mon31May2021
Norfolk Creations is a passionate group of quality crafters from around Norfolk who visit different venues across Norfolk showcasing some of Norfolk's best artisan arts and crafts.
On the 28th May 2021 they will be at Brancaster with a wide range and variety of arts and crafts on display and for sale with an ambition that there will be no two displays alike. Often customers can see displays of beautiful Norfolk art work, landscape photography, semi-precious gemstone jewellery, beautiful cottage garden toiletries and more unusual crafts like quilling and basket making. Their belief is that as a customer you will enjoy the variety and quality at their events - an opportunity to see and support small local artisan businesses.
Various North Norfolk Artist StudiosSat29May2021Sun06Jun2021
More than 100 sculptors, painters, printers and other artists have already joined the group called North Norfolk Studios, which aims to host an open studios event from May 29 to June 6. A 'taster exhibition' will take place at the Old Gallery Workshop in Corpusty from May 15 to June 6. Visit www.northnorfolkstudios.co.uk to find out more.
Holkham Hall, Wells-Next_seaThu17Jun2021Sun27Jun2021
Soak up the ultimate VIP festival experience this summer at The Picnic Holkham Hall.
Enjoy your choice of pergola or picnic style seating, nestled within our magical woodland garden setting with The Temple as your majestic backdrop. Explore the grounds and take time to visit the spectacular venue, with the beach just a stone's throw away! You are to sit back and gorge on one of our Luxury Grazing Hampers. Choose from Afternoon Tea or a creatively themed menu featuring produce From the Farm, From the Plant or From the Sea.
Ticket for afternoon and evening picnics includes: Entry to Holkham Park, a Luxury Grazing Hamper of your choice, your pre-selected allocated time at the festival with entertainment choice, and parking on-site.
Dog friendly: Canine companions are very welcome but must be kept on leads at all times due to the resident wildlife. Please clean up after your dog and remain considerate of those around you. We ask that the weather conditions are taken into account so that dogs are kept hydrated and in shade on hot, sunny days.
Experience our fantastic array of live entertainment: Music, Comedy, Urban Orchestra, Dance, Jazz, Disco Yoga, Musical Theatre, Gospel, Classical, Wildlife films and more!
8:00 pm139-141 High Street, Blakeney, Holt NR25 7NUWed30Jun2021
Luke Wright is one of Britain’s top stand-up poets. Flamboyant, political and riotously funny, Wright’s inventive shows are enjoyed by thousands of people across the world every year. He is the author of three full collections and three pamphlets of poetry, and three verse plays. He is the winner of a Fringe First, a Stage Award, and three Saboteur Awards.
Luke was a founding member of Aisle16, a poetry collective formed in 2000 which organises poetry stage productions. As well as having created several solo spoken word shows of his own, he has curated the Poetry Arena at Latitude Festival since 2006, and he hosted the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s first ever poetry venue in 2007, ‘Luke Wright’s Poetry Party’.
He’s a regular tour support for John Cooper Clarke and The Libertines and was recently dubbed “the bard of lockdown” by The Telegraph after his marathon stint of 100 consecutive nights of shows.
This is a ticketed event. Come along to the Blakeney Harbour Room from 6pm onwards for pizza and drinks on the bowling green, or tune in live online. Luke will perform work mostly from his latest poetry collection, The Feel-Good Movie of the Year (Penned in the Margins, 2021). There will be a portion of the event dedicated to a Q&A with the audience.
30th June 2021 @ 8pm. Luke Wright: The Feel-Good Movie of the Year
LIVE at the Blakeney Harbour Room & Streamed Online
Due to covid restrictions, this event will be socially distanced and therefore tickets to attend in-person are limited. Some tickets will be available on the door. Get yours now before they're gone!
6:00 pmBlickling Hall Estate, Norwich NR11 6NF,Wed14Jul2021
Olly Murs is something of a sensation his 2019 tour sold over over 600,000 tickets across 24 sold out UK & Ireland dates. He will be at Blickling Hall, a fabulous setting for many iconic outdoor concerts on July 14th 2021.
Fans can expect to hear new music alongside his greatest hits during the set including 'Dear Darlin', 'Heart Skips A Beat', 'You Don't Know Love' and 'Wrapped Up'. Highlights could also include the glorious ‘Love Me Again’, ‘Feel The Same’ featuring Nile Rodgers on guitar, and the title track featuring Shaggy. Once again Olly has worked closely with Steve Mac, Steve Robson and Wayne Hector.
Now firmly established in his red chair as a judge on The Voice, Olly has five multi-platinum albums under his belt, 4 #1 UK albums, 4 #1 UK singles and 6 #1 airplay tracks. He has over 17.5m followers across his socials and without doubt is the X Factor’s most successful male artist ever.
Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1ABSun18Jul2021Tue20Jul2021
Organisers of Holkham Country Fair, which sees around 40,000 visitors, have released a statement confirming 2019’s fair was the last under the current arrangement.
Celia Deeley, Holkham enterprises manager, said: “As an estate, we have greatly enjoyed hosting the Holkham Country Fair over the last 42 years, and during that time thousands of visitors have relished the entertaining day out it provided.
“However, recent years have shown that we can no longer continue with the country fair in its current format, and so after much contemplation we have agreed not to renew our working arrangement with the organiser for 2021.”
The two-day fair is well known in the Norfolk events calendar for its high-octane entertainment in the grand ring, hundreds of trade stands, a food village and a cookery demonstration theatre showcasing local Norfolk talents.
Holt, Norfolk & Surrounding Coastal VillagesWed28Jul2021Sat31Jul2021
The Holt Festival will return in 2021 from Wednesday 28th to Saturday 31 July 2021. The festival is an annual arts festival, which comprises a range of events, from food and theatre to music, fine art and more
“A visit to Holt Festival begins with the visual impact of a lovely Georgian town with special character. From comedy to cuisine, politics to pop Holt Festival brings you the best in music, theatre, fine art and the spoken word in a glorious celebration of the arts.
This festival week has been adapted to meet CV19 restrictions will still be home to musicians, poets, actors, dancers, artists and comedians.
There are venues all over town, in pubs and hotels, in tents and school halls. There are performances at the church, the Auden Theatre, in the bookshop, and the magnificent open-air Theatre in the Woods.
In 2021 the festival has been condensed due to CV19. The opening night is Wednesday 28th July and there will be a variety of performances throughout the rest of the week at different venues in Holt, culminating with The Vagaband outdoors on Saturday evening. Artists appearing include Luke Wright, The Jefford Brothers and Holt-based poet and writer James McDermott bas well as internationally known performers including Julian Bliss who will be performing a mixture of classical and jazz clarinet works accompanied by Robert Bottriell and Dom Joly with Holiday Snaps: Travel & Comedy in the Danger Zone and Bob Flowerdew and No Work Gardening.
If you are looking for a quiet time in the countryside, this is not it. If you're looking for cultural nourishment, some belly laughs, and the pleasure of seeing some top-flight internationally recognised performers, you're in the right place.
South Creake, NorfolkWed11Aug2021Sat21Aug2021
The North Norfolk Music Festival has been established for 17 years bringing internationally known musicians as well as introducing new talent at the beginning of their careers. With 17 concerts, a film, talks and an array of pianists, singers, a choir, even a consort of viols and no less than three quartets.
The festival for 2021 will go ahead with a revised programme running from Wednesday 11th through to Saturday 21st August. An impressive programme of classical music with renowned performers and up-and-coming talent. it’s no wonder the audience returns to North Norfolk each summer.
Throughout the dayHolkham Hall, Wells-Next Sea NorfolkWed18Aug2021Sun22Aug2021
This August, Hideaway Cinema will be heading to Holkham for a bumper five-day festival of film! With state-of-the-art technology for an incredible, outdoor cinematic experience, you can expect a winning combination of Hollywood blockbusters, cult classics, family favourites and child-friendly specials such as Moana, Paddington Bear as well as the newest cinema releases.
There will be screenings throughout the day, ensuring there is something for all ages to enjoy. Plus, there will be a mouth-watering selection of food and drink on offer to accompany your film! All viewings are delivered in a covid-secure way, with options to bring your own chair, blanket or bean bag or hire a chair from Hideaway Cinema. You can even upgrade to the golden circle for a truly memorable outdoor cinema experience.
Wednesday 18th August, 5.30pm - The Greatest Showman
Thursday 19th August, 1.30pm - Moana
Thursday 19th August, 5.30pm - Grease
Thursday 19th August, 9.30pm - A Star is Born
Friday 20th August, 1.30pm - Tom & Jerry The Movie
Friday 20th August, 5.30pm - La La Land
Saturday 21st August, 10am - Paddington
Saturday 21st August, 1pm - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Saturday 21st August, 5pm - In The Heights
Saturday 21st August, 9.30pm - Dirty Dancing
Sunday 22nd August, 1pm - Space Jam: A New Legacy
Sunday 22nd August, 8pm - The Suicide Squad
6:00 pmSandringham House Kings Lynn PE35 6ABSat28Aug2021
Jools Holland and his hs Rhythm and Blues Orchestra return on Sunday 29th August 2021 and is of the most popular events in the Sandringham 2021 events calendar. Pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and multi-platinum-selling recording artist Jools Holland will bring his sensational Rhythm & Blues Orchestra back to Sandringham as part of their much-loved 2021 tour. The current 19-piece Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and three trombones.Jools Holland and his band celebrate the golden age of big band music from the 1930s to the 1950s, with interpretations of standards from the likes of Count Basie and Woody Herman. The event will take place on the West Lawn and is part of a musical weekend at Sandringham by kind permission of HM The Queen.
Holland formed the band in 1994. It has gone on to tour the world and promises a tremendous collection of Jools tunes and his styling of ska, boogie woogie and blues – always an unforgettable night out that will have audiences on their feet.
18;00Sandringham House Kings Lynn Norfolk PE35 6ENSun29Aug2021
The Proms in the Garden will be held at Sandringham House on the 29th August 2021 The atmosphere is usually one of an enormous party, with many of the audience in evening dress. Music is performed by the English Symphony Orchestra with compere Brian Blessed OBE. Expect to hear Wagner's Overture to Die Meistersinger, proceeding through popular classics and show music such as My Fair Lady. There will also be a Spitfire flypast and the Firework display is often a good time to hear Land of Hope and Glory and the Dambusters March. Expect to see the night sky explode with a dazzling fireworks display. Undoubtedly the National Anthem will feature somewhere!
The event will take place on the West Lawn and is part of a musical weekend at Sandringham by kind permission of HM The Queen.
9:30 amThornham Village Hall, PE36 6LXFri10Sep2021Mon13Sep2021
Norfolk Creations is a passionate group of quality crafters from around Norfolk who visit different venues across Norfolk showcasing some of Norfolk's best artisan arts and crafts.
On the 10th September 2021 they will be at Thornham with a wide range and variety of arts and crafts on display and for sale with an ambition that there will be no two displays alike. Often customers can see displays of beautiful Norfolk art work, landscape photography, semi-precious gemstone jewellery, beautiful cottage garden toiletries and more unusual crafts like quilling and basket making. Their belief is that as a customer you will enjoy the variety and quality at their events - an opportunity to see and support small local artisan businesses.
All DayNorfolk Coast and CountySat25Sep2021Sun10Oct2021
One of the most successful open studios’ schemes in the country, the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios, is celebrating its 25th year this year with 430 artists taking part across 250 venues.
The 16-day celebration of Norfolk’s artistic community runs from 25 September to 10 October 2021. This free event will see artists throughout the county opening their doors to the public to exhibit, sell and talk about their work and practice. Now established as one of the largest open studios’ schemes in the country, visitors will have the opportunity to see new art, meet artists, and - with many of the works on display being for sale - buy original artworks directly from their creators. It’s a great opportunity for the artists to meet with the public and talk about their work and for people to have the chance to see artists at work first hand.
5:00 amLenwade, Norwich NR9 5JWFri08Oct2021Sun31Oct2021
PrimEvil, Norfolk's biggest scare experience, returns to the dinosaur park Norwich on the 8th October 2021. with a new format called Route 666 with a host of characters and scares. This is certainly not for the faint of heart! From clowns to the dark, small spaces to spiders, there is something to spook everyone at Prime Evil and it is no surprise that is attracts tens of thousands of thrill seekers young and old every Halloween. Enjoy a cabaret of forgotten circus and ghost stories, gallows humour and lost souls, set to devastating beats and mesmerising tunes to make you dance till you drop.
Tickets are limited for each night and each time slot, anyone aged under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. A BBQ and bar will be available for you to use up to an hour before your booked time slot.
Also new this year is PrimEvil Extreme, two nights dedicated to those over the age of 18, with a firework display, heightened haunts and an exclusive, exciting, immersive experience.
With online ticket prices ranging from £21.
Snettisham Nature ReserveSun31Oct2021Mon31Jan2022
The dawn flight of up to 40,000 pink-footed geese that make their way from Iceland and Greenland to gather on the The Wash in one of the best nature spectacles in Europe..
The arrival of the Pink-footed Geese in Snettisham 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 at the Snettisham reserve is one of Norfolk's natural wonders.
Bonfire 6pm F/W 7.30pCliff Top Car Park Lighthouse Close Hunstanton Norfolk PE36 6ELSat06Nov2021
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 on Saturday 6th November 2021 and the giant bonfire before is lit at 6pm.
Wrap up warm for this amazing bonfire, laser and fireworks spectacle. Previous displays have combined fireworks with a laser show and pounding atmospheric music to thrill the many people who attend the Cliff Firework Extravaganza. The video below gives a little insight into the thrills that you can expect on the night.
The main firework display kicks off just after 7.30pm but we recommend getting there at least an hour in advance.
Food stalls, a fairground, children's entertainment and a bonfire will accompany the fireworks display. If you are looking to book a meal afterwards then reserve early.
Checkout Love Norfolk's Good Food Guide for good local places to book.
2pm & 7pmThursford NorfolkTue09Nov2021Thu23Dec2021
The Thursford Christmas Spectacular returns on the 5th November 2021 and 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. 2019 saw 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.
The show fell silent in 2020 but the organisers a truly thrilling return for 2021. The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is the most popular Christmas show of all time in England and is a blend of exciting Christmas entertainment, with seasonal songs, carols, dazzling dancers, beautiful costumes, outstanding music and singing from a cast of over one hundred. The show, which takes a year to organise, is a pageant of spectacle and colour - the music a seamless transition from an up-beat dance routine to a choral rendition of a Christmas carol, a show which would not be out of place in any of London's West End theatres. And when the curtain rises in November it will truly be a Spectacular show. The 2020 Christmas spectacular was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the first time the Spectacular hasn't taken place in its 44 year run.
Thursford’s Christmas Spectacular has attracted over 5.8 million visitors to date and is the largest Christmas show in the country.
It is set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 120 professional singers, dancers and musicians – most of whom are straight out the West End. The three hour performance delivers an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites, with famous and much-loved chart toppers being performed alongside traditional carols. The finale of the show includes a fly over of white doves across the auditorium.
Word of this amazing show has spread and it is now generally recognised as being the largest show of its kind in the country, if not Europe. Up to fifty coaches per day travel from all over the country and many of our patrons have visited year on year, turning the trip into a mini holiday staying in the county’s hotels and guest houses. Go HERE for places to stay.
TICKETS FOR THIS SELL OUT EVENT ARE AVAILABLE NOW FROM THE BOX OFFICE.
5.30pm -7.30pmSheringham Station, Norfolk NR26 8RAMon15Nov2021Mon03Jan2022
The North Norfolk Railway will be transformed into The Norfolk Lights Express on selected evenings from November right through until January 2022. The railway version of the Northern Lights will see trains decorated with multi-coloured lights gliding through the winter darkness from Monday 15th November 2021.
From the comfort of vintage carriages, passengers will be able to watch a light show of illuminated festive scenes alongside the rails, and at the railway stations at Sheringham, Weybourne and Holt. The trains' external lights create technicolour effects for the passengers as they pass through the cuttings along the route. Sheringham, under the cover of darkness, The Norfolk Lights Express, fully decorated with multi-coloured lights, will steam it’s way through the countryside between Sheringham and Holt.
A complete range of refreshments including a licensed bar will be available on board. The Norfolk Lights Express costs £18 per person with no concessions. For more information, contact email@example.com. Parties of 10 or more need to book directly with the reservation office.
9:00 amSandringham Estate Norfolk PE35 6ENFri19Nov2021Sun21Nov2021
This popular Christmas Craft Show held on Friday 19th to Sunday 21st November 2021 at Sandringham, bringing the opportunity to shop in comfort for all your Christmas food and gifts.
Once again featuring a spectrum of colourful stands, it promises to be the Christmas shopping event of the year for visitors looking for unusual gifts and exciting additions to their own festive experience. Now an annual event on the calendars of many visitors to Norfolk, as well as those who live in the area, the show has a rich history in presenting an array of fascinating and intricate craftwork, from jewellery, beadwork and textiles to ceramics, sculptures, wood and pyrography.
The hugely popular Food Hall will also offer a feast of enticing items. Here you may sample the wares, sit and enjoy light refreshment, or a whole meal, and of course take home delicious treats for your own Christmas table or wrap up as gifts. You cannot fail to be impressed by the variety of goodies on offer. The gift & shopping arcades have a wide range of ladies fashions, jewellery and accessories, tweed and waterproof clothing, household goods, furniture, leather and garden items. Some of the exhibitors are from Norfolk and Suffolk, whilst others will have travelled from across the UK to showcase their offerings,
Tickets are now available for each separate day. Be met at the gate with a warming glass of seasonal punch, and stroll in comfort around the show.
Live music, excellent craft demonstrators, food halls and Christmas presents. Santa’s owl show, live reindeer and so much more.
Adults £9, Seniors £8, Children £3 and a Family Ticket which includes 2 Adults and Children under 14 free.
5.30pm - 9pmHolt Market PlaceFri19Nov2021
The Holt Christmas Lights is an event that really ushers in Christmas with a difference. Entertainment kicks off from 5.30pm on Friday 19th November 2021 and is quickly followed by the now legendary 'Panto Race'. Now into its fifth year, this entertaining and hard fought contest takes place down the Holt high-street ahead of the official switch on. Watch on as fifteen+ horses bolt it down the high street for the chance to grab the esteemed @Sowerbys Cup. Competing ‘panto’ horses are a three-piece composition made up of two-part horse, one-part handler all sponsored by Holt traders.
At 7pm the lights are switched on with a fantastic firework display. A live band that takes centre stage through to the last encore at 9pm.
Holkham Hall, NorfolkSat27Nov2021Fri17Dec2021
Celebrate the magic of Christmas at Holkham from the end of November in 2021 with a Candlelight Tour of the Hall and Christmas Fair. See each stateroom beautifully adorned with sweet-scented pine trees, greenery, sparkling decorations, and twinkling lights. Each room will have its own theme and your guide will tell you all about the inspiration behind each magical setting.
Make your visit extra special with a Champagne, Candlelight, and Creators of Christmas tour - your unique chance to meet the faces behind Christmas at Holkham. How about extending the Christmas magic by joining us in the beautiful Chapel in Holkham Hall between Christmas and New Year for a Candlelight Experience with ‘Nativity’: a moving-image artwork by Martha Fiennes.
Have they been naughty or nice? Treat the children to our sell-out event, An Audience with Father Christmas, where they will meet our singing band of Ukulele Elves before sitting down for stories and surprises with Father and Mother Christmas.
There is also the annual Holkham Festive Food Fair. The fair showcases the best of local and regional food and drink, and a live cookery theatre will feature demonstrations from renowned local chefs. The Holkham Christmas Food fair also features numerous stalls with great gift ideas from local producers.
10 am - 7pmBurnham Market, NorfolkSat27Nov2021
The annual Christmas lights switch on is accompanied by a Christmas market with artisan stalls that spread the whole way through the centre of this well-known Norfolk village. This year will be held on Saturday the 27th November 2021.
There is also live entertainment, food stalls and all the local businesses join in the fun. Opens from 10am with the lights being switched on a couple of hours after dark,
10am - 5pmBurnham Deepdale PE31 8DDFri03Dec2021Sun05Dec2021
The Burnham Deepdale Christmas Fair returns for the 12th year on Friday 3rd December 2021 and can get very busy indeed. Look out for tasty treats, wreaths, cheese, penguin pictures, soaps, homewares, biscuits, chutneys, jewellery, accessories, toys, books, salamis, tea, beer, cordials, glass, bags, photographs ... Something for every budget, every present list, and every taste.
This year there will be lots more food. Deepdale Cafe, pizzas, pies, crepes, duck wraps, mulled wine, hot chocolate, burgers, real ales, sloe gin, Christmas punch, brownies ... You definitely won’t go hungry or thirsty, plenty of places to refuel to continue with the Christmas shopping.
10am - 8pmWells-Next-Sea, NorfolkSat04Dec2021
Wells Christmas Tide Festival is traditionally held over a weekend, the first week in December each year, but depends on the Tides and in 2021 will be on Saturday 4th December..
Wells Christmas Tide Festival regularly pulls in thousands of families lured by the unique prospect of seeing Santa Claus arrive in Norfolk from the North Pole by sea.
The town’s main shopping street will then remain the focus of the festive fun as a whole host of acts keep visitors entertained from 10.30am to 8pm. A fair will be operating on The Quay from 10am onwards and the annual Christmas Tree Festival will take place in the Congregational Hall in Clubbs Lane from 10am to 4pm.
Christmas lights switch on is at 4.45pm. Santa is due to arrive on the Quay at around 6.15pm before heading for his grotto at Playland amusements to see children from around 7pm onwards.
The crowds will then be further entertained by a spectacular fireworks display over the Wells Marshes.The Quay will be closed to all traffic from 4.30pm to 8pm.
11am - ParadeHunstanton Central Prom, Norfolk CoastSat25Dec2021
The Hunstanton Christmas Day Swim has been staged from the main beach for over 50 years and draws over a hundred swimmers and many hundreds of spectators who cheer on the very game participants.
Many swimmers not only brave the icy water but also fancy dress to raise money for charity. The swimmers will parade into the sea at 11am. Refreshments available from the Waterside Bar on Hunstanton Central Prom. The event raises money for the Round Table. For a registration form, visit Hunstanton Round Table Christmas Day Swim. Present the registration form at the Oasis Leisure Centre at 10.30am on Christmas Day.