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Norfolk Events 2011 - Your Guide to What´s On

Norfolk plays host to a great variety of events, including shows, gigs, concerts and festivals throughout the year, suiting all tastes, from classical and rock music, through maritime and heritage festivals, to flower and garden shows.

The local arts scene in Norfolk is plentiful, including art exhibitions and art galleries, as well as craft fairs.

Whatever your interests, there is always plenty of things to do for all ages. There´s something for everyone in Norfolk.

Highlights include:

Norfolk and Norwich Festival; Holkham Country Fair; Kings Lynn Festival, North Norfolk Music Festival, Beccles Music Festival and North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival.

There are daily performances of the Summer Spectacular Circus & Water Show (13th July to 18th September) and the Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show (10th December to 8th January) at the Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth. There is also a varied, frequent, often daily programme of shows and events throughout the summer at the Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, and Masonic Royal Assembly Rooms in Great Yarmouth, Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre, the Open Air Theatre and Marble Hall at Holkham and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

Norfolk events for 2011 are listed below.

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec



MARCH 2011

APRIL 2011

MAY 2011

6th – 21st May
Norfolk and Norwich Festival

20th – 22nd May
Crab & Lobster Festival

26th – 29th May
The Subaru Houghton International Horse Trials

29th – 30th May
Fairy Fair 2011
Fun, magic and nature makes a welcome return to Holt Hall this spring as the Fairyland Trust’s renowned Fairy Fair makes a return to celebrate their 10th Birthday!

JUNE 2011

11th – 12th June
North Norfolk Railway - Altogether Now!

14th – 18th June
The Netherlands National Circus

18th June
Norfolk Superhero Challenge

18th June
Fun Dog Show

18th – 19th June
Viking Festival

19th June
John Ruskin Primary School Choir in the Marble Hall at Holkham

19th June
Bure Valley Railway - Fathers VIP Day

22nd June
Deer Discovery Month at Holkham
Holkham Park is a sanctuary for some amazing wildlife - join our Deer Keeper for a guided tour to discover more.

25th June
BIG Wine Tasting event

Naked Wines are hosting a wine tasting in central Norwich on Saturday 25th June, 6.30pm until 9pm. 15 winemakers are flying over to the UK to join the event – and there will be over 100 wines to try. Tickets are just £10 a person BUT order on the night and get your money back!
Tickets available at

24th – 26th June
Wallace Cameron Driving Trials at Sandringham

25th – 26th June
Beach volleyball tournament

26th June
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden 12th Annual Green Festival

29th June
Deer Discovery Month at Holkham

Holkham Park is a sanctuary for some amazing wildlife - join our Deer Keeper for a guided tour to discover more.

29th – 30th June
Royal Norfolk Show

25th June – 9th July
Festival Too
Festival Too is celebrating its 26th year in 2011 of bringing FREE entertainment to King´s Lynn.

JULY 2011

1st – 3rd July
Ballroom Dancing Festival

2nd July
WoW Music Festival 2011

2nd – 3rd July
Martham Fun Carnival

3rd July
Summer Music in the Courtyard at Holkham
The Matt Hodges Jazz Trio

3rd July
North Norfolk Railway - Vintage Transport Festival

9th July
Travel Back in Time - Train Rides at 1990 Prices

10th July
Summer Music in the Courtyard at Holkham
The Matt Hodges Jazz Trio

15th – 17th July
North Norfolk Railway - Beer Festival

16th – 17th July
Hemsby Village Festival & Sunday Carnival

16th – 17th July
Norfolk Antique & Collectors Fair (July 2011)

16th – 17th July
Holkham Country Fair

The Fair uses the immediate park of Holkham Hall, one of the great Palladian houses of England and home to the Earls of Leicester; it is probably the largest event in North Norfolk, one of the country´s most beautiful regions. Given good weather, we can expect crowds of the order of 40,000 people over the weekend. The focus of the Show is the Grand Ring centred under the South Front of the house, with over 200 trade stands and crafts stretching away to the south. Around the park are over 30 showground attractions, many with a country theme.

The full Grand Ring Programme each day includes the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, Freefall Parachuting with the Tigers, Scurry Driving, Aerobatics, The Minden Band, Falconry Displays, Mounted Games, Historic Cars, Terrier Racing and a Gundog Display.

Shopping galore with over 200 Trade Stands and crafts, and a terrific Fine Food Village for the foodies! Cookery demonstration tent, and a host of show ground activities, including Fishing, Clay Pigeon shooting, Gundog events, a family dog show, Ferrets, Lurchers, Archery and all sorts of country activities to see, watch and try.

Licensed caterers and bars on site. Members facilities available. Gates open at 9 am. Entrance £15 adults, children under 15 free. Car parking free.

For all details, and advance tickets see the website,

17th – 30th July
King´s Lynn Festival

King’s Lynn Festival runs from Sunday July 17 until Saturday July 30. It will be a truly international event – as well as Hayley Westenra from New Zealand other world-famous names will include the Czech National Symphony Orchestra with charismatic conductor Libor Pesek, Singapore-born pianist Melvyn Tan, 18th century Italian music specialists La Serenissima and the Vienna Mozart Trio.

British favourites include violin virtuoso Tasmin Little, jazz singer Clare Teal and The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. King’s Lynn Festival Chorus will open the festival with the European Union Chamber Orchestra.

24th July
Summer Music in the Courtyard at Holkham
Manhattan Magic

27th July
Summer Fireworks

27th July
Sandringham House & Estate - Flower Show

29th – 31st July
Gorleston Cliff Top Festival

29th – 31st July
Worstead Festival
Worstead Festival has been a long-held tradition in the village since it was launched in the 1960s to save the village church. Since then it has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local charities, including enough to build the village hall.

Now, 40-odd years on the village is keen to bring the festival into the 21st century but take it back to its roots, focusing on the land, the community and the village’s history.

Well-loved attractions such as the local weavers’ group, the heavy horses and traditional farming machinery will be featured alongside new ventures including a food theatre to give local chefs the chance to demonstrate their talents. Music has always been an important part of the weekend’s celebrations and the main stage to showcase bands will remain, alongside other performance areas and a chance for you, the public, to have a go at some proper rural competitions - you know, chucking wellies and hay bales about and the like.

There will also be a strong focus on children, with crafts, fun events and interactive entertainment throughout the weekend. We´d love you to come along, see what the new festival has to offer and enjoy a weekend of fun, rural sport, some ale and a chance to sample the delights of some rather lovely crafts.

29th July – 7th August
Old Hunstanton Flower Festival

30th July – 7th August
Wells-next-the-Sea Annual Carnival

Starting on Fri 29th July with a Cocktail Evening in the Maltings, followed by an exciting line up of live music throughout the week including: Dog Days of Summer plus Phil Crawford; ‘Spring’;‘Lee Vasey’; ‘SweetBeats’; and culminating with Take That 2’ on Friday 5th. On WELLS CARNIVAL DAY – SATURDAY 6th AUGUST music will be by Ray Lewis and his group - ‘Still Drifting’. Finally finishing off the week on Sunday with the Raft Race followed by classical music on the Buttlands where you will find a quivering wreck of pink t.shirted ‘Crew’ members collapsed in exhaustion!!!

Also throughout the week there will be some of your old favourites - Traditional Fete Day; Carnivals Got Talent followed by an open air disco; FunQuay Day & Fun Run, Beach Party and Teddy Bears Picnic. Screen on the Green, which this year, will be ‘Shrek’ so dig out your green facepaint and dust off your fairytale/medieval outfits. New events for this year include Dance workshops, Ugly Bugs Children’s Party and Dayglo Puppet Show to name but a few.

Information on Wells Carnival can be found on our website: and our facebook page: Wells Carnival or by calling myself on: 07771 874997 orShirley on: 07990 720887. This year’s Wells Carnival programme, which gives information on all the events including times, dates and venues, can be viewed here. Have a great carnival and fingers crossed for fine weather!

Pat Weston, Wells Carnival Ltd., Chairman

31st July
Summer Music in the Courtyard at Holkham
Manhattan Magic

31st July
Treemendous Oaks of Holkham Park, Holkham

What is the difference between an English Oak and a Holm Oak? To find out, drop in to the park between 11am and 4pm, where you can take part in fun family activities such as bark rubbing, tree hugging and story telling, as well as learning all about Holkham´s majestic oak trees. This event is free of charge and all equipment is provided.


29th July – 7th August
Old Hunstanton Flower Festival

30th July – 7th August
Wells-next-the-Sea Annual Carnival

3rd August
Outdoor Theatre Production at Holkham
Wind in the Willows
Cambridge Touring Theatre takes a merry romp through the world of the river bank with their wonderful adaptation of ´Wind in the Willows´. Toad is boastful and proud and obsessed with motorcars. It is the job of Ratty, Moley and Badger to keep him under control. Poop, poop! Along the way, they learn an important lesson about what it is to have friends and to be a friend. Suggested age 3 to 93.

3rd August
Play Day Family Day

3rd August
Summer Fireworks

5th – 7th August
VW Whitenoise
VW and Music Festival. Kids tickets just £5 in advance for the whole weekend. Adults £25. Free camping. Free rowing boat hire. Free live music in Big Top.
Be part of it!

6th August
The ´Big Onion´ Food & Drink Festival 6th August 2011
Held at the Elveden estate - it´s a Summertime Hoh-Down of Food & Music! Come & see us & get your groove on! Big Skies will be serving food all day & into the night! On the A11 not too far from Norwich.!events

7th August
Summer Music in the Courtyard at Holkham
Manhattan Magic

7th August
Caister lifeboat day

9th to 11th August
Children´s Holiday Workshop at Holkham
Come and have a great time with Cambridge Touring Theatre as you put on your own production of Wind in the Willows. You will be in charge of stage management, acting, singing, dancing, artwork, publicity and production. At the end of the three days you will be able to show your work to your friends and family. The workshop is suitable for children aged 7 - 11 years. 3 day ticket price (Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th August): £90 per child.

10th August
Outdoor Theatre Production at Holkham
Much Ado About Nothing
Rain or Shine Theatre Company perform one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time, William Shakespeare´s tale of love, jealousy and the ´Merry War´ of the sexes and where many things are not what they seem and the truth appears only after much trial and tribulation.
Hero loves Claudio, and he loves her… but will it all end happily? Beatrice loathes Benedick, and he loathes her… or do they? Don John hates everyone and plots much mischief, and Don Pedro and Leonato desire joy for all. Who will succeed in their plans and who will fail?

10th August
Summer Fireworks

11th – 12th August
Lowestoft Air Festival

12th – 14th August
Sandringham House & Estate - Crafts, Art and Sculpture Fair
One of the most prestigious Craft Shows in the Craft Show Calendar; adored by Craftsmen and Visitors alike.

13th – 14th August
Mid-Norfolk Railway Country Branch Line Weekend
A weekend featuring the kind of services found on many country branch lines in the late 1950s. Services will feature the pannier tank number 9466 alongside our Class 101 diesel multiple unit. A free haritage rail replacement bus service will operate between Dereham and County School, where the tea room will be open, and there will be light freight demonstrations in Dereham. In addition, Dereham Station´s buffet and shop will be open and on-train catering will be available for light refreshments. Normal steam fares will apply on all trains.

13th – 14th August
Norwich Motor Show & Family Fun Event

The annual Norwich Motor Show, held at the Norwich Rugby Club Ground, North Walsham Road, Norwich. NR12 7BW, is organised and run by Wroxham & Hoveton Lions Club, on a non profit making basis, with all proceeds being distributed equally between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and one other deserving cause, which changes each year. In 2011 this charity is Help for Heroes and since its inception in 2008, the event has raised approximately £27,000. Following requests from motor dealers, this years show is being run over two days

One of the criteria when planning the first show was to make it an enjoyable experience for all the family and this philosophy has continue throughout.
In addition to new cars , from most of the local dealers, special attractions have always been included , from the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, through James Bond to Daleks and characters from Star Wars. Because of their popularity last year, the Daleks and Star Wars are returning in 2011 but our main feature this year will be an air display by two R.A.F. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfires on Sunday 14th

Regular features include Classic cars and motorcycles,craft, trade and charity stalls, live music, Police and Fire vehicles, children´s rides and amusements, competitions, live auction and grand prize draw raffle. A variety of food is available from caterers throughout the event from traditional burgers to hog roasts to crepes, with much in between.

Opening times are 10am to 4pm on both days. Admission £2.50 for Adults, Children & Parking FREE

13th – 19th August
Cromer Carnival

14th August
Summer Music in the Courtyard at Holkham
Manhattan Magic

14th August
Hemsby lifeboat day

17th August
Outdoor Theatre Production at Holkham
Nudged towards goodness, narrowly avoiding an ASBO! Heartbreak Productions presents Pinocchio, Geppetto the wood carver´s puppet whose spirited quest to become a ´real boy´ by proving himself brave, honest and generous, with song, dance and plenty of mischief making. Heartbreak Productions looks to avoid the sugary sentimentality of Walt Disney´s fairytale and carries to the stage a fresh, lively adaptation of this children´s fable, sure to have you infuriated by, yet sympathising with Pinocchio, in equal measure. Suggested age 5 to 50 and beyond.

17th August
Summer Fireworks

19th – 21st August
Norfolk Summer Garden Show

20th – 21st August
All About Dogs – Norfolk

20th August
Mid-Norfolk Railway Steam-hauled Fish ´n´ Chip Special
The summer fish ´n´ chip specials will be steam-hauled, and the 16th July event will feature double-headed steam locomotives. Details as above, except for fares. On the 18th June, 15th July and 20th August, fares will be £16 for adults and £9 for children. On the 16th July, fares will be £20 for adults and £11 for children.

21st August
Mid-Norfolk Railway Cream Tea Steam Specials
Join us for a cream tea special aboard our steam-hauled train from Dereham Station as we journey to Wymondham this summer. A traditional English cream tea will be served at your seat en route as you pass through the scenic Norfolk countryside. Adults £13, children £8. Trains depart from Dereham Station at 16:30 on the 3rd July and at 15:30 on the 7th and 21st August. (Customers from Wymondham should catch the 15:30 or 14:15 departures for tea on the return journey). To reserve your seat, please fill in the booking form available on the website or phone (01362) 851723.

21st August
Summer Music in the Courtyard at Holkham24th August
The Matt Hodges Jazz Trio

24th August
Outdoor Theatre Production at Holkham
Canterbury Tales
Critically-acclaimed open-air theatre company, The Pantaloons bring Chaucer´s pilgrims to life in this brand new adaptation of the medieval classic with a contemporary twist. Expect music, laughter and tears as a cast of larger-than-life characters tell their tales of deception and redemption, magic and majesty, life an death. Oh and talking chickens. Suggested age 5+.

24th August
Summer Fireworks

27th August
Mid-Norfolk Railway Evening Jazz Train
Live jazz with the The Classic Dixieland Trio. Booking advisable. The band will play at Dereham Station at 7pm, and the train departs at 7:30. Adults £11, children £7.50.

28th August
August Family Fun Day

28th August
East Coast Truckers Annual Convoy

28th August
Pop Party in Holkham Park
The best Queen show ever! Performed by Mercury
With a dynamic stage show that fully emulates the true charismatic appeal of rock´s most flamboyant frontman backed up with superbly crafted harmonies and intricate guitar work, Mercury faithfully and accurately recreates the distinctive Queen experience. Plus the ultimate tribute to the King of Pop featuring James Aston as Michael Jackson and a fantastic firework finale. Advance tickets adults: £29.50, children: £15; on the day adults: £35, children: £18.

28th August
Summer Music in the Courtyard at Holkham
The Matt Hodges Jazz Trio

31st August
Outdoor Theatre Production at Holkham
Snow White
Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings this beloved fairytale to life as Snow White finds a rather unusual group of friends, deep in the forest. Children and adults alike will adore this lovely new adaptation of such a familiar story as six 1940s’ children decide to perform their own version of the tale one hot summer’s afternoon. Join the children and their special friend Milky-White the cow for a wonderful afternoon’s entertainment – and don’t forget to come in fancy dress for the Fairytale Parade during the interval! Suggested age 4+.

31st August – 11th September
North Norfolk Music Festival


31st August – 11th September
North Norfolk Music Festival

2nd – 4th September
Martham Beer Festival

2nd – 4th September
North Norfolk Railway - Grand Steam Gala

3rd – 4th September
Norfolk Spectacular

3rd – 4th September
North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival
During the festival, up to 60 of North Norfolk´s finest food producers will be offering tastings and goods for sale, with a rolling programme of cookery demonstrations and talks from local producers and eminent local chefs, keen to show you their skills. Held in the courtyard in Holkham Park, entry to the festival is free. Car parking in Holkham Park: £2.50.

4th September
Hemsby Herring Festival

4th September – 2nd October
Norfolk Food Festival

The EDP Bidwells Norfolk Food Festival is a collaboration of many local organisations who want to spread the message about the benefits of supporting local food.They include main sponsors, the Eastern Daily Press and Bidwells, but also The Royal Norfolk Show, Bakers & Larners of Holt, Shaping Norfolk´s Future, Institute of Food Research, BBC Radio Norfolk, NHS, Easton College, the National Trust and John Lewis Norwich.

8th – 11th September
Heritage Open Days
Various attractions across the borough

10th September
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden South Walsham, Dog Day
Dog show, agility display, dog dancing, and more! Raising funds for Faith and The Dogs Trust 10am-4pm (separate admission charge).
Tel 01603 270449

10th September
Propagation Day at Holkham
Learn propagation skills with our Head Gardener.

10th September
Outdoor Theatre Production at Holkham
Sense and Sensibility
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for an evening of Regency wonderment, as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the excitingly decadent world of eighteenth-century society. This brand new adaptation of Jane Austen’s lively tale follows the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time in their quest to find a balance between sense and sensibility.

10th – 11th September
Maritime Festival

10th – 11th September
Sandringham House & Estate - Game &Country Show

15th September
Wroxham Barns
Produced in Norfolk Food Market
Food stalls include Yare Valley Oils, who will be giving tasters of oil and dressings, Norfolk Finest Foods, who produce 30 different pickles and chutneys using fresh, local, seasonal produce, and Norfolk Heatwave and Certain Death Chilli Oils.
10am to 1pm. Tel 01603 783762

16th – 25th September
Beccles Music Festival

17th September
Mid-Norfolk Railway Fish ´n´ Chip Specials
Join us on board for a fish ´n´ chip supper with a real ale bar. Meal is cod and chips, 2 sausages and chips, or vegetarian options, together with a pint of real ale, a glass of wine or a choice of soft drink, all served at your seat on departure from Dereham. The loco-hauled train leaves Dereham at 19:00.

17th – 18th September
Out There Festival 2011
Every year Great Yarmouth plays host to Norfolk´s Out There Festival, an International festival of street arts and circus.

17th – 18th September
National Trust Long Melford Autumn Fair
Beautiful house and gardens where the Big Skies Crew will be providing hot and cold food, come & say hi! Enquiries:!events

17th – 18th September
North Norfolk Railway - 1940´s Weekend

18th September
Annual Charity Duck Race

18th – 19th September
Welborne Arts Festival

20th September – 2nd October
Evocations – Top Norfolk Sculptors at Wymondham Arts Centre
Norwich sculptor, Ros Newman is curating, Evocations an exhibition featuring work from 12 of Norfolk’s top sculptors, a special autumn show at Wymondham Arts Centre, Norfolk. Evocations runs from Tuesday, September 20 to Sunday, October 2, open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12noon to 5pm, free entry,

Sculptors featured in the show are Andrew Campbell, Chedgey, Polly Cruse, Mark Haywood, David Holgate, Rachel Long, Ros Newman, Vanessa Pooley, Joanna Reynolds, Ann Richardson, Louise Richardson, and Chris Wade.

Wymondham Arts Centre is at Becket’s Chapel, Church Street, Wymondham, NR18 0PH, email

23rd – 25th September
Mid-Norfolk Railway Autumn Diesel Gala

24th September
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden South Walsham, Harvest Market
10am to 2pm, buy the best of local produce
Tel 01603 270449

24th – 25th September
21st Anniversary Steam Gala

25th September
Wroxham Barns
Launch of Uncle Stuart’s Brewery’s Beer Experience and Tasting
12noon to 5pm
Meet brewer Stuart Evans, watch our new film about the story of beer and brewing in Norfolk and Uncle Stuart’s craft brewing process, and sample some of his special Norfolk beers, including the exclusive Wroxham Barns Bitter.
Tel 01603 783762

25th September
Wroxham Barns
Annual Scone Competition
Deliver your scones by 2.30pm, judging at 3pm, winners announced 4pm approx.We’ve made well over half a million scones in our kitchens since we opened in 1983. We think we’re pretty good at it, even if we say so ourselves, but maybe you think you could do better?

There are five categories in our Annual Scone Competition: plain, fruit, cheese and freestyle – any ingredients allowed - and NEW this year a special children´s category for under 12s, plain scones only. Entrants should bring along four of their best freshly baked scones by 2.30pm on Sunday, 25 September for judging. A complimentary cup of tea will be given to all entrants, while they wait for the judges’ decision.

Prizes for the champion scone maker in each category and runners up.
Tel: 01603 783762

25th September
Wroxham Barns
Produced in Norfolk Food Market
Food stalls include Yare Valley Oils, who will be giving tasters of oil and dressings, Norfolk Finest Foods, who produce 30 different pickles and chutneys using fresh, local, seasonal produce, and Norfolk Heatwave and Certain Death Chilli Oils.
10am to 1pm. Tel 01603 783762

30th September
Chamber Music in the Marble Hall at Holkham
Kenneth Sillito, Simon Rowland-Jones, Moray Welsh and Anthony Goldstone perform works by Mozart, Rowland-Jones and Brahms. £25


2nd October
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden South Walsham, Fungi Foray
2pm-4pm (normal entry charge).
Tel 01603 270449

10th – 28th October
FANN-XI - Norfolk Festival of Architecture
Full programme details at

14th – 16th October
Burnham Market Book Festival

15th October
Pruning Day at Holkham
Learn practical pruning methods of plants and shrubs with our Head Gardener.

22nd October
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden South Walsham The Big Botanic Draw
11am-2pm – normal entry charge plus £2 extra for materials.
Tel 01603 270449

22nd October
Mid-Norfolk Railway Fish ´n´ Chip Specials
Join us on board for a fish ´n´ chip supper with a real ale bar. Meal is cod and chips, 2 sausages and chips, or vegetarian options, together with a pint of real ale, a glass of wine or a choice of soft drink, all served at your seat on departure from Dereham. The loco-hauled train leaves Dereham at 19:00.

23rd October
Tour of the Private Gardens at Holkham
Take a walk around the private gardens with our Head Gardener.

26th October
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden South Walsham, Bird Day
11am-2pm (normal entry charge).
Tel 01603 270449

26th October
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden South Walsham, I Spy nature challenge
10am-5pm (normal entry charge).
Tel 01603 270449

27th October
Go Batty at Holkham - Family Activity
11am - 4pm
Come and join us for an afternoon of all things batty and take part in our bat-related craft activities and find out about the bats that live on Holkham Estate. The event is free of charge and all equipment is provided so why not drop in and set the scene for Halloween.
More information at

27th October
Dusk Bat Walk
5pm - 6.30pm
Join us for our guided evening bat walk in the park and find out the truth about British bats. We will use bat detectors to listen for bats before they hibernate for the winter.
Adults £3
Children £1.50 (2-16yrs inc)
Contact Holkham Ticket Office Tel. 01328 713111

27th – 30th October
Halloween at Holkham
Bewitching Bygones
10 – 5pm
Beware the witches as you creep through the cobwebs and search for the spiders in the magical museum. A trick of treat awaits our younger visitors.

Halloween Horror
6pm-8pm (tours leave every 15 minutes)
Dare to investigate the mystery of Holkham Hall with the Victorian ghost hunter as he delves into the darkness of the cellars beneath.

Freaky Face Painting
1pm – 4pm
Get into the spirit of Halloween with face painting in the Gift Shop

Scary Snacks in the Stables Café
10am – 9pm
Enjoy some Halloween fayre from our frightfully delicious menu.

You can visit Holkham Hall on Thursday 27th and Sunday 30th October 12 – 4 pm

22nd – 30th October
Spooky Express

28th October
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden South Walsham, Bats and Lanterns
11am-2pm (normal entry charge).
01603 270449

29th October
Mid-Norfolk Railway Halloween Train
Details to be announced - check website

31st October
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden South Walsham, Hallowe’en
Ghosts, monster music and things that go bump in the night! 6pm-8pm, nortmal entry charges. Tel 01603 270449


5th – 6th November
Norfolk Antique & Collectors Fair

5th – 6th November
Chamber Music in the Marble Hall at Holkham

5th November, 7pm
Carducci String Quartet performs works by Mozart, Shostakovich and Beethoven.

6th November, 11am
Carducci Quartet performs works by Haydn and Dvorak.

6th November
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden South Walsham
Autumn Colours Walk with Head Gardener (normal entry charge).
Tel 01603 270449

19th - 20th November
Norfolk Festive Gift & Food Show

25th – 27th November
Christmas Tide 2011
Earlier this month the Committee once again contacted Father Christmas and asked him if, during his busy schedule, he could find time to visit us at Wells-next-the-Sea. Once again we are thrilled to announce that he has said YES!!! and he travels from the ‘North Pole’ by boat to the Wells Christmas Tide event. Click on the following link for more details of activities, times, etc.

25th – 27th November
Sandringham House & Estate - Christmas Craft Fair

26th November
Martham Christmas Fayre

26th – 27th November
Victorian Christmas Fayre at Holkham Hall
Back to the time of Charles Dickens with period market and seasonal entertainments.

26th – 30th November
Steam Trains to Santa

30th November
Christmas Lights Switch On


30th November – 4th December
Christmas Fayre

1st – 24th December
Steam Trains to Santa

3rd – 24th December (Various dates - see website)
North Norfolk Railway Santa Specials
Imagine the excitement of a Steam Train journey to Santaland!

Santa Special services run on various dates and times in the weeks before Christmas, details of which are below. They depart from Sheringham station and take passengers through some of Norfolk´s most beautiful winter scenery whilst the adults are served sherry and mince pies and the children receive a biscuit and a soft drink.

Santa is waiting by his open fire at Weybourne Station (specially transformed into Santaland!), ready to give all children a warm welcome, both young and old. Each infant (under 1 year) and child (1 year to 14 years) will receive an appropriate present for their age.

After a period of time looking around the station, passengers reboard the train for their journey back to Sheringham. With professional entertainers, quality presents and of course a ride behind a steam train, Christmas turns into a wonderful experience on the North Norfolk Railway´s unique Santa Specials.

3rd – 24th December (Various dates - see website)
Mid-Norfolk Railway Santa Specials
Christmas is a magical time, so why not add an extra bit of magic by joining Santa on board his special train? Tickets will include a drink and mince pie. Children aged between 1 and 14 years will be able to visit Santa in his grotto to receive a present. Also on the train will be professional entertainers to add extra sparkle and fun for all the family. Make this Christmas a special one that the children will remember for a long time by joining Santa on the Mid-Norfolk Railway.

The booking office will be able to answer any questions you may have. You can phone us on (01362) 851723, or e-mail If you prefer, you can call in at Dereham Station on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays or Sundays.

All classes of Santa Special ticket will cost £12 per person (£4 for babies under 1 year old, but no guarantee of a seat). The ticket includes a return journey between Dereham and Wymondham, refreshments and a mince pie, and, for children under 14, a visit to Santa in his grotto to receive a present.

All seats must be reserved. To book your seat, please phone (01362) 851723, fill in the booking form available on the website, or call in at Dereham Station. The booking office is open between 10am and 1pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Please note that we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs or dogs on our Santa Special trains. Customers should also note that Santa Special tickets are non-refundable although we will endeavour to provide the child´s present and an alternative journey on a regular passenger service where possible.

3rd – 4th December
A Victorian Christmas Celebration at Holkham Hall
Truly a wonderful experience, Queen Victoria arrives to stay for Xmas celebrations.

3rd – 4th December
Deepdale Christmas Market
Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, PE31 8FB
Deepdale Christmas Market is an annual event which takes place on the first weekend in December. This year it takes place on 3rd and 4th December from 10am to 4pm. There will be over 40 stalls, entertainment, activities and we´ve heard a rumour that Father Christmas (aka Santa) may be calling in to say hello.

3rd December
Mid-Norfolk Railway Carol Service Special
Join us for a special evening of carols and seasonal refreshments aboard our heritage diesel railcar as we journey to Thuxton for a special carol service at St. Paul´s Church. A well-known choir will be joining us for the trip to Thuxton and leading a candlelight procession for the short walk from the station to the church. Please bring torches or lanterns. At the Church, we will join with the local community to celebrate Christmas in the form of a traditional carol service. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served on the return journey.

4th December
Wroxham Barns Christmas Family Day
10am to 5pm
Tel. 01603 783762

10th December
Evening Jazz Train
The Classic Dixieland Trio will be entertaining passengers throughout the evening on board this special trip. The train departs from Dereham at 7:30, returning at 21:30. Tickets (priced £11.00) may be purchased from Dereham Station, by filling in the booking form available on the website or by telephone on (01362) 851723. Because our Jazz trains are very popular, booking in advance is essential.

10th December
Sparkles Events Craft Fair

11th December
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden South Walsham, Father Christmas
Real reindeer, music, mince pies, crafts
and a mini Christmas market 11am—5pm

12th December
Chamber Music in the Marble Hall at Holkham
Michael Roll
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Marble Hall where Michael Roll, one of Britain’s most distinguished pianists, will perform a programme of works by Schubert, Haydn, Chopin and Schumann.

17th December
Christmas Theatre - The Snow Queen at Holkham Hall
A unique adaptation of the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

26th – 2nd January 2012
Mince Pie Specials
Come and join us after Christmas, and relax with a glass of sherry and a mince pie whilst enjoying a leisurely journey through the winter countryside. Watch as the winter seas rage along the shoreline.

27th – 2nd January 2012
Mince Pie Specials
Once the main Christmas festivities are over take time with the family for a leisurely steam train ride and one last indulgence of a mince pie - for this season anyway!

1st – 2nd January 2012
Mince Pie Specials
Make a New Year´s resolution to travel on a Mince Pie Special from Dereham. Sherry plus mince pies will be served during the 22 mile round trip, with soft drinks and chocolate novelties for the children.

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