Cromer and Sheringham’s summer fun
When is carnival week?
July 29 to August 6.
What do I need to know?
On parade day, Sheringham draws in visitors from miles around so parking can be tricky and there will also be major road closures. Take advantage of the park and ride operating from Cookies Field opposite Britons Lane on the A149 at Beeston.
When is the procession?
Parade Day is on Wednesday, August 2. It starts at 6.30pm at the Station Road car park, looping around the town. As usual it will be a lively, colourful affair celebrating all that is great about the town, past, present and future, so make sure you get there early.
What are the three must-do events during carnival week?
If you love motorcycles, head to Sheringham’s High Street for the annual gathering of hundreds of Harley Davidsons on July 29, between 12 noon and 3pm.
Sign up for the Three Peaks (Norfolk) challenge on August 12 and tackle the fivemile route taking in the challenges of three of the highest peaks the county: Beeston Hill, Incleborough Hill and Stone Hill. Dogs are welcome; bring a picnic and soak up the views. £1 per adult, children free.
On August 6, the magical torchlight procession leaves the town clock at 9pm followed by the grand finale firework display on the Leas at 9.45pm.
What about for children?
There is a day of children’s activities and games on the Leas on July 30 – and the spectacular Yak52 aerial display team will also be making an appearance at 1.30pm. On August 1, join in the fun with the famous Sheringham Carnival street races, with competitors, young and old under starters orders at 6pm on the High Street. On August 4, there are two great events – starting with the duck race at 10am. Then children can dress up as a creepy crawly and board ‘The Bugs and Beasties Flyer’ on the North Norfolk Railway. There will be a bug experience, a storyteller and fancy dress prizes on the train. Tickets must be booked, £7.50.
Buy the official carnival programme available from many outlets in Sheringham for £1 or visit www.sheringhamcarnival.com
Above clockwise: Sheringham Carnival finished with a torchlit procession through the town followed by a fireworks display; Youngsters watching Sheringham carnival duck race; Outgoing Town Crier Tony Nelson was riding high as he led the Sheringham Carnival parade round town one last time
Below: One of the sea creatures strung along the prom railings at Sheringham carnival beach party
Top left: Fancy dress parade; Squibb Freestyle stunt show; Action from Cromer Carnival soapbox derby
Left: Cromer Carnival parade