Here are five highlights
So much to do in Norfolk in August!
NORWICH, TO AUGUST 11 There’s free admission to Strangers’ Hall Museum and The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, thanks to the Freemen of Norwich. Strangers’ Hall is a magnificent Tudor house, with rooms arranged to show life in previous centuries. Entry to the Museum of Norwich includes its new exhibition Norwich in 1959, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Norwich-Rouen twinning. No need to book.
Stranger’s Hall opens Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1-4.30pm. The Museum of Norwich opens Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4.30pm
RAVENINGHAM, AUGUST 2 – SEPTEMBER 8
See work by 38 artists on the theme of Woven Woodland at the Raveningham Centre. The Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail is open daily. All the artwork is for sale and there will be a pop-up gallery in the farmhouse with prints, paintings, textiles and ceramics. Entry £6 for adults, under 18s free and a programme of activities including music from local choirs, a curator’s guided walk, a sign language walk, workshops, performances and family events. waveneyandblytharts.com
Bad Manners, a Bee Gees tribute band, reggae, rock, blues and Norfolk indie are all part of Reepham19 All Stars! Four stages and bands ranging from the famous to the unknown, including an open mic session. reephamfestival.co.uk
It’s the 50th anniversary of the carnival and highlights include the carnival procession and the Blades Aerobatic team on August 21. Carnival weekend on August 17 and 18 promises dog shows, a gymkhana, a carnival bake off, custom cars, a crabbing contest, fancy dress, and the crowning of Miss Cromer. Competitions for all ages on the beach and prom, music, lawn bowls, and a free afternoon tea for Cromer couples celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary. Plus a country show with sheep, ferrets, dogs, cookery and a flower show. cromercarnival.co.uk
NORTH FOR NOSH
HOLKHAM, AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 1
The walled garden at Holkham Hall is the delicious setting for the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival. The walled garden once produced vegetables and flowers for the mansion, sheltered from the elements of its coastal setting by high brick and flint walls. For the festival it will be filled with stalls selling a dazzling array of food and drink produced in north Norfolk including bread, tarts, juices, cakes and bakes, cheeses, cheesecakes, vegetables, meat and game, hand-made burgers and sausages, pies, curries and chutneys, artisan beer and gin, chocolates and much more. There will also be plenty of samples to buy and snacks to feast on then and there, plus entertainment including food-themed activities for children. The Cookery Theatre is hosted by Mary Kemp and will feature top north Norfolk chefs sharing culinary tips and favourite dishes. Free, £3 to park. 10am-4pm. northnorfolkfoodfestival.co.uk
Simon Turner’s work will be part of the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail