Festival fun this summer!
Grab ya Havaianas, sunglasses and glitter - we've rounded up 15 of our favourites to get you in the summer mood!
Our ‘bootiful’ county is bursting with outdoor festival fun this summer. From literary and music to food and aeroplanes – we’ve pulled together a few of our favourites to get you in the holiday mood.
Festival Too, Kings Lynn, Sat 29th June – Sat 13th July
King’s Lynn’s Festival Too is a two-week musical extravaganza that totally transforms the town and sees some very famous names take to the stage for a fortnight of entertainment. Cast, Judge Jules, Nadine Coyle, 5ive and more plus street activities and fireworks too. Amazingly, it’s all free!
Lord Mayor’s Celebration, Norwich, Fri 5th – Sun 7th July
This years four day Lord Mayor’s Celebration opens with a paint party in Chapelfield park – think colour run and be prepared to get messy!
If the sun is shining you can’t beat hanging out in the city for four fabulous days of cultural celebrations, including the famous street procession and fireworks on the Saturday night.
Live music and quirky street performers, street music at The Forum stage and the eclectic Maui Waui Stage returns to Chapelfield Gardens. Mudlings will be kept happy with the funfair and crafty workshops and if you have any energy left, pop along on Sunday to enjoy Norwich Lanes Summer Fair and the Great Norwich Duck Race.
Dereham Blues Festival, Dereham, Wed 10th – Sun 14th July
Who would have thought Dereham would be home to this amazing four day blues extravaganza? Headliner Hamilton Loomis will be joined by 50 blues acts from across the world. Worth a shaking a tail feather at!
Shakespeare Festival in the Cloisters, Norwich Cathedral, Thurs 11th & Fri 12th July
The Norwich Cathedral cloisters make a beautiful backdrop to Shakespeare’s magical comedy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is a UK’s premier of all male theatre company – The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Pack a picnic or order one from the Refectory (chairs provided but bring a cushion).
Book tickets: £20
Chapelfield Summer Circus, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, Thurs 11th – Sun 14th July
Chapelfield Summer Circus is back for a second year with another fantastic weekend of top quality, international circus. The big top tent will host some of the best circus shows in the world and there will be drop in workshops and circus skills lessons for all ages.
Book tickets: From £9.50
Tribe Festival, Happy Valley, Sat 13th & Sun 14th July
A family friendly woodland festival with music, arts and wellbeing. A stellar line-up of music, lots of boutique shopping, creative workshops from macrame to bushcraft, yoga, wellness and lots of scrumptious food.
We couldn’t leave out the biggest festival in East Anglia!
If your festival days are weather dependent (I know, but it’s no fun in the rain), here’s a cheeky little Muddy tip ….. I have been going to Latitude for 10 years and have always managed to get day tickets on the gate.
It’s a great line up this year George Ezra, Lana Del Rey, Freya Ridings, Snow Patrol and Underworld. Plus Neneh Cherry – old skool blast from the past!
But it’s not all about the music, oh no – theatre, dance, comedy (Jason Manford, Katherine Ryan, Rachel Parris and Frank Skinner), literature, swimming in the lake, kid’s zones, wellbeing and of course Mr O’s favourite – the FOOD!
Book tickets: From Adults – £77, 5-13 – £10 and under 5’s -free
Hunstanton Sunset Festival, Hunstanton Sailing Club, Fri 19th – Sun 21st July
This new Norfolk festival takes place on the Hunstanton Promenade in front of the Sailing Club with plenty of great things to see and do from live music performed by local bands, guest DJs, bars and food outlets.
Book tickets from £10
Holkham Country Fair, Holkham Estate, Sat 20th & Sun 21st July
Set in the grounds of the stunning Holkham Hall – it’s a big hearty celebration of country life. Lots of animal and agricultural displays in the Grand Ring, plenty of shopping opportunities at the various craft and clothing stalls and fill your boots with all manor of scrumptiousness in the food village. Plus cookery demonstrations, live entertainment and join in with some traditional country activities and sports.
Book tickets: From £18 and camping options available
Holt Festival, various locations across Holt, Sun 21st – Sat 27th July
Definitely one of our highlights this summer. The Holt Festival is an eclectic mix of comedy, music, dance, theatre, politics, journalism, literature and poetry from around the globe. This quaint little Georgian Town, pulls in some big names – Georgie Fame, Toyah Wilcox, Nigel Havers and Sir Martyn Lewis are on the programme this year.
Book tickets: From £18 and lots of free events
The Sandringham Flower Show, Sandringham Estate, Wed 24th July
I’m no Mrs Bouquet but this seems like a nice opportunity to have a wander around the Queen’s Norfolk residence and enjoy a Royal cream tea. The Sandringham Flower Show is the biggest horticultural event in the East of England and is billed as a family event offering a wide range of acts in the main arena from stunts to falconry to parachute displays.
Book tickets: Adults £12.50 (cash only)
Wells Carnival, Wells-next-the-Sea, Fri 26th July – Sun 4th August
A week of good old fashioned seaside family fun. Throughout the week there will be all sorts of activities and events including sand castle competitions and gillying on the quay. Saturday 3rd July is the main event with the carnival procession around the town featuring floats, fancy-dress, music and dance.
Worstead Festival, Worstead, Sat 27th & Sun 28th July
If the sun is shining this is a picture perfect village event with something for everyone. Traditional agricultural stuff (heavy horses, dog shows, sheep shearing and birds of prey), vintage cars, craft stalls, live music, an art exhibition and artisan market tempting visitors with the best local food and drink in Norfolk.
Fairground and games tent – that’s the kids sorted – and as for me, I’ll be stuffing my face with street food, sipping a large Pimms while watching the cooking demos with local top chefs!
Book tickets: £6 on the door, cash only and under 12’s free
Old Buckenham Airshow, Old Buckenham Airfield, Sat 27th & Sun 28th July
Aerial displays including famous movie planes, food village, fun fair, classic cars, military displays and music. Sounds like a great boy’s trip or daddy and son day – what do you think ladies?
Book tickets: Day tickets – Adults £18, 12-16 year olds £7.50 and under 21’s free. VIP & Camping available.
Classic Ibiza, Blickling Hall, Fri 9th Aug
It’s an Ibiza alternative for us old skool ravers who can no longer justify a weekend partying in the gorgeous Balearic Isle (big sigh). Instead – pack a picnic and soak up the cool, chilled-out vibes at the beautiful Blickling Hall. Featuring the Urban Soul Orchestra and internationally renowned musicians including DJ Goldierocks. It might get you in the mood for the closing parties in September!
Book tickets: Adults £39.50, Child (5-16) £17.50
Cromer Carnival, various locations in Cromer, Wed 17th – Tues 23rd August
Unofficially kicking off early with a beer festival on Tues 16th August – followed by a week of activities including daredevil displays, a gin evening, fun run, picnics and lawn parties, beach competitions and the sparkly highlight – an illuminated procession on Monday 21st August. Throw in a bit of crabbing on the pier, penny arcades and fish and chips on the sea front – happy summer days!
Book tickets: some events are ticketed, check programme