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Oh hi, July! The best Norfolk events coming up

Summer, summer, summertime - time to kick back and unwind. Oh, and also to fill your diary with fun, because Norfolk is jumping this month.

@norwichcitycouncil The Lord Mayor’s Procession

Pick a fab festival

Brace yourself for a whole weekend of fun as the annual Lord Mayor’s Celebration hits the streets of Norwich on 1-3 July.

Among much else there’s going to be a massive paint party in Chapelfield Gardens, a temporary skate park in the city centre and the return of the beloved Great Norwich Duck Race – all topped off, of course, by the Lord Mayor’s Procession, the country’s oldest carnival (and a truly flamboyant spectacle).

This year’s theme is kings and queens, in honour of our Elizabeth, so make sure you dress up in your royal finest – and check out the full line-up and timings here.

Between 23-30 the Holt Festival will be bringing an awesome array of arts and culture to this gorgeous Georgian town. Highlights include Marian Keyes, one of Muddy’s favourite novelists and an all-round wonderful egg, on 28 July, as well as the incredible poet/playwright/writer/performer Lemn Sissay OBE on 29 July.

If that’s not enough culture vulturing for you, the King’s Lynn Festival will take over the city between 17-30 July with a range of classical music, films, talks, exhibitions and more.

Embrace flower power

Missing Chelsea? Don’t worry, we’ve found the local equivalents for you. The 139th (!) Sandringham Flower Show takes place on 27 July, featuring gorgeous show gardens as well as all sorts of arena displays.

The Norfolk Garden Show will take over the Norfolk Showground between 15-17 July, with more than 100 green-fingered exhibitors showcasing everything from quirky gazebos to top trowels.

Plus, the Old Buckenham Gardening Retreat at Old Buckeham Country Park will be offering the chance to cut your own unique bouquet in a beautiful, relaxed community garden setting until September 25.

Party on!

Who needs an Ibizan party boat when you can have a boozy sunset cruise right here in Norfolk with Boogie on the Broads? Enjoy a bar, summer disco vibes and stunning sunset views on various evenings in July and August.

For more al fresco dancing, North Sea Coffee are back on the Cromer promenade on 16 July with another fabulous-sounding party featuring live music, DJs and street food. (The final two nights of the season will be on 20 Aug and 17 Sep.)

@saunaboxhq

Fancy a cool and quirky night out that definitely won’t leave you with a hangover? Check out the Sauna, Ice Bath and Yoga Rave experience taking place on 7 July at The Stables at The Ffolkes, in collaboration with  @wildyoganorfolk and @saunaboxhq – mocktails provided!

Closing the month, we’re so looking forward to Norwich Pride on 30 July – featuring an art exhibition, huge street parties and (of course) The Pride March itself.

Catch some amazing music outdoors

Set in a remote woodland clearing, Folk in a Field is a laid-back folk festival taking place between 1-3 July in Bradmoor Woods, West Acre. There’s plenty of families, foodies and folk-fans alike to enjoy – and glamping bell tents are also available if you fancy making a real weekend out of it.

Get yourself down to the Summer Concerts at Blickling, including Bryan Adams on 8 July and Michael Bublé on 11 July, if gigs in the rolling grounds of gorgeous National Trust properties are your bag. Plus, blues fans won’t want to miss the Dereham Blues Festival between 6-10 July, which has been rocking Norfolk since 2013.

See a movie under the stars

We love the sound of Picnic in the Park, brand new touring festival which hits Norwich between 1-3 July. Feauring street food and music as well as screenings, the line-up includes Bohemian Rhapsody at Whitlingham Country Park on 1 July.

Have foodie fun

We’re off to see the Wizard! Or more accurately, to gobble up the oh-so-fabulous Wizard of Oz Afternoon Tea which is on at the Assembly House in Norwich from 1 July to 6 September. Complete with a glittery red shortbread slipper, make sure you remember to Insta it before you tuck in!

The Assembly House

For a food festival in an enchanting, wild setting, hit up the Ha Ha Farm Food and Drink Festival on 23-24 July. It’s a chance to sample the finest local produce, as well as global street food vendors, at a bohoemian venue deep in the heart of the Norfolk countryside

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Ladies who (themed) brunch

Booze, dancing, singing and the chance to be in bed by a totally reasonable hour – is it any wonder that themed brunches are so popular right now?

Hot new Norwich venue The Rabbit Hole are hosting a Mamma Mia bottomless brunch on 2 July, which will no doubt leave you feeling like a super trouper, as well as a “Drunk on Drake” brunch session on 30 July – where you can feel ALL the feelings.

We also love the sound of the Spice Girls drag brunch on at Revolution Norwich on 17 July – expect 90s nostalgia, cocktails galore and plenty of zig-a-zig-ah!

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