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Wells Carnival, Wells-next-the-sea, Wed 1 – Sun 5 August 

carnival red and orange feather head dress

A whole programme of family fun and events including a Carnival Day procession on Sat 4 Aug. Traditional seaside activities include a sand-castle competition, town crier competition, gillying on the quay and the crowning of the Carnival Royals. Plus great food, live music, daily activities for the kids – definitely one for the summer holiday list!

Mostly free but some ticketed events, see full programme.


Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi DJ Set, Norwich Arts Centre, Fri 3 August 

Now this is something I’d never imagined – Snooker world champion turned nu-skool DJing titan Steve Davis is joined by revered British Iranian multi-intrumentalist and experimental rock composer Kavus Torabi.

Definitely worth a looksie and rumour has it you’ll be in for a fab night of surprises!

Book tickets £8


Sandringham Food and Drink Festival, Sandringham Estate, Sat 4 – Sun 5 August 

lettuce cucumber mustard pepper

August is all about the food and the Sandringham Food and Drink Festival is looking mouth wateringly tasty! They have some great celeb chefs ready to show us a thing or two in the kitchen, including Reggae Reggae Levi Roots, Richard Bainbridge, Ursula Ferrigno, Matt Tebbutt, Phil Vickery and Chantelle Nicholson.

Live music from local bands and artists, food from around the world and around the corner. Family entertainment with workshops for all ages including a Bushtucker Challenge, Pinxton
Puppets and fairground rides.

You’ll find me in my favourite place – the huge food halls where those sneaky producers offer a dangerous try before you buy policy which is likely to put me into some kind of food trance!

Book tickets Adults £8 Kids £3 Family £22


The Floyd Effect, Norwich Playhouse, Sat 4 August 

Floyd effect

Calling all Pink Floyd lovers!

It might be a tribute band but these guys are all top quality musicians with pedigrees that stretch across all manner of musical genres. This genuine live experience promises to take you on a journey through the music of Pink Floyd. With a dramatic light show that incorporates the iconic circular screen, two sets of projections, smoke and lasers – sounds like a fab night.

Book tickets£20


The Gunton Festival of Food and Music, The Gunton Arms, Sat 4 August 

A glorious celebration of The Gunton Arms holy trinity – Food, music and drink.

Headlining the mini festival is soul singer legend The James Hunter Six plus King Salami & the Cumberland 3, Errol Linton, DJ Scratchy, Gladboy and The Tuppenny Bunters.

Now for the all important food headliners – Woolf & Social, Papaya Verte, Salt & Dry, The Cabin and sweet treats galore from the Fig Bar! Sounds like an empire line dress or smock might the the dress code for the day as I intend to try everything!!

Book tickets £28.75 (under 14’s free)


Colour Dash, Heritage Garden, Hunstanton, Sun 5 August 

Each Colour Dash

If you fancy a gentle and fun introduction to running, the EACH charity Colour Dash runs are great fun. This is a ​2 mile run with a twist – be prepared to get showered with coloured paint as you run!

Book tickets Adults £20, Kids £10 (5-15), Family £50, Team of 6+ £17.50pp


Go Ape, High Lodge, Thetford Forest, August 2018 

go ape high ropes course

Home to the first Go Ape course in the country and not a bad spot for a series of high ropes crossings designed to hurl you out of your comfort zone. With a cocktail of high rise platforms, tricky obstacles and supercharged zip wires, this tree top adventure is not to be underestimated.

Don’t worry, there’s a Junior course and it’s perfectly acceptable to use the kids as an excuse to ease your way into the tree tops. If you’d rather stay firmly on the ground, there’s a brilliant adventure playground, cycle routes, walking trails and Forest Segway.

Book tickets from £18


Puppet theatre workshop, Norwich Puppet Theatre, August 2018 

cardboard robot

Lots of great puppet making workshops happening across the school holidays from robots to unicorns to Ninjas to dragons!

Let their imaginations run wild and let them loose in bags of buttons, gadgets, glitter and fabrics to make their very own puppet to take home!

Book tickets £9.50


Summer Days, Pensthorpe Natural Park, August 2018 

pensthorpe water little girl slides

School holidays stretch out ahead of us and if you’re looking for inspiration, check out the Summer Days programme at Pensthorpe. Inspired by the heady, rose-tinted childhood memories of a long ago distant era, the event promises a return to the old-fashioned values of traditional outdoor play.

So tear those devices off the kids and pop along for a day of den building, summer craft activities and the brand new Hootz and Friends Discovery Trail will weave you through the 700 acres of woodlands, wetlands and gardens of the reserve.

Book tickets Adults £11.95 Kids £10.95 (age 3-16)


Brian Alabaster Sculpture Exhibition, The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds, until 30 Sept 2018

Brian alabaster sculpture children

Pop over the border to Bury St Edmunds and relax in the garden of The Northgate.
A glass a of cold Pimm’s or afternoon tea surrounded by these beautiful life size figurative sculptures, is the perfect way to while away a sunny summer’s day.
To celebrate this charming exhibition from renowned Suffolk based sculptor Brian Alabaster, The Northgate will be offering 25% off its delicious Suffolk afternoon tea for the duration of the exhibition, which includes their very special Suffolk pink macaroons!
Reservations at
The Word Defiant, Blickling Hall, Blickling, until 28 October 

sink full of books, taps

The Word Defiant! is a series of installations throughout the hall and out to the garden Temple that reveals stories of books that have been banned, burned, redacted, drowned, neglected and superseded, with each linked to the theme of books under threat.

A five-year conservation project at Blickling Estate inspired Theatre Company Les Enfants Terribles to explore the importance of books through contemporary art to spectacular effect – well worth the visit!

Make a day of it – lots of summer family activities too.

Book tickets Adult £15.95 Child £7.95 Family £39.85


Family fun at the Sainsbury Centre – Anthony Gormley, Lynn Chadwick’s Beasts and Brian Clarke: The Art Of Life, August 2018 

metal beast sculpture

We’ve featured them before but the Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park is a Muddy must this summer with three great exhibitions. Plan ahead and take advantage of the built in BBQ’s by the lake for a little informal get together with friends on a Sunday afternoon!



Outdoor Theatre, Holkham Hall, August 2018 

the tempest wave hand and boat

What better setting to enjoy a summer evening’s theatre than the beautiful walled gardens at Holkham Hall. First on the billing – Boxtree Productions brings Treasure Island to the stage on Wed 1 August.

The programme of outdoor theatre continues throughout the summer with The Adventures of Dr Dolittle on Wed 8 Aug, Journey to the Centre of the Earth on Wed 15 Aug , The Midnight Gang on Thurs 23 Aug and the Tempest on Wed 29 Aug.

Book tickets Adult £14, Child (2-16 years incl.) £10, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £43



The Plantation Garden Summer Music & Sunday Teas, Plantation Garden, Norwich, Sun 5, 12, 19 & 26 August 

plantation garden

Pop down to this beautiful Victorian Garden for an afternoon of drinking tea and eating home-baked cakes!

Live performances from local musicians,  a lovely way to spend a few hours on a sunny Sunday.

Entry £2 on the gate


Summer Sounds, Holkham Hall, Sundays 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th August

holkham hall

Relax, unwind and enjoy a summer Sunday afternoon of fabulous live music.

On the 5th and 19th August, Jackdaw Duo will bring a toe-tapping set of old and new covers, with an eclectic mix to keep everyone entertained. On 12th and 26th August, enjoy the laid-back, jazz-infused Chris Cooper Trio, perfect for whiling away a summer afternoon.

Fancy a Pimm’s? The Lady Elizabeth Wing bar will be open all afternoon.

Book tickets Free

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