What’s on this July

Summer’s here, schools out and the holiday stretches ahead. The question on most parents’ minds concerns what to do to make the summer holidays as fun, exciting and rewarding for all the family as possible.

Well, here in Norfolk, the activities on offer are both wide-ranging and full of variety. From events at Cromer Pier to the Strumpshaw Tree Fair. From Laugh in the Park to the Norfolk World Music Festival. From the high brow of the Holt Festival to the downright comical genius of Jimmy Carr, there is something for everyone.

Here are just a few snippets of information about what’s on. Hopefully this will whet your appetite as you plan your summer of fun.

Head out to Norwich

If you are in Norwich on a Thursday evening, then you can enjoy the most eclectic mix of street entertainment as part of the city centre ‘Head Out, Not Home’ programme.

Every Thursday, for nine weeks, the streets of Norwich play host to a range of street entertainment. From break dance and rap to folk music and European traditional dance. There are also magicians, street performers, comedians, clowns, acrobats and a host of other acts that will keep you entertained and possibly inspired!

Head Out Not Home continues until Thursday 29 August.

A terribly funny show

Comedian Jimmy Carr will be appearing at the Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth on Saturday 13th July. The comedian, who courts controversy, is bringing his ‘Terribly Funny’ show to Norfolk. Be prepared to be offended – although all in the best possible taste – as Jimmy proves that political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo.

This is probably a good time to leave the kids at home!

A real Tree(t)

Head to Strumpshaw Steam Museum on 21 and 22 July for a very different type of outdoor festival. This one, the Tree Festival, is dedicated to all things arboreal. The grounds of the museum will be transformed into a tree fair, with displays and demonstrations from artists, artisans, furniture makers, forge works and apothecaries. 

Discover the magic of nature with the Fairyland Trust and learn to work with nature as you try basket-making, pole lathe turning and how to create your own art using a potter’s wheel.

A right royal show

For serenity and a piece of traditional English charm, head to the 138th Sandringham Flower Show on Wednesday 24 July held in the grounds of the Queen’s Norfolk residence, Sandringham House.

There are display gardens of all shapes and sizes. A marquee packed full of popular and rare plants and flowers. Talks from experts from a range of horticultural areas. There are  also a number of side entertainments, including a falconry display, an equine display and the incredible Paul Hannan Stunt Show.

Take pride in Norwich

Saturday 27 July is Norwich Pride and the whole city is coming alive to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. The march itself leaves City Hall at 1pm and everyone is welcome to join. The March is followed by an afternoon and evening of entertainment. This ranges from stalls and food vendors, wellbeing tents and workshops. There will also be a full programme of entertainment, including music, poetry and comedy acts.

For landlubbers and seafarers alike

Cromer Lifeboat Day takes place on Sunday 28 July.

Join the crew of the Cromer Lifeboats as they launch their two lifeboats. Over the day, the crew will give demonstrations that showcase the bravery of these courageous men and women. Visitors can also enjoy a wander around the many stalls and exhibitions.

These are just a few of many, many activities and events that are taking place. For more information on what is going on while you are a guest at Rookery Farm Barns, do ask either on arrival or by phone/email beforehand.