There is plenty going on in Sheringham, Cromer and surrounding resorts during the summer and school holidays, with a good smattering of events for those visiting Norfolk out of season.
This blog post will be updated periodically with new events, so keep watching this space for more information.
North Norfolk Railway
The North Norfolk Railway is one of the major tourist attractions in Sheringham. They are running three weekend galas this year in March, June and August, interspersed with special events through the year.
Favourite events returning for 2014 include “A Day Out with Thomas” and “Halloween Week”. For those of you already planning for Christmas 2014, the ever popular “Santa Special” service will be running from the end of November.
The railway will also be laying on special events for adults, including a vintage transport festival and a beer festival. Last, but by all means not least, the station will take centre stage for the 1940s weekend, more of which later.
For more information on any of these events, please check the North Norfolk Railway website.
Arts & Crafts
Sheringham Theatre will have a packed timetable of events through the year, including the schools version of “Les Miserables” over Easter, running from Friday 11th April until Saturday the 19th. With a cast of local under-19’s, the theatre is promising a spectacular show with all of the tunes you know from this much loved musical. The show is on every night at 7.30pm, with a matinee performance on Saturday at 2.30pm.
For an updated timetable of events, please check their website for more information.
Carnivals & Fairs
The two main carnivals in the area, Sheringham and Cromer, are both in August this year. The Sheringham carnival starts on the 2nd, with Cromer’s following later in the month on the 16th.
Both carnivals run for a week with a number of events for all ages. These will no doubt include live music, fun competitions and of course the carnival parade. Great fun for all the family.
Norfolk’s halls and gardens play host to many country fairs through the year. The 2014 Fairy Fair organised by the Fairyland Trust this year is going to be set in the grounds of Holt Hall. The event is suitable for families with younger children and promises magical activities, workshops, live entertainment and stalls offering local craft and refreshments.
The event runs over two days; Sunday 25th May and Monday 26th May (Bank Holiday). For more information, please check out their website.
The Sandringham Estate will be hosting their annual Spring Craft & Food Fair from Friday 28th March to Sunday 30th. With added emphasis on activities and demonstrations including falconry, textiles and glass blowing this promises to be a great three day celebration of some of the finest craftsmen, artists and designers in the country. There are children’s shows for younger visitors and a food marquee which promises a range of mouth watering delights. Please check the organisers website for more information.
One of our favourite events is the Chilli Fiesta and Fete at Felbrigg Hall. With a At the time of writing the date has not been confirmed on the Felbrigg Hall NT website but it is expected to be on Wednesday 6th August 2014. It is literally one of East Anglia’s hottest events and there is plenty to do even if you don’t enjoy spicy foods. It’s a showcase of local produce with all the fun of a traditional country fete.
The annual Crab & Lobster Festival runs from the 16th to the 18th of May. Celebrating Sheringham & Cromer’s coastal heritage with fun, food, heritage & entertainment, this is an event that has grown in popularity in the last five years. Please check their website for more information.
If Longboats are more your thing, then there is a Viking Festival over February half-term (17th – 23rd of February). The event will feature shield & sword making, live music from the Sheringham Shantymen and a Viking boat.
The North Norfolk Railway will be organising another 1940s weekend on the 20th and 21st of September. This is the railways most popular event for adults and over the years has attracted more visitors & exhibitors.
Centred around the station, the whole village gets into character, dressing up & stepping back in time for a nostalgic weekend of 1940s entertainment. This is arguably one of the best events of its type in the country and really draws the crowds.
See the North Norfolk Railway website for more information.