5 great ways to welcome in 2020 in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 14:15 20 December 2019 | UPDATED: 14:15 20 December 2019

Cromer fireworks (photo: Colin Finch)

Cromer fireworks (photo: Colin Finch)


We’ve picked five things to do to ring in the New Year in Norfolk

- Firework spectacular

Cromer, January 1

Thousands of people flock to Cromer's beach and promenade for the spectacular firework show marking the start of a new year. Launching from the pier, and sometimes magically from the sea itself, the fireworks are an incredible sight and there is always a wonderful atmosphere down on the sand. The display is free with bucket collectors always welcoming donations. Display at 5pm.

- Doggy delight

Wells, January 1

A celebration of all things schnauzer, the Norfolk Schnauzerfest invites owners of these popular breeds to come together at Wells beach for a fun walk. It isn't just for schnauzers, all sociable dogs and their owners are welcome. Schnauzerfest is a charity and organises fun nationwide walks to raise money for veterinary treatment for dogs saved from puppy farms and other bad backgrounds.

Meet at the café, 11am - 1pm. schnauzerfest.org

- Take the plunge

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Sheringham, January 1

Don't worry about the wintry weather, grab your swimmers and head down to Sheringham beach for a New Years Day dip. The charity event attracts hundreds of swimmers braving the icy conditions, while raising funds for Sheringham RNLI. The Submarine Café will be open for refreshments and footwear is recommended for swimmers. There is a prize for best fancy dress. Meet at Tank beach at 10.15am, swim at 11am. sheringhamcarnival.com/event/new-years-day-dip/

- Starter's orders

Fakenham, January 1

Wrap up warm and head to Fakenham for a huge day of horse racing in a packed programme promising all the excitement and thrills of a day at the races. There will also be plenty for the whole family to enjoy as well as great food to keep you warm - including a pop up Indian restaurant. First race is at 12.35pm. All children aged 17 and under go free with an adult.


- Walking

Cley, January 1

Blow away the excesses of the night before with a bracing walk at Cley Marshes. The New Year's Day Wander with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust takes in the wildlife and habitats of the marshes and coast, before returning to the visitor centre for a mince pie and a hot drink.

£6 NWT members, £9 non members.10.30am to 1pm. norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

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