What's on and things to do in Norfolk in August
PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:46 13 August 2019
We have gathered some of the top events from around the county this month
- NERF WARS
MARSHLAND ST JAMES
Children can have a blast at a series of summer events at the community hall near Wisbech. Every Thursday Nerf wars will break out, for youngsters aged eight-11 in the morning and 12-16 in the afternoons. All equipment provided but kids can bring their own Nerf guns.
Booking essential at marshlandhall.communitybookings.co.uk
- Top ceramicist at Sainsbury Centre
AUGUST 3 - DECEMBER 15
The works of one of the world's leading ceramicists, Magdalene Odundo, is to go on show at the Sainsbury Centtre for Visual Arts in Norwich this month. This major exhibition brings together more than 50 of her works and will be shown with a large selection of objects chosen by Odundo from across the globe.
- HOLKHAM THEATRE
AUGUST 7, 14, 21 and 28
See a new adaptation of The Jungle Book by Norfolk's Strange Fascination Theatre, on the Holkham estate. The adventure for all the family featuring puppets, colourful characters, audience interaction and plenty of comedy and fun from Mowgli, Baloo, Shere Khan and more. The Legend of King Arthur is on August 14. Enjoy a picnic as you watch the young hero grow up and fulfil his destiny, with inventive staging, original songs and magical storytelling.
Meet Gangsta Granny on August 21. The David Walliams bestselling book is adapted for the outside stage. Ben, and his Gangsta Granny go on a grand adventure full of forbidden fun in the romp for youngsters aged seven-plus.
A Midsummer Night's Dream on August 28 will be performed by The Lord Chamberlain's Men, complete with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance, mischievous fairies, confused lovers and rude mechanicals.
Full information and tickets from 01328 713111 or holkham.co.uk
Special events at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, this month include a pond-dipping walk and lunch on August 7 and a tour of the Millennium Garden on August 16. See Piet Oudolf's naturalistic drifts of sub-alpine, steppe and prairie plants. Booking essential. Creatures of Night, on August 28, is a new event focussing on Pensthorpe's bats, moths and owls. Dinner optional and booking essential.
Call 01328 851465 or visit pensthorpe.com
- MUSIC FESTIVAL
SOUTH CREAKE, AUGUST 9-17
The North Norfolk Music Festival has an impressive programme of classical music with renowned performers and up-and-coming talent.
- SUMMER ORGAN RECITALS
KING'S LYNN, AUGUST 13, 20, 27
Free organ concerts at Lynn Minster from 12.30pm.
- THE BIBLE, LIVE
NORWICH, AUGUST 15-18
See the Bible come to life in a fun, free immersive learning experience for people of all ages at St Stephens Church, alongside Chapelfield, from 10am.
- MANNINGTON THEATRE
See Shakespeare's As You Like it in the beautiful surroundings of the Mannington Hall estate. Rain or Shine Theatre perform the pastoral romantic comedy. manningtongardens.co.uk
RINGSTEAD, AUGUST 16-18
An exhibition of paintings and pastels by Barbara King includes figures, fireworks, flora and fauna, plus a focus on shadows and reflections. The Other stuff! is in the Village Hall, Ringstead.
- ACTIVE FAKENHAM
The fun begins with a free music festival in the marketplace, on August 17 and finishes with the Ride North Norfolk cycle sportif, with routes for cyclists of all abilities ranging from 15 to 100 miles. In between the activities include archery, bowls, cake decoration, contract bridge, a dog show, family yoga, golf, mini rugby, walking rugby, a photography walk, seated exercise, storytelling, talks and trails with the Hawk and Owl Trust, free outside theatre, writing workshops and an introduction to the Rotary Club.
The annual Hunstanton Kite and Classic Car Festival includes spectacular kite displays over the cliffs and sea, a fascinating collection of classic cars, a craft fair, displays and entertainment.
- VINTAGE TENNIS
HUNSTANTON, AUGUST 18-24
Britain's largest open tennis competition and has been running for almost 100 years. The Hunstanton Lawn Tennis Tournament caters for players ranging from top veterans to children.
- WATERSKI RACE
KING'S LYNN, AUGUST 24-25
Water skiers hit close to 100mph as they race in Formula1, 2 and three competitions through Lynn's historic Martime Quarter.
Free to view, 10.30am-5pm.
- FLOWER FESTIVAL
SHOULDHAM, AUGUST 24-26
Enjoy the free floral festival at All Saints Church, including refreshments and a bric-a-brac stall. 10am-5pm
- SNAPE MAKES
SNAPE MALTINGS, AUGUST 24-26
Meet the Maker Weekend introduces some of the people who make the products, food and drink sold at Snape Maltings. Enjoy demonstrations, talks and tastings from 10am-5.30pm across the site.
- CROMER CRABS
The World Crabbing Competition on Cromer Pier is open to all with teams and individuals competing to catch the most crabs and the biggest crab.
- HEMSBY HERRINGS
Celebrate the fishing heritage of Hemsby with herrings and stalls at the Lifeboat Station, 10am-4pm.
- PLANT SALE
HETHERSETT, AUGUST 25
Members of the Norfolk Plant Heritage Group grow historic, unusual and threatened plants, to help preserve biodiversity and to ensure a rich horticultural environment for future generations. Its plant sale at Hethersett Village Hall, 10am-1pm, free for members, includes exhibitors from nurseries from around East Anglia and farther afield, plus a 'plant doctor' available for expert advice
- BOWLS FESTIVAL
GREAT YARMOUTH, AUGUST 25 - SEPTEMBER 20
The Yarmouth Festival of Bowls is the biggest outdoor open bowling event in the country, attracting more than 1,100 top players to the Britannia Bowling Greens.
- AYLSHAM SHOW
For more than 70 years, Aylsham Show has been at the heart of Norfolk's agricultural calendar. The traditional one-day show celebrates farming, the countryside, rural traditions, the environment, local produce and an array of displays, interactive exhibits, stalls and entertainment.