What’s on in Norfolk?

July is the month we celebrate Norfolk Day, but it’s also when top vocalists and stars Michael Bublé and Bryan Adams come to town. If you haven’t been lucky enough to get tickets, don’t fret – there’s always plenty of stuff ‘occurring’ in Norfolk as Nessa would say. And that’s especially the case in summer. Here’s a handful – and more – of some of the highlights you can look forward to over the next few weeks: 


Pablo Picasso: The Legacy of Youth


If you haven’t had a chance to see the intriguing exhibition of leading cubist artist Pablo Picasso’s early work then time is fast running out. The Salisbury Centre in Norwich features rarely seen paintings and drawings from the teenage artist until his fourth decade, shortly before WW1 broke out. But it finishes on July 17 so get there quick.


Bryan Adams and Michael Bublé at Bickling 


Canadian rock singer Adams arrives ready to belt out classics such as ‘Summer of 69’ and ‘Run to You’ on July 8. Three days later – on July 11 – Jazz and Soul crooner Michael Bublé takes the stage. 


Blakeney Harbour Room Folk Festival


Singing, music, poetry, street food and beer – it’s all going down at the Blakeney Harbour Room Folk Festival. And it’s not only the performers who get the chance to be creative; you can too by signing up for a song writing or poetry workshop. This popular three-day event, starting July 8, is free.


Circus Cortex – Cromer


Who doesn’t love a circus? Especially one with tight-rope walkers, acrobats and dancers? That’s all here and more at the touring Circus Cortex. The Ukrainian troupe be in Cromer from July 21 to August 1. 


Piano and Choral Midsummer Music concert


Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society will be performing pieces by Chopin, Debussy and Tallis at St Peter’s Church, Sheringham on July 16. If you missed them in Cromer at the beginning of the month then now’s your chance to catch up.


Ladies Night at Yarmouth Races 


Ladies it’s your turn for fun at Great Yarmouth Racecourse. DJ for the event on July 13 is none other than Radio 2’s Rylan. So, get on your fanciest togs, pull out the fascinator and get ready to groove – and bet. 


Norfolk Garden Show


Get ready to spend when you pop along to this year’s Norfolk Garden Show. Whether it’s a gazebo, firepit, fruit tree or a fancy pastry you’re after, you’ll get your hands on it here. The three-day event, starting on July 15 is just off the A47 Norwich Southern Bypass at the A1074 on Longwater Interchange junction.


North Sea Coffee party


Cromer Pier is the venue for North Sea Coffee’s club night, featuring live music, a DJ, street food and a range of craft beers and draught ales. There will also be the chance to try their signature espresso martini. The date is July 16. 


The Untamed Gravel


The whole family can get on their bikes and enjoy this cycling bonanza day out complete with free drink and refreshment stops enroute. Choose from four different gravel routes ranging from 25 miles up to a whopping 100 miles.


Spice Girls Drag Brunch 


Now, come on, you know you wannabe there. This toast to all things 90s and especially the fabulous five will involve cocktails, dancing and lots of dress up. A bottomless brunch? Oh yes, we will. Hosts are Zoe Promiscuous and Baby Lisxous and it’s at 

Revolution, Queen Street Norwich on July 17.


Holt Festival


Best-selling author Marian Keyes is just one of the stars of Holt Festival this year. Also on stage will be poet Lemm Sissay and antiques expert Paul Martin. Check out the live music too – pianist Ivana Gavrić, the Mike King Collective and N’famady Kouyaté from New Guinea. There’s also plenty of comedy, cinema and street theatre. Get along to this gorgeous Georgian town from July 23 to 30.


Sandringham Flower Show 


Norfolk’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show, this great day out for gardeners, farming enthusiasts and steam train lovers alike, takes place on July 27. There’s a craft marquee, stalls, kids activities, military band and even a chance to see the royal family. Now in its 139th year.

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