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Fifty things to do on Norfolk Day 2019

PUBLISHED: 12:11 07 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:24 07 June 2019

Norfolk Day 2018. Fun at Potter Heigham. Ronan Lumb as Lord Nelson on the Spark of Light boat at Herbert Woods. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norfolk Day 2018. Fun at Potter Heigham. Ronan Lumb as Lord Nelson on the Spark of Light boat at Herbert Woods. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

There are just 50 days to go until Norfolk Day 2019 and as the countdown to the big day begins dozens of people, community groups and more are preparing to celebrate what a wonderful place Norfolk is.

The Wildcat Formation Display Team are going to be performing for Norfolk Day. Picture; John AllanThe Wildcat Formation Display Team are going to be performing for Norfolk Day. Picture; John Allan

From coffee mornings to airshows, music festivals and parades, come Saturday, July 27 a vast array of events are being planned, so if you're stuck for ideas of how to mark Norfolk Day, here is a list of 50 events to get you started.

1 - Old Buckenham Airshow

One of the county's most popular airshows, this year the Old Buckenham Airshow will feature debut appearances from rare vintage aircraft and performances from Norfolk's answer to he Red Arrows, the Wildcat Aerobatics team.

Norfolk Day will return for a second year. Picture: ArchantNorfolk Day will return for a second year. Picture: Archant

2 - Norwich Pride

Proving that Norfolk is a place where everyone can feel safe and proud to be themselves Norwich Pride will see a host of events take place across the city including the annual Pride parade.

The Breakwater BBQ featuring some delicious Norfolk sausages and ice cream. Happy Norfolk Day from all the team at Breakwater IT. Picture: BREAKWATTER ITThe Breakwater BBQ featuring some delicious Norfolk sausages and ice cream. Happy Norfolk Day from all the team at Breakwater IT. Picture: BREAKWATTER IT

3 - Gorleston Cliff Top Festival

The organisers of the free to attend two-day festival which kicks off on Norfolk Day are promising a packed weekend of events with something for the whole family.

4 - Worstead Festival

Ruddy Muddy, front left, and Charlie Hodson, end their tour of Norfolk Day events to a welcome by staff at Jarrolds. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYRuddy Muddy, front left, and Charlie Hodson, end their tour of Norfolk Day events to a welcome by staff at Jarrolds. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A celebration of food, farming and north Norfolk's rich history, the two-day Worstead Festival will feature demonstrations from some of the county's best chefs including Richard Bainbridge of Benedicts in Norwich.

5 - Norfolk Day Boxathon

From 12pm on Saturday, July 27, through to 12pm on July 28 at Redwell Brewery in Norwich, a dedicated team of volunteers will be boxing through the night to deliver a knock-out blow to the stigma surrounding mental health.

Norfolk Brewhouse along with Smartmouth brewery in Norfolk VA, USA, are collaborating to create a transatlantic beer for Norfolk Day.
Co- founder David Holliday with brewers assistant Andrew Woods and Brewer Bruce Ash.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Norfolk Brewhouse along with Smartmouth brewery in Norfolk VA, USA, are collaborating to create a transatlantic beer for Norfolk Day. Co- founder David Holliday with brewers assistant Andrew Woods and Brewer Bruce Ash. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

6 - Norfolk Federation of WIs garden party

On Saturday July 27, the Norfolk Federation of the WI will throw open the doors to its headquarters, Evelyn Suffield House in Norwich for a Norfolk Day garden party.

Norfolk Day ambassador Rev Jane Hedges.
Picture: Nick ButcherNorfolk Day ambassador Rev Jane Hedges. Picture: Nick Butcher

7 - Thetford and District Motorcycle Club round Norfolk ride

Setting off on Saturday July 27, motorcyclists will embark on a 236 mile north, east, west and south (NEWS) tour of the county in aid of the charity Onward Enterprise.

8 - Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Cley Visitor Centre open day

Residents of Fleggburgh,Clippesby and Billockby gather at Fleggburgh Village Hall to celebrate Norfolk Day. Georgia, Charlotte and Melia Yassin enjoying Norfolk Day.
Picture: Nick ButcherResidents of Fleggburgh,Clippesby and Billockby gather at Fleggburgh Village Hall to celebrate Norfolk Day. Georgia, Charlotte and Melia Yassin enjoying Norfolk Day. Picture: Nick Butcher

Children and their parents are being encouraged to go wild at The Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Cley visitor centre which will host a range of family activities on July 27.

9 - Aestival Summer Fair at Raveningham Gardens

On Sunday, July 28, Raveningham Gardens will host a summer fair showcasing the best the country has to offer with the aim of raising funds for Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust and the Norfolk branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

Farming scenes from Norfolk Day. Southdown sheep in Wymondham eating out of their EDP Norfolk Day hats. Picture: Briggs FlockFarming scenes from Norfolk Day. Southdown sheep in Wymondham eating out of their EDP Norfolk Day hats. Picture: Briggs Flock

10 - Fenlanders HOG group Norfolk Ride

The Harley Davidson owners group will embark on a ride around the county to celebrate Norfolk Day.

11 - Norfolk Day 10K

New for 2019, keen runners are being encouraged to mark Norfolk day by taking part in a 10K run in Thetford on Sunday, July 28.

12 - Rock Bodham

A north Norfolk music festival celebrating the best of local musical talent taking place over the Norfolk Day weekend.

13 - Thompson village hall and church heritage weekend

People are being encouraged to share their family histories and discover more about their local roots over the course of a weekend celebrating the village's history and links to America. Thompson Village Hall July 27-28.

14 - The Norfolk Hospice summer fete

On Saturday, July 27, from 11am The Norfolk Hospice will host a summer fete at Wheatfields in Hillington 11am-2pm.

15 - Norfolk's coffee morning

The Big C charity are encouraging people to host a Norfolk Day coffee morning in aid of the charity (various locations across the county).

16 - Titchwell manor summer party

From 5.30pm - midnight on Saturday July 27, Titchwell Manor will host a evening of live music, entertainment, food and more (ticketed event).

17 - Flower festival

Over the course of Saturday and Sunday July 27-28 the 11th century church will host a two day flower festival (St Edmund's Fritton church, NR31 9EZ)

18 - Norfolk Community Foundation photography competition

The organisation are inviting budding photographers to take a picture which shines a light on the work of local charities to be in with the chance of winning £500. Deadline for entries is Friday, June 21.

19 - Two for one entry at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

The gallery will be offering visitors two for the price of on entry to its WG Sebald: Far Away - but from where? exhibition.

20 - Lathams of Potter Heigham family fun day

On Saturday, July 27, the Potter Heigham business be hosting a day of local food tasting, music, children's entertainment, free prize draws and much more.

21 - Norfolk Day carboot and fete

On Friday, July 26, All Saints Parish Hall in Scratby, Great Yarmouth will host a carboot sale and fair featuring local artists and more.

22 - Hev you gotta loight boy? At Norfolk Heritage Centre

From 2-4pm on Friday July 26, the Norfolk heritage Centre in the Millennium Library Norwich will celebrate the Norfolk dialect in its written and spoken form.

23 - Dereham Bowls Club open day

From 10am-2pm on Saturday, July 27, Dereham Indoor Bowls Club will be celebrating Norfolk Day with an open day at its bowls green within Dereham Leisure centre.

24 - Norfolk Day Park Run

Runners are being invited to take part in the Loch Neaton Park Run, in Watton on July 27, fancy dress actively encouraged

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25 - Destination Wymondham

To celebrate Norfolk Day, the Wymondham Town Team are encouraging poeple to become a tourist in their own town. Wymondham town centre 11am - 5pm.

26 - Beers of Europe showcase

To celebrate Norfolk Day the Setchey business will be shining a spotlight on local breweries and distilleries with a number of tastings including the Norfolk Day beer, named Norfolk Pond Hopper which has been brewed by the Norfolk Brewhouse in Fakenham and Smartmouth Brewery in Virginia, USA.

27 - The Warehouse Antiques and Collectables open day

The antiques business located in Setchey business park will be offering free valuations from Laurence Seaton of Buttercross Auctions and live music from Ukulele Folk.

28 - The Steiff Shop open day

The Setchey shop which is home to the largest collection of Steiff teddy bears in East Anglia will have a representation on hand to show visitors the collection of bears and a raffle the proceeds of which will go towards the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

29 - Norfolk World Music Festival

Taking place from July 26-28, the Southburgh World Music Festival has been rebranded to the Norfolk World Music Festival in honour of Norfolk Day. The event will take place at Burton Manor Barns, Southburgh, Norfolk, IP25 7SU.

30 - Norfolk Day the WI way

Watton Evening WI will be serving sweet and savoury refreshments in the town from 10am-3pm.

31 - One hundred lavender cupcakes from Mundsley WI

The Mundsley group will be handing out cupcakes with handwritten messages on them.

32 - Alysham WI will be handing out 100 cupcakes to the people of Alysham to mark the Norfolk day and the federation's centenary.

33 - Norfolk day coffee morning

Barford, Wramplingham and District WI will be hosting a coffee morning raising funds for the local church.

34 - Cuppa and cake Norfolk Day event at Harvest House

From 10am-12pm on July 27, the Mulbarton Evening WI group will be serving traditional Norfolk cakes, biscuits and birthday cake in the gardens of Harvest House.

35 - Norwich All Saints WI

To mark Norfolk Day, members of Norwich All Saints WI will be celebrating the group's 10th birthday by joining the Norwich Citadel Salvation Army soup run.

36 - Neatishead Barton Turf and District WI to visit local care home

On July 27, the WI group will be delivering 100 slices of cake to Broadacres care home.

37 - Open gardens

To mark Norfolk Day, members of Hempnall WI will be opening two gardens and inviting members of the public in for tea and cake.

Willow House garden in Bungay Road will be open from 10am-12pm while Stone Cottage garden in Fairstead Lane will be open from 2pm- 4pm. All proceeds go to Norfolk Admiral Nurses.

38 - Drop in day at Sutton Village Hall

On Saturday, July 27, Sutton WI will be hosting a drop in day at Sutton Village Hall, open to all, the day will feature tea and cake, activities for children and information about the federation.

39 - Norfolk Day coffee morning

To mark Norfolk Day Attleborough WI will be hosting a coffee morning in Attleborough town hall. The day will also feature a raffle, photo quiz and more.

40 - Coltishall and Horstead WI will be handing out 100 pieces of cake to passers by on the river green from 2.30pm.

41 - Community fun day

On Saturday, July 27, Reepham WI will be holding a community fun day featuring games and refreshments in the Bircham Centre and garden.

42 - Rock Buns and Rolling Pins WI will be handing out home-made rock buns to the people of North Walsham to celebrate Norfolk Day.

43 - Great Ormesby WI will be taking over the Village Centre in Station Road, Ormesby between 10am and midday to hand out cake to celebrate Norfolk Day.

44 - Overstrand Evening WI will be making celebration rock buns to give out on July 27 during the Rockstock Concert in Overstrand.

45 - Coffee morning

Thorpe End WI will be hosting a private coffee morning where each member will be asked to bring a knitted crochet square with the aim of creating a large crocheted blanket.

46 - Saham WI will be delivering 100 individual cakes to residents of Lancaster House and Linden Court in Watton.

47 - Beach Hut tea party

Members of Cromer WI will be hosting a tea party at a Cromer beach hut. Members are being asked to bring their own flasks of hot drinks to cut down on plastic waste. The group are also hoping to hand out 100 slices of cake to passers by.

48 - Norfolk Day cream tea

On Saturday, July 27, Roughton WI will be holding a cream tea celebrating both Norfolk Day and the Norfolk Federation of WI's centenary.

49 - Norfolk Day coffee morning

On Saturday July 27, from 10am to midday, Brundall Evening WI will be holding a coffee morning in Brundall Memorial Hall.

50 - Charlie Hodson's and Ruddy Muddy's tour of Norfolk

Once again Norfolk Day ambassador Charlie Hodson will be setting off on a tour of the county alongwith artist Ruddy Muddy.

Can't see your Norfolk Day event on the list? Then make sure you let us know it's happening by emailing norfolkday@archant.co.uk, tweeting @norfolk using #NorfolkDay or log on to the Norfolk Day Facebook group or post a link to your event.

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