All the major 2021 Norfolk events scheduled to go ahead

The organisers of Let's Rock Norwich have organised an online 80s Lockdown Fest Picture: Lee Blanchf

The organisers of Let's Rock Norwich have organised an online 80s Lockdown Fest Picture: Lee Blanchflower - Credit: Archant

With the roadmap out of lockdown on track, major events across Norfolk are now set to go ahead after being cancelled in 2020. 

These dates are only provisional and could be pushed back if the final stage on June 21, when social distancing is set to end, is delayed.

Street Feast is launching at The Ffolkes in Hillington, near King's Lynn, in December, with indoor and outdoor seating.

Street Feast at The Ffolkes offers food and drink from local vendors. - Credit: Main image: Chris Taylor, christaylorphoto.co.uk

Street Feast at The Ffolkes

The Ffolkes, Hillington

On now, Friday and Saturday every week

This popular street food event at The Ffolkes pub and hotel in west Norfolk returned in April by popular demand after a successful run in December.

It takes place in the hotel's newly-designed courtyard, complete with an outdoor canopy, with shipping containers for local vendors.

The food vendors include Moco Kitchen, Byfords Pizza and Burgersmith and pre-booking a slot is essential. 

Junkyard Market offers tables for two, four or six with table service.

Junkyard Market offers tables for two, four or six with table service and orders are made online by scanning a QR code. - Credit: Chris Harvey

Junkyard Market 

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St Mary's Works

On now, Friday to Sunday every week  

From Norwich-based Christophe's Crêpes to London burger joint Nanny Bill's, this open air-street food market combines local and national vendors and also has bars in shipping containers. 

Customers can book tables or two, four or six, which are free with refundable deposits to prevent no-shows, and all ordering is done online by scanning a QR code.

The event runs from 5pm to 10pm on Fridays and 12pm to 10pm at weekends, with two-and-a-half hour slots. 

Daniel Brine, artistic director and chief executive, who has now announced the dates for the 2021 No

Daniel Brine, director of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Various venues across Norwich and Norfolk

May 17 to 30

The annual Norfolk and Norwich Festival is back for 2021 and once again features a diverse line-up of theatre, art, literature and live music in venues and outdoor spaces across Norfolk. 

This year is a one-off adaptation created with social distancing in mind and it also features a digital strand, which includes experience packs and even a show delivered by a phone call.

Continental Circus Berlin is coming to Norwich. 

Continental Circus Berlin is coming to Norwich. - Credit: Continental Circus Berlin

Continental Circus Berlin

Norfolk Showground

May 28 to June 6

From the producers of the some of the world’s finest circuses comes a brand new show.

At Continental Circus Berlin you will not believe your eyes with everything from the death-defying Globe of Death to whirlwind acrobatics.  

Clowns Angelo and Eddie, will guide you through the show and it will be in a socially distanced big top tent.

Folk in the Field Festival.

Folk in the Field Festival. - Credit: Abbie Panks

Folk in a Field Festival

Bradmoor Woods, West Acre  

July 2 to 4 

Folk in a Field is an award-winning festival, which is set in a stunning woodland location in the heart of west Norfolk. 

The event brings together a diverse mix of performers from the acoustic, folk and roots music scene, with local food and craft demonstrations on offer too. 

The Summer Spectacular is set to go ahead at the Hippdrome Circus in Great Yarmouth this summer, pictured are hosts Johnny...

The Summer Spectacular is set to go ahead at the Hippdrome Circus in Great Yarmouth this summer, pictured are hosts Johnny Mac and Jack Jay (L-R) - Credit: Contributed

Summer Spectacular and Water Show 

Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth

July 7 to September 19

Audiences can expect amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and the world-famous Water Spectacular at the Hippodrome Circus' summer show. 

While it is hoped that all seating will be able to be used with the end of social distancing, to avoid disappointment there are limited seats available for now in case groups need to be kept in bubbles.

Even if restrictions are fully lifted, there will be one show a week that will remain socially distanced.

Tickets are also on sale now for its Pirate Live! Show, which runs from May 28 to June 13.

Peter Marron and Ellie Edge from Break with a T. rex and mammoth model. 

Peter Marron and Ellie Edge from Break with a T. rex and mammoth model. - Credit: Mark Benfield

GoGoDiscover Trail

Various locations across Norwich

July 12 to September 11 

To complement Dippy's visit (see below), charity Break, which supports young people on the edge of, in or leaving care, will be running its GoGoDiscover trail across Norwich. 

There will be 20 Tyrannosaurus Rex sculptures, with many painted by local artists, and it follows the success of GoGoGorillas in 2013, GoGoDragons in 2015 and GoGoHares in 2018. 

Maps will be available to download on an app, with hard copies available from local venues. 

Coronavirus means the visit of Dippy the diplodocus to Norwich has been postponed for the second tim

Dippy the Dinosaur is coming to Norwich. - Credit: Natural History Museum

Dippy the Dinosaur 

Norwich Cathedral

July 13 to October 30

One of the most well-known dinosaurs in the world will finally stomp its way into Norwich Cathedral, after the coronavirus pandemic twice saw its arrival postponed.

Dippy the Dinosaur, which ordinarily stands proudly as the centrepiece of the Natural History Museum, is set to arrive in Norwich this July and will be there for over three months, with a whole host of activities planned.  

Norwich Theatre's Interlude is back for 2021 in a new location, pictured in 2020 in Chapelfield Gardens. 

Norwich Theatre's Interlude is back for 2021 in a new location, pictured in 2020 in Chapelfield Gardens. - Credit: Max Hilton

Interlude in the Close

Norwich Cathedral Close

July 14 to August 31 

Interlude was launched by Norwich Theatre, which runs the Theatre Royal, Playhouse and Stage Two, in partnership with Lost in Translation Circus last summer in Chapelfield Gardens.

It is now set to return in 2021 at a new location in the historic Norwich Cathedral Close and will once again be in a big top tent. 

Highlights include musical The Wind in the Willows, CBeebies favourites Sarah and Duck and shows A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Importance of Being Earnest.

How will festivals and gigs be impacted by coronavirus? Picture: Jamie Honeywood

How will festivals and gigs be impacted by coronavirus? Picture: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Latitude Festival 

Henham Park, near Southwold 

July 22 to 25 

Just across the border in Suffolk, Latitude Festival will hopefully return this July and the line-up includes Bastille, First Aid Kit and Snow Patrol.

Lewis Capaldi, who was previously announced as a headliner, has cancelled his Latitude set and all his 2021 tour dates, but he will perform at the festival in 2022 instead. 

Latitude boss Melvin Benn posted on the festival's social media in April that an update on the full line-up for this year has been delayed while he awaits the outcome of a pilot concert he organised in Liverpool.


The Sausage and Cider Festival is coming to Norwich this summer. 

The Sausage and Cider Festival is coming to Norwich this summer. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Sausage and Cider Festival 

St Andrew's Hall, Norwich 

July 24

The Sausage and Cider Festival is coming to Norwich for the first time on July 24.

There will be more than 25 craft ciders to try, with customers able to purchase drinks tokens, and 15 different flavours of sausage to choose from.

The event will also boast a gin bar, host eating contests, have live music and a DJ and guests can book afternoon or evening slots. 

Andrew Bunn and Derek Robertson, co-founders of Red Card Comedy Club and Laugh in the Park.

Andrew Bunn and Derek Robertson, co-founders of Red Card Comedy Club and Laugh in the Park. - Credit: Archant

Laugh in the Park

Chapelfield Gardens

July 29 to August 1 

Much-loved comedy festival Laugh in the Park, which features a jam-packed programme of top comedians each night, is returning this summer and acts include Seann Walsh, Dane Baptiste and Norwich-based Jenny Beake.

Alongside this, there will be an array of street food stalls, a Pimm's and prosecco tent, alongside a regular bar, and a silent disco after show on Friday and Saturday.

The event is run by Red Card Comedy Club, which is bringing back its events at Carrow Road in September.

New for 2021, the event will be followed by Movies in the Park from August 4 to August 8 with comedy films shown. 

Malcolm's favourite thing about East Anglia is the Old Buckenham Air Show

The Old Buckenham Airshow returns this summer - Credit: Sonya Duncan

 

Old Buckenham Airshow

Old Buckenham Airfield 

July 30 to August 1

This award-winning show offers a fun-filled day out for all ages and in 2021 will include flying fortress 'Sally B', star of film Memphis Belle and the only flying B-17 in Europe.

On the ground there is plenty to keep guests entertained too, including a Gourmet Food Village, hundreds of classic cars and plenty of stalls and exhibits. 

Classic Ibiza Credit: Supplied

A scene from a previous Classic Ibiza event at Blickling Estate. - Credit: Classic Ibiza

Classic Ibiza

Blickling Estate

August 7 

One of Norfolk's biggest outdoor dance parties has already sold out ahead of its return this summer. 

However, audience numbers had been capped to allow social distancing, so anyone who missed out might still have a chance closer to the event as lockdown restrictions hopefully ease. 

Classic Ibiza will see the 32-piece Urban Soul Orchestra (USO), top DJs and globally-renowned vocalists perform in the grounds of the estate.

DJ Ricardo Villalobos playing a set at Houghton Festival in 2018 Photo: Jake Davis

Houghton Festival is returning in 2021. - Credit: Jake Davis

Houghton Festival

Houghton Hall

August 12 to 15 

Houghton Festival is set to finally return to the fields of Norfolk this summer, after it was cancelled two years in a row due to bad weather and then coronavirus.

The popular electronic dance music festival will once again take place in the stunning grounds of Houghton Hall, between King's Lynn and Fakenham.

Mike Tindall with the World Cup on their lap of honour to mark the 10 year anniversary of winning th

England rugby star Mike Tindall is one of the big names appearing at the Festival of Sport at the Holkham Estate. - Credit: David Davies/PA

Festival of Sport

Holkham Estate 

August 13 to 15

Some of the biggest names in sport will join forces with TV stars at a new festival launching at the Holkham Estate in north Norfolk this summer. 

Children aged five to 17 of all abilities will be able to discover new sports, improve skills and play against British world champions and Olympic medallists.

Among the famous faces confirmed to attend so far are rugby legend Mike Tindall, three-time world champion rower Helen Glover and television presenter Steve Backshall.

Evenings will play host to a mix of live music, delicious food, silent discos and an open-air cinema, with camping and glamping options available or you can just stay for a day.

Sir Tom Jones

Sir Tom Jones - Credit: Hampton Court Festival

Tom Jones

Earlham Park

August 15

Sir Tom Jones has confirmed that he will finally be heading to the green green grass of Earlham Park this summer, after his concert was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. 

It promises to be an unforgettable night as he performs all his biggest hits.

The support act is The X Factor: Celebrity winner Megan McKenna, who previously appeared on The Only Way is Essex and Ex on the Beach. 


Visitors enjoy the music, sunshine and food at the Red Rooster Festival Picture: Sonya Duncan

Visitors enjoy the music, sunshine and food at the Red Rooster Festival Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Red Rooster Festival

Euston Hall, near Thetford

August 27 to 29 

Country and rock 'n' roll festival Red Rooster, which takes place just south of Thetford, is going ahead over the August bank holiday weekend.

The line-up includes Richard Hawley, Jade Bird and Songhoy Blues and the event also offers activities such as den making, dog agility and pedalos.

Sundown Festival 2020 at the Norfolk Showground has been postponed due to coronavirus Picture: Danie

Sundown Festival 2020 at the Norfolk Showground has been postponed due to coronavirus Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Sundown Festival

Norfolk Showground 

September 3 to 5

Sundown Festival is set to return this September and all day and weekend tickets are now sold out.

The line-up has carried over from the postponed 2020 event, with headliners Sean Paul and Loyle Carner. 

Craig David has announced a 2021 Norwich show in Earlham Park. 

Craig David has announced a 2021 Norwich show in Earlham Park. - Credit: Contributed

Craig David

Earlham Park, Norwich

September 11

Craig David is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album Born To Do It, which features top 10 singles Fill Me In, 7 Days, Walking Away and Rendezvous, with a handful of UK shows.

Vocal powerhouse Ella Eyre is the special guest at the concert.

Earlham Park in Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher

Earlham Park in Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Comedy in the Park

Earlham Park, Norwich

September 12

Organisers have confirmed Comedy in the Park will be going ahead and it is touring the country, with six top comedians providing a night of entertainment in an open-air setting.

In Norwich, the line-up is John Bishop, Phil Wang, Rob Beckett, Al Murray, Dara Ó Briain and Judi Love. 

Line-up for OutOut In the Park 

Line-up for OutOut In the Park - Credit: Contributed

OutOut In the Park

Earlham Park, Norwich

September 18 to 19

A new festival called OutOut in the Park is heading to Norwich this September, featuring some of the biggest DJs from the nineties and noughties.

The line-up includes N-Trance, Ultrabeat, Black Box and Flip & Fill and promises to be an unforgettable party. 

Crowds enjoy the sunshine at Let's Rock Norwich 2018. Picture: LEE BLANCHFLOWER

Crowds enjoy the sunshine at Let's Rock Norwich 2018. Picture: LEE BLANCHFLOWER - Credit: Archant

Let's Rock Norwich

Earlham Park

September 25 

Let's Rock celebrates the music of the 80s with some of the biggest stars of the decade taking to the stage and this year's event has been rescheduled from May 29 to September 25.

Many of the acts booked for the cancelled 2020 festival will perform, including Wet Wet Wet, The Boomtown Rats and Kim Wilde.

With the new date, The Undertones and Tenpole Tudor are no longer able to perform, but they will be replaced by Big Country and Odyssey.

A socially distanced Oktoberfest event has been announced for Norfolk. Picture: Getty Images/iStockp

Oktoberfest Norwich will return to Chapelfield Gardens this October. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Oktoberfest Norwich

Eaton Park 

October 2 

Get your steins at the ready as Oktoberfest is returning to Norwich for the third time, after it was previously held at Carrow Road in 2017 and Eaton Park in 2018.

Fancy dress is encouraged and there will be German beer, bratwurst and a live oompah band. 

PrimEVIL is returning to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure for 2021, with tickets now on sale. 

PrimEVIL is returning to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure for 2021, with tickets now on sale. - Credit: PrimEVIL

PrimEVIL 

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade 

October 8 to 31 

PrimEVIL, Norfolk's biggest Halloween attraction, is set to return in 2021 and tickets are on sale now. 

Tens of thousands of visitors head along to the spine-tingling scare experience each year and it features live actors, special effects and twists and turns around every corner.

Wild Paths Festival returns in 2021. 

Wild Paths Festival returns in 2021. - Credit: Contributed

Wild Paths Festival

Various venues in Norwich

October 14 to 17

Wild Paths will be coming back bigger and better this October with four days of live music, conferences, art fairs, supper clubs, after-parties and networking events. 

It will take place in 20 of the city's best-loved venues and showcase over 200 bands, delegates and DJs and the line-up has just been announced, with headliners Sports Team, Biig Piig and Palace.

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