April Events in Norfolk

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rapeseed field in bloom near Horsey in Norfolk in April

In Norfolk, spring starts to gain momentum in April with more flowers and leaves starting to come back on the trees. Tourism in the area is just starting to pick up but it’s definitely still possible to avoid the summer crowds. In this post, we will share the best events in Norfolk in April 2024.

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April 2024 Norfolk Events

If you are looking for things to do in Norfolk in April, you have come to the right place. Here you will find events happening in April 2024 in Norfolk. It includes some events that are family-friendly and/or free.

Remember there can always be last minute changes, so it’s always a good idea to double-check the details with the organization hosting the event.

*Details for some of the April 2024 events have not been announced. Events with TBC – meaning to be confirmed – next to them means they happened last year but have not been confirmed for this year. I will update the post as the information becomes available.

Pirates Live at the Hippodrome

When: 23 March – 14 April

Experience the excitement of Pirates Live at the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth! Join Jack Jay and Johnny Mac for an action-packed water show aboard a massive galleon. With world-class actors, acrobats, and aerialists, this live adventure is now in its 8th year and promises an unforgettable experience. Prepare for heart-stopping circus stunts, hilarious pirate comedy, and mesmerising aerial artistry. Don’t miss the largest cast ever assembled for this spectacular show!

You can save money on tickets for select dates through Groupon here.

Get more information about the show here.

Russell’s International Circus in Sheringham

When: 27 March – 14 April

Get ready for an exciting experience as Russell’s International Circus arrives in Sheringham to showcase their brand new show. Under a classic big-top tent, you’ll witness an amazing array of talents from an all-human cast, including thrilling illusions, hilarious laughs, and daring stunts. From juggling and clowning to acrobatics, the performers will leave you in awe. Plus, you’ll get to see some incredible acts all the way from the Hungarian State Circus and Morocco!

Get more information here. You can get discounted tickets on Groupon here.

Easter Weekend at North Norfolk Railway

When: 29 March – 1 April

Experience the thrill of history in motion this Easter Bank Holiday Weekend with three remarkable historic trains! Climb aboard each one to immerse yourself in their distinct charm and character. Secure your tickets in advance for the best price.

Get more information here.

Spring Art Show at the Forum

When: 3 – 7 April

The annual Spring Art Show brings together an eclectic mix of artists living in the East of England and working in a range of mediums and styles.  The diverse range of original artworks and prints will all be available to buy.

Get more information here.

Great Yarmouth Easter Fair

When: 4 – 7 April

It may be a few days after Easter, but Great Yarmouth is celebrating with thrill rides plus some that are child-friendly, delicious treats, and more. It takes place in the Market Place, Fullers Hill, Brewery Plain and Church Plain.  

Get more details here.

Little Fox Charity Ball for Finnbar’s Force

When: 6 April

Finnbar’s Force is excited to announce their inaugural Little Fox Charity Ball at Dunston Hall. This event holds special significance, as it is named after Finnbar, with the Latin translation of the star constellation Vulpecular directly meaning Little Fox, reflecting Finnbar’s love for Star Wars and his favourite animal, the fox. It will be an evening of enjoyment and fundraising to celebrate Finnbar’s shining spirit and support a worthy cause!

Get more information here.

Norfolk Artisan Fair in Spring

When: 6 – 7 April

See over 100 local food, drink, and craft stands at Fakenham Racecourse. Bought to you by the same people who used to do the Christmas Fair at Holt Hall.

Get tickets and more information here.

1940s Weekend at Whitwell & Reepham Station

When: 6 – 7 April

Join in a vintage weekend of 1940s nostalgia at Whitwell and Reepham Railway Station. Entry to the station is free, and you can pay on the day for steam train rides.

You will be able to experience military history with a display of vehicles, stalls, and exhibits celebrating the 40s era. Dress in vintage attire and dance to 1940s music all weekend. Then you can relax at The Sidings with food and refreshments while kids play in the play area.

Get more information here.

Street Party at Norwich Market

When: 7 April

The Norwich Market stall Churros for the People is hosting their second street party on Gentleman’s Walk. They will be serving tapas, sandwiches, wine, beer, and of course churros. Bring your dancing shoes because there will be fantastic line up of live Latin music.

Find out more here.

Trowse 10K

When: 7 April

This popular 10K road race, traditionally held on Easter Sunday (but not in 2024), is based at the Norfolk Snowsports Club in Whitlingham Lane, Trowse just outside Norwich. You run beside Whitlingham Broad before following a two-lap route along quiet roads through the heart of Trowse and close to Whitlingham Hall.

Get more information here.

Sheringham Viking Festival

When: 13 April

This free event used to be held in February but was moved to April in 2022 due to Covid uncertainty. It will celebrate the history of Sheringham and it’s Viking heritage.

Traditionally, they have stalls, axe throwing, and a battle display towards the end of the day. Then to wrap things up there will be a parade through town with torches and a Viking boat will be burned on the beach.

More details here.

Norfolk Maker’s Festival at the Forum

When: 13 – 21 April

The Norfolk Makers Festival is a free, annual event that brings together tens of thousands of people in a celebration of creativity and making heritage. Inside the The Forum in Norwich, there will be inspirational exhibitions, demonstrations, hands-on activities, conversation, talks and workshops where you can engage with local crafters, hobbyists, and small businesses.

Get more information here.

EDP Norfolk Business Festival

When: 15 – 24 April

Get ready for the Norfolk Business Festival, two weeks packed with free-to-attend events aimed at bringing together various sectors of Norfolk’s vibrant business community. This festival serves as a platform to showcase Norfolk brands, foster collaboration across industries, and most importantly, share valuable information to support the ongoing prosperity of Norfolk. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, learn, and contribute to the growth and success of businesses in our region.

Get more information here.

St. George’s Pig and Cider Festival

When: 19 – 21 April

Head to the White Horse in Upton to celebrate St. George’s Day with a Pig and Cider Festival fit for a knight! Indulge in a feast of live music, delicious food, and refreshing cider, all in honour of our Patron Saint. It’s a weekend filled with festivities, so gather your friends and family for a memorable celebration of England’s heritage!

Get more information here.

St. George’s Day Beer Festival

When: 19 – 21 April

The Black Horse in Thetford is hosting a beer festival in celebration of St. George’s Day. Enjoy a selection of 20 local ales, 6 ciders, and live music throughout the weekend.

Get more information here.

Time Horizons at Houghton Hall

When: 21 April – 31 October (select days)

Experience Antony Gormley’s monumental exhibition, “Time Horizon,” at Houghton Hall, featuring 100 life-size sculptures spread across 300 acres of the park. These cast-iron sculptures, each weighing 620kg and standing at an average of 191cm, create a striking visual impact, installed at a uniform level across the landscape. Some sculptures are partially buried, while others rise above the ground or stand on concrete columns.

Houghton Hall, a stately home built in the early 18th century by Sir Robert Walpole, boasts exquisite Palladian architecture and has been open to the public since 1976. The Houghton Arts Foundation continues to expand its collection of contemporary art, positioning Houghton as a premier destination for experiencing great art in a historic setting. “Time Horizon” follows a distinguished lineup of previous exhibitions, such as Tony Cragg and Chris Levine.

Get more information here.

All Day Beer Bash

When: 26 – 28 April

Step into the rustic All Day Brewery barn, where the All Day Beer Bash promises a weekend of excitement. With live music and 20+ beer varieties, a hog roast, wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and veggie options you don’t want to miss this!

No tickets required, but grab the limited early bird token deals for a free festival pint glass. With breweries aplenty, it’s the beer lover’s dream event!

Get more information here.

Norfolk Marathon

When: 28 April

Get ready to cheer on the runners at the Norfolk Marathon, a 26.2-mile-long road race. Organised by Epic Norfolk, this marathon follows a one-lap route on mostly closed roads. The finish line offers a breathtaking view overlooking Cromer Pier and the North Sea.

Get more information here.

Shakespeare’s Birthday Bash

When: 28 April

Celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday with a Tudor-themed family event at St George’s Guildhall in King’s Lynn. Enjoy archery, birds of prey, live theatre, meeting Queen Elizabeth I, Tudor music, games, crafts, and folklore. Drinks and snacks available at the pop-up bar in the Red Barn.

Get more information here.

Touchbase Festival

When: 27 April Cancelled for 2024

The Touchbase Festival is back for its third year at the Norfolk Showground to with the top acts in Bass music. Get ready for different acts performing 10 hours of music across two stages.

Get more information here.

Looking Ahead

See May events in Norfolk here.

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