August Events in Norfolk

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In August, things are heating up in Norfolk. This is the most popular time to visit and we also have a bank holiday weekend at the end of the month to look forward to. There will be plenty of events to keep everyone entertained. In this post, we will share our top picks for the month.

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August 2023 Norfolk Events

If you are looking for things to do in Norfolk in August, you have come to the right place. Here you will find events happening in August 2023 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 August 2023 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.

The Last Voyage of the Gloucester at Norwich Castle

When: 25 February – 10 September

In this major exhibition, you will learn how brothers Julian and Lincoln Barnwell discovered the wreck of the Gloucester which ran aground in heavy seas off the coast of Great Yarmouth more than 300 years ago and see some of the fascinating objects found at the wrecksite.

The exhibition is included with regular admission to Norwich Castle. It is expected to be popular so you are encouraged to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Read our review of The Last Voyage of the Gloucester at Norwich Castle to learn more.

Sean Scully at Houghton Hall – Smaller Than the Sky

When: Select Days 23 April – 29 October

One of the world’s most celebrated artists, Sean Scully, will showcase his sculptures, paintings, and works on paper at Houghton Hall.

Read our reviews of the Chris Levine and Tony Cragg exhibitions to find out what to expect.

Find out more here.

Cromer Pier Show

When: 1 July – 30 September

The famous Cromer Pier Show is back for another year! It will have the same format as last year with a different guest star every week. There will be singing, dancing, comedy, and much more. 

Read my review of the 2021 Cromer Pier Show to find out what to expect.

Get more information about this year’s Cromer Pier Show here.

Summer Circus & Water Spectacular

When: 5 July – 17 September

Prepare to be amazed by the grandest and most awe-inspiring Circus & Water Show yet!

Witness the thrilling motorbike daredevils from South America as they astound you with their death-defying stunts inside the Globe of Death. Marvel at the unparalleled juggling skills of Robert Carlos, renowned performer from Cirque du Soleil.

Be captivated by the mesmerizing water spectacle featuring talented swimmers, enchanting fountains, and breathtaking special effects. Prepare to laugh out loud with comedy legends Jack Jay & Johnny Mac, adding a touch of hilarity to the show.

All of this takes place in the iconic 1903 Hippodrome, Britain’s last surviving circus building in Great Yarmouth. It is hailed as one of the seven wonders of the British seaside.

You can get discounted tickets for select dates on Groupon here. For more information and tickets for other dates click here.

Women’s World Cup

When: 20 July – 20 August

The Lionesses try to win the World Cup after winning the Euros last year. Check out our post to learn more and find out where you can watch the World Cup in Norfolk.

Circus Fantasia

When: 25 July – 13 August

Circus Fantasia will be in Hemsby with a two-hour performance accompanied by a live circus orchestra in our climate-controlled big top, with stadium-style seating.

Get more details and book here.

Raveningham Sculpture Trail

When: 19 July – 3 September (Weds – Sun only)

The sculpture trail is back at the Raveningham Centre for its seventh year! Read about our experience from previous Raveningham Sculpture trails.

Tickets go on sale 1 July. Get more details about the 2023 trail here.

Wells Carnival

When: 28 July – 6 August

Enjoy 10 days of family-friendly events in Wells-Next-the-Sea including a Carnival Day procession featuring floats, fancy-dress, live music, competitions, and much more.

Event details will be posted here about a month in advance.

Sheringham Carnival

When: 30 July – 5 August

Head to Sheringham for a week of Carnival events. Highlights include the parade, street party, fireworks, crowning of the Carnival Queen, duck race, live music, and fun fair.

Get details here.

Annie at Norwich Theatre Royal

When: 1 – 5 August

The 2023 UK Tour of “Annie” is making a short stop in Norwich. This rendition of the beloved musical features Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan.

Read our review of Annie at Norwich Theatre Royal.

North Walsham Beer Festival

When: 4 – 5 August

The North Walsham Beer Festival is organised by volunteers from the Round Table and every penny raised benefits the local community. For 2022, it was held at the North Walsham Memorial Park with even more beer and cider.

​Get more details here.

Ranworth Beer Festival

When: 4 – 6 August

Get ready to raise your glasses at the 12th annual Ranworth Beer Festival! This year’s extravaganza promises an outstanding lineup of 18 ales and 4 ciders that’ll have your taste buds dancing with joy.

But that’s not all – the party is in full swing with live music rocking the stage on both Friday and Saturday nights, guaranteeing a weekend of non-stop entertainment. And, of course, delicious food will be aplenty to keep you energized and satisfied.

Nestled in the heart of the action is the unique and atmospheric Ranworth Village Hall, the perfect backdrop for this unforgettable event. The funds raised during the festival will go towards maintaining this cherished hall, ensuring its continued presence as a community hub.

Get more information here.

Norwich Yoga Festival

When: 5 August

This family-friendly festival features yoga and all things wellness. There will be classes, lectures, and vendors offering a huge range of services, products and foods. It takes place at Whitlingham Country Park.

Get more information here.


When: 5 – 6 August

Get ready for an incredible music festival experience at Bannaroo, hosted by the renowned Crown Inn Banningham! This event showcases an outstanding lineup of tribute bands and talented local acts, promising an unforgettable celebration of music.

But Bannaroo is more than just a fantastic display of musical talent. You can also enjoy the Roo Market, a bustling marketplace where you can explore a delightful array of stalls offering a diverse range of goods. From unique crafts and artisanal treasures to enticing fashion and captivating artwork, there’s something for every taste and interest.

And let’s not forget about the delectable street food scene at Bannaroo. Indulge your taste buds with a large selection of culinary delights from an assortment of vendors. Whether you crave international flavours, local delicacies, or gourmet treats, the festival’s street food offerings are sure to satisfy every craving and cater to dietary requirements.

Get more information here.

Whitwell and Reepham Station Steam Rally

When: 5 – 6 August POSTPONED

It’s a family-friendly event that includes rides on their full gauge steam train, demonstrations by local craftspeople, classic cars, working steam engines, live music and a play area and garden to unwind with a drink and a bite to eat.

It’s recommended to book tickets in advance. Get more details here.

Classic Ibiza at Blickling Estate

When: 5 August

Enjoy an open-air family-friendly bash with White Isle-inspired house music, reinvented by the Urban Soul Orchestra, live vocalists and headline DJs. You can bring your own food and drink or check out one of the bars or street popups on site.

Get more information here.

Read about more music festivals in Norfolk here.

Cromer Lifeboat Day


Enjoy a day of lifeboat launches and demonstrations, music, stalls, and much more.

Get more details here.

Everything Cakes and Crafts Fair

When: 6 August

Indulge in a day of pure delight at this family-friendly event at the Forum in Norwich. Local businesses showcase mouth-watering confections and inspiring creations for sale. If you love cakes or have an arts and crafts soul, you’re in for a treat at this free fair.

Get more information here.

Thetford Seaside Special

When: 9 – 13 August

Prepare for five days of awesome free family fun in the Market Place in Thetford. There will be a huge sandpit, puppet shows, live music, mermaid party, end-of-the-pier musical theatre, indoor activities, fairground rides, 80s disco, and much more!

Get more information here.

Houghton Festival

When: 10 -13 August

This a music festival with an emphasis on the extra special. It is a strictly aged 18+ event and standard camping is included in the ticket price.

Get more details here.

Old Buckenham Balloon Festival

When: 11 – 13 August

Back for its third year, after two very popular events, this is more than just a Balloon Festival. They will also have street food outlets, BBQ, beer festival, live entertainment and much, much more.

Balloon flights will be available to purchase on the day and opportunities available to win flights over the weekend. ​They will have a Night Glow on both Friday and Saturday nights. Keep in mind the night glows and balloon flights will all be weather dependant.

The festival is suitable for families, with glamping and camping available at Old Buckenham Country Park.

Get more information here.

Festival of Sport

When: 11 – 14 August

The Festival of Sport held at Holkham Park is a fantastic opportunity for kids to try new sports for the first time and learn new skills in the sports they love. Sports include rugby, hockey, cricket, football, gymnastics, netball, tennis, rowing, athletics, trampolining, boxing, archery, MMA, dodgeball and many more.

Get more details here.

North Norfolk Music Festival

When: 11 – 18 August

Back for its 18th instalment, the North Norfolk Music Festival showcases classical music at St Mary’s Church in South Creake. It kicks off with the Festival Supper.

Get details here.

Reepham Festival

When: 12 -13 August

Since starting in 2008, the Reepham festival has consistently delivered amazing music. Expect two days of outstanding headliners and incredible new talent. People come from all over the UK and Europe to attend.

The Reepham festival is non-profit and donates any profit made from ticket sales to charity. It is organised and staffed entirely by volunteers.

Get more information here.

Hemsby Lifeboat Weekend

When: 12 – 13 August

This festivities kick off on Saturday with a Foam Party. Then, the main event takes place on Sunday with stalls, live music, the Grand Draw, crafts, BBQ and bar, as well as a lifeboat display and much more.

Get more details here.

Cromer Carnival

When: 12 – 18 August

Carnival Day will be Wednesday with a parade, visit from the Red Arrows, and more. You can find details of all the events taking place during the Carnival Week in Cromer listed here.

Rum Fest

When: 18 – 20 August

Head to the Rumsey Wells in Norwich for 3 days of Rum Filled Fun. They will have over 40 rums from all over the world, goat curry, live music, DJs, ice cream, and more.

Get more information here.

MuttonStock 2

When: 18 – 20 August

MuttonStock is an exciting weekend filled with over 20 varieties of beers, 6 types of ciders, and performances by 6 talented musical acts. Hosted at the Shoulder of Mutton in Strumpshaw, this event offers not only a fantastic range of beverages and live entertainment but also ample parking space and a warm welcome to furry friends, as it is a dog-friendly venue.

Get more information here.

Run Sandringham 24

When: 18 – 20 August (24 hour race Saturday 12:00 to Sunday 12:00 with free kids race of Saturday)

A major event for runners in East Anglia will take place at Sandringham, where the Royal Family celebrates Christmas. It’s a 24 Hour Race around the Sandringham Estate and surrounding trails to raise money for good causes.

The Start/Finish and large Event village are within the Sandringham Estate, so you can expect a scenic route with stunning views of the Royal Estate, Norfolk Countryside, and Royal Parkland.

Get the details here.

Let’s Rock Norwich

When: 19 August

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary festival at Earlham Park, specially curated for fans of retro music! Let’s Rock Norwich brings together a sensational lineup of popular and iconic artists from the cherished eras of the 1980s and 1990s.

Let’s Rock Norwich is more than just a music festival—it’s a celebration for the whole family! In addition to the musical performances, the event offers a plethora of family-friendly activities and entertainment options, ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, has a fantastic time.

Get more information here.

Norfolk Tank Museum Hangar Dance

When: 19 August

The Hangar Dance is just one of the highlights of the Amourfest Military Weekend. Put on your best 1940s clothing and enjoy a traditional Hangar Dance set amongst the tanks, memorabilia, and other 1940s enthusiasts.

Get more details here.

Tour de Broads

When: 20 August

This will be the 10th anniversary of Tour de Broads in Plumstead, near Norwich. Experience the beauty of the Norfolk Broads as over 2000 cyclists take on our 25, 50, 75, or 100 mile routes. All abilities and bike types are welcome, including road, hybrid, MTB, tandem, handbike, and E-Bike. Ride with confidence as our routes are fully supported and signposted.

Get more information here.

Norwich Summer Social

When: 24 – 27 August

Eaton Park is the place to be during the August Bank Holiday weekend, bustling with a plethora of exciting activities. Experience the magic of outdoor movies under the open sky, burst into laughter with captivating comedy shows, sway to the rhythm of live music performances, and indulge your taste buds with a diverse array of street food delights.

It is a ticketed event. Get more information here.

Gray Brothers Funfair

When: 24 – 28 August

Norwich’s Chapelfield Gardens will be hosting a funfair over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. You can enjoy dodgems, the Extreme Skydiver thrill ride, a Transformers ride, a ghost house, fun house, bungee trampolines, a Helter Skelter, a carousel, swings and more. There will also be games and plenty of food.

Get more information here.

Maui Waui Festival

When: 25 -27 August

Maui Waui is a three day international festival of music, performance and arts at Hill Farm in Gressenhall. Back for its 10th year, there will be plenty to keep both kids and adults entertained including watching world class bands, circus shows, small upbeat bands, acoustic acts, cabaret, comedy, and more.

Get more information and buy tickets here.

Fecken’ Beer Fest

When: 25 – 28 August

For 12 fantastic years, the “Fecken’ Beer Fest” has been a staple of the August Bank Holiday Weekend at Feckenham’s Rose and Crown. This long weekend extravaganza is all about enjoying 14 exceptional beers and ciders from both local and distant sources. Every year, they choose a diverse range of beer styles, with most being sessionable brews sporting a drinkable ABV.

The beer tent, nestled in the delightful garden, is where the magic happens. Beers flow smoothly from handpulls, guaranteeing a frothy, top-notch pint every time. And don’t leave the kids behind! As a family-friendly pub, they welcome children with open arms. Our garden games ensure everyone has a blast, and the selection of delicious food and refreshing soft drinks keep all taste buds satisfied.

As the sun sets on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons, the garden comes alive with the sounds of live music, setting the perfect backdrop for relaxation and enjoyment.

Get more information here.

Mid-Norfolk Railway Beer Festival Weekend

When: 25 – 28 August

The Mid-Norfolk Railway holds a beer festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Beer and cider enthusiasts can look forward to sampling real ales and ciders from all around the country, as well as locally brewed varieties.

Train services will be running all weekend with late night services and on-board real ale bars, making it easy to hop from station to station to explore the festival offerings. A special timetable will be in operation, with details to be released just before the festival takes place.

Only day and weekend rover tickets are available for this event. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance online, or at the ticket office on the day, subject to availability.

Get more details here.

Open Day at Norwich Theatre Royal and Stage Two

When: 26 August

Don’t miss this opportunity to go behind the scenes at Norwich Theatre Royal and Stage Two for free. There will be backstage tours, the chance to get up close with some fancy panto costumes, special workshops, and much more.

Get the details here. Read about our experience on the Theatre Royal backstage tour.

Dinos in the Dark

When: 26 August

This is your chance to venture into the Valley of the Dinosaurs once the sun has set, confront the challenges of the Predator High Ropes in the dark, and see the world of creepy crawlies at Animal Encounters.

Prepare yourself for an exhilarating summer night filled with excitement as you savor delectable treats from a diverse range of street food vendors. From the irresistible Bucket List loaded fries to the finger-licking BBQ delights of Swosh Nosh, and whenever you require a pick-me-up, indulge in a barista-style coffee from Deans Beans.

Amidst the array of interactive stalls, including Twinkle SEN and Dereham Theatre Company, you’ll find ample opportunities to engage. Adding to the ambiance, the Big Summer Blowout Band will deliver live music that resonates throughout the evening.

Get more details here.

Bank Holiday Steam Gala at North Norfolk Railway

When: 26 – 28 August

The Bank Holiday Steam Gala will three locomotives and free Explorer’s Trail for all children. Rover tickets will allow you to travel between Sheringham and Holt all day.

Get more information here.

Spread Eagle Beer Festival

When: 26 – 27 August

Enjoy for two days of pure delight at the Beer Festival at The Spread Eagle in Erpingham where they will have 2 real ales on the stillage and 6 on the main bar, complemented by a selection of ciders. Satisfy your taste buds while enjoying live music and delectable food.

Get more information here.

Brickfest 2023

When: 27 August

Brickfest this year will feature three stages (depending on weather conditions) showcasing an assortment of Rock, Rockabilly, Metal, and Acoustic favourites at the Brickmakers in Norwich. True to tradition, the event will continue its mission of supporting local charities and projects. Admission is just £5.

On the day, indulge in scrumptious culinary delights from Carens Cabin and Destiny Donuts and Sweet Treats. Additionally, an array of stalls will be present, ensuring a vibrant and varied experience for all attendees.

Get more information here.

RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre Open Day

When: 27 August

Explore the fascinating world of animal care through seal feeding, owl pellet dissection, and more engaging activities. Enjoy tombolas, raffles, educational stalls, and a variety of food and craft offerings from the Norfolk Farmers Market. Witness the dedication of vets and vet nurses in open areas like the veterinary corridor. Your £5 admission fee per car or family of 5 (cash only) directly supports the wildlife rescue efforts. With ample parking available and guide dogs welcome, you can enjoy a day of fun that helps save precious animals.

Get more information here.

All About Dogs Show at Norfolk Showground

When: 27 – 28 August

It’s an event for you and your dog. There will be classes, activities, and the opportunity to learn about new products for your dog. Be sure to get tickets in advance as they do not guarantee tickets will be available at the gate.

Get more information here.

Aylsham Show

When: 28 August

The 2023 Alysham Show is all about food, fun and farming with an exciting new showground layout at the National Trust’s Blickling Park. It’s the country’s largest one-day agricultural show.

Get more information here.

Norwich Theatre Family Festival

When: 29 August – 1 September

Norwich Theatre’s Festival is back for a second year with special events at Norwich Theatre Royal, The Playhouse, and Stage Two to celebrate families of all shapes and sizes. Join in various activities and shows, including some free options. 

Find out more information here. Tickets are going fast!

Sheringham Beach Life

When: 29 August – 1 September

Prepare for the ultimate summer finale as Sheringham Beach Life returns! Four exciting days of free activities for children and young people await, marking the perfect conclusion to the summer holidays.

Organized by the collaborative efforts of Sheringham’s churches and backed by Scripture Union, Beach Life promises an action-packed extravaganza right by the shoreline. From toddlers to 16-year-olds, everyone’s covered across various age groups. Delve into an array of engaging events, encompassing sports, drama, creative Bible teachings, colossal inflatables, artistic crafts, and, with a bit of luck, plenty of sunshine. And let’s not forget the epic tide fight that has become legendary.

Find out more here.

Visible: Norfolk’s Neurodiversity Festival

When: 30 – 31 August

The Forum in Norwich proudly welcomes back Nansa’s (Norfolk and Norwich SEND Association) Neurodiversity Festival for its second year. This event promises a dynamic lineup of expert-led discussions and interactive workshops, complemented by a diverse array of information stands hosted by local agencies, charities, and projects dedicated to supporting and advocating for individuals with neurodivergent conditions. It will be a day of empowerment, education, and celebration of neurodiversity.

Get more information here.

Looking Ahead

Check out September Events in Norfolk

Something to Look Forward to Next August

Sea Palling Lifeboat Day

When: TBC August 2024

Head to Sea Palling for a day of fun for the whole family hosted by Sea Palling Independent Lifeboat. There will be games, Lifeboat displays and refreshments.

Get more information here.

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