March Events in Norfolk

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Norwich Cathedral with daffodils in the foreground

March is the beginning of spring in Norfolk. The season brings with it the promise of warmer weather and longer days filled with sunshine. March is also the month to celebrate and honour the wonderful mothers in our lives with Mother’s Day.

To make the most out of this delightful time, we’ve compiled a list of the best events in Norfolk in March 2023.

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March 2023 Norfolk Events

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

Walsingham Abbey Snowdrops

When: 23 January – 5 March 2023

Walsingham Abbey is one of the best places to see snowdrops in Norfolk. They reopen on 23 January for their Snowdrop Walks where you can explore the grounds to see these beautiful white flowers, the ruins of the Abbey, the Crypt, Shirehall Museum, and Prison.

Admission is £6 for adults, £2.50 for children 6-16, and free for under 6. Historic Houses members are free. No booking is required, and you must pay by card.

Read our guide to seeing the Walsingham Abbey snowdrops.

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.

The Girl From the North Country at Norwich Theatre Royal

When: 28 February – 4 March

The Girl From the North Country is a critically acclaimed musical featuring the music of Bob Dylan. It’s set in 1930s Minnesota during the Great Depression and follows the lives of the inhabitants of a boarding house, each struggling with their own problems. The show is back in the UK for its first major tour.

Read our review of The Girl From the North Country to learn more.

Raveningham Woodland Lumiere

When: 1 – 25 March Moved to November 2023

A winter light and art trail at the same place where they hold the Raveningham Sculpture Trail. Read our review from Lumiere 2021 and check out a short video from our 2022 visit here to learn more about what to expect.

Admission is £6 per adult and under 18s are free. Get more information here.

Quiz and Chips with Home Start

When: 3 March

Join Home-Start Norfolk and Norwich City Council for a fun-filled Quiz and Chips Night at The Halls in Norwich. You can have fun, win amazing prizes, and support a worthy cause.

In addition to the quiz, your ticket also includes food from Grosvenor Fish Bar, raffle, and other interactive games. There will be a bar where you can purchase drinks.

Get more information here.

Discover Japan at the Forum

When: 4 March

Join in on various intercultural activities, including a Japanese language taster, origami, Japanese calligraphy and many more for free thanks to the Japan Foundation.

Learn more here.

Local Saver Weekend at Bure Valley Railroad

When: 4 – 5 March

The Bure Valley Railway runs from Wroxham to Aylsham. You can get 50% OFF all full priced fares by using the code LOCAL5023 at checkout or when calling 01263 733858.

Bufferstop Books at Wroxham Station will be offering everything at half price during this weekend too.

Pre-booking is essential. Get more information here.

ABBA Disco Wonderland at The LCR

When: 10 March

Spend the evening dancing to ABBA hits with some of the BEST 70’S/80’S tracks sprinkled in. There will be spectacular shows of confetti canons & ColdFire/C02 jets on the dance floor too.

You are encouraged to come in your best groovy 70s fashion as there will be a best dressed competition. They will also have drink specials.

Get more information and buy tickets here.

‘Cause You Gotta Have Friends Fundraiser at the Maddermarket Theatre

When: 10 March

Join a spontaneous gala evening featuring performances by talented local artists. The event aims to raise essential emergency funds to keep the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich open. It is a chance to support the venue and share Maddermarket stories while enjoying a drink from the bar.

Get details here.

King’s Lynn Fiction Festival

When: 10 – 12 March

The King’s Lynn Fiction Festival, which has been running since 1984 (except for during the pandemic), is back at the Town Hall on the Saturday Marketplace. Book lovers can attend readings, discussions, and browse a large book stall.

Get more information here.

Concert for Ukraine

When: 11 March

St. Gregory’s Orchestra will be performing a free concert for the people of Ukraine at the Salvation Army Citadel in Norwich. There will be a retiring collection.

Get more details here.

Broadland Spring Fair

When: 11 March

Come to the early Spring Fair where you can browse through more than 30 indoor and outdoor stalls showcasing a diverse range of local crafts, produces, baked goods, and confectionery. You’ll also find plenty of gift ideas for Mother’s Day and Easter and there will be a pop-up cafe serving artisan snacks, baked goods, and refreshments.

Get more information here.

Norfolk Maker’s Festival at the Forum

When: 11 – 19 March

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.

ATW Great Yarmouth Seafront 10K & Half Marathon

When: 12 March

This will be the second running of the Great Yarmouth Seafront Half Marathon and 10k.

The course starts and finishes on the running track and goes by some of the most popular attractions in Great Yarmouth, including the Venetian Waterways, seafront amusement arcades, Nelson’s monument and the Pleasure Beach. There will be live music along the way to keep your spirits high.

Get more information here.

The YNAC Arts & Crafts Fair

When: 18 March

Young creatives aged 16 – 30 will be selling their products at this special free arts and crafts fair at the Norwich Arts Centre.

Get more information here.

The Gin to My Tonic Festival

When: 18 March

Try a wide range of different craft gins and spirits (vodka and rum) from across the UK and beyond at The Halls in Norwich.  You will learn about new gins you are likely not to have discovered yet and enjoy tasting samples from an array of exhibiting distillers. There will also be live entertainment to get into the party spirit.

Tickets are £16.50 per person. Cash and card payments will be accepted for tokens to be used at the bar. You must be 18 or older to attend.

Get more information here.

East Anglian Yarn Festival

When: 18 – 19 March

If you enjoy knitting, crochet, spinning or any fibre arts, you don’t want to miss this festival at Norfolk Showground. There will be more than 85 amazing fibre festival vendors from across the UK, as well as classes and workshops for a range of different woolly related crafts.

If you would like to stay at a hotel close by, we recommend the Premier Inn A47 West. Check the price and availability here.

Get more information about the festival here.

Mothering Sunday/Mother’s Day

When: 19 March

Time to treat Mum to something special. There are lots of places around the county offering special deals for the occasion. Check out our list of the best Mother’s Day specials in Norfolk.

Fakenham Gin & Beer Festival

When: 24 -25 March

Back for the 10th time, the Fakenham Gin & Beer Festival will have 25 beers & ciders, Black Shuck gin & spirits, food & live music.  It raises money for Fakenham Community Centre and First Focus.

Get more information here.

Read about more beer festivals in Norfolk.

Deepdale Hygge Festival 

When: 24 – 26 March

Deepdale Hygge is a celebration of the North Norfolk Coast, where people can enjoy simple pleasures such as live music, the great outdoors, meeting friends, and experiencing the best of the coast. It is inspired by the Danish word Hygge, meaning enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

Get more information here.

Read about more music festivals in Norfolk here.

1940’s Big Band Dance at Great Yarmouth Town Hall

When: 25 March

1940’s Big Band Dance is back due to popular demand after a successful event last year. It will feature a dance workshop by ‘Swingymabobs,’ followed by two sets of music by the ‘Super Swing Big Band.’ Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1940’s style.

Tickets cost £19.50 and can be booked by emailing or calling 01493 846154.

Get more information here.

Local Maker’s Market

When: 25 -26 March

Come and explore the 2-day market located in the heart of Norwich, where the finest local craft scene is showcased. You will discover a range of exquisite handmade ceramics, prints, jewellery, homewares and textiles created by talented artisans who will be trading both inside and outside the Forum.

Get more information here.

Music from the Movies at The Halls

When: 26 March

The world-renowned London Concertante will be preforming some of your favourite songs from iconic movie soundtracks. The program includes excerpts from George Lucas’ epic space opera ‘Star Wars’, Steven Spielberg’s iconic ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Schindler’s List’ and ‘ET’, along with other songs from ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘Skyfall’ and ‘The Godfather’, to name a few!

This is a concert that the whole family will enjoy.

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

Visible: Norfolk’s Neurodiversity Festival 1

When: 31 March – 1 April

The Forum in Norwich will host Nansa’s (Norfolk and Norwich SEND Association) first Neurodiversity Festival (sponsored by Loveday and Partners). There will be experts leading discussions and workshops along with a range of information stands facilitated by local agencies, charities, and projects, offering services for and/or championing for those with neurodivergent conditions. 

Get more information here.

Looking Ahead

See April Events in Norfolk here.

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