September Events in Norfolk

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sunset over a field with bales of hay in Norfolk in September

Summer may be over, but the weather is still relatively warm in September in Norfolk. You will want to make the most of it and enjoy some more outdoor festivals and events, before it starts getting cold.

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September 2023 Events in Norfolk

If you are looking for things to do in Norfolk in September, you have come to the right place. Here you will find events happening in September 2023 in Norfolk. It includes some events that are family-friendly and/or free.

One of the highlights in September is Heritage Open Days. Every year, thousands of special events take place across England to celebrate history and culture. This year it will take place 9-18 September.

September is also typically apple picking season in Norfolk and towards the end of the month, you will start to see Oktoberfest celebrations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sundown Festival

When: 1 – 3 September

See some of the UK’s top pop and bass artists at the Norfolk Showground. This music festival offers the option to camp for the weekend too.

Get the details here.

Shouldham Beer Fest

When: 1 – 3 September

The Shouldham Beer festival is back with lots of real ales, cider, food, music and more on the Village Green. Camping is available at the village playing field.

Get more details here.

Weybourne Folk Day

When: 2 September

Get ready for a fantastic lineup of Folk entertainment just for you at the Weyborne Village Hall! From talented singers and musicians to lively dancers, there’s something to suit every taste. There will also be a Folk Walk, a leisurely stroll of about 2 miles, where you’ll enjoy 3/4 unaccompanied songs along the way. The day will wrap up with the Ceilidh/Barndance.

Get more information here.

North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival

When: 2 – 3 September

Head to Holkham Park for a huge celebration of all that is best about food grown, reared, caught, made or sold in North Norfolk. Expect to find a wide range of tasty food and drink including freshly baked bread, delicious pork pies, real ale, local spirits, and more.

Get more information here.

Learn more about other food festivals in Norfolk.

Kelling Heath Beer Festival

When: 7 – 10 September

It’s another weekend full of celebrations of Norfolk’s finest breweries and distilleries. The beer festival will also have a selection of dining options from the Terrace restaurant and takeaway pizzeria, as well as a variety of local food pop-ups.

In addition to the delicious drinks and food, visitors will also be treated to live music performances in the Village Square throughout the weekend. If you’re looking to make a weekend out of it, be sure to book a campsite in advance.

Get more information here.

Norwich Foodies Festival

When: 8 – 10 September

Head to Earlham Park in Norwich for a huge celebration of leading chefs, tasty food, enchanting drinks, and live music. Save on admission by getting tickets in advance.

You can get discounted tickets on Groupon here.

Get more information here.

Norfolk Heritage Open Days

When: 8 – 17 September

For 2023, the theme for Heritage Open Days will be ‘Creativity Unwrapped’ to celebrate creativity in all forms. There will be guided tours, exhibitions, and more special events that are all free.

Read our guide to the 2022 Norfolk Heritage Open Days to get an idea of what to expect.

Check out our guide to the 2023 Norfolk Heritage Open Days to find out more about this year’s event.

Rugby World Cup

When: 8 September – 28 October

Can England Rugby win another World Cup? It’s been 20 years now! Check out our post to learn more about where you can watch the Rugby World Cup in Norfolk.

Sandringham Game & Country Fair

When: 9 – 10 September

Sandringham plays host to one of East Anglia’s best country fairs that celebrates the best in equine sports, country pursuits and the wonderful world of dogs. There is something for the whole family to enjoy.

Find out the details here.

Thorpe St. Andrew Street Food Festival

When: 10 September

Head to Fitzmaurice Park to find all your favourite food trucks. You will be entertained by local legend Joe Ringer while you eat.

Find out more here.

King’s Lynn Classic Car Day

When: 10 September

Experience the Classic Car Day at Tuesday Market Place in King’s Lynn. With 225 exhibitor spaces and the potential for more, this free event is a must-attend for classic car enthusiasts. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate automotive nostalgia and marvel at the timeless craftsmanship of these cherished vehicles.

Get more information here.

The Out There Festival

When: 15 – 17 September

Expect a innovative and diverse programme including international circus, comedy, and street arts on the seafront, in St Georges Park and around the Great Yarmouth town centre.  

Get details here.

Brancaster Staithe Sea Shanty Festival Weekend

When: 15 – 17 September

In a spirited quest to preserve the tradition of Shanty Songs and keep them alive, 16 performing Shanty Groups are coming together for the Brancaster Staithe Sea Shanty Festival Weekend. These groups will showcase their ‘Shanty’ repertoire with heartfelt performances at five different destinations in Brancaster Staithe and the neighbouring Deepdale village.

You’re invited to join in the festivities at The Jolly Sailors, The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club, Brancaster Staithe & Burnham Deepdale Village Hall, and St Mary’s Church Burnham Deepdale. Along the way, there will be much merriment and singalongs, all while contributing to the important cause of collecting funds for two local charities – RNLI Hunstanton and Brancaster Coastwatch.

Get more information here.

Ludham Illuminated Boat Parade

When: 16 September

The highly anticipated Ludham Illuminated Boat Parade makes its return, now with an exciting new route! Departing from the picturesque Womack Staithe under the warm daylight, the 25 boats will gradually transform into a mesmerizing spectacle as they approach the iconic Potter Heigham Bridge and then head back again.

Womack Staithe and Potter Heigham are both designated viewing areas with live entertainment and food. You will also be able to get a great view from the Potter Riverbank and all along Womack Dyke.

Get more information here.

1940s Weekend in Sheringham and Holt

When: 16 – 17 September

The North Norfolk Railway hosts the annual 1940s weekend (back for its 27th year) which is also celebrated in the towns of Sheringham and Holt. Put on your uniform or 1940s civilian dress and join in on the fun.

Get the details here.

North Norfolk Triathlon

When: 17 September

Athletes from around the UK head to Wells-Next-The-Sea to compete in a challenging Olympic distance event that includes a swim in the quay followed by a bike race and a 10km run. Grab a spot in the quayside to catch the action.

Get the details about the race here.

Watton Carnival

When: 17 September

Watton will have a parade, children’s rides, fundraising stalls, and lots of food and drink for their carnival. You can also enjoy live music and entertainment on stage throughout the day. The theme for 2023 will be heroes.

Get more information here.

Great Yarmouth Beer and Circus Festival

When: 19 – 22 September

The Beer and Circus Festival is back at the Drill House on York Road in Great Yarmouth. There will be a range of beers and ciders from breweries across the region including casks from Lacons along with a special international selection!

The festival will have live entertainment included in the entry fee which is only £3.

Get more information here.

NCFSC Annual Quiz Night

When: 21 September

Norwich City Fans Social Club is hosting their popular annual quiz at the Gunn Club at Carrow Road. The fabulous Michael Bailey is hosting and in addition to the quiz they will have a raffle, an auction and chips!

Get more information and buy tickets here.

Deepdale Festival – Burnham Deepdale

When: 21 – 24 September

Deepdale Camping & Rooms hosts a small music festival with five stages.  You can also enjoy a variety of food and drink stalls, pop up shops and the Deepdale businesses will be open for you to browse.

Get more information here.

Hunstanton Soap Box Derby

When: 22 September

Nearly 50 home-built karts took part in the Soap Box Derby held in Hunstanton in 2023. It’s entertaining to watch the karts race down the streets of Hunstanton starting on Greevegate then twisting and turning their way to Beach Terrace Road.

Get more information here.

Garden and Outdoor Living Fair at Holkham

When: 23 September

Get inspiration for planting and accessorising your garden with this pop-up fair in the Holkham’s walled garden. Holkham’s gardeners will also be here, leading tours and giving talks, including a visit to the spectacular, newly-restored Samuel Wyatt Vinery. Children will enjoy the special gardening and activity zone and there will also be light refreshments available.

This event is included with admission to Holkham’s walled garden.

Get more information here.

Nor Con (The Norfolk TV, Film, & Comic Con)

When: 23 – 24 September

If you love your Batman, Iron Man, Dr Who or any other type of complete “Nerdity” then you need to get to Nor Con at the Norfolk Showground. It has been voted among the UK’s top 10 Comic Cons by arts and entertainment guide The List and described by SciFi Now magazine as, “..probably the friendliest convention on Earth”.

There will be plenty of displays, exhibits, celebrities, talks and loads of traders from across the galaxy selling everything from clothing to bespoke cosplay accessories.

Get more information here.

*If you plan to attend both days, you could book this affordable hotel close to the venue.

Norfolk Open Studios

When: 23 September – 8 October

Norfolk Open Studios is a well-loved annual event run by the Norfolk & Norwich Festival team which celebrates the creativity and talent of Norfolk makers and creators. Visitors can see artists in their working space, this might be in their own home, studio, garage/shed or garden, to learn about their work and buy their art.

All studios are free to visit. Get more details here.

The Autumn Festival of Norfolk

When: 23 September – 25 November

Formerly known as the Hostry Festival, the Autumn Festival of Norfolk celebrates creativity, inclusion and year-round community. The diverse program includes parties, theatre performances, poetry readings, film screenings, talks, workshops, and more.

Get more information here.

Great Norwich Duck Race

When: 24 September

Don’t miss the exciting Great Norwich Duck Race, an incredible fundraising event in support of Break! Witness the thrilling spectacle as numerous ducks take the plunge into the River Wensum, starting their race from St Georges Bridge and striving to reach the finish line at Fye Bridge, near the renowned Ribs of Beef riverside pub.

Get more information here.

Life of Pi at Norwich Theatre Royal

When: 25 – 30 September

“Life of Pi,” the Olivier Award-winning play based on Yann Martel’s best-selling book, is coming to the Norwich Theatre Royal. With jaw-dropping visuals and world-class puppetry, this production has wowed audiences on the West End and Broadway and is doing it’s first UK tour.

The story follows Pi, who survives a Pacific Ocean storm, ending up on a lifeboat with a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Royal Bengal tiger. It’s a tale of endurance and hope, based on a book that has sold over fifteen million copies worldwide and won the Man Booker Prize.

Find out more about it here. Read our review of Life of Pi at Norwich Theatre Royal.

Tales in the Park

When: 30 September

Tales In The Park a one-day extravaganza at Earlham Park in Norwich that includes music, culture, and themed areas.

Get more information and buy tickets here.

African and Caribbean Market

When: 30 September

Norfolk’s only African & Caribbean Market returns to the Forum in Norwich. Step inside to discover an array of fabulous stalls featuring unique products sourced from both Africa and the Caribbean. And outside, don’t miss the popular African & Caribbean street food market, complemented by performances by local musicians and dancers.

Get more information here.

Flamingo Fiesta

When: 30 September – 1 October

It’s a weekend of flamingos and pink at Pensthorpe! Engage in a spectrum of activities, from crafting with flamingo themes to embarking on pond-dipping escapades. Engrossing talks about these elegant creatures, paired with delectable flamingo-inspired treats at the café, are in store. Gilda, the amiable flamingo, will be present for memorable photo sessions and heartwarming cuddles.

Transform your look with face-painting, an attraction for all ages. And here’s an added bonus: anyone – child or adult – dressed in flamingo fancy dress or themed attire receives a 10% entry discount upon arrival.

All these exciting activities are included in the price of your ticket. Get more information here.

Something to Look Forward to Next September

World in the Gardens

When: Not happening in 2023, hoping it will come back in 2024

This one day music and cultural event in Chapelfield Gardens in Norwich features a top world music line-up. It is presented by Rhythms Sans Frontieres and Wild Paths Festival.

Get more information here.

Great Yarmouth & Waveney Pride

When: Not happening in 2023, hoping it will come back in 2024

In 2022 the theme was be One World, One Heart, One Pride. The day included a parade and then a variety of acts will perform throughout the day on the Alexis St Clair Memorial Stage.

Get more information here.

Looking Ahead

Check out October Events in Norfolk.

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