It feels like the last bank holiday was so far away, we are all probably in need of another one by now, right? Thankfully, there’s one just around the corner, and - of course - Norwich and Norfolk has everything you need to make the most it. There’s so much on this week it’s been hard to narrow it down!
For families, a trip to Holkham Hall in beautiful north Norfolk is perfect. Holkham is a beautiful palladian style stately home, set in 25,000 acres of estate and right by the sea. On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th, go on a deer safari though the park, in a tractor and trailer. Not only is this a great way to see the park, but you can also learn all about the deer that live there. Tickets: Adult £5, Child (2 - 16 inc) £2.50.
Then, on Sunday 27th there is the rare opportunity view the private gardens at Holkham Hall, which are normally closed to the public. Here you can see the spectacular arboretum with its rare specimen trees, the magnolia trees, beautiful Tulip Tree and carpets of bluebells. This will be very summery indeed! Tickets: Adult £10, Child (2-16 years incl.) £5.
Times for both the deer safari and garden tour do vary, so check the Holkham website to plan your trip.
Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden
Continuing the outdoors-theme (and the weather does look set to be warm and dry, according to the forecast!), next week on Wednesday 30th May, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden also have some special outdoor activities on. During the day, Wild Touch wildlife rescue will be there, so you can learn more about the exotic animals that the centre helps, and meet some of the animals too!
Then in the evening, join an evening cruise along the tranquil River Bure, to see St Benet’s Abbey at dusk. The Abbey was a monastery founded in the Anglo-Saxon Period, and used throughout the Middle Ages until it was closed in the 1530’s. It’s an awesome sight, and you can still explore the gatehouse and ruins today – you can see carvings on the bricks from hundreds of years ago! After that, you’ll return for a hot chocolate in the tearoom if you need warming up!
Ticket for river cruise: £16.50 adult, £11.50 child, and this includes garden entry from 10am. You will have to book this one though, as places are limited.
Back to the bank holiday weekend, and take your pick of music events happening in Norwich. There’s LOADS. On Friday 25th, BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend fringe event will be coming to OPEN, so you’ll be able to hear emerging artists in a spectacular setting. On Saturday, Earlham Park hosts ‘Let’s Rock Norwich’ retro festival, with a fantastic line up of 80s artists, and if 80s music isn’t quite your thing, then the London Chamber Choir are also performing their concert ‘My Love’ on Saturday, in the beautiful, medieval St Peter Mancroft Church. Finally, Sunday sees the Sunday Sessions arrive, again at Earlham Park - the line up for this includes the Kaiser Chiefs, Tom Odell and Sub Focus.
NNF18 - The Literature Weekend
It’s still not too late to catch the last of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, either. This week, the Spiegeltent transforms into a literature tent, and hosts some of the greatest literary voices of today. On Friday hear ‘A New Map of Wonders’ by Caspar Henderson, on Saturday Jackie Hagan, Owen Lowery and Tom Shakespeare present ‘When disability writes back’, and on Sunday Caitlin Davies takes us through a history of incarcerated women in ‘Bad Girls’.
Tickets for all of these events are £8.
Norwich Market in Wonderland
And finally, next week is ‘Norwich Market in Wonderland’. This is going to be just as magical as it sounds. Every day from Wednesday 30th May to Friday 1st of June, join your favourite characters including the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts and Alice herself on the market from 11am until 3pm.
You can also take part in the free treasure trail around the market with prizes and face painting, trail sheets will be available from stalls 14 and 15. Then after all that hard work, you have food from all over the world to choose from in order to build your strength back up!
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