As the thought of 'back to school' looms large for children, we thought we'd look ahead to all the reasons to be cheerful as autumn approaches. We may be waving goodbye to barbecues and beach days soon but how about kicking up the leaves on woodland walks, the return of the Sunday roast and clutching woolly gloves around steaming mugs of mulled wine? Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
Image: Yes, it is a Christmas picture. In August. Sorry.
Here are six big events to look forward to:
OKTOBERFEST - 5th - 7th October
A taste of Munich comes to Norwich from 5th to 7th October when OPEN is transformed into a bierkeller! Grab your Bavarian beer stein, fill up on a bratwurst and celebrate like they do on the Theresienwiese fields in Germany, where the festival has been going since 1811. Tickets are selling fast but there are currently still some tickets available for Thursday 5th October. Check availability and book Oktoberfest online. The bierkeller is open to over 18s only and tickets start at £10.75.
PORKSTOCK - Saturday 14th October
This one is for all ages and it's completely free! Porkstock isn't just about scoffing tasty sausages, it's about celebrating everything that is wonderful and delicious about Norfolk food and drink. There will be cookery demonstrations, treats to try and to buy, live music and plenty of games and activities to keep children entertained. Oh, and of course, that all important crowd-pleaser, the sausage eating competition! The event takes place at the Norfolk Showground with free entry and free parking.
NORWICH BEER FESTIVAL - Monday 23rd - Saturday 28th October
This year is an extra special reason to raise a glass because it marks the 40th anniversary of the CAMRA beer festival in Norwich. The festival draws thousands of people every year to enjoy a huge variety of beers. There will be more than 220 cask-conditioned real ales on sale, alongside 200 draught and bottled beers and more than 70 ciders and perries. The festival draws long queues to St Andrew's and Blackfriars' Halls so, to guarantee yourself a place, book tickets in advance at the CAMRA website; entry prices from £1 to £5.
SPOOKY CITY - Tuesday 31st October
This is Halloween fun for the whole family. There's a spooky parade setting off from Chapelfield Gardens, arriving at City Hall for more ghoulish goings-on and entertainment for all ages. Get dressed up, carve yourself a pumpkin and join this spooktacular free event from 6pm.
BIG BOOM FIREWORKS - 3rd November
The city skies will be lighting up in all the colours of the rainbow as big booms blast off from Norwich Castle. The firework event is free to attend with the first sparks flying at 7.30pm.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH ON - 16th November
We hate to mention Christmas in August but it's raining today and we really need something to look forward to! It's hard not to feel all warm and gooey inside when you think about pulling on furry boots and gloves and hunting down some warm cider while you listen to a rosy-cheeked choir singing carols. It's officially OK to talk non-stop about Christmas, crack out the mince pies and get excited about the season once the big switch-on has happened! Join Father Christmas for the celebrations from the foot of City Hall.
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