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Norfolk HarFest


The month ahead...



Autumn is here! Get your jumpers out the wardrobe, and pull those cans of soup out from the back of the cupboard; the season of crunchy leaves and accidentally-left-at-home umbrellas is upon us.

There's lots coming up in Norwich over October, so get your diary out and book these in!

Pictured: Norfolk Harfest - 6th October

Into the countryside whilst the weather remains good ..

This Saturday 29th September, book a boat trip from Fairhaven Garden to medieval St Benet's Abbey, with a 45 minute guided tour of the Abbey too. Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is a beautiful area of the Broads in South Walsham, with walks and ancient woodlands. It also has its own Broad and a very nice tea shop with award-winning scones! You must book in advance: adult £18, child £12!

Holkham Estate offer Deer Discovery Walks, and the next one is 11am – 2pm, on 3rd October. Tickets: Adult £6.50, Child (2-16 years incl.) £3.25. The walks are informal and suitable for all ages and there’s plenty of time to ask questions about the deer herd and the surrounding on Holkham Estate. Well-behaved dogs on leads are also welcome!

Fallow Deer in Holkham Park
Fallow Deer in Holkham Park


Fairhaven has one of the best annual Halloween events in the county. Follow the spooky trail (with lots of surprises!) and make it back for the firework finale at 7.45pm! It really is an event for the whole family to enjoy (ages from 3 yrs, no pushchairs and dogs). It’s very popular so make sure you book tickets ahead. 31st Oct, Adults £9.50, children £5.50. Starts at 6pm.

Norwich Ghost Walks is always a good night out - you'll never look at the city in the same way again. They have special Halloween walks running from 28 – 31 October from Cow Tower at 7pm and 9pm (check out website for days/times). Tickets are £10 each and they encourage Halloween fancy dress (there is a prize for best dressed!)

Younger children need not miss out as Norwich Puppet Theatre host a Halloween Characters puppet making workshop for ages 5+ cost is £9.50. There are several sessions so check their website  for full details. BeWILDerwood  also have a gorgeous, magical glowing lantern parade suitable for a younger audience, which runs from Saturday 13th October  to Wednesday 31st October, 10am until 5pm. You can pay in advance on their website (which is slightly discounted), or on the gate: Under 92cm free; 92–105cm £14.50; over 105cm £16.50; over 65’s £9.50 

Finally for Halloween itself (Wednesday 31st October), enjoy a fab night out in Norwich at Spooky City – keep a watch on the Norwich City Council website for further details - timings are 6pm – 8pm.

BeWILDerwood's Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade
BeWILDerwood's Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade

Free & Low Cost

If you like walking, but not venturing too far out alone, Holkham Hall in North Norfolk have Walking Women coming up, on Tuesday 2nd October 10am to 11:30am. Women are free to join this monthly walk which starts at Wells Beach Café – and it's free.

On Saturday 6th of October, the farm is coming into the city, as Norfolk HarFest returns for another year! This fantastic, free event brings animals, tractors and local food and drink to the Cathedral grounds, for the whole family to enjoy throughout the day. In association with Woodforde's Brewery and organised by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, this is a perfect event to see in Autumn. 

Porkstock is an annual free daytime food festival at the Showground in Norwich on 13th October, celebrating all the wonderful Norfolk talent we have and produce. There’s all manner of local food and drink, children’s activities plus a big demo kitchen featuring Richard Hughes, Richard Bainbridge, 'Bake Off' contestant Kate Barmby and others.  In the evening it’s the spectacular over-18s Knees Up with live music! Tickets are £20 - proceeds go to the wonderful Norfolk charity Nelson’s Journey.

Coco (Film) is showing at Stage Two Theatre Royal Norwich, 23rd October 2018 2pm - 3:45pm, PG. It’s free but must be booked due to limited capacity and children must be accompanied by an adult. The film is about an aspiring musician Miguel on an extraordinary journey! Exploring traditions of the 'Day of the Dead' and the power of unconditional love, this is a fun family film with an important message at its heart. 

And of course... 

On Friday 2nd November at 7.30pm, you can enjoy an enormous, FREE fireworks display in the city centre, at Norwich annual Big Boom. Places are open late, and there's an amazing atmosphere in the city - don't miss it!

Fireworks over Norwich
Fireworks over Norwich


Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.

East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham. Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen and Amsterdam, and seasonally from Guernsey and Jersey.

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