Events in Norfolk – July 2019

Here we list some of the great reasons to visit North Norfolk this July.   We list a few of things that we hope might appeal and can be an excuse for you to come and stay at Fakenham Fairways.

Historic show at Houghton by Britain’s greatest sculptor

Wednesday 1 May 2019 to Sunday 29th September 2019

What an opportunity to see some of this sculptor’s major works. Henry Moore lived from 1898 to 1986 and was one of the first British artists to become a global icon in his lifetime. He envisaged many of his works to be set in the open air. The grounds of Houghton Hall are the perfect setting for some of these pieces. However there will also be smaller works, models and etchings inside in the ground floor gallery spaces. He worked mainly in bronze but he also produced fibreglass replicas of some of his most iconic pieces, particularly for exhibition and two of these are on display at Houghton.

Houghton Hall is only 10 miles from Fakenham Fairways so why not book to stay  for Henry Moore at Houghton Hall

Ticket information:
Tickets £18 (Students £10, Free to Under 17s)

For All Contemporary Art Lovers….Stables of Houghton Hall

Until 29th September

Pop Up Festival in support of the above major exhibition of Henry Moore’s Sculptures. Originally many of Moore’s works were designed for the Festival of Britain in 1951. He and many of his contemporaries were asked to provide works that would convey a spirit of hope for the future after all the dark days following World War 2. Norfolk by Design are staging the pop up Festival in the Stables of Houghton Hall until 29th September. The basis of the fringe exhibition is to try and reproduce the optimistic spirit of the artists in 1951. Can you spot the link between the generations of artists and how subjects and themes are not necessarily linked to fashion?

Pensthorpe Natural Park


This 700 acre park was used for the location of the BBC Springwatch series from May 2008 to 2010. It is a stunning area and full of interest for all ages.  A place where you could easily spend several hours.

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A particular event takes place Saturday 7th July

Pensthorpe’s  first ever Summer market……where you can shop with a difference, relaxed and fun with a variety of stalls overflowing with crafts, food and drink.

Entry to the market is free





We are the closest campsite to Pensthorpe it is only 3.5 miles away. So why not Book A Pitch



An unusual walk from Salthouse

Why not join a group at St.Nicholas Church, Salthouse on Saturday 20th July at 13.45 until 15.30

This tour is organised by Cromer Museum and you can find more details on their website :- [email protected] or by phoning 01263 513543

You will find out about prehistoric barrows….what they are, why they were made and what they mean. There might also be time to visit St.Nicholas’s church.

Cost….£4 Museum pass holders £3

Distance from Fakenham Fairways……17 miles

Another Walk in Cromer

Sunday 21st July at 12.45 until 14.30

See how the effects of World War II helped to reform the town of Cromer. Your guide will point out architecture, and discuss its history, myths and legends.

For this walk advance booking is essential……please phone 01603 513543

Once again the tour is organised by Cromer Museum, visit link above for details of where to meet or phone the above number.

Cost….£4 Museum pass holders £3

Distance from Fakenham Fairways…..23 miles

Go Behind The Scenes at Holkham Hall

Every Wednesday in July at 11.00 until 12.30 or 13.30 until 15.00

Join a tour at Holkham Hall to see and understand what life was really like when the Hall was full of servants to administer to the needs of the nobility. You will get a feel for what was demanded of the staff. You will climb stairs to the highest tower and the attics and you will climb downstairs to the cellars.

Cost….£25 adult….£12.50 child (recommended age 10+)

Distance from Fakenham Fairways…..10 miles

Picnic and Paddle……Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Every Wednesday in July from 18.00 until 20.00

Free Spirit Canoe tours all abilities welcome and looked after by a qualified BCU instructor.
They provide the canoes for a gentle evening paddle to the reeds where you eat the picnic you have brought.

Cost….£24.50 adult…..£14 child (5 – 16 yrs)

Distance from Fakenham Fairways….36 miles

Tel: 01603 270449

See website Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Creak Abbey Farmers Market

Saturday 6th July 9.30 to 1pm

Yum yum.  Only 7 miles from Fakenham Fairways we can personally recommend this one…. An award winning market offering a brilliant selection of local produce including meat, vegetables, fruit, cheese, cakes, pies, fudge, breads, oils, juices…… Set in 2 old Norfolk Barns and spilling outside I might give you a shopping list!

Cromer Pier Show….2nd July to 21st September

The show in 2018 was thought to be the best ever with audiences travelling from far and wide. It is probably the only full season end of pier show with a host of live variety entertainment. So this year the aim is to do even better.

Go to website for full details and booking arrangements.

Distance from Fakenham Fairways approx. 23 miles

Dereham Blues Festival….10th – 14th July

This is a must for all Blues lovers and it is only 15 miles from Fakenham Fairways

Go to website to book

Holkham Hall…..Dog Show and Family Fun Day…Sunday 14th July

Fun for everyone not just the dogs. Classes and activities for your dog to enter plus a variety of brilliant entertainment for the children and many craft and trade stalls, food outlets and 2 live bands for the adults. All proceeds are in aid of the Wells Community Hospital Trust and the event is sponsored  by Socius the restaurant in Burnham Market.

For details or more information phone: 01328 711996 or email [email protected]

Free entry via the Golden Gates…car parking £3   Open 10.00 until16.00

Norfolk Wildlife Trust [NWT] Events – within 25 miles of Fakenham Fairways

Holme Nature Walk…Thursday 11th July

Guided walk to view the abundant wildlife and variety of habitats

Starts at 10.30 and finishes 12.30…..Cost £5 [includes Reserve fee entry] Venue… NWT Holme Dunes

To book (it is essential) and for information phone: 01485 525240

Holme Ramble….Thursday 25th July

Guided walk of approximately 2 miles across Redwell Marshes and on to the less well known Holme Marshes.

Starts at 10.30 finishes at 12.30….cost £5 [includes Reserve fee entry] Venue…NWT Holme Dunes, meet at ticket hut at top of Broadwater track. Parking available at Saltings.

Booking is essential….phone: 01485 525240

Ben Garrod’s Ocean Commotion…Sunday 21st July

This is a fun day for all the family to celebrate all that is so great about the North Norfolk Coast…hands on activities for everyone whatever age.

Starts at 11.00 until 16.00….Free…..Venue….NWT Cley Marshes down on the beach

For more information go to website…Cley Calling Family Living Seas

Morning Stroll with BBQ lunch….Sunday 21st July

Event takes place between 10.30 and 13.30…Cost including food…£12……Venue.. NWT Cley Marshes

Booking is essential… 01263 740008


Holkham Country Fair…Saturday 20th July – Sunday 21st July

The surroundings for this extravaganza could not be better. The Earl and Countess of Leicester have kindly allowed the Holkham Estate to be used for this very special event. Probably the highlights for most will occur in the Grand Ring entertainment but there will also be  showground events and a host of trade stands.

Gates open at 9.00 and closing ceremony is around 18.00.


Venue Holkham Estate…cost £18 [on line £15.75] Two Day Adult    £26 [on line only]. Parking is free.

Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome. Please go to website for full details.

Cromer Lifeboat Day…Sunday 28th July

The day begins at 10.00a.m. and will include the launch of two lifeboats and demonstrations. RNLI days always have lots of events in which people can participate.

Distance from Fakenham Fairways 23 miles.

Holt Festival 21st – 27th July

A celebration of the arts with all represented from music to voice to dance. Please go to the website Holt Festival to appreciate what is on offer.

Distance from Fakenham Fairways 13 miles


Wells-Next-The-Sea Carnival Friday 26th July to Sunday 4th August

Do not miss one of the best traditional summer carnivals. Just watch or take an active part in seaside activities which include a sand castle competition, sand sculptures, gillying on the quay [that’s crabbing!], town crier competition, plus much more. Check out their website for full details.

Distance from Fakenham Fairways 9 miles