Events in Norfolk -May 2019

Here we list some of the great reasons to visit North Norfolk this May.   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.

Henry mooreHistoric show at Houghton by Britain’s greatest sculptor

Wednesday 1 May 2019 to Sunday 29th September 2019

In a unique collaboration with the Henry Moore Foundation, Houghton Hall in Norfolk presents the major exhibition, HENRY MOORE AT HOUGHTON HALL: NATURE AND INSPIRATION.

The exhibition includes several monumental outdoor pieces in the grounds of the house, as well as
a selection of smaller works, models and etchings, which will be shown in the ground floor gallery


Henry Moore (1898 – 1986) is considered to be one of the most important British artists of the
20th Century and arguably the most internationally celebrated sculptor of the modern era. Moore
was a pioneer, and the first British artist to become a global star in his own lifetime. His work came
to symbolize post-war modernism and can be said to have caused a British sculptural renaissance.
Moore’s sculpture can be seen in innumerable museum collections around the world. He worked
in many different mediums, but his most recognizable works are large bronze groups using both
figurative and abstract elements. He also produced fibreglass versions of some of his most iconic
pieces, specifically for exhibition, and two of these will be on show 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)


Docking MarketDocking Local Produce Market – Wednesday 15th May & 22nd May

11 miles from Fakenham Fairways is the delightful village of Docking where every Wednesday between 9am and 1pm you get the opportunity to enjoy fresh local produce from producers around Norfolk.  From fish and meat to vegetables bread and jams there are all sorts of flavours which we are sure will excite your taste buds.

Docking is only 10 miles from Fakenham Fairways so why not book for a stay  


Cley Marshes – walk with a warden – May 15th and May 29th

14 miles from Fakenham Fairways Cley Marshes is one of our most favourite spots along the North Norfolk coast.  The shingle beach,  saline lagoons and grazing marsh support large numbers of migrating and wintering wildfowl and waders and the cafe provides wonderful views of Norfolk’s oldest nature reserve.  It’s a wonderful place to wander on your own but if you fancy learning more there are a number of guided walks you can join.

Bernard Bishop has been the warden for more than forty years and is the third generation of his family to work at Cley Marshes. Hear about the history of Cley, how the reserve has changed over time and what life is like as a warden on a coastal nature reserve. Suitable for all walking abilities.

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Cost: £3.50 NWT members, £5 non-members. Booking essential: 01263 740008

Cley is only 14 miles from Fakenham Fairways so why not book to stay   and take a walk around Cley Marshes

Crab & lobster festival – Saturday 18th and 19th May

A festival dedicated to promoting our local seafaring heritage and fishing community. The fun starts on Friday with a traditional seaside variety concert at the famous pavilion theatre on Cromer pier and continues over the weekend in both Cromer and Sheringham.


Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair – 18th and 19th May from 10am

This is a celebration of birdwatching in Norfolk.  With guest speakers, demonstrations walks and talks the event will bring together experts and give you the chance to stay in Norfolk right in the middle of the main migratory period.  Amongst the speakers is Bill Oddie OBE who will be telling us about his life long passion for birds.

Mini Monsters at night – Cromer museum 18th May 6pm-9pm Free

There are some special guests at Cromer Museum with the arrival of lizards, snakes, spiders and a giant snail.  Your chance to meet these creatures and learn more about Norfolk’s own big monsters on the museums deep history coast safari trail.

Guided sea Kayaking with Canoeman – 19th May Brancaster

An amazing opportunity to see mudflat wildlife from a canoe.  Guided by a fully qualified coach who will point out the amazing flora and fauna of the marshes.  You will have the unique opportunity to see the mudflats close up.  Sounds amazing.

Salthouse: Walk with the Warden: 21 May 10.30am – 1.30pm

Explore new land in this circular walk along Attenborough’s walk, up the iron road and back along the shingle ridge with our warden George Baldock. This walk will help you to discover a new walking route in the Cley to Salthouse living landscape and take in the spectacular wildlife along the way.
Cost: £3.50 NWT members, £5 non-members Booking essential: 01263 740008

Salthouse is very accessible from Fakenham Fairways so why not book to stay  

Fakenham Farmers Market – Saturday 25th May

Right on our doorstep at Fakenham Fairways is the Fakenham farmers market.  A wide variety of fresh locally grown produce and a great atmosphere make this a wonderfully traditional Norfolk market.  With around 30 stalls each offering a variety of high quality produce

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios May 25th to June 9th

Open Studios

Over 400 artist exhibiting across Norfolk and Norwich.  One of the largest and most successful open studio schemes in the country. For 16 days each year, Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios celebrates the county’s artists and their achievements by offering them the opportunity to open their doors to the public to exhibit, sell and talk about their work. In 2018 over 450 artists will take part from over 250 studios and venues. 16 Norfolk schools are also taking part, celebrating the exceptional artistic talent of young people in the county.

Art Trails are organised by Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios artists, and offer visitors the opportunity to make a day of their studio visits as well as explore the local area. There are 16 Art Trails to choose from this year and details and maps can be found at the following website.

Fairy Fair – Bradmoor Woods West Acre – 26 and 27th May

Its the 21st fairy fair and this year it is being held in the magical woodlands of Bradmoor West Acre.  There will be magical workshops including fairy crowns and fairy training and a chance to learn about fairy pets (caterpillars).  There is live music, craft stalls maypole dancing and woodland trails.  And so so much more.

West Acre is only 16 miles from Fakenham Fairways so why not Book A Pitch now.

Spring calling – Pensthorpe Natural Park: 25th May-2 June

Pensthorpe As the nearest campsite to Pensthorpe we make the ideal base for a visit.  Always a great day out for the whole family and there is a special event this half term “Spring Calling”.

Spring is a wonderful time of year when new life begins and at Pensthorpe you can stir your senses and celebrate the wonder of nature.  You can explore the reserve with a sounds of spring trail and learn to identify bird calls.  There will be the opportunity for guided pond dipping and some nature-inspired craft making.

North Norfolk County Fair – Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May

All day arena entertainment – including falconry displays, ferret racing, brass bands, dogs & ducks.
2 large marquees with arts & crafts and local food & drink. Outside trade stands. Lots of displays and attractions including classic cars, a mobile zoo, rifle range and archery, climbing wall. Barton House miniature ride-on railway. Children’s rides and amusements. Car boot sale. Refreshments and bar

Organised by Weybourne Community Fund, a registered charity (1084183) all profits go to good causes within the village. Weybourne Community Field, A149 Coast Road, Weybourne, North Norfolk, NR25 7EY

Walsey Wander – Tuesdays 28 May 10.30am – 12.30pm

Discover the huge variety of wildlife and habitats in the North Norfolk Living Landscape. This walk starts at the visitor centre at Cley and heads east, up and along Walsey Hills with spectacular views across the marshes before heading down to Babcock hide and back along the Attenborough Way.
Cost: £3.50 NWT members, £5 non-members
Booking essential: 01263 740008

Why not book your stay at Fakenham Fairways and visit Cley Nature Reserve

Fascinating Fossils: West Runton beach 1pm – 2.30pm

West RuntonSee the remains of the amazing beasts that lived in Norfolk millions of years ago.  Good explorers might find a fossils to take home! Arrive at the beach cafe 15 minutes early.  Cost £3.50.






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