5 Things to do in Norfolk this July

Summer is here and the county is well and truly coming alive. I for one am rather excited about all of the things going on in July. From festivals to parades, fabulous performances and more. Here are 5 things to do in Norfolk this July.

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Lord Mayors Celebrations

Friday 6th – Sunday 8th July

In celebration of 250 years of the circus, the annual Lord Mayors celebration has a circus theme. It all kicks of with an elephant parade, big top entertainment and a funfair on Friday night. Life-sized elephant puppets will parade from Chapelfield Gardens to Goal Hill and back, following the 1898 parade of real-life elephants. The Saturday is jam-packed full of musical, family and food events. The main parade will be between 5 pm and 7:30 pm. The Sunday is a more chilled out affair, with open gardens, more musical events and the annual duck race.

Chapelfield Summer Circus

Wednesday 11th – Sunday 15th July

In honour of Circus 250 Norwich and Great Yarmouth have been named one of the six cities of Circus. From the 11th – 15th Lost in Translation have handpicked a range of artists to perform in the Big Top in Chapelfield Gardens. Thursday night sees the award-winning Fauna perform, on Friday and Saturday you can catch Lost in Translation themselves. Late on Friday and Sunday nights is a circus cabaret – which I am rather excited about. (watch this space for a review). There’s family fun during the day on Saturday and the incredible Casus Circus will perform in the evening.

If like me you’re missing the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, you’ll want to get to get tickets for this!

Shakespeare Festival at Norwich Cathedral

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July

Lord Chamberlains Men will be performing the Tempest in The Cathedral Cloisters. Both performances start at 7 pm and the refectory will be open for the all-important glass of wine and snacks! The Cathedral on a summer evening is simply stunning, I couldn’t think of a better place for an open-air theatre.

If you can’t make the above dates, Cinema City and Vue are showing a live broadcast of the RSC’s Romeo and Juliet on 18th July. Not quite the same, but it should please Shakespeare fans!

Picture House Cinema Pop up at the Plantation Gardens

Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd July

Cinema city is popping up in one of my favourite secret gardens in Norwich. The Plantation Gardens, just off of Earlham Road are stunning, I couldn’t think of a better place for an evening of cinema. July’s showings are rather varied – you can catch Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long, Top Gun and Monty Python and The Holy Grail. The pop-up cinema returns in August if you can’t make these dates. There will a picnic and bar there too. 

Holt Festival

21st – 29th July

It’s the tenth anniversary of the Holt Festival this year. Each year this Georgian market town hosts a huge range of theatre, comedy, literature, music and art shows as well as talks and panel events. Highlights include; the ever-popular Nimmo Twins, a conversation with the journalist and newsreader John Simpson, a performance of TS Elliot’s Four Quartets, Anne Widdicombe in conversation, Tankus The Henge and Skyhook and The Human Voice.  I’ve barely scratched the surface of the line-up there! If you love the arts, it’s not one to miss. 

Outside live at Sennowe Park

Friday 27th July – Sunday 30th July

Catch open-air performances from James Arthur and Katherine Jenkins on the Friday and Saturday. On Sunday there are two outdoor showings of The Greatest Showman – a sing-a-long at lunchtime and watch-a-along in the evening. You can bring your own picnic too.

Phew – it was so hard to only pick 5 things to do in Norfolk this July! There’s quite the variety of events going on. It’s your last chance to catch Damien Hurst at Houghton Hall this month. If you’re looking for a cool family event The Big Fish Little Fish family raves are back on 29th. It’s Norfolk Day on 27th too – so even more of a reason to get out there and celebrate all of the wonderful things about Nelsons’ County. There really is no excuse to be bored this month!

What are you up to this July?



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