The best of North Norfolk’s Summer Festivals 2018

north norfolk festivalsThere’s plenty to do in North Norfolk, no matter when you visit. But we are blessed to have some fantastic seasonal festivals too. Here are some of our favourite summer events and festivals, all easily accessible from any of our holiday cottages. Coincide your holiday with one of these dates and you’re in for a real treat!

Folk on the Pier: 11th– 13thMay

Cromer’s popular folk rock music festival celebrates its 20t anniversary in 2018. This year’s line-up includes some of the top names in the folk rock and acoustic world including Fairport Convention, Edward II, Little Johnny England and Home Service. Tickets are selling fast, so book then online now!

Norfolk and Norwich Festival: 11 May – 27thMay

With a unique mix of performance, music, literature, art and free outdoor events, this festival has something for everyone. Many of the events take place in Norwich, making it the perfect choice for a day trip. But you can also enjoy a free art installation on Wells beach as part of the festival.

Crab and Lobster Festival: 19th– 20thMay

This fun festival brings together the coastal towns of Cromer and Sheringham in a lively weekend dedicated to promoting the active fishing community. With an opening night concert, cookery demonstrations, local crafts and entertainment, there’s a real sense of the community coming together.

Royal Norfolk Show: 27-18thJune

Although we’re focusing on North Norfolk, we couldn’t miss out the biggest event in the county’s calendar. With 700 trade stands, 3,000 animals and hundreds of attractions, there’s something for everyone.

Holt Festival: 21stJuly – 29thJuly

Holt is a destination for tourists to the area all year around. But the week of the festival is dazzling, as the town is taken over my musicians, poets, actors, dancers, artists and comedians.

Wells Carnival: 27thJuly – 5thAugust

The Wells Carnival has been taking place for well over 90 years. It’s grown over the years such that there are now more than 100 events over the 10 days of the carnival. There’s live music, food and crafts, a sandcastle competition and much more.

Sheringham Carnival: 28thJuly – 5thAugust

Fun for all the family, a week of traditional carnival fun and festivities.

Cromer Carnival: 11thAugust – 17thAugust

This family festival culminates with the fantastic Parade and Red Arrows display on the 15th. The illuminated procession on the 16th will be another fantastic spectacle.

North Norfolk Music Festival: 13th–24th August

A very civilised series of classical music, often accompanied with delicious dining experiences. Featuring a mix of internationally renowned performers and upcoming talent, the festival is now in its 14thyear.

Hunstanton Kite and Classic Car Festival: 19thAugust

The perfect location for an impressive display of kite flying, along with a classic car rally, air display and lots of activities for the kids.

North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival: 1st– 2ndSeptember

Heaven for all foodies, this festival in the beautiful walled gardens at Holkham Hall features a host of local producers with plenty to tempt the taste buds. You won’t go away empty handed!

North Norfolk Railway 1940s weekend: 15th– 16thSeptember

Crowds in their thousands descend on Sheringham and Holt for this amazing event. With lots of history fans getting dressed up for the occasion, it’s like stepping back in time! A trip on the Poppyline completes the nostalgic experience.


Please note: our cottages can get very booked up when these special events are on, so book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.