August. One month until kids return to school, until premature Halloween decorations appear in shop windows and until everything winds down in readiness for autumn. Sounds tranquil, doesn’t it? Not in Norfolk! August here is jam-packed with events that are sure to excite, engage and ensure that your summer goes out with a bang. Here’s a look at four of the best.
Cromer Carnival Week: 12th-19th August
As ever, August will bring Cromer Carnival Week, preceded by two weeks’ of children’s carnival activities. Carnival Day this year will take place on Wednesday 16th, featuring the Grand Carnival Parade in the evening. It’s been a feature of the Carnival for many years, with processions of floats being the centrepoint in the 1950’s and 60’s.
The Carnival has continued to grow, with a range of events scheduled to suit everyone. Bakers can try their hand at the GBCCBO – that’s “Great British Cromer Carnival Bake Off” – to produce winning bakes. Musicians and their fans can attend the Open Mic Event at North Lodge Park. Animal lovers and their pets can compete in or watch the Novelty Dog Show. Whatever your interests, you are guaranteed to find something to enjoy!
View the events schedule here: www.cromercarnival.co.uk/events.php
The Hippodrome Show: Dates in August and September
Great Yarmouth’s Grade II purpose-built circus, the Hippodrome, is one of just two left in England and was named by Historic England as one of the 7 Wonders of the British Seaside. This year, it presents its brand new Summer Circus and Water Spectacular. The show features everything you’d expect: dancers, acrobats, trapeze artists, slapstick comedy and its water spectacle, featuring show swimmers.
British seaside history buffs won’t want to miss the opportunity to view the museum, which includes over a hundred years of circus memorabilia. The show has dates throughout the rest of August and September.
Visit their website to book: www.hippodromecircus.co.uk
Great British Prom – 12th August
The Great British Prom returns this year to Blickling, and brings with it a magnificent feast of regional music from across the UK – performed by the National Symphony Orchestra. Visitors will also be delighted by Classical Brit Award-winning Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and a Scottish pipe band.
As per tradition, visitors are encouraged to wear fancy dress. The incentive? The best costume will win its wearer a magnum of champagne! The show will close with a gorgeous fireworks display over the lake, designed to blend perfectly with the music.
Tickets available here: www.greatbritishprom.co.uk
Craft Beer Week – Begins Friday 18th August
The first Norwich Craft Beer Week is happening this month! The organisers say that the week is “not all about beer (although mostly about beer)”, promising that the week also aims to celebrate Norwich culture. Last Friday they officially launched the NCBW beer for 2017, the EAIPA, which becomes harder to say the more you have of it. We tried a pint at The Reindeer Pub & Kitchen in Norwich, and can thoroughly recommend it!
NCBW will kick off on Friday 18th with an exclusive beer tasting at Harper Wells, before a wonderful week of tastings, talks, music and art ensues.
View the events schedule here: www.norwichcraftbeerweek.co.uk/events
Norfolk prides itself on providing entertainment for people from all walks of life. We hope to celebrate the county with our neighbours, and promote it to our visitors for many years to come. If you think we’ve missed anything, let us know via Facebook or Tweet us @MundesleyHV and let us know what you’re looking forward to!