What’s On in Norfolk This Spring

What's On in Norfolk This Spring

By Spring we mean April, May and June which ecompasses Easter (19-22 April this year). We have listed an array of things to do at Easter on a separate post and will not repeat them in this post. If you are planning for later in the year, please look out for our post What’s On in Norfolk This Summer.

Our selection for Spring

Viking: Rediscover the Legend

Norwich Castle, 9 February to 8 September 2019

Viking Spring Exhibition, Norwich Castle
Viking Exhibition, Norwich Castle

This exhibition, on all Spring & Summer, focuses on the 9th to 11th centuries, to illustrate how the Vikings re-shaped Britain’s political, economic, religious, social and artistic life and how Viking culture was transformed by 200 years of British contact.

A series of themed sections takes the visitor through the story of the Viking presence in England over 200 years.

The exhibition begins with Viking Homelands examining their life in Scandinavia.  Raiders and Invaders explores the Vikings’ motivations for expansion abroad and introduces the culture of the Viking warrior and the first raids on Britain.

Henry Moore Exhibition

Houghton Hall, 1st May – 29th Sep 2019

Henry Moore at Houghton Hall this Spring
Henry Moore at Houghton Hall

In a unique collaboration with the Henry Moore Foundation, Houghton Hall in Norfolk presents this major exhibition HENRY MOORE AT HOUGHTON HALL: NATURE AND INSPIRATION – the first significant show of the artist’s work in East Anglia. It is on all Spring and Summer.

Curated by Sebastiano Barassi, the Henry Moore Foundation’s Head of Collections & Exhibitions, the exhibition will include 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 spaces.

Military Collection

Muckleburgh NR25 7EH, April – September

Muckleburgh Collection

The Muckleburgh Military Collection is the finest private Museum of military memorabilia in the United Kingdom. Open all Spring and Summer.

The Collection includes tanks, guns and vehicles that have been gathered from all over the world. Those vehicles on display are maintained in working condition while those in store await restoration. There is also a vast display of militaria including missiles, weapons, ammunition, and historic exhibits. You can even book to drive a tank.

Burnham Market Horse Trials

Sussex Farm, Burnham Market, 12-14 April 2019

Burnham Market Horse Trials Spring 2019
Burnham Market Horse Trials

The Burnham Market International Horse Trial offers a fantastic day out for all the family. Alongside the top class competition, there will be over 40 shops and for the children, bungee trampolines, bouncy castles and a climbing wall. Razz and Pearl will be performing circus workshops, on Saturday 13th April and Sunday 14th April.  This really is a great family Spring day out!

Pensthorpe Bird And Wildlife Fair

Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham, 18 – 19 May

Pensthorpe Spring Fair
Pensthorpe Fair

Bill Jordan, owner of Pensthorpe Natural Park comments: “Norfolk is, arguably, one of the greatest areas for birdwatching in the UK, and the north Norfolk coast the best in the country, so it seems fitting for an event celebrating birds and wildlife to be held within the county. We aim to celebrate what’s unique about the birding and nature offering in this special part of the world.” Spring is a great time to see nature at work.

Seal Trips

Blakeney Quay, April – September

Seals on Blakeney Point in Spring
Seals on Blakeney Point

The best way to see the wildlife on Blakeney Point is to enjoy a seal trip, departing from Blakeney or Morston Quay. Blakeney Point National Nature Reserve has wide open spaces and uninterrupted views of the beautiful North Norfolk coastline. Blakeney Point offers protection for the Harbour and surrounding saltmarshes, this provides a perfect habitat for the vast array of residential and migratory wildlife. Trips available all Spring and Summer subject to the weather.

Crab & Lobster Festival

Cromer & Sheringham, 18th – 19th of May 2019

Crab & Lobster at Sheringham & Cromer
Crab & Lobster at Sheringham & Cromer

A lively weekend celebration of two fine North Norfolk coastal towns, Cromer & Sheringham. The festival is dedicated to promoting the local seafaring heritage and active fishing community. The fun starts on Friday night with a traditional seaside variety concert at the Famous Pier Pavilion Theatre in Cromer and continues over the weekend on Evington Lawns in Cromer. The festival celebrates local restaurants, chefs, crafts, chutney’s, jams, cakes, charcuterie and so much more. Come and experience all that the Norfolk Norfolk Coast has to offer.

Houghton International Horse Trials

Houghton Hall, 23-26 May 2019

Houghton International Horse Trials Spring 2019
Houghton International Horse Trials

The Houghton International Horse Trials incorporating the FEI Nations Cup has it all; exhilarating sporting action, a spectacular setting, entertainment for young and old, plus shopping at over 70 trade stands. Set in the magnificent grounds of Houghton Hall, Norfolk, this truly is one of the most outstanding venues within the sport of eventing. After gaining International status in 2007 the event now welcomes over 700 horses each year, including more than 350 International competitors.

Royal Norfolk Show

Norfolk Showground, Norwich NR5 0TT Wed 26 – Thur 27 June

Royal Norfolk Show Spring 2019
Royal Norfolk Show

The Royal Norfolk Show is the UK’s largest two-day country show. This year’s show at the Norfolk Showground will once again be packed with the very best of Norfolk. With 700 trade stands, over 3000 animals, a packed Grand Ring Programme, Norfolk’s biggest food and drink experience and hundreds of attractions there’s something for everyone.

Open Air Cinema

Holkham Hall Walled Garden, Fri 28th June & Sat 29th June

Holkham Hall Walled Garden
Holkham Hall Walled Garden

This June, The Luna Cinema will once again transform the beautiful grounds of the walled garden into the ultimate setting for two nights of blockbuster cinema under the stars. We invite you to bring your blankets, chairs and picnics and join us for two of the biggest films of the last few years. Doors open at 8pm, films commence at 9.30pm.

  • Friday 28th June, The Greatest Showman (2017)
  • Saturday 29th June, Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

We welcome enquiries from our clients about what is on during their stay and can reserve places for them by arrangement.

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