Things to do in Norfolk this summer

When considering a location for your next glamping holiday in the UK it is important to explore the area around you. Glamping offers the whole family the opportunity to find time again, in such a chaotic world. It offers time away from screens, it offers time for adventure, and time to get back to nature. It offers simplicity, the chance to forget about the outer world, and clear your inner world. Most glamping sites are in beautiful locations, with a plethora of places to see and explore right on your doorstep.  

The team at West Lexham are slightly biased that Norfolk is one of the most beautiful counties in the UK. We recommend you exploring somewhere you have never been before on your way to us, then enjoy a couple of days immersed in the magic of West Lexham, and explore another new place on your journey home. You will end your glamping holiday feeling reset and rested, and absorbed with new places that you will treasure.  

Norfolk is a hub of activity all year round, but it really comes to life in the summer. Bustling beaches, music festivals, arts festivals and an array of delectable foodie markets. Here are a few of our recommendations we don’t think should be missed.

Pensthorpe Natural Park has a jam-packed activity programme for you and your family to get closer to nature during May Half Term – 28th May 2022 to 5th Jun 2022. They’ll be celebrating nature’s royalty over the week, with a special trail around the park to learn about the kings, queens and blue-blooded creatures in the park. Families can also take part in free activities including pond dipping at 11am and 3pm and arts and crafts at 12noon and 2pm, where they can make jubilee flags or nature crowns.

ROAR is the UK’s largest Dinosaur themed adventure park, come rain or shine there are digs to be dug, dinos to discover and adventure around every corner. They run events throughout the year including their annual Dinos at Night on the 25th June. 

On the 26th June, The Forum will host The Official Norwich Vegans Summer Fayre. With plenty of opportunities to buy from local businesses, all vegan friendly and offering a wide range of products. Including, clothes, candles, sweet treats, bath and beauty, savoury and hot food and so much more, it is not to be missed. This is a free event to attend. 

Folk in a Field Festival is set in a remote woodland clearing, bringing together a diverse mix of folk and roots from all over. This family friendly festival boasts a laid back environment, free activities and shows, workshops, stalls, treatments, open mic and locally sourced ales and ciders as well as numerous food outlets. Under 12’s go free! 

Holt’s annual arts festival comprises a range of events, from food and theatre to music, fine art and more.  The week long celebration of arts, poetry, talks, music and comedy is one not to be missed between the 23rd and 30th July. 

The 139th Sandringham Flower Show returns on the 27th July after two years of being postponed. It is a unique event offering not only the best in horticulture but also an excellent day out, filled with family entertainment. It is one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England, set in the magnificent surroundings of Sandringham Park with Sandringham House and Sandringham Church as a backdrop.

Wells-next-the-Sea enjoys a traditional summer Carnival for residents and visitors. A week of family fun and events including a Carnival Day procession around the town featuring floats, fancy-dress, pull-and push-along vehicles and much more. Traditional seaside activities include a sand-castle competition, town crier competition, gillying on the quay and the crowning of the Carnival Royals. If you are staying in Norfolk between the 29th July an 7th August you must make sure you visit. 

The first Norwich Yoga Festival takes place this summer and it will be a jam-packed day of classes, guest speakers and activities. 

The event is happening on Saturday, August 6, on the meadow next to the barn at Whitlingham Lake in Trowse from 8am to 6.30pm. 

Wide Skies & Butterflies Festival comes to Raynham between the 5th and 7th August. The festival is about music, joy, inspiration, and celebration. Wide Skies & Butterflies stands for diversity, acceptance, and Pride. It is a safe space to respect each others individuality, and cherish what we all bring to the world. 

The Cromer Carnival returns after a two year absence in August. One of the largest Carnivals in the country and culminating in Carnival day on the 17th August with the Red Arrows  dominating the skies overhead. 

Houghton Festival will take place from August 11 to 14, 2022 in Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. This electronic music festival is curated by Craig Richards, and includes artists such as Call Super, Afrodeutsche, DJ Storm, DJ Stingray 313.  

The salt marsh at Brancaster Staithe is an incredibly special and unique part of the North Norfolk coast. Whether you are a first time visitor or a regular, the salt marsh and vast network of creeks are always presenting something new to behold with the ever changing tides, wildlife and nature reserve on Scolt Head Island. Join Northshore Paddleboards for a guided tour or rent a board and make your own adventure. 

Create, explore and immerse yourself in Norfolk. 

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