Local Events

We are lucky to enjoy lots of superb events which take place around North Norfolk throughout the year. A perfect excuse for an overnight stay at Heacham Manor Hotel. 

Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall


Visiting Houghton Hall's spectacular grounds and the house is a must while you are in the area. Originally home to Britain's first Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall is a spectacular Grade I listed building a stunning representation of Palladian Architecture.

Currently owned by David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, Houghton Hall hosts a large collection of contemporary sculpture, making it a go-to destination for art lovers as well as history buffs. In 2020 Houghton Hall welcomes a collection of world-renowned British artist Anish Kapoor's seminal works across the ground and in the house.



Exclusive Tour of the Sandringham Estate Gardens

9th & 30th September

Enjoy an exclusive tour of the Royal Sandringham Estate Walled Garden and meet the head gardener responsible for the breath-taking grounds. In this 2-hour tour, you will be able to marvel at the 60-acre gardens and get a behind the scenes look at the greenhouse and potting shed.

What really sets this experience apart is the opportunity to get a lesson in plant propagation techniques and gathering seeds to grow your own beautiful English garden. You may even be able to take home some cuttings from the estate to nurture at home. Pre-booking is essential, please visit the Sandringham Estate website.

Pick Your Own at Sandringham Orchard

13th September - 4th October

Apple picking has to be one of the quintessential autumnal experiences. The Sandringham Estate Apple Orchard produces a wide variety of apples, which are quite literally ripe for the picking come Autumn.

Not only can you pick your own fresh Sandringham apples, but it is also well worth sampling some of Sandringham's fresh-pressed apple juices. Served at Hollyrood, Sandringham and Buckingham Palace Sandringham Apple Juice has the Royal seal of approval. 

Drive-In Movie Experience at Sandringham Estate

25th - 27th September

Drive-In Movies are having quite the moment. Allowing for a novel cinematic viewing experience, with the added peace of mind from safe social distancing. With an idyllic setting and an assortment of different catering options across the 3-nights, it makes for a great afternoon or evening out.

Screening a mixture of family favourites, classics and modern blockbusters you'll be sure to find a great film to enjoy. You can also upgrade your experience with additional outdoor seating and snacks included. Pre-booking is essential, be sure to secure your tickets from the Sandringham Estate website.  

The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade at BeWILDerwood

17th October - 1st November 

A magical woodland park that brings to life the mystical world from the Tom Blofeld book series. Full of family fun attractions and features BeWILDerwood combines nature with the magic of fantasy and is sure to leave little ones mesmerised.

This half term Hazel the Witch is bringing spooky fun, without the scares, in a glowing display that takes place after dusk. Explore the display of magically illuminated curiosities sure to take your breath away.  

Pumpkin Festival at Wroxham Barns

22nd - 31st October 

From humble beginnings, Wroxham Barns has evolved from pub to craft centre to tearoom to its current iteration as a family fun park and farm. Featuring plenty of cute and quirky farm animals, and a plethora of rides and attractions youngsters are sure to have a great day out. 

This half term you can join Wroxham Barns for their celebrations of the iconic orange gourd with their pumpkin festival. Enjoy spooky fun, unlimited rides and a free pumpkin for every child to take home and carve. 

Eerie Explorers at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve

22nd October - 1st November 

Pensthorpe Nature Reserve is a must for nature-lovers. Pensthorpe served as the home of BBC Springwatch from 2008-10 and is celebrated as one of the most biodiverse nature reserved in England. Driven by a passion for inspiring future generations to be passionate about conservation, Pensthorpe has become a  well-regarded destination for families and adults alike.

This October half-term tiptoe your way to Pensthorpe Natural Park near Fakenham for a spooky day out! Great for all of the family, discover the gruesome side of nature and unwind your curiosity about the great outdoors.


Dippy's Halloween Days at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

24th October - 1st November 

A unique attraction for lovers of all things prehistoric. Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure combines 60-acres of woodland with 20 dinosaur-themed attractions, deer park, eateries, play parks and more. 

Well known for their Halloween attractions this half term Dippy the dinosaur is bringing family-friendly creep-tastic fun with Halloween trails, eerie mazes and spooky surprises. 

Luminate Sandringham

20th November - 20th December 

Coming to the Royal Sandringham Estate this Autumn/Winter is a spectacular illuminated trail sure to take your breath away. 

Coupled with atmospheric music, you can meander the 1-mile trail at your own pace and even stop for a Mulled Wine at the half waypoint. Before returning to the Sandringham Cafe for some more refreshments or heading to the fire pit to roast some marshmallows.

Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Luminate website.

Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light

19th November - 3rd January

NEW for 2020! An exclusive one-time event where you can take a magical journey through the Thursford Christmas Light displays. Usually only accessible with the Christmas Spectacular this year you can enjoy this must-see festive experience.

Pre-booking is essential as each session is for a maximum of 8 people from the same family bubble. Find out more and book on the Thursford website.

Sandringham Christmas Craft, Food and Drink Fair

20th - 22nd November TBC

Brought to you by Living Heritage Events, the Sandringham Christmas Fair is a firm festive favourite. With all other events postponed until 2021, the Christmas Fair is going to be a welcome addition to those who missed their Craft and Food Fair fix due to COVID.

 With plenty of artisan gifts, drinks and treats you'll be sure to pick up some unique gifts for your friends and family this Christmas. You might even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus, so bring the family along. Tickets available at the Living Heritage Country Shows website.