All the major 2021 Norfolk events scheduled to go ahead
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With the roadmap out of lockdown on track, major events across Norfolk are now set to go ahead after being cancelled in 2020.
These dates are only provisional and could be pushed back if the final stage on June 21, when social distancing is set to end, is delayed.
Street Feast at The Ffolkes
The Ffolkes, Hillington
On now, Friday and Saturday every week
This popular street food event at The Ffolkes pub and hotel in west Norfolk returned in April by popular demand after a successful run in December.
It takes place in the hotel's newly-designed courtyard, complete with an outdoor canopy, with shipping containers for local vendors.
The food vendors include Moco Kitchen, Byfords Pizza and Burgersmith and pre-booking a slot is essential.
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St Mary's Works
On now, Friday to Sunday every week
From Norwich-based Christophe's Crêpes to London burger joint Nanny Bill's, this open air-street food market combines local and national vendors and also has bars in shipping containers.
Customers can book tables or two, four or six, which are free with refundable deposits to prevent no-shows, and all ordering is done online by scanning a QR code.
The event runs from 5pm to 10pm on Fridays and 12pm to 10pm at weekends, with two-and-a-half hour slots.
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Various venues across Norwich and Norfolk
May 17 to 30
The annual Norfolk and Norwich Festival is back for 2021 and once again features a diverse line-up of theatre, art, literature and live music in venues and outdoor spaces across Norfolk.
This year is a one-off adaptation created with social distancing in mind and it also features a digital strand, which includes experience packs and even a show delivered by a phone call.
Continental Circus Berlin
May 28 to June 6
From the producers of the some of the world’s finest circuses comes a brand new show.
At Continental Circus Berlin you will not believe your eyes with everything from the death-defying Globe of Death to whirlwind acrobatics.
Clowns Angelo and Eddie, will guide you through the show and it will be in a socially distanced big top tent.
Folk in a Field Festival
Bradmoor Woods, West Acre
July 2 to 4
Folk in a Field is an award-winning festival, which is set in a stunning woodland location in the heart of west Norfolk.
The event brings together a diverse mix of performers from the acoustic, folk and roots music scene, with local food and craft demonstrations on offer too.
Summer Spectacular and Water Show
Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth
July 7 to September 19
Audiences can expect amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and the world-famous Water Spectacular at the Hippodrome Circus' summer show.
While it is hoped that all seating will be able to be used with the end of social distancing, to avoid disappointment there are limited seats available for now in case groups need to be kept in bubbles.
Even if restrictions are fully lifted, there will be one show a week that will remain socially distanced.
Tickets are also on sale now for its Pirate Live! Show, which runs from May 28 to June 13.
Various locations across Norwich
July 12 to September 11
To complement Dippy's visit (see below), charity Break, which supports young people on the edge of, in or leaving care, will be running its GoGoDiscover trail across Norwich.
There will be 20 Tyrannosaurus Rex sculptures, with many painted by local artists, and it follows the success of GoGoGorillas in 2013, GoGoDragons in 2015 and GoGoHares in 2018.
Maps will be available to download on an app, with hard copies available from local venues.
Dippy the Dinosaur
July 13 to October 30
One of the most well-known dinosaurs in the world will finally stomp its way into Norwich Cathedral, after the coronavirus pandemic twice saw its arrival postponed.
Dippy the Dinosaur, which ordinarily stands proudly as the centrepiece of the Natural History Museum, is set to arrive in Norwich this July and will be there for over three months, with a whole host of activities planned.
Interlude in the Close
Norwich Cathedral Close
July 14 to August 31
Interlude was launched by Norwich Theatre, which runs the Theatre Royal, Playhouse and Stage Two, in partnership with Lost in Translation Circus last summer in Chapelfield Gardens.
It is now set to return in 2021 at a new location in the historic Norwich Cathedral Close and will once again be in a big top tent.
Highlights include musical The Wind in the Willows, CBeebies favourites Sarah and Duck and shows A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Henham Park, near Southwold
July 22 to 25
Just across the border in Suffolk, Latitude Festival will hopefully return this July and the line-up includes Bastille, First Aid Kit and Snow Patrol.
Lewis Capaldi, who was previously announced as a headliner, has cancelled his Latitude set and all his 2021 tour dates, but he will perform at the festival in 2022 instead.
Latitude boss Melvin Benn posted on the festival's social media in April that an update on the full line-up for this year has been delayed while he awaits the outcome of a pilot concert he organised in Liverpool.
Sausage and Cider Festival
St Andrew's Hall, Norwich
There will be more than 25 craft ciders to try, with customers able to purchase drinks tokens, and 15 different flavours of sausage to choose from.
The event will also boast a gin bar, host eating contests, have live music and a DJ and guests can book afternoon or evening slots.
Laugh in the Park
July 29 to August 1
Much-loved comedy festival Laugh in the Park, which features a jam-packed programme of top comedians each night, is returning this summer and acts include Seann Walsh, Dane Baptiste and Norwich-based Jenny Beake.
Alongside this, there will be an array of street food stalls, a Pimm's and prosecco tent, alongside a regular bar, and a silent disco after show on Friday and Saturday.
The event is run by Red Card Comedy Club, which is bringing back its events at Carrow Road in September.
New for 2021, the event will be followed by Movies in the Park from August 4 to August 8 with comedy films shown.
Old Buckenham Airshow
Old Buckenham Airfield
July 30 to August 1
This award-winning show offers a fun-filled day out for all ages and in 2021 will include flying fortress 'Sally B', star of film Memphis Belle and the only flying B-17 in Europe.
On the ground there is plenty to keep guests entertained too, including a Gourmet Food Village, hundreds of classic cars and plenty of stalls and exhibits.
One of Norfolk's biggest outdoor dance parties has already sold out ahead of its return this summer.
However, audience numbers had been capped to allow social distancing, so anyone who missed out might still have a chance closer to the event as lockdown restrictions hopefully ease.
Classic Ibiza will see the 32-piece Urban Soul Orchestra (USO), top DJs and globally-renowned vocalists perform in the grounds of the estate.
August 12 to 15
Houghton Festival is set to finally return to the fields of Norfolk this summer, after it was cancelled two years in a row due to bad weather and then coronavirus.
The popular electronic dance music festival will once again take place in the stunning grounds of Houghton Hall, between King's Lynn and Fakenham.
Festival of Sport
August 13 to 15
Some of the biggest names in sport will join forces with TV stars at a new festival launching at the Holkham Estate in north Norfolk this summer.
Children aged five to 17 of all abilities will be able to discover new sports, improve skills and play against British world champions and Olympic medallists.
Among the famous faces confirmed to attend so far are rugby legend Mike Tindall, three-time world champion rower Helen Glover and television presenter Steve Backshall.
Evenings will play host to a mix of live music, delicious food, silent discos and an open-air cinema, with camping and glamping options available or you can just stay for a day.
Sir Tom Jones has confirmed that he will finally be heading to the green green grass of Earlham Park this summer, after his concert was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic.
It promises to be an unforgettable night as he performs all his biggest hits.
The support act is The X Factor: Celebrity winner Megan McKenna, who previously appeared on The Only Way is Essex and Ex on the Beach.
Red Rooster Festival
Euston Hall, near Thetford
August 27 to 29
Country and rock 'n' roll festival Red Rooster, which takes place just south of Thetford, is going ahead over the August bank holiday weekend.
The line-up includes Richard Hawley, Jade Bird and Songhoy Blues and the event also offers activities such as den making, dog agility and pedalos.
September 3 to 5
Sundown Festival is set to return this September and all day and weekend tickets are now sold out.
The line-up has carried over from the postponed 2020 event, with headliners Sean Paul and Loyle Carner.
Earlham Park, Norwich
Craig David is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album Born To Do It, which features top 10 singles Fill Me In, 7 Days, Walking Away and Rendezvous, with a handful of UK shows.
Vocal powerhouse Ella Eyre is the special guest at the concert.
Comedy in the Park
Earlham Park, Norwich
Organisers have confirmed Comedy in the Park will be going ahead and it is touring the country, with six top comedians providing a night of entertainment in an open-air setting.
In Norwich, the line-up is John Bishop, Phil Wang, Rob Beckett, Al Murray, Dara Ó Briain and Judi Love.
OutOut In the Park
Earlham Park, Norwich
September 18 to 19
A new festival called OutOut in the Park is heading to Norwich this September, featuring some of the biggest DJs from the nineties and noughties.
The line-up includes N-Trance, Ultrabeat, Black Box and Flip & Fill and promises to be an unforgettable party.
Let's Rock Norwich
Let's Rock celebrates the music of the 80s with some of the biggest stars of the decade taking to the stage and this year's event has been rescheduled from May 29 to September 25.
Many of the acts booked for the cancelled 2020 festival will perform, including Wet Wet Wet, The Boomtown Rats and Kim Wilde.
With the new date, The Undertones and Tenpole Tudor are no longer able to perform, but they will be replaced by Big Country and Odyssey.
Get your steins at the ready as Oktoberfest is returning to Norwich for the third time, after it was previously held at Carrow Road in 2017 and Eaton Park in 2018.
Fancy dress is encouraged and there will be German beer, bratwurst and a live oompah band.
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade
October 8 to 31
PrimEVIL, Norfolk's biggest Halloween attraction, is set to return in 2021 and tickets are on sale now.
Tens of thousands of visitors head along to the spine-tingling scare experience each year and it features live actors, special effects and twists and turns around every corner.
Wild Paths Festival
Various venues in Norwich
October 14 to 17
Wild Paths will be coming back bigger and better this October with four days of live music, conferences, art fairs, supper clubs, after-parties and networking events.
It will take place in 20 of the city's best-loved venues and showcase over 200 bands, delegates and DJs and the line-up has just been announced, with headliners Sports Team, Biig Piig and Palace.