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10 things to do in Norfolk this October

PUBLISHED: 12:32 04 October 2017

Porkstock 2016. Photo: Porkstock

Porkstock 2016. Photo: Porkstock

Porkstock

Here’s a look at some of the great family events taking place across Norfolk this month.

General view of Hickling Broad.
Picture: James Bass General view of Hickling Broad. Picture: James Bass

• For a scenic way to celebrate Halloween, the horror hunt at Salhouse Broad may be the answer. On Friday 27, there will be a ‘pumpkin trail’ of clues. Visitors are welcome to start any time between 10am and 3pm. The trail is £4 per child or two for £7 (adults go free).

• A day of free family fun awaits at the Norfolk Showground on Saturday 14, with the return of Porkstock festival, featuring live bands, ‘Norfolk Bingo’ and a sausage eating competition.

• On Thursday 12 at 7pm, Norwich’s Open will be hosting a fundraising gig in aid of Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind. Acts include Red Dear, Hydra Lerna, Ellie Bea and Breeze Redwine and tickets are £5.

• ‘Day of the Girls’ works with all sections of the community to address girls’ rights locally, nationally and globally. On Saturday 11 the Forum’s main atrium will be filled with free activities, talks and exhibitions designed to promote fairness and safety for girls in modern society. All are welcome – particularly boys.

• Join the experts from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust for an afternoon of exploring the wildlife of the dykes at Hickling Broad. Booking is essential for the event, from 1.130pm to 3pm on Friday 21 and tickets cost £3.50.

• Brain meets brawn in chessboxing, a modern-day mash-up of two of the oldest sporting competitions. Competitors alternate between rounds of boxing and chess, with the winner determined by checkmate or KO – whichever comes first. The event will take place at Open on Saturday 21 at 7pm. Earlybird tickets are £15, £55 for front-row ringside.

• How Hill House will host craft stalls and demonstrations on October 25 from 11am to 4pm. Tickets are £3 (children go free).

• Head up to Norwich Castle on Saturday 7 for Saturday Knight Fever, including medieval combat workshops and crafts. The event is free with museum admission and is from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

• A deer safari at Holkham Hall gives an opportunity to get up close with the estate’s herds. Tickets are £5 for adults, £2.50 for children. See www.holkham.co.uk for dates at weekends and half-term.

• Canaries legends Grant Holt and Russell Martin will be going head-to-head at Never Mind The Danger at Open in Norwich on October 16 at 7pm. Tickets are £15, or £45 for a ‘meet and greet’.

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