The 7 Norfolk family events not to miss this weekend
15:43 11 September 2014
Pirates, super-trucks, medieval history, countryside pursuits and a delicious celebration of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There is plenty of family fun this weekend.
• Pirate Festival Wells-next-the-Sea, September 12, 7.30pm-12am/September 13-14, 10am-4pm, 01328 839000, wellspiratefestival.co.uk Avast! Wells is overrun this weekend as the Pirate Festival returns with three-days of pirate parties filled with buccaneers, scallywags and salty sea dogs with pirate activities and events for the whole family. Pirate shenanigans include children’s activities, live music, film screenings, competitions, pirate market and boat trips aboard the Albatros and The Golden Fleece. The festival is the annual fundraiser for Wells Maltings Trust which is fundraising to transform the Maltings building in Wells into an exciting new arts, heritage and community facility. Grab your cutlass and set sail towards Wells - join us for some pirate fun and help us raise some much needed doubloons.
• Sandringham Game and Country Fair
Sandringham Park, September 13-14, 10am-6pm, £12 (£11 cons), £4 children, under-5s free, livingheritagecountryshows.co.uk Tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on the Sandringham estate this weekend for two days of country sports, pursuits and attractions. Whole areas devoted to falconry, fishing, wildfowling, archery and many other country sports and pursuits, together with lots of activities for families (and their dogs) makes this event a true celebration of country living. The two main show arenas will feature full programmes of equestrian events, dog and falconry demonstrations and clay pigeon shooting. The amazing Horsemen of the Knight will be delighting you with daring acrobatics from the back of a galloping horse, and jousting displays and in the afternoons you will be able to cheer for one of the gallant knights as they battle the villains for the hand of the princess. The chainsaw carvers are back creating stunning works of art out of lumps of wood. There will also be children’s activities, vintage vehicle and steam engines, a country craft village, complete with demonstrations, and food arena featuring country and game cookery by top chefs.
• Roald Dahl Day The Atrium, North Walsham, September 13, from 9.30am, 01692 400080, www.theatrium.org.uk The official Roald Dahl Day takes place every year on September 13, on the birthday of the world’s most popular children’s storyteller. This year the festivities are also marking 50 years of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, first published in 1964 and that’s the excuse for a special day of activities at the Atrium in North Walsham. There will be a Pop Up Chocolate Factory Workshop (9.30am-10.30am, £6 per child, accompanying adult free). Then a screening of the Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (11am, £3 per child, accompanying adults free). Having proven itself as a favourite film of children around the world, the 1971 film with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka captures the timeless appeal of Dahl’s classic. Why not enjoy a few snozzcumbers and partake in a little whizzpopping? • Norfolk Churches Bike Ride Various locations, September 13, 9am-5pm, sponsorship form and open church details at norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk/sponsored-bike-ride The sponsored cycle that gives people the chance to enjoy their very own Tour de Norfolk and explore some of the county’s beautiful churches returns. The aim of this sponsored cycle ride is to raise much needed funding to safeguard the future of the county’s rich heritage of churches. Whether you are religious or not, the churches of Norfolk tell the story of Norfolk and are well worth visiting. Just download a sponsorship form from the website or pick one up from a church then get pedalling and exploring open churches. Churches which are not normally accessible will be opening their doors and many will serve light refreshments on the day. People can also walk from church to church if they prefer, and riders can even visit a number of churches on horseback.
• British Truck Racing Championships
Snetterton Circuit, September 13-14, from 9am, £22 weekend admission, £14 Sat/£22 Sun, under-12s free, 0843 453 9000, www.snetterton.co.uk The British Truck Racing Championship returns to Snetterton for more supersized action on the 300 circuit! Boasting acceleration of 0-100mph in less than five seconds, these trucks defy their size, and under their skin they bear almost no resemblance to the machines that you see on the roads. The sights of these 1,000bhp monsters of motorsport plunging into Riches, Montreal, Palmer and Agostini corners is always well worth catching. Comparatively pint sized Legends and Pickup Trucks will comprise a support bill, bringing an element of American-style stock car racing, plus there will be a fun fair, free adventure playground, showtruck displays and more. • Medieval Fayre St Andrew and St Peter’s Church, Blofield, September 13/14, 11am-5pm/1pm-4pm, free admission, www.blofieldchurch.org.uk Blofield Church will be transported back to the early 1400s at this weekend that will include crafts and skills on display, birds of prey, children’s activities, games, storytelling, music, stalls and refreshments, and you can climb this church tower too. Find out from a herbalist how medieval people used herbs and buy some plants. See how bells were made and even learn to ring a bell (places limited, booking on the day). If you feel inclined - go in medieval costume. • Workhouse Open Day Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, September 14, 10am-5pm, free admission, 01362 860563, www.museum.norfolk.gov.uk Did you have any relatives in the workhouse? Get help in tracing your family history from experts and discover more of the museum collections at this special day. Visit the engine rooms and meet the Steam Up team, Gressenhall’s own volunteer engineers, running stationary engines throughout the day. Take a guided tour behind the scenes and meet the Shine a Light team who have been re-discovering hidden treasures from Norfolk’s reserve collections. See a range of fascinating objects including two of the Norwich snap dragons and a host of other wonders. Numbers are strictly limited, so arrive early to secure a free timed ticket. Down on Gressenhall Farm, seasonal tasks will be underway.