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Things to do in Norfolk: 15 outdoor events not to miss in July 2017

PUBLISHED: 17:19 30 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:23 04 July 2017

WoW Festival, Aerial view of Fritton Lake, Great Yarmouth Beach Clean. Photos: Jerry Tye, Simon Finlay, Anthony Kelly.

WoW Festival, Aerial view of Fritton Lake, Great Yarmouth Beach Clean. Photos: Jerry Tye, Simon Finlay, Anthony Kelly.

Jerry Tye, Simon Finlay, Anthony Kelly.

It’s July - which means it’s officially summer. And if you fancy something a little different from trips to the beach, here’s 15 outdoor events to get you out of the house and enjoying the sunshine.

1.Street Entertainment, every Thursday throughout June around Norwich, 4:40pm - 8pm.

The free street entertainment run by BID is back for another year and we couldn’t be more excited. With their catchy slogan, ‘Head Out, Not Home’ that’s exactly what you should be doing, you may even be lucky enough to come across some of the performances on your commute home. From singers to circus acts they are dotted around the city, popping up on London Street, Westlegate, Gentleman’s Walk and many more. Ideal for grabbing a bag of chips and dancing on the streets, they’ll lift your spirits.

Price: Free.

2. Martham Fun Carnival, Great Yarmouth, Saturday July 1 - Sunday July 2, from 10am.

Enjoy live music, street food, a carnival parade, a selection of stalls and entertainment including performances and competitions during Martham’s Got Talent, with a grand prize of £100.

Price: Free entry.

3. Evening Beach Clean, Great Yarmouth, July 5, 5:15pm - 6:30pm.

Volunteer to help the Great Yarmouth Sea Life team tidy up Central Beach in Great Yarmouth and prevent hazards to our coast’s marine life. It’s a great way to get outside, be active, meet new people while doing a good deed. Contact the Great Yarmouth Sea Life centre to register and in return you’ll get a free ticket to visit.

Price: Free.

4. Lord Mayor’s Celebration 2017, Norwich city centre, Friday July 7 - Saturday July 9.

A multitude of events are happening throughout the city over the weekend for the Lord Mayor’s celebrations. There’s too much to list but highlights include the annual Lord Mayor’s Procession, street performances, Food trucks, Maui Waui live music and a BBC introducing stage in Chapelfield Gardens, The Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre and the Birdcage pop-up stage for comedians, poets and singers. This year there is even a zipwire going down Theatre Street.

Price: Free.

5. WoW Festival, Woolsey Bridge Fields, Diss, Friday July 7 6pm - midnight, Saturday July 8 11am - midnight. Sunday July 9 11am - 6pm.

The boutique camping festival has two camping fields, a wood burning sauna and compost loos. Bringing local acts together, this intimate and relaxed weekend will hear a mix of acoustic, roots, ska, bluegreass and a little bit of swing music.

Price: Adult camping ticket £75, day tickets and children’s tickets avaliable.

6. Upper St Giles Summer Street Party, Upper St Giles Street, Norwich, Sunday July 9, 11am - 4pm.

As part of the Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre, the street party promises a wonderful atmosphere. They ask everyone to don their glad rags as they experience tasty food, shopping and meeting the roads residents.

Price: Free.

7. Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Beccles, Thursday July 13 - Sunday July 16.

This year’s line-up includes the 1975, Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes, not to mention special performances by Katherine Jenkins and Will Young.

Entertaining in the comedy tent is Dara O’Briain, Simon Amstell and Katherine Ryan plus there’s the usual selection of theatrical and arts performances. From coloured sheep to lake swimming there’s plenty to keep you busy.

Price: Adult weekend camping ticket £197.50.

8. Summer Evening Walk with the warden, The Ted Ellis Nature Reserve, Wheatfen Broad, Friday July 14, 7pm onwards.

Enjoy a pleasant Summer’s evening at Wheatfen Nature Reserve. Take in the stunning sights and sounds and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

Price: £4

9. Life’s a Beach: Latin Street Party, The Drill House, Great Yarmouth, Saturday July 15, midday - 8pm.

Seachange Arts present a day of South American circus, the Latin themed street party features trapeze, footjuggling, tightwire performances, Latino music and salsa workshops. There will be Latin food and a beach bar followed by the day ending with a show from Circolombia, Colombian circus stars.

Price: Free entry.

10. Dirty Dancing at the Outdoor Cinema Club, Waterloo Park, Norwich, Saturday July 15, 6:30pm.

Watch the ultimate dance rom-com on the big screen under the stars. The 1987 classic, see’s Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman fall in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle and unlock a new passion for dance.

Price: Adult ticket £12.

11. SwimRun Fritton Lake, Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre, Sunday July 16, 2pm onwards.

This Swedish inspired Ötillo event will test your fitness levels, across trails through the Somerleyton Estate not normally accessible to the general public, you’ll tackle a 10km course with six running sections and five swims. The catch? You can’t be further than 10m from your teammate during the swims or 100m during the running, you’ll also be running in your swimming gear and swimming in your trainers...

Price: £99 per team of two.

12. Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Hoveton Hall Estate, Hoveton, Sunday July 23, 10:30am - 5pm.

Ideal for little ones, this family-fun day invites you to pack a picnic and your favourite teddy bear to enjoy fabulous entertainment with. There will be a bear hunt, best dressed teddy bear competition, storytelling, a Punch and Judy as well as teddy bear themed arts and crafts including face painting.

Price: Adults £7.50, Children aged 4 - 16 years £4, unders 4s free, family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children £20.

13. Picnic in the Park, Whitlingham Country Park, Whitlingham, Sunday July 23, 11am - 4pm.

Kicking off National Parks Week with music, food and good old fashioned family activities. There’s crafts and trails to take part in as well as boat trips, canoeing and much more.

Price: Free entry.

14. Summer Fete, Titchwell Manor, Titchwell, Sunday July 23, midday - 5pm.

Back for its 5th year, this fete is perfect for a family day out. There will be lots of food, including demonstrations from the Titchwell chefs, using Dingley Dell Pork and Mrs Temples Cheese, plus guests Dabbling Duck and Charlie Hodson. Other attractions include a bouncy castle, apple bobbing, hot dog eating contests, live music and a sandcastle competition. There’s a barbecue and Pimms on offer too.

Free: Free entry.

15. Roots in the Wood, Theatre in the Woods, Holt, Friday July 28, 8pm.

As part of the Holt Festival, Americana, country and folk rock take to the stage. Norfolk’s roots band The Vagaband, The Wangford Bass Combo and the Gentlemen are all on the line-up. Guarenteed to be a good night.

Price: £15, £5 concessions.

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