Things to do in Norfolk: Food and drink events not to miss in August 2017

Kenton Hall Estate’s food fair, Strawberries, Teddy Bear's Picnic. Photo: Gregg Brown, Anthony Kelly

Kenton Hall Estates food fair, Strawberries, Teddy Bear's Picnic. Photo: Gregg Brown, Anthony Kelly, Nuli_k/Getty Images/iStockphoto - Credit: Nuli_k/Getty Images/iStockphoto

With barbecue season well and truly underway (weather permitting), August is THE month for summer food and drink events! Whether you prefer beer festivals, of which there are many, food festivals or something new and exciting to get involved with, there will be an event for you on this list.

1. The Angel Larling Beer Festival, The Angel Inn, Larling, Thursday August 3- Saturday August 5, Thursday 4.30pm-midnight, Friday & Saturday 11am-midnight.

In its 24th year, this beer festival is one of the largest in Norfolk. There will be 100 real ales and ciders to choose from, a brilliant barbecue with hotdogs and burgers as well as live music each and every night, from a mix of artists such as BUZZ and Hollow Box sp. All three days look to be amazing, especially if you opt to camp!

Price: £25 for a day, £40 for two days and £50 for three days.

2. North Walsham Beer Festival, North Walsham Scout Hut, Friday August 4, 6pm-11pm and Saturday August 5, noon-11pm.


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Yet another beer festival is taking place, but tis' the season! The perfect opportunity to enjoy a cool beverage guilt free as you raise money for charity. Past years have seen the festival raise £24,000 altogether for local charities so it's the perfect event to celebrate Norfolk this August. There will also be live music from two brilliant headlining acts and a BBQ provided by Icarus Hines Butcher.

Price: Free entry.

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3. Barbecue Hands On Practical Class, The Assembly House, Norwich, Saturday August 5, 9.45am-3pm.

Richard Hughes Cookery School promises that after this class, you will be a master of the grill. Learn how to make lamb, olive and feta burgers, chilli cherry tomato ketchup, sticky Asian pork belly, espresso rubbed skirt, along with sweet potato salad and spicy slaw. You can also relax after with a meal cooked by Richard Hughes and multiple glasses of wine.

Price: £150 per person.

4. Sandringham Food Festival, Sandringham Estate, Saturday August 5- Sunday August 6, 10am-6pm.

With an all-star line up of celebrity chefs like Tom Kerridge and local Galton Blackiston, the Sandringham food festival returns for its third year. There will be live music from local bands and the Real Ale Tent will host a plethora of local breweries' ales. It's fun for all the family and looks to be a great weekend.

Price: £8 adults, £7 concessions, £3 children.

5. The Gunton Festival of Food and Music, The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Saturday August 5, noon-11pm.

Set in the idyllic grounds of Norfolk's favourite deer park, The Gunton Arms is holding a festival for the first time. There will be music from headliners Kitty, Daisy & Lewis and a feast of jerk chicken, spiced lamb pitas, vegetarian dishes and what Gunton is known for- venison burgers and hotdogs.

Price: £22 a ticket.

6. Champagne and Oyster Festival, The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe, Friday August 11, 4pm - 11pm.

In it's third year, the Marsh side festival will blow you away. With stunning scenery as the sunsets, chef's shucking and serving oysters in six ways, live music and a sing along with Nelson's Shantymen. There's a pop-up bar serving award winning English sparkling bar from Hattingley Valley and we're struggling to think of a more perfect way to spend a summer night.

Price: Free entry.

7. Ranworth Beer festival, Ranworth Village Hall, Friday August 11-Sunday August 13, noon- 11pm.

This real ale beer festival promises to provide hours of enjoyment with not only more than 20 traditional beer and ciders from the UK, there's wine, soft drinks, a Hog Roast and a barbecue. There will be live music on Friday and Saturday evenings and dancing is definitely encouraged.

Price: Free entry.

8. Strawberries, Cream and PIMMS, Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill, Sunday 13 August and Sunday 20 August, 1.00pm- 4.30pm.

Enjoy an afternoon by the Mill at Thurne, a beautiful location on the Broads. Relax with a glass of PIMMS and eat some strawberries and cream- the clue is in the name!

Price: Free entry.

9. Teddy Bears Picnic, Whitlingham Country Park, Whitlingham, Wednesday August 16, 11am- 2pm.

Whether you are old or young, a teddy bears picnic always brings joy, which is why this event at Whitlingham will be one to remember. Bring your teddy bear for a day out and take part in children's crafts, activities, a teddy bear trail and of course a picnic!

Price: Free entry.

10. Wine Saturday Course, Cinema City, Norwich, Saturday August 19, 10:30am - 4:30pm.

Emmerse yourself in a full day experience all about wine. Hosted inside a private room confined in the beautiful Cinema City walls, the day compromises of a glass of Champagne and canapes on arrival, learning how to drink and sniff like a professional, classic wine tastings, practical demonstrations and a three course lunch in Cinema City's exquiste Dining Rooms.

Price: £95 per person.

11. Adnams meet the brewer, The Rumsey Wells, Norwich, Thursday August 24, 7pm - 10pm.

It's Norwich Craft Beer Week! To celebrate Norwich staple, The Rumsey Wells is hosting Adnams brewer, Ed Razzall who will be there to educate, chat and most importantly, share with you three special festival beers inclduing Double Ghost Ship and a Cocoa Stout. There's a whole array of events happening across Norwich Craft Beer Week, don't miss out!Price: £5 a ticket.

12. The Red Lion Coltishall Beer Festival, Coltishall, Friday August 25- Monday August 28.

With 30 delicious real ales including the Red Lion's own Tradition Cider to choose from and an exciting bus bar serving local St Giles Gin, PIMMS and Prosecco, this festival provides hours of fun, especially with a different headliner each day. There will be pizzas served during the day and Thai Street Food in the evenings so there's plenty to get your mouth watering.

Price: Free entry.

13. Dad's Army Murder Mystery dinner, Thomas Paine Hotel, Thetford, Saturday August 26, 3pm-11pm.

This Dad's Army themed murder mystery sets you up for a night of nostaglia topped with a delicious three course set menu. The entertainment is provided by a local acting company. There's only one thing left to ask, well, what are you going to have? A pint.

Price: £29.95 per person.

14. Harry Potter Themed Afternoon Tea, Great Yarmouth, Saturday August 26- Monday August 28, sittings at noon, 3.30pm and 7pm.

Held at Mocha, a delightful coffee shop in Great Yarmouth, this afternoon tea is a little different to the conventional tea and scones with Harry Potter themed cakes and sweet treats. Drink refreshing butterbeer or Potter inspired cocktails and mocktails and there will definitely be a few surprises!

Price: £15 per person.

15. Gin Tasting Experience, Applewood Countryside Park, Banham, Sunday August 27, 6pm-7.30pm.

Have you ever wanted to learn about the history of gin? Well, now is your chance with a class led by Johnny Wyndham of VanVino. You will be greeted with a sloe gin cocktail to start before tasting four delicious gins as you learn to compare them. To end? A gin and tonic with your favourite of the four.

Price: £25 per person.

16. Farmers' Market, Sandringham Visitors Centre Restaurant, Sandringham, Sunday August 27, 10am-3pm.

There will be a variety of delicious local produce including meat, fish, shellfish, fruit, vegetables and home made cakes, plus much more. The perfect way to idle away the day, see what Norfolk has to offer, and pick up some dinner supplies.

Price: Free entry.

17. Great British Garden Party, The Assembly House, Monday August 28, 11am-5pm.

This August Bank Holiday, enjoy an afternoon of strawberries and cream, PIMMS, scones, endless amounts of tea and activities like egg and spoon races and tombola spinning plus music! It's sure to be a brilliant way to end August and fun for all the family.

Price: Free.

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