Six things to do in Norfolk and Suffolk this weekend

Father Christmas on the Bure Valley Railway.

Father Christmas on the Bure Valley Railway. - Credit: supplied

Find some of the best things to do in our region this weekend with our guide to what's on.

Saturday November 28

• Waderfest, Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve, 10am-4pm, admission free

Learn about wader behaviour, their global flyways and the national importance of the Wash as a wader retreat. RSPB volunteers will be in hides over the weekend to share their top tips on wader identification. Keen photographers can take part in a competition and there will be quizzes and activities for youngsters.

• The first-ever winter edition of the Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival runs as at St George's Theatre from Friday to Sunday.


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• Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market, 10am-8pm, free admission

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Over the past decade Bury St Edmunds' Christmas Market has grown into one of the country's biggest. There are over 300 festive stalls in nine different locations, plus live entertainment, traditional funfair, a chance to meet the reindeer in the Abbey Gardens, plus music on two stages and carol services in the beautiful setting of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

• Assembly House Christmas Fayre, 10am-5pm, free admission

The Assembly House's popular Christmas Fair returns bigger than ever with all sorts of lovely-looking stalls, selling a range of Christmas goods from wreaths to cakes, toys and food.

Sunday November 29

• Dereham Christmas lights switch on

Dereham Carnival's new mascot will be revealed to the public for the first time and will be switching on the lights in the town centre at 4.30pm with Mayor Linda Goreham.

• Coastal Stroll, Cley Marshes, 10.30am–12.30pm, £5, pre-book 01263 740008,

A guided stroll along the shingle ridge at Cley Marshes exploring the strandline and enjoy sounds, sights and smells of the sea.

•Steam Trains to Santa at Bure Valley Railway, 10:00 to 13:00 13:45 to 16:45, £15.00 per person (adults and children)

The ever popular Santa Specials at Bure Valley Railway return this Christmas for the 25th year.

The Santa Train departs from Wroxham Station and travels to Aylsham Station where Santa and his railway sleigh are there to welcome everybody. A visit to Santa in his Grotto with a personalised present for each child provides a memorable experience.

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