Churches celebrating the best of county life for Norfolk Day

(from left) Rev Rosie Bunn, rector of Belton and Burgh Castle benefice, and committee members of the

(from left) Rev Rosie Bunn, rector of Belton and Burgh Castle benefice, and committee members of the Village Voice publication, Bill Richmomd, Brian Swan, Dr Regi Alexander and Ernie Tuxford, outside All Saints' Church, Belton, which is holding an event to discuss tackling loneliness and mental health on Norfolk Day. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE - Credit: SOPHIE WYLLIE

Music, history and community will be celebrated across countywide churches this summer.

Norfolk Day Logo

Norfolk Day Logo - Credit: Archant

This year's Celebrating Open Churches event will kick off on the first ever Norfolk Day - Friday, July 27 - and carry on until Sunday, August 12.

It will take place in Norfolk and Waveney churches, is an extension of the Open Churches Week, and has been organised by the Diocese of Norwich.

Norfolk Day is a chance for communities, charities and businesses to celebrate what makes this county great.

One of the ambassadors of Norfolk Day is the Dean of Norwich Cathedral, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, who said: 'Norfolk Day will give us all a chance to reflect on how fortunate we are to be living here.

'Most important of all, we can celebrate all the people of this county – their generosity and care for others, their ingenuity and creativity, their skills and hard work.'

Below is a selection of Celebrating Open Churches events on Norfolk Day:

?Celebrating Norfolk Service, St Peter Mancroft church, Norwich, July 27, 9.30am, free.

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?Norfolk Day celebration and exhibition about Margaret Paston, St Peter and St Paul's Church, Mautby, July 27, 10am-noon, free.

?A Hymnathon by Christ Church Choir, featuring verses from hymns old and new, at Christ Church, Easton, Norwich, July 27, 4pm, free.

?Small exhibition featuring local historic personalities, All Saints' Church, East Winch, July 27-August 12, 10am-4pm, free.

?Combating Loneliness Understanding Mental Health community day - community day featuring experts from the field of mental health, dementia and learning disabilities - All Saints' Church, Belton, July 27, 2pm-8.45pm, free.

?Celebration of village life through the history of local farming and food at a Taste of Banningham, St Botolph's Church, Banningham, July 27-July 29, 10am-4pm, free, donations can be made to the mission and ministry of King's Beck Benefice.

For a full list of Celebrating Open Churches events visit send in details of your Norfolk Day event email, tweet @norfolk or message the Norfolk Day Facebook page.

Norfolk Day online shop

An online shop has been launched selling Norfolk Day marketing material which event organisers can display on the day.

The shop is selling a four-pack of flags, four-pack of A3 posters and 20 balloons at £4, while 5m of bunting is £7.50.

Celebration packs containing all of the above are available for £15.

Norfolk Day takes place on Friday, July 27, and is intended as a day of fun in which individuals, community groups and businesses are encouraged to get involved by hosting or participating in events.

The initiative was launched by the EDP and Norwich Evening News in partnership with BBC Radio Norfolk and has the backing of business and community organisations who are planning events for the day.

Details of events will be revealed in the newspaper, online and via social media.

To order Norfolk Day materials visit shop to buy celebratory items.