Norfolk bank holiday events preview

Whether you want to step back in time, enjoy a magical day out, or visit a traditional fete or festival, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Norfolk this bank holiday time.

Across Norfolk and beyond there are a range of different types of events large and small for all the family.

Holkham Hall, near Wells, is hosting a Teddy Bear Weekend - from tomorrow until Monday people can visit the teddy bear display, while on Saturday at 6.15pm there is an outdoor theatre production of The Teddy Bear's Circus. On Sunday and Monday from 11am until 3pm people can bring their sick teddy bears to the teddy bear hospital, and on both days there are a number of magic shows.

At Holt Hall on Sunday and Monday from 10am until 5pm, the Fairy Fair, organised by the Fairyland Trust, will be offering a magical day out for the whole family. Tickets are available from www.fairylandtrust.org and should be booked in advance.

At Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, near Dereham, people can go back through the ages at the Norfolk History Fair on Sunday from 10am until 5pm.


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Creake Abbey in North Creake is holding a plant lovers' day on Saturday with more than 20 specialist nurseries attending.

From Saturday until Monday the Swanton Morley flower festival is at the village church from 10am-5pm, and at Bradenham Green on Monday there is a classic transport show from noon until 5pm.

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In nearby Shipdham from Saturday to Monday the Shipdham Art Group is holding an exhibition in the WI Hall from 10.30am until 4.30pm.

In Norwich the City of Ale festival - a 10-day festival celebrating Norfolk ales and Norwich pubs - will be taking centre stage. To find out more visit www.cityofale.org.uk

This year's Norwich Fringe Festival comes to a close on Saturday night with one of the stars of Channel Four's cult comedy sitcom Peep Show playing at Take 5 on Tombland. Isy Suttie - or Dobby as she is known to Peep Show fans - brings her 'comedy musical love story' to Norwich. Tickets are �12 in advance or for students with an NUS card and �15 on the night, with the night running between 7.30pm and midnight.

Also in the city, vegetarian cafe bar Pulse will be holding a fete on Sunday from 11.30am until 4pm to celebrate National Vegetarian Week.

There is also a fun day at The Mole's Rest, in Fifers Lane on Saturday from 1pm until midnight to raise funds for Sands (Stillborn and neonatal death charity). During the afternoon there will be children's games, a bouncy castle and barbecue, and in the evening there will be a disco, karaoke, auction and raffle.

South of the city, in Brooke, near Bungay, there is a launch event for the new playpark from 11am until 1pm on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, at 7.30am Beccles Lido, in Puddingmoor, will be opening for the summer season, and from then on the open air swimming pool will be open every day from 7.30am until 6.30pm, and until 8pm on Thursdays (weather permitting).

In Great Yarmouth on Monday there will be an attempt to set the Guiness World Record for the largest gathering of people dancing to the Black Lace hit Agadoo starting at 12pm in the Market Place, while in Acle on Sunday Amber Lodge will be holding a family carnival from 11am to 6pm. Entertainment will include a samba band, Zumba dance, a Zulu drum and dance demo, and a live hawk and owl experience.

In Southwold from 11am on Monday the annual spring fete organised by the town's Lions club is being held on the Common, and the 18th century Holton Post Mill, near Halesworth, will be having a special open day on Monday between 10am and 6pm.

A Thetford Youth Day organised by Thetford Air Cadets is being held on Sunday at Kilverstone - it will begin with a car boot sale at 8am and a fun day will start at 10am.

The eight-day Downham Festival, with the theme of 'Wild in the West', starts on Sunday, with a traditional flag-raising ceremony held in the Town Square at 11.30am.

Bank Holiday Monday will see the traditional carnival parade snake its way through the town from Heygates Mill to the Howdale at noon.

The newly-elected town mayor, Val Starling, will then officially open the Carnival Day events on the Howdale at about 2.15pm before a Wild West showdown takes place in the main arena.

• emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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