August Bank Holiday 2017: 13 things to do in Norfolk this weekend

What's on August Bank Holiday 2017. Photo shows L-R Happisburgh Lighouse (Photo: @mr_fusi0n), The Gr

What's on August Bank Holiday 2017. Photo shows L-R Happisburgh Lighouse (Photo: @mr_fusi0n), The Grand Norwich Duck Race (Photo: Simon Finlay) and Aylsham Show, Devil's Horsemen (Photo: Antony Kelly). - Credit: Archant

Looking for something to do over the long weekend? Here's a look at some of the events taking place across Norfolk...

• All About Dogs Show, August 27-28, Norfolk Showground, 9.30am-5pm, Adults £14, Children Under 16 £8, Children under 5 go free

Dog lovers won't want to miss this special event that celebrates all things canine, from dog shows, arena displays, activities to try with your dogs and more. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about some of their favourite breeds, meet the dogs and find out what makes them great pets. A range of entertainment will also be taking place, with shopping, musical performances, fairground rides and more.

• A real Mermaid's Tale, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Saturday August 26, 11am and 2.30pm, Tickets £9

A Real Mermaid's Tale is an exciting production, following intrepid explorer Amelia Buttersnap, as she sets out on her quest to discover evidence of the unknown. After her Real Alien Adventure in Spring, Amelia finds herself deep underwater in search of mermaids, along the way she encounters pirates, sea creatures and so much more.


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• Into to Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Fritton Lake, Saturday August 26, 12pm-1pm, £16 per person

Fritton Lake are hosting a one hour basic session providing a fun and safe introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding. The water sport involves kneeling on a board, then paddling like a canoe or standing up and using a long paddle. Group size is 3-6 people and the activity can be booked in advance by calling 0333 456 077.

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• East Coast Truckers Annual Convoy and show, Marine Parade (seafront) Great Yarmouth, Sunday August 27, 6pm

The lorry drivers of the East Coast Truckers charity will drive in convoy along the seafront at Great Yarmouth at around 6pm on Sunday, August 27. Dozens of truckers take disadvantaged or disabled children on a day out to Pleasurewood Hills, followed by the horn-honking Yarmouth parade. Get to Yarmouth early and enjoy a day out with all the fun of a traditional seaside resort, including miles of white sand along Yarmouth's famous beach.

• Grand Norwich Duck Race, Norwich, Sunday August 27, 12pm, free to watch

The Grand Norwich Duck Race brings together individuals, companies and community groups to raise money for charity. The quirky event will begin at midday with a duck parade on St George's Bridge. Following this an individual duck race will take place at 2pm with 3,000 little ducks racing to the finish line, before large painted ducks are set loose on the water to compete for the trophy at 2.30pm. There will also be a cake stall, ice creams, face painting, little duck stall, games and a sausage stall.

• Sunday Afternoon Tea, Plantation Garden, Norwich, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Enjoy traditional Sunday Afternoon tea, with tea, coffee, homemade cakes and scones in the beautiful surroundings of Plantation Garden. Take a stroll around the woodland paths and flower beds before tucking into the tasty treats, and listen to a musical performance by the Wind in the Willows Clarinet Quintet.

• Alice in Wonderland Open Air Theatre, Blackwater Farm, August 26-27, Adults £13, Children Under 12 £8

Strange Fascination Theatre will be putting on an open air production of Alice in Wonderland. The family extravaganza will feature puppetry, audience participation and sing a longs. Visitors are advised to bring waterproof clothing, as the performance will go on come rain or shine.

• Happisburgh Lighthouse Open Day, Happisburgh Lighthouse, August 27-28, 10.30am-4pm, Adults £3, Children 16 and under £1

Ever wanted to climb to the top of a lighthouse? Well you can at the Happisburgh Lighthouse Open Day this weekend. A minimum height restriction of 1 metre is in place for those climbing the tower but smaller visitors can enter the ground floor. Sensible footwear must be worn. There are 96 steps to the service room, then a further 12 to the lantern, all visitors must be able to climb unaided. On a clear day there are 25 miles of coastal views and a lighthouse steward will be able to give a full history of the landmark.

• Hemsby Herring Festival, Hemsby Lifeboat Station, Sunday August 27, 10am-4pm, Free entry

The Longshore Herring Festival returns to Hemsby beach to celebrate the area's important fishing traditions and heritage. The event will include live music, a barade and barbecued herrings to eat on the beach.

• Historical Re-enactment, Castle Rising Castle, August 27-28, admission prices apply

A 15th century historial re-enactment will be taking place at Castle Rising Castle, put on by Buckingham's Retinue, a medieval re-enactment group that exists to recreate the period known as The Wars of The Roses. Full details and times have not yet been released, visit castlerising.co.uk for more information.

• Joe Pasquale, The Devil in Disguise, Britannia Pier, Sunday August 27, 7.30pm, £10-£20

Comedian Joe Pasquale will be bringing his latest show, The Devil in Disguise to Great Yarmouth this weekend. The show is based around the idea that we all have a good side and a dark side and is guaranteed to make you laugh.

• Ride North Norfolk, Fakenham, Sunday, August 27, 8am, prices vary

Keen cyclists can take part in Ride North Norfolk this Sunday, choosing to travel 25, 50 or 100 miles through the picturesque countryside. For more information and full price list visit activefakenham.org.uk• A Night at the Musicals, St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Monday, August 28, 8pm, £12-£14

Join Strictly Theatre Co. for its annual summer musical show. A Proffessional cast of six singers and six dancers will take you on a journey through some of the greatest musicals to ever come to stage and screen. With a mixture of new material, plus some of the cast's greatest hits of the last two years, expect tasters from shows such as Evita, Chicago, Moulin Rouge, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.

• Aylsham Show, Blickling Park, Monday, August 28, Gates open at 8am, Adults £15, Children 16 and under go free

The Aylsham Show is a traditional one-day show held each year on August Bank Holiday Monday for over 70 years. Visitors will have a range of attractions to enjoy, from animal exhibitors and competitions, to classic car displays, food stalls and shops.

• Are you holding an interesting local event? Email courtney.pochin@archant.co.uk

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