Things to do in Norfolk: 13 free events not to miss in September 2017

Things to do in Norfolk: Free events not to miss in September 2017 include (L-R) an open day at the

Things to do in Norfolk: Free events not to miss in September 2017 include (L-R) an open day at the John Innes Centre (Photo: Andrew Davis), the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival (Photo: Matthew Usher) and The Out There Festival (Photo: Simon Finlay). - Credit: Archant

Looking for something different to do that doesn't involve splashing the cash? Here's our guide to some of the fun and completely free activities taking place across Norfolk this September...

• North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, Holkham Hall, September 2-3, 10am-4pm

Foodies will love this event taking place at Holkham Hall, celebrating the best local suppliers, chefs and businesses have to offer. You'll be able to enjoy everything from loins of venison to Cromer crab and real ale, with plenty of tastings and samples to tempt your taste buds. Entry is free, however there is a car parking charge of £3 payable in Holkham Park.

• Past Tymes Fayre, Priory Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea, Sunday September 3, 10am-4pm

Friends of Priory Gardens will be holding a celebration of community heritage on September 3, with a local heritage exhibition, donkey rides, stalls, refreshments and entertainment by Harbour Radio FM.

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• Family Heritage Hunt, The Forum, Norwich, Saturday September 9, 10am-4pm

On Saturday, September 9 the Forum will be hosting a Heritage Hunt, inviting families to come along and meet some of the people who helped shape the city, learning more about how Norwich came to be.

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• Classic Car Day, King's Lynn Tuesday Market Place, Sunday September 10, 10am-3pm

Love classic cars? You won't want to miss this event which will see over 200 vintage vehicles displayed proudly in King's Lynn Tuesday Market Place.

• Wymondham Vintage Day 2017, Wymondham Charter Market, Sunday September 10, 10am-4pm

Wymondham's second vintage day will be taking place on Sunday, September 10, featuring a range of entertainment such as classic cars, vintage bus rides, children's activities, memory lane displays, vintage stalls, tea and cake and much more. Guests are invited to come dressed in clothes from their favourite era.

• Living in My World, Free Dementia Awareness Event, Yaxham Village Hall, Thursday September 14, 10am-12.30pm

Oak Manor Care Home in Scarning invite you to a free Dementia Awareness event, a free session open to anyone wishing to learn more about what dementia is and to meet others to share experiences. The event will include hints and tips to improve communication and help challenge the way people think/act/talk about the condition and a practical session to understand some of the day-to-day frustrations that can affect a person living with dementia. To book your place call 0808 223 5400.

• Dog Walk, Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, Thursday September 14, 10am-12noon

Own a dog? Want to meet new people? Join a group of like-minded individuals as they take a walk around Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, finishing at the refreshment bar to enjoy a tea or coffee, with doggy ice creams for the furry friends.

• Great British Beach Clean, RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve, Saturday September 16

Help do your bit for the environment at this beach clean event. The RSPB Titchwell Marsh are teaming up with the Marine Conservation Society to promote cleaner oceans and need your help. Get hands-on as you help to clean the stretch of beach by the reserve and learn more about marine wildlife. Suitable for all ages.

• Open Day, John Innes Centre, Saturday September 16, 10am-4pm

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their relocation to Norwich from Bayfordbury, the John Innes Centre will be holding a public open day. With free entry and free car parking, visitors will be able to enjoy guided tours of laboratories and greenhouses, meet scientists, try their hand at various activities (including extracting DNA) and access the rare books collection.

• Out There Festival, St George's Park, Great Yarmouth, 16-17 September

The Out There Festival of International Street Arts and Circus Entertainment is bound to be an action-packed weekend. Expect everything from daring acrobatics to comedy, juggling and music. The event is mostly free and promises to be great fun for the whole family.

• Debate: Digital democracy or fake news? Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, Monday September 25, 7pm-9pm

Digital media has transformed how information is disseminated ot the public and how politicians target potential voters, leading to fears of 'fake news' manipulating public opinion. Join John Rust, director of the Cambridge Psychometrics Centre and UEA political theorist Alan Finlayson as they talk about the subject.

• Gentle exercise sessions, Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, Monday September 25, 10am-12noon

Looking to get fit for free? Why not try some gentle exercises, open to all ages and abilities. Suggestions for this session include Walking football and ultimate frisbee. The group meets by the Salad Bowl Cafe, to book your place please call 01485 536154.

• African and Caribbean Market, The Forum, Norwich September 29-30, 10am-5pm

A selection of market stalls will be set up inside The Forum, selling crafts, fashion, beauty, home ware, henna, rum and more. The following day on Saturday, the market will be running again, with an additional African and Caribbean street food market set up outside, along with music, dance and face painting. There will also be a charity stall in aid of The Mudeka Foundation supporting children in Zimbabwe and Medecins Sans Frontieres (doctors without borders). The event is organised as part of Black History Month in Norfolk.

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