Things to do in Norfolk: 17 free events not to miss in August 2017

Free events taking place in Norfolk this August (L-R): Teddy Bear picnic at Whitlingham (Photo: Keit

Free events taking place in Norfolk this August (L-R): Teddy Bear picnic at Whitlingham (Photo: Keith Whitmore), bandstand concerts in Norwich (Photo: Antony Kelly) and the Grand Norwich Duck Race (Photo: Denise Bradley). - 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 August...

• Punch and Judy, Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, Various dates, 1pm-1.30pm and 3pm-3.30pm

Enjoy a spot of classic seaside entertainment in the pretty surroundings of Hunstanton Heritage Gardens. Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy the traditional puppet show, which will be taking place on Tuesday, August 1, 8, 15, 27 and 29.

• Pride Without Prejudice, St Margarets Church, Norwich, August 1/2/3/4/5, 10am-5pm daily

This unique exhibition celebrates the creativity of the diverse city, with a collection of artists expressing themselves, guaranteeing an eclectic and colourful spectacle.

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• Blakeney Book Fair, Blakeney Church Rooms, August 5, 10am-5pm

Book lovers won't want to miss this event where a range of second-hand and antiquarian books will be available for the dealer, collector or casual reader, as well as a selection of old postcards, prints and maps.

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• Bandstand Concerts, Various locations, 3pm-4.30pm

A series of free bandstand concerts are taking place in parks across the county this summer, organised by Norwich City Council. In August they will be taking place in Eaton Park, where Norwich Accordion band will be performing on August 6 and Waterloo Park where Norwich City Concert Band will wow crowds on August 13. Great Yarmouth Brass band will take to Eaton Park on August 20 and the final performance is on August 27 in Chapelfield Gardens by Norwich Acordion band.

• Farmers' Market, Creake Abbey, August 5, 9.30am-1pm

55 of the region's fantastic food and drink producers will descend upon Creake Abbey to offer visitors a range of fresh, seasonal produce such as meat, vegetables, fruit, cakes, dairy produce, apple juice, artisan breads, puddings, pies, olives and prepared meals.

• Free Street Entertainment, Various locations, Norwich, 4.40pm-8pm

The free summer events programme returns on August 10 offering great family entertainment from local acts, Covent Garden performers and more. Among the line-up are Betty Braun the Strong Lady, Glasshouse Dance and Keno Kings. Find a full list of times and locations at• A day of Maritime Heritage, Creake Abbey, Saturday August 12, 10am-5pm

Celebrate local maritime heritage with a range of displays and family activities including knot tying, a crab boat quiz and a making things that float workshop. A selection of food and drink will also be on offer and the highlight of the day is a film screening of Lucy Lavers return to Dunkirk 75 years on, however tickets will be needed for this and are priced at £7.50.

• Crafty Little Angels, St Nicholas' Chapel, King's Lynn, Tuesday August 8 - Thursday August 10, 11am-1pm

Looking for something to keep the little ones entertained? Why not have them get crafty at St Nicholas' Chapel, where local artist Fred White will be on hand to help them make angels and admire the chapel's selection of angel carvings. No need to book, just drop in.

• BWell Beach Day, Gorleston-on-Sea Beach, Friday August 11, 11am-3pm

BWell staff will be organising a selection of games, arts and crafts and a match of rounders on Gorleston Beach near Jay Jays cafe. Members and non-members are welcome.

• Cromer Carnival Open Mic, North Lodge Park, Saturday August 12, 11am-4pm

Cromer Carnival have teamed up with Coast Arts and Rock the Lobster to bring an open mic event to North Lodge Park. The day will give local performers the chance to improve their skills and enjoy themselves. There will be 15 minute sessions across the afternoon to give amateurs the opportunity to shine. Those wishing to perform should bring their instrument and a black line if needed.

• Beauty and the Beach event, John Lewis, Norwich, 11am-6pm

Various children's craft activities are being held inside John Lewis department store, with a drop in children's crafting session running from 11am-3pm in Haberdashery, a stop-motion animation workshop in the toy department from 11am-2pm, and a children's craft kit demonstration in the toy section from 2pm-6pm.

• Teddy Bears Picnic, Whitlingham Country Park, Wednesday August 16, 11am-2pm

Grab your favourite teddy bear and head on down to Whitlingham Country Park to enjoy a Teddy Bear's picnic. Pack a lunch and enjoy food in the great surroundings before having a go at crafts, activities and a Teddy Bear trail.

• Cley Harbour Day, Cley Windmill, Sunday August 20, 3pm onwards

A boat-themed event that the whole family can enjoy, with inter-village racing, best dressed boat competition, a bar, hog roast, BBQ, best dressed pirate (under 12s) and live music.

• Fairytales and Legends, King's Lynn town-wide, Sunday August 20, 10am-4pm

King's Lynn town centre is set to be transformed into a magical land where children can meet all their favourite fairytale heroes and heroines from Batman to Cinderella. A range of themed activities will also be taking place.

• Gorleston Makes Music Final 2017, Gorleston Bandstand, Sunday August 20, 1pm onwards

The finalists of Gorleston Makes Music 2017 will be battling it out to be crowned the champion. Watch their efforts as they sing their way to the finish line at the bandstand from 1pm.

• Public Open Day, The Red Feather Club, Sunday August 27, 10am-4pm

The Red Feature Club, the official UK museum of the 95th Bomb Group, will be open to the public, who can view the exclusive collection of uniforms and memorobilia and learn more about their involvement in World War Two.

• The Grand Norwich Duck Race, Sunday August 27, St George's Bridge, Norwich, 12pm-5pm

Norwich is about to go quackers for the sixth annual duck race! Don't miss out on the fun, which kicks off with a duck parade on St George's Bridge from midday. The race itself is made up of 3,000 little ducks and begins at 2pm and there will also be a range of stalls and activities for everyone to enjoy. A corporate duck race, featuring large painted ducks, will take place following the first race at 2.30pm.

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