Welcome to our Amber Radio community page for local information and great events  in the City and around Norfolk and North Suffolk. Click on each box and then on each web page link to find the full details. If you’re organising a non-commercial or general community event, let us know so we can add it to this page and talk about it on Amber. Plus if you're running a not-for-profit group, let us know about that as well. Don't forget - it's free!
Have a browse through the sections to give you an idea of  what we're looking for, then:

Email details to : Please give us between two weeks and two months notice whenever you can, and, if possible, don't forget to include a website; Facebook address, or other contact details that we can publicise on this page for anyone wanting more information. 
Meanwhile, if you're heading out and about we hope this gives you some inspiration. But remember events can change - sometimes at the last minute - so check with the organisers before you go. 

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We have dated events below, but here you'll find general information which we hope might be of interest.  Also check out our Amber Directory 


National Highways are holding a series of information days from Monday to Thursday (July 15-July 18) concerning their A47 dualling projects between Blofield and North Burlingham and between North Tuddenham and Easton.

On Monday, July 15th, they are at Tesco in Dereham in Kingston Road between Midday and 7pm.

On Tuesday July 16th, they are at Norwich Camping and Leisure in Yarmouth Road, Blofied from 9am to 5pm.

On Wednesday July 17th, they move to Acle Co-op in Norwich Road, Acle from 10am to 6pm.

And on Thursday July 18th, they finish in Costessey at Sainsburys in Longwater, from Midday to 7pm.

To check details about the events and the projects click here for Blofield to North Burlingham

And here for North Tuddenham to Easton:




The Cromer Strollers Walking football club are encouraging new members. If you’re over 50 and you fancy giving it a try, they meet at 9am on a Tuesday at Cromer Tennis Club. Everyone’s welcome from complete novices to experts. It’s £2 a session.

Also check out "walking football" in our Sports section of our "Amber Directory" below


If you’re looking for a fun contest during the summer holidays…EACH – East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices – is holding its first-ever summer family challenge. The idea is for families to complete six challenges in six weeks and raise £60.

They offer a whole list of suggestions - from organising a family sports day to carrying out acts of kindness - but families can come up with their own schedule and ideas, and one challenge a week is just a guide.

A sum of £60 would pay for a counsellor for three hours or a music therapist for two hours. It would also fund 30 hand and footprint kits for memory-making

For full details and to join in, click here:

For more information, email or call 01223 800807.


Local libraries are set for the school holidays. Norfolk has a “Summer Reading challenge” to encourage children to explore new books. There are also free activities from arts and crafts to music and dance. Events in Suffolk include a “Reading Quest” with a free map and a variety of challenges from reading under the covers with a torch, to choosing a recipe book and making something together as a family.

To find out full details click here for Norfolk:

And here for Suffolk:



If you’re looking for free firework displays during the summer…Hemsby has them in Beach Road on Tuesdays from July 23rd to August 27th…and Gt Yarmouth has them on Wednesdays on the Seafront from July 24th to August 28th. Both are at 10pm with street acts and entertainment from 8pm.

They are organised by Out There Arts and funded by Visit Great Yarmouth. You can check out details by clicking here for the Visit Great Yarmouth website:  Check the site for live updates before you visit.


Norwich Summer Sessions – which used to be called Head Out Not Home – is back with a festival of music and street theatre in the city.

It’s on Thursdays in July from July 11th, with performances in the late afternoon and early evening. And then it moves to Sunday lunchtime and afternoon throughout August.


You’ll find the shows on stages in Gentlemen’s Walk, St. Gregory’s Green, Westlegate and London Street.


For full details click here for the Norwich community arts summer sessions website page:




The Norfolk Torch Relay organised by the Citizens Advice Bureau to mark the start of the Olympics, has had to be postponed. It was due to start in King's Lynn on July 26th and finish in Gt Yarmouth the next day. They're hoping to rearrange in the future.


The Norfolk Fire and Rescue service - with Norfolk Blood Bikes - are holding a charity motorbike ride for the Fire Fighters charity on Saturday August 24th - and anyone is welcome to join in. It’s a 200-mile journey around Norfolk starting in King’s Lynn and, for a donation of £10, motorcyclists can join at any stage along the route.

It begins at King’s Lynn North Fire Station and follows the scenic coastal route to Cromer. After that there’s a midday lunch stop at the Smoke House Bar and Grill in Ormesby which will include a raffle for the charity and Norfolk Blood bikes. The ride then continues towards Gt Yarmouth, Diss and Thetford before returning to King’s Lynn.

You can find more details on their Facebook page by clicking here:

To support the event click here for the Just Giving page:


Applications for the King’s Awards for Enterprise are now open. The deadline is 1pm on September 12th, 2024. The awards recognise and reward outstanding achievement in four categories: International Trade…. Innovation…. Sustainable Development …. and Promoting opportunity through social mobility.  You can visit the government website to see if your business is eligible by clicking here:

Support is also available from Norfolk Lieutenancy. Just email to express an interest.

Awards are made annually with winners invited to a Royal reception, presented with the award by the Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk and are then able to fly the King’s Award flag at their head office and use the emblem on marketing materials. 


Checking out road closures for major events in Norfolk? Norfolk
County Council has a list of temporary traffic orders for events that require a
road closure. So if you’re planning a trip in the county, you can check it out by
clicking here:


With more than 1200 children in care in Norfolk and five more every week, Norfolk County Council are looking for foster carers to offer a loving home.

If you’d like more details, click here:

Meanwhile, the Fostering Network can offer free advice and support for businesses to become fostering friendly employers. Click here for details:  


Norfolk County Council is offering free road closures for residents who want to celebrate World Car Free day on Sept 22nd. It’s a day to encourage people to leave their cars behind, and the council is offering three ways to mark the event…1. By hosting a street party…2. Creating a safe street for children to play and ride their bikes…or 3. Simply to enjoy a quiet day without cars! You have until August 23 to apply.        

To find out full details click here:



With the Halls closed until next Spring for refurbishment, Norwich Beer Festival is spreading the event around the City in October - and pubs and breweries are now being encouraged to take part.

The 12-day festival, organised by CAMRA - the Campaign for Real Ale – starts on October 24 and will include beer tasting, live music, coach trips and more. The event, each year, raises money for local charities.

Pubs and breweries interested in participating are encouraged to get in touch via email at

For more information and updates, click here for their website:  or follow on social media.



Do you have any school uniforms or kit that your children no longer need? Castle Quarter in Norwich has launched a preloved school uniform collection point and if they get enough donations, they hope to have a swap-shop event for parents and carers to pick up good quality clothes for free ready for the new school year.


They are asking for blazers, cardigans, jumpers PE kits, polo shirts, shorts, shoes, skirts, and trousers.  Items can be plain or branded, and in any colour. They must be washed and in good, wearable condition, with all name tags removed if possible.


Donations should be bagged and can be dropped off at the Castle Quarter management office, on level 3 between 9am and 5pm, Monday – Friday.  To find the office, head to Super Bowl and take the escalator or lift to Level 3. For more details check out the Castle Quarter website by clicking here:

Details about the uniform swap event will be announced closer to the time.



There’s a Burlesque night to raise money for the Big C cancer charity. It’s at the Assembly House in Norwich on Friday Nov 15th…but tickets do need to be bought in advance.

Check out details and tickets by clicking here:

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Don't forget, if you're organising a non-commercial or general community event and you're not listed...make sure you let us know! Check the details at the top of page. And if you're looking for more places to go and people to see, remember to check our Amber Directory as well. We have direct links to a whole host of websites!


Drayton Village Hall hosts a regular coffee morning on the first Friday of the month to help raise funds for the upkeep and maintenance of the hall. Check out details at



Community market organisers, Back to the Roots, hold monthly pop-up markets at East Runton Village Hall and Horsford Village Hall. Check out full details on their Facebook page:


Spixworth holds a regular monthly Farmers and Craft Market at Spixworth Village Hall. It’s held on the fourth Saturday every month between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Refreshments are available. It’s free entry and a free raffle ticket for every visitor. For more details check out the Market Facebook page


This year’s Holt Festival opens on Saturday July 13th and runs until Saturday July 27th. It’s in its 15th year now and includes music, comedy, literary events, talks and more – all at venues around the town. Music acts include Barbara Dickson..... comedy includes The Red Card Comedy Club...and conversation talks include Nigel Planer (Neil from the Young Ones).

For full details of the wide and varied programme click here for the festival website:

And here for their Facebook page:


The “Normal for Norfolk” comedy festival opens on Monday July 15th with events around the county until Saturday July 27th.

It launches with a free-ticket showcase at the Norwich Comedy Club at Bowling House in Dereham Road. There are then further shows aIl around the city, with events also in Gt.Yarmouth, Thetford, Dereham, East Harling and King’s Lynn.

The festival is organised by the Norwich-based Hooma Comedy Club (As in sense of Hooma!)

For opening night free tickets and full information and ticket details of all the shows, click here:


The Raveningham Sculpture Trail is back this year with more than 60 artists from across the UK taking part.  It’s an annual exhibition of contemporary artworks displayed in grounds at the Raveningham Centre. It’s open from 10am to 5pm, Wednesdays to Sundays from July 17th to Sept 8th.  

For full details, click here for the website:


The Festival of Thetford and Punjab is being held across the town from Thursday July 18th to Sunday July 21st . It’s a cultural celebration including talks, workshops and more and ends with a grand Festival finale at Thetford Grammar School on Sunday afternoon. That includes drummers, dancers, martial arts, Indian food and heritage stalls.

The annual festival is inspired by the life and legacy of the Duleep Singh family who lived at Elveden Hall and were the last Royal family of the Punjab. And the Ancient House Museum – which was gifted to the town by the family – has a special series of events in celebration.

The festival is led by the Essex Cultural Diversity Partnership. For more details click here for their website page:



The annual Aylsham Round Table Beer and Gin Festival is back. It opens at the Town Hall from 6pm to 11pm on Friday July 19th and continues on Saturday (July 20th) from 11am to 11pm.

The event includes beers, ciders and gins along with live music and food. And it’s to raise money for local charities and community projects.

Check out details via their website by clicking here:  And their Facebook page here:


Get set for the annual Weeting Steam Engine Rally. The rally and country show is back from Friday to Sunday (July 19th to 21st). It’s from 10am to 5pm each day and includes a wide range of entertainment from the steam engines to a fairground, model train rides, chainsaw carving, stalls and more.

Check out full details by clicking here for their website:


The Fitzfest 2024 music festival is on Saturday July 20th. It’s at Fakenham Rugby Club with a day of live music including headline band “Black Shucks”. It runs from Noon to 11pm and also includes food, a variety of stalls and general family entertainment.

The festival is raising money for the town’s Fitzroy day service which supports those with learning disabilities and autism.

To check out more details click here:


Rockstock 24 – the annual music festival in Overstrand - is on Saturday July 20th. It’s at the Overstrand Sports Ground from 2.30pm to 11.45pm with “Generation 29” and “Hunter” heading the band line up. The event is raising money for the Overstrand Sports Club.

Check out more details by clicking here for their Facebook page


Chantry Place in Norwich is hosting a variety of free sporting activities during the summer holidays. From Saturday July 20th to Tuesday Sept 3rd, there’s a daily sports-themed trail. On top of that, the Community Sports Foundation is organising events on Tuesdays – anything from skipping challenges to hosting post-match style interviews. And on Wednesdays, Run Norwich will be taking over with anything from speed bounce to treadmill, and even an appearance from a Lotus car.

Find out full details by clicking here for the Chantry Place website  or follow @chantryplacenorwich on social media.


Thailand is coming to Norwich. The Magic of Thailand Festival returns to Earlham Park on Saturday and Sunday July 20th and 21st. It’s from 10am to 7pm and includes everything from Thai cuisine to Thai boxing along with traditional dance and music…children’s rides… Buddhist monk blessings and more. There’s even a “I’m British “Get Me Out of Here” competition.

For full details click here for the website:


The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum in Flixton, near Bungay, is holding its annual family fun day on Sunday July 21st. The museum will be open as usual with aircraft dating back pre-war.  Plus, there’ll be 1940s live music, a fun dog show, owl displays and more. It’s open from 10am to 4pm and entry and parking are free. (Although donations are appreciated)

To find out more, check out the Museum website by clicking here:

To check out events at various museums around the area – including this one – have a browse through our “Museums and Heritage” section in our Amber Directory below. 


Langham Dome is marking its 10th anniversary as a museum and the 80th anniversary of the re-opening of RAF Langham with a special celebration open day. It’s on Sunday July 21st from 10am to 4pm…it’s free entry and parking…will be opened by actor Martin Shaw.

Events include a Spitfire fly-past, live music, military displays, stalls, re-enactors and more. And you’re more than welcome to dress 1940s style! 

For more details check out the Langham Dome website by clicking here:

And their Facebook page here:



There’s an open afternoon at the Bishop’s House Garden in Norwich on Sunday July 21st to raise money for the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI.

It’s the oldest private garden in the city and will be open from 1pm to 4pm with last entry at 4 o’clock. You can find it through the archway gate, opposite the Law Courts.

Check out more details by clicking here for the Garden website page:

And here for the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI:

To check out gardens in general, don’t forget our “Open Gardens” section in our Amber Directory below


Stalham is holding an Artisan Street Fayre on Sunday July 21st. It’s in the High Street from 11am to 4pm and includes food, crafts and community stalls along with music, Morris dancing and general entertainment.

The event is organised by Stalham Town Council. Admission is free.

Check it out on the town council website by clicking here:  and the Street Fayre Facebook page here:



A brand-new entrance to Norwich Castle is open from Monday (July 22nd) complete with views of the east wall of the Keep – which haven’t been seen for decades. There’s also a new shop, 60-seat restaurant, state-of-the-art new education room and more.

It’s the end of the first phase of the £18 million project to recreate the Castle as its original Norman Palace. It’s expected to be competed later in the year. For more details click here and check out the “Royal Palace Reborn” project:

For museums in general don’t forget to check out the museums section in our Amber Directory below


As a lead-up to Norwich Pride, “Empowering Yourself and Your Community” is a talk at the UEA. It’s on Wednesday July 24th at 1pm. It’s free, and it’s with local drag icon Miss Dee Licious. Everyone is welcome for an engaging and respectful discussion. And topics include building stronger communities and supporting groups and individuals, regardless of background.

Check out more by clicking here for the Facebook page:


*Norwich Pride is on Saturday July 27th. Scroll down from here for details.


Harleston Cinema is showing the film “The Color Purple” on Thursday July 25th. It’s at 2pm and 7.30pm at the Masonic Rooms in Redenhall Road.


It’s set in 1909 and tells the story of a young black American girl who’s torn apart from her sister and children and given away in marriage by her abusive father. It’s based on the Alice Walker novel and is billed as “a bold new take on the beloved classic.”


Seats are £5, please book at Harleston Information Plus in Exchange Street, Harleston or call 01379 851917   Cash only. Certificate 12A, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Ice creams at the intervals, bar also available for the evening screening.

Please cancel at HIP if you are unable to attend. Walk-ins will be accommodated if possible but if fully pre-booked, regrettably they will have to turn away. Please be aware – if you see tickets for sale on social media, this is a scam. Tickets are only sold at the venue on the night.

All required Covid measures will be taken, in accordance with current guidelines. The hall has an air monitoring and circulation system.

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There’s “Norfolk Day” comedy in Dereham on Saturday July 27th. In celebration of the county’s annual big day, local comedian John Mann will be headlining a special comedy night at the Railway Tavern. It’s all part of the final day of the “Normal for Norfolk” comedy festival. Check out full details by clicking here:


It's Norfolk Day on Saturday (July 27th) and a special Norfolk Day Festival is being launched at Hoveton Village Hall. It's from 10am to 8pm and includes a car show, live music, stalls, food trucks and more…along with a chance to learn more about Norfolk history.

You can find more details by clicking here:



The 16th Norwich Pride is on Saturday July 27th. It’s a free day of entertainment which includes five stages; street entertainers; an art exhibition, and more than 120 stalls around the city centre. The Pride March itself leaves City Hall at 1pm and wends its way through the streets to the main stage and the entertainment at Chapelfield Gardens. (The route is

  • City Hall, Gaol Hill - passing The Guildhall - Exchange Street, Bedford Street, London Street, Davey Place, Gentleman’s Walk, the Haymarket, and Theatre Street to Chapelfield Gardens.)

For full details of the event – including information on street closures - click here for the Norwich Pride website:


Incidentally, another way to find road closures for this and various events around Norfolk is by clicking here:   For Norwich just look for “Norwich City Centre – multiple events”. If you find that handy for the future, you’ll also find the website listed in our Notice Board section above.   


Trowse is having a village sports day to celebrate the Olympics. It’s on the Common on Saturday July 27th from Midday to 6pm. There are activities for all ages and abilities and includes traditional sporting events, health and wellbeing stands, refreshments and more.

Check out more by clicking here for the parish council events page:


Wells carnival kicks off with a raft race on Saturday July 27th That’s from the Quay at Midday…and then in the evening there’s live reggae music with the band Double Barrel at the War Memorial Institute Club.

That’s all ahead of the full carnival celebrations which start on Friday August 2nd and finish on Sunday August 11th.

Check out all the details by clicking here:


The Old Buckenham Airshow takes off on Saturday and Sunday, July 27th and 28th. There’s eight hours of flying planned over the weekend and includes air displays…parachuting…and all types of planes from propeller to electric. 

Meanwhile events on the ground range from a fun fair to a food village and from live music to military displays and more.

Check out full details by clicking here for the website:

One of the planes making its debut is the F-35 from RAF Marham. It's due on Saturday for its first non-military airshow in the UK. It’s a vertical landing plane, but don't expect to see it hovering. It's so powerful it could wipe out the entire ground display along with the runway!


There’s a weekend of outdoor cinema planned at Whitlingham Country Park. On Saturday evening (July 27th) they’re showing "Mamma Mia" and on Sunday afternoon (July 28th) it’s Disney’s “Encanto” and “The Greatest Showman”.   

Check out tickets and full details by clicking here:


The annual Worstead Festival is back on Saturday and Sunday (July 27th and 28th) complete with live music and general entertainment…chef demonstrations…workshops…local art and craft stalls and more.

It’s open from 10am on both days, finishing at 7pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday

It’s organised each year by local volunteers, and the festival charity has been raising money for local groups in Norfolk for nearly 60 years.

To find out full details, click here for their website:



Hingham is holding a Motorcycle show on Sunday July 28th. It starts at 10am at the Sports and Social Club in Watton Road, and includes live music, street food, and, of course, motor bikes!

Check it out on the Facebook page by clicking here:


Mundesley is holding its motor show this year on Sunday July 28th. It’s at Gold Park from 11am to 4pm and includes vintage, classic, retro cars and motorbikes and more. It’s a not for profit event and raises funds for local charities.

Check out more details on their Facebook page, by clicking here:


The NR3 beer mile is back this year…11 pubs in the NR3 area of Norwich getting together for a pub trail and various events from Wednesday (July 31st) to Sunday (Aug 4th).  It’s a day more than last year and includes music gigs, garden parties, charity quiz nights, foodie nights and more.  

The pubs involved are The Artichoke; The Brewery Tap, Norwich; The Cottage NR3; The Duke of Wellington; The King’s Head; The Leopard, Norwich; The Malt and Mardle; The Plasterers; The Ribs of Beef – Norwich Inns; The Rosebery, and The Stanley NR3

Full details from the pubs, and here for a Facebook link:



This year’s Sandringham Flower show is on Wednesday July 31st. It’s in its 141st year now, with a variety of entertainment from musical bands to quad bike displays. There are also show gardens, horticultural exhibitions, crafts, trade stands, competitions and more.

Profits from each year are donated to local charities.

Note: Mobile phone signals are intermittent at the show and some sellers are sometimes unable to use credit card machines.

For full details check out the show website by clicking here:


Not bad when you’re 20 miles from the coast…Harleston is having a traditional seaside fun day on Thursday August 1st with a summer beach party in the town centre! It's from 10am to 6pm and includes a “pop-up” beach with mini sand pits; deck chairs; buckets and spades; entertainment; traditional games and, of course ice cream!

It's organised by the Town Council and Visit Harleston, and you can find more details by clicking here for the website:



There’s a “bugs and beasts” family fun day at Waterloo Park in Norwich on Thursday Aug 1st. It’s a free drop-in event between 11am and 4pm with everything from extracting DNA from bananas to discovering tiny beasts living in compost! 

It’s all part of the “Science On Your Doorstep” community project organised by Norwich Science Festival and The Forum.

Check out full details about the event and the project by clicking here for the Science Festival website:



"Sons of Cream" are playing the Waterfront in Norwich on Thursday August 1st…and they are, literally, the Sons of Cream, playing their music and talking about the band!  Malcolm Bruce and Kofi Baker are the sons of legends Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, and they are joined by Ginger's grandnephew Rob Johnson.


Check out more details by clicking here:



Lowestoft’s Sunrise Film Festival returns this year with no fewer than 124 short films screened over four days. It’s from Thursday August 1st to Sunday August 4th with showings at the Marina Theatre, Sam’s Wellbeing Hub in Bevan Street East and the Parcels Office Exhibition Space in Denmark Road.

The films were chosen from an entry of more than 460 and include family-friendly and a wide range from comedy to experimental.

It was first launched in 2021 as a celebration of the industry and independent filmmakers. It’s now an annual event.

Check out the full details by clicking here for the festival website:


The “Black Shuck” Festival in Bungay is being held from Friday to Sunday (August 2nd to August 4th)

It’s an event with folklore, imagination and storytelling, to celebrate the legend of the ghostly dog that supposedly terrorised the area in the 16th century. It includes everything from theatre and music, to art, literature and history.

The festival was first launched in 2022 as a way to reclaim the legend and remember the day - August 4th 1577 - when Black Shuck was said to have burst into the town’s St. Mary’s Church during a violent storm. (It later popped up at Blythburgh Church where, it’s claimed, its claw marks can still be seen burned into the door…)

To find out full details of the festival, click here for the website


Wells Carnival runs from Friday August 2nd to Sunday August 11th. There’s a wide variety of entertainment from a maritime heritage festival to a junior Town Crier contest and from a dog show and a teddy bear’s picnic to a sand sculpture competition and an open bowls tournament.

Carnival day itself is on Saturday August 10th  and includes daytime and evening entertainment on the Buttlands from 11.30am. The carnival procession starts at 3pm.


For full details of events, click here for the Wells Carnival website page:


On your marks for this year’s Great Aylsham Snail race. It’s on Saturday August 3rd at the Food and Craft Market outside the town hall. Races are between 10.30am and 1pm. Entry is free, with contestants in different categories competing for a pot filled with lettuce. Last year was the first year with the fastest snail covering the 13-inch (33 cm) course in just 4min 38 secs….

It’s organised by “Slow Food, Aylsham” which has a snail as its logo. It’s a not-for-profit group which promotes a better way to eat, and celebrates the region’s food and drink scene. Its 18th annual festival will be held in October.

For more details of the snail race and Slow Food Aylsham click here for their website:


Lowestoft is set for Britain’s Most-Easterly Pride – back for its second year. It’s on Saturday Aug 3rd from 11am to 7pm at the Sparrow’s Nest Gardens. It’s a family-friendly celebration, organised by the town council, and includes a variety of live entertainment and stalls thorough the day and into the early evening.

For more details click here for the town council website page:



The Norwich Yoga Festival returns for its third year this year. It’s at Whitlingham Country Park on Saturday Aug 3rd. There’s a whole variety of activities from yoga to Pilates and from reflexology to ear seeding...along with speakers, a fit tent, woodland workshops, a zen corner, a kids’ corner and more.

(Ear seeding is the placing of beads on different parts of the ear to correspond with different parts of the body.)

For full details of the festival,click



Wymondham Abbey summer fair is on Saturday August 3rd. It starts at 11am and includes live music, dance, crafts and more…including Mr Sam the Magic Man from Britain’s Got Talent. He’ll be there with Punch and Judy as well.

For more details click here for the web page:

And here for the Facebook page:


Gorleston is celebrating its 25th Cliff Top Festival this year. It’s on Saturday and Sunday August 3rd and 4th and includes live music across two stages, a firework display, general entertainment and much more. It’s a family event and entry is free.

For full details click here for the website:


Norwich’s Earlham Park is playing host to two more festivals this weekend. (Aug 3rd and 4th). On Saturday there's a  Save the Rave Outdoor 90s festival...and that's closely followed on Sunday with a Lookalike tribute festival. Both are from Midday to 10pm.

For more details of the Save the Rave Festival click here:

And for more details of the lookalike festival click here:


The Bishop’s House Garden in Norwich will be open on Sunday afternoon, August 4th, raising money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH)

It’s the oldest private garden in Norwich and will be open from 1pm to 4.30pm with the last entry at 4 o’clock. You can find it through the archway gatehouse, opposite the Law Courts.

It’s the last of a summer series of charity open days at the Garden, which began in May.

Check out more details by clicking here for the Garden website page:

And for more details of EACH, click here:

And to check out gardens in general, don’t forget our “Open Gardens” section in our Amber Directory below

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Here it is! Our growing list of organisations and contacts which we hope you’ll find useful for everything from places to visit to support organisations and charities - along with hobbies, sports, museums, nightclubs...and so the list goes on. Sit down with a cuppa and click on each one to see what’s there - we have more than 100 to choose from! And if you’re running a similar group and you’re not listed, please let us know so we can help spread the word for you. Remember it's free - just email the details and contact information to



TRUST, which is based at Neatishead, offers accessible boating on the Broads
for people who are disabled or disadvantaged. It was formally registered as a
charity in 1984 and has motor cruisers, yachts, canoes and more for people to
enjoy a trip on the water, try new activities, improve their self-confidence
and increase their environmental awareness. It also offers accommodation.  For full details check out their website at


If you're interested in local
amateur dramatics, either by joining them or simply going along to one of their
shows, you might like to check out the Drama Groups website which gives
information on AmDram groups, Schools, Societies, Choirs, Troupes, and Clubs.
You'll find sections for Norfolk and Suffolk...along with the rest of the UK
and much of the world if you're thinking of going further afield! It's


The DOGS TRUST in Snetterton can care for up to 70 dogs and has an on-site training barn, playing fields, playgrounds and even a bathing and grooming room. If you are looking for a pet, they obviously welcome visits and they also welcome support including donations of bedding, toys, and the like. For more details, their website is


The NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK ANIMAL TRUST is based at, what used to be, the old police dog pound in Gt Yarmouth’s Fremantle Road. It’s run completely by volunteers and has a rehoming service for dogs and cats. Nowadays it also has a charity shop in Gt Yarmouth High Street. To find out more click here for their website:

PACT – The People for Animal Care Trust – is a Norfolk-based animal sanctuary which rescues, rehabilitates and, where possible, re-homes neglected, injured, and abandoned animals. It’s one of the largest animal sanctuaries in East Anglia and also has its own charity shops.  For full details check out their website


SAFE RESCUE FOR DOGS takes in and rehomes dogs from the UK and abroad. For full details check out their website


STREETVET is a charity which sees volunteer vets and nurses providing free essential vet care for the pets of people who are homeless. StreetVet, Norwich was set up in 2019 and they currently have about 30 volunteers giving up their time every Tuesday evening for outreach sessions. And Taverham Vets carry out the out-of-hours surgeries.

If you’d like to support them in any way, or if you’d like more details check out their website at  

found homes for more than 2,500 retired greyhounds since it was founded by
Yarmouth Stadium Owner Stephen Franklin in 1999. If you’d like to find out more
about the group – and the dogs – here’s their website


NORFOLK CREATIONS is a not-for-profit group that showcases the work of local artists and craft makers. They hold various events each year and if you'd like more details of where they'll be and their exhibitors, check out their website


The SAINSBURY CENTRE at the UEA is an international art museum and a major national centre for the study and presentation of art. It has permanent collections along with a range of temporary exhibitions. It also has a Sculpture Park set in 350 acres of parkland. For more details check out



Broadland and South Norfolk has a special Help Hub to offer practical support and advice for anyone in both areas. It could be anything from money worries to domestic abuse or from employment and training to a handy trader…The Help Hub is a partnership with a wide variety of different organisations. For full details click here


DEREHAM BAND is a well-established brass band which has been playing music in the local area for nearly 90 years. They hold regular concerts and play at various community events throughout the County. If you’d like to find out where you can hear them or even join them, log onto the website by clicking here:


THE NORWICH COMMUNITY CHOIR meets on Tuesday evenings at St.Cuthbert's Church Centre in Sprowston, and they welcome new singers. They have free taster sessions with no auditions and no experience necessary. Check it ouby clicking here



THE PHOENIX MALE VOICE CHOIR welcomes new recruits. They meet on Thursday evenings and some Tuesdays in Norwich. They also welcome everyone to their concerts! For more details click here:


FINE CITY CHORUS in Norwich is a chorus of barbershop singers. They meet on Wednesday evenings at Lionwood School in Thorpe Hamlet and sing in concert mostly in Norfolk and Suffolk - but occasionally further afield as well. Every year they attend the British Association of Barbershop Singers Convention which is held in various locations around the country. If you'd like to join them, find out more about them, or even just listen to them, check their website for details (click here)


TAVERHAM, BAND, has been playing since 1974. It specialises in concert work with a focus on entertainment and performs for, and in collaboration, with many community and charity groups across the region. Its members range from ex-professional musicians to youngsters developing their skills. They are a non-contest band. For more details click here for their website: . 

VILLAGE VOICES is a community choir based in
Blofield open to everyone, experienced or not, who likes to sing for fun. They
sing a range of styles from sea shanties to gospel and from traditional to popular
and regularly sing at charity events. If you’d like more details check out
their website by clicking here:


THE FRIENDS OF NORFOLK DIALECT (FOND), was founded in 1999 with the aim of preserving, recording, and promoting, the Norfolk accent. Members organise or feature at various events during the year including their own annual Norfolk panto. You can find out more via their Facebook page:


The GREAT YARMOUTH AND DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB are looking for guest speakers willing to give a talk lasting 45 minutes to an hour. They’re also looking for new members. When it began in 1978, it was a male group and for those who were retired, but now it’s open to everyone and you’re welcome to first visit as a guest. It meets on Wednesday mornings at the Assembly Rooms in Marine Parade. For more details about the club, you can check out their Facebook page

NECTON MEN’S SHED welcomes new recruits. Members get together for a couple of hours each week and also take on projects to help with gardening and occasional repair work. They meet in the Necton Sports and Social Club on Tuesdays from 10am to 12 noon. For more details, contact John on 07969 381 604 or email 

OPEN CIRCLE in Binham is an informal group of women who get together once a month at Binham Memorial Village Hall to make friends, learn new things and raise money for local charities. New members and guests are welcome. If you'd like more details email  or


To find out details of the County Council, District, Borough and City Councils, log onto

For details of town and parish councils check district council websites.


The Norfolk Community Directory
is run by Norfolk County Council and has information on a huge range of topics. Things to do…money and legal advice…childcare and family support…help at
home…health and wellbeing…learning, work and volunteering….and so the list goes
on! A real go-to list for so many subjects. Check out their website.


 "IntoUniversity" in Norwich is an educational charity which offers free after-school academic support to youngsters from the age of seven to eighteen.

Primary School children get to follow a curriculum based on degree subjects, while Secondary School and College Students also receive support on everything from homework and exams to interview techniques, apprenticeships and even gap years. The idea is to give extra support to help them fulfil their potential.
The charity – which was launched in 2021 in partnership with the UEA – is based at the West Earlham Centre in Norwich. 

For more details contact the Norwich IntoUniversity Team on: or 01603 367 525. 

If you would like to find out more, their website is or Facebook:



the 14th century St Swithin’s Church in St Benedict’s Street. It moved in in
1980 and is home for a wide variety of shows from up and coming talent to
established entertainers. For full details check ou

COMEDY CLUBS….If you’re looking for a bit of laughter, the Norwich-based Hooma Comedy Club (as in sense of hooma….!) organises Comedy Clubs, not only in the City, but all over Norfolk and North Suffolk – and further afield as well.

To find out more check out their website by clicking here:


THE GARAGE TRUST is a Norfolk-based performing arts charity which runs arts centres in Norwich and King’s Lynn. (In King’s Lynn it’s called The Workshop). It runs dance, drama and music classes, runs a wide variety of community projects, supports new talent and more – including, of course, putting on shows. The Garage in Norwich is based in Chapel Field North. Their phone number is 01603 283382 and you can check out their website by clicking here:  The Workshop in King’s Lynn is in Conduit Street. Their phone number is 01553 277919 and you can check their website here:

THE HALLS (Closed until Spring 2025 for renovation works)"The Halls" in St.Andrew's Plain incorporates St Andrew's Hall, Blackfriars' Hall and smaller areas including a crypt and cloisters. They regularly host concerts and more. Check out


THE MADDERMARKET is a 300-seater community theatre which hosts both professional and amateur entertainers and is the home theatre of the Norwich Players. Shows can include everything from stand-up comedy to hair-raising rock! The theatre also works with local and national arts organisations, schools, charities and community groups. To find out more and to check out the shows, the box office number is 01603 620917 and the website is


NORWICH PLAYHOUSE in St George's Street, celebrated its 25th anniversary as a theatre in 2020. It has 300 seats and entertainment includes live music and performing arts. It also has a beer garden and two galleries. For more details of events, log onto (Alongside the river, the building dates back to the late 19th century and was once used as a maltings)


NORWICH PUPPET THEATRE in Whitefriars, has been running for more than 40 years at its home in a medieval church. Apart from shows, the theatre has activities and workshops for all ages. It has its own theatre company and a team that visits schools and groups around the county. For more details, phone 01603 629921 or check out their website (Incidentally, it's one of only three building-based puppet theatres in England!)


THE SEWELL BARN THEATRE COMPANY is an “in house” drama group which puts on a variety of plays throughout the year. It’s based at the Barn at Sewell Park Academy in Constitution Hill in Norwich. The group has an information line, 01603 418803 and the website is (The barn was originally owned by Philip Sewell, brother of “Black Beauty” author Anna Sewell. From being a hay barn, it became a theatre during the First World War, and a bicycle shed for girls in the days of the old Blyth School. The Sewell Barn Theatre has been there since the 1970s.)


NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL. Apart from the main theatre itself, the Theatre Royal in Norwich also has “Stage Two” – a fully equipped 120-seater which, apart from shows, is also used as rehearsal studios and training spaces. For details of shows at both venues AND Norwich Playhouse, go to


The UEA LCR is a live music venue on the university campus and is linked with The Waterfront – now with sponsorship, named The Adrian Flux Waterfront – in King Street. Both are run by the Union of UEA Students. For details and tickets for both, and to check other venues they work with, log onto


If you’re looking for nostalgia, the East Anglian Film Archive goes as far back as 1896 with about 12,000 hours of film and up to 30,000 hours of videotape – most of them covering the East of England. Many of the films are available to watch…and they’re also keen to add to the collection. So if you have any old films gathering dust, or you’d like to find out more about the Film Archive itself, check out

*The group - which is run by the UEA and has its base at County Hall - is part of a national network of public film archives called Film Archives UK


The Norfolk Community Foundation's "Nourishing Norfolk Network" is the umbrella group for a series of more than 20 local food hubs. They also offer help in other ways from tech support to debt or energy advice, form filling, legal advice and much more. They currently assist more than 24,000 people and would like anyone who might be struggling to know that help is available. They also welcome volunteers.

Check it all out at

THE TRUSSELL TRUST supports a nationwide network of food banks to provide emergency food and support to people in crisis. Once someone has been referred, they can exchange a voucher for a food parcel to cover a minimum of three days. The food banks can advise which agencies can offer referrals.  It has centres throughout Norfolk and North Suffolk. Check out full details including centre information at


*If you live or work in Norwich and want the freedom of having a car without the expense of owning one, the city has a special car club. Members can pick up a car from a dedicated parking bay at any time of day or night...and then return it once they’ve finished. And there are bays all across the city. If you’d like more details, check out

*Norwich has one of the highest levels of walking and cycling in the if that includes you and you'd like a copy of the Norwich city cycle map, you can download it for free from the website


*If you fancy cycling around the city, but you haven’t got a bike…don’t forget Transport for Norwich has a bike share scheme with Beryl Bikes. You can hire bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters from cycle bays dotted all around the Norwich area. For more details check out (Transport for Norwich is a partnership of local authorities to improve road links and to encourage sustainable forms of transport.)




AMBER’S ARMY is a new charity to support Norfolk families with a child who has a terminal cancer diagnosis. They work with the whole family on providing emotional support and helping to create happy memories and experiences. They also offer a guide to other support groups – from emotional to financial. Many families are referrals but you can also contact them directly. If you’d like more details of the charity, their services or how you can help, check out their website  


The BIG C cancer charity was founded by two young men – David Moar MBE and Clive Bamford – who after travelling to London and Cambridge for their own treatment were determined that local people would have facilities and support nearer to home.  It is ready to support anyone affected by cancer in Norfolk and North Suffolk, whether it is someone with a diagnosis or their loved ones. Check out full details at their website



“IT’S ON THE BALL” is a charity based in Norwich set up to provide support to patients and their families and raise awareness of testicular cancer. Their aim is to ensure all men between 15 and 45 in Norfolk are aware of the signs and symptoms and to have the confidence to seek medical advice when something doesn't feel right. To find out more go to


STAR THROWERS is a cancer support charity based in Wymondham which offers free individual assistance to patients and carers. Its aim is to support people from diagnosis to life after cancer and offers help with everything from counselling to nutrition and diet support. It’s available for all cancer patients and carers aged 18 plus and if you’d like more details their website is



THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION is a Norwich-based charity which helps young people experiencing challenges. The organisation has been running for more than 25 years supporting young people and families across Norfolk and Suffolk. To find out more about them, log on to


CARE FOR CARERS is a wide-ranging support association providing help for carers and ex-carers, along with those who are cared for…older people…the lonely…and the vulnerable. They also hold "Carers Information Days". Their website includes information on subjects such as benefits, health trainer services, anti-bullying websites, adult education and more. Check it out here:

FIBROMYALGIA. A support group for people who suffer from Fibromyalgia and other similar chronic pain conditions within the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston area meets on the second Tuesday of every month. It’s from 11:30am to 2.30pm at the Magdalen Way Methodist Church, Gorleston, NR31 7DB.


They have a private Facebook group -    Their contact email address is


ST.MARTIN’S HOUSING TRUST helps homeless people, and those at risk, by offering them support, whether it’s short-term or long- term. They have been assisting people in Norwich and Norfolk for more than 50 years and they also work in hand with other voluntary organisations, housing associations, community, and church groups to raise awareness of homelessness. Find out more on their website


THE MATTHEW PROJECT is a Norwich-based charity which supports young people and adults across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex with drug and alcohol recovery and wellbeing. If you'd like more details their website is


MENOPAUSE SUPPORT is a purpose-over-profit organisation, founded by Diane Danzebrink in 2015.  After going through her own terrifying experience of entering instant menopause following surgery, Diane set out on a mission to create better, free resources for women and their families so everyone can better understand menopause and access the support and information they need. To find out more click here for their website:



NELSON’S JOURNEY is a charity which helps children and young people in Norfolk who suffer the loss of someone close to them. They provide a range of bereavement support and accept referrals from families and professionals. Since launching in 1997 they have helped thousands of youngsters in the county to smile again. For full details check out their website


 The SUE LAMBERT TRUST is a Norfolk charity offering support to survivors of sexual violence and abuse. Its roots go back to a women’s group launched in the 1980s which then merged with a male support group in 2007 to become the “Sexual Violence Alliance”. Sue Lambert was a main stalwart throughout that time and when she sadly died in 2013, the charity’s name was changed to honour her memory. For full details of the charity and the support offered check out their website by clicking here:


If you are ever having a bad time, and you need someone to talk to, remember, you are not alone. Here are just some of the organisations on hand to help.

NORFOLK AND WAVENEY MIND have amazing resources and people you can reach out to. Find out more at

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL  has a special section on their website with five steps to improving your mental health. Called “Take Five, to look after your own wellbeing”, it includes tips and advice, along with details of local community support hubs and more. Check it out at Other sites they suggest having a look at include "Every Mind Matters" and “Improving Lives Together”


THE WELLBEING SERVICE in Norfolk and Waveney offers help and support to improve wellbeing and manage stress, low mood, and anxiety. It holds a wide range of workshops, courses and talking therapies along with social support, employment advice, social events and more. To find more about it, click here for their Wellbeing website:

And if you fancy getting out and about, it offers a whole series of activities from football to running to guided walks, coffee catch ups and more. In fact, there’s something going on most days! You can check those out by clicking here:

The BLACK DOG MUSIC PROJECT is charity which helps people in Norwich, who face mental health challenges, to discover a passion for music. There are sessions, workshops and one-to-one lessons and members, if they wish, can also join a band and perform at gigs and events. The charity is funded by donations and charity grants.  If you’d like more details, click here for their website:


NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK DOWSERS promote traditional dowsing techniques and enjoy the local countryside and its colourful history. They also support dowsing for Health, Earth Energies, Archaeology and Water Divining.

They have monthly meetings. No experience is required as tuition will be provided. 


For more details: or check out their Facebook page  by clicking here:


THE “DRAGON SHIELDS” are a Norfolk-based Dark-Ages battle re-enactment group and they’re looking to recruit new members! They run a comprehensive training course, and. they say, after a hard day’s fighting there’s nothing better than to sit around the campfire in good company with a cup of mead. You don’t have to do battle – there are other roles as well. Check out their Facebook page for details (click here)

NORFOLK GHOSTBUSTERS are all huge fans of the Ghostbusters movies and often travel out and about in their outfits raising money for charity...particularly the East Anglian Children's Hospice. If you'd like more details check out their Facebook page (click here)


The NORFOLK KNITTERS AND STITCHERS have been knitting, stitching, and crocheting for charity for 15 years. It's a popular organisation - and pastime - with more than 2,300 members and 127 groups across the county. If you'd interested in finding out more, they'd love to hear from you. Click on their website here:


The NORWICH STAR WARS CLUB UK was founded in 1999 and has been at all the flagship Star Wars celebration events. It has its own costume group called The Heroes and Villains and has appeared at various events across the country. On the last Friday of the month, they have a club night which is open to all and includes jedi training.... If you'd like to find out more, check out their If you'd like to find out more, check out their Facebook page (click here)


STARGAZING. We're not talking about celebs here, were talking about the night sky! Whether it's a hobby and you just enjoy going outside every now and then and simply gazing, here's a website you might be interested in. Click here:




If you think: once you’ve seen one museum you’ve seen them all, then have a look through these and think again! (If you have others, please let us know at

Just remember, many are seasonal and not necessarily open every day, so always check opening times!    

NORFOLK MUSEUMS SERVICE is a good place to start for Norfolk. It has 10 museum sites and operates the Norwich Castle Study Centre and a collections centre at Gressenhall.

So, if you want to find out more about NORWICH’S Castle Museum…Museum of Norwich…and Strangers’ Hall. GT YARMOUTH’S Time and Tide Museum…. Tolhouse Gaol…and Elizabeth House. CROMER Museum, THETFORD Ancient House Museum, GRESSENHALL Farm and Workhouse and LYNN Museum….

Just click here for them all!



ASSOCIATION FOR SUFFOLK MUSEUMS is a good place to start for Suffolk! It includes LOWESTOFT’S local history museum in Nicholas Everitt Park…. Royal Naval Patrol Service Museum at the Sparrow’s Nest…and the East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville. BECCLES Museum…BUNGAY Museum…. FLIXTON’S Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum…HALESWORTH’S District Museum…and more, the further south you go!

You can check those out at  .


Other museums include…

The (CITY OF NORWICH) AVIATION MUSEUM can be seen from the NDR (Broadland North Way) near the Airport...but the way to reach it is via Horsham St.Faith! It has an outdoor space housing nearly 30 aircraft and exhibits along with a varied collection of smaller displays indoors. It also holds various special events throughout the year.  And it has a tearoom. Check it ouby clicking here:

CAISTER CASTLE in Caister-On-Sea was commissioned in 1432 and there’s a good view of the ruins from the top of remaining 90-foot tower. The Castle is also home for a purpose-built motor vehicle museum which they describe as probably the largest of its kind in Britain. It houses more than 120 cars and 100 bikes – ranging from 1893 to a 1990s customised Harley Davidson. There are also bicycles, horse-drawn vehicles, pedal cars and more. For more details check out their website by clicking here.

DAD’S ARMY Museum in THETFORD is dedicated to the classic TV series which was filmed in the area. It can be found in the old fire station in Cage Lane at the back of Thetford Guildhall, which, itself doubled as the Town Hall in several episodes. Check it out by clicking here for their website:   

DAD'S ARMY is also a feature at BRESSINGHAM Steam and Gardens where it’s been the official
home to the Dad’s Army Appreciation Society’s collection since 2000. The exhibition
is a re-creation of their fictional hometown of Walmington-On-Sea.  Check it out – along Bressingham’s other
attractions - by clicking here:   (You’ll also find it in our Trains section) 

DEREHAM''S BISHOP BONNER’S COTTAGE MUSEUM survived the great fire of 1679 and Zepplin raids of 1915 to become the oldest surviving domestic building in Dereham. The timber-framed, thatched building with sloping ceilings and twisting staircases is a collection of three cottages and can found in Withburga Lane near to St Nicholas Parish Church. Find out more on the Dereham Heritage Trust website at

DEREHAM WINDMILL is the last of several windmills in the Dereham district. It was built in 1835, rescued from dereliction in the 1980s and has now been restored as an exhibition centre. It's in Cherry Lane near to Neatherd High School and is set in dog-friendly grounds connected to several rural walks around the area. There's also a tearoom (dogs are not allowed inside). For more details and to check opening times log onto

DISS MUSEUM, in the Market Place is a community museum centred on the history of the town and district. Features include a variety of both permanent and regularly changing temporary exhibitions along with an outreach programme of town walks and talks and more. To find out more, click here for their website:

ENGLISH HERITAGE charity cares for historic buildings, monuments, and sites all around the country. Norwich's Cow Tower, which is managed by the city council, is one of the sites under its umbrella. Others around the area include the Castle and Priory at Castle Acre; Grimes Graves near Brandon; the Castle at Castle Rising; Thetford Priory; the Castle Roman forts at Burgh Castle and Caister-on-Sea and so the list continues! For details check out (See also – National Trust)


FAKENHAM GAS MUSEUM is housed in the town’s former gas works in Hempton Road which produced gas for the town from 1846 to 1965. When others were demolished, this became a museum to provide an insight into the town’s heritage. For full details click here for the website:

LANGHAM DOME is a restored military museum and was one of the first examples of virtual technology. It was built on the edge of RAF Langham in the second world war where moving images were projected onto the inside of the dome as a training aid for anti-aircraft gunners. To find out more, including opening times, click here for their website:

LOWESTOFT MARITIME MUSEUM in Sparrow’s Nest Park in Whapload Road is, of course, Britain’s Most Easterly Museum! Set in an early 19th century cottage which has been extended to cope with the ever-growing collection, the museum highlights the fishing industry and different aspects of the town’s maritime history.

Find out all about it by clicking here:


MUCKLEBURGH MILITARY COLLECTION is sited on the former Royal Artillery Anti-Aircraft training camp at Weybourne. It was opened to the public in 1988 and is one of the largest privately owned military museums in the UK.  It has a café on site. For full details check out their website by clicking here:



MUSEUM OF THE BROADS which has a collection of items from the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads can be found at The Poor’s Staithe (NR12 9DA) just outside Stalham. It aims to bring the stories of the Broads alive and includes a collection of nearly 6,000 items from iconic boats and bygone holidays to models of life from 1,000 years ago. Other attractions include trips on their boats – one electric and another their Victorian steamboat.

For full details click here for their website:


NATIONAL TRUST aims to protect and promote local heritage and natural landscapes. It covers houses and buildings, gardens, countryside, and woodland and more. Locally just some of the places they are responsible for include the halls at Blickling, Felbrigg and Oxburgh; Sheringham Park, Morston Quay, Blakeney Nature Reserve, the estate at Brancaster...and so the list goes on! For full details log onto (See also English Heritage)


The NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK AVIATION MUSEUM in Flixton, near Bungay was first opened to the public in 1975…and it’s been growing ever since. It has more than 60 aircraft (including cockpits) and more than 30,000 smaller exhibits in its collection. There are themed buildings featuring different flying squadrons, special exhibitions, shop, library, snack area (NAAFI) and more.

Check out full details by clicking here for the Museum website:  


NORWICH CASTLE – Ok, it’s mentioned above under the Norfolk Museums’ Service, but it’s worth a separate mention – especially now. A brand-new entrance to Norwich Castle is open from Monday (July 22nd) complete with views of the east wall of the Keep – which haven’t been seen for decades. There’s also a new shop, 60-seat restaurant, state-of-the-art new education room and more. It’s the end of the first phase of the £18 million project to recreate the time it was a Norman palace - a project due to finish later in the year (2024) They are rebuilding the medieval floors and rooms and for the first time in 900 years everyone will be able to explore all five levels of the Keep – from the basement to the battlements. For more details about the museum and the Royal Palace Reborn project, log onto

RAF AIR DEFENCE RADAR MUSEUM in Birds Lane, Neatishead (NR12 8YB) has more than 20 exhibition rooms. It throws a light on the history of radar from the Second World War to the Cold War and you can even experience the country’s only original Cold War Operations Room. Among the other attractions is a Coltishall collection which includes a special exhibition on Wartime pilot Douglas Bader.

To find out more click here for their website:



RNLI HENRY BLOGG MUSEUM is in Cromer at the Rocket House on the Causeway* and is named after the most decorated lifeboatman in RNLI history who served in Cromer for 53 years and, along with his crew, saved no fewer than 873 lives. Complete with a lifeboat on display along with various historical memorabilia, the museum also offers a range of activities and more. (*The museum is closing temporarily for building repairs. Check out details and latest closing date by clicking here:


SAINSBURY CENTRE at the UEA is an international art museum and a major national centre for the study and presentation of art. It has permanent collections along with a range of temporary exhibitions. It also has a Sculpture Park set in 350 acres of parkland. For more details check out


SHERINGHAM MUSEUM has a collection running over three floors from social history items to agricultural, fishing and world war artefacts. It also has boats, an art collection, fossils, and even bones from a prehistoric elephant! It’s a community enterprise, which organises public events throughout the year, and – apart from the manager – it’s manned by volunteers. Here’s their website:


NORFOLK TANK MUSEUM in Forncett St.Peter, two miles from Long Stratton, has a military collection mainly from the 20th century. It includes tanks and armoured cars – in working order - along with artillery, uniforms and more. It offers a “hands on” experience and its aim is to be educational. It also has a tearoom, a play area and picnic site and access to local country walks.

For more details check it out at:


THURSFORD STEAM ENGINE MUSUEM. Famed for its shows, of course, Thursford is also famed for its steam engines and mechanical organs. From traction engines to the mighty Wurlitzer, it’s said to be the largest collection of its kind in the world. To find out more, click here for the Thursford website:


USAF 100TH BOMB GROUP: If you've seen the TV series "Masters of the Air" you'll know it's about the American 100th bomb group stationed at Thorpe Abbotts during the Second World War. Did you know there's a museum there? It's in Dickleburgh in the North-East corner of the old airfield and includes the old control tower. 

Check out more details on their website by clicking here:   and their Facebook page:  

collection of exhibits and displays looking at the history of the area and its
people. It’s set in The Bridewell in Norwich Road, which itself – as a former
prison - is also a big part of Wymondham’s history. Find out more by clicking
here for their website:


The FAIRYLAND TRUST is a small charity which teaches families about nature through fairytales, folklore, arts and crafts and theatre. It was created by Chris Rose and Sarah Wise when their four-year-old daughter said she would like to go to a fairytale world of old knobbly trees and meadows of flowers, to look for fairies. They hold events at Bradmoor Woods on the West Acre Estate, but also present workshops around the area. For more details check out


If you fancy going wild in Norfolk, the NORFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST can help you out! Visitor centres run a whole variety of events during the year, from walks to pond dipping and from boat trips exploring hidden area of the Broads, to workshops and exhibitions. They're also looking for volunteers as well! For full details log on to (Norfolk Wildlife Trust, (NWT), is the oldest one of its kind in the country. It has more than 35,500 members and manages more than 40 nature 

reserves along with other protected sites.)


The NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME gives visitors access to thousands of exceptional private gardens throughout the country – including, of course, Norfolk and North Suffolk!

Its aim is to raise money for nursing and health charities, through admission fees, teas, and cake and – thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers, and visitors – has, over the years raised more than £67 million. To check out more details and to find which gardens are open and when, click here for their website:



OPEN GARDENS, UK NATIONAL DIRECTORY, was set up by a group of gardening enthusiasts who had the problem of finding the dates of open gardens in their area to avoid clashing with their own. It's aimed at smaller organised events and has now blossomed into a diary of open gardens throughout the country, handy for organisers and visitors! You can search for Norfolk, Suffolk or anywhere else in the UK by clicking on their website here:




ST JOHN AMBULANCE can be seen at a wide variety of locations throughout the year and fundraising is vital. And, as part of that, thanks to the generosity of owners, it has its own OPEN GARDENS programme. To find out more about the programme and which gardens are open and when, click here:


The BISHOP OF NORWICH'S historic private four-acre garden has belonged to the clergy for more 900 years. It is run organically and includes a kitchen garden, fruit orchard, a woodland walk, extensive shrubberies with rare and unusual plants, and more. It opens to the public on various dates to raise money for local charities. Check out more by clicking here for the website: (Search for “Bishop’s House Garden")



If you’re looking for somewhere to go in Norfolk all year round, the County Council is behind a website which includes more than 300 activities and experiences. There’s everything from guided walks to new cycle paths, and craft activities to camping in historical churches! You can check it all out at


VISIT NORFOLK has a website which is well worth a look. General events, festivals, fairs and markets, and so the list goes on. You can discover it all at



The NORFOLK SHOWGROUND hosts a large number of events during the year. You can get more details at

CITY OF STORIES is a good way to describe Norwich...but how many of those stories do you know? The group, Visit Norwich promotes a whole variety of attractions in the city and is aimed, not only at tourists, but at locals as well! There's everything from the history to what's happening today. Check out their website



NORWICH GHOSTS WALKS have been holding spooky walks around the City since 1998, complete with real-life stories of gruesome goings-on, mysterious visitations, tragic events through history and more. To find out more about the walks and the ghostly side of Norwich log onto

 If you're looking for a festival to go to, the EAST ANGLIAN FESTIVAL NETWORK has listed more than 100 in Norfolk this year- everything from music, food and drink festivals to steam galas, carnivals, fun days and more. (You can also check out Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire as well!) Their website is



HARLESTON: If you want to know about what’s going on in Harleston, the Harleston Information Plus Charity has a host of details along with a calendar of events. It was first launched in 2003 with the aim of supporting local shops and businesses and promoting the town, its events, and attractions. It has more than 40 volunteers, with three part-time staff members. Check out more details – together with that calendar of events at Check out more details – together with that calendar of events at


GT YARMOUTH: Are you looking for things to do around the GREAT YARMOUTH area? The Visit Great Yarmouth website has a wide variety of information covering Yarmouth and Gorleston and surrounding villages, along with the Broads and the Countryside and more. Check it out at


MEDIEVAL GRAFFITI! There's more to graffiti than you might think - including the fact it's been around for centuries! You can still see medieval graffiti, if you know where to look, and Norfolk has its own award-winning survey on the subject. Check it out at


NORTH NORFOLK is full of attractions, but where do you start? The Visit North Norfolk website is a good place. It covers things to do, things to see, places to explore, the beaches, the history and much more. The website is


SHOEBOX COMMUNITY HUB: If you fancy a walk in Norwich…or even under Norwich, the city’s Shoebox Community Hub in Castle Meadow organises a variety of local history walks – including tours of a hidden street between the Market and the Norman Keep which is directly under their office! The money raised from the tours helps towards their community work. Check out their tours and more by clicking onto their website here:


The ENGLISH HERITAGE charity cares for historic buildings, monuments, and sites all around the country. Norwich's Cow Tower, which is managed by the city council, is one of the sites under its umbrella. Others around the area include the Castle and Priory at Castle Acre; Grimes Graves near Brandon; the Castle at Castle Rising; Thetford Priory; the Castle Roman forts at Burgh Castle and Caister-on-Sea and so the list continues! For details check out (See also – National Trust)


The NATIONAL TRUST charity aims to protect and promote local heritage and natural landscapes. It covers houses and buildings, gardens, countryside, and woodland and more. Locally just some of the places they are responsible for include the halls at Blickling, Felbrigg and Oxburgh; Sheringham Park, Morston Quay, Blakeney Nature Reserve, the estate at Brancaster...and so the list goes on! For full details log onto (See also English Heritage)



The NORWICH SOCIETY is an independent community-based charity, supporting the preservation, development and improvement of features of historic interest in the City. It encourages the exploration and enjoyment of Norwich’s history through a range of talks, walks and other events, as well as regular publications. For more details check out their website

The WHERRY YACHT CHARTER is a charity which has restored and now operates a fleet of five historic Norfolk wherries, all built between 1905 and 1927. They organise regular trips and you can also hire one for private parties. Their aim is to preserve the Norfolk Wherry as an important part of local history. To find out more, check out their website by clicking here:


In their prime – when they were carrying cargo – there were up to 350 Norfolk wherries on the Broads. Now there are just eight .





SCAM ALERT! To find warnings of some of the latest scams in Norfolk - and for advice on who to contact if you think there's a scam - check out Norfolk Trading Standards.

For business scam alerts go to

For consumer scam alerts log onto

To report possible scams, the Citizen's Advice Bureau has a special freephone helpline 0808 223 1133. Action Fraud, the UK national fraud office, can be called on 0300 123 2040. Citizen's Advice also has a special section on their website with advice on organisations to call, including the police immediately on 101 if the scammer is in your area or if you've transferred money to the scammer in the last 24 hours. (If you feel threatened or unsafe, call 999.) Check out


Norfolk County Council compiles a
list of school closures, along with libraries, museums, Norfolk Record Office
and recycling centres. Check ou


Some schools may vary, but
generally to find term dates for schools in Norfolk log onto


ACTIVE NORFOLK works with different groups across the county to promote the benefits of staying active, whether it's at home or outdoors. If you fancy having a go at something, but don't know what, they even have a special "Activity finder". For full details, click here to log onto their website:



Thorpe Recreation Bowling Club is an outdoor bowls club which operates in the summer months. It takes part in various leagues, along with internal competitions, and often hosts County games and touring teams. The club – which is based at the Recreation ground in Laundry Lane – has social members as well as playing members and holds social evenings throughout the year. They welcome new members and if you’d like more details phone 01603 435411


KORFBALL: In case you think it's a new game, Korfball was invented in the Netherlands in the early 1900s....and has been played in Norfolk since 1991. It has similarities to basketball and netball but is a game in its own right, and described as a fun, fast mixed gender team sport with eight players in a team. Norfolk has a league of three divisions with five major clubs, Norwich City...Norwich Knights...Norwich ICE... Dragons...and UEA. Useful websites to find out more include and the Norfolk Korfball Association  at


ORIENTEERING: The Norfolk Orienteering Club has about 200 members and they organise events throughout the county. If you’ve never tried the sport or just want to get out into the countryside for a run or walk with a bit of a navigational challenge, they welcome you to go along and give it a go. They have routes for varying ages and abilities and newcomers and families are very welcome. They also have help for beginners.  If you’d like more details, check out their website

PETANQUE: The Norwich Pétanque Club meets on Wednesday evenings at The Cottage in Thunder Lane, Thorpe. They have more than 70 members, new players are always welcome and if you've never played it, they let you give it a go! For more details check out their website


PICKLE BALL: How do you fancy having a go at "Pickle Ball"? It's played on a quarter-sized tennis court with a lower net and has been described as a cross between tennis, badminton, and ping pong. We have local groups from Lowestoft and Gorleston to Cromer…Dereham to Norwich…Hingham, Carlton Rode…Lyng and so the list goes on! Check it out at Check it out at


RUNNING: Norfolk has more than 20 running clubs - so, whether you're a seasoned pro or a complete beginner - there's a good selection if you'd like to join one! The Run Norwich group has the details. Check out (Click on "Community" and then "Join a Running Club")


TRIATHLON: If you want to take up a sport but not sure which one, then how about mixing them up? The British Triathlon Group is the national governing body not only for triathlon where you do three sports in one – typically swimming, cycling and long-distance running - but also variations where you just do two! Local clubs include ones based in Norwich, Gt Yarmouth, Beccles, Dereham, Holt and King’s Lynn and you can find their details along with a host of other triathlon information by clicking here for the
British Triathlon website:

WALKING: If you enjoy a walk with other people, there are a whole series of walking clubs around the city and county and the group "Walking in England" has a contact list for more than 30 of them! You can also download free walks. Check it out at Also check out the Active Norfolk website. They hold regular health walks.


WALKING AND CYCLING: The Norfolk Trails network has more than 1200 miles of walks, cycle and bridle routes across the County with everything from short and circular walks to long distance. (You can even walk the Boudicca Way from Norwich to Diss...) Check out and search Norfolk Trails.


WALKING FOOTBALL: If you fancy playing football at a leisurely pace, walking football could be the way forward with various male and female teams in the area. A good way of finding out more about that and other ways to play football locally is via the Norfolk FA website, (Click on "Players" and then "Ways to Play")

WALKING FOOTBALL - CROMER. The Cromer Strollers Walking football club welcome new members. If you’re over 50 and you fancy giving it a try, they meet at 9am on a Tuesday at Cromer Tennis Club. Everyone’s welcome from complete novices to experts. It’s £2 a session.


The Norwich Players, based at the
Maddermarket, are always on the lookout for new talent. They put on several
shows each year with anything from Shakespeare to new productions. Rehearsals
are held in the city…usually over a seven-to-eight-week period and mainly on
weekday evenings. There’s no membership to join or subscription to pay. If
you’d like to audition or to find out more details check out the Maddermarket
website (Each year, about 100 different actors appear in productions and
about 40 per cent make their Maddermarket debut!)


BARTON HOUSE is a miniature ride-on railway set in a spacious garden alongside the River Bure in Wroxham and in 2023 celebrated its 60th anniversary. It has two trains, a full-size signalling system and authentic tickets along with a rail museum and refreshments. One way to reach it is by electric boat from near Wroxham Bridge. For opening times and more information, check out their website


The BURE VALLEY RAILWAY is a narrow-gauge steam trip between Aylsham and Wroxham. It takes about 45 minutes one way and is a return journey of 18 miles. Check out their website


BRESSINGHAM STEAM AND GARDENS opened in 1961 and became a charity in the early 70s. It has more than three miles of railway, along with a museum collection...a 19th century Gallopers carousel...more than 17 acres of gardens...and more. It's also the official home of a Dad's Army exhibition belonging to the Appreciation Society. For full details the website is


EATON PARK miniature railway in Norwich is run by the Norwich and District Society of Model Engineers and has been a feature of the park since the 1950s. It has grown over the years and has helped the society raise thousands of pounds for local charities. They currently have about 100 members, but are always keen to attract other enthusiasts. To find out more about the Society and the railway, check out their website at


The MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY has its headquarters in Dereham at a Victorian station which has been restored to the way it would have looked in the 1950s. It has several stations under its wing, from the 1930s, County Station at North Elmham to Wymondham Abbey. The train line does not yet run to them all, but it is expanding all the time. Check it out at

The MID-SUFFOLK LIGHT RAILWAY is described as Suffolks’ only standard gauge heritage railway. It’s based at Brockford Station at Wetheringsett (IP14 5PW) and includes a museum, a shop and steam trip open days. Find out more by clicking here:

The NORTH NORFOLK RAILWAY - also known as the Poppy Line - runs between Sheringham and Holt...taking in coastal scenery along the way. The route first took passengers back in 1844. The current railway has been growing since the mid-1970s... For full details


The WHITWELL AND REEPHAM RAILWAY first opened in 1882 as part of the Midland and Great Northern branch line from Melton Constable. It closed to passengers in 1959 and was reopened 50 years later as a heritage station. Nowadays it can boast regular train trips along with a collection of diesel and steam engines, trucks, and carriages and more together with gardens and a café. For full details check out their website by clicking here:

The WELLS AND WALSINGHAM LIGHT RAILWAY is a narrow-gauge steam railway launched in 1982 as the longest of its kind in the world. It follows the course of the old Great Eastern Line and runs for four miles between Wells and Walsingham. It also has a signal box café at the Wells Station. Check out details by clicking here for their website:   

The WENSUM VALLEY MINIATURE RAILWAY runs from the Mid Norfolk Railway’s County School Station near North Elmham. It relocated from Holt in 2019 and is operated and built by the North Norfolk Model Engineering Club. For more details check out their Facebook page by clicking here:  You can also find details on the Engineering Club Facebook page:



Norfolk County Council has a website to help people get around the county more easily with all travel information and a journey planner in one place. Check out Travel Norfolk at



If you’re looking to be a volunteer, but not sure what for… the COMMUNITIES TEAM at VOLUNTARY NORFOLK run a special website for local charities to advertise vacancies. You'll find it at


Voluntary Norfolk not only supports volunteers and voluntary organisations throughout the county, but it teams up with other groups to help in many other ways as well – from employment support if you’re out of work to emotional and practical support if you’re an unpaid carer…lonely…isolated, and more. And that’s just a tip of the iceberg! Find out more via their website,


The charity CORAM VOICE looks for volunteers to befriend and support children in care across Norfolk. It works in partnership with Norfolk County Council to provide an 'Independent Visitor' service where volunteers meet with a young person, at least once a month. It’s usually for a couple of hours at a time for activities and outings to help them build their confidence and self-esteem. Volunteers are also there to listen to any issues or concerns the young person wants to discuss. 

Independent Visiting is a long-term, one to one commitment. Volunteers must be over 18 and will be subject to enhanced police checks. Full training and ongoing support will be given, and out of pocket expenses will be paid for mileage and activities.  For more information email or visit and select current vacancies.