Fri 18 May 2018
With the sun set to make a long overdue appearance and the pending nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, there’s plenty to get excited about this weekend.
The Garden Party
The line-up for this two-day extravaganza at Chapelfield Gardens encompasses the curious, the unusual, the weird and the wonderful. Watch puppets come to life and even make your own at the Norwich Puppet Theatre tent, marvel at the incredible Travelling Light Circus and explore mind-boggling illusions. There’s plenty to keep all ages entertained and with a delicious selection of local food and drink, the whole family can make a day of it. Best of all, the events are free!
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Paws in the Park
While Ditchingham Estate is normally closed to the public, this Sunday it is opening its gates for the biannual Paws in the Park event to help raise funds for All Hallows Healthcare Trust. Walks of varying lengths wind round the beautiful estate and can be enjoyed by everyone, not just dogs and their owners. There will also be refreshments, stalls, a dog show and wildlife trail. Gates open between 10.30am and 12pm to begin the walk.
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Bishop Bonner’s Cottage
This unassuming thatched building in the centre of Dereham houses a museum packed with local treasures and enthralling stories. To celebrate the start of the open season, entry is free tomorrow which gives visitors a last chance to see the exhibition on Dereham’s forgotten scientist William Hyde Wollaston, one of the greatest minds of the 18th Century. There is also a new exhibition featuring Hobbies of Dereham.
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Cromer Crab and Lobster Festival
What better way to celebrate the lauded Cromer Crab than with its very own festival! This weekend of revelry, which will see a raft of entertainers alongside local producers, cooking demonstrations, food and craft stalls and crab pot making workshops, is just a precursor to the World Crabbing Competition in August. Held across both Comer and Sheringham, this will be a great celebration of the best the Norfolk coast has to offer. If you fancy, you can even enter the annual Cromer Crab Sandwich Competition on Sunday.
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Norwich Rum Festival
Having been a rum old success last year, the UK’s first travelling Rum Party is back in the fine city. With over 100 varieties of rum, including new and exclusive concoctions, heaps of entertainment and food stalls, there’s more than enough going on to keep you topped up. On arrival, you will be greeted by a ‘Rumun’, receive your festival glass (to keep) and brochure full of fun facts and tasting guides, before being let loose on the Rum Revolution. There will also be a cocktail team on hand to shake up some amazing tipples.
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The Royal Wedding
Without doubt, the Royal Wedding will be bringing a bit of extra sunshine to the weekend, so whether you’re looking for a full on kitschy street party or just a slice of battered cake, Norfolk has you covered.
If your tastes buds are feeling adventurous this Saturday, why not head on down to Lucy’s Chips on Norwich Market where you can pick up a slice of battered fruit cake topped with an edible butterfly.
Cool café, Cupcakes and Bubbles, are celebrating with an afternoon tea party complete with traditional sandwiches, scones and cakes. Opt for a pot of Meghan and Harry Royal Tea or upgrade to every wedding essential - champers! Afternoon tea events with live coverage will also be held at The Chequers Inn in Thornham and Wilby Coronation Hall in Great Yarmouth
If cake and bubbles aren’t your thing, then swing by a Greene King pub instead. Many in the county will be showing the wedding while pulling pints of the brewery’s Royal beer – Something Borrowed, Something Brewed, an American style pale ale.
For something a bit more traditional, Norwich Cathedral will have a big screen in the nave with live coverage of the event where people can join in the with the hymns accompanied by the cathedral organ.
Pack your own picnic and head over to the Queen’s Norfolk residence at Sandringham where you can watch the event on a big screen on the lawn outside the visitor’s centre.
Crack open the bunting, don those party hats and pop the bubbly at numerous street parties across the region, with hosts including Pure Brides (Lower Goat Lane in Norwich) and Boosh Bar (Abbeygate Street in Bury St Edmunds).
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