September is a lovely time to visit north Norfolk. The weather is still good, the sea is warm, the countryside is looking beautiful, there’s lots of wildlife to spot, everything is still open and it's much less crowded. There are also some fantastic events taking place so it’s the ideal time for a short break or weekend away. Here’s a list of our favourite things to do in September 2023 in north Norfolk.

A Taste of North Norfolk.  The North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival is taking place on 2 and 3 September 2023 at Holkham Hall. Featuring an ever-growing team of local food and drink producers who grow, rear, produce, supply and sell food in North Norfolk, the festival takes place in the spectacular setting of the Walled Garden at Holkham Hall. Stall holders will be offering their products for sale including fresh meat and game, vegetables, cakes, artisan beer, bread, tarts, juices, cakes and bakes, chocolates and much more. A dazzling array of concessions offer delicious food for eating on site and entertainment ranges from the ever popular cookery theatre to children’s activities and face painting. Find out more here.

Seasonal food and drink is a highlight of any stay in north Norfolk. With its long coastline and rich agricultural heritage, the area is awash with local food producers, independent delis, fantastic gastro pubs with their own micro-breweries and restaurants serving menus created from locally sourced ingredients. You can enjoy beautiful dishes in restaurants or stop by delis to pick up ingredients to make your own creations in your home or holiday home.

Heritage Open Days. The annual Heritage Open Days running from 8 to 17 September 2023, is England's largest festival of history and culture. The event offers you a chance to see inside sights of historic and cultural interest, some that are rarely accessible to members of the public. There are lots of great things to see and do across Norfolk, but here in north Norfolk you can visit the only Museum of the Blessed Virgin Mary in England, based on the High Street of Walsingham, with a 6,500 piece collection from the 5th Century onwards of Byzantine Crosses, Original Medieval Monastery Seals, Pilgrim Badges and statues. You can also Head to the Museum of the Broads at Stalham and discover how people have lived and worked in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. There are lots of other free events; see the Heritage Open Days website for further details.

The North Norfolk Railway Steam Back to the 1940s weekend is taking place on 16 and 17 September 2023. Swing back in time for a weekend of live music, stunning classic vehicles, vintage trade stands, historical displays, and wartime fashions, all accompanied by a frequent steam service. Get involved with everything the event has to offer and enjoy unlimited hop on hop off travel along the 5.5 mile line all day with event tickets, or simply experience the displays, music and trade stands at Holt with a Holt Exhibition ticket. Find out more here.

The National Gallery comes to Cromer. Cromer Artspace's Artspace on the Prom is a fantastic addition to Cromer`s art community, sitting in a beautiful art deco building along the water`s edge. It is a great space for people to see and exhibit art, participate in creative activities and attend art events. Vanity Monsters, 31 August to 11 September 2023 sees artist Craig Visser taking the common tropes of landscape and still life, and investigates the constructs we create within these subjects, in order to present our best selves. With social media constantly expanding, this should prove to be a thought provoking exhibition. Black and White From the Ethereal to the Concrete, 14 to 25 September 2023 involves artist Esther Boehm's Ether, an installation consisting of 11 large scale seemingly floating objects, to be observed from below. Find out more

Norfolk Open Studios. The Norfolk Open Studios event takes place between 23 September to 8 October 2023. Open Studios is an annual event celebrating Norfolk artists and makers. The free event will see more than 165 artists taking part throughout the county and in north Norfolk, 30 artists will be sharing and selling their work. Visitors will find painters, ceramicists, printmakers, woodworkers, sculptors, textile artists, jewellers, photographers, furniture makers, metal workers and lots more throughout the varied landscapes of Norfolk. Information on all the artists and trail can been found here.  Brochures for the event can also be picked up from the North Norfolk Information Centre in Cromer.

Festival fun. Head to the Deepdale Festival, 21 to 24 September 2023, for a weekend of fantastic food and great live music. The small, but perfectly formed, folk festival takes place across three stages and will host more than 40 superb acts. Headliners this year include: The Leisure Society, Kathryn Williams, Morganway, India Electric Co., Cut Throat Francis, Polly Paulusma, Michele Stodart & Mishra. See the programme here.

Theatre shows. There is still time to see the world famous Cromer Pier Show which is running until 30 September 2023. There are three guest acts performing alongside the main company during September; Jon Udry finishes his stint at the beginning of the month, with Mark Shortland taking over for a fortnight, and to end the summer season, theatre favourite and last year`s host Ben Nickless will provide the laughs.
Find out more here.

Just around the coast at Sheringham is the Sheringham Little Theatre which has a great range of entertainment in September. The Big Night Out on 9 September 2023 features Queen of Ceremonies Ms Special K presenting a kaleidoscope of talent from burlesque to stand-up comedy to fabulous drag divas. Daphne`s Flight on the 13 September features five talented singer/songwriters bringing together a blend of folk, blues, jazz and pop music. To coincide with the forties weekend on the railway, the theatre will be holding a 1940s sing-along on the 15 and 16 September with The Knightingales. On 23 September the Cromer and Sheringham Brass Band will be performing in concert alongside `The Last Night Of The Proms`. Find out more here.

Mannington Hall hosts it's annual charity day on Sunday 3 September 2023 from 11am to 5pm. The day will be raising funds for the John Aves Education Project (JAEP) and The Matthew Project and promises to be a wonderful time for all the family. The 20-acre estate offers walks, trails and beautifully landscaped gardens. The 15th Century hall will also have both floors available to visit. Activities include arts and crafts, live music, a vintage car exhibition, children’s games play area and activities, plant sales plus a fantastic range of refreshments including a BBQ and ice cream. Visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket, relax and enjoy all that the day has to offer. Find out more here.

Marvellous museums. North Norfolk is home to many marvellous museums, providing a chance to explore the area’s past and get hands on with history. Head to Cromer Museum and step inside a cosy Victorian fisherman's cottage and imagine what it was like to live in Cromer at the end of the 19th Century; or explore the country's only original Cold War Operations Room at RAF Air Defence Radar Museum Neatishead. Housed entirely in RAF buildings, including the hardened Grade 2 listed 1942 radar operations building, the museum provides a unique window into the history of radar covering the period of WW2 to the Cold War. There are 24 exhibition rooms and over 10,000 display items. A great day out whatever the weather. (Check ahead for opening details and times before you visit). Find out more here.

Delve into the Deep History Coast. With the coastline less crowded, September is a great time to discover the unique Deep History Coast in north Norfolk. This stretch of coast is home to discoveries of some of the world's most significant natural assets. Try fossil hunting, take a walk along the Discovery Trail and see the past come to life through an app! Find out more about this fascinating coastline steeped in millions of years worth of history.

A home away from home. North Norfolk is home to many stately homes, dotted around the countryside. Head to National Trust properties, Blickling and Felbrigg as well as Houghton Hall & Gardens with its gorgeous grounds. Visit Palladian Holkham with a superb estate just a stone’s throw from Holkham beach, and take a look round the Royal Family’s Sandringham. Many of the stately homes have exhibitions such as Field to Fork at Holkham Hall or the Soldier Museum at Houghton Hall, the largest private collection of model soldiers in the world. Find out more here

Go boating on the Broads. The Broads National Park is home to more than quarter of the rarest wildlife in the UK as well as 125-miles of tranquil, lock-free waterways. Hire a boat during September and take advantage of the less crowded mooring spots; hire a day boat or for a long-weekend or for a week on the water, rent out a cruiser for a few days.

Wonderful wildlife. September is an ideal time of year to see migrating birds starting to arrive to the area. You may be lucky enough to see arctic skuas, Leach’s storm-petrels and long-tailed skuas. Listen out in woodlands for rutting red deer stags and keep an eye out for otters on the Broads. For underwater wildlife, head to West Runton and see what you can find in the rockpools. You could see velvet swimming-crabs, long-spined sea-scorpions and beadlet anemones. Find out more.

Amazing attractions. If you’re planning to come with little ones, north Norfolk’s attractions are still open. Choose from getting close to nature attractions such as Pensthorpe Natural Park, Amazona Zoo, Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens and Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden. Swing through the treetops at Bewilderwood, have fun at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure and have under-water capers at Sealife Hunstanton. 

Sail with the seals. A boat trip at Blakeney Point, will take you out to the largest colony of Common and Grey seals in England. Sail among the seals who bob up to see you. Find out more here.

Beautiful beaches. Explore over 45 miles of unspoilt coastline along the north Norfolk coast and discover award-winning and Blue Flag beaches. Walk along the Deep History Coast where historical discoveries such as the mammoth skeleton, have been made dating back hundreds of thousands of years. Most of the coast is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, meaning it has natural features of exceptional beauty. There are less crowds and if you go early in the morning, you may well have the beach to yourself. Find out more about beaches here.

Stride out. The walking and cycling trails in north Norfolk take in the most stunning coastal and countryside views. There are plenty of trails to suit all abilities from the 63-mile Norfolk Coast Path between Hunstanton and Sea Palling, to short circular trails ideal for an afternoon stroll. Autumn is a wonderful time to take to the trails where you can enjoy nature and wildlife the season brings.




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