What’s on near our Norfolk parks in 2023
Over the past couple of years, very few of us haven’t experienced some frustration or disappointment due to event cancellation. With a usually overflowing schedule of celebrations, festivals, shows, and traditional fairs, Norfolk was one of the counties worst affected by this year’s misfortune. However, 2023 promises to be action-packed and full of fun. We’re looking forward to welcoming events back to East Anglia this year as much as anyone!
From internationally recognised exhibitions to seafood festivals, there's something going on in Norfolk for everyone and it's never too early to start your activity planning for next year. We have four Haven Holiday Parks in and around Great Yarmouth that make a great base when getting involved with events, so we’ve got you covered for accommodation. We've also put together this list of the best events in Norfolk to make things easier for you, so clear your schedule and get booking to make 2023 a year to remember.
March - Pablo Picasso Exhibition, The Sainsbury Centre, Norwich
On the outskirts of Norwich at the University of East Anglia is the world-famous Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts that displays ancient, modern, and ethnographic art collections in light-filled, modernist spaces. In 2023, it will host ‘Pablo Picasso: The Legacy of Youth’, a major exhibition that combines rarely seen paintings and drawings with more familiar works from the artist’s teenage years to his 30s (1896-1914). This is a truly unmissable event for art fans.
April - Children's Wildlife Watch – Boats on the Broad, Hickling Broad and Marshes
There’s no better way to see the Broads than by boat and no better company than a bird expert. On Saturday, April 9, 2023, Norfolk Wildlife Trust is organising a boat trip for kids to see fantastic Broad-dwelling birds, such as the bittern, bearded tit, reed warbler, marsh harrier and many more. Grab your binoculars and keep your wits about you to spot these birds on the wing. Make sure to book your tickets early as these events often sell out fast.
May - Crab & Lobster Festival 2022, Cromer & Sheringham Norfolk
Now in its 11th year, Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival, celebrates the world-famous seafood produced by these two Norfolk coastal resorts and attracts more than 20,000 people. The seafood bonanza was recently named as one of the best food festivals in the UK by Condé Nast Traveller. The 2023 edition runs from May 15 to 16, 2023, and will feature the Scrumptious Seafood Trail, a street market, live music during the day and at night, street performers, and children’s activities.
June - The Royal Norfolk Show
One of the most famous events in Norfolk, The Royal Norfolk Show is returning in 2023 on June 29 and 30. The UK’s largest two-day country show features 700 trade stands, over 3000 animals and a packed Grand Ring Programme. It is also Norfolk’s biggest food and drink experience, so don’t fill up before you go!
July - Sandringham Flower Show, Sandringham Estate
One of the most prestigious horticultural events in Norfolk returns for its 139th edition after a two-year hiatus. The show attracts around 20,000 visitors each year including HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. View the display gardens which rival any of the major horticultural shows, dine in the large catering marquee and browse the 200 or so trade stands set up around the grounds. A wander around the grounds of Sandringham House, gardens and church is included in the entrance fee. Parking is free of charge and dogs are welcome to join in the fun.
August - Cromer Carnival, Cromer
Despite its history dating back to 1285, Cromer Carnival had to be cancelled for the past two years. However, the residents of Cromer will be delighted to welcome you back to their town on Wednesday, August 17, 2023. There’ll be music, dancing, traditional stalls and the main event - the Grand Carnival Parade - don’t miss out on all the fun.
September - Visions of Ancient Egypt, The Sainsbury Centre, Norwich
This exhibition explores the enduring appeal of Egypt in art and design and commemorates the 100-year anniversary of Howard Carter discovering Tutankhamun’s tomb. You can see more than 150 works from collections around the world that will be displayed between September 3 to January 1, 2023. This is perfect for kids and art buffs alike.
October - Norfolk Restaurant Week, Norfolk Coast
Norfolk’s largest dining event returns in 2023 to celebrate the county’s vibrant restaurant scene, fine food, and the people who produce it. Provisional dates for 2022 see the event kick-off on October 29, 2023, allowing you to sample those restaurants you always longed to dine at, without breaking the bank.
November - Cliff Top Fireworks Display, Hunstanton
Hunstanton Cliffs are certainly a dramatic spot to celebrate Guy Fawkes's night. Doors open at 5.00pm on Saturday 5th November 2023 and the giant bonfire before is lit at 6pm but the main fireworks display begins at 7.30pm so there’s a little waiting involved if you want to see it all. Food stalls, a fairground, and children's entertainment will also be available on the night. So, wrap up warm for this amazing bonfire, laser and fireworks spectacle and get ready to be amazed.