Norfolk is a rural county in the East of England. The name “Norfolk” derives from terms which meant “the northern people”. It is first mentioned in Anglo-Saxon wills dating from 1043–5 and later as Norðfolc in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (the entry for 1075) and as Nordfolc in the Domesday Book.
Influenced enormously by European immigrants throughout the ages, Norfolk has a wide range of arts and cultural activity to suit all ages and interests. There are over 900 artists based here, countless musicians and hundreds of other great events.
In almost any month, there are wonderful festivals going on somewhere in Norfolk, not least the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Britain’s first arts festival which began in 1772.Norfolk also has the country’s biggest food festival, which lasts throughout September and includes hundreds of events, promotions and offers. Highlights of the Norfolk Food & Drink Festival include themed weekends at Holkham Hall in north Norfolk, in Swaffham in the Brecks, at Slow Town Aylsham and in buzzing, cosmopolitan Norwich.The coast boasts some fabulous family-fun festivals, including the Maritime Festival and Out There in Great Yarmouth; Crab & Lobster and carnivals in Cromer and Sheringham; Festival Too in King’s Lynn.
From major public collections, such as Norwich Castle and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, experimental art at Norwich Arts Centre or charming market town galleries, there are always scores of high quality exhibitions in towns and villages across the county.
Theatre and Shows
There are a wide range of theatres across Norfolk, some of the biggest in Hunstanton, Great Yarmouth and Norwich. During the summer you can still find end-of-the-pier shows at Cromer and Great Yarmouth.
Thetford Forest hosts a successful series of live outdoor concerts in the summer; other events take place on beaches and the stately homes of Norfolk regularly host outdoor classical and firework extravaganzas. Norwich has a thriving music scene, from marquee names at the University of East Anglia and the Theatre Royal to bars and pubs.
Norfolk Food & Drink Festival
The country’s biggest month-long food festival in September, it features weekend festivals at Holkham on the north Norfolk coast, in the buzzy, bustling city of Norwich, in the beautiful Brecks at Swaffham and at Slow Town Aylsham. Plus The Big Onion, The Moveable Feast, Battle of the Bangers and much more. Choose what kind of foodie weekend you want, and book yourself into a nice gastropub or boutique hotel.
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Norfolk’s biggest arts and cultural event brings world-class international music, performance, visual art and literature to the region for more than 2 weeks every May. Featuring premieres, new commissions, a vibrant free outdoor programme and work by artists from the region.
You can also visit:
- The iconic Norwich Cathedral
- Norwich Castle Museum
- Stranger’s Hall and Dragon’s Hall and other museums dotted around the centre
- The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Norwich is a city on the River Wensum in England. It is the regional administrative centre and county town of Norfolk. It has more medieval churches than any other city in Western Europe north of the Alps. This was all thanks to the wool trade back in those days.
Norfolk really is rich in culture as well as history. Do try and visit this awesome place. When you get here, you would never want to leave.