10 things to do in mid and north Norfolk this weekend

PUBLISHED: 18:23 02 August 2017

Scenes from Wells Carnival Parade 2016. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Scenes from Wells Carnival Parade 2016. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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There are events big and small to enjoy this weekend. Here are our top 10 suggestions.

Scenes from Wells Carnival Parade 2016. Picture: Matthew Usher.Scenes from Wells Carnival Parade 2016. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Wells Carnival including the Carnival Parade on Saturday and culminating in the 57th annual lifeboat service on the Sunday at the quayside. For a full programme of events visit the website.

Saturday - Barney and Fulmodeston, the Local History Group will be holding an exhibition of the history of the two villages at the Old School Hall. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available. All donations will go to the memorial fund for the crashed wartime plane. 10am to 4pm.

Players lined up at the 2016 Michael Rice Invitational Shield tournament.Players lined up at the 2016 Michael Rice Invitational Shield tournament.

Saturday - Syderstone, Festival of Flowers at St Mary’s Church. The ancient round-tower church filled with the scent and beauty of flowers, plus sale of artwork and other items. Free entry 10am to 5pm.

Saturday - Foulsham, Mayfields Farm Discovery Day, 11am to 4pm, free entry for butterfly surveys and activities, dog show, pond dipping, conservation advice, meet the farmer, wildflower seed-ball workshop, self-guided walks, refreshments available. Part of National Countryside Week’s celebration of family farms. All proceeds to the Conservation Restoration Trust. Visit the website.

War comes to the Mid Norfolk Railway in Dereham - Harrison Peckett on guard at the station. Picture: Matthew Usher.War comes to the Mid Norfolk Railway in Dereham - Harrison Peckett on guard at the station. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Saturday - Gressenhall, the Michael Rice Annual Invitational Shield at the football club. The tournament raises money for the British Heart Foundation and East Anglian Air Ambulance. Teams from Ricey’s All Stars, Dream Team, Gressenhall FC and an Emergency Services Team, made up from local police, fire and ambulance services will compete. The first match kicks off at 10am and the final is at 4pm. Live music in Gressenhall Social Club from 7pm.

Saturday and Sunday - Mid Norfolk Railway’s 1940s Railway at War event, a nostalgic weekend to commemorate and educate at the stations along the line between Dereham and Wymondham, with re-enacting groups, living history displays, themed stations, period stalls, military vehicles, live battles at Dereham station. Visit the website for more information.

The Wayland Agricultural Show. Picture: Lee BlanchflowerThe Wayland Agricultural Show. Picture: Lee Blanchflower

Saturday - Dereham, 1940s dance at the Memorial Hall, live music from the Pavilion Big Band, doors open from 7pm, tickets £15 from the website or call 01362 851723.

Saturday and Sunday - Reepham, Annual Steam Rally Weekend at Whitwell and Reepham Railway, 10am to 4pm, steam traction engines and many other bygone engines, cars, motorcycles, tractors, static engines and the steam engine Victory. Food and drink and other stalls. Entry adults £6.50; children £2.50 (under 16); family (two adults and two children) £16.

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Sunday - Wayland Agricultural Show, Brandon Road, Watton. One of the oldest one-day Agricultural Shows shows in the country, with livestock competitions, family fun dog show, vintage tractors and classic cars, plus the Taste of Norfolk, the shopping village marquee, fur & feather, horticulture, home crafts and baking marquee and many trade displays. Main ring demonstrations include the Imps Motorcycle Display Team, Bob Hogg sheep display and lamb national, East Anglian Donkey Breed Society and more. Visit the website.

Sunday - Heydon, Little Vintage Lover Fair, 10am to 4pm at the village hall. More than 30 traders of vintage clothing, textiles and homewares, live DJ and refreshments, free car parking. Admission £2, children under 16 free. Email:


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