All the major 2021 Norfolk events scheduled to go ahead
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Following the PM's announcement of the roadmap out of lockdown, many major events across Norfolk are now set to go ahead after being cancelled in 2020.
This list will be updated over the next few months and, of course, the dates are only provisional and could be pushed back if the four-step plan to ease restrictions is delayed.
Castle Gardens, Norwich
April 15 to May 16
It is run by Danny and Katie Searle, landlords at the Rumsey Wells pub in Norwich, and Seth Maclot and Chris Howard, of Lunar Stretch Tents which are used at the event, and features local food and drink vendors.
St Mary's Works, Norwich
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From April 16
This open-air street food and drink market will hopefully be back from April 16 as restrictions ease and it combines local and national vendors, with groups able to book benches for free.
Among those already scheduled to attend are Christophe's Crepes from Norwich, Nanny Bill's Burgers from London, Fat Ted's Streat Food from Sheringham and the Cheese Wheel from London.
Street Feast at The Ffolkes
The Ffolkes, Hillington
From April 16
This popular street food event at The Ffolkes pub and hotel in west Norfolk is coming back on April 16 and will take place every Friday and Saturday.
It launched in December 2020 in the venue's newly-designed courtyard, complete with an outdoor canopy, with shipping containers for local vendors and there is a guest DJ each week.
Following sell-out events for Bonfire Night and New Year's Eve, the popular attraction is bringing back the event in April and once again the display will be set to Disney music and feature low bangs.
There will be socially distanced pitches for up to five people and tickets include entry into the Junior Farm and Fun Park.
The Spring Drive-in Movies
April 29 to May 2
Following sell-out events last year, drive-in movies are returning to the Showground this spring with the films to be confirmed and polls are currently running on its Facebook event.
There will be a variety of street food stalls, offering nachos, burgers, pizza and more alongside cinema snacks such as sweets and popcorn.
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Various venues across Norwich and Norfolk
May 17 to 30
The annual Norfolk & Norwich Festival is set to return this year and will include socially distanced performances and digital shows.
Following the government's roadmap announcement on February 22, the start date for the event has been pushed back by three days and it will run from May 17 to 30.
It will feature a programme of music, performance, visual arts and literature in venues and outdoor spaces across Norwich and Norfolk.
Folk in a Field Festival
Bradmoor Woods, West Acre
July 2 to 4
Folk in a Field is an award winning festival, which is set in a stunning woodland location in the heart of west Norfolk.
The event brings together a diverse mix of performers from the acoustic, folk and roots music scene, with local food and craft demonstrations on offer too.
Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth
July 7 to September 19
Audiences can expect amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and the world-famous Water Spectacular when the Hippodrome Circus reopens this summer.
While it is hoped that all seating will be able to be used with the end of social distancing, to avoid disappointment there are limited seats available for now in case groups need to be kept in bubbles.
Even if restrictions are fully lifted, there will be one show a week that will remain socially distanced.
Dippy the Dinosaur
July 13 to October 30
One of the most well-known dinosaurs in the world will finally stomp its way into Norwich Cathedral, after the coronavirus pandemic twice saw its arrival postponed.
Dippy the Dinosaur, which ordinarily stands proudly as the centrepiece of the Natural History Museum, is set to arrive in Norwich this July and will be there for over three months.
Henham Park, near Southwold
July 22 to 25
Just across the border in Suffolk, Latitude Festival is set to return this July and the headliners are Lewis Capaldi and Bastille, with Snow Patrol also performing.
Latitude boss Melvin Benn, also behind Reading and Leeds Festivals, said he was confident large events will go ahead this summer following the roadmap news.
Sausage and Cider Festival
St Andrew's Hall, Norwich
The Sausage and Cider Festival is coming to Norwich for the first time and the date has been rescheduled from June 5 to July 24.
There will be more than 25 craft ciders to try, with customers able to purchase drinks tokens, and 15 different flavours of sausage to choose from.
The event will also boast a gin bar, host eating contests, have live music and a DJ and guests can book afternoon or evening slots.
Laugh in the Park
Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich
July 29 to August 1
Much-loved comedy festival Laugh in the Park, which features a jam-packed programme of top comedians each night, is returning this summer and the acts will be revealed soon.
The event is run by Red Card Comedy Club, who also hosted a popular monthly event at Carrow Road before the pandemic, and in 2019 the line-up featured leading comics Phill Jupitus, Stephen K. Amos and Lucy Porter.
Old Buckenham Airshow
Old Buckenham Airfield
July 30 to August 1
This award-winning show offers a fun-filled day out for all ages and in 2021 will include flying fortress 'Sally B', star of film Memphis Belle and the only flying B-17 in Europe.
On the ground there is plenty to keep guests entertained too, including a Gourmet Food Village, hundreds of classic cars and plenty of stalls and exhibits.
Event organiser Matt Wilkins has expressed his commitment to putting on the show this year, though if things do not go to plan all tickets will be transferred to 2022.
One of Norfolk's biggest outdoor dance parties has already sold out ahead of the event's return this summer.
However, audience numbers had been capped to allow social distancing, so anyone who missed out might still have a chance closer to the event as lockdown restrictions hopefully ease.
Classic Ibiza will see the 32-piece Urban Soul Orchestra (USO), top DJs and globally-renowned vocalists perform in the grounds of the estate.
August 12 to 15
Houghton Festival is set to finally return to the fields of Norfolk this summer, after it was cancelled two years in a row due to bad weather and then coronavirus.
The popular electronic dance music festival will once again take place in the stunning grounds of Houghton Hall, between King's Lynn and Fakenham, and tickets go on sale on March 11 at 9am.
Festival of Sport
August 13 to 15
Some of the biggest names in sport will join forces with TV stars at a new festival launching at the Holkham Estate in north Norfolk this summer.
Children aged five to 16 of all abilities will be able to discover new sports, improve skills and play against British world champions and Olympic medallists.
Among the famous faces confirmed to attend so far are rugby legend Mike Tindall, three-time world champion rower Helen Glover and television presenter Steve Backshall.
Evenings will play host to a mix of live music, delicious food, silent discos and an open-air cinema, with camping and glamping options available or you can just stay for a day.
Red Rooster Festival
Euston Hall, near Thetford
August 27 to 29
Country and rock 'n' roll festival Red Rooster, which takes place just south of Thetford, is going ahead over the August bank holiday weekend.
The event will also include activities such as den making, dog agility and pedalos and the line-up will be revealed soon.
September 3 to 5
Sundown Festival is set to return this September and following the roadmap announcement, all weekend and Saturday tickets sold out within a week.
There are still limited tickets available for Sunday and the line-up has carried over from the postponed 2020 event, with headliners Sean Paul and Loyle Carner.
Earlham Park, Norwich
Craig David is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album Born To Do It, which features top 10 singles Fill Me In, 7 Days, Walking Away and Rendezvous, with a handful of UK shows.
Vocal powerhouse Ella Eyre is the special guest at the concert and tickets to the show go on sale on March 11 at 9am, with the pre-sale on March 10.
Comedy in the Park
Earlham Park, Norwich
Organisers have confirmed Comedy in the Park will be going ahead and it is touring the country, with six top comedians providing a night of entertainment in an open-air setting.
In Norwich, the line-up is John Bishop, Ed Gamble, Rob Beckett, Al Murray, Dara Ó Briain and Judi Love.
OutOut In the Park
Earlham Park, Norwich
September 18 to 19
A new festival called OutOut in the Park is heading to Norwich this September, featuring some of the biggest DJs from the nineties and noughties.
The line-up includes N-Trance, Ultrabeat, Black Box and Flip & Fill and promises to be an unforgettable party.
Let's Rock Norwich
Let's Rock celebrates the music of the 80s with some of the biggest stars of the decade taking to the stage and this year's event has been rescheduled from May 29 to September 25.
Many of the acts booked for the cancelled 2020 festival will perform, including Wet Wet Wet, The Boomtown Rats and Kim Wilde.
With the new date, The Undertones and Tenpole Tudor are no longer able to perform, but they will be replaced by Big Country and Odyssey.
Get your steins at the ready as Oktoberfest is returning to Norwich for the third time, after it was previously held at Carrow Road in 2017 and Eaton Park in 2018.
Fancy dress is encouraged and there will be German beer, bratwurst and a live oompah band.
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade
October 8 to 31
PrimEVIL, Norfolk's biggest Halloween attraction, is set to return in 2021 and tickets have now gone on sale.
Tens of thousands of visitors head along to the spine-tingling scare experience each year and it features live actors, special effects and twists and turns around every corner.
If the pandemic forces the experience to be cancelled, tickets will be refunded.
Wild Paths Festival
Various venues in Norwich
October 14 to 17
Wild Paths will be coming back bigger and better this October with four days of live music, conferences, art fairs, supper clubs, after-parties and networking events.
It will take place in 20 of the city's best-loved venues and showcase over 200 bands, delegates and DJs and the line-up will be announced soon.