The Killers, Buble and Let’s Rock - updates on Norfolk’s big events amid Covid-19 pandemic
PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 April 2020 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 April 2020
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From The Killers at Carrow Road to Let’s Rock Norwich in Earlham Park, here is how coronavirus is affecting the big events coming to Norfolk this year.
May 30 to 31
This year's event has been cancelled, but they are asking ticket-holders not to request refunds straight away while they work through things, with all details posted on their Facebook page. The special guests set to appear were Gavin and Stacey stars Larry Lamb and Steffan Rhodri and former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves.
The Gin and Rum Festival Norwich
St Andrew’s Hall
April 3 to 4
The organisers have postponed the event until July 3 and 4 and all tickets will automatically transfer to the new date or those that can't make it will be able to swap to another location this year or any event in 2021. The event features more than 60 different gins and 60 different rums and live music.
Norwich Big Weekend
April 4 to 5
Norwich Big Weekend is inviting everyone to rediscover the amazing things to see and do in the city and is giving away 600 pairs of free tickets to attractions and experiences. All those who entered the ballot have now been emailed to say the event is on hold and there will be more updates soon.
City of Norwich Half Marathon
Norwich City Centre
In the best interests of entrants, spectators, volunteers and local communities the race has now been postponed until October 25.
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
May 8 to 24
The East of England’s flagship arts festival, which attracts over 85,00 people each year, has been cancelled to protect the safety of audiences, artists and staff.
Big Norfolk Sausage Bash
Aylsham Market Place
The popular food and drink festival has been postponed to ensure the “health and wellbeing of those attending event” and a new date is set to be announced soon.
Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival
Evington Gardens, Cromer
May 16 to 17
Featuring live cooking demonstrations, music and with plenty of delicious seafood to buy, the Crab and Lobster Festival attracts thousands of people each year. The 2020 event has now been cancelled, including the opening show, art trail, festival and grand auction.
Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair
Pensthorpe Natural Park
May 16 to 17
The organisers have announced that this year’s fair will be cancelled, due to the anticipated further spread of Covid-19 and they will return in 2021 with an “even bigger and better event”.
Friday Night Live/Let’s Rock Norwich/Sunday Sessions
There is something for everyone over the May Bank Holiday weekend in Earlham Park, with acts including The Streets, Wet Wet Wet and The Libertines performing.
While Friday Night Live and Sunday Sessions are still going ahead the moment, Let’s Rock Norwich, which celebrates the music of the 80s, has been postponed until Saturday, September 26.
Norwich Games Festival
May 25 to 30
The Forum has decided to cancel the upcoming festival in light of updated guidance from Public Health England as it “falls within a period identified as the likely peak of the coronavirus pandemic”.
Red Rooster Festival
May 28 to 30
Taking place just across the border in Suffolk, this year’s festival has been postponed until September 4 to 6 and main headliners Richard Hawley and Asleep at the Wheel have confirmed they are still available for the new dates.
Around 3,000 people attend the festival each year and they are currently working with agents and management to move the rest of the bill.
Carrow Road, Norwich
The Killers concert due to take place this summer at Norwich City's Carrow Road stadium has now been postponed to Wednesday, June 2, 2021. All tickets for the rearranged concert will be dispatched prior to Christmas 2020.
Norwich Nearly Festival
June 13 to 14
Featuring tribute acts for artists including Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga and Queen, the Norwich Nearly Festival is still set to go ahead and so is the Oulton Broad one in Nicholas Everitt Park on June 27 to 28.
June 18 to 21
This year’s Forest Live has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The line-up was set to feature Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, James Morrison, Will Young, Madness and Rag’n’Bone Man and ticket-holders will be automatically refunded.
Westlife Carrow Road
Westlife have cancelled their upcoming Stadiums in the Summer tour, due to start in Norwich, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
First Light Festival
South Beach, Lowestoft
June 20 to 21
The launch of First Light, a 24-hour, non-stop, multi-arts festival, last year was a huge success and saw 30,000 people attend. The 2020 event has now been cancelled due to Public Health England’s advice to avoid mass gatherings over the coming months.
Royal Norfolk Show
July 1 to 2
This year’s Norfolk show has been cancelled for only the second time in its peacetime history in light of the “unprecedented public health emergency”. Celebrating the best of Norfolk, the show attracts around 85,000 visitors and contributes around £20m a year to Norfolk’s economy.
Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival
July 4 to 5
The festival, which sees an array of classic and contemporary vehicles lining up on the seafront, has now been postponed and a date later in the year is TBC.
Lord Mayor’s Celebration Weekend
Norwich City Centre
July 3 to 5
The Lord Mayor’s Weekend is the biggest event in the city calendar, including a colourful parade through the streets on the Saturday, but it has now been cancelled for the first time on record.
Magic of Thailand Festival
July 11 to 12
Featuring authentic food and entertainment, the Norwich Thai Festival is back by popular demand this summer and the organisers haven’t posted any coronavirus updates yet.
The band, made up of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall, were set to bring their summer tour to Norfolk this summer. Ticket agents will be in touch prior to May 5 to arrange refunds.
July 16 to 19
Taking place just across the border, Latitude Festival features a stellar line-up, with headliners HAIM, Liam Gallagher and The Chemical Brothers. They are monitoring the situation, but there are no plans to cancel.
Norwich city centre
The 10km road race is organised by the Norwich City FC Community Sports Foundation (CSF) and all 8,500 places had sold out. It has now been rescheduled to October 18.
Norwich City Centre
Norwich Pride attracts thousands of people to the city every year and includes a colourful parade through the city and live entertainment at The Forum and in Chapelfield Gardens. This year’s event has now been cancelled due to the outbreak but they are encouraging people to find other innovative ways of celebrating the occasion - from virtual events to flag trails.
Grammy award-winning singer Michael Buble is coming to Norfolk this summer and will play his chart-topping back catalogue of hits, including It’s A Beautiful Day, Haven’t Met You Yet and Everything. This concert is still happening at present.
Sandringham Flower Show
Now in its 139th year, Sandringham Flower Show is one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England. The event has now been cancelled and they will contact ticket holders and traders as soon as they can.
July 31 to August 9
The event has now been cancelled to minimise further losses and to ensure the carnival can return in 2021.
July 31 to August 11
Whilst no details have been revealed yet for this year’s carnival, or any updates on how it will be impacted by coronavirus, there is expected to be a jam-packed programme of activities for all the family if it goes ahead.
Old Buckenham Air Show
Old Buckenham Airfield
August 1 to 2
An award-winning event which gives attendees the chance to see some of the most famous aircraft in the world and there is plenty on the ground to see and do as well, such as classic cars, exhibitions and a gourmet food village. A spokesman for the show has said that they are currently monitoring developments but they don’t plan to amend or cancel the event yet.
Houghton Hall and Gardens
August 6 to 9
After being forced to cancel last year due to forecasts of heavy winds, the organisers are hoping that it won’t happen again because of coronavirus. Keep an eye on their Facebook page over the coming months.
Classic Ibiza is an outdoor celebration of iconic dance tunes from the white isle, performed by the Urban Soul Orchestra, and it attracts thousands of ravers every year. This year's event has now been cancelled and tickets will automatically roll over to 2021 or attendees can request a refund.
August 15 to 21
One of the biggest events in north Norfolk this summer, Cromer Carnival brings thousands of people to the town each year with aweek of family-friendly events. This year’s event has now been cancelled for the first time in 50 years.
The concert is still happening at the moment and will see Sir Tom play all his biggest hits from the 60s to present, including Delilah, She’s a Lady and number one hit It’s Not Unusual.
September 4 to 6
The summer is set to be rounded off in style with the return of Sundown Festival, featuring headliners Sean Paul and Loyle Carner. Make sure to check social media for updates.
Make sure to keep checking back as this article will be updated regularly with the latest cancellations.
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