Mel Cook of VisitNorwich has the best events and activities in Norfolk in August
Beer is as much the summer go-to drink as Pimms, so a special evening celebrating International Beer Day at Lacons Brewery in Great Yarmouth on August 6, from 6-8pm will be just the ticket, a real thirst quencher by the sea. Over a couple of hours enjoy a tour of the brewery and a history of Lacons as well as supping a couple pints and a tasting paddle-board including never-released experimental brews. The only question is – who will be your designated driver? Tickets £25 and non-alcoholic drinks available. Visit www.lacons.co.uk
Dinos at Night at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure has become a firm favourite with families over the years so it’s great to see it back on August 14 between 6-10pm. Get stuck into all the usual attractions but under the stars as well, with a barbeque, bar, live music and Norwich Astronomy Club. Prices for adults and children over 90cm are £9.95 each, whilst children under 90cm go free. Visit www.roarrdinosauradventure.co.uk for more.
Holkham Hall has a plethora of evening events taking place in August with Outdoor Theatre presenting: The Further Adventures of Dr Dolittle (August 4); Mr Stink (August 11); Treasure Island (August 18) and Macbeth (August 25). Tickets priced individually (£10-15 and for families £45). There’s also Hideaway Cinema between August 18-22. Find out prices and full details. Visit www.holkham.co.uk for more.
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Artsopened its latest exhibition recently: Leiko Ikemura: Usagi in Wonderland. The Japanese-Swiss artist has chosen 50 works to present through paintings, sculpture, drawings and photography spanning 3 decades. This will be her first exhibition in the UK. Tickets: £8 or FREE for Members and UEA/NUA Student Members. 50% off for under 18s, full-time students and Art Fund Members. Tickets must be pre-booked online before arrival with a specific time slot. Visit www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk for more.
Pensthorpe Natural Park has a packed programme of summer fun until September 5. Find all the usual activities: pond-dipping, den building, storytelling, noughts and crosses and natural play including the iconic WildRootz stream for splashing around and keeping cool. Plus, new for this year, theSecretGarden Wildlife Trail. The trail will see keys hidden across the gardens and reserve to uncover facts about the different species that call Pensthorpe home. There will be free crafting too. Adult tickets are £12.95, senior (60+) tickets are £11.95 and child tickets (3-16) are £11.95. Annual memberships available too. Visit www.pensthorpe.com for more.
Each month a VisitNorwich team member recommends a favourite place in the region to eat and drink. This month it’s the turn of Colette Davies, events manager, Norwich Business Improvement District:
‘Just off the busy thoroughfare of Red Lion Street, Jorges in Orford Yard proved to be an amazing find when we stumbled across it. A small intimate restaurant, it manages to transport us 1400 miles to Portugal. The menu is full of authentic, flavour packed seasonal tapas, amazing meat and sensational seafood. And a wonderful choice of Portuguese wines, from regional quintas and independent producers, complement the menu. We may not be able to visit the real Portugal just yet, but we can experience a truly authentic Portuguese meal at Jorges. We love it.’