Five Norfolk things to do in September

1. Living history

Heritage Open Days are back and this month for four days from 8-11 September there is the chance to explore ordinarily inaccessible parts of Norfolk. Handle new Roman finds at Aylsham Heritage Centre, take a tour of King’s Lynn’s historic buildings and watch archive film of the town’s past at Marriotts Warehouse or take a vintage bus to the Hardwick Cemetery.

Visit heritageopendays.org.uk for details of events taking place near you.

2. Ooh-ah, me hearties!

Celebrate all things swashbuckling at the Wells Pirate Festival on 9-11 September as the whole town gets into salty sea dog mood. Events and activities for the whole family, so don a blackbeard and hat and get into the spirit of the sea.

3. Keep it clean

Saturday 17 September is the date for this year’s Great British Beach Clean, so why not join in Holkham’s seaside trash bash – the team is meeting at the top of Lady Anne’s Drive at 10am and tidying until 1pm, with free parking and refreshments provided.

See http://www.holkham.co.uk/event/beach-clean for details.

4. Wartime effort

Whether you choose to dress up and ‘do your bit’ for the war effort, or simply visit, enjoy and admire the 40s style of others, head to Sheringham and Holt on 17-18 September and relive the music, fashion, food and memories of wartime Britain. A brilliant weekend, with re-enactments and a ‘camp’ of antiques and collectibles to peruse too.

Visit www.nnrailway.co.uk for details.

5. Flower power

Get creative and learn some fantastic flower arranging skills at The Handtied Workshop by Swaffham & Fakenham Florist at 10am on Tuesday 20 September at Briarfields, followed by a delicious two-course lunch. Tickets are priced £60 per person, including flowers and material – and you get to take home your floral masterpiece. Call 01485 210742 to reserve your place.