Five Norfolk things to do in June

  1. 1. Summer Diesel Gala, Sheringham to Holt, 10-12 June

The Weybourne Traction Group returns in 2016 with another eagerly anticipated Diesel Gala on the North Norfolk Railway. Over three days, the NNR puts classic diesel locomotives from a variety of eras to work between Sheringham and Holt. Visitors will find refreshments in a beer tent and real ale bar, while the team will be putting as many of its own locomotives and coaching stock into use as possible, along with visiting locomotives arriving via the recently opened Sheringham level crossing.

  1. 2. Father’s Day Special Dayboat hire, 19 June

Let dad be captain of his own vessel this Father’s Day and discover the beautiful Norfolk Broads, an internationally important wetland, with a status equivalent to a National Park. Enjoy three hours for the price of two, although this offer is only valid for families when dad comes too! At least two adults are required on board. Dayboats are available from 9am – 5.30pm (£36 for three hours, maximum of eight people on board). Boats are operated on a first come, first served basis, early arrival recommended.

Call 01603 782207 or visit

  1. 3. British Art Show 8, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts, 24 June – 4 September

Widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art, British Art Show 8 is taking place across two venues in Norwich in summer 2016: Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and Norwich University of the Arts. Forty-two established and emerging contemporary artists are represented and the show features more than 100 works. They include atmospheric sea paintings by Ryan Gander and a range of unusual gallery seating constructed from granite gravestones by Alan Kane.

  1. author-freya-north (1)4. Fabulous Freya North, Briarfields, Saturday 25 June

Best-selling author Freya North heads to Briarfields to talk about her work and writing process. A world-renowned author of 13 novels, North lives rurally with her son, daughter, two dogs and horse. Books have been a constant presence throughout her life and now she shares her wisdom with us. Tickets are £15 including Briarfields’ brilliant Posh Afternoon Tea.

Call 01485 210742 to book tickets.

5. National Gardens Scheme Open Days – throughout June

Since its foundation, the National Gardens Scheme has donated more than £45m to nominated beneficiaries. Gardens across Norfolk are opening at various time and dates throughout June. They vary in size from large historic parks and smaller manor houses, to cottages and courtyards, and are situated throughout the county. Some are old and traditional, whilst others are modern or naturalistic. Something inspiring for every gardener.