15 things to do in Norfolk this Spring Bank Holiday weekend Boiler suits, brass polish and bunting preparations are well in hand for the 25th Strumpshaw Steam Rally.
More than 500 exhibits will be on show at the annual rally including 50 steam engines, road rollers and wagons. From the tiniest steam powered models to a huge oakley five sunglasses steam driven sawmill, there will be just about every size and type of engine on show. The oldest exhibit will be the 140 year old Charles Burrell threshing engine, Century, built in Thetford in 1877. The engine, owned by Richard Parrott, from Weeting Steam Fair, which was used on farms in East Anglia to drive some of the oakley m frame earliest agricultural machinery, became derelict in the 1950s. Strumpshaw's own grand lady, the 95 year old Princess Royal will be back at the rally this year after an 18 month lay off for essential repairs. Other attractions at the rally will include a display of vintage cars, vintage tractors and agricultural machinery, train and fairground rides, craft stalls and food and drink.Great Yarmouth dishes up a culinary delight, with the opportunity to buy food and drink from special oakley sunglass outlet stalls, watch exciting cooking demonstrations by catering students from Great Yarmouth College, sample free tastings, and discover what is available throughout the year at the historic market. There will also be a 15 stall Italian market, selling specialist Italian produce.Toys and Tunes/Rock n Roll at GressenhallDad's Army weekend at Weybourne Station on the North Norfolk Railway where the famous "Royal Train" episode was filmed for the BBC. Picture: Mark BullimoreGressenhall hosts two special Spring Bank Holiday events over the weekend. Step back in time and experience the life of a child in the 1950s (May 27 28). From hula hoops to rock 'n' roll, discover what it was like to grow up in the fabulous fifties. The return to when Rock 'n' Roll was King with the Rock n Roll day (May 29). Experience the glamour and find out how to get the 'look'. Get your pulse racing and learn the dance steps to live music from the Austin Beats. Visit the vintage market and see classic cars. The event welcomes over 700 horses each year, including more than 350 international competitors. It hosts the only British leg of the FEI Nations Cup, with teams from as far afield as Australia and New Zealand. There is also charity camel racing. Children's entertainment comes from Razz and Pearl's Circus Workshops, plus a traditional vintage fair.Spring Bank Holiday again sees all the Bure Valley Railway engines, coaches and rolling stock will be action for a special intensive timetable throughout the weekend to allow visitors the opportunity to see as many different locos as possible hard at work over the nine miles between Aylsham and Wroxham. The restored Wroxham Signal Box will also be open providing unparalleled views of the comings and goings of both the Bure Valley and mainline railway. To keep younger visitors entertained there will be a sticker activity prize sheet. Under 5s travel free. Entry to the festival is free of charge to visitors who pre register for one of the 20, 50 or 100 mile rides. For the first time, Pedal Norfolk will host a mountain bike race with a 5.5mile loop surrounding Holkham Lake. Also new for this year is an Eastern Counties closed road race which will circle a 10km loop. Lots more family fun, including two different wheels with Segways.Trains pass at Brampton on the Bure Valley Railway which is hosting its Everything Goes event. The famous "Royal oakley jury Train" episode of Dad's Army was filmed at Weybourne Station back in 1973. Now Corporal Jones' much loved Butchers van brings the Walmington on Sea stars to life again as the station is taken over by the Home Guard courtesy of Thetford Dad's Army Museum. One of the main attractions is a family cycle ride leaving at 11am. Riders will have the opportunity to join the leisurely nine mile loop through the beautiful grounds of Her Majesty The Queen's country retreat and back along quiet rural lanes. There will be classic cars, gun dog scurry, rides and attractions, car boot area, plus two large marquees one with arts and craft stalls and one with local food and drink stalls. See the colourful displays from the East Norfolk Militia, a local Red Coat Napoleonic era re enactment group as well as falconry displays, Punch Judy and children's storyteller. Families can also try their hand at some old fashioned garden games, maypole dancing and clay pigeon shooting. There will be a range of craft and art displays. For those of you with four legged friends why not enter them into our fun dog show.Ardea is the newest arrival at the Wherry Yacht Charter (WYC). Her unusual history involves time in Paris as a houseboat. To elebrate the 90th birthday of this pleasure wherry you can see the whole fleet on Wroxham Broad (May 29, 10am 5pm, free entry). Take a trip on a wherry yacht or Broads yacht, find out about the history and work of WYC.
Meanwhile there is also an open air picnic concert beside Wroxham Broad (May 28, 5pm, 7.50, 5 children, under 3s free) featuring a jazz band playing from aboard Ardea, followed by more music and full bar in the NBYC clubhouse.Popular celebration of gaming returns promising lots of family fun for all ages and joystick expertise! Retro Arcade is back with newly expanded selection of classic arcade machines, learn about the history of gaming with lots of consoles and games to jog your childhood memories, the Gaming Village outside The Forum will be full of goodies, seminars, talks, workshops, demos and don the headsets in the VR Zone.
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