13 Things to Do this August

It’s high summer and the region is alive with activities. From festivals to family days out, read our guide of fun things to this August.

Camcycle Quest


This summer, Camcycle, in association with local law firm Tees, is launching CamcycleQuest, a new cycling initiative to encourage people in the Cambridge area to get on their bikes. Armed with a booklet of clues and objects to find around Cambridge, CamcycleQuest participants are encouraged to find out more about the city and explore new cycle routes with family and friends. Clue booklets will be available to buy at events and locations around town from the beginning of August and those who complete the quest will receive a certificate and be entered into a draw to win prizes such as a children’s cycling helmet and a cargo bike e-conversion.

Brightlingsea Free Music Festival, 2-4 August

A free festival with live music from talented bands. www.brightlingseafreefest.com


Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail, 2 August – 8 September

The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham

Now in its sixth year the trail will feature a host of work of 38 artists from across the UK, offering a feast for the eyes and ears. Highlights include an installation by Boudicca’s Women which will involve cascades of brightly-coloured pompoms and telephone receivers amongst the trees on which visitors will be able to hear tracks from their new album Sing as the Crow Flies. This will complement a sound installation, in a mobile hide, by artist Mike Challis. The trail is open every day from 10am until 5pm at The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk NR14 6NU. Entry is £6 for adults (£5 members of Waveney & Blyth Arts), under 18s are free. Pay on entry only. www.waveneyandblytharts.com

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 6-11 August

 OPEN Norwich

This August, OPEN plays host to the Norwich-based, multi-award winning theatre company Sound Ideas for the second time. The latest production from the ambitious local group features a wealth of fabulous costumes, impressive sets and a flying car alongside some of the region’s most talented performers – this is certainly not a show to miss! Tickets £16-20, booking via www.chittychittybangbang.co.uk

Seeing It Differently, 7-18 August

Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk

Visitors to the Cathedral this summer will be in for a surprise as a 40ft helter skelter is installed in the West End of the Nave! Climb up the helter skelter and you will be treated to views of the Cathedral – including a closer looks at the famous medieval roof bosses depicting stories from the Bible. Alongside the helter skelter, ‘Seeing It Differently’ will also feature a number of other installations for people to experience. www.cathedral.org.uk

Concert in the Park, 10 August from 5pm

Rushmere Country Park

Kicking off the ‘Big Summer Weekend of Fundraising’, visit The Meadow for a relaxed evening of local music talent raising funds for Rushmere Country Park. This is a family-friendly event with food stalls and beer tent and fun for the kids. Adult tickets price £12, children aged 4-16 £8, under 4s go free. www.greensandtrust.org/Event/concert-in-the-park-2019The fun continues on Sunday 11 August with a Summer Fayre and Fun Dog Show.


TweenFest, 21 August

Hertford Town Centre

Aimed at children aged 8 to 12, this festival is full of fun, low cost activities spread throughout the town. There’s a DJ set with glow sticks at White Hart Barn, sports, retailer discounts, free food tastings, crafts, science experiments, make-up and hair tutorials and much more. www.hertford.gov.uk/events

Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema, 23 & 24 August

For the bargain price of £7 you can watch one of the biggest musicals of all time at the open air cinema in the grounds of Hertford Castle. Pack your own picnic or purchase street food at the event. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again will screen on Friday and Grease on the Saturday. Tickets are available atHertford Town and Tourist Information Centre. www.hertford.gov.uk/events

Craft in Focus, 23-26 August

RHS Garden at Hyde Hall

This craft event will showcase 140 contemporary craftmakers and artists in the UK and will give the public the opportunity to view and purchase direct from talented designer makers who have a real passion for the work that they create.Also included is a food village with exhibitors selling delicious food products and a varied selection of live music throughout the event making this an enjoyable day for the whole family. www.craftinfocus.com

Burnham Week, 24-31 August

The Quay, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex

As one of the East Coast’s premier regattas, Burnham Week is in its 127th year. There will be yachting events held on the River Crouch throughout the week, as well as activities ashore including cocktail parties, dinners, BBQs & entertainment. www.burnhamweek.com

Essex Sausage, Cider and Music Festival, 24-25 August

Barleylands Farm, Billericay

A fantastic Bank Holiday family event, the festival has a great line up of tribute bands including Noasis,  Kaiser Thiefs, Kopycat Killers, Guns 2 Roses, Cheatles, So Pink and one of the UK’s leading Michael Jackson impersonators Navi. Glamping facilities are available, and under 6s go free!  www.jamesdeanevents.com/festival/essex-s-and-c-2/

Raver Tots Summer Festival, 25 August

Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Raver Tots’ Summer Festival is returning to Southend after two back to back sell out shows featuring world famous DJs, circus style big top tents, free fairground rides, mini go-karts, inflatables, crazy golf, face painting and a whole heap of glitter, confetti, stilt walkers and pyrotechnics! The event will be taking place at Garon Park, Southend on Sea on Sunday 25 August from 12-5pm, all from just a tenner a ticket! www.ravertots.co.uk/event/raver-tots-outdoor-festival-august-bank-holiday-2019/

East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival, 31 August

Oulton Broad, Lowestoft

Sign up and take part or watch from the side-lines and cheer on the competitors as they take to the water in this this fun, competitive and charitable race. www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk




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