Country shows, festivals and concerts in 2020. Family friendly events in the East of England.
Beat the winter blues and put a spring in your step with the best events coming up in 2020.
East Anglian Game and Country Fair, 25-26 April
Euston Hall, Thetford
Hosted in the beautiful grounds of the Euston Hall Estate, the two day family event is back for its sixth year. Shooting, dog agility, food and country wear stalls and showground events are what it’s all about. With horses and beagles, livestock and birds of prey, there is something for everyone.
The hall and grounds will also be open for visitors to explore as well as the 10,500 acres of farmland where they foster wheat, barley, beans and sugar beet not to mention the free-range pig and poultry areas of the farm which are used to supply local restaurants in the area. Tickets and more information can be found at www.eustonhall.co.uk.
Crab & Lobster Festival, 16-17 May
Evington Gardens, Cromer
Look snappy and make sure you book your tickets for this event before they all get pinched! The annual Crab and Lobster Festival is back. The fun begins on the Friday evening with a traditional seaside variety concert at the Pier Pavilion Theatre with different events taking place over the weekend Cromer.
The festival showcases some of the area’s best local restaurants, chefs, produce and of course – shellfish. Visitors can take part in judging the ‘best crab sandwich’ competition on the Sunday at 2pm. Make your own crab pot and put a small bet on the annual crab race. Full programme at www.crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk/what-s-on/festival-programme.
Festival of Motoring, 24-25 May
East of England Arena, Peterborough
Rev up your engines and steer yourself over to Peterborough for this two day petrol extravaganza. From super cars to classics, kit cars, big wheels and small wheels, this is the shows debut year.
The event is brought to the arena by the same company who have organised ‘Truckfest’ with the promise of celebrity spotting and a showcase of some of the latest high speed cars to be manufactured from all over the world. Tickets are available online as well as all the information you need so be speedy and get your tickets now to avoid disappointment. Book tickets at www.thefestivalofmotoring.co.uk
Fitness Festival, 4 July
Trinity Park, Ipswich
Centred on positivity and physical and mental health, Fit East and Festival of Running are bringing a frenzied fitness festival to the town of Ipswich in 2020. Featuring a 5km breakfast run for early risers, a chip-timed 5km and 10km run for those looking to smash their personal best and a 1km family run for all to get involved.
The excitement doesn’t stop there as the fun races on into the evening with a vibrant night time colour run followed by dancing, bars, stalls and more. Registration and all the details can be found at www.ipswichrunningfestival.co.uk
Bedford River Festival, 18-19 July
The Embankment, Bedford
Crowds will gather on the river banks as rafts and dragon boats race along the water. The action-packed event is free to attend and includes live entertainment, children’s activities, funfair, a heritage and sports village and water sports arena. www.riverfestival.bedford.gov.uk
1940s Weekend – Railway at War, 1-2 August
Dereham Station, Norfolk
Step back in time through the steam of some magnificent rail creations with trains running between Wymondham and Dereham on the mid-Norfolk railway. A great weekend trip for all the family, with actors in 1940s dress, spam sandwiches by the dozen and air raid shelters to explore, you’ll be transported back in time and learn about the railways and how they operated during the war.
More information is due to be released nearer the event so keep checking back at www.mnr.org.uk/events/1940s for more information and tickets.
Classic Ibiza, 29 August
Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
Be transported back to the Balearic white sandy isle with big beats. A concert of two halves, for young and old, the concert starts with chill out tracks to set the party vibe before and explosive show of all the big names including Willian Orbit, Massive Attack, Moby and The Prodigy. Pack up a picnic and be prepared for partying in an idyllic alfresco setting complimented by laser beams, without the plane journey.
This event usually sells out within days of tickets being released but we know where you can get some early bird tickets, which means you won’t miss out. What are you waiting for? Pack your glow sticks and get booking. Tickets available at www.classicibiza.co.uk
Raveningham Country Fair, 5 September
Loddon and Haddiscoe, NR14 6NU
Luckily for us the location and date of this annual affair has been released early so we get a sneak peak of what is in store for next year’s country fair. The Raveningham County Fair celebrates the end of the harvest, where farmers and families join together with the locals to celebrate the crop. Visitors are welcome too. With steam engines, falconry, classic car collection, battle re-enactments, dog and sometimes ‘owner’ agility and beer tasting, there is something for the whole family. Tickets are £5 for adults and children under the age of 16 go free.