March 25th - July 15th
Houghton Hall Damien Hirst Exhibition
Colour Space Paintings and Outdoor Sculptures. This is a special exhibition of new works by the renowned artist. Open Wednesday-Sunday, plus Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am-5pm. For more information see www.houghtonhall.com
March 25th-October 31st
Treasures and Trophies at Holkham Hall
How Thomas Coke, creator of Holkham Hall, was inspired to build the great house and art collection you see today. The exhibition is included in the entry price for the Hall. Open noon-4pm, Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. For m ore information see www.holkham.co.uk
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
The largest arts festival in thew East of England includes a world premieres from the Improbable theatre company and the Barely Methodical circus company, landscape art on Wells beach and much more. For full information visit www.nnfestival.org.uk
June 27th & 28th
Royal Norfolk Show
Now in its 156th year, the Royal Norfolk is expected to attract 80,000 people to the Norfolk Showground over its two days. Alongside the traditional livestock competitions, country sports and rural crafts there will be plenty of art and fashion on show. There will be great entertainment, too - and plenty to eat and drink. Visit www.royalnorfolkshow.maa.org.uk for details.
July 21st - 29th
Poetry, music, comedy are all part of the Holt Festival - not to mention fascinating talks by journalists, writers and broadcasters. A fantastic line-up is promised for this, the 10th anniversary of the Festival, including Leo Sayer, Colin Cloud, Jasper Carrott and Lord Ashdown. Check holtfestival.org for full details.