What's On in September

23 August 2023

What’s On in September in Norwich

September is almost here, which means it’s time to get ready for cosy autumnal days. Think hot chocolates, soft jumpers, and plenty of fun events to enjoy! That’s right – September in Norwich is going to be as busy as ever. So, if you’re interested in what’s on this month in the City of Stories, look no further. We’ve rounded up the best events right here in one place.

And if you want to see everything happening next month, check out our ‘What’s On‘ page so you don’t miss a thing happening in Norwich & Norfolk!


Norfolk Heritage Open Days (HODs)

Norfolk Heritage Open Days (Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 17) is England’s biggest festival of history and culture, and in our county, we’re spoiled to have a vast wealth of both. In fact, because we’ve have so much to explore, Norfolk’s programme is the largest in the country outside of London! So it’s definitely worth taking part in.

In this annual festival, hundreds of participating venues, organisations, private homes, gardens open their doors for FREE to reveal some of the lesser seen sides of this fine city, including places not usually open to the public! It’s the perfect unique activity for anyone into their history.

This year, there are almost 300 events to choose from, with only 10-days to do it all in! Be sure to find out what’s on and what takes your interest, it might be the only time you can ever see some of these sights! Check out the Heritage Open Days programme, or our recent guest blog for the highlights.

A child with a wooden sword gestures towards the camera with two adults watching from the background.

Norfolk Heritage Open Days is a brilliant programme for the whole family!

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts – Planet for our Future: How do we adapt to a Transforming World?

After becoming the first museum in the world to see art as ‘living’, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts are now embarking on a radical new approach to exhibition programming, using art to address fundamental societal challenges in ‘seasons’.

The first of these new seasons kicks off on Sunday, September 10 with ‘Planet for our Future’, asking the question, how do we adapt to a Transforming World? Made up of three interconnected exhibitions, interventions, displays, an artist residency, artist-led workshops, and more special projects, this art will generate a living dialogue to consider this global challenge.

It sounds excitingly eye-opening, so it’s really worth the visit, especially to see the permanent collection and the last weeks of the temporary ‘Julian Stair: Art, Death, and the Afterlife‘ (Finishing on Sunday, September 17). Plus, with their ‘Pay if and What You Can’ scheme, you can visit at a price that totally suits you. All the more reason to go!

The Sainsbury Centre are revolutionising how we see museums, visit soon for an incredible day out!

Norwich Arts Centre’s September Programme

Whether you’re looking for music, theatre, or both, the Norwich Arts Centre is the place to be this September – there is so much on. From discovering local, growing acts, to enjoying established performers in this intimate setting, an evening at the Arts Centre is well worth it. Plus, with every visit, you’re supporting even more fantastic acts coming to the City of Stories. It’s a win-win!

Start your month on the right foot with the nostalgic and talented ‘Mama Oh No‘ (8pm Friday, September 1). This local band are making their return to the Arts Centre, bringing their atmospheric 50s and 60s pop vibe with them. Tickets are available from just £8.50!

Or, for a performance to remember, you can catch ‘War of the Worlds (On a Budget)‘ (5pm & 8pm, Thursday, September 21). A hilarious spin on the classic novel, this performance is made up of one actor, a loop pedal, lots of cardboard, many, many hats, and two tripod puppets. Watch the evening’s hero play 25 characters and save the day, all while paying what you can afford for a great night out! You won’t regret it, and your sides might hurt by the end.

And, of course, for the Norwich Arts Centre’s full programme for September and beyond, visit their website for all the details!

Rainbow pillars glow in front of an old flint building

The Norwich Arts Centre is full of exciting performances in September and beyond.


North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival

This is one for the foodies among us, so be sure to save the date! For the whole weekend (Saturday, September 2 – Sunday, September 3), you can find this much-loved food & drink festival in Holkham Hall’s Walled Garden, where artisan producers will sell everything delightful and delicious!

These producers are made up of small, local businesses based right here in Norfolk, so it’s a great reason to get out and support independent business! For us local to the county, you might just find a new favourite, and for those visiting, there’s no better way to get a taste of Norfolk, literally!

This event is FREE to attend, but for those driving, a parking charge of £5 will apply. The full list of producers will soon be announced on the Holkham website, so keep your eyes peeled for anything that takes your fancy!

Explore Exciting Wildlife at Pensthorpe

This September, Pensthorpe have got two exciting, and very limited, events on for anyone looking to get in touch with their wild side in nature!

On Friday, September 8 (7pm – 8:30pm), you can join Pensthorpe’s Wardens after dark for a fascinating evening of badger watching in their natural habitat. Bring suitable and warm clothing, as you’ll be taken on a 500-metre rough terrain walk up to a view point in the trees, where you’ll set up camp to observe these nocturnal animals! See if you get lucky and spot other animals like deer, owls, foxes, and rabbits! Just twelve spaces are available for this rare opportunity, so book soon to avoid disappointment!

Alternatively, you can look for some rarer animals with Pensthorpe’s ‘Creatures of the Night‘ on Friday, September 15 (6:45pm – 9:45pm), where you’ll be spotting up to ten species of bat! Previously, these walks have seen Daubenton’s bats skim over the lake and catch prey, or pipistrelles roosting in the trees. Keep an eye out for the owls, foxes, and hares on this walk too! As well as fish such as pike and minnow in the lake. It’s such an interesting evening. There’s only 16 spaces for this event, so once again, book early to avoid missing out!

A drone shot of a natural park with a forest and a large lake.

Pensthorpe Natural Park is the perfect place to get back in touch with nature!