All Things Norfolk Directory

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All Things Days Out showcases great places to visit in Norfolk for that memorable day or night out. Whether your are looking for a Cultural day in a Museum, relaxing on the Norfolk Broads, enjoying the heritage of Steam travel through the beautiful Norfolk Countryside, an adrenalin ride in a Sports Car or seeing your favourite band, come rain or shine there is always plenty to do and see in Norfolk.

Raveningham
Village, Town or City: Norwich
Postcode: NR14 6NS Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Contact Name: Sonya Roebuck
Phone number: 01508 548480
Fax Number: 01508 548958
Website: Website Title

Raveningham is a traditional rural Estate situated south of Norwich in South Norfolk. It has been home to the Bacon family since 1735.

The principal house, Raveningham Hall, was built around 1750 by an unknown architect for Sir Edmund Bacon the 8th and 9th Baronet. The Hall is Grade II* listed and home to Sir Nicholas Bacon the 14th and 15th Baronet and his family.

The Gardens are set out as the Edwardian plans with large herbaceous borders surrounding a Victorian walled kitchen garden. In the 1960s the planting was enhanced by the inspiration of Priscilla, Lady Bacon an energetic plantswoman who collected many rare species from around the world transforming the garden over 50 years. The walled kitchen garden was brought back to full working order in the last 20 years and is now producing fruit and vegetables for the House. There is a fine late 19th century Boulton and Paul range of glasshouses, stocked conservatory and melon pits, all in working order.

A Millennium project by Nicholas Bacon to build a lake on the North side of the House is now firmly established as is an Arboretum that was planted after the destruction of a wood in the 1987 gale; this gave an opportunity to plant a large variety of trees and shrubs under a plan designed by the eminent plantsman Roy Lancaster

New additions to the garden include a Herb Garden, a Stumpery and a garden designed around Francis Bacon’s essays based on the passage of time. Sculptures by Susan Bacon add to the landscape which is surrounded by an 18th century Park with grand oaks of great age.

The main specialities of the garden are snowdrops followed by bulbs in early spring, later in the season agapanthus are a main feature. Throughout the year the parkland setting provides a glorious backdrop to to the Hall and the main garden.

The gardens are mostly accessible to wheelchair/motability scooter users, except when the ground is very wet.

Main season 4 April to 31 August 2018, Wednesday to Friday, 11am to 4pm. Also open all Bank Holiday Weekend Sundays and Mondays 11am to 4pm and summer Sunday openings, 15, 22 and 29 July and 5, 12, 19 and 26 August, 11am to 4pm. Tearoom open when garden is open. www.raveningham.com

Admission charges: Adults £5, Concessions £4.50, Children (under 16) free. 
Dogs on leads are welcome. 

Become a Friend of the Gardens and enjoy unlimited admission throughout our 2018 season. £20 per person

Group Visits Welcome. Pre booked group visits welcome on weekdays throughout the main season. Special weekend and evening visits can also be arranged. Price per head: weekday £7 evening and weekends £8 (includes tea and cake). To book a group visit tel. 01508 548480 or email: sonya@raveningham.com 

Facilities:
  • Cafe
  • Parking
  • Groups Allowed
  • Pets Welcome
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River Road
Village, Town or City: Westacre
Postcode: PE32 1UA Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01760 755800
Website: Website Title

What is Westacre?  What happens at Westacre and when?  Where is Westacre?  Well, a warm welcome awaits you at Westacre Theatre which has been offering inspiring, inclusive and creative excellence in the heart of West Norfolk for over a quarter of a century.  And Westacre Theatre is probably the only all year-round rural performance venue anywhere in East Anglia.

Why?  You find Theatres in towns and cities – where there are lots of people.  But Westacre is different.  In rolling countryside, Westacre Theatre’s scenic setting comes complete with landscaped lagoon.  In the Summer, the sheltered South-facing terrace hums with audiences eager with anticipation. 

Centrally located just 10 minutes’ drive from Swaffham, 20 minutes from King’s Lynn, and within half an hour of Downham Market, Watton, Dereham, and Fakenham it is easily accessible to most communities in West Norfolk. 

But tucked away in peace and solitude; it remains one of West Norfolk’s best kept secrets.  And once found, everyone always says how lovely it is and ‘Why didn’t we know about Westacre before?’

Westacre attracts all-comers so the volunteers, cast and crew are a happy band performing vital roles in its varied activities.  Many of the team are long-serving troopers; once at Westacre people tend to stay for the friendship and fulfilment. 

West End this is not and nor does it pretend to be.  But The Westacre Theatre Company perform regularly to great acclaim – straight plays of immense integrity and magical musicals too.  As you may expect, Westacre Theatre is more than just a stage.  You can hear every word and see every movement from any of its 80 seats.  The fully-equipped studio theatre is central to its all-inclusive ethos but there are many other parts too.  And the sum of those parts is greater than the converted Chapel where Westacre Theatre was born 25 years ago and is truly a tardis. 

Its own in-house productions are complemented by sourcing the very best Live! and Encore screenings via satellite from the likes of National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare, The Globe and Matthew Bourne.  Fans of mainstream cinema are catered for under the Wednesday Flicks banner showing a carefully selected programme of contemporary films. 

The Riverside Café-Bar serves relaxing drinks, light lunches and simple suppers.  The light and airy Foyer Gallery hosts a continuous back-to-back varied programme of exciting art exhibitions from both up-and-coming and established artists based locally and further afield.  Drama workshops are held weekly and in school holidays for young people from 6 to 18 years old.  Popular art and craft master-classes are all in the repertoire and often over-subscribed.    

There is ample free off-road parking (with surfaced spaces by the door for the less mobile).  A flat floor throughout (including for a universal access loo) goes right to your front row seat in the Studio Theatre.  Give us a look to see what we mean. 

  • W = Wednesday Flicks - The best of contemporary cinema
  • E = Education – Classes in art, crafts and play reading; Bursaries for fortunate students
  • S = Screenings – The satellite link brings world class performances to our full-size screen
  • T = Theatre – Take your pick from well-known favourites or more challenging drama
  • A = Acting – For ages 6 to 18 to create drama without a crisis in weekly drama classes, half term and summer workshops
  • C = Café-Bar – Relaxing drinks at all our performances with light lunches and pre-performance suppers at selected shows – they are very popular so advance booking is wise
  • R = Riverside Walk – A short wander from our sheltered terrace takes you to the tranquil River Nar
  • E = Exhibitions – Artists of all abilities display their latest work in the three distinct spaces open at performance times

 

Performances and activities are presented in three seasons each year so there is always something new about to take off. www.westacretheatre.com is constantly updated so a visit there will provide you with the pointers you need about what is in store.  But keep checking because fresh productions are being added all the time.  And the value-for-money ticket prices have to be seen to be believed. 

Westacre Theatre is overseen by a charitable foundation so all the support you give to Westacre (just by enjoying a cup of freshly brewed filter coffee, or acquiring that piece of art which caught the corner of your eye) will all go to the worthwhile cause of keeping Westacre Theatre sustainable and alive for the next generation.  The cast and crew is a tiny team but they certainly make it all happen.  Now they are on your radar, do different and try the Theatre that is different too.      

Facilities:
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Winebar
  • Parking
  • Outside Seating
  • Disabled facilities
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
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Aylsham Station, Norwich Road
Village, Town or City: Aylsham
Postcode: NR11 6BW Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01263 733858
Fax Number: 01263 733814
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The Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk’s longest Narrow Gauge Steam Railway and operates between the old market town of Aylsham and the bustling Broads towns of Wroxham and is within easy reach of Norwich and the coast.   It was built on the track bed of part of the former Great Eastern Railway and the nine mile line runs through a stretch of lovely, rural Norfolk, following the river Bure through meadowland and ancient pastures, stopping occasionally at small country villages.

Trains operate on a daily basis from the beginning of Easter to the end of October with special events throughout the year, including Santa and Mince Pie Specials.   The railway also offers a very popular boat train which gives the opportunity for a journey by steam followed by a cruise of the Norfolk Broads.   For those who would like to realise their childhood ambitions to be a train driver, Driver Experience Courses are available during the off-peak periods.

The railway’s facilities include an 80-seater café at Aylsham, which can provide everything from a cup of team to a full meal, a large souvenir and model railway shop.   The railway’s workshops are also based at Aylsham and often open to the public.   At Wroxham Station there is a gift shop and a large second-hand book shop with over 5,000 books run by the Friends of the Bure Valley Railway.  

All trains have special wheelchair accessible coaches and disabled toilet facilities at both Stations.  Free parking is also available at both Stations. We are also Dog Friendly.

Facilities:
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
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Lifeboat Plain
Village, Town or City: Sheringham
Postcode: NR26 8BG Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01263 824482
Website: Website Title

Sheringham Museum at the Mo is a stunning museum, located right on the seafront in Sheringham.

The museum has a beautiful collection of fishing boats, crab boats and lifeboats. Its three lifeboats, which served the town continuously over more than 150 years, are listed in the National Register of Historic Vessels.

Sheringham Museum at the Mo celebrates the history and people of Sheringham, and has a historical street scene, an art gallery showing artwork related to the town, a gallery about the history of the town from the Victorian Age to WW2, and a temporary gallery which changes three times a year. Our popular viewing tower offers 360 degree views over the North Sea and the higgledy piggledy streets of Sheringham.

The museum is also home to the Scira Wind Farm Visitor Centre, which offers engaging information about the wind farm currently being built of the coast of Sheringham.

We have an exciting, year-round programme of events, which are suitable for all the family.

Facilities:
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
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Pensthorpe
Village, Town or City: Fakenham
Postcode: NR21 0LN Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01328 851465
Website: Website Title

Did you know that Pensthorpe Natural Park is not just all about ducks? As well as appealing to nature and gardening enthusiasts, wildlife lovers and bird watchers, it also makes for a perfect day out for families and young children. 

Multiple WINNER of Norfolk's Best Large Attraction*, Pensthorpe is a modern day nature reserve with a focus on inspiring the next generation to enjoy wildlife and the great outdoors – without compromising on the tranquility and calmness that the reserve brings to so many regular visitors.

Former home of BBC Springwatch, the 700 acre reserve is a true showcase for British wildlife; beautiful gardens including one of Norfolk’s largest wildflower meadows which is home to the famous harvest mouse who starred in the recent BBC’s Planet Earth Two series and; more recently, inspiring adventure play, no matter what the weather. Encounter Flamingos, Red Squirrels, and cute ducks that will feed out of the palm of your hand; larger than life bugs on the Bug Trail; and learn more about Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s 'Actively Saving Species' projects including Operation Turtle Dove, the Great Crane Project and their Corncrake re-introduction programme.

Hop on the Pensthorpe Explorer** for a behind the scenes tour to discover the secret side of the Wensum Valley, enjoy home cooked food in the Courtyard café and shop in one of North Norfolk’s largest gift shops. Families can unwind together in WildRootz, an outdoor adventure play area and Hootz House, the award winning indoor play area, complete with soft play for the under 5s.

*EDP Norfolk Tourism Awards

**Seasonal activity with additional charge

Facilities:
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Outside Seating
  • Disabled facilities
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
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Oak Street
Village, Town or City: Norwich
Postcode: NR3 3AE Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Contact Name: Amy Fellows
Phone number: 01603 568634
Website: Website Title

We believe in inspiring and empowering our local community through circus.Our classes are delivered by resident company Lost in Translation Circus: an active company of experienced performers and tutors. We tailor classes for all ages and abilities because you’re never too old to run away with the circus!

We teach everything from tumbling, acrobatics and object manipulation (skills such as juggling, rola bola and hula hooping) as well as daring aerial disciplines such as aerial hoop, rope, silks, Chinese pole and static trapeze. We have regular courses for adults on weekday evenings as well as Saturday and school holiday youth circus programmes for children aged 6+. We also run a popular parent and toddler class for little ones aged 3-5.

We provide corporate events, team building days, children’s parties and have a strong arm in outreach with the local community and schools. We regularly host community cabarets with performances from both our talented students and professionals.

Facilities:
  • Parking
  • Disabled facilities
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
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