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All Things Norfolk Directory - Entries tagged with Days out in Norfolk

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.

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  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
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Raveningham
Village, Town or City: Norwich
Postcode: NR14 6NS Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Contact Name: Sonya Roebuck
Phone number: 01508 548480
Website: Website Title

Situated nearby to Loddon and Beccles our gardens surround Raveningham Hall, home to Sir Nicholas and Lady Bacon (and home to the Bacon family since 1735).

Enjoy the beauty of our varied and ever-changing floral seasons. 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.

The main specialities of the garden are snowdrops followed by bulbs in early spring, later in the season agapanthus are a main feature. Our Gardens are circa 10 acres all in a glorious 18th Century parkland setting with sculpture by Susan Bacon in and around the gardens. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Main Season Opening Times

We are open for both individual visits and Group Tours of 10-30 people.

Our Gardens and Tea Room are open throughout February 11-4pm (closed Saturdays) and on set days April to August. Please see our website www.raveningham.com  for opening days & times.

Friends of Raveningham Gardens

Become a friend and visit throughout our opening times for just £20 per person.

Please contact sonya@raveningham.com 01508 548480 for all enquiries, individual or group.

We look forward to welcoming you to our living garden.

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Facilities:
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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.

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Facilities:
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  • Groups Allowed
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Low Road
Village, Town or City: Bressingham
Postcode: IP22 2AA Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Contact Name: Alastair Baker
Phone number: 01379 686900
Website: Website Title

Bressingham Gardens 
The unique Bressingham Gardens are renowned worldwide for their horticultural excellence. With nearly 20 acres, four linking gardens and 8,000 plant species they can are a truly tranquil place, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the scenery. 

The Bressingham Collections 
Take a trip on one of the four railways at Bressingham, the collection of working locomotives will take you round our magnificent gardens and woodland, or ride on the Victorian Steam Gallopers. 

A trip to the locomotive sheds brings the power and the glory of mighty steam engineering up close. The National Dad's Army collection lets you wander through Walmington-on-Sea looking at original props and vehicles from the series, you'd be a 'stupid boy' to miss it!

Bressingham is open (with Narrow Gauge Train rides) every day from 29th March 2019 until the 27th October 2019

Mondays and Tuesdays (outside the school and public holidays) are Gardeners Days (Non Steam Days) 

Service level - One diesel hauled train and the Gallopers.

Wednesdays to Sundays are always Steam Days. Service level - At least two trains and the Gallopers will be running. On Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays we aim to operate three trains and the Gallopers.

Bressingham Steam & Gardens, reg. charity no. 266374, was founded by the late Alan Bloom in 1961. 

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  • Disabled facilities
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
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20 Bank Plain
Village, Town or City: Norwich
Postcode: NR2 4SF Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Contact Name: Hayley Gerrard
Phone number: 01603 763111
Website: Website Title

OPEN is located in the heart of Norwich in the Grade II listed grandeur of the former regional headquarters of Barclays Bank.

We are one of the largest most versatile function venues in Norwich that can to offer bespoke facilities whether you are looking to book for a small boardroom style meeting, a larger conference, a fundraising dinner, trade fair, concert, wedding or fashion show.  Whatever your event we are an ideally located and within walking distance of the main line railway station and Norwich's international airport just a short taxi journey away.

Our Banking Hall can hold up to 240 cabaret style, 500 people seated theatre style or 1450 standing and benefits from some of the best and most high tech facilities in the region.  We also have four smaller function rooms which can accommodate meetings for two or presentations for 20-50 in a variety of different layouts and are also a great location for private dining.  We can offer a wide range of services designed to complement any event perfectly, including plasma screens, hearing loop systems, flipcharts and technical support, incorporating sound, lighting and audio visual.  We can also offer a full on-site in-house catering facilities along with licensed bars.

OPEN has several modern facilities that provide the perfect backdrop to its activities and functions. The OPEN Gym houses state of the art equipment alongside a full-sized boxing ring and is used for a range of activities and classes – all open to the public. Everyone who signs up for membership of the gym (just £10 per month) allows OPEN to offer access to the gym facilities to young people for free. 

The recently refurbished café provides a spacious and relaxing area to enjoy a meal or cup of tea, even if you are not taking part in an activity and simply wish to enjoy homemade food whilst supporting a local charity. 

The dance studio is home to many of OPEN’s youth activities including performance art and sports and is one of its busiest spaces. Whilst OPEN’s climbing wall, Norfolk’s tallest indoor wall makes a great place for corporate team building events as well as running a variety of climbing courses for young people for free.  Thousands of children every year enjoy and learn here under the guidance of OPEN’s renowned and experienced youth team.

OPEN is also now the home of Future Radio who now broadcast their daytime programmes from the venue, as well as the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra and the Echo Youth Theatre Group having residency within the venue making, OPEN the forefront of musical talent and performing arts in Norfolk.

OPEN also hosts an array of live music events, as well as providing secure storage through CLOSED being the lead agency behind Norwich's SOS Bus, which does invaluable work on the streets of Norwich.

OPEN was established to provide opportunities for young people in Norfolk including those who are most disadvantaged, with the longer-term aim of making a positive difference to their lives.  Through the hire of our facilities, every penny of profit goes to enables the venue to offer a wide variety of activities and services free of charge for young people aged between 7 - 25. 

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  • Cafe
  • Disabled facilities
  • Groups Allowed
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The Railway Station, Station Road
Village, Town or City: Dereham
Postcode: NR19 1DF Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01362 690633
Fax Number: 01362 698487
Website: Website Title

The Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust was established in 1995 with the aim of buying and restoring the then-disused line between the Norfolk market towns of Dereham and Wymondham. We currently own 28km (17.5 miles) of track and trackbed through central Norfolk's most attractive countryside, making us one of the largest preserved railways in the UK today.

The line is operational between Dereham and Wymondham, and we own the disused northern section from Dereham as far as County School. The line is intact (although derelict) as far as North Elmham, and a further mile of track will need to be re-laid in order to reach County School. Our long-term aim is to reach as far as Fakenham.

In addition to our passenger services to Wymondham, we also run fairly regular commercial freight trains, as well as the occasional railtour. These result in a wide variety of locomotives visiting Dereham from the main line from time to time, in addition to our fleet of heritage diesel locos.

Many people are surprised to learn that the railway is entirely volunteer-run. Our volunteers get up to a wide variety of tasks, including driving the trains, maintaining the track and lineside, getting greasy inside engines, and many other interesting jobs besides.

The rate of progress in restoring and upgrading the railway has been very rapid over the last few years, and we hope it will continue that way. Current projects are aimed at improving the railway's infrastructure, including track and signalling. In particular, we are working on building our first signal box, which will control the yard at Dereham; and we are busy restoring the line north of Dereham to operational condition.

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