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ELCOME to our winter issue of North Norfolk Living magazine. Putting together our annual Christmas gift guide is a real treat, and once again we’ve packed it with gifts galore from our local shops. Meanwhile Katy Coe and the fashion team channel old school glamour at our seasonal fashion shoot at beautiful Sennowe Park and Hattie Goodley (ably assisted by her little helpers) shares her top tips for festive family fun and shopping. We’ve news from the foodie and interiors scenes, interviews with Simon Daykin of Wells Maltings and the seemingly indefatigable Kevin CrossleyHolland, plus we follow Sarah Whittley’s very own pink-footed goose chase. We’re off for our winter break but before we do, we’d like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year. See you in the spring!

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@NNorfolkLiving @northnorfolkliving North Norfolk Living Magazine www.northnorfolkliving.co.uk Editor & Advertising Manager Amanda Loose Email: amanda@northnorfolkliving.co.uk 07796 645427 Write to North Norfolk Living Magazine, PO Box 208, Stamford. Lincs. PE9 9FY Head of Design Steven Handley Email: steve@locallivingdesign.co.uk Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Email: nicholas@bestlocalliving.co.uk Published by Local Living Ltd, PO Box 208, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 9FY www.bestlocalliving.co.uk 01780 765571 Printed by Warners of Bourne

Winter 2017

5-7 Beachcombings: what’s on, what’s good and where to go

8 People: Kate Cleaver catches

up with Simon Daykin, the new general manager of Wells Maltings

11 People: Not the retiring type!

Amanda Loose tries to keep up with Kevin Crossley-Holland

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interiors scene in our new column The Insider, Harriet Cooper sniffs out the best fragrances to give you a lift and gardening columnist Fiona Cumberpatch is back with festive inspiration and greenfingered tips

47-48 Rewilding: Sarah Whittley goes on a pink-footed goose chase and also learns more about reading water from author Tristan Gooley 13-17 Arts: news from the local

arts scene, winter reading and gifts for art lovers

19-22 Fashion: old school glamour with a modern twist at Sennowe Park 24-27 Beauty & Wellbeing: your 53-57 Food & Drink: festive festive beauty countdown plus forget the detox, try the pretox!

28-29 Little Living: prepare

for festive fun, sweet treats and a sleigh full of stocking fillers with Hattie Goodley and her little helpers Willa and Maud

31-36 The Christmas gift guide: fab finds from local shops


39-45 Living: the latest from the

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food news and gifts for cooks, plus Harriet Cooper checks out just some of the new eateries and exciting refurbs of 2017

60-62 What’s on: from festive

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Beachcombings What’s On, What’s Good & Where To Go!

Charity calendars Photographer Paul Macro has extended his range of Norfolk calendars to 16 designs for 2018, including the North Norfolk Coast, Wells & Holkham and Burnham Overy Staithe. These A3 calendars cost £11.99 each (including UK postage and packing), with £2 from each sale donated to a local charity. Select the organisation you wish to support when you order via www.paulmacrolandscapes.com

Festive retail therapy Head to the Christmas Pop-up Sale at The White House, at Sussex Farm, near Burnham Market, on Tuesday 5 December, (9am to 3pm) and tick a few more gifts off your Christmas list. There will be a lovely collection of stalls offering unique gift ideas for all the family, including Bombay Sprout, Victoria Arrowsmith Floral Design, Laura Paul Jewellery, Petra Boase, Mini Maharajas and Willa and the Bear plus The White House © Jake a raffle in aid of About with Friends in Cromer, a charity Eastham which gives people with learning disabilities support, opportunities, activities, guidance, friendship and care. Prizes will include a stay for two at The White House, to include bed and breakfast and a bottle of prosecco on arrival. • The White House, Sussex Farm, near Burnham Market PE31 8JY, www.stayatthewhitehouse.co.uk

Competition time! Every December, Holkham Hall’s state rooms are transformed with beautiful decorations and flickering candlelight, offering visitors a magical festive experience. Accompanied by a guide, the Candlelight Tour starts off in the marble hall and reveals one show-stopping Christmas display after another - plus you’ll learn some fascinating facts about the decorations, Holkham’s history and the lives of the hall’s residents, past and present! This year, Holkham is offering one lucky North Norfolk Living reader the chance to win two adult

My North Norfolk Living This season Eliza Miller is looking forward to… Eating out I love my food and eating out is always a treat - my favourite places are The Duck in Stanhoe (never eaten a morsel there that wasn’t delicious), Back to the Garden in Letheringsett, Rocky Bottoms in Cromer for the best lobster and crab, and a full English breakfast every Sunday morning at Creake Abbey Café. Shopping at Nelle at Drove Orchards, Thornham, which sells wonderfully stylish Danish clothes, shoes and accessories. The best glasses designs can be found at Parker & Gillam in Holt fantastic sunglasses too. Walking Our excitable dogs need regularly wearing out. We love walking the full loop around the lake at Holkham Hall, past St Withburga’s Church. The geese on the lake and the deer in the park make it rather magical. Staying For a proper pamper, I would head to Congham Hall and switch off in the amazing spa there.

tickets for the Candlelight • Eliza Miller, PR manager at Arcadia Home Interiors, Tour on Sunday 10 Fakenham 01328 807063, www.arcadiahomeinteriors.co.uk December at 1.30pm. Just send your answer to the following question to competitions@holkham. co.uk, together with your name and telephone number, by 4 December 2017. This information will not be given to third parties. Where does the candlelight tour start off? • For more information on the Candlelight Tours and Holkham’s fabulous festive programme, visit www.holkham.co.uk

Spotted by Richard Campey The waxwing

November is the time to look out for the unmistakable waxwing. These winter visitors from Northern Europe can turn up in Norfolk anywhere and, in some years, do so in their hundreds. Waxwings are similar in size and shape to starlings, but are very different in their plumage. They sport a perky crest, a yellow tip to the tail and an intricate wing pattern, the latter including sealingwax red tips to the wing feathers that give the bird its name. Acrobatic when picking berries from bushes, or flycatching from treetops, they never fail to catch the eye and excite with their farcarrying, tinkling calls. Planting berry-bearing trees and shrubs is a great way to entice these amazing birds into your own garden.

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What’s On, What’s Good & Where To Go!

The Salt team l-r Amanda Howarth, Sylvia Bradshaw and Lucy Downing

New to North Norfolk Salt, a new boutique lettings agency, launched this autumn, specialising in unique coastal properties along the Norfolk coast and up to around ten minutes inland. Based in a converted barn on the Holkham Estate, Salt’s portfolio will comprise “properties that just have the wow factor,” says brand manager, Lucy Downing. “That could be the interior, an incredible view, or the property may have a fascinating heritage story to tell. In all, they will be properties for people for whom the property is as important as its location.” “And whilst properties will also be part of a small portfolio of purely coastal lets, they will also be included on the Original Cottages’ website, so for owners the reach is very wide.” Salt is the newest addition to the Original Cottages family, and sister brand to Norfolk Country Cottages, who are currently celebrating their 25th year, and Norfolk Cottage Care. “Through Norfolk Cottage Care we can offer a bespoke and tailored property management and maintenance service, making it a hassle-free experience for homeowners. • Salt, 01328 887600 www.saltnorfolk.co.uk

Get away! Director of Oundle Travel, Paula Cockcroft advises on fabulous destinations for a winter break For a short break with a difference: Iceland. Reykjavik the world’s most northern capital never fails to impress. And the Northern Lights by Super Jeep, the Blue Lagoon and whale watching are just a few of the adventures that await. For sun seekers: with temperatures in the mid20s and wall-to-wall sunshine, Oman is perfect for a dose of winter sun. With daily direct flights from London why not check into the newly refurbished five-star Al Bustan Palace and take advantage of their world class Spa? For history and culture: whether you want to experience local customs, stay in an intimate romantic retreat, relax on a white sand beach, or get up close with the wildlife in the many national parks and reserves, Sri Lanka is a surprisingly inexpensive long-haul destination. For wildlife and adventure: discover amazing

Coming to a screen near you… An American widow (Diane Keaton) finds unexpected love with a man (Brendan Gleeson) living in a shack on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home in Hampstead (12A) showing at North Creake Village Hall on 12 December (7.30pm, tickets £5 from 07905 805388 or pa.lines@tiscali.co.uk) and Thornham Village Hall on 13 December (7.30pm, tickets £5 from 07818 028687). Screen-next-the-Sea at the Alderman Peel High School in Wells is showing the foreign language film, The Eagle Huntress (U) with subtitles, on 27 November, (7pm, adult £5, child £3.50 from Wells TIC, 01328 710885, www.wells-cinema. com or on the door). The Hoste in Burnham Market screens 100 classic films each month in their 20-seat cinema, and their festive programme includes The Holiday and The Polar Express; (tickets £10 adult, £5 child, complimentary to hotel guests and diners from 01328 738777). Visit www.thehoste. com for the full programme.

scenery, wildlife and adventure-filled excursions among misty rain forests, volcanic peaks and dramatic waterfalls. The abundance of nature coupled with the eco-credentials of the country is one of the main reasons Costa Rica is one of the rising travel stars for 2018. • Oundle Travel, 01832 273600, sales@ oundletravel.co.uk www.oundletravel.co.uk

Business matters If the approach of 2018 inspires you with thoughts of a new year, new look for your business, then check out local company, Hoffhaus Design. Whether you want to turn over a new leaf with a complete rebrand, launch a website or set of adverts or even want to decorate your offices with corporate art, Hoffhaus Design offers solutions to businesses large and small. The company creates and produces original branding, concept and design, artwork for print, websites including e-commerce sites and digital media. Between them, owners Nick and Lucinda Reddyhoff have extensive experience in branding, advertising and digital design. From art direction, photography and illustration (Nick has an established career as an illustrator) and print production to domain names, hosting and email set-up, they’ve got it covered. Hoffhaus Design’s client base ranges from global companies such as AB InBev (the world’s biggest brewery), re-branding local businesses such as Sowerbys and Searles to providing services for local sole traders or holiday cottage owners. • Hoffhaus Design, 01485 529282 www.hoffhausdesign.co.uk NORTH NORFOLK LIVING WINTER 2017



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The stage is almost set for the re-opening of Wells Maltings in spring 2018. Kate Cleaver sits down with the venue’s new general manager, Simon Daykin, to find out more

The steel framed linked extension to the existing Maltings building, which provides new community spaces, café and front of house areas


IMON is inviting anyone who sees him walking through Wells-next-the-Sea to “collar him” and discuss the £5m development of The Maltings, which is now taking serious shape. Simon wants to hear local people’s views about his vision to establish the venue as a cultural hub to inspire exploration, debate and delight through a varied arts programme, and tell the stories of the town’s rich past. “The Maltings regeneration is now at a transition point from project to venue,” says the man who is leading what he and his team see as a massive opportunity to do something special for townsfolk and the surrounding community, as well as the thousands of year-round visitors. Describing himself as something of an arts Simon Daykin, by evangelist, Simon sees the regeneration and extension kind permission of the Grade II listed building as a chance for people’s of Val Chitty knowledge of the town’s rich history to be shared, through local heritage displays and for those exhibitions to be alongside visiting performances drawn from his wide knowledge of theatre, performance and community arts. Simon, who first visited Wells as a child in 1977 and whose wife is from Norfolk, has been managing cultural venues for 25 years. He clearly has a passion for the value of the arts to local communities. He was executive director of the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds until 2013 and previously held senior roles at Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and The Quay, Sudbury. He has just completed delivery of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funded programme for two historic houses in West London. The Maltings is a well-loved landmark, one of the last of nine malt houses which were central to life in 18th century Wells when the town was the area’s most important port, and a major malt exporter. The current transformation will give a beautiful new light-filled interior and include an auditorium for theatre, conferences and training events, a cinema which includes live outside broadcasts, immersive heritage centre



Work to strengthen and line the impressive new auditorium space, which will seat up to 140 and provide the heart of the new Maltings complex

and museum, a large community space, a gallery with changing exhibitions for all ages, a café serving local produce, the Tourist Office and space for community gatherings and courses. “This is a £5m redevelopment project,” says Simon. “Just under £2m comes from the HLF with the remainder coming from a variety of sources including Garfield Weston Foundation, Coastal Communities Fund and North Norfolk District Council. There has also been very generous private donation and public fund-raising support, and as the venue opens we shall need that to continue and grow. “This area is rich in every type of creative artist. Transforming the building which has for generations been at the centre of the town’s community will create a series of spaces for them to come together with audiences and develop their creativity. “We are reliant on the input from local people. Any ideas are welcome. We aim to be a thriving cultural business and we can be a catalyst for coordinating and marketing ideas. We will gladly provide a professional backbone to the existing wonderful creative activities.” As a tangible start, Simon’s team have “set out their stall” by commissioning a huge community banner which will greet the first people to set foot into The Maltings when it opens next Spring. Forty-five panels, created with applique and quilting, name individual local groups, from the history club and quilting ladies to the town’s Alderman Peel High School. “I am accountable to everyone who buys tickets or even just a cup of coffee,” says Simon. “Putting together that opening season is a great challenge. I want our brand to be trusted from the outset so when the first programme drops though the letterbox or appears in the browser, it is greeted with excitement, promising a season filled with delightful surprises and the first of many years’ outstanding entertainment.” • www.wellsmaltings.org.uk • Images by Sarah Toon Photography


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Not the retiring type! At 76, local poet and children’s author Kevin Crossley-Holland is busier than ever. Amanda Loose tries to keep up

“I am 76 which seems so absurd. There’s a growing awareness that other people see you as older than you feel.”


’VE always had a lot of different balls in the air at the same time and this last year perhaps more than ever,” says Kevin. “I am trying to cut down on invitations, but I’m not doing very well at it. I am collaborating with more artists in other disciplines than ever before. I can’t imagine retiring – being curious, involved with a range of things generates its own energy.” And energy is something which Kevin seems to have in abundance. The beginning of November saw the publication of his Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki for children, with illustrations by Jeffrey Alan Love. Meanwhile, Radio 4 wants to make a 30-minute programme with him about the tides on the Staithe at Burnham Overy over 24-hours; David Cohen has made a film about Kevin based on the moored man from his poems, to premiere at the Oxford Literary Festival next March. Not bad for starters, but hot on the heels of his collaboration with composer Cecilia McDowall on As Each Leaf Dances, (written at the invitation of Barnardo’s for the service of thanksgiving to commemorate their 150th anniversary at St Paul’s Cathedral last year), Kevin and Cecilia have just embarked on a new project together. Their commission for the National Children’s Choir will focus on children in conflict, with the story of cerebral palsy sufferer, Nujeen Mustafa and her journey in a wheelchair with her sister from Syria to Germany at its heart. Closer to home, Kevin was involved with the beLong education project which ran alongside the Richard Long exhibition at Houghton Hall this year, writing poems for key stage 2 and 3 pupils. And his cycle of poems about Sea Henge at Holme will be appearing in an updated version of The Stones Remain: Megalithic Sites of Britain with photography by Andrew Rafferty, and text by Kevin. “I have Valkyries on either side of me, my wife and PA, suggesting I remember that the answer is no. I think a lot has to do with just plain curiosity. Everything is connected to so many other things. Curiosity is the thing which drives me, coupled with a sense of wonder really.

“In old age you forget things more, you treasure friends, family, especially grandchildren, and have a keen sense that you need to prioritise. Prioritising is beginning to make its mark on me. “You have to begin to say this is what your body is saying. I always resisted this and pressed on regardless. Now I quite often rest in the afternoons. There is a weariness, I am 76 which seems so absurd. There’s a growing awareness that other people see you as older than you feel. But you must be a little more cautious.” As busy as he is, North Norfolk remains home and a continuous thread throughout his work. “I never regretted for one moment living here. With my grandchildren, there have now been five generations of CrossleyHollands coming here.” Child literacy is hugely important to Kevin, who has just come to the end of five years as President of the School Library Association, and is now a patron. “My wife Linda does reading at the school each week here, part of a frankly splendid group who give a couple of hours each week to work on literacy.” This Carnegie Medal-winning author’s extensive backlist of works for children has surely inspired many a young reader. Indeed, Short and Short Too, his sequences of short stories printed over a double page have been a hit with schools, with the former reprinted 35 times. “The act of storytelling itself is so crucial. In an age besotted with the visual, we need our imaginations fired, and they are best fired by a story told with an ear to the music of language.” Young (and older readers) will be delighted to hear that Walker is reissuing his British Folk Tales next year, and that Kevin is “re-brewing” his children’s book on the 1953 flood. I’m just not sure I can keep up! Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love, is published by Walker Studio, £18.99 NORTH NORFOLK LIVING WINTER 2017


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IN THE PICTURE Amanda Loose finds out what’s happening on the local arts scene this season

A Christmas cracker The Nutcracker is always on my Christmas to-see list, and this year, there’s a trio of local of screenings of this wonderful festive ballet. Screen-next-the-Sea will broadcast the Bolshoi’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece live on 3 December at Alderman Peel High School in Wells (3pm, £10 adult and £5 child, 01328 710885 www.wells-cinema.com). On 5 December Thornham Village Cinema will screen the Royal Opera House’s production of The Nutcracker live (7.15pm, £15 adults and £10 child, 07787 255597) and on 10 December, Sheringham Little Theatre has an encore screening of the ROH’s production (2pm, £15 adults, £12.50 under 16s, 01263 822347 www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com)

Here’s to another decade! It’s ten years since Burnham Grapevine gallery opened in Burnham Market, and they’ve celebrated this milestone by showing works by Norfolk artists who’ve become gallery firm favourites. “It’s been wonderful to have become a valued part of the village and to find more and more people coming back year after year,” says gallery director, Peter Low. “We’ve marked the anniversary showing work from some of Norfolk’s finest - Pam Noyes, Mari French, Brian Hinton, Michael Chapman, Gerard Stamp - and we’re looking forward to showing more of Norfolk’s best in the future.” In the run-up to Christmas, the gallery is showing a collection of work - including a number of small works - by some of their favourite local artists, including Pam Noyes, Michael Chapman and new to the gallery, Chloe Steele, the winner of this year’s Holt Festival Sir John Hurt Art Prize. Award-winning printmaker, Max Angus, has also produced two new wood engravings, including Saltmarsh Moorings, pictured, just in time for Christmas! Burnham Grapevine, Burnham Market 01328 730125 www.burnhamgrapevine.co.uk

The Nutcracker. Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Clara ©ROH -Tristram Kenton, 2013

The end of an era After more than 150 concerts, premiering around a dozen new compositions, St Botolph’s Church, Trunch, will be hosting its last Trunch concert on 9 December. The concerts, which started in 1998, have raised over £30,000 for the restoration and maintenance of St Botolph’s. The last concert will be by The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, with ‘It Came Upon the Midnight Clear’ featuring a variety of well-known carols, newer works for advent and Christmas, as well as popular seasonal songs in close-harmony arrangements by the choir’s director, Sarah MacDonald, pictured. Admission is by programme, available at the door from 40 minutes before the 7.30pm start, £10, concessions £8. www.trunchconcerts.co.uk

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Marmalade Katt by Barbara Franc, Pinkfoot Gallery

From 1 December, Pinkfoot Gallery in Cley will be showing a selection of contemporary art, by a variety of artists, including new work in wire, tin and found everyday objects by sculptor Barbara Franc and painted wood carvings by Stephen Henderson. Pinkfoot will also have a new collection of oil paintings from Rachel Lockwood, Jane Hodgson, Dafila Scott and John Foker. Meanwhile, hot on the heels of their first homeware collection of coasters and placemats, featuring linocuts by Robert Gillmor, Pinkfoot’s sister company, Red Hare Publishing has recently launched a second range, perfect for popping under an art lover’s Christmas tree! The latest coasters and placemats feature a series of seven hare designs by artist Andrew Haslen. Mix and match, or stick to one design, the choice is yours. Table mats £12.95, coasters £4.95, available Sheringham & Cromer Choral Society will be joining with the North Norfolk Sinfonia for the first from www.redharepublishing.co.uk and time on Saturday 25 November (7.30pm), for Hymns of Praise at St Peter’s Church, Sheringham. selected shops including Pinkfoot Gallery, The programme will feature Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 2, ‘Hymn of Praise’ plus works by Cley 01263 740947 Haydn and Mozart. The concert will be directed by David Ballard. Tickets £12 from 01263 822347 or www.pinkfootgallery.co.uk www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com, or £15 on the door. Under 18s free.

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Arts & Books

Winter reading At this time of year, there’s nothing quite like finding a cosy perch and enjoying a good book. Here’s our selection of recent publications with a local connection

For fiction fans Readers of international bestselling author Lucinda Riley will be delighted to hear that The Pearl Sister (Macmillan, £16.99), the fourth novel in her Seven Sister series, has just been published. Based allegorically on the myth of the star constellation, the series follows the adopted daughters of the late elusive billionaire, Pa Salt, as they search for their origins. The Pearl Sister follows the story of CeCe, whose search takes her first to Thailand and then to the Red Centre of Australia. As with the other Seven Sister novels, CeCe’s story juxtaposes the past with the present, to weave a fascinating tale. Fans of North Norfolk based Lucinda will not be disappointed! Norfolk author Heidi Swain’s recently published Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at The Christmas Fair (Simon & Schuster, £7.99) is a heart-warming tale for the festive season. Anna takes a job at Wynthorpe Hall in the hope of avoiding Christmas, but with the arrival of the owners’ son Jamie, things don’t go quite to plan. This delightful read is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. And Heidi has just become a Sunday Times bestselling author.

For armchair travellers Get ready to be transported to a mountainous, sometimes dangerous land. In 2016, Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent headed to Arunachal Pradesh (meaning land of the dawn-lit mountains), one of the world’s least explored places, for a gruelling journey of some 2000 miles. Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains: A journey across Arunachal Pradesh – India’s Forgotten Frontier (Simon & Schuster £9.99) is Antonia’s account of this expedition, a compelling account of her travels, the physical challenges she faced, and the strength she drew from these experiences. From shamans and hunters, to dwellers in isolated villages, Antonia really engages with those she meets, painting a vivid picture of their lives and the land of the dawn-lit mountains.

For history buffs

For thriller-seekers Robert Greenfield, the author of Samphire Coast, is back with The Cedar Cage (Pegasus £9.99) a thriller set on the North Norfolk coast. The title refers to the boathouse built by an Edwardian aristocrat for his American bride, from a single cedar of Lebanon. Fast forward to 2008, and the boathouse’s resident Bertie becomes gripped by an obsession that the cedar cage’s carpenter was murdered there. The novel moves between past and present as family secrets unravel and supernatural forces get to work. Or do they? The Cedar Cage puts readers through their paces, as we, and those surrounding Bertie, must decide if his imagination is working overtime.



Stephen Browning’s Norfolk Coast in the Great War (Pen & Sword Military, £12.99) looks at life on the home front from 1914-18, as the author takes us from King’s Lynn, around the coast to Great Yarmouth and beyond. Based largely on original archive material, accompanied by photographs, the author covers a lot of ground in a reader-friendly way, including the fear of invasion, the heroism of local lifeboat crews and fishermen, Zeppelin raids and the Hippisley Hut in Hunstanton - a vital listening station. Poignantly, the chapters end with the stories of local soldiers and sailors.

For interiors inspiration In the recently published The Maverick Soul: Portraits of the lives & homes of eccentric, eclectic & free-spirited bohemians (Hardie Grant, £30), Miv Watts and photographer Hugh Stewart visit the homes of 24 creatives and bohemians around the world. Their interiors are not driven by the latest trends, but rather, are a reflection of their occupants’ lives and passions. The Maverick Soul takes Miv and Hugh to see Marianne Faithfull and her Parisian home, to artist Wendy Whitely at her Lavender Bay Secret Garden in Sydney and stylist Linda Rodin in New York. They also call on three Norfolk dwellers: novelist Raffaella Barker, Desmond MacCarthy at Wiveton Hall and Simon Finch at Voewood. Prepare to be inspired and to worry slightly less about following trends and in my case, about being quite so tidy.

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PICTURE PERFECT! Get set for a busy winter in our local galleries, with exhibitions and new works galore, writes Amanda Loose


VER in Holt, the festive season is in full swing, with the town’s Christmas lights twinkling from 15 November and Bircham Gallery’s Christmas Show Part 1 which runs until 29 November. During this period, the gallery will be exhibiting a wide selection of works by a variety of artists including paintings by Sally Tyrie, Keith Roper and Ann Heat, prints by Rosemary Vanns and Angela Harding, sculpture by Max Tannahill (we’re loving the toucan, pictured!), jewellery, glass and ceramics. December sees the start of Bircham’s Christmas Show Part 2 with a new collection of work for the season from selected artists. There’ll be sculpture from found materials by Dean Patman, paintings and prints by Richard Bawden, prints by Melvyn Evans, ceramics by Elaine Bolt and glass by Alice Heaton, plus much more. Christmas Show Part 2 runs from 2 December to 10 January. Meanwhile, across the way, The Red Dot Gallery will be staging Flora & Fauna, a solo exhibition of original oil paintings by artist Lizzie Riches. The exhibition will have as its centrepiece a pair of intricate and colourful pieces: Flora (pictured) in her dress comprising a patchwork of garden blooms and Fauna in his suit depicting animals, birds and butterflies. Flora & Fauna opens on 27 November and runs through until the end of December. Flora will also be released as a limited edition silkscreen print, in conjunction with the exhibition. As always, the gallery also has a lovely selection of beautiful and quirky Christmas gifts ideas, from egg cups to cushions! Also in Holt, the Tess Ainley Gallery has an exciting new line-up of artists for the winter season, including local artists Johno Cornish (who paints with a screwdriver, mainly using gloss and acrylic paint) and Debbie Lyddon, whose practice investigates coastal locations and how we perceive natural phenomena there. Sue Johnston, a local textile artist who draws inspiration from landscape and nature conservation will also be joining their ranks, as will Nicky Basford, a semi-abstract painter, working in oil and mixed media, and Tamsyn Williams, who specialises in mixed media and collage. To top it off, two local photographers - Andy Bamforth and John ‘Shacks’ Wright will soon be joining the Tess Ainley Gallery. Watch this space! Over in Wells, Trevor Woods fans are in for a treat. Trevor is working on his latest series of paintings depicting many local scenes, as well as another collection of Venice paintings, for his major show next year. Pop in and see the



Above: Edge of the Sea by Melvyn Evans, Bircham Gallery Right: Flora by Lizzie Riches, The Red Dot Gallery Below: Toucan by Max Tannahill, Bircham Gallery

work in progress at his on-site studio at Gallery Plus. Whilst you’re there, check out the gallery’s mixed winter exhibition, with paintings, original prints, ceramics, glassware, jewellery and sculpture. (The garden sculptures by local blacksmith artist Toby Winterbourne would make a lovely gift for green-fingered friends!) If you’ve grabbed your winter issue of North

Norfolk Living hot off the press, then get your skates on and head over to Great Walsingham for the opening of Sarah Caswell and Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing’s 2017 Christmas Exhibition in the adjoining West Barn Gallery. Following the success of West Barn Gallery’s first 18 months, there will be a special advance preview on Friday 17 November from 6 to 9pm.

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ANCHORS AWEIGH! Aurora, a bath tap boat designed and hand crafted from salvaged and reclaimed materials, by Paul Campbell. £150, Burnham Grapevine LIGHTING UP TIME A solid brass vintage car horn, transformed into a table lamp by Utopia. £220, Utopia: The Unexpected Gallery

COLOUR POPPING Ceramic vessels by Sophie Southgate, porcelain outer and gold leaf inner. Purple and gold £110; turquoise and gold, £150, Gallery Plus

Silver Birch Leaves by Janet French, West Barn Gallery

A REAL BUZZ Bumblebee Study etching, aquatint and gold leaf by Guy Allen. £150 (unframed), Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing

Marshscape Collage #1/2017 by Debbie Lyddon, Tess Ainley Gallery

FLOWER POWER Floral aficionados will love the latest addition to Sarah Caswell’s tableware range, based on an original painting exhibited at RHS Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year. Coasters £3, placemats £8, servers £10, small trays £25 and large £30, from Sarah’s studio at Great Walsingham Barns.

Amaranthine Curls by Sarah Caswell, West Barn Gallery

This will be followed by a full open day on Saturday 18 November from 10am to 5pm. The exhibition continues through the Christmas and New Year period, so there’s plenty of time to see Sarah’s resident florals and a new selection of visiting artists, including Guy Allen, Nicola Coe, Janet French and Carol Pask. And finally, for a dose of even more festive cheer, add Pocock’s the artmonger’s Christmas shopping evening to your diary. From 4 to 7pm on 14 December, the Burnham Market gallery will be serving mulled wine and mince pies. The gallery is packed with gift ideas, including Laura Pentreath sculptures, Prue Cooper slipware dishes, plus jewellery by Madeleine Spencer and glass art from nearby SALT glass studios Burnham Grapevine is joining in the festive fun, and will be open to 7pm too that evening. It’s also a great opportunity to enjoy the village’s pretty Christmas lights!

Layers at Brancaster by Trevor Woods, Gallery Plus ADDRESS BOOK Bircham Gallery, Holt 01263 713312 www.birchamgallery.co.uk Burnham Grapevine, Burnham Market 01328 730125 www.burnhamgrapevine.co.uk Gallery Plus, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 711609 www.gallery-plus.co.uk Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing, Great Walsingham Barns, Great Walsingham 01328 820900 www.walsinghamgallery.co.uk Pocock’s the artmonger, Burnham Market 01328 730370 www.theartmonger.co.uk Rebecca Lloyd, 07977 227708 www.rebeccalloyd.co.uk The Red Dot Gallery, Holt 01263 710287 www.thereddotgallery.com Sarah Caswell, Great Walsingham Barns, Great Walsingham 07747 613395 www.sarahcaswell.co.uk Tess Ainley Gallery, Holt 01263 714024 www.tessainleygallery.com Utopia: The Unexpected Gallery, Creake Abbey, North Creake 01328 730827 www.utopiatheunexpectedgallery.co.uk

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① Selected Femme Ming faux fur jacket £209 and Maison Scotch jacquard trousers £119, Anna; ottod’Ame lurex gold roll-neck top £70 Collen & Clare ② Rachael as page 19. Nakita is wearing Maison Scotch burgundy top £55 and silver pleated skirt £99, Anna; scarf (around waist) £12, Tilley & Grace; headband make-up artist’s own ③ Nakita is wearing Custommade Fausta dress £130, Collen & Clare; shoes and jewellery model’s own ④ Sahara coat £229.95, Nicholsons; Sofia patent clutch £109, The Tannery ⑤ Rachael is wearing Sixton London dress £70, Nomad & the bowerbird; Kapre scarf £50, The Tannery. Nakita is wearing Michaela Louisa navy dress £120, Allez Chic; Barts faux fur wrap £54.99, Gun Hill Great Outdoors ④

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Day 1 Pucker up Caudalie’s new tinted lip balms from Collen & Clare are guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. Available in three shades (£20 for the trio), they smell deliciously of vanilla. Now you just need to find that mistletoe… Collen & Clare, Burnham Market 01328 730558 www.collenandclare.com

Day 2 Unwind with a massage Treat yourself to an aromatherapy-infused body massage at Creative Chiropractic using your choice of pre-blended oils (£45 for 60 minutes). It’s the perfect way to melt away muscle tension, leaving you ready to face the festive onslaught. Creative Chiropractic @ Pensthorpe, 01328 854325 www.creativechiropractic.co.uk

Day 3 Shape your brows Book a Hi Brow appointment with Hayley at Beauty at the Old School House (£25). After a combination of waxing, threading, tweezing, a colour tint and the application of a rose-scented lotion, your eyebrows will be party ready. The Old School House Hair Company, Old Hunstanton 01485 535376 www.theoldschoolhousehaircompany.co.uk

Day 4 Get some sleep If you’re being kept awake at night by discomfort or pain, the Magnetix Wellness power heart (£31) should be top of your Christmas list - magnets can boost blood circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to affected areas. Magnetix Wellness, 07834 659402 www.sammchugh.magnetix-wellness.com

Day 5 Scrub up well Old cells on the surface can leave skin looking dull and dry. Invest in a Charlotte Hilton body scrub (£24), hand-blended in Norfolk using natural ingredients; we love the Peppermint, Lemon & Eucalyptus. Charlotte Hilton, Holkham 07875 750317 www.charlottehilton.co.uk

Day 6 Treat your feet Pair your dancing shoes with a pedi at The Hut. The Luxury Pedicure with Heat Treat (£35) includes a foot masque, heated boot treatment and extended massage - finish off with a varnish from the new OPI Iceland collection. The Hut, Holt 01263 713832

Day 7 Banish the frizz Try the nanoSmooth treatment at Jo Jordan Hairdressing (from £150). It eliminates frizz, repairs damaged hair, locks in colour and will last up to 12 weeks. Jo is offering readers 10% off the treatment price - please mention the magazine when you book. Jo Jordan Hairdressing, Holt 01263 712500 www.jojordanhairdressing.com

Day 8 Wax for smooth skin Get rid of unwanted hair at the Health & Beauty Spot, where they use a crème honey wax, ideal for more sensitive skin types (from £10). Health & Beauty Spot, Fakenham 01328 862657 www.fakenhamhealthandbeauty.co.uk

Day 9 Reboot your complexion Give your skin some TLC with an Anti-Ageing Facial at Beauty Within (£60 for 60 minutes). The treatment - which uses BeautyLab products - will leave skin rejuvenated, and is ideal for addressing age concerns of the neck and décolleté. Beauty Within, Holt 01263 711713

Day 10 Clear your head Soak away stress at The Ficarra’s Spa, where the swimming pool is available for private hire (£25 per hour). For a treat, the Ultimate Ficarra Experience includes pool hire, a massage, mani or pedi, glass of fizz and canapés (£190 per person, 4 hours). The Ficarra’s Spa, Fakenham 01328 863260 www.theficarras.co.uk

Day 11 Look and feel svelte The Detox Booster Body Wrap at Congham Hall’s Secret Garden Spa reduces fluid retention and shifts toxins (£85 for 90 minutes). Allow yourself to be covered in purifying clay, cocooned in a thermal blanket… and await the results. Congham Hall Hotel & Spa, Congham 01485 600250 www.conghamhallhotel.co.uk

Day 12 Get a festive glow No-one wants to look pasty in their glad rags, so go for a Moroccan Spray Tan (£25 full body, £15 half body) at The Retreat. Enriched with Argan oil, Moroccan Tan produces a deep bronze hue and it’ll leave skin feeling soft, too. The Retreat, Docking 01485 518729 www.retreat-spa.co.uk

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Bye-bye detox, hello pretox! Get your body into gear before Christmas for a healthy and happy new year, says Harriet Cooper


E’RE all guilty of overindulging at Christmas. Who can resist the prosecco, mince pies and all those treasures in the sweetie tin? Then follows January, a month of abstinence, when we pay the price for our yuletide over-exuberance. But what if we detoxed before the festive period? The idea of the ‘pretox’ is that we eat a nutrient-rich diet in the run-up to Christmas, thus building up our body’s ability to cope with the onslaught of excess, so we can enter the new year feeling refreshed and revitalised rather than bloated and blah. “If the festive period is an excuse to overindulge, the least we could do is prepare for it by supporting our digestive system and detoxifying our liver,” says Hannah Barratt, a Norfolk based naturopathic nutritional therapist. Hannah recommends a varied diet incorporating foods rich in antioxidants, which boost liver detoxification (carrots, red peppers, sweet potatoes, avocados, green leafy vegetables, walnuts and whole grains); choleretics, which enable the release of toxins out of the body (artichoke, arugula rocket, beetroot leaves, curcumin, onions and garlic); and glucosinolates, which help flush toxins from the liver (broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower). We should also incorporate high fibre foods into our diet (flax seeds

and whole grains are good) as fibre binds toxins and eliminates them through the gastrointestinal tract - and we should try to exercise for 30 minutes, four times a week. Pretoxing will reap benefits. Think “more energy, a strengthened immune system, glowing skin, healthy nails and hair, and improved digestion. It will also mean a detoxified liver, which has the capability of working at an optimal level, ready for the overindulgence,” says Hannah. • Hannah Barratt Nutrition, 07917 337273 www.hannahbarrattnutrition.co.uk

We don’t wish you a merry stressmas Follow these tips for a calmer festive season The Christmas countdown has begun. You should be feeling festive, but instead you’re fraught. “There is always more to do at Christmas and there is a lot of pressure,” says Victoria Catt, who offers life coaching at her salon Elysium in Fakenham. So what does Victoria advise for a stress-free Noel? Ask yourself what a happy Christmas looks like to you, she says. Imagine yourself at your most relaxed. Where are you? Who are you with? What is cooking? Whatever the scenario, plan accordingly. Make a list of the things you’d like to have around you - family, friends, food… and enable it. Do something each week, so you’re fully prepared. “Hold your ideal true,” says Victoria. “But above all, remember that you are your priority. You deserve to be happy, have fun and be loved.” • Elysium Health Life & Beauty, Fakenham 07795 465936 www.elysium.life You can follow Harriet on Instagram @girlnextthesea

My beautiful life Nanci Gillett is an interior designer who runs Burnham Interiors What exercise do you like to do? I am fortunate to live on the beautiful North Norfolk coast and there is nothing better than walking the dog in the morning. How important is keeping fit to you? As I get older I am aware that fitness is key to maintaining my health and wellbeing. Keeping flexible and getting out in the fresh air are so important for me. How do you keep motivated? I hear my son’s voice in my head saying, “If you don’t use

it, you lose it Mum”. Secret beauty tip? I am a firm believer in plenty of water and a good night’s sleep, but I am also a sucker for a really good skin moisturiser. How do you unwind after a busy week at work? I like nothing better than to curl up at home knowing that I don’t have to get up with the alarm clock on Saturday morning. • Burnham Interiors, Burnham Market 01328 730989 www.burnhaminteriors.co.uk



Living Standby for festive fun, sweet treats and a sleigh full of stocking filler ideas from local shops - it’s the Little Living Christmas edit with Hattie Goodley, and her little helpers, Willa and Maud!

The ever-popular Santa’s Magical Journey at Thursford is a feast for small eyes and takes them past polar bears, penguins, giant teddy bears, snowmen and busy elves to the home of the great man himself! Adults £10.50, children £16.50 (inclusive of gift), 25 and 26 November, 2,3,9, 10 and 16 to 23 December, pre-booking essential on 01328 878477 or at www.thursford.com

A little doing As usual, there are so many great Christmassy children’s activities to choose from, it really is a case of working out how best to squeeze everything in! Willa, Maud and I will be choosing from the following Christmas crackers:

A little gift making Granny Emma’s peppermint creams I made these every Christmas as a child and have loved making them with my girls this year. They’re really easy and when placed neatly in a pretty tissue-lined box or tin, make lovely presents. Ingredients (makes 40) • 225g icing sugar • 1 egg white • 1 tsp peppermint essence • a few drops of green food colouring (optional) Method • Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white until light and fluffy • Add the egg white and peppermint essence (and food colouring if using) to the icing sugar and mix well to firm consistency (add more icing sugar if necessary) • Sprinkle a flat surface with icing sugar and roll the mixture out to approximately 1cm thick and cut into shapes • Leave to dry on a greaseproof paper lined baking tray before placing in a box or tin



I can thoroughly recommend Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival © Keith Osborn Photography taking the troops on an outing to the Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival at Fakenham Parish Church. Now in its 17th year, the church displays over 50 trees, each decorated by a different charity and it truly is a sight to behold. Entry is free. The festival runs from 30 November to 7 December, 10am-8pm except 3 December when it’s 127.45pm. www.fakenhamparishchurch.org.uk Keen to keep us all moving through the winter months, Creake Abbey are offering fun-filled Family Fitness sessions with cardio and core exercises, plus the option of a delicious healthy breakfast in the café afterwards (their full English will also be on offer at additional cost!) Adults £6.50, child £4.50 (inclusive of healthy breakfast) 19 November and 10 December, 9.1510am. www.creakeabbey.co.uk Thornham Village Hall will be getting festive on 21 December with their annual Christmas Arts & Crafts afternoon for children (3-5pm) £4 per child, pre-register for a present from Santa, followed by a production of the Christmas

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classic, A Christmas Carol, on 22 December (3-4pm, adult £7, child £3). For further details, visit www.thornhamvillagehall.co.uk And please don’t forget about Winter in the Woods at Kelling Heath in support of local charity, the East Anglian Air Ambulance where a world of Christmassy activities, woodland trail and carols is on offer for families from 10am4pm on 2, 9 and 16 December. With all proceeds going to EAAA, it really is an excellent way of getting into the Christmas spirit, whilst supporting a good cause. Adults £4, children £8.50 (including a gift), to book tickets call 01603 489406. This December, Holkham are running two days of Festive Craft Workshops for children (as well as their brilliant annual An Audience with Father Christmas). Families will be able to get creative making Christmas decorations using a variety of natural materials collected in the grounds, all topped off with a healthy dose of Christmas sparkle. I’ll definitely be booking Willa in to do this and can’t wait to see what she comes home with! Festive Crafts £5 per child, 3 and 10 December, 10.30am and 1pm, booking essential at www. holkham.co.uk

A little stocking filler shopping!

No stocking is complete without something of the edible and sweet variety and The Chocolate Deli in Wells has masses of perfect stocking treats such as great little bags of chocolate fish and dinosaurs (£4.50 per bag). I also love their chocolate mice (£1).

Nature is always a good theme for Christmas presents and I can highly recommend a visit to The One Stop Nature Shop for their great selection of children’s nature spotting and story books as well as inspiring kit for different age groups. I really like this Mega Bug Viewer (£5.99) and also the RSPB First Book of Minibeasts (£4.99) which encourages children to tick off the creatures they spot in the spotter’s guide at the back. Don’t ask me why, but I have a thing for toadstools, especially at Christmas, so when I saw this very cheerful looking skipping rope (£4.25) in Barefoot Living, it went straight in my basket!

Bells and Whistles Kids are selling these booklets of temporary tattoos (£6.25) including pirates and ballerinas, which will definitely be a hit with Willa, as will these fab iron-on patches by Norfolk designer, Petra Boase (£3.50 each). I particularly love the heart-shaped cherries and the flamingo! They also have a lovely selection of knitted finger puppets (£3 each), perfect for popping in stockings.

I always love the Christmas edit at Holkham’s Courtyard Gift Shop and as usual they have a great selection of pocket money toys (£2 each, a small selection pictured), including this flamingo rubber tipped pencil and unicorn pocket tin of cotton candy flavoured lip balm which has Willa (and every other 5-year-old girl I know) written all over it!

For Maud’s first Christmas, I can think of no better present than Charlie the pull along wooden sausage dog (£9.95) from Artemis Homes & Antiques in Cley. I’ve already bought him and can’t wait to watch her unwrap him!

There’s a dizzying choice of stocking fillers in the Pensthorpe Gift Shop ranging from the traditional (remember those French knitting dolls?) to crowd pleasers such as these Wild Watches in various animal designs including a butterfly, owl, and shark, pictured (£6.99 each). The Aladdin’s cave that is Thornham Deli has lots of brilliant stocking filler offerings including this Maud-friendly Hey Diddle Diddle nursery rhyme board book with cat puppet (£3.99), plus this sweet little wooden push-up fairy (£4.45), a unicorn key ring (£2.50) complete with flashing lights and sound effects - and this excellent sausage dog ruler (£6.50).

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Sharing Norfolk and its holiday properties for more than 25 years Please contact me if you have a special holiday cottage in Norfolk and you are interested in adding it to our hand-picked portfolio. Amanda Howarth 01263 889311 | 07827 232504 a.howarth@norfolkcottages.co.uk norfolkcottages.co.uk 30

Drove Orchards, on the A149 coast road Thornham, Norfolk PE36 6LS Open 10am-5pm every day except Tuesdays. Open daily during school holidays T: 01485 525676


Disney Classic Winnie-the-Pooh £24.99, Baby O

Christmas gift guide

Children’s Gifts Hospital set £35, The Old Stores

One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell, (Bloomsbury Children’s hardback, for age 5-7 years) RRP £14.99, The Holt Bookshop

Mint sleeping bag with butterfly and flower print lining £40, The Chocolate Deli

Green Toys 100% recycled plastic Seacopter £21.99, Gone Crabbing Camelbak Chute vacuum insulated flask £29.99, Christopher William Country

Waboba Cracket set £28.99, Gone Crabbing

Sophie Allport Flamingo fabric notebook £9.50, The Old Stores

Fable Heart rose gold crown £25, online from Marshes & Flint

Ballerina lunch bag £17.50, Barefoot Living

Pink heart muslin sleeping bag £55, online from Willa and the Bear

Toby bento lunch box with three compartments £9.99, Bells and Whistles Kids. Rosie is also available

Piccalilly reversible polar bear jacket £29.99 and dungarees £22, Baby O

Stamp-a-scene fairy garden by Melissa & Doug £22.95, Thornham Deli

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Christmas gift guide

Gifts for him

Merino wool cap £35, Carrier Company

Schöffel three-pack of cotton handkerchiefs £24.95, Christopher William Country

Two Points East: A View of Maritime Norfolk by Judith Ellis £14.99, Bringing the outside in Holkham and Wells

Hymn Private cord shirt £65, Bringing the outside in Wells

Owl egg cups £12.50 each or two for £20, from a selection at The Red Dot Gallery

Camo Sherwood leather 1oz cup set £60, The Tannery

Lindbergh pour homme eau de toilette £35 and deodorant stick £16, Nelle

Stanley pocket flask £12.99, Christopher William Country

Full grain green leather wallet with brown interior £55, The Tannery Bespoke signet ring POA, Urban Armour

Barnacle Buster exfoliating soap £4.99, Gone Crabbing

Paperweight £22, Bringing the outside in Holkham and Wells Loake Caine suede Chelsea boot £175, Collen & Clare



Filson cap £75, Gun Hill Great Outdoors

See page 36 for stockist details

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MCLAREN 570S COUPE Ventura Orange Elite Paintwork with Jet Black Leather and Slate Grey Alcantara with Capella Orange Accents. Year Mileage Transmission

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16/66 ASTON MARTIN DB11 LAUNCH EDITION V12 Paint by Q Storm Black Metallic with Obsidian Black Hide with Spicy Red Contrast Stitching. 2,800 miles ........................£149,950 15/15 ASTON MARTIN DB9 VOLANTE ‘CARBON EDITION’ Carbon Black Metallic with Obsidian Black Hide and Electron Yellow Stitching. 13,800 miles ..............................£104,950 15/65 AUDI R8 V10 ‘PLUS’ QUATTRO S-TRONIC Suzuka Grey Metallic with Black Leather. Sport Plus Pack. 4,500 miles ..................................................................................................£114,950 16/16 AUDI R8 V10 QUATTRO S-TRONIC Suzuka Grey Metallic with Black Diamond Fine Nappa Leather. 5,000 miles....................................................................................................... £98,950 15/15 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC W12 MULLINER Cumbrian Green Metallic with Linen Hide and Cumbrian Green Stitching. 8,400 miles .............................................................£104,950 10/10 FERRARI 430 SCUDERIA Rosso Corsa with Grigio Corsa Racing Stripe and Nero Tessuto with 3D Fabric in Giallo. 6,800 miles ....................................................................£225,950 98/S FERRARI 550 MARANELLO Blu Tour De France with Crema Leather. The Best You Will Find! 9,890 miles ................................................................................................................£174,950 13/13 FERRARI 458 ITALIA Nero Daytona with Nero Leather and Giallo Stitching. 7,000 miles ................................................................................................................................................£174,950 15/65 FERRARI CALIFORNIA T Nero Daytona with Nero Leather and Bianco Stitching. 4,300 miles ...................................................................................................................................£149,950

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Christmas gift guide

Schöffel Tenies hat with faux fur pom-pom £34.95, Christopher William Coastal and Christopher William Country

Philippa Kunisch small bell earrings £56, Collen & Clare

Gifts for her

Stoneglow Green Fig & Cedar reed diffuser £20.50, Barefoot Living

A5 The Ultimate Diary Planner £24 plus p&p (a variety of covers are available), online from Ladies That Plan

Cyberjammies top and bottoms £22.50 each, Pollard & Read Becksöndergaard scrunchies £6 each, Nelle

Leather purse £42.50, Allez Chic

Sixton London Brixton sock box with lightning bolt pin £30, Nomad & the bowerbird

Star votive £4.50, Tatty Tides

Emu Jolie slippers in mushroom £59, The Tannery

Leaf vase £59, The Old Stores

Christmas soaps by Handmade Norfolk Soaps RRP £3.99 each, from various local stockists including David Jagger Pharmacy

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Christmas gift guide

Gifts for pets

(and their owners!)

New special edition colour dog drying coat £26 to £59, Ruff and Tumble

Aerobie Dogobie Disc £7.99, Gone Crabbing BlossomCo bandana £14.50, Courtyard Gift Shop, Holkham

New double thickness cotton towelling wraparound apron for wet hands and wet dogs £60, Ruff and Tumble

Sophie Allport ‘Purrfect’ cat treat tin £17, The Old Stores

Leather dog collars in various sizes and colours £30 to £44, The Tannery. Pictured navy collar £44. Leads also available

Gifts from local designers Sterling silver hammered square cufflinks £60 including p&p, online from Claire Howard Jewellery

THE GIFT GUIDE ADDRESS BOOK Allez Chic, Castle Rising 01553 631915 www.allezchic.co.uk Ambermayde, www.ambermayde.com Artemis Homes & Antiques, Cley 01263 741674 www.artemisantiques.co.uk Baby O, Holt 07748 266565 Barefoot Living, Burnham Market 01328 738100 www.barefoot-living.co.uk Bells and Whistles Kids, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525676 www.bellsandwhistleskids.co.uk Bringing the outside in, Holkham 01328 713093, Wells-nextthe-Sea 01328 712282 www.bringingtheoutsidein.co.uk Carrier Company, Wighton 01328 820699 www.carriercompany.co.uk Christopher William Coastal, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 710496 www.christopherwilliamcountry.co.uk Christopher William Country, Creake Abbey, North Creake 01328 738983 www.christopherwilliamcountry.co.uk The Chocolate Deli, Wells-next-the-Sea 07920 463643



Pear pouch £28, online from Mimi Emmett England

www.thechocolatedeli.co.uk Claire Howard Jewellery, www.clairehowardjewelleryshop.com Collen & Clare, Burnham Market 01328 730558 www.collenandclare.com Courtyard Gift Shop, Holkham Hall 01328 713118 www.holkham.co.uk David Jagger Pharmacy, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 710239 Gone Crabbing, Burnham Deepdale 01485 211111 www.gonecrabbing.co.uk Gun Hill Great Outdoors, Burnham Market 01328 730462 The Holt Bookshop, Holt 01263 715858 www.holtbookshop.co.uk Marshes & Flint, www.marshesandflint.co.uk Ladies That Plan, www.ladiesthatplan.com Mimi Emmett England, www.mimiemmettengland.com Nelle, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525164 www.nelle-dk.co.uk Nomad & the bowerbird, Holkham 01328 713093, Wells-next-

Textured honeycomb scarf £43, online from Ambermayde

the-Sea 01328 712282 www.nomadandthebowerbird.co.uk The Old Stores, Roydon 01485 600591 www.theoldstoresroydon.co.uk The One Stop Nature Shop, Burnham Deepdale 01485 211223 www.onestopnature.co.uk Pensthorpe Gift Shop, Pensthorpe Natural Park 01328 851465 www.pensthorpe.com Pollard & Read, Holt 01263 714011 www.pollardandread.co.uk The Red Dot Gallery, Holt 01263 710287 www.thereddotgallery.com Ruff & Tumble, 03332 079960 www.ruffandtumbledogcoats.com The Tannery, Holt 01263 713642 www.thetannery.co.uk Tatty Tides, Holt 01263 711505 www.tattytides.co.uk Thornham Deli, Thornham 01485 512194 www.thornhamdeli.co.uk Urban Armour, Burnham Market 01328 738880 www.urbanarmour.co.uk Willa and the Bear, 07881 823387 www.willaandthebear.com

Banana Hipflask Beautifully soft double thickness cotton towelling

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7 Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8FB • 01485 211111


Arriving in Holt this December


A carefully curated collection of ex-display contemporary/ modern designer furniture from brands including: Andrew Martin, B&B Italia, Cassina and Flexform - Beaufort London and Czech & Speake fragrances - Irish Mohair soft furnishings - P.Le Moult nightwear Follow us on instagram @christopherarthurgraham all our news christophergraham94@gmail.com Laking Art, 6 Appleyard, Holt, NR25 6AR, 01263 711911



Bauhaus chair by Ligne Roset.



www.saltglassstudios.co.uk Glass Gallery - Courses - Commissions Glass Art Courses - All Ages Welcome Open - Tuesday - Sunday - Bank Holidays - 10am - 5pm info@saltglassstudios.co.uk - 01328 738873 Walsingham Road, Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, PE31 8HL 38


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Lustrous velvets from Clarke & Clarke’s new Allure collection £31 per metre, The Old Stores

The luxe list

Add a dash of glamour to your home this season with jewel colours, gorgeous glasses, sumptuous velvets and a touch of brass!

Purple wave vase £65, The Red Dot Gallery

Gold cushion £40, Joyful Living

Dark purple glass votive (small) £19.95, Birdie Fortescue

Leena brass lamp with shade £125, Joyful Living

Velvet cushions £45 each, Kelling Designs

The inside track

What? Laking Art When? Coming this December to the ground floor of 6 Appleyard in Holt Why? “I have always had an interest Ligne Roset Tanis walnut desk in design and and Fritz Hansen Ant chair interiors - my groaning bookcase is testament to this,” says Laking Art’s Chris Graham. “However humble or grand the object is, if it works, it fits. Part of the fun and adventure is finding a piece that works and I feel it instantly - imagining where to position the piece and who will appreciate its presence.” What will I find? Expect to see a carefully curated collection of ex-display contemporary/ modern designer furniture from well-known brands including Andrew Martin, Fritz Hansen and Natuzzi. And what else? Look out for Irish Mohair blankets and cushions, fragrances from Czech & Speake and Beaufort London, plus P.Le Moult nightwear. Keep in touch Follow Chris on Instagram @christopherarthurgraham, call 01263 711911 or email christophergraham94@gmail.com

Glassy! Paddywax Mercury Prism spiced citrus and saffron candle £23, Nomad & the bowerbird Holkham and Wells

STOCKISTS Birdie Fortescue, Burnham Market 01328 738634 www. birdiefortescue.co.uk; Joyful Living, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525714 www.joyfulliving.co.uk; Kelling Designs, Field Dalling 01328 830449 www.kellingdesigns. com; Nomad & the bowerbird, Holkham 01328 713093, Wellsnext-the-Sea 01328 712282 www.nomadandthebowerbird. co.uk; The Old Stores, Roydon 01485 600591 www. theoldstoresroydon.co.uk; The Red Dot Gallery, Holt 01263 710287 www.thereddotgallery.com

If you’re looking for an original hand-crafted gift then check out SALT glass studios’ glass art collection, from apples and pears (£35 each) to coloured glass hearts (£10 to £25, pictured) and pestle and mortars (£40 to £50). SALT glass is moving to a larger studio in Norwich in January 2018, where they’ll continue to offer courses, demos and their glass art gallery. In the meantime, catch them in Burnham Thorpe for some very glassy gift ideas! SALT glass studios, Burnham Thorpe 01328 738873 (07825 131902 from January) www.saltglassstudios.co.uk

Home improvement


F you’re in need of a bit of interiors inspiration, then check out Thornham Deli’s recently launched home makeover, styling and refurbishment service. The deli’s co-owner Janie Thompson, assisted by her team of experienced local contractors, will oversee the project from start to finish, however large or small. “It was just a natural progression for us and complements what we do,” says Janie. “We were getting customers buying our furniture, asking our advice. We also show people our luxury B&B rooms upstairs, then they ask us to do their decoration. This set out as an accompaniment to our business and it has absolutely exploded.” Recent projects include furnishing and dressing new build Eden House in Ringstead, pictured, and a property to let in Brancaster. Having designed their own holiday cottages, Janie knows what people require from a let. “We co-ordinate any form of building or enhancement, and take the hassle and decisions out of it. I can organise decoration, source the furniture and project manage the whole thing.” Thornham Deli, Thornham 01485 512194 www.thornhamdeli.co.uk NORTH NORFOLK LIVING WINTER 2017



Scents and sensibility Harriet Cooper sniffs out the best fragrances to give you a lift


OR me, it’s rose. I can’t get enough of the fresh, dewy scent of these blooms. Candles, reed diffusers, room spritzes… even my perfume is red rose. Others may think it old-fashioned, but I am a petal puritan. Of course when it comes to fragrance, everyone is different. Some prefer sweet, floral and feminine or the more tangy citrus notes; others like woody (think oak moss, patchouli and bergamot), musky or spicy aromas. But whatever your favourite, one thing is certain, we want our surroundings to smell good. We are even seeing a rise in the ‘mandle’ - specifically created for men, using maleoriented scents. But why are we so keen for our setting to be scented? Not only does a fragrance enrich our environment, it can also lift our mood. “Scent can have a huge impact on our wellbeing and mindset,” explains Jo Griffiths, who sells the Neom Organics range at her shop Joyful Living. “Using the right home fragrance can help you to feel uplifted, relaxed and comforted.” Emma Sinclair, whose Wildheart Organics range is available in Arcadia Home Interiors, agrees. “Aromatherapy candles will give you the therapeutic properties to improve your mood. The essential oils help the brain to adjust your mind to your desired effect.” But, with so many fragrances to choose from, how do we pick one? “If you live in a busy home you may need an energising fragrance in your family areas, but a calming fragrance in your personal space,” says Jo. “Most important is that you choose something that makes you feel good; if the smell of baby powder or cinnamon makes you happy, then go for it.”


The fragrances we’re loving this Christmas



Abahna British-made bath, body and home fragrance products inspired by India and the Far East. We love: the Frankincense & Bitter Orange range, from £15. Artemis Homes & Antiques , Cley-next-the-Sea 01263 741674 www.artemisantiques.co.uk


Neom Organics All the fragrances - from perfumes to candles - are 100% natural with true wellbeing benefits. We love: the Perfect Peace Scented Candle (3 wick), £45. Joyful Living, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525714 www.joyfulliving.co.uk



Go Be Lovely With their pretty packaging, Go Be Lovely bath and beauty products are light-hearted luxuries. We love: Eau so Lovely fragrance collection, £35. Nomad & the Bowerbird, Holkham 01328 713093, Wellsnext-the-Sea 01328 712282 www.nomadandthebowerbird.co.uk


True Grace A collection of candles and home fragrances, which capture the true essence of a romantic England. We love: the Manor Fig Room Diffuser (250ml), £50. Interior Deli, Bayfield Hall, 01263 715538 www.bayfieldhallantiques.com

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Boudicca All the products are hand-poured in Norfolk, using the finest waxes, essential and fragrance oils. We love: the festive Noel candle £19 and diffuser £21. Boudicca Design, Burnham Market 01328 738080 www.boudiccadesign.co.uk


Scentered A unique range of 100% natural aromatherapy balms and candles to help you stay centred. We love: all of them - from Sleep Well to De-Stress, balms £14.95 each. The Retreat, Docking 01485 518729 www.retreat-spa.co.uk



Czech & Speake A classic, understated brand bringing a unique approach to bathing products. We love: the No. 88 Cologne Spray 100ml, £90. Six Appleyard, Holt 01263 711911


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Wildheart Organics Aromatherapy candles and home fragrance products using 100% essential oils to enhance wellbeing. We love: the Joy candle, £22. Arcadia Home Interiors, Fakenham 01328 807063 www.arcadiahomeinteriors.co.uk

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Whether you own a second home or are considering buying one, Norfolk Hideaways can help every step of the way to bring your property to market


EO Helen Millin and Property Manager Annabel Roff love everything to do with property and have many years of experience staying in, letting their own holiday homes and working in the sector. They’ve helped over 75 new homeowners to let their holiday home in 2017 and they have seen a record number of enquiries coming in too. Helen and Annabel will give you sound advice on how to maximise your return from holiday letting, provide insight into the local market, a holiday rental forecast and mortgage letter if required, all free of charge - and are even happy to view properties on your behalf! They can also advise on the best way to renovate, furnish and present your property. “It’s our job to make the whole process simple and easy,” says Helen. “That’s why we have a strong team on hand to help. Some property projects are easy, others may need completely gutting, but that’s

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where we can oversee things and provide recommendations for architects, builders, tradespeople and interior designers.” The Hideaways team offer a marketed or fully managed service, depending on how much or little you want them to do for you. Whichever you choose, they work with you, ensuring you enjoy your holiday home when you want to, yet maximise its return too. • To arrange a free no-obligation chat or visit, call Annabel or Helen on 01485 211022

Thinking of letting your holiday home?

CASE STUDY Property Manager, Annabel worked closely with Sally Bruce-Lockhart to bring her property to market. Sally is already getting repeat guests, great reviews and a high level of bookings “It is a year now since Norfolk Hideaways and I started to work together to offer holidays at the Old Forge, Binham” says Sally. “The year has been the most enormous success and I appreciate that has been due to the wonderful service Norfolk Hideaways supplies. “From the outset Annabel helped as I was renovating and equipping the house, by both appreciating what I was trying to do and by giving input that would maximise that vision to offer outstanding holidays. “A year later that first impression has proved to be completely accurate. On top of that, I have felt supported by every side of the operation.”

Norfolk Hideaways has over 300 self-catering properties from cosy cottages to luxury retreats; close to beautiful beaches, in rural hotspots or in the middle of quaint market towns. If you own a holiday home or are considering buying one, we’re here to help you every step of the way. From providing you with an initial rental forecast, guidance on how to renovate your property to supplying names of trusted suppliers. With no joining fee, no restrictions and a targeted marketing strategy to direct as many people as possible to our website to generate you bookings, you’re in safe hands. Email us at enquiries@norfolkhideaways.co.uk

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Outdoor Living Festive inspiration and green-fingered tips from gardening writer Fiona Cumberpatch

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Gifts for gardeners

Treat your green-fingered friends this Christmas Just sprinkle these ingenious seedballs, coated with clay and chilli powder to protect against bugs, on your soil and watch a colourful butterfly friendly patch spring up in the new season. £6 from the National Trust shop at Blickling, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling

Bring the outside in It might be too chilly or wet to get to grips with any serious gardening, but you can still enjoy nature by creating seasonal decorations inspired by the outdoors. Here’s our pick of local workshops and demonstrations Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November Create Willow Decorations Norfolk Creative Arts, Grimston, 10am-4pm Tutor Deb Hart demonstrates how to make a willow door wreath and swag. Weave the wreath base, then adorn with foliage, orange slices and cinnamon sticks. £75 including materials, two course lunch and refreshments. Book on 01485 240420 or www.norfolkcreativearts.co.uk. Wednesday 6 December Christmas Craft Workshop Holkham Hall, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm Use greenery gathered in Holkham’s gorgeous parkland to make a pretty festive wreath. £40 including materials, a mince pie, hot drink and parking. Book at www.holkham.co.uk Sunday 10 December Build a Luxury Wreath Burnham Overy Village Hall, 10.30-1pm Design and make an opulent Christmas wreath using natural adornments such as feathers and foliage. £50, including light refreshments. Email contact@sugdenanddaughters.co.uk to book.

If you do one thing this season… Protect your pots. Avoid waterlogging by raising them on to pot feet. Move tender plants to a sheltered spot, and wrap in horticultural fleece if frost is forecast.

These pretty raw brass oak leaf earrings with antique brass hooks by Birdie & Beau are £13, from the Courtyard Shop at Holkham Hall, www.holkham.co.uk

Brighten up watering duties with this 4.5 litre metal can, complete with folding handle. Available in various colours, it costs £16.99 from Burn Valley Nursery, South Creake 01328 823333 www.burnvalleynursery.uk. The 2-litre version is £7.99.

Garden writer Barbara Segall and the late, great photographer Marcus Harpur teamed up to create this beautiful book which combines fascinating insights with stunning images. Secret Gardens of East Anglia, £20, Frances Lincoln from The Holt Bookshop, Holt 01263 715858 www.holtbookshop.co.uk

A handy hedge trimmer that’s easy to lift, and won’t run out of battery power in five minutes is worth its weight in gold. This one, by STIHL, costs £99 from Anglia Mowers, Sheringham 01263 822799 www.angliamowers.co.uk


What’s so good about it? It flowers in late winter or very early spring, with knock-your-socks-off scented blooms. Not only that, it’s an evergreen so it creates yearround interest, and it has purple berries in the spring. How do I look after it? It’s an easy-care plant, which just needs a light trim after flowering to ensure that it stays bushy and compact. Ideal spot? It will tolerate almost any soil, including chalk, and most aspects, including full sun or partial shade. Where to buy? Burn Valley Nursery sells a 2-litre pot for £6.50, alongside lots of other winter interest plants. 01328 823333 www.burnvalleynursery.co.uk

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What is it? Enchanted Felbrigg When? 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 December Where Felbrigg Hall What will I find? A winter trail through the gardens and extensive woodland of the elegant country house estate and enjoy music, crafts and tasty seasonal fare along the way. Entrance details 12.30-7pm. Adults £6, children £3, under 5s and National Trust members free. There is a £2 parking charge for non-members. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/felbrigg NORTH NORFOLK LIVING WINTER 2017


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A pink-footed goose chase From September onwards, our skies are brightened by squadrons of migrant geese and my pinkfooted goose vigil begins, says Sarah Whittley


N 7 September, I hear of a small party in Scotland, by the 15th there’s news of a larger group in West Norfolk but still nothing in Cley. I can’t stop thinking about those young geese, barely two months old and having to brave a gruelling flight, often into strong westerly winds. But they have to leave their home - it’s nonnegotiable. The elders know at any minute it will be besieged by a maelstrom of wintery weather that could kill them all. Their journey begins over a thousand miles away in the wild marshlands of Iceland and Greenland. You’d think after a busy breeding season, surviving the perils of predation by the likes of Arctic foxes and gulls, they’d want nothing more than to put their pink feet up and have a well-deserved rest. Instead, towards the end of August, they begin to get the premigration fidgets. Extended family groups take to the skies and appear to fly aimlessly over the barren landscape; fellow geese know this pattern and can’t resist the urge to join the party. The migration has begun. Being a pink-foot twitcher comes with a whole heap of worries, for me anyway. These

small, enigmatic geese have a lot to deal with en route and even after they arrive safely. Every time I see a lone pink-foot I wonder what’s happened to its life mate, they’re highly monogamous with some stories of bereaved partners dying of a broken heart. I don’t like to anthropomorphise animals, but it’s a story I’ve read about more than once and having kept wildfowl, I can easily believe it. For the migration survivors, their first concern is to replenish lost calories, and that’s the reason they come to North Norfolk in tens of thousands. It’s not our beautiful sandy beaches that attract the geese, but the fields of calorie-rich sugar beet crops. And then on the 22 September, I hear them. At first, it’s just a few faint, discordant squeaks but they’re unmistakable and by the time I’m outside I see clearly the first skein in its typical ‘V’ formation passing over Cley. They’re talking to one another, reassuring the family that they’re ok. Every year I call out to them, “Hello pinkies, welcome back you beauties,” quickly looking around to make sure I’ve not been rumbled. Reports are coming in thick and fast now. They’ve been seen all along the coast, arriving en masse. Some say we might be heading for record numbers this year due to their breeding success. I watch in awe as a cacophony of probably 15,000 geese whiffle down to the marshes in Burnham Deepdale and think, without doubt, this is one of the best wildlife experiences I’ve witnessed all year. (I think I say this every year…) My excitement at the arrival of these geese is impalpable, perhaps it’s simply the sheer number of them, maybe it’s their exquisite

beauty or their tight family bonds. Now my natural alarm call starts at around 7.30am as the noisy, excitable geese set off from their coastal roosts to feed inland. If possible, I try to head to Cley Marshes reserve from 4pm onwards and watch as they head back for a quick wash and brush up on the freshwater lagoons before roosting. By November the pink-footed geese have all arrived and depending on the availability of food, they’ll stay with us until the following March. As winter ebbs and spring beckons, the geese know it’s time to go and although another wildlife chapter begins here on the coast, I can’t help feeling sad as I watch them fly away. Pink-footed geese images by www.pebblesphotography.co.uk If you want your own Pinkfoot experience you can head to RSPB Snettisham Nature Reserve for a Pink-footed Geese Breakfast Walk, £17 per person (£15 RSPB members) including breakfast. Call 01485 210779 for tickets and dates in November and December or visit www.rspb.org.uk/snettisham NORTH NORFOLK LIVING WINTER 2017



Learning your watery ABC When author Tristan Gooley’s latest book How to Read Water whet Sarah Whittley’s thirst for watery knowledge, she got in touch with the man himself


’M fascinated by and feel deeply connected to water but in all honesty, I’m a little terrified too. I never really relax on the water or when walking out on tidal marshes, there’s always the niggling doubt that I’ve got my tide times wrong or I’ll never find the right path back. So when I saw Tristan Gooley’s How to Read Water, I hoped it would make me a little more confident around water; it didn’t disappoint, in fact it made me realise how little I’m aware of the signs and patterns made by water I see almost daily. We have a lot of water in Norfolk, from the Broads in the east to The Wash in the west and our 37 rivers. There’s a lot of water to understand, not to mention our famous big skies - which tend to be water laden especially when you plan a major event. How to Read Water made such an impact on me, I wanted to talk to Tristan and see if he could decipher some of my watery questions. I sent him some pictures of the sandbanks at low tide near Blakeney Point; I see them frequently but I suppose I’ve always taken them for granted. “Ah yes, that’s a good example of a flat top ripple,” he explained, “I’ve covered it on page 233, you must have a fast-moving sea tide there.” Next, I’ve often wondered why some days the wind farms out at sea look as if they’re just off shore and some days they look as if they’re a hundred miles away. Again, it’s to do with water; if you can see them clearly there will be little water in the atmosphere, so good weather is about, but if they’re far away, it’s the water obscuring our view. After reading about Tristan’s terrifying rip current experience in Bali, I couldn’t resist

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asking him about it, but you’ll have to read the book to get the whole story. Rip currents are a constant threat in coastal areas and it’s something every beach swimmer should look out for. Tristan explained you should always be able to spot one but you have to know the signs. A rip current occurs when an incoming tide wants to escape. If there are underwater obstacles, such as sandbars blocking its way, the tide will take the path of least resistance, ie the gaps between the sandbars. Look out for a channel of water heading out to sea that looks different; it may appear choppy, or even calmer than the surrounding sea or it could be a different colour and have debris floating in it.

On the right wave-length I still get ridiculously excited by big waves. Standing on Cley beach in a raging hooley with its awesome wide-angle sea view can make you feel like you’re in the centre of the storm. But if you want to take a swim in the sea, it’s worth getting to know your waves. Spilling waves (when the crest gently spills down the wave face) are the safest to Flat top ripples in the sand at swim in. low tide on Blakeney Point Surging waves don’t break © Sarah Whittley but have a nasty habit of knocking you over and dragging you into the sea. The worst for swimming are dumping waves, they break with tremendous force in shallow water, normally at low tide.



Waves can even tell us something when they’ve ended their life on shore. You can gain a good understanding of where the tide usually rests by finding the strandline (it’s usually the smelly dark line along the beach full of dead things). Waves have even had their say in helping two of North Norfolk’s favourite locations in the form of long shore drift (the combination of wind and water dumping sediment parallel to the shoreline). We thank you long shore drift for giving us Blakeney Point and Scolt Head Island! Tristan’s knowledge is infectious and it has certainly made me more aware. But more importantly, it really has deepened my relationship with the gloriously watery world surrounding us here in North Norfolk. How to Read Water by Tristan Gooley, Sceptre £9.99

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o say that things have been busy at Allen Tomas & Co recently would be something of an understatement. The team of Independent Financial Advisers have trebled in size over the last couple of years, and the appointment of Michael Crisp as a Director has brought a wealth of expertise to the company’s already comprehensive range of financial services and professionalism. Those services include retirement and specialist pension planning, investment management, complex tax & estate planning, individual financial protection and long-term care planning, while its corporate services include company investments, profit extraction, employee benefits, shareholder protection and key man insurance. Allen Tomas & Co build close relationships with clients through their ongoing management service, which offers a secure online portal to enable you as the client to keep track of all your investments at any time. They are also proud to have formed close working relationships with local Accountants and Solicitors to ensure their clients receive truly holistic and comprehensive independent advice. “We have worked hard in building a


Above: The team of Allen Tomas & Co at the company’s offices in Dersingham and (above left), recently appointed Director Michael Crisp. diversified team of youth and experience but with the common attributes of passion and enthusiasm, professionalism, ability and application,” says Managing Director Ben Allen. “It’s a fantastic team, that work well together and have shaped and continue to shape the business. Everyone understands their roles, each other’s roles and the high level of service our clients expect to receive.” From their stunning offices (with ample parking) opposite the church in Dersingham, Allen Tomas & Co is now working towards Chartered status – a professional accolade it hopes to achieve before the end of the year. Totally local, truly independent and fully committed to the highest standards of advice,

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Under the grill with…

Fran Hartshorne, head chef at The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe Describe your cooking style: simple, fresh, local and seasonal Sweet or savoury: I love savoury especially this time of year with so many locally foraged ingredients including nuts, berries and sea vegetables Your favourite festive ingredient: that’s a tough one there are so many yummy things around - I love them all. This year we’re making Christmas puddings for sale serving 4-6 people (£19.95 each, pre-order from us by 26 November) Your local staple festive ingredient: it has to be the one and only Norfolk Black turkey, consistently good every year The festive dish you most enjoy preparing: we make great terrines at Christmas, with wonderful ingredients. I can be creative, play with flavours – it’s back to basics, simple traditional cooking Top festive tip: be organised, prep beforehand, prepare checklists - I have so many it gets crazy – but it works and takes away the stress Where will you be on Christmas Day: at work until around 5pm then home, probably eating leftovers from work. I have my Christmas Day after Boxing Day The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe 01485 210262 www.whitehorsebrancaster.co.uk

Dates for your festive diary • Arcadia Home Interiors in Fakenham is hosting How to De-stress Christmas Lunch, a cookery demonstration by local chef and hotel owner Chris Coubrough, on Thursday 23 November (7-8.30pm), perfect timing if you’re already dreading cooking lunch on the big day. Places are limited so please RSVP to eliza@ arcadiahomeinteriors.co.uk by 20 November. www.arcadiahomeinteriors.co.uk

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Gifts for cooks

Gaggenau 400 series steam combi oven £4862.80, Arcadia Home Interiors, Fakenham 01328 807063 www.arcadiahomeinteriors.co.uk Smeg SMF01 Stand Mixer www. smeguk.com £349 in various colours, You Cook, Hunstanton 01485 535889 www.you-cook-ltd.co.uk

Emma Bridgewater Reindeer Mince Pie plate £22.95 from www. emmabridgewater. co.uk and Bakers & Larners, Holt 01263 712244 www. bakersandlarners. co.uk Robin tea towel £8.50, from Norfolk based IzziRainey, www.izzirainey. com

Table talk • The Fabulous Friday Music Nights continue at The Hoste in Burnham Market. On 24 November, String Infusion (pictured) an allfemale electric and acoustic string ensemble will entertain diners, whilst 8 December sees the return of popular band Jazz at the Movies. Toe-tap your way through decades of film themes and swinging Christmas classics. (From 7pm). You can book your all-inclusive three-course meal and music ticket for £55 per person in advance at 01328 738777. www.thehoste. com • This Christmas, Creake Abbey is holding two Farmers’ Markets on Saturdays 2 and 23 December, (9.30am-1pm). Expect to see local

Interior designer Birdie Fortescue shares her top tips for getting your festive table all set!

Layer your linens - use co-ordinating tablecloths, place mats and napkins to create interest Create a central feature but make it unusual with varying heights of greenery and candles, giving a richer, more luxurious look Mix your colours in subtle tones to create depth and variety such as candle colours and variegated greenery Pictured: Birdie Fortescue Lotus table mat £13.50, Shaant tablecloth £120 and napkin £12.50, smooth candle holder £11.50, larger candle holder £23.50, candles £1.25 each, wine glasses £8.50 each, all from Birdie Fortescue, Burnham Market 01328 738634 www.birdiefortescue.co.uk NORTH NORFOLK LIVING WINTER 2017


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Party time!

Festive feasts

Visitors to The King William IV Country Inn & Restaurant in Sedgeford are in for a treat this season. The King Will is playing host to Sea Horses & Other Stories, an exclusive photographic exhibition by award-winning local photographer David Morris, featuring Norfolk and other mysterious places. Diners in the Gallery Restaurant can admire David’s images whilst tucking into Photographer David Morris at The King William IV, Sedgeford delicious home-cooked food. Speaking of Christmas, it’s not too late to book your festive meal at The King Will - bookings are still being taken for the two or three-course Pre-Christmas Party menu, priced £18.95 and £23.95 per person, respectively. The menu is available from Friday 1 to Tuesday 26 December, excluding Sunday lunch and Christmas Day and for pre-arranged groups in January. Crackers are provided, so there’s no excuse not to don a party hat! To book call 01485 571765. Visit www.thekingwilliamsedgeford.co.uk to view The King Will’s party menus.

Winter warmers

The Kings Head in Letheringsett is offering a tasty selection of Kings weekday specials, at lunchtime and in the evenings. Choose from Kings Homemade Burger Mondays (build your own beef, chicken or spinach & falafel burger from £9.95); Kings Curry Tuesdays from £9.95; Kings Steak Thursdays (with a selection of steaks to choose from and a glass of house wine from £20) and Kings Fish Fridays from £11.95. The Kings Head, Letheringsett 01263 712691 www. kingsheadnorfolk.co.uk Alongside their new bar menu, The White Horse in Brancaster Staithe is serving new weekday speciality menus from noon to 9pm. Look out for Mussel Mondays with local mussels served four ways; Burger & Craft Beer Wednesdays; Steak Thursdays and Fish Fridays featuring chargrilled whole bass, fish and chips and more. PS Don’t miss An evening with Mrs Temple on Tuesday 5 December from 7pm. Meet the lady herself and enjoy her cheeses, all handmade in Norfolk including Copys Cloud and Binham Blue, with a glass of wine or two, £20 (plus donations in support of Aid Africa). The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe 01485 210262 www.whitehorse brancaster.co.uk



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The Chequers Inn, Thornham, will be serving festive lunches and dinners on weekdays from 1 to 23 December, perfect for a pre-Christmas get together. The three-course menu (£29.95 per person) offers plenty of choice and you’d definitely be advised to make room for a dessert! Looking beyond the big day, The Chequers will be serving a five-course dinner on New Year’s Eve (£85 per person) which sounds like a very tasty way to welcome in 2018! Top tip: why not book one of their cedar wood pavilions for your Christmas party? Each pavilion has its blinds rolled down, and with the heating lamp inside means you’ll be warm and cosy, whatever the weather. To book contact The Chequers Inn, Thornham 01485 512229 www.chequersinnthornham.com

The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham, will be serving a special festive lunch menu on 12-14 December, with choices including thyme butter roasted turkey crown and honey, maple and stout glazed gammon and for chocoholics in the party, dark chocolate and chestnut brownie. The lunch costs £26.95 per person, including live piano music and mulled wine on arrival and a three-course meal. Other dates in December are available on request. Get the party started: start the new year in style! The Lifeboat is hosting a New Year’s Eve party with a five-course menu, plus music and dancing (£85 per person). To book call The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham 01485 512236 www.lifeboatinnthornham.com

Calling all quizzers! Put your general knowledge to the test at The Jolly Sailors’ quiz nights, every Tuesday from 8pm until 19 December inclusive. After a festive break, quiz night will be back in January. Teams of six, £1 per person to enter, and the winning team takes all. The Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe 01485 210314 www.jollysailorsbrancaster.co.uk



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Food for thought From new openings to exciting refurbs, North Norfolk’s culinary landscape has changed significantly in 2017. Here are just a few ideas to get your teeth into, says Harriet Cooper

The Three Horseshoes, Warham

The Carpenters Arms, Wighton What’s the story? A complete makeover has resulted in a pleasing harmony of original features and modern-day comfort at this village pub; think wooden shutters, warm rugs, soft lighting and a roaring woodburner. The addition of artefacts such as a carpenter’s drill and original planes is a nice touch. Order a pint of Real Ale and peruse the locally-sourced menu, which includes ploughman’s board with Mrs Temple of Wighton’s cheeses and stone-baked pizzas made in the onsite pizza oven. Don’t miss There’s a special gin menu featuring the well-known classics, as well as local favourites including Adnams, Archangel and Black Shuck. 01328 807080 www.carpentersarmsnorfolk.co.uk

What’s the story? The Horseshoes dates back to 1725 and, though this local pub has recently undergone an extensive renovation, the owners have kept nods to its rich past (it’s one of the few pubs in Norfolk to still have a traditional serving hatch). There’s a snug bar or bag one of the scrubbed wooden tables in the dining room for food. The home-cooked pies here are the stuff of legend - we love the classic chicken, tarragon and bacon. There are four elegantly decorated en suite double rooms too. Don’t miss If you’re a group of 10 or more, the party menus are genius; served ‘family-style’ to the table, there’s plenty for everyone. 01328 710547 www.warhamhorseshoes.co.uk


Raise a glass to these new local drinks Drove Orchards at Thornham - which this year celebrates its 65th anniversary since the first fruit trees were planted - has launched a new Drove Orchards Cider to mark the occasion, using only apples from the farm. Blended from a mix of eaters, cookers and old French and English cider varieties, the tipple comes in three varieties: Dry/ still, Medium/ still and Sparkling and is available from Drove Orchards Farm Shop. 01485 525652 www.droveorchards.com

What’s the story? The Bell threw open its doors last February after a thoughtful restoration by the new owners. The decor is all wood, exposed brickwork, jewel-like velvet furnishings and crackling fires. But it’s not just a pretty face, head chef Hervé Stouvenel’s noseto-tail style cooking is first-rate. Little wonder that The Bell scooped Best Pub at the Norfolk Food & Drink Awards 2017. Don’t miss While the comprehensive wine list is curated by local supplier Peter Graham Wines, ale aficionados will appreciate the everchanging guest beers. 01362 668040 www.thebrisleybell.co.uk

What’s the story? Dan Fancett, chef at this recently-opened café and bistro, comes with a wealth of experience including working under both Gary Rhodes and the Galvin brothers, as well as stints in Spain and France. So it’s no small surprise that dining here is a treat - expect a warm welcome and a concise yet innovative menu, which is changed weekly to reflect the seasons. Don’t miss The last Wednesday of every month is Supper Club where 30 guests sit down to a feast, which could be centred around anything from game to the Great British apple. 01328 730330 www.20northstreet.co.uk



Malt Coast is a new craft brewery set up by two brothers near Wells-next-theSea and the premium beers they brew are made using their own award-winning malting barley, grown on their farm. Choose between the Pale Ale and the IPA, both high quality premium beers - we love the packaging, too! 07881 378900 www.maltcoast.com


The Bell, Brisley

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Archangel Distilleries is based on a working farm just outside Fakenham and their gin is made entirely in Norfolk. Expect a rich depth of flavour, with ingredients including juniper and verbena, orange peel and sea-buckthorn, many of which are locally-sourced. Delicious with tonic, in a cocktail or served straight up as a digestif. 01328 744436 www.archangel-distilleries.co.uk

The Blue Bell, Langham

The Barsham Arms, East Barsham What’s the story? Steeped in history - it once hosted Henry VIII - this village inn has had a total facelift and is cosy, comfortable and serves a cracking pint. Many of the original features have been kept, like the oak beams and open fireplace, while the smiley service and inspiring menu bring it bang up to date. Expect hearty classics with a twist like hot Walsingham pork scotch egg with home-made piccalilli or slow-roasted marmalade gammon, fried duck egg and beef dripping chips. Don’t miss Walk it off with a stroll around the picturesque village of East Barsham with its jawdropping Tudor manor house. 01328 820729 www.thebarshamarms.co.uk

What’s the story? The whitewashed Blue Bell, which reopened in February 2017 after a major overhaul, is your quintessential local pub. Prop up the wooden bar or settle in for a long lunch in the cheerful eating area. They do a great Sunday roast, and there’s a comprehensive kids menu, making it ideal for families. Don’t miss Monday is Curry Night (£10), Tuesday is Fish and Chips Night (2 portions for £15), Wednesday is Pie and Ale Night (£12) and Sunday is Wood-Fired Pizza Night. 01328 830630 www.langhambluebell.co.uk


The inside track on what’s coming in 2018

Black Lion Hotel, Little Walsingham What’s the story? A thorough refurb seamlessly blends the old with the new at this historic hostelry, located on the medieval Friday Market Place in the heart of the village. The open brickwork, flagstone floors and wooden beams work well with quirky additions like the duck egg blue bar, curtains made from sackcloth and the tandem mounted on the wall. The ambience is convivial and food-wise, make sure you’re hungry - the dishes are hearty. The homemade chargrilled beef burger with bacon, cheddar cheese and fries is not for the fainthearted. Don’t miss The six rooms are understated and elegant - bedroom six is the largest and welcomes dogs, too. 01328 820235 www.blacklionhotelnorfolk.co.uk

The Gin Trap Inn in Ringstead promises an exciting year ahead. The former 17th-century coaching inn which offers an astonishing 120 different types of gin - will be closed for a few days in November for a repaint and refresh in time for Christmas. While in January, the refurb continues with an extension of the restaurant and the installation of a brand new bar, perfect for the two gin festivals they’re holding - one in June and one in September. 01485 525264 www.thegintrapinn.co.uk

The Burnham Market Brasserie What’s the story? The ever-popular Hoste has added another string to its bow - the Burnham Market Brasserie, a light, airy dining area set behind the main pub, which is open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm until 9.15pm. Head chef Julian Falconer oversees the menu, which highlights local, seasonal produce from Brancaster lobster risotto and dressed Cromer crab to Great Ryburgh ribeye steak and fish in Woodforde’s beer batter. Don’t forget to leave room for pudding! Don’t miss On a warm evening, head outside to the pretty walled garden and catch up with friends over a chilled glass of wine. 01328 738777 www.burnhammarketbrasserie.com

Season in Wellsnext-the-Sea - popular for its fresh, seasonal cooking and stunning harbour views - embarks on an exciting refurb in November but Season fans will be pleased to hear that service will continue as much as possible. The downstairs dining area will be transformed into a relaxed brasserie, ideal for kicking back over a glass of wine and one of the signature sharing dishes. Upstairs will house a 70-seat restaurant for a more fine-dining experience; with award-winning chef Jeremy Parke at the helm, expect a mouth-watering à la carte menu including the freshest of seafood. A grand opening is scheduled for Spring 2018. 01328 807034 www.seasoninwells.co.uk



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BEWARE OF FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS ON DIVORCE WITHOUT A CLEAN BREAK ORDER Rebecca Woodley, a family solicitor at Fraser Dawbarns and member of Resolution, talks about the importance of getting a Clean Break Order in the case of separation and divorce.


very client I see in relation to divorce is provided with the same advice. A divorce does not end financial claims. This means, in order that neither party can make a further financial claim on the other, a separate application must be made to the court for a Clean Break Order. Providing the parties are agreed, this is a paperwork exercise so no-one has to attend court. We prepare the paperwork which is approved and signed by the parties and the lawyers. The cost is usually based on the solicitor’s hourly rate. I usually estimate £600 to £800 plus VAT and there is a court fee of £50. The other party does not have to be represented but often requires some advice and this is recommended. What is unfortunate are those amicable cases where the parties agree to wait until they have been separated for two years before proceeding with the divorce. They agree the arrangements for the children, they agree financial matters. Maybe the house will be transferred to one party with the other party receiving a lump sum. No solicitors are involved, everything is dealt with by agreement. The problem with this is that the agreement is not legally binding. I have recently seen a client where this is exactly what happened. The wife retained the house and paid the husband a lump sum. She assumed the husband could not come back for more. Unfortunately, the formula applied by the parties to calculate the husband’s lump sum was not in accordance with the way the court would deal with it. The husband was paid less than he was entitled to. The value of the property had also increased over the last two years putting the wife in a better financial position than the husband. Also the husband had not invested well, he had not purchased property and his lump sum had reduced putting the wife in an even better financial position than the husband. The husband then instructed solicitors in relation to the divorce. He was also advised the

financial agreement was not legally binding and he could claim a further lump sum from the wife. The husband’s solicitor wrote to the wife accordingly. The wife has had to co-operate in relation to reassessing an appropriate lump sum payment to the husband. With no agreement and no Clean Break Order the husband can apply to the court for a further lump sum payment. If the court feels it is appropriate they could order a sale of the property to ensure the husband has received an appropriate lump sum. The wife is understandably distressed. She thought she owned the house outright with no further claim by the husband possible. In fact she has now agreed to pay him a further lump sum of £35,000. When a relationship breaks down most people try and deal with matters by agreement. They are often concerned that instructing a solicitor will be expensive and that the solicitor will make the situation worse. They believe it is more amicable and preferable to reach an agreement without involving a solicitor. In fact the very opposite can be true. We are here to represent your interests. In a

great many of cases all I am doing is advising on the agreement the parties have reached themselves and making that agreement legally binding. My clients then have peace of mind, knowing that the other party cannot make any further claims against them or change the agreement.

This article aims to supply general information, but it is not intended to constitute advice. Every effort is made to ensure that the law referred to is correct at the date of publication and to avoid any statement which may mislead. However, no duty of care is assumed to any person and no liability is accepted for any omission or inaccuracy. Always seek our specific advice. Fraser Dawbarns LLP are always happy to provide such advice. • Fraser Dawbarns, 21 Tuesday Market Place, Kings Lynn, PE30 1JW 01553 666600; info@fraserdawbarns.com or visit www.fraserdawbarns.com


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’Tis the season to be jolly! From festive fairs and fireworks to carols and crafts, here’s where to have a very merry Christmas, says Harriet Cooper

Bags and wreaths, Creake Abbey

The fun of the fair The Norfolk Christmas Fair Help raise funds for Thornage Hall, which supports adults with learning difficulties, at their annual Christmas Fair. Taking place at The Great Barn at Oxnead Hall, expect over 40 stalls selling everything from pretty homewares to edible goodies. When Thursday 23 November, from 9am to 3pm. Entry £5; www.thornagehall.co.uk/our-events The Norfolk Hospice Festive Fair Craft stalls, games, refreshments, a jumble room, even a visit from Father Christmas himself… the Festive Fair at The Norfolk Hospice promises plenty of fun, with all proceeds going to the charity. When Saturday 25 November, from 11am to 2pm. www.norfolkhospice.org.uk/Event/ festive-fair Creake Abbey Christmas Gift Fair Browse over 40 stands selling local art, jewellery and decorations plus much more - there’ll even be opportunity to buy presents for your pooch. With further shopping in the Courtyard, and the Café & Food Hall offering drinks and delicious bites, why not make a day of it? When Saturday 25 November, from 10am to 3pm. 01953 681715 www.creakeabbey.co.uk/events Blakeney Christmas Market Head to Blakeney Village Hall for the annual Blakeney Christmas Market in aid of the village’s



Holkham National Nature Reserve © Holkham Estate

Scout Association and Primary School. Stalls will be selling locallyhandcrafted gifts, cakes and Christmas trees. There’ll also be a hog roast and raffle. When Saturday 25 November, from 10am to 4pm. blakeneychristmasmarket @gmail.com BagLadies of Thornham Winter Gift Fair The BagLadies of Thornham have been busy stitching, knitting, baking and cooking for their annual gift fair to raise money for the village. Browse over 20 stalls of seasonal wares and delicious homemade refreshments at Thornham Village Hall. When Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 December, from 10am to 4pm. www.thornhamvillagehall.co.uk Deepdale Christmas Market 120 local artisans and producers will descend on Burnham Deepdale for the annual Deepdale Christmas Market at Dalegate Market, Deepdale Backpackers & Camping and St Mary’s Church. There’s live music and refreshments, too.

Deepdale Christmas Market © Jon Clifton Photography

When Friday 1 to Sunday 3 December, from 10am to 5pm. www.deepdalechristmas market.co.uk

The great outdoors Guided Walks at Holkham National Nature Reserve Join one of the wardens on a guided walk around the Holkham National Nature Reserve starting at Burnham Overy Staithe on 21 November and Lady Anne’s Drive, on 19 December taking in seasonal highlights and points of interest. When Tuesday 21 November and Tuesday 19 December, both 10am-12pm. Tickets £5 per person, booking is advisable. For further information and to book, contact Sarah Henderson (conservation manager) on 01328 800730 or email s.henderson@holkham.co.uk The Fantastic Five… Norfolk Nature Trail Congham Hall Hotel has updated its winter nature trail for guests. The free trail - downloadable from the hotel website - recommends the area’s best seasonal assets, from grey seal pups on Blakeney Point to the migration of more than 40,000 pinkfooted geese to the Wash. When Until the end of February 2018. 01485 600250 www. conghamhallhotel. co.uk

Pink-footed geese in flight © Chris Mills visitnorfolk.co.uk

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes There’s a whole raft of events at NWT Cley Marshes this Christmas, including winter wreath-making (1 December, 10.30am to 1pm, £8 members, £10 non-members) and Ramble & Roast - a guided stroll through the reserve followed by lunch (17 December, 10.30am to 2pm, £17 members, £20 nonmembers). When Check website for individual events. Booking is essential, 01263 740008 www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk Hunstanton Christmas Day Swim If you’re feeling brave, head to the Promenade at Hunstanton to take part in the annual Christmas Day Swim. You’ll need to register prior to the event and any sponsorship money raised must be given to Round Table for distribution. When Monday 25 December, 10.30am. www.hunstantonroundtable.com


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’Tis the season to be jolly! Our pick of just some of the events coming up this season

The fountain at Blickling © National Trust/ Paul Bailey

Fakenham Town Band Nothing says Christmas more than belting out a carol or two with a glass of mulled wine in hand. Pop down to Fakenham Market Place on Christmas Eve to join the Town Band for a singalong. When Sunday 24 December, 7pm. www.fakenhamtownband.com

Cromer New Year’s Day Fireworks © Robert Hubbard

Cromer New Year’s Day Fireworks Start 2018 with a bang at the New Year’s Day fireworks display on Cromer Pier. The spectacular event will be preceded at 3pm by a Family Fun Run on the Promenade, organised by North Norfolk Beach Runners. When Monday 1 January 2018, 5pm. Twitter: @NYDfireworks or Facebook: @NYDFireworksCromer

Enjoy a yuletide anthem Carols on the Quay, Cley-nextthe-Sea Gather at the quay in Cley and sing along to all your festive favourites to raise money for the Cley Old Harbour Project. Tra-la-la-ing aside, there’ll be mulled wine, a hog roast and Father Christmas will be making a grand entrance by boat at 6.45pm. When Tuesday 19 December, from 6 to 8pm. Twitter: @CleyNorfolk or Facebook: Cley Old Harbour Project



A Christmas Concert at St Nicholas Church, Dersingham The award-winning Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band, conducted by David Stowell, will be playing a seasonal concert in Dersingham. As you listen, admire the display of 20plus decorated Christmas trees from the annual Christmas Tree Festival (1 to 3 December). When Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm. £9 in advance (£10 on the door) from 01485 544561; www.stnicholasdersingham.org.uk

It’s show-time!

Jack and the Beanstalk, Fakenham Can our hero Jack save Princess Melissa from Giant Blunderbore? The only way to find out is at Fakenham & District Light Operatic Society’s (aka FADLOS) high-energy 40th anniversary pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk at Fakenham Community Centre. When Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 December, 7.30pm plus a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday. Stalls £6.50, raised £8 from Sweets ’N’ Things, Fakenham, 01328 855172 www.ticketsource.co.uk/fadlos Cinderella, Hunstanton Follow the fairytale story of

Wells Christmas Tide Festival

Cinderella and her handsome prince at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton. With plenty of singing, dancing and humour, this panto is a must-see for all the family. When Saturday 2 December to Monday 1 January 2018, performance times vary. Adults £16, children and concessions £13, family tickets also available; 01485 532252 www.princesshunstanton.co.uk Wizard of Oz, Sheringham Panto-goers at Sheringham Little Theatre will be taken on a musical “road trip” in an action-packed Wizard of Oz show with surprises, special effects, puppets, and songs. When Saturday 9 December to Monday 1 January 2018, performance times vary. Adults £18, children £13, family ticket also available; 01263 822347 www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

The lights switch on around 5pm is followed by a traditional lantern parade, the arrival of Father Christmas by boat and the grand finale, a fireworks display across Wells marshes. When Saturday 2 December, from 10am. www.wellschristmastide.org.uk PS Don’t miss Get your festive groove on with a trip to Holt and Burnham Market, both of which will be illuminated by thousands of twinkling fairy lights this Christmas. On from Wednesday 15 November (Holt) and Saturday 18 November (Burnham Market). www.holtchristmaslights.org; www.burnhammarket.co.uk

© SALT glass studios

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Garden of Lights, Blickling Estate As darkness falls, Blickling will be ablaze with over 19,000 twinkling lights this Christmas. Grab a mulled wine and admire the illuminated trees and the tunnel of light in the walled garden. When Friday 1 to Sunday 10 December, 11am to 6pm. Free for National Trust members, non-members standard admission. You can enjoy the lights on the front of the house right through to the New Year. www.nationaltrust. org.uk/blickling-estate Wells Christmas Tide Festival Celebrations begin in the morning with street entertainers and stalls.

Get crafty SALT glass studios Everyone loves hand-crafted presents, so sign up for a glass art course at SALT glass studios in Burnham Thorpe to make a pretty paperweight or glass panel; or if you want to feel really festive, there’s a make-your-own glass baubles course, too. When Friday 1 to Sunday 31 December, 10am to 5pm. Glass art course from £15. Baubles course £20. 01328 738873 www.saltglassstudios.co.uk All events are free unless stated otherwise

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