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Spring into summer! A R T S , FA S H I O N , N A T U R E , W E L L B E I N G , W H A T ’ S O N




Early Summer 2018


ELCOME to our early summer issue. As I write, the apple blossom in my garden is starting to pop, despite the recent roller coaster weather, with local temperatures veering from 25F to 25C, a fisherman recently informed me. But we’re looking on the bright side this issue. Our fashion pages are packed with colourful outfits from local shops and boutiques, Harriet Cooper picks up some beauty tips on how to get summer ready, we’ve the latest from the local arts scene including Damien Hirst at Houghton, ideas for days out and family fun - we’re even talking picnic kit! And as we spring into summer, Sarah Whittley gives us the lowdown on what’s happening in the natural world whilst Fiona Cumberpatch is back with inspiration for gardeners, armchair or otherwise. Enjoy this issue, whatever the weather!

Amda Loose Editor

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What’s on, what’s good and where to go

8-18 ARTS

News from the local arts scene, get art and about with our guide to local exhibitions, and Fiona Cumberpatch finds out more about Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall


Fashion editor Katy Coe looks on the bright side with our colourpopping fashion shoot at Carrington House and we pick some of our favourite accessories from local shops and boutiques, colour coded of course!



Top tips on how to get summer ready, Harriet Cooper talks sleep with the experts and gets in the swim

Prepare for fairy fun, farming, shopping and more with Hattie Goodley and her two little helpers, Willa and Maud


55-59 FOOD & DRINK

Go wild with Sarah Whittley, get wise about owls and Nicholas RuddJones enjoys a circular coastal stroll

42-48 LIVING

Gardening tips and inspiration from Fiona Cumberpatch, plus retail therapy, interiors news and what’s happening on the local property market

Find out what’s happening on the local food scene, whilst early riser, Harriet Cooper, finds some great places to enjoy breakfast

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FULL STEAM AHEAD! Work at Wells Maltings is nearing completion, with the brand new £5m arts, heritage and community hub in Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, all set to begin welcoming visitors at the end of June. This multi-faceted complex is an exciting addition to the area, housing a theatre and cinema Photo © Sarah Toon space, a series of galleries Photography devoted to Wells’ maritime history, a modern Visitor Information Centre, café and bar, community spaces, studios and more. The first exhibition in the new light and airy upstairs gallery space will be CONNECTION: OPEN 2018, celebrating some of the best two dimensional East Anglian art. This will be complemented by the outdoor Wells Heritage Arts Trail, featuring 17 new 3D artworks by 26 local artists, which will be unveiled on Saturday 23 June. There will also be a programme of film and family activities – find out more at If you fancy volunteering – particularly in the Box Office and Visitor Information Centre – please contact Mary Brady, learning and engagement manager, on 01328 711378 or

RAF Veterans’ Day This year marks the 100th birthday of the RAF and the centenary of the opening of the former RAF station at Bircham Newton. On Saturday 19th May, all former service personnel who served or trained at Bircham Newton and their close families are invited to the RAF Bircham Newton Veterans’ Day, from 1.30pm. Members of the public will also be welcome. There will be plenty to see including the Heritage Centre, which will be open for guided tours. Depending on the weather, it is Hawker Hinds of No. 34 Squadron over the also hoped to have a flypast. aerodrome in 1936 by Wing Commander John The first unit to fly from RAF Bircham Stevens MBE Newton, No. 3 Fighting School, arrived in May 1918. Flying continued after the armistice and during the Second World War. The station was finally closed in 1962. For more information, visit

The Shop Front

Christopher William Country have just launched their new Páramo Shop in a Shop at their Creake Abbey store, great news for those of us looking for innovative and stylish outdoor clothing, which will perform in all weathers. As the only dedicated Páramo stockist in the Norfolk area, Christopher William Country are offering extensive ranges for men and women including the Páramo Alondra waterproof jacket, pictured, £325 (the men’s version, the Halcon, is £345). Christopher William Country, Creake Abbey, North Creake 01328 738983 Homewares and lifestyle store, Barefoot Living, has recently moved to larger premises at 14 North Street in Burnham Market. Owner Emma Mason is making the most of the extra space by adding larger items including side and console tables and more statement mirrors. Meanwhile, sister company, Barefoot Retreats have bagged the old Barefoot Living shop at Church House, Overy Road, next to Burnham Market Stores, to house their second Burnham Market office. Barefoot Living, Burnham Market 01328 738100

Uncovering local history The year-long Imagined Land Project at the ruined friary in Burnham Norton is in full swing, with an exciting summer programme of free events, open to all. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project, led by the Norfolk Archaeological Trust aims to encourage the local school The gatehouse at and community to join in to find out more about this Burnham Norton historic site. Friary © Dean Rocker They’re hosting an Archaeology Week from 21 to 27 May, where people can get digging and a Discovery and Sharing Day on 9 June (10.30am to 4pm) at Burnham Market Primary School. This will be followed by Get Creative, a fortnight of workshops and events including sculpture and printmaking, from 18 June to 1 July. For more information email or visit https://sites.

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Half-term at Holkham If you’re looking for ideas for some May half-term fun, then check out Holkham’s ‘funtastic’ programme of activities from 27 May to 1 June (10am to 5pm). Get on your bikes and take the animal safari challenge, hop on the tractor trailer for the deer safari, go pond dipping, visit the interactive Field to Fork exhibition, or head to the walled garden for face painting, quizzes, games, football zorbing, bouncy castle fun, the pirate obstacle course, crafts and much more! Please note, not all events are on every day. Visit for each day’s programme, ticket prices and to book. NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EARLY SUMMER 2018


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What’s On, What’s Good & Where To Go! A new experience

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The Norfolk Painting School is hosting an Experience Day on Saturday 23 June from 11am to 3pm, in their school studios at Tattersett Business Park. Enjoy demonstrations and presentations from Course Director, Martin Kinnear, and be inspired to get painting! Tickets cost £10, including lunch from 01485 528588 or www. Martin suffered a life-changing stroke in 2004, and on 26 June, the Norfolk Painting School is holding a free life after stroke event with the Stroke Association. If you are interested in attending, contact Martin’s wife Jane on 01485 528588.

Screen time

The Film Night in Massingham 17 May screening is The Greatest Showman (PG), based on the story of PT Barnum (7.30pm at Great Massingham Village Hall; £4). On 18 May, Stanhoe Village Screen will be showing Wonder (PG), the story of a boy with facial differences, trying to fit into mainstream school (7.30pm at Stanhoe Village Hall; £5). Fans of a certain bear will be delighted that Paddington 2 (PG) is being screened by Thornham Village Cinema on 23 May (7.30pm at Thornham Village Hall; £5 from 07818 028687). Then it’s The Post (12A) at Amy Robsart Village Hall, Syderstone on 2 June, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks (7.30pm; £3.50 in advance from 01485 578171/ or £4 on the door). Darkest Hour (PG) will be shown at North Creake Village Hall on 12 June, with Gary Oldman as Churchill facing his early days as prime minister, as Nazi forces roll across Western Europe (7.30pm; £5 from 07905 805388/

My North Norfolk Living This season Martin Billing is looking forward to… Eating Eric’s Fish & Chips, without a doubt the best fish and chips on the coast. If you’re looking for a perfect side, or an alternative to fish I can highly recommend the arancini with some black garlic mayo on the side. Cooking bison burgers from E H Prior & Sons at Creake Abbey Food Hall on the barbecue - perfect alongside courgette and peppers. Shopping at Ele and Me. Annie opened her children’s shop just after the arrival of our son Hatch, so it’s been ideal having it just around the corner from our Wells store. Seeing Jersey Boys at Norwich Theatre Royal. We are fortunate to have access to a high standard of shows just down the road. Walking along Thornham Bank down to the beach with our springer spaniel. The creeks are always filled with wading birds, and we quite often get the beach to ourselves of an evening. Reading What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton alongside Your Baby Week By Week. Quite a contrast. Martin owns Bringing the outside in, with stores in Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Burnham Deepdale, 01328 713093, and is coordinator of Norfolk Restaurant Week,

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The red admiral, one of Britain’s most iconic butterfly species, was originally given its name in 1799 by E. Donovan. But it is little known that they are a migrant species to our shores, arriving in May, with the resident number making up only a small part of the UK population. Therefore, how often you see a red admiral depends entirely on how well the species is doing in mainland Europe. Once arrived in the UK, these migrant butterflies breed and a new generation of adults emerge between mid-August and early October. The red admiral is unmistakable, with velvety black wings, intersected by striking red bands and white spots. However, when on the ground with wings folded they can be very cryptic and difficult to see in dappled woodland light. The preferred food plants of the adult are buddleia, ivy blossom and bramble but they are also keen on rotting fruit later in the year.

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Amanda Loose enjoys new books by local authors, coffee and culture plus meet our first reader reviewer

Take two!

My last great read…

Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey Viking, £12.99

Lucy Downing reviews The Turning Point by Freya North (Harper Collins, £7.99)

After reading Emma’s award-winning debut novel, Elizabeth is Missing, I’ve been eagerly awaiting her next book and was delighted to get my hands on a copy of newly published Whistle in the Dark. When 15-year-old Lana Maddox is found after going missing for four days, she refuses to tell anyone what happened, but all is most definitely not well. Lana and her family struggle to cope with the aftermath, in this compelling novel told from the point of view of Lana’s mother, Jen, who thinks the answer lies in those missing days. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year. The Nuremburg war crimes tribunal has just ended.

Major Richard Fortescue, previously part of the British

prosecution team, is returning to London when he encounters Karin Eilers, a young German woman with a dark past.

Against the backdrop of war-devastated Berlin and the


Germany, October 1946.

The Executioner’s House by Edward Glover The Oak House, £6.99

As a fan of Edward Glover’s historic family saga, the Herzberg Trilogy, I was keen to read his latest novel, set in the more recent past. It’s October 1946. The Nuremberg war crimes tribunal has just ended; Major Richard Fortescue, part of the British prosecution team is heading back to London. That’s until he meets a mysterious young German woman, Karin Eilers, with a hidden black notebook. Both British and Soviet Intelligence want the notebook, and the couple are propelled into a world of danger and intrigue. This fast-paced and well-plotted thriller is a riveting read. continuing search for former Nazis, their brief affair and a

mysterious black notebook make them unwitting pawns in a


Executioner’s HOUSE

deadly game of intrigue and betrayal played by British and

unravel? Who else will become a victim of the battle for its

Edward Glover, author of the Herzberg novel trilogy,

draws on his Foreign Office posting in Berlin to bring this suspenseful story vividly to life.

Executioner’s HOUSE



Soviet intelligence. What wartime secrets will the notebook



A deep-hearted and evocative story about the meeting of two people – one from Canada and the other living in North Norfolk. Freya’s ability to transport you, not only into the minds of Scott and Frankie and their families, but also to their two very distinct locations, is outstanding. From the dramatic peaks and native people of British Columbia to the dunes and big skies of Holkham, this is a book that will hold you in its grip from the very first chapter. You will live their journey and, thanks to Freya’s ability to communicate, to pinpoint accuracy, the human condition, you will find yourself caring passionately. You’ll laugh, yearn and weep whilst you romp through the pages. It’s a book I am certain to re-visit and one I am already sharing with friends. Be sure to get your hands on a copy… Lucy Downing, Norfolk Country Cottages

Café culture Read & Digest Combining two of my favourite things (coffee and books), this brilliantly named coffee and second hand bookshop on the High Street in Little Walsingham is packed with interesting finds and does a great line in cakes too. The menu also includes homemade soups and jacket potatoes. You’ll also spot the fixtures from the building’s days as a pharmacy – the labels on some of the drawers make fascinating reading. There’s a children’s area upstairs and dogs are welcome. Read & Digest, 01328 821620, open daily 10am to 5pm.



Left: ‘Lively Spring Light’ by Tracey Ross Above: ‘Summer Blues’ by Tracey Ross

Art and Americano! Local artist Tracey Ross is returning to Creake Abbey for her second solo exhibition in the café. ‘Norfolk Horizons’ opens on 12 June and will feature some of her most recent large-scale paintings of the North Norfolk coastline. Tracey uses mixed media, acrylics and oils. “I spend a lot of my time walking along the coastline with my sketchbook, drawing the seasonal changes,” says Tracey. “It is a place where I feel a spiritual connection, a sense of a greater presence.” The exhibition will continue until 16 October 2018. Creake Abbey Café & Food Hall, Creake Abbey, North Creake 01328 730399





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

NEW TO NORTH NORFOLK Behind the easel with Kevin Ryan and Ann-Marie Ryan Shakespeare alfresco This June, Burnham Grapevine is hosting ‘Coast and Field’, a joint exhibition featuring this local couple’s takes on the Norfolk landscape

How do your paintings sit together? Ann-Marie: We both love colour and find that our individual palettes complement each other very well, presenting a unified look to our joint exhibition whilst still retaining recognisable differences in each artist’s works. A good example of different interpretations of the same scene followed a day we spent sketching in the Shammer area. We were drawing from virtually the same spot, yet the resultant paintings are quite different. These two paintings, both called ‘Fields at Shammer’, will feature in the exhibition. Describe your work Kevin: My paintings hopefully teeter on that precarious edge between literal and abstract. My fairly literal drawings are the starting point of the work, but I am then continuously striving to re-invent the landscape in my paintings in my own particular way. Ann-Marie: I always work on several pieces at once, using different types of support canvas, board and various ‘Red Path’ acrylic on paper by Ann-Marie Ryan handmade papers. Each has its own particular qualities and influence on the work. I am always experimenting and exploring new ways of using paint. Do you influence each other? Ann-Marie: Perhaps indirectly; for example, one of us may use a particular colour combination which suddenly strikes a chord with the other and encourages further experimentation. Do you work in the same space? Kevin: We work in adjacent studios. We need our individual space to develop what we are trying to say in ‘Early Morning Mist’ acrylic on board by Kevin Ryan our paintings. However our close proximity means we can talk to each other about our work, boost morale at times and offer a critique when called upon to do so. Coast and Field runs from 1 to 23 June at Burnham Grapevine, Burnham Market 01328 730125

There’s a new theatre venue on the scene! Pack up your picnic and head to The Walled Garden on the Raynham Estate for its first outdoor theatre performance on 19 June. The five Three Inch Fools actors will present their take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, complete with a selection of musical The Three Inch Fools © Nick Whitworth instruments – perfect for a mid-June evening. The performance starts at 7pm, but arrive armed with your picnic from 6pm. Tickets adults £15, concessions £12, under 12s £7.50. For more information and to book visit or call 07714 028770


This June sees the arrival of Music-next-the-Sea, an exciting new weekend of chamber music from 22 to 24 June, presented by Artistic Director Adam Johnson, in association with The Northern Lights Symphony Ørchestra and St Mary’s Church, South Creake The Yorke Trust. The weekend will feature some of the UK’s finest young soloists and begins at 7.30pm on the Friday evening, at St Nicholas’ Church, Wells, with a programme of piano music. On the Saturday, the Villiers Quartet will perform at St Mary’s Church Westgate in Burnham Market at 1pm, followed by piano music of Mozart, Fauré and Franck in the evening at St Mary’s Church, South Creake. All Saint’s Church, Waterden is the venue for Sunday’s 1pm recital by Matthew Wadsworth. Wells Maltings will host the last in the series on the Sunday evening from 7.30pm, with a pre-concert talk by Lieder specialist, Richard Stokes. Tickets £10 (£15 for the Sunday 7.30pm recital) or £45 for all five concerts from Wells TIC 01328 710885 or

Cinema under the stars

Photo © Gareth Nunns

The Star & Mouse Picture Show is heading to Creake Abbey in July, for a weekend of outdoor screenings, plus live music from Miles Stopher (pictured), garden games, food and a fully licensed bar. The programme kicks off on Friday 20 with Casino Royale, followed by Moulin Rouge on Saturday 21 and Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Sunday 22. Doors open at 7.30pm, with screenings at approximately 9.30pm. Headsets and seating are provided. Tickets £15 per film (plus booking fee) from NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EARLY SUMMER 2018



GETTING ART AND ABOUT! Standby to fill your cultural calendar with our pick of just some of the events coming up on the Norfolk arts scene this season

Sculptures by Martin Pigg, whose work will be exhibited in Stody Lodge Gardens this May

Art and azaleas ‘View from Barningham’ by Will Cutts

Current day Sainsbury Centre, 2009 © Sainsbury Centre, Pete Huggins


The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich is marking the 40th anniversary of its opening with the exhibition Superstructures: The New Architecture 1960-1990, which continues until 2 September. The gallery was the first ever public building designed by Norman Foster. Look out for: iconic models (including the Pompidou Centre and a new three-metre-long model of the Sainsbury Centre), drawings and paintings, furniture, photographs and film, with national and international loans as well as items from the gallery’s own collection. Need to know: open Tuesday to Sunday, £12, £10.50 concessions. Free for members and student members.

Mary Chapin Carpenter © Aaron Farrington

Festival fever

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018 runs from 11 to 27 May, spanning performance, theatre, music, visual arts, circus, literature, outdoor and family events. There will be over ten world premieres including Wayfaring, a large-scale artwork based around the ancient routes of the Icknield Way, on Wells beach. Highlights: you’ll be spoilt for choice with the festival’s packed programme including the City of Literature Weekend, the return of the Britten Sinfonia with Thomas Adès, five-time Grammy Award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter and much more! Need to know: visit for more details.



Norfolk by Design

The Norfolk by Design pop-up shop is back in The Stables at Houghton Hall for a second year until 29 July, with new work by over 40 Norfolk artists and craftspeople including Linda Jamieson, Lucy Loveheart, Will Cutts and Harry Cory Wright. Don’t miss: new artists for 2018 include Tracey Ross and Geoffrey Lefever. Need to know: Open Wednesday, Thursday, weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays. Closed on Saturdays from 18 July. Entry via tickets to Houghton Hall (find out more about Damien Hirst at Houghton overleaf).

Open studios

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios is celebrating its 24th anniversary this year, with artists across the region throwing open their studio doors to the public from 26 May to 10 June. Over 420 artists will be taking part this year across 241 venues throughout the county. There will be 15 Art Trails running and 16 schools will also be exhibiting. Make a note: Barrington Farm in Walcott is a day activity centre for adults with learning difficulties and is home to The Art Barn, which around 40 artists attend each week. The group has taken part in Open Studios since 1994. Need to know: visit for more details.

Home to a collection of over 200 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas, Stody Lodge Gardens are open on selected dates in May. This year’s programme includes an outdoor exhibition of works by award-winning local wood sculptor Martin Pigg and painter Tracy Weston, who lives in Stody, from 20 to 28 May inclusive. And another thing: Stody Lodge Gardens will also be hosting two new events this May. The Stody Classic Vehicles Day on Sunday 13 will feature classic vehicles of all varieties. Meanwhile, The Stody Big Gay Out on Saturday 26, developed in association with Norwich Pride, invites the LGBT+ community, as well as family and friends to enjoy the gardens. All members of the public are welcome. Need to know: entry to the gardens is £6 (cash only), under 12s free. Open 1pm to 5pm on 13, 15, 16, 20 and 22 to 28 May.

Crafts galore

Creake Abbey is playing host to a new Summer Exhibition by the Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society from 19 to 24 June. This selling exhibition will feature 26 of the society’s members including potter Pat Southwood, jeweller Alison Varley and wood turner Dennis Hales. And there’s more: the event includes a timetable of demonstrations such as fused glass painting from Shelia Gates and weaving by June Croll plus makers working on site. Need to know: open daily 10am to 4pm, free entry.;

The Barrington Farm Artists © Barrington Farm

Pottery by Pat Southwood, Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society




DAMIEN HIRST AT HOUGHTON HALL Contemporary art meets Palladian splendour in a unique collaboration between an aristocrat and an artist, writes Fiona Cumberpatch Myth and Legend

The Saloon The Library


Charity T may sound like an incongruous pairing: Damien Hirst, whose work is for many the epitome of ‘modern art’ and Houghton Hall, one of Britain’s finest Palladian mansions, built by Sir Robert Walpole in the 1720s and home to a fine collection of Old Masters. But this is a combination that works, as the ornate State Rooms are transformed by 46 of the artist’s new Colour Space paintings, hung in place of Walpole and Cholmondeley family portraits, while the grounds accommodate a selection of Hirst’s iconic sculptures. In fact, Houghton was originally built with an art collection in mind, and by 1736, Sir Robert Walpole had amassed one of the finest in the country. The current owner, David, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, admits that the prospect of having the Hirst exhibition was too good an opportunity to miss. “This will be the third contemporary art exhibition at Houghton. Last year’s Richard Long exhibition doubled our visitor numbers, but we had thought we would have a year off as it does entail a certain amount of upheaval. Some six months ago, we were approached by Mario Codognato, the exhibition curator who is working with Damien Hirst. He said they were looking for a new venue and they thought that Houghton was right. It was not an easy decision to make, because it had to happen in a relatively short time, and there are practicalities to consider, but it has all come together.” The Colour Space Paintings, which are named after paint colours, sit in the fairy tale splendour of the State Rooms with surprising ease. Amongst the festooned four-posters, elaborately carved furniture and balustrades, the smaller paintings appear playful. Even in the Saloon, where vast Hirst canvases compete with rich red furniture and flocked wallpaper, they do not seem out of place. What does the artist think? “I think they look great,” says Damien Hirst. “I thought they might be too contemporary, but as soon as I’d made my first trip here, I knew they would be right. I’d love them to stay here for ever!” Colour Space, publically exhibited for the first time at Houghton, represents a new stage in the Spot Paintings, and revisit Hirst’s earliest example of the series, which was done in 1986 while he was a student at Goldsmiths College. He has returned to the loose, hand painted spots with drips of paint, rather than the uniform shapes created on a grid pattern, which he devised later in his career so that studio assistants could collaborate on the work with him. “Colour Space is going back to the human element. I prefer them to the perfect spots. It’s because I’m getting old - maybe this is how I’m feeling now!” Outside in the grounds, Hirst’s huge sculptures, a combination of the

kitsch and the grotesque, add to the dreamlike quality of the parkland, with its magical white curled entrance gates and the roaming herd of white deer. ‘Myth’ (2010) and ‘Legend,’ (2011) a winged Pegasus and a flayed unicorn look breathtaking against the façade of the Hall, with a long, grassy ride stretching into the distance. Temple, a naked anatomical model of a man, looks down the ride, half open to the elements. Lord Cholmondeley, who lives at the Hall with his wife Lady Rose and their young family, hopes that the exhibition will attract a new audience. But how does it feel to live with a houseful of Hirsts? “I’m not sure yet, they haven’t been up long enough to decide!” The couple’s interest in contemporary art is clear: they have already invited artists Sir Richard Long and James Turrell to create permanent pieces for specific areas of the estate, while sculptures by Sol Lewitt and Stephen Cox have been commissioned. There will be more ground-breaking exhibitions in the future. “This will be a hard act to follow, but we do already have some ideas,” says Lord Cholmondeley. Watch this space! Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall: Colour Space Paintings and Outdoor Sculptures March 25 to July 15 2018. For ticket information and opening times, visit All images copyright Damien Hirst and Science Ltd, All Rights Reserved DACS 2018. Photos by Pete Huggins NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EARLY SUMMER 2018



IT’S SHOW TIME! Standby for a busy season on the local gallery scene. Amanda Loose gets the lowdown

‘Freefall’ by Simon Kirk, Tess Ainley Gallery Top left: ‘Peasblossom, Cobweb, Moth & Mustardseed’ by Rosalind Lyons, The Red Dot Gallery Top right: ‘Along the Quay at Wells’ by Richard Tuff, Bircham Gallery Left: ‘Soft grey morning, Norfolk dunes’ by Daniel Cole, Pinkfoot Gallery


HERE’S more than a nod to the Tudors and Elizabethans this season at The Red Dot Gallery in Holt, with ruffs, velvet tunics and lace intricately captured by gallery artists Lizzie Riches and Rosalind Lyons. Rosalind acted as chaperone to her daughter and three other actors during an alfresco Shakespeare performance at Tolethorpe Hall, and in ‘Peasblossom, Cobweb, Moth & Mustardseed’ a limited edition silkscreen (pictured), four fairies await their cue. Rosalind went on to work at Shakespeare’s Globe by invitation, an experience which continues to provide inspiration for her paintings. ‘Young birches’ by Chrissy Norman, Quay Art Staying in Holt, Bircham Gallery’s Spring Mixed Exhibition runs from 19 May to 13 June with paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, glass and jewellery by new and established artists, including new paintings by Richard Tuff and Paula Sharples. Their Early Summer Exhibition (16 June to 18 July), will feature work by Trevor Price, Andrew Bird, Alex Malcolmson and Ruth Shelley. Across town, the Tess Ainley Gallery is showing a growing selection of pieces by artists working in mixed media. A new miniature series has arrived from Simon Kirk along with new larger framed and unframed hares by local artist Johno Cornish. If you’re a fan of North Norfolk inspired landscapes with a twist, then head to Pinkfoot Gallery in Cley who are showing works by Dafila Scott, Peter Wileman, Suzanne Lawrence and Daniel Cole. Look out too for new bird and fish sculptures from wood carver Stephen Henderson and ceramics from Sam FitzroyScales, plus new to the gallery is Emily Gillmor, with a collection of Cley tractor screen prints. Now in their 10th year, The Flint Gallery in Blakeney are welcoming summer with a new exhibition of paintings and bronzes inspired by the North Norfolk coast and its diverse wildlife. Along with gallery favourites, including Richard Barrett and Eddie Hallam, there will be selection of atmospheric marsh scenes by Virginia Ray, who uses site specific found items for additional texture in her paintings. Don’t miss the abstracted seascapes by Justine Lois Thorpe and a series of fine porcelain bowls and jars by Ali Tomlin. Quay Art in Blakeney, will be exhibiting original etchings by East Anglian printmaker, Chrissy Norman, best known for her etchings of trees and the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline. Chrissy often revisits familiar subject matter to capture it in a different light or season. Quay’s other gallery in Wells will be showing even more exciting artists specialising in print techniques, original paintings and ceramics, inspired by Norfolk.



‘The more the show’ by Virginia Ray, The Flint Gallery

GET ON THE WALL! Martin and Jane Kinnear of the Norfolk Painting School have recently launched On The Wall, an exciting partnership art space at their gallery in North Creake. The aim is to help local artists and makers exhibit and promote their work in a professional gallery space. Choose how much or how little space you take - from one metre to 60 linear metres and the experienced On The Wall team will do the rest - think lighting, hanging, ticketing, marketing and even selling your work for you. Check out the space during the Norfolk Painting School’s Diploma Show from 26 May to 30 June, call 01328 730203 or visit for more details.


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‘Brancaster Staithe shed’ by Trevor Woods

Left: ‘Sunflower, roses and cosmos’ by Alison McWhirter, Fairfax Gallery

DON’T MISS… Heading over to Burnham Market, the late Spring exhibition at Burnham Grapevine features paintings by Michael Chapman, new prints by Max Angus and a new range of ceramics from Mark Judson. Coast and Field with artists Kevin and Ann-Marie Ryan, opens on 1 June. Meanwhile, hot on the heels of their Printmakers exhibition (26 May to 16 June), Pocock’s the artmonger is hosting ‘The Expressive Now’, a solo exhibition of watercolours by local artist Sara Reavell Dyson from 23 June to 7 July, featuring little snap shots of the Norfolk landscape. Sara’s pared down style with sophisticated use of watercolour is as much about what she leaves out as what she includes. Fairfax Gallery are holding their first solo exhibition for Scottish artist Alison McWhirter from 5 to 25 May. Alison’s thickly impastoed works are characterised by experimentation with the use of the palette knife and her compositions range from highly original still life paintings to landscape motifs and bold abstracts. This will be followed by a must-see exhibition of David Atkins’ textural and evocative Norfolk coastal oils from 26 May to 6 June. Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing are hosting a special exhibition in the West Barn from 26 May to 10 June. ‘Earthlines’ is a collaboration between ceramic artist Bridget Macklin whose work incorporates gathered materials from the landscape and painter Candide Turner Bridger, who is exploring the use of hand-ground earth pigments in her work. Together, they spent a week on the North Norfolk coast gathering ideas and materials; the show will present a collection of works encouraging us to consider the beauty of our natural environment. Known for her big skies, coastal original paintings and limited edition prints, Rebecca Lloyd’s studio in Docking is open all year round by appointment. Expect to see Rebecca at work, plus large framed originals, a selection of new unframed pieces as well as smaller paintings and mounted limited edition prints. Call 07977 227708 or email bex@rebeccalloyd. first to make sure she’s not out painting! Finally, now in their 46th year, Dersingham Pottery & Gallery’s early summer exhibition ‘Summoned by Sails’, features colourful paintings by Ben Mullarkey in acrylic on canvas alongside new work in porcelain and stoneware by June Mullarkey. They’ll also be taking part in the Dersingham Open Gardens and Art Trail on 27 and 28 May.



‘Overy Staithe’ by Sara Reavell Dyson, Pocock’s the artmonger

Local artist Trevor Woods’ major solo exhibition, Exploring North Norfolk, at Gallery Plus in Wells. Trevor returns to more local scenes this year as he explores the North Norfolk coast interpreting the light, decaying boats, buildings and sea defences in his distinctive graphic style. The exhibition runs from 26 May to 9 June - meet Trevor at the all-day preview on 26 May. Gallery Plus, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 711609

Above: ‘Chalice’ by Bridget Macklin, West Barn Gallery

‘Bircham Mill’ by Ben Mullarkey, Dersingham Pottery & Gallery

‘Escaping the mad world’ by Rebecca Lloyd

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Look on the bright side Think vibrant Crayola colours, prints and stripes this season, whether you’re dressing to impress or going casual. Fashion editor Katy Coe selects her favourite pieces from local shops and boutiques to boldly go into summer! PHOTOGRAPHY: TIM STEELE

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Renée is wearing Emily and Fin button back top £60, Nomad & the bowerbird; Samsøe & Samsøe Pamela skirt £99.95, Nelle-dk; bracelet £33, Allez Chic; shoes model’s own. Caroline is wearing Louche Jett top £35 and Nice Things chinos £79, both Nomad & the bowerbird; Annabel Brocks belt £55, Christopher William Country and Christopher William Coastal; trainers £36, Allez Chic.

Vilagallo Magda dress £119, Anna; Gabs yellow Yvette bag £139, The Tannery; Angelou bag £59, Tilley & Grace

Nice Things jumper £93, Nomad & the bowerbird; Mos Mosh jeans £99, Nelle-dk; bracelet £33, Allez Chic

Renée is wearing Super Dry Charlie top £26.99, Gun Hill; Seasalt Brawn Point crops £55, Christopher William Coastal; trainers £36, Allez Chic. Caroline is wearing Custommade Giselle top £119, Collen & Clare; Hod Temple trousers in Cuba print £83, Nomad & the bowerbird

Linen dress £45, Thornham Deli; Beshlie McKelvie Dupatta scarf £129, Collen & Clare; shoes £52, Allez Chic



Rixo London Moss blouse £175, Collen & Clare; Mos Mosh jeans £109, Nelle-dk

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Renee is wearing Poppy dress in zebra by Primrose Park £199, Anna; necklace £299 and pendant £139 (worn as one), Urban Armour. Caroline’s dress, as before.

Michaela Louisa dress £135, Allez Chic; Angelou bag £59, Tilley & Grace

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Earrings £79, Urban Armour

Becksöndergaard Eamon scarf £65, Nelle-dk

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Gianni Conti backpack £145, The Tannery Sunglasses £7.99, Relish


CODED Audrey bag £45, Tilley & Grace Gabs Beyonce cross body bag £85, The Tannery

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Here’s how to look top-to-toe fabulous in the sunshine, says Harriet Cooper


The skin on our lips is thinner than elsewhere on our body, so it needs a little extra TLC. Try Barr-Co’s range of lip balms, available from Nomad & the bowerbird (£11 each). Not only do they look pretty as a picture, they contain beeswax and vitamin E, leaving lips soft and ready to pucker up. Nomad & the bowerbird, Wells 01328 712282



Cold weather zaps the moisture out of hair and who wants to welcome in the summer with a dry, brittle barnet? “Following the effects of harsh weather and central heating, our Philip Kingsley Luxury Spa Hair Treatment (£25) will re-energise hair, adding manageability, bounce and shine,” advises Hannah Farthing, Salon Director of The Old School House Hair Company. The Old School House Hair Company, Hunstanton 01485 535376


Exfoliation is key for summer-ready skin, says Skin and Beauty Expert Sophie Stapleton. Whether this is an at-home scrub or in-salon treatment, it’ll slough away dead cells leaving skin smooth and bright. Hydration is also a skin saver, in the form of water consumption

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and serums under your moisturiser. “Finally, a summer must-have is the Dead Sea Spa Magik Sunsafe Oil-Free Facial Gel SPF50 (£17.95, from Sophie). This little gem protects the skin and is a fabulous make-up base,” says Sophie. Sophie Stapleton, Harpley 07500 009527 @sophie_skin_beauty_expert



“A good defined brow can help to complement a fresh, natural and hassle-free summer look,” says Bec Newstead of The Retreat. “Eyebrows help to frame the face so it’s important they don’t disappear or look too heavy.” Book yourself in for The Retreat’s Brow by Mii treatment (£25, then £18 for maintenance) and they’ll analyse your face to create the right shape brow for you, before tinting, waxing and tweezing. The Retreat, Docking 01485 518729

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Feet not sandal-ready? “After a shower or bath, use a Ped Egg or pumice stone to scrub dead, hard skin away,” says Katy Jones of Beauty-next-the-Sea. “Afterwards, lather your feet in a rich foot cream to prevent cracked heels.” Finally, treat yourself to a pretty pedicure; go for a bright colour - we love the new O.P.I Lisbon Collection, available from Beauty-next-the-Sea. For an extra treat, try the Elemis Best Foot Forward pedi there (£25), which includes a scalp massage while feet are encased in hydrating warm booties. Bliss. Beauty-next-the-Sea, Wells 01328 710446

Body scrubs create smoother skin and minimise the appearance of large pores or pigmentation, helping moisturisers to work better and making hair removal easier, advises Shannon Curry, Spa Manager at The Secret Garden Spa at Congham Hall Hotel. “I’d recommend our Macadamia & Papaya Body Scrub (£40 for 45 minutes),” says Shannon. “It’ll leave skin looking brighter and feeling softer.” Congham Hall Hotel, Congham 01485 600250

Your swimsuit is at the ready, now all you need do is get rid of unwanted hair. At Heacham Manor, the hotel’s Mulberry Spa has a dedicated Waxing Room offering an array of strip wax treatments (from £5). Why not combine it with a visit to their newly-opened Thermal Suite with its Coyote Spa, steam room, monsoon shower and sauna. Heacham Manor, Heacham 01485 579824

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And so to bed... Tossing and turning at night? You’re not alone. Harriet Cooper asks the experts why so many of us have sleep issues and what we can do to solve them


S I type, I’ve already snapped at my husband, lost my car keys (twice), gulped down my third cup of coffee and I still can’t stop yawning. It’s only 10am. Sound familiar? If so, I’m guessing you’re having trouble sleeping, too. While some people may be lucky enough to close their eyes and disappear into the land of nod until morning, for others this is but a dream. According to a report by The Sleep Council, nearly half of us are getting just six hours sleep or less a night, while an alarming four out of five people complain of disturbed, inadequate or ‘toxic’ sleep. On average we actually need at least seven or eight hours of sleep a night (for children, 10 to 12 hours) to function properly. “Sleep is essential for cell renewal. A recent study suggests that brain cells grow as much when you’re 70 as when you’re younger,” explains Dr Helen Caswell, a GP who practices in Burnham Market. “Sleep is also essential for the subconscious processing of emotions - it’s part of that downtime we all need.” If we don’t get enough zzzs on a regular basis, it catches up with us. “You may not realise until you find that you’re having difficulty losing weight or you’ve got high blood pressure and it can’t be controlled,” continues Dr Caswell. “Maybe you’re not being very efficient or you’re depressed. The problem is, people become used to being tired and are numbed to the fact they’re functioning on a slightly sub level.” According to Michael I’Anson, Practice



Director at Creative Chiropractic @ Pensthorpe, restricted sleep can mean brain activation substantially declines. “This occurs particularly in the frontal lobe of the brain, which is responsible for affecting attention, problem solving, executive functions, such as planning, prioritising, organising, and the ability to resist distractions.” Essentially we become irritable, impulsive, lose concentration and forget things. Sleep deficiency may have a negative impact physically, too. “It can increase the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes and obesity. US researchers have suggested that not enough REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, when we are at our deepest sleep, can also increase the chances of developing dementia,” says Rachael Curnow, Rehabilitation Specialist at Creative Chiropractic @ Pensthorpe. But why are so many of us finding it hard to get sufficient shuteye? “There are various reasons why we have sleep problems,” explains Guy Thorold, a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist who practices at Holt Consulting Rooms. “One of the most common is poor ‘sleep hygiene’ - this can be eating or drinking too close to bedtime, especially caffeinated products; having an irregular bedtime routine; our room being too warm or light; lack of daily exercise or time spent in bright daylight; and looking at electrical devices too close to bedtime, especially in the bedroom.”

But the predominant reason, he says, is stress and anxiety. “We go to bed with all sorts of unresolved worries, so it takes a long time to fall asleep, and we possibly wake occasionally with these issues still going round in our brain. If this happens frequently we can associate bed with being awake, and may start to develop chronic insomnia.” Dr Caswell agrees: “The tireder you get, the more anxious you are and then it becomes a vicious cycle of ‘I won’t be able to sleep, I won’t be able to function’. It’s a fear cycle.” But it’s not all doom and gloom for nonsleepers - there are key measures you can take to try and help alleviate those sleepless nights. Establish and stick to a relaxing bedtime ritual. “A routine is important, especially when life is busy,” says Norfolkbased Family Sleep Consultant Kathryn Stimpson. “An ideal routine lasts around 30 to 45 minutes; it can include yoga, stretching, meditation, a bath, reading, writing gratitudes and reviewing what has gone well in your day.” And re-evaluate your sleeping environment: make sure your bedroom is cool, free from both noise and light consider using blackout curtains or an eye mask. If sleep continues to elude you, get up and do something mundane in another room (not TV!) until you start to feel drowsy - but above all, make sure to not develop an association and expectation of being in bed, but awake. If you’re still having trouble, speak with your doctor or a sleep professional. After all, as Kathryn says, “Sleep is a main pillar of health and without your health you have nothing.”

CATCH SOME ZZZs Top tips for avoiding those restless nights

This 100% cotton bird print quilt will perk up any bed. £145 for a good-sized double. The Barn at Artemis, Cley 01263 741674


Cut down on caffeine, heavy food and alcohol at least two hours before bedtime. “Alcohol is a depressant and it will adversely affect your sleep,” says Dr Caswell. “People think it is helping, but it won’t.” And remove the caffeine. Research shows that your last coffee should be no later than 1pm as the half-life for caffeine in the body is from four to six hours on average.

DITCH THE TECHNOLOGY We love the brand new Perfect Night’s Sleep Face Oil (£42) and Perfect Night’s Sleep Cleansing Balm & Cloth (£32) from the Neom Organics Scent To Sleep Range . Joyful Living, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525714


This Flamingo Grace top and pant pyjama set (£47) is pretty enough to wear all day, too. Or for hot summer nights, treat yourself to the top and shorts set (£38). Pollard & Read, Holt 01263 714011

Banish all electronic devices from the bedroom. Why? The bright blue light emitted on mobile phones, computers, tablets, and televisions suppresses the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/ wake cycle or circadian rhythm, thus leaving people feeling alert when they should be feeling drowsy. Instead, keep a notepad by your bed and, when thoughts are swirling around your head, jot them down.


Having the right bed plays a huge role in getting a good night’s sleep, says Harry Thompson of the Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co. “Having a strong, robust bedstead, with a good firm base is key. Though going by firmness ratings when choosing a mattress is a no-no. A mattress should be chosen on comfort and support… nothing else.”


“I recommend spending at least 30 minutes outside daily,” says Kathryn Stimpson. “In a healthy sleep pattern, the hormone cortisol is what allows our bodies to wake up in the morning. In the evening the hormone melatonin is released, which helps us unwind to sleep. Exposure to daylight is one of the best ways to regulate these hormones; when the daylight hits your retina it triggers the release of cortisol and when it becomes dark there is a surge of melatonin.” For more information, visit

Above: Crafted from an iron core and plated in your choice of finish, the handmade Arthur bed is a showstopper. A double costs £1995. Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co, Shernborne 01485 542516 Right: Remedies to Roll Night Time from Neal’s Yard Remedies contains an aromatherapy blend to help prepare for a more restful night. £8. Creative Chiropractic @ Pensthorpe, 01328 854325

Creative Chiropractic @ Pensthorpe, 01328 854325 Holt Consulting Rooms, Holt 01263 711712 Kathryn Stimpson, Family Sleep Consultant Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co, Shernborne 01485 542516

Cut a dash at bedtime in this red unisex P.LeMoult striped pyjama set, available from Laking Art. £155. Laking Art, Holt 01263 711911

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In the swim

Last summer Harriet Cooper discovered why wild swimming is the new cool (and we’re not talking about the bracing water)


CAN’T pretend I’m not nervous. The wildest swimming I’ve ever done is when the wave machine comes on at Splash leisure centre in Sheringham. But I’d recently read I Found My Tribe (Chatto & Windus, £14.99), in which Ruth Fitzmaurice recounts how plunging into the icy waters of the Irish Sea helped her cope with her husband’s advanced Motor Neurone Disease. And it got me thinking about the benefits of swimming out of one’s comfort zone. Far from being the preserve of the very brave, there are a growing number of wild-dippers. Most are seeking that natural endorphin high, though wild swimming can also soothe muscle aches, boost the immune system and - in the long term - reduce blood pressure. Intrigued, I’ve arranged to meet former Marine Henry Chamberlain at Wells quay. Henry runs Coastal Exploration Co., which takes people on unique adventures amongst the creeks, marshes and open sea off the Norfolk coast. “I love the physical activity of it,” says Henry, a keen advocate of wild swimming in the creeks. “It is one of the top things people want to do when we go out on a trip. Some just like a dip but others want to swim further, and we follow as a safety boat.” As we wend our way through the creeks in Henry’s beautifully restored boat, I’m struck by the tranquility of my surroundings. I jump in. Ok, I’m wearing a wetsuit, but it isn’t too cold. Henry’s designated route and time means we’re swimming with the tide, which gently pulls us along. My mind empties and all I can focus on is the water and the banks of sea lavender on either side. Twenty minutes later and it’s time to get out. I’m handed a cup of tea on board, which I sip gratefully. As we head into shore, I feel invigorated. A couple of days later, I meet garden designer Jackie Finch and author Rachel Cusk at Rachel’s home. Jackie designed Rachel’s garden, in the centre of which is a 25-metre long, three metre deep pond, purpose-built for swimming. It’s pretty as a picture, and before I jump in amongst the flowering lily pads, I spot an electric blue dragonfly darting about. The pond is warmed by the sun and it’s incredibly clear - there’s a system which circulates the water to stop it going stagnant, and the reeds they’ve planted also keep it clean. “There are no chemicals like in a swimming pool,” explains Jackie. “Last time I swam, a deer came down to drink from the pond.” Refreshed from our dip, we watch the swallows swooping over the water as we dry off in the sun. I think I might be hooked. Coastal Exploration Co., 07970 276397 Finch Garden Design, 07776 292211




Henry’s safety tips for swimming in the creeks • Understand the tides and currents • Wear a wetsuit for extra protection • Swim in pairs or have a safety boat • Tow a brightly-coloured dry bag, that you can carry warm clothing and a telephone in and which also enables other water users to see you • Always consider your escape routes in case you get in trouble • Don’t try and swim in a creek that is flowing quickly out to sea. Swim with the incoming tide. • If you get in trouble against a strong tide, swim perpendicular to the tide to the nearest bank/ shore • Always do a recce at low tide to ensure there are no underwater obstacles • Always let somebody know where you are swimming, the route, start and finish times and who to call if you do not check in on completion of your swim

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Look out the window and the likelihood is you will be met by the sight of nature’s new life, growth and development. Spring has definitely sprung and as we enjoy the longer days and the outdoors becomes more of an attractive option, our bodies and minds seek to be more active. Time for rejuvenation!


sn’t Rejuvenation a fantastic word? Defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “the action or process of making someone or something look or feel better, younger or more vital.” As we slough off winter, many of us will be wanting to achieve at least one of these goals. It’s all about that balance of leading full and complex lives, often not making time for ourselves or simply not knowing where to start. If you need a helping hand to brush off those cobwebs, to take a breath and make time for yourself and to feel energised, then the experts at Creative Chiropractic are on hand. This year, they are offering the option of 3 special Summer Health Plans to boost your body and well-being. A choice of 3 plans allows you to choose what best suits your needs and receive bespoke 1-2-1 sessions from one of their fully qualified Practitioners. Based at the beautiful Pensthorpe Nature Park you will have the peaceful surroundings of nature amongst you too.

These plans enable you to establish personal goals and time will be taken to talk about what you would like to achieve and how this can be made attainable. Your starting point is the 30-minute Health Guide. You’ll receive an immediate overview, providing insights including measurements of your Blood Pressure, Bone Mass, Visceral Fat, Body Fat, Muscle Mass and Metabolic Age to name a few. These important health indicators provide you with a starting block and an instant motivation tool which can be reviewed if choosing the ‘Complete Plan’ (see below).

Like Sophie, many patients at the Practice initially arrive with their own concerns, restrictions and lack of confidence. With the team’s support, guidance and encouragement they have gone on to feel and experience very noticeable benefits including weight loss, a dramatic increase in energy levels, sleep improvement, a belief that they can make a change and an overall sense of wellbeing. As another patient explained “I used to turn up so miserable but now my Va Va Voom is back and I genuinely feel so happy”.

Once the Health Guide has been successfully completed you have the opportunity to begin the Active Lifestyle Sessions, tailored to suit you and your goals in a comfortable setting enabling you to move one step forward at a time (or even two!), with the team on hand to encourage and support you. Many people who believed they couldn’t, have, and now it’s your turn! So, get your paddle, brace yourself, breathe, smile and get paddling your own canoe.

Give yourself that ‘me’ time you deserve and focus on the I in healthier. Choose a plan that suits you – together you can achieve great things! As C.S. Lewis said “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.”

Sophie Allsopp, a busy Mum who is also the Founder and Director of her own business, Sophie & Boo has this to say. “Taking part in a Health Plan Programme at Creative Chiropractic has enabled me to make those first (and, to be honest, somewhat nervous) important steps. “After the initial 30-minute Health Guide, I understood so much more about my body and what I needed to focus on and how I could make the changes. The support and guidance has been so brilliant as it was, and still is, all about what is right for me and how I can make it work, given my daily and weekly schedule. “I now look forward to my sessions at the Practice and I’m much less nervous about the activities and bespoke exercises. Having time to focus on myself has been pretty revolutionary actually and I feel different both mentally and physically. I have definitely felt a big change and can do so much more. I now have confidence in my body’s capabilities and I am able to believe the goals I have are attainable.”


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A LUCKY STREAK If you’re visiting any of North Norfolk’s heathland, look out for the UK’s only truly green butterfly, the aptly named green hairstreak is a real gem. It feeds on the yellow gorse flowers. There are 39 species of butterfly in Norfolk but seeing the metallic, emerald-green underwing flash against the acid yellow of the gorse is a real treat.


Summer loving The hardy wildlife that survived the coldest and snowiest winter for many in years have now got to gird their loins in preparation for the most precarious weeks of their lives. Raising a family will sap animals of every spare ounce of energy. Take the blue tit for example - they’ll be run ragged during May and June. Considering she’d fit in the palm of your hand, the female must build her own nest, lay her eggs (this can be up to 16) bearing in mind the average clutch contains about 0.5g of calcium and her whole skeleton is only 0.6g. After she’s incubated her eggs for two weeks, eating in snatches and relying on her mate to deliver food, both adults must deliver around 100 morsels, usually caterpillars, per day to each chick – multiply that by the average clutch of nine -that’s a crazy 900 bugs per day. For a bird only a smidge heavier that a £1 coin, that’s mind-boggling. But there are so many things that can go wrong; in 2007, it’s estimated that 10 million blue tit chicks died due to the cold wet weather during the breeding season. Spare a thought too for the male wren. He has to make multiple incomplete nests for the female to choose from - this can be over a dozen - please let’s all put up wren nest boxes!

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Mark and Gin from MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays have teamed up with North Norfolk Food Hero Simon Hunter Marsh and Kate Anderson for a weekend of foraging on the North Norfolk Coast from 15 to 17 June (07787 534809, Or if you want to go really wild, the Coastal Exploration Co. can help you experience our awesome coast from one of their wooden boats. You’ll be expertly helped with foraging, and they’ll even help you cook it alfresco too (07970 276397,

Did you know samphire gets its name from Saint Pierre, the French name for the patron saint of fishermen? Our coast is well known for samphire and June is the best time to pick while it’s young, juicy and tender (remember to cut off just a few fronds and not pull the whole plant out of the mud). There are many other edible plants along our shores and marshes: sea aster, sea purslane, sea spinach, sea kale, we have them all, but always forage with someone who has local knowledge, especially someone who knows not just the plants but the tides and local environment too.

Wild reading

Wild Signs and Star Paths, The Keys to Our Lost Sixth Sense by Tristan Gooley (Published by Sceptre on 17 May, £20) In my early twenties, I got lost in a rainforest in Borneo. Although it was only for a few hours and I was with a friend, I still remember the stomach-churning terror. Ever since then, I’ve been fascinated by natural navigation. I’ve just got my hands on a copy of Tristan Gooley’s new book and I love it. As ever, this author makes you look, truly see and understand your habitat. After reading this, a walk in the park will never be the same again. I’ve also learned a new word: Psithurism - the rustling sound of leaves in wind. NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EARLY SUMMER 2018



WE’RE GOING ON AN OWL PROWL Barn, tawny, little, short-eared and long-eared are the five breeding species of owls found in the UK and North Norfolk has them all. But you don’t have to be a night owl to spot them, says Sarah Whittley


N March, a snowy owl pitched up on the North Norfolk coast and as I write, there’s a pure white, leucistic owl in Cley, causing much excitement. But my favourite owl, and probably favourite bird is the indefatigable little owl. What it lacks in stature it makes up with attitude - it will even run down its prey, which can be as large as a small rabbit. Although this pint-sized bird isn’t native to the UK, it has adapted well. It gets its scientific name, Athene noctua from Athene the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare, who also fell for this plucky bird’s charm. But of all owls, it’s probably the barn owl that conjures the most emotion: ghost owl, demon owl, silent hunter, church owl, even screech owl due to its ear-piercing, other-worldly calls. It doesn’t fare too well in folklore - it’s been called a harbinger of doom, a banshee due to its ability to appear out of nowhere and its deathly white plumage. However, every time I see one, they make my heart flutter. The most terrifying thing about these birds is their fragility. It only takes an extended period of bad weather to dramatically reduce their numbers. Their specially adapted feathers are great for silent flight but get waterlogged very quickly and they’ll starve to death if they can’t feed for a few days. A staggering 70% of barn owls die in their first year. While the barn owl is very dependent on voles, shrews and mice, the tawny’s diet is more diverse, including worms, bats, rabbits, rats, even other birds, and they won’t say no to carrion either. They’re our most ubiquitous owl in Norfolk due to their ‘twit twoo’ calls. But these calls aren’t made by just one bird, it’s two birds calling to one another. The ‘twit’ is more of a ke-wik made by the female and the twoo is a hoo hooing male replying or simply claiming his territory. If you’ve ever walked the Norfolk Coast Path between Titchwell and Cley and spotted a long-winged, flat-faced bird floating over the marsh, you’ve probably seen a short-eared owl. And once seen, you’re not likely to forget this nomadic owl; don’t be confused if you can’t see their ear tufts, they’re often not visible. Although long-eared owls occur in North Norfolk, like the tawny owl they’re strictly nocturnal, hence tricky to see.



‘Barn Owl in Flight’ by James McCallum,

A QUICK GUIDE TO SPOTTING OWLS Little owl at Creake Abbey © Andy Allard

Tawny owl ©

Short-eared owl in flight ©

The best way to find an owl is to know the habitats they hunt in or if you have the space, try putting up a nest box. You can get advice from the Hawk and Owl Trust and if you’re lucky you’ll see barn owls at their gem of a reserve in Sculthorpe ( Barn owls Like field voles so look for the habitat they frequent, such as meadows and tussocky grasslands, marsh and field edges. Tawny owls A woodland species but easily adapted to trees in towns. Locate them by their calls then wait for a bright moon to try to spot them. Little owls They like mature, gnarly trees - oak and ash are favourites. Felbrigg and Holkham Hall are good places to start. Short-eared owls Like wide open spaces, aloof and tricky to find, heavily dependent on field voles. My favourite locations are the marshes between Stiffkey and Morston and Kelling water meadows. Long-eared owls Like coniferous woodland and are shy and secretive. More commonly seen during winter when, like the shorteared, numbers swell when birds flee the harsh northern hemisphere. They can roost en masse; the most I’ve seen is 16 in Great Yarmouth cemetery. If you like to birdwatch in a more relaxed fashion, there are several cafés and pubs where barn owls make regular flybys. Try Creake Abbey, which has resident barn owls viewable from the café, and little owls (www., or the terrace at Artemis Coffee Shop in Cley (www.artemiscoffeeshop., where you can see barn owls hunting over the reed beds.



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Gorse on Barrow Common ©

In the second of our series of local walks, Nicholas Rudd-Jones enjoys a circular stroll taking in Brancaster Staithe, Barrow Common and Brancaster (Branodunum) Roman Fort


HIS walk gives you an unparalleled view of the coast from Barrow Common, a slice of history and a working harbour.

Walk data Distance: 5 km (3.1 miles) Typical time: 1¼ hours Height gain: 55 metres Map: OS Landranger 132 NW Norfolk Start and finish: bus stop Brancaster Staithe, Jolly Sailors Terrain: straightforward; sturdy footwear needed

The view from Barrow Common ©

Points of Interest Fishing boats at Brancaster Staithe

The route:


From the bus stop, head S up Common Lane (verges, but no path, so take great care) towards the common, the entrance to which is marked by wooden railings either side of the road and a wooden bench on your left Turn left here and walk clockwise round the common, taking in as much of it as you choose. Eventually you will come to the NW corner of the common Here you join Green Common Lane (a track), which turns to the left and then right, until you reach the coast road Cross this road and enter the fort through the kissing gate, crossing the field diagonally to the NW corner; go through the gate here and cross the lane into a second field On reaching the Norfolk Coast Path, turn right (E) and follow it until you reach the staithe at Brancaster Staithe Walk past the dinghies, keeping to the coast path which continues just opposite The Crab Hut. You will soon come to the old coastguard watch box with tower and a track on the right which was the yard to the old malthouse which stood here. Find out more on the information board then head up the track and you shortly regain the road and the Jolly Sailors opposite.


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From Barrow Common you have Barrow Common a fabulous view of the coast - Scolt © Head Island, expansive inter-tidal sand and mudflats, salt marshes, sand dunes and reed beds. In World War II there was a coastal defence radar station on the common. Today a few structures still survive, including two The Jolly Sailors always offers a warm welcome, buildings, the larger of which housed the radar good pub food and an excellent children’s area equipment and screens. outside.

Pit stops

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Branodunum Roman Fort is a Scheduled Ancient Monument built during the 3rd century AD, one of the 11 Saxon 4 5 Forts 8 9 the 6 7 along 1 2 3Shore east and south coasts. It was in use until the 4th century. Pause at the information panels in the grassy fields to find out more.

The Crab Hut on the staithe at Brancaster Staithe (open from the start of the Easter holidays until the end of autumn half-term) is great for fresh seafood sandwiches and drinks.

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CUTTINGS Green-fingered news and tips from our gardening writer Fiona Cumberpatch

Learn from the experts! Open gardens are always inspiring. Visiting is not just a pleasure, it’s an ideal opportunity to pick the brains of seasoned gardeners and a good way to find out which plants thrive in the local area. Most gardeners are only too happy to share their knowledge, so don’t hesitate to ask questions as you Dersingham walk around. Open Gardens Sedgeford is hosting an open garden day on 27 May, with a dozen or so village gardens taking part. There’ll be plant stalls, and lunches and teas on offer in the church along with craft and produce stalls, live music and more. On 27 and 28 May, nearly 20 gardens are open in Dersingham, from large, rambling properties to more bijoux displays. In addition, 14 artists spread over nine studios will be opening up their gardens as well as exhibiting their work of paintings, photography, pottery and glasswork. There will be plant stalls and freshly picked asparagus in various gardens, and lunches and cream teas are on offer in St Nicholas Church, where entry tickets can be purchased. Proceeds will be shared between St Nicholas Church and the new Village Centre.

If you only do one thing this season… Slice the tops off tall plants such as coneflowers, reducing them by at least half their height. The plants will soon grow back, with extra side shoots and more flowers that will bloom longer and later. The technique is known as the ‘Chelsea Chop’ because the best time to do it is the same week as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on the 22 to 26 May.

Need to know

Sedgeford Open Gardens, Sunday 27 May, noon to 5pm. Adults £4, children free. For more information call 01485 579002. Dersingham Open Gardens and Art Trail, Sunday 27 and Monday 28 May, 11am to 5pm. Tickets from St Nicholas Church £5 on the day, £4 in advance from Dersingham Post Office, under 16s free. Ticket covers both days. For more open garden dates in Norfolk, visit the National Garden Scheme website,

GREAT GARDENING BOOKS The Pottery Gardener by Arthur Parkinson Published by The History Press (RRP £16.99) Kew-trained Arthur’s love of gardening and hens began on childhood holidays taken on a working farm in Derbyshire with his grandparents. After working for the doyenne of cut flowers, Sarah Raven, he was soon offered the chance to create a garden from scratch at Emma Bridgewater’s ceramics factory in Stokeon-Trent. This book charts his progress, from a patch of uninspiring bare earth in an industrial setting to the result: a riot of rich, intense colours and texture, with tulips, alliums, roses and dahlias forming a long succession of loveliness. There’s plenty of useful, in-depth advice about creating a garden, and keeping chickens. Quirky and inspirational, yet also practical.



There’s no shortage of books to inspire you this season, whether you’re a fair-weather gardener or a diehard! Garden Style by Selina Lake Published by Ryland, Peters and Small (RRP £19.99) This is a stunningly photographed book, a source of inspiration and visual ideas rather than a growing manual. Selina Lake, stylist for magazines such as Country Living and Homes & Antiques brings her expertise to the outdoors, offering advice on outdoor lighting, creating a seating area with ambience, using vintage and reclaimed finds and choosing furniture. There are tips for easy-to-grow flowers and veg, some easy makes and endless suggestions for glorious decorative touches.

There will be several specialist tree nurseries attending bringing soft and hard woods as well as unusual fruit and nut trees. The Norfolk Olive Tree Company, based in Norwich, will bring Arbequina olive trees from Spain, a self-pollinating variety which is ideally suited to the UK’s shorter summers as it flowers early in the season. There will be a pop-up café for refreshments. Admission, £4 adults, children free. Proceeds to Wells Community Hospital Trust. Creake Abbey, North Creake

Creake Abbey Plant Lovers’ Day

Days out for plant lovers Saturday 26 May: Creake Abbey Plant Lovers’ Day, 10am to 4pm Creake Abbey has gathered a fantastic range of specialist plant nurseries for its popular Plant Lovers’ Day. Plantsmen from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex as well as leading nurseries from as far afield as Kent will be on hand to inspire the region’s gardeners. This year’s event, the eleventh, will once again feature excellent value perennials, exotics, bulbs, shrubs, climbers and vegetables from companies such as Burn Valley Nursery, Perfect Perennials and Norfolk Herbs.

Saturday 9 June: East Ruston Old Vicarage Plant Fair, 10am to 3pm These wonderfully inspiring gardens created from a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ make the perfect backdrop for a plant fair, comprising around 50 stands, mainly representing nurseries, but they will include some garden-related items, and carefully selected local food producers such as Ollands Farm Preserves. BBC Radio Norfolk will be broadcasting from the garden party at lunchtime, and there will be guest speakers and a floral demonstration in the afternoon. Admission £3. East Ruston Old Vicarage, East Ruston

Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June: Horticulture Show Part of the Royal Norfolk Show, this expandedfor-2018 event offers a community hub with plot-to-plate demonstrations throughout the day. There are show gardens reflecting this year’s themes of Wellbeing, Field to Fork and Our Coast, plus a pollinator garden to find out how to attract more bees and butterflies. Indoor and urban gardening will also be covered, with plenty of stands to buy plants and accessories for your outdoor space. Tickets (online prices) adults £21, children aged 5 to 16, £8. Car park £6. Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich

Retail Therapy

SEASONAL STUNNER Agapanthus What’s so good about it? Agapanthus, or African Lily, as it is commonly known, is a striking, bold architectural plant for the garden. Large, ball shaped flowers in various shades of blue and white and new striped varieties are held on long slender stems arching up from a mound of strap shaped leaves. Ideal for either a modern, contemporary garden or a traditional mixed border. How do I look after it? They are very low maintenance on the whole, the deciduous varieties are generally hardier than their evergreen relatives and will respond well to a mulch of compost over the crowns in the winter. The evergreen varieties may require fleecing in the coldest of weather. Ideal spot? Agapanthus prefer a well-drained soil in a sunny position or plant them in a pot as a fantastic specimen plant. Where to buy? Burn Valley Nursery, South Creake 01328 823333

Wreaths: Fresh, Foraged & Dried Floral Arrangements by Katie Smyth and Terri Chandler Published by Hardie Grant (RRP £14.99) Wreaths are not just for Christmas, and this fresh, on-trend book tells you how to make the most of them year-round. Whether it’s a wild spring hoop, a chair wreath for a wedding or special occasion or a rustic chandelier to hang outside or in, there are plenty of bright ideas and instructions on how to get that informal, relaxed look.

Gardening gloves don’t come much prettier than these National Trust Alfriston Clergy Oak print ones. £15 from the National Trust shop at Blickling This gardening pail is the perfect portable mini work station. Made from waterproof canvas and jute, with a strong handle, it has six pockets for secateurs, gloves, trowels etc. It comes in poppy red or olive. £34 from Carrier Company, Wighton 01328 820699 www. Use a quirky wooden trug as a temporary display for herbs or pots of flowers and stand them on the patio. Large fish box, £38 from Bringing the outside in, Burnham Deepdale, Holkham 01328 713093 and Wells 01328 712282

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The Barefoot team have been busier than ever this spring, with not one, but two new premises opening in Burnham Market.


arefoot Retreats, the luxury self-catering cottage rental agency, has just opened a new, additional office in Burnham Market. Meanwhile, Barefoot Living, the luxury homewares and lifestyle store, has recently moved into larger premises at 14 North Street, closer to the busy and vibrant centre of the village, after outgrowing their old home. Emma Mason, owner of Barefoot Norfolk, has a wealth of local knowledge and knows Burnham Market like the back of her hand – and nearly everyone in it too for that matter! Emma is proud of the exciting new changes to both businesses. She says “We love the location and space with the new Barefoot Living store and although we had a superb time in the old shop, the

footfall being that bit closer to the centre has been brilliant and it keeps the store busy and upbeat throughout the day – although we do miss Jane at Mable’s Paint Pot and Tony, Sheila and Steve at Burnham Market Stores!”

range of Stoneglow candles and diffusers as well as lots of tempting new additions. “With the larger space we’ve now got stunning side tables, console tables, more lovely lamps and fabulously large mirrors,” says Emma.

With the change in location, Emma and the girls at Barefoot Living have ensured that the current stock remains on trend and the laidback luxury style that Barefoot is now renowned for is maintained throughout as well. Prices range from as little as £3 to £300 so there really is something for everyone and for all occasions. Emma is passionate about keeping the price right and the stock always changing.

“Many of our customers comment on the superb new stock and all the different items to come and browse – we’re guilty of popping in often too, but can you blame us?”

Emma’s Favourite Five

I’m spoilt for choice with all the new season stock in store at Barefoot Living, but if I had to choose I’d pick… • Classic salad servers, £16.50 Prepare to see plenty of your old favourites in • Incredibly popular Malteaser bowl, £36.25 store, including statement clocks and a large • The pretty bud vase currently in the window, £67.25 • The Little Weavers collection, in particular the hare, from £10.50 to £35 • The big monkey fruit bowl – It’s brilliant, £115

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HOW WILL THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR) AFFECT ME? If your business processes or handles personal data then you have probably heard of the GDPR, the upcoming change in data protection regulations. You may have heard scare stories about potential fines running to millions of pounds, but you may not be sure about how the change will affect you, says Janet Lane, Associate Solicitor at Fraser Dawbarns LLP.


he first thing that you should know is that the GDPR is already law and has been since 25 May 2016 but enforcement doesn’t begin until 25 May 2018. You should also be aware that the large fines are real, breaching the GDPR can bring fines up to £17,600,000 or 4% of global turnover, whichever is higher.

What are the main changes?

Some of the changes under the GDPR are more significant than others, but the biggest changes are that individuals’ rights and transparency requirements have been significantly expanded. You should be aware of the following points, but understand that this is not an exhaustive list. The regulation document is 11 chapters long, spread over 88 pages and is therefore not easily digestible into a short article.

and Data Subjects must also be able to request and receive their data in a ‘structured, commonly used and machine readable format’ free of charge. Privacy policies have to be in plain English, as short as possible, and will need to lay out the subject’s rights, why the data is being collected and how long it will be held for. A firm will need to have a reason for collecting and holding data, being transparent about the data they hold is not sufficient. If a data breach occurs, controllers will be required to report this to the supervisory authority within 72 hours and to notify the Data Subject without undue delay.

Will Brexit affect the GDPR?

Unlikely, the UK government intends to bring our post- Brexit privacy laws in line with the GDPR and any company that processes the data of EU citizens will still be bound by it even after we leave.

People whose data is being collected (Data Subjects) will have to actively and unambiguously agree to have their data collected and shared. Those who hold Is this very different to the Data or process the data (Data Controllers) can no longer Protection Act? assume consent if someone hasn’t requested that Yes and no, many of the areas covered by the their data not be shared and consent must be as GDPR are covered by the DPA but transparency easy to withdraw as to give. requirements are more stringent and the rights of Data Subjects have been increased. Transparency is important, people handling data Companies outside the EU who hold data on EU must be able to show that consent has been given citizens also have to conform to the GDPR. 46

How do I make sure that I am compliant?

Companies and individuals processing data must take ‘reasonable steps’ to conform to the GDPR. Breaches of the new rules will be treated more leniently if the Data Controller can show that they have tried to implement these regulations. Fraser Dawbarns strongly recommend that anyone responsible for processing other people’s data consults a Solicitor or GDPR specialist for help with compliance, leaving sufficient time to achieve this before May 25. 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.

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What Spray Kitchen Elite Who The sister company of CF Painting & Decorating, Spray Kitchen Elite is owned by Chris Foster, who holds Dulux Fellowship status. What do they do Their kitchen resprays and refurbishments became so popular, that Chris decided to operate it as a stand-alone business. Using a durable paint system which can be washed and cleaned, and is specific to the kitchen manufacturing industry, Spray Kitchen Elite can give your existing kitchen a new lease of life, with the minimum disruption. They have a large range of colours available, including heritage and National Trust shades – you’ll be spoilt for choice! And what else CF Painting & Decorating are celebrating their 20th year in business. As part of these celebrations, Chris is offering North Norfolk Living readers a 20% discount on a kitchen cupboard respray from Spray Kitchen Elite. Work to be completed by the end of August 2018. Get in touch Spray Kitchen Elite has bases in North Norfolk and the Midlands, and work all over the country. Call 01664 823923;

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I’ve just discovered local interior designer Zara Bolingbroke-Kent is launching Bombay Sprout Textiles, a brand new fabric collection in collaboration with a couple based in Delhi. “I wanted to create fabrics which were fun and whimsical and that could work with anything, whether it be stripes, checks or another pattern,” says Zara, who has been wanting to create her own fabric collection for years. “Our collection features palm trees, Mughal flowers and an elephant or two, and goes hand in hand with our colourful dhurrie rugs. We will be launching a few designs at the House and Garden Festival on 20 June.” The fabrics, designed by Zara in North Norfolk, are digitally printed onto fine Indian linen. The collection is currently made up of four designs in a variety of colourways, from £75 per metre. Email info@ for details. NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EARLY SUMMER 2018



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IN THE KNOW We talk property with three local experts THE ESTATE AGENT BEN MARCHBANK, BEDFORDS The lowdown: the year to date has seen strong demand, with properties selling well in most price sectors, but particularly in the £400,000 to £1 million range. On the market: it seems likely that there will continue to be a restricted supply of property coming to the market; any quality houses in strong locations which do become available will sell quickly as long as they are priced sensibly. If you are buying, it is always tempting to hope that the next house will be perfect in every way, but that is rarely the case; so if it is an 8 or 9 out of 10, make an offer! Top tip: savvy buyers have long known that the villages that lie just off the A148 offer great value. We have a period cottage overlooking the church in Great Snoring on the market for £360,000 (pictured). Bedfords, Burnham Market 01328 730500 THE PROPERTY SEARCH AGENT MALCOLM DUFFEY, NORFOLK PROPERTY SEARCH The lowdown: I am finding buyers are looking for a reduction in the purchase price, and property in general is taking longer to sell, except for the ‘hot spots’ along the coast. Higher value properties tend to be bought by people from outside the county, and these buyers are surprised that the higher value properties here often now match areas such as the Cotswolds. What’s in demand: Buyers now tend to prefer already renovated properties with an open plan

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large kitchen/ family room as life is busier than ever. Top tip: look for what you like in your favoured area and negotiate well on the asking price. At the end of the day it is the location of the property - you can always change the house to suit you better. The tip is to buy the worst house in the best road for value! Norfolk Property Search, 07434 934579 THE HOLIDAY LETTINGS AGENCY CEO HELEN MILLIN, NORFOLK HIDEAWAYS Sound advice: with so much competition in the market place, it is important when buying a second home that you choose wisely and set aside a budget to renovate, furnish and style the property well, to maximise your rental return. Where to buy: a one-bedroom romantic hideaway will always do well, as will a twobedroom, two-bathroom cottage in and out of season. My tips include Old Hunstanton, one of the few villages where you can easily walk to a beach, golf course and pubs/ restaurants and Ringstead, which has grown in popularity since The Gin Trap’s refurb. Top tip: Personally I love the Glaven Valley towards Holt and the little inland villages around Sheringham and Cromer, where the countryside is glorious and prices are lower. Norfolk Hideaways, 01485 211022 www.

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Standby interiors fans, there’s an exciting new local collaboration on the scene. Interior designer Sophie Allsopp of Sophie & Boo has just teamed up with Norfolk Living at No 55 The Townhouse, Norfolk Living Kitchens and Norfolk Living Homes; whether you’re looking for bespoke cabinetry for a new kitchen, boot room or wine room, want your home completely refurbed or one room redesigned, they’ve got it covered. The design vibe is beautiful but practical; think floors which can cope with dogs and muddy boots, washable and durable cabinetry and furnishings perfect for life on the North Norfolk coast. They’re even using local paints, from the new range of 120 colours by Fenwick & Tilbrook. Their first joint project is the build and interior design of a selection of luxury holiday rentals in and around Burnham Market. Sophie will be using pieces from Norfolk Living in her designs, so you can visit the store to shop the look. Whilst you’re browsing at the shop, look out for the prettily packaged No 55 The Townhouse range of home fragrances and the Norfolk Living Kitchens showroom there, complete with boot room!

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James Batchelor, Principal of Evergreen Equity Release Solutions, based on the historic Tuesday Market Place in King’s Lynn, on making Equity Release simple.


hen my business partner, Nigel Barrett and I first formed Barrett Batchelor Mortgage Services LLP, the aim was to not only be professional and efficient, but also to ensure that the service offered was personal and friendly. We firmly believed that this was required to make our company successful and is also what the people of Norfolk required. We were, and remain, determined to treat our clients with the respect they deserve and to ensure that they don’t feel as if they are just a number, as can be the case when dealing directly with the big banks. When we made the decision to extend our range of services a number of years ago by forming Evergreen Equity Release Services, it soon became apparent to us that this personal approach was probably even more important when dealing with people who were considering Equity Release. Important decisions have to be made when people are approaching retirement, and using your property to raise funds could well be the most important one of all. It’s fair to say that Equity Release is not for everyone, and part of the process I guide people through is explaining other options that may be available to them. In addition to this, future plans and state benefits could be affected. It’s not a decision that should be rushed into and it all depends on your individual needs and personal circumstances. Having said that, more and more people are recognising the benefits of raising money this way, and that it can be a very efficient way of doing so. Many of you will still be very active in retirement, and still have plenty of plans ahead of you. If you no longer have a wage coming in, and maybe

your private pension has not performed as you had hoped for, the question that could be asked is how you can fund your future plans? For many, it could be a case of having the majority of your wealth locked up in your home. Where some will look to downsize their property to release some money (not a cheap option in itself when you take into account the fees from estate agents, solicitors, potential stamp duty on the new purchase etc), more and more people are looking at the option of staying in their current property, and raising funds via Equity Release to enable them to do so. One thing I am very keen to do is to explain to people how the Equity Release market has evolved over the last 25 years. You no longer have to sell your property to the bank, so you still retain ownership of the property. Another important point is the “No negative equity guarantee”, which ensures that the amount you borrow will never exceed the debt on your property.

There are of course numerous other reasons you may be looking to raise money, and the importance of fully discussing such matters with a fully Qualified Equity Release Adviser cannot be stressed enough. A big concern I have is that many people decide that Equity Release is not an option for them, without being in possession of the full facts. They could be missing out on a great opportunity due to this, and this is why I offer a completely free consultation, without any obligation. I’d even suggest that you bring a family member or a trusted friend with you to the meeting. If you are fast approaching retirement (Equity Release is available to over 55’s only), or indeed you have already reached this milestone in your life and would like to explore the options available to you, I’m here to offer a helping and guiding hand. To understand the features and risks, please ask for a personalised illustration. If our service is of any interest to you, I’ll be only too pleased to visit you in the comfort of your own home if you would prefer me to do so.

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Foodies will want to make a beeline for The Walled Garden on the Raynham Estate in June for a three-day pop-up restaurant headed up by Julian Biggs (co-founder of London’s Ducksoup Soho, Rawduck Hackney and Little Duck - The Picklery Dalston), who will be cooking alongside Mungo Gurney of Gurneys Fish Shop. Expect a four-course dinner menu, which will include seasonal ingredients foraged from the Raynham Estate and Julian Biggs © Kristin Perers the coast, as well as Julian’s pickles, ferments and drinking vinegars. The vibe will be informal, with Julian and his team cooking in front of guests. Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June. For more information, contact

Reepham Food Festival The second annual Reepham Food Festival on Sunday 27 May (10am to 4pm) promises a veritable feast with over 50 local produce stalls, as well top chefs, expert butchers, foragers and spice producers giving demos. The night before, there’s a cocktails and canapés evening to kick proceedings off in style, while on the Sunday there will be a buffet supper featuring local produce.


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Gin Festival at The Gin Trap Inn Where better to celebrate gin than at The Gin Trap Inn’s ever-popular Gin Festival in Ringstead? Held over two separate weekends (Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June; Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September), there’ll be live music, barbecuing, locally-made ice-cream and, of course, copious amounts of gin. 01485 525264,

Enter into the spirit of things at The Stiffkey Red Lion, who are holding a gin tasting event on Saturday 19 May from 7pm. Hosted by a representative from tonic maker Fever Tree, spend the evening experimenting, mixing and sipping. Tickets cost £10 and can be used for 20% off your evening meal afterwards. 01328 830552,

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PILLOW TALK Boutique hotel The Dial House in Reepham comes under new ownership at the beginning of May, following its purchase by Hannah Springham and Andrew Jones of Norwich’s Farmyard Restaurant. The husband and wife team - Andrew has gained something of a reputation for his “produce driven” style of cooking, while Hannah will take on the role of Operations Director - have exciting plans for the hotel. “This isn’t going to be another Farmyard - the menu will be slightly more elegant, to echo the beautiful Georgian building. I also want to point out that we won’t be going in and scrapping everything. We love the place. The service is great, the site looks fantastic, but we’ll be cranking up the food offering to bring it in line with what already works so well. We feel incredibly lucky to be part of its next chapter,” says Andrew. 01603 879900,

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The Jolly Sailors Ale & Music Festival Over in Brancaster Staithe, beer lovers will be congregating at The Jolly Sailors for its 9th festival celebrating all things ale and music. Taking place on Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, there’ll be more than two dozen cask ales on offer - including Lucky Lobster, Brancaster Brewery’s newest craft ale plus craft beers. With bands playing throughout the weekend, including the Counterfeit Brits headlining on the Saturday, it promises to be a lot of fun. 01485 210314,

TAKE IN A NEW TAKEAWAY Stand by fast food fans… Shucks at the Yurt at Drove Orchards in Thornham has just launched a Chicken Shack and Rustic Pizza Takeaway. Expect sourdough pizzas, crispy buttermilk fried chicken, funky burgers and a whole plethora of sides from slaw to wedges (and you’ll soon be able to take away bottle beers and wine, too). Open Wednesday to Sunday from noon, with opening hours extended during the holidays. 01485 525707, NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EARLY SUMMER 2018


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Food News Pick up a picnic N

othing says summer like a good oldfashioned picnic. And with National Picnic Week between 15 and 24 June, what better excuse to feast alfresco? We speak to two deli owners about the art of picnicking.

Holland Thomson, Humble Pie

Favourite picnic spot In the sand dunes on Brancaster beach. What’s in your hamper? A large sourdough loaf, homemade pies and sausage rolls, a nice piece of Comté cheese, a pot of brown shrimps, a piece of kiln roast salmon with Gurneys homemade mayo and a chocolate biscuit cake - all available at Gurneys Fish Shop and upstairs in Humble Pie. Humble Pie, Burnham Market 01328 738581 Facebook: @humblepiedeli

Under the grill with... Peter Howard, recently appointed Head Chef at The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham Describe your style of cooking Modern British, clean and fresh. We do a dish called Peter’s Pie, which is homemade pie, mash and veg. We change the filling twice a week, but it’s always simple and tasty. Favourite ingredient at this time of year Wild garlic. I try and pick it myself. I’ll make wild garlic pesto, and the little flowers are nice in salads. Sweet or savoury? I like both. I do a triple chocolate brownie, which I’ve honed down to a very good recipe. I also like our slow-roasted Norfolk pork belly - it’s really tender with a good crackling. Best bit of kitchen kit I’ve got a stovetop smoker - we use it every day. Hot smoking takes about 30 to 45 minutes, which means you can use the freshest ingredients. Where would you go for your last meal I’d get fish and chips from the pub and walk down to Thornham Harbour with my wife. We’d sit on the sand dunes and watch the sunset. The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham 01485 512236

Add some pizzazz to your picnic Cool it

Every picnic needs a cool bag like this 9L Catalina Cooler Bucket Bag, £26. Gun Hill Great Outdoors, Burnham Market 01328 730462

John Pryor, Picnic Fayre

Favourite picnic spot Blakeney Point with the seals. What’s in your hamper? Antipasto, Cley Pastonacre sourdough, a takeaway salad box (which we’re launching this summer), homemade chocolate brownies with Norfolk raspberries, a piece of Mrs Temple’s Binham Blue and a chilled bottle of Lynton rosé - all of which you can buy in Picnic Fayre. Picnic Fayre, Cley 01263 740587

Step up to the plate

Brighten up any outdoor gathering with this set of plates, £15.95. Uttings, Burnham Market 01328 738353

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Drinks anyone? This Bamboo pitcher is great for sunny days, £21.50. Thornham Deli, Thornham 01485 512194

Bottoms up

Make an alfresco splash with a fun tumbler, £4.50. Glitter & Mud by The Chocolate Deli, Wells-nextthe-Sea 07920 463643 www.

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The inaugural Bayfield Farmers Market takes place on 16 June (10am to 3pm), and then every third Saturday of the month, at Manor Farm Barns in Glandford. Expect a smorgasbord of local delights to feast on, as well as vintage and craft stalls. Over in King’s Lynn, a new Farmers Market has returned to the town’s historic Saturday Market Place; taking place on the second Saturday of every month from 9am to 2pm, there’ll be everything from gourmet doughnuts to artisan gin. Bayfield Farmers Market, Facebook: @bayfieldfarmersmarketnorfolk King’s Lynn Farmers Market,

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG AT DROVE ORCHARDS! It’s over 65 years since the first apple tree was planted at Drove Orchards and the site is going from strength to strength, with award-winning restaurants and independent shops.


ith over 40 acres of orchards and 160 varieties of apples on the coast at Thornham, Drove Orchards has become a real destination for family days out.

If you fancy a spot of retail therapy, Drove has it covered, with everything from interiors, clothing and art available from Joyful Living, Nelle-dk, Bells and Whistles Kids and Doric Art.

Visitors can park for free and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the glorious orchards, even picking their own apples and pears when in season.

There is also a large farm shop stocked to the brim with amazing local produce including seasonal fruit and vegetables grown at Drove Orchards – it’s definitely a case of food yards not miles! And next door, Gurneys Fish Shop & Smokehouse offers the freshest local fish and sea food.

Follow this with a pit stop for a delicious bite to eat – Drove has two on-site restaurants run by awardwinning local chefs – Shuck’s serving rustic food in a relaxed setting in a large yurt or Eric’s, a traditional fish and chip restaurant with a modern twist. Both have outside areas to eat and unwind alfresco and there’s also a play area for younger members of the family to burn off some energy!

Drove Orchards’ owner, Andrew Jamieson, says “We’ve been growing steadily for years now, producing our popular range of quality juices made from apples, pears and quince. More recently we have added our own Drove Orchards cider, all are grown, pressed and bottled on-site.

We’ve also developed a real diverse community of great local businesses on site. I hope like our many returning customers you can take the time to visit us and let our ‘family’ look after yours.” Drove Orchards is currently planning a range of events over the warmer months and is looking to expand further so watch this space… Drove Orchards Thornham, PE36 6LS Just off the A149 coast road Drove Orchards Farm Shop, 014 85 525652 (open daily)

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Breakfast of champions Woken up feeling ravenous? Here are a few of our favourite foodie places to start the day, says Harriet Cooper

The King William IV Country Inn & Restaurant, Sedgeford

Artemis Coffee Shop, Cley

On the menu Hearty breakfast classics; we like the smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese and pickled cucumber and, a new addition to the menu, smashed avocado on toasted sourdough. If you order one thing... The shakshuka, a classic Middle Eastern breakfast dish consisting of eggs poached in a tomato and pepper sauce, has gained something of a reputation round these parts. And rightly so. USP Sip coffee (locally produced) on the café’s sunny terrace while drinking in views across the reedbeds. Visit Open every day from 9am; 01263 741674,

The Pheasant Hotel, Kelling

On the menu The buffet at this charming country house hotel is a breakfaster’s dream with an appetising array of cereals, fruits and pastries. For something more substantial, the menu offers everything from cooked breakfast to kippers - much of it locally-sourced. If you order one thing.... We’re rather partial to the eggs royale - poached eggs with Cley Smokehouse smoked salmon on a toasted English muffin. What’s not to love? USP Take breakfast in the pretty, light-filled orangery or, in summer, sit down over a cup of coffee in the garden. Visit Open to non-residents. Breakfast is served daily from 8am to 10am; 01263 588382,

On the menu Guests and non-residents will indeed be breakfasting like Kings there’s a generous buffet table groaning with delights, but do leave room for the à la carte choices, which range from eggs Benedict with asparagus to omelettes. If you order one thing... It has to be The Full English… locally-sourced sausages, bacon, fried potatoes, tomatoes, mushroom, black pudding and eggs, served scrambled, poached or fried. USP Breakfast here is award-winning, too. Sous-Chef Simon Biggar’s beetroot and fruit smoothie and his Scotch egg signature dish came joint second at this year’s National Breakfast Awards. Visit Breakfast is served daily between 8am and 10am, booking is advisable; 01485 571765,

OUT TO BRUNCH! If you’re more of a late-riser, then try these spots for a scrummy brunch

Titchwell Manor, Titchwell

The luxury hotel offers a unique threecourse brunching experience: while mains are made to order, starters (such as Brancaster oysters and duck rillettes) and desserts (choose from Manor-made options like lemon drizzle and chocolate brownie) are served ‘buffet-style’, lending the occasion a relaxed vibe. Plus there’s the option of unlimited wine and Prosecco. Sundays only, 1pm to 3pm. 01485 210221,

No. Twenty9, Burnham Market On the menu Locally-sourced ingredients can be found in dishes such as scrambled egg and smoked lobster, and the exotic-sounding saltfish & ackee; the health conscious will appreciate the gluten-free granola. If you order one thing... The eggs banjo is popular for a reason: two eggs, cooked any which way you like them, and served on hot, buttered toast. USP Produced by Executive Head Chef Robert Taylor, the home-cured bacon has to be star of the breakfast show. Try it in their bacon and sausage meatloaf, which comes with all the trimmings. Visit Breakfast is served daily from 8.30am to 11am; 01328 738498,

Season, Wells-next-the-Sea According to Season brunch is “Breakfast without an alarm clock” - and in their typical style, they do it with panache. Lobster caught locally is offered as a fresh take on eggs Benedict; black pudding hash is served with free-range egg; and cheese scones come with herb mascarpone. When the sun shines the bifold doors are open, making the most of the views of the harbour. Wednesdays to Sundays, and Mondays in the summer, 10am to noon. 01328 807034, NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EARLY SUMMER 2018


Fakenham Fairways Go coastal crazy with our brand new Norfolk coastal crazy golf course! Putt your way from Hunstanton to Cromer! Plus 9 hole pitch & putt, driving range, coffee shop All equipment provided Burnham Market Road, Sculthorpe, Fakenham NR21 9SA 01328 856614 I




An 18th century pub, just 15 minutes drive from the beautiful Brancaster, Holkham and Wells beaches serving fine home cooked food daily. We specialise in gluten free diets. A large selection of Real Ales and Craft Beers available. Newly refurbished Bed & Breakfast rooms, all with bespoke fittings. Relax in a pretty courtyard and garden. Dog friendly.

The Lynn Arms I The Street I Syderstone I PE31 8SD I 01485 578446 I @TheLynnArms 60



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Sheringham Park © National Trust

Host of Angels Festival A host of angels - all individually-designed and made from assorted materials - will be at St Mary’s Church in Colkirk for a weekend in May to help raise money for the church. There will also be an art exhibition, refreshments and quiz sheets for £1. Free admission. When Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May.

Bayfield Hall Antiques Market Lovers of antiques and vintage wares will want to make a beeline for the stunning surrounds of Bayfield Hall, near Holt, for their Antiques Market. Spend the day browsing everything from interiors, rugs and homewares to textiles, lighting and vintage clothes. Free parking. When Sunday 10 June, 10am to 5pm.

Host of Angels Festival

Hunstanton Carnival Carnival weekend in Hunstanton is channelling a 60s vibe this year. On Saturday there’s a Dog Show, as well as live music from 5pm and a spectacular fireworks display at 10pm. Sunday promises to be equally as good, with stalls, displays (the RNLI will be giving a demo) and the Carnival Parade. When Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June.

STEP BACK IN TIME Humphry Repton in Norfolk This year marks the bicentenary of the death of 18th-century landscape gardener Humphry Repton, many of whose commissions were in Norfolk - notably Sheringham Park and Holkham Hall. Celebrate Repton’s legacy at one of the many events organised by The Gardens Trust and Broadland District Council alongside many other partners, in his honour. When Check website for individual events. Wells at War Hop aboard the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway as they turn back the clock for their annual 1940s weekend. Celebrate the wartime spirit with music, dancing, military reenactments, fancy dress, stalls, vintage vehicles, music and a barbecue. Return train fares £9.50 adults, £7.50 children. 4 years and under go free. When Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June. 01328 711630 Royal Air Force in Concert Mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force with an evening of uplifting music at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange from the Central Band of the RAF, the Peterborough Male Voice Choir and Peterborough Voices. In support of the RAF Benevolent Fund. From £16. When Sunday 10 June, 7.30pm. 01553 764864

Crab and Lobster Festival This festival is a lively weekend celebration of Cromer and Sheringham, dedicated to promoting their local seafaring heritage and active fishing community. Both days, which take place in Cromer, promise a feast of fun, food, art and music - there’s even a Cromer crab sandwich competition! When Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May.

Cromer Hospital Summer Fete This annual summer fete - held on the main hospital site - is always a fun-packed family affair; enjoy craft stalls, a car boot, traditional games, performances by rock and soul choir Invidia Voices and Dance Attitude, not to mention Razz the Clown. All proceeds go to the Cromer Hospital fund. When Saturday 30 June, 10am to 3pm.

ALL-ROUND ACTIVITIES Jarrold Ladies Day at Fakenham Racecourse Ladies Day, this year sponsored by Jarrold in Norwich, is a perfect opportunity to don your finest attire for a thoroughly enjoyable day at the races in Fakenham. Aside from excellent racing, there’ll be competitions for the best-dressed lady, best-dressed couple and best hat. Tickets (online price) from £8. 17s and under free with a paying adult. When Sunday 3 June, first race 2.20pm (time subject to change). Active Fakenham Try something new with Active Fakenham, who are offering an array of taster sessions this summer. From local history talks to outdoor gym workouts and family bootcamp, there’s something for everyone, whatever your whim. Prices vary. When Check website for individual events.

Jarrold Ladies Day, Fakenham Racecourse

Tapping House Ladies Day Another event for the girls, but this time a fundraising afternoon at King’s Lynn Town Hall in aid of The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House. Sit back and enjoy fashion from Allez Chic, a delicious afternoon tea by Edwards & Blake, and live music from David Young. Tickets are £20 (to be booked in advance). When Thursday 28 June, 2 to 5pm. 01485 601701



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Lionel Richie © Alan Silfen

Deepdale Sunday Sessions Deepdale’s Sunday sessions see a host of talented musicians playing at the hostel and campsite. Hum along to acoustic sets from Jess Morgan (Sunday 20 May) and Lisa Redford (Sunday 17 June) in the backpackers’ courtyard, complete with fire pits and a bar. Free if staying at Deepdale Backpackers & Camping, otherwise £5. When Sunday 20 May and Sunday 17 June, 7.30pm. Lionel Richie The legendary crooner comes to Holkham Hall this summer as part of his ‘All The Hits’ tour. Expect classics such as ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’, ‘Say You Say Me’, and ‘Hello’ - one thing’s for certain: you’ll be dancing all night long. And the support act is Shane Filan! From £75. When Sunday 24 June, from 4pm. Folk in a Field Festival The quirky festival - which takes place in a pretty rural setting near West Acre - brings together a diverse mix of performers from the acoustic, folk and roots music scene. There’ll be activities such as archery, craft demonstrations, music workshops

WILD THINGS © Holkham Estate

Holkham Hall From tractor trailer tours and deer discovery walks to pond-dipping and tours of the private gardens, there’s plenty for everyone at Holkham in May and June. A highlight is the walled garden floral workshop on Saturday 16 June with Jo Thomas from Constance Rose Florists, where you’ll make your own arrangement using freshly cut flowers and foliage from the walled garden (£50, 10am to 12.30pm and 2 to 4.30pm). When Check website for individual events. 01328 713111 62


BOOK NOW Holt Festival The Holt Festival - which every year brings musicians, poets, actors, dancers, artists and comedians to the Georgian market town promises a stellar line-up for its 10th anniversary. Catch Jasper Carrott, Leo Sayer, Lord Paddy Ashdown, James Gilchrist and many, many more. Ticket prices vary. When Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 July. Leo Sayer

and delicious local food. From £30 adults, £20 children. When Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July. Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society The Choral Society’s 85th Anniversary Gala Concert ‘Song Cycles for a Summer Evening’ promises to be a corker, with an exquisite programme of pieces written for four-handed piano and chorus, performed in the beautiful surrounds of Holt’s Auden Theatre. £12 (£15 on the door), under-18s free. When Saturday 14 July, 7.30pm. 01263 713444

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes This June it’s the NWT’s ‘30 Days Wild’, so why not take the challenge and do one thing wild every day? At Cley nature reserve events include ‘Bizarre Bats’ (Saturday 2 June, 9 to 11pm, £3.50 members and children, £5 non-members) and ‘Nocturnal Nature’ a unique opportunity to experience the reserve at night (Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 June, 6.30pm to 9.30am, £25 members, £30 nonmembers). When Check website for individual events. Booking is essential, 01263 740008 Ringstead Open Gardens With private gardens opening specially for the public, a walk through the Ringstead Downs Chalk Pit, an art exhibition, flower festival, refreshments, stalls and more, this event promises to be a blaze of colour, cakes and community spirit. £5, with proceeds going towards the village church. When Sunday 24 June, 11am to 5pm.

07770 262546 to book lunches. Facebook: @ringsteadopengardens Purple Picnic Week Why not have a picnic with friends, family or colleagues during Purple Picnic Week and fundraise for Nelson’s Journey? All proceeds will go towards supporting bereaved children in Norfolk, helping them move forward positively with their lives. When Monday 9 to Sunday 15 July.

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North Norfolk Living Early Summer 2018  
North Norfolk Living Early Summer 2018