Uniquely Away Issue 1 - Summer 2012

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Launch Issue | Summer 2012

Uniquely AWAY

Escape to North Norfolk Win three nights in a luxury hotel Discover secluded Suffolk Beaches of quiet beauty Creative thinking Famous faces and inspiring artists

Devoted to exclusive holidays, leisure and experience in Norfolk and North Suffolk

An Engaging Proposition




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The online version of Uniquely Away can be viewed at www.uniquelymags.co.uk The Away Team Editor Sheree Hanna editor@uniquelymags.co.uk Deputy editor Karen Kelly Karen@uniquelymags.co.uk Creative photographer Nick Read nick@uniquelymags.co.uk Designer Mark Edwards mark@uniquelymags.co.uk Feature writers Abigail Saltmarsh Mary Williams Tess Little Sarah Sinclair Sales and marketing Michelle Jackson Rowe michelle@uniquelymags.co.uk Henrietta Larken henrietta@uniquelymags.co.uk For information on advertising, sales or sponsorship in Uniquely Away or other Uniquely Magazines publications contact sales@uniquelymags.co.uk or call 01603 929434 Uniquely Away is published by Uniquely Magazines Ferndale Centre 1 Exeter Street NR2 4QB © AMS Editorial Services Ltd Company No. 07089976 About the editor Sheree Hanna has a long career in journalism. A former business editor, features editor and deputy news editor, she has worked on nine different UK titles. Originally from East Anglia, she moved west and worked in Swansea, Bristol and Swindon before returning to the region in 2001 and setting up home in Norwich. She is a prolific freelance writer and enjoys creative writing as well. Sheree loves the variety of life in Norfolk – from town and country to sea and broads. With her seven-year-old daughter, she loves to explore the county’s delights.

About the photographer Nick Read is highly experienced in lifestyle and magazine work. With more than 20 years behind the camera, he has worked for clients ranging from Bentley, McLaren, Chrysler and Secma sports cars to the BBC, Radio Times and United Emirates Air Lines. Nick, who lives in Suffolk but travels abroad for his photography work, frequently carries out home interiors shoots and has worked for national glossy magazines such as House Beautiful and BBC Good Homes, as well as exclusive homes estate agents Savills, Fine and Fine and Country. Other clients include design groups, advertising agencies, TV production companies and property developers.

Welcome to our launch issue of

Uniquely AWAY

This is the very first publication from Uniquely Magazines and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you. Uniquely Magazines was born after a group of professional writers, photographers, designers and editorial specialists began to discuss bringing out niche publications with a strong emphasis on photography and design, as well as content. We wanted to create magazines that were beautiful to look at, as well as interesting and informative to read. Uniquely Away displays all that is best about Norfolk and North Suffolk’s exclusive holiday market. It aims to show visitors just how beautiful this area is and to suggest an array of exquisite places to enjoy once here. This very first summer issue focuses on the popular seaside town of Southwold, as well as Cley, on the North Norfolk coast. It highlights art galleries and exhibitions, and hotels and restaurants, and introduces you to some of those who live and work in the area. We also have some wonderful competitions on our pages. We hope you enjoy Uniquely Away and urge you to send us your suggestions, ideas and feedback, in time for our autumn issue.


About the designer


Based in Norwich since 2001, Mark Edwards specialises in graphic design, art direction and brand identity. Mark has worked on a diverse selection of design projects for a variety of clients including the BBC, TfL, L’Oréal Paris, NNF, Office Shoes, PWL Records, Superdrug, Hilfiger, Top Shop and Virgin Classics. www.designed.co.uk Printed in the UK by The Magazine Printing Co. using only paper from FSC/PEFC suppliers. www.magprint.co.uk

Uniquely Away would like to thank the Holkham Estate for its kind permission to shoot at Wells-next-the-Sea


Exclusive hotels

Art and artists

Escape to the country

Past and present











Boutique unique The rise of the stylish hotel

Home and away TV chef Chris Couborough on Norfolk life and hotel style


Kiwi competition Win three nights in fashionable North Norfolk Food and drink


All in good taste Norfolk’s seasonal produce

Behind the camera Photographer Harry Cory Wright

From Norwich to New Delhi Artist Alec Cumming


Galleries and glass Exhibition spaces and artists


Coastal display The Cley 12 exhibition Out and about


A day out… In Cley Next The Sea


Waterworld The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

A new chapter Chaucer Barn

A view to a mill Win two nights away and a three course meal

Country converts Barn breaks and rural holiday homes Exploring Suffolk


Fantastic in fabric Artist Abigail Mill


Something special The essence of Southwold


Hidden history The Pennoyer Centre

A fine city Discover Norwich

This sporting life International event rider Piggy French


In the editor’s diary A choice of events


A glass of its own Caithness Crystal at King’s Lynn


In the know Melanie Cook

Life on a plate Ceramist Thea Cutting


Beauty and the beach Solitude on the sand


Off the beaten track Country walks





Photography courtesy of Strattons

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An emphasis on individuality, exquisite interiors and character-filled spaces – boutique hotels aim to be chic as well as unique.

boutique hotel specialists Mr & Mrs Smith, says Strattons have featured in their guide book for nearly 10 years now.

Recent years have seen the emergence of more and more hotels and guest houses that aim to provide an experience with a difference.

“This quirky 14-room hotel was always a dream for ‘weekend-awayers’ with its fabulous food, individually decorated boudoirs and eco conscience – but having recently added CoCoes deli, and new rooms, to its delights, it is more appealing than ever,” she says.

Here in Norfolk and Suffolk there are some superb examples of boutique accommodation, where owners have made a determined effort to move away from the unexceptional to offer spaces that are stylish, and breaks that are all-embracing. Exclusive hotels, such as those owned by The Flying Kiwi Inns - including The Crown Hotel, at Wells-next-the-Sea, and The Ship Hotel, at Brancaster - as well as Strattons, at Swaffham, have also successfully managed to combine the trendy with the traditional. Juliet Kinsman, editor in chief, at

Director of Strattons, Hannah Scott, explains the hotel has just celebrated its 22nd birthday and was therefore one of the pioneers of the boutique hotel. “Boutique refers to small and that is what we are,” she explains. “The hotel was also set up by my parents, who went to art college, and all the rooms are completely different and feature lots of art work. “There is a mixture of the old and the new, along with an emphasis on quality.

People want a boutique hotel to be comfortable – a home from home – but they are also looking for something luxurious, sumptuous and perhaps even a bit over the top.”

The emphasis on quality runs through every aspect of the boutique experience, agrees Clive Harvey, from Gothic House, in Norwich. His guest house is much smaller but he still prides himself on offering the city visitor a unique stay. The Regency, Grade II listed property sits right at the heart of one of Norwich’s oldest quarters, and is thought to have been built in the early 1800s, for former Mayor of Norwich Barnabas Leman. Today guest bedrooms and the drawing room still have a traditional feel, presenting an opulent, carefully designed style, featuring numerous objects of interest. “This house has really dictated the style



Kiwi Inns photography by Andrew Davies

Gothic House photography by Nick Read

ique to which it has been decorated,” he says. “It is nothing like a typical chain hotel, it is much more individual but that is what our guests seem to like. “It is quirky and really suited to people looking for something out of the ordinary – often guests from abroad who are seeking a quintessentially English experience.” Bagthorpe Hall is another property with character and individuality. Here guests are welcomed into a charming former coach house, where there is a mural in the hall that chronicles the family history. Home cooked food using fresh local produce, flexibility with meals and plenty of attention from hosts are other characteristics of the boutique bed and breakfast, guest house or hotel. “Everything is of top quality,” suggests Hannah. “People are looking for a unique stay at a boutique hotel; it therefore has to be the very finest.”

The last decade has seen the rise of the boutique hotel and here in Norfolk we have some particularly fine examples. Abigail Saltmarsh reports For more information on Strattons

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“Boutique hotels have their own very distinct look, which can be very rich and luxurious,” she explains.

Designer Lanassir Lawes of Swank Interiors says boutique hotels have a heavy emphasis on interior design.

“There is frequently an emphasis on texture and on colour, and on achieving a fine balance within a room.

From her recently opened studio in a converted barn at Bressingham she advises on colour schemes, fabrics, furniture and furnishings. Here she also stocks a range of leading brands of fabrics, wallpaper, paint and home accessories, and can help customers create that “boutique hotel” style for themselves.

“Very often a room in a boutique hotel will feature one or two interesting antique pieces. These can then be worked into a design with more contemporary items. “A boutique hotel wants its rooms to be comfortable while also remaining stylish.”

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Flying the nest Award-winning, television chef Chris Coubrough now has five luxury hotels and restaurants in Norfolk. He tells Abigail Saltmarsh why he has chosen to make his home here in the county




Renowned chef and entrepreneur Chris Coubrough could not be further from home. Born and raised in New Zealand, the man behind The Flying Kiwi Inns has chosen to make a new nest for himself in Norfolk – and he has no intention of leaving it. Chris, star of ITV’s Coastal Kitchen and Channel 4’s Eating for Britain, now has five upmarket hotels and restaurants in the county, and is one of the handful of well-known chefs and hoteliers credited with giving Norfolk its reputation for fine dining and premium accommodation.

Britain. There are also the beaches and the marshes to enjoy in summer, and the creeks that heat up so you can go swimming in them. “The sand dunes and the open sea do remind me of New Zealand – that sense of wilderness – but then at the same time you can go to places like Wells-next-theSea, where there are lots of other people, and it is busy and it is fun.” He adds: “On top of that, there is all the fresh, local produce here. Norfolk is brilliant for delicious sea food and locally grown fruit and vegetables. This is the perfect place to have a restaurant.”

“I love Norfolk for its complexity,” he admits. “New Zealand is beautiful but it does not have the diversity of Norfolk.

It was in the 1990s that Chris first flew in to the UK, desperate to gain experience in the kitchens of London’s leading restaurants. But the long hours, struggles with public transport and general grind of big city life took its toll and, after two years, he presented himself at a recruitment agency and demanded a job anywhere outside the capital that would earn him enough money to buy a ticket home.

“We have the beautiful countryside here and more sunshine than other parts of

“I’d had this idea of England as being somewhere with a village green and

He has been living and working in the county for about 20 years now, has painstakingly launched and nurtured each individual operation and has decided, along with his wife Jo, to live and raise a family close to the North Norfolk coast.



Photography by Andrew Davies

cricket matches, and four boys from Liverpool playing music together,” he admits. “London hadn’t been like that at all but I was then given this job at The Swan, Southwold. I had not left London since arriving from New Zealand, and Southwold was a different world altogether.” He recalls: “I was collected from the station and driven into the town – and there was the green and people playing cricket. I could also see the beach huts; this was the England I had been imagining.” It was at The Swan that Chris met Jo, at that time a waitress, working in her university holidays. After a few years, they decided to settle down together and start a business, and despite Jo being from Suffolk (and an early foray into a venture down there), they chose to make their home in Norfolk. “At that time, Norfolk was something of a secret,” Chris suggests. “Yes, it is true that property there was much more affordable than in Suffolk back then but

the fact was that to some extent it was also waiting to be discovered.” However, he continues: “Since coming here, I have realised how many people have been quietly enjoying it year after year. Sometimes you get these whole villages of people from places like Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, whose families have been coming here for generations. But it is only relatively recently that it has become so popular with those from London and the south east.” Chris admits he took a risk in Norfolk, buying buildings to renovate, investing heavily in their redesign, and taking the plunge with staffing, marketing and all the other essentials when developing a successful business. But, at the same time, he has always maintained that the process “is not rocket science.” While The Crown Hotel, Wells, The Kings Head, Letheringsett, The Ship Hotel, Brancaster, The Crown Inn, East Rudham, and The White Hart, Hingham, are all now renowned for their fine dining and ➸



Photography by Andrew Davies

high quality accommodation, Chris’s approach is also very much about down-to-earth comfort. “It is about offering a good service and good food, and about being prepared to go the extra mile,” he explains. “I want my places to be stylish but at the same time they must be comfortable. People need to feel welcomed and looked after. If they want something, then we try to make sure they can have it.” All the Flying Kiwi Inns establishments present tasteful, gentle interiors where interesting finds from auctions or with local connections are worked into the design against a backdrop of original features and subtle heritage paint shades. Bedrooms have a boutique hotel, and very individual, feel and smart restaurant rooms sit alongside cosy snugs and relaxation areas. On the food side, the restaurants have been at the forefront of North Norfolk’s emergence as a gastro destination, somewhere chefs are prepared to use local ingredients where possible to create exciting and innovative dishes. “There are others doing this too now

but that works very well,” he says. “It is like having a number of antique shops side-by-side on one road; together we are pulling people up to this part of the world and that is a great thing for Norfolk and, therefore, good for all of us too.” Chris does miss his friends and family in New Zealand but with his business so rooted in Norfolk and his children growing up with the beautiful coast on one side and the glorious countryside on the other, he cannot ever imagine leaving. “The kids are half New Zealanders in some ways but in others they are very much from Norfolk. “I love the fact they will run out from the house with me in the morning to gather fresh eggs but as soon as they stop at the back door and call out that they need their shoes on, I realise just how British they also are,” he laughs. “But then again, when I think about everything we have here, I have to admit that for them, growing up in Norfolk really is just brilliant.” For more information on all The Flying Kiwi Inns visit www.flyingkiwiinss.co.uk




Uniquely Away has teamed up with Flying Kiwi Inns to offer one lucky reader a stay for two people, in three of Chris Coubrough’s luxury hotels. The winner of our competition will be able to enjoy overnight stays in the award-winning hotels, as they explore the stunning Norfolk countryside and make the most of all there is to enjoy in the area. Flying Kiwi Inns is offering the winner a choice of how they enjoy their prize. The three nights away can be taken separately, at two or three different times within the period of a year (single nights to be taken mid-week only), or in one three-day break, moving between hotels (Flying Kiwi Inns is happy to transport luggage for those wishing to walk or cycle between hotels).

The winner, and his or her guest, could, for example, enjoy a visit to imposing Houghton Hall followed by a night at the fabulous Crown Inn, East Rudham. The following day, they could then spend an afternoon at The Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, Brancaster*, followed by a night at the welcoming Ship Hotel. On their final day, they could choose to go birdwatching on the beautiful marshes or walking across the golden sands at Wells-next-the-Sea, followed by a night at the sumptuous Crown Hotel. Chris has generously offered our winner – and his or her guest – a three-course meal, complete with bottle of wine, each evening, as well as a delicious home-cooked breakfast in the morning.

To enter our draw to win this magnificent prize, simply send your name, address, email address and daytime telephone number to:

kiwicompetition@uniquelymags.co.uk or send a postcard to:

Uniquely Away Ferndale Centre Exeter Street Norwich NR2 4QB The competition closes on Friday 31 August. The winner will be announced in the autumn issue of Uniquely Away. The usual Uniquely Magazines terms and conditions apply. For full details visit www.uniquelymags.co.uk. *Sessions can be arranged mid-week or out of school holidays only.

THE FLYING KIWI INNS www.flyingkiwiinns.co.uk


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THE CROWN HOTEL Wells-next-the-Sea


Plumbe and Maufe Plumbe and Maufe at Leith House Orchards sell specialty plums and gages from approximately mid July through to mid September. Planted in the 1970s, the orchard has over 35 different varieties for the discerning plum lover. As well as fresh plums and gages we do PYO plums, our own plum jams and chutneys, apple juice and sweet plum vinegar. We are not a general farm shop, we are a plum shop! Leith House Orchards is just off the B1155 between Burnham Market and Holkham Park in North Norfolk. For more information contact Nina Plumbe on 07774996634 or 01328 738 311 or visit www.pmfarming.co.uk




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Take a trip through Norfolk and savour the home-produced delicacies you find along the way. From the cheese that is made with milk from the county’s dairies to the beer brewed with its barley and the bread baked with its wheat, Norfolk’s table is overflowing with delights. Chefs in the county relish the plentiful supply of good quality ingredients that allows them to create their exciting dishes, while farm shops, food stores and farmers’ markets enjoy selling their wares fresh to the customer. Luke Coathup runs The Green Grocers, in Norwich, where 90 per cent of the food and drink is organic and/or locally

sourced. The remainder is either Fair Trade or Eco Friendly. “We are lucky, we do have a good spread of fresh produce here in the county,” he says. “We have seafood of the highest quality, including, of course, the famous Cromer Crab, which we have in the shop at the moment. “We also have some fantastic smokehouses here that produce a really high quality of smoked fish and meat.” Luke says many farmers in the county take great pride in producing meat from free range or organic animals. They use high quality feed and allow their livestock to graze freely outside. “Some of the meat we have travels less

than 10 miles to reach us. Because we know where it comes from and how quickly it reaches us, we really can guarantee the quality,” he says. Plums, apples, strawberries and other fruit are grown here – to be picked and eaten fresh by customers, taken straight to the shop shelves or used to make other delicious produce. Wood Berry Farm, for example, is a small, award-winning, family-run business, which specialises in reduced sugar and high fruit conserves and chutneys. Based near Wymondham, its products are made in small batches, with home-grown fruit, and only 15 per cent added sugar.



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“We have lots of small producers in this area who make foods such as jams, chutneys and other artisan products that are wonderful,” says Luke, who oversees the baking of bread for The Green Grocers, from his Butlers outside catering and vegetarian outlet. Fresh fruit and veg is always on the menu in Norfolk. This year, the weather has not been kind to all producers. Yet while Norfolk asparagus has suffered from a lack of spring sunshine (although there are hopes of a late wave of the tasty vegetable) strawberries still look set to be plentiful. “Poor weather can affect the strawberry season but we are lucky as a lot of ours here are grown under polytunnels these days so we should still see plenty this

year,” says Luke. “In July, we will also be coming in to our tomatoes – and we have some unbelievable, biodynamic and organic varieties here.” Sea vegetables are less likely to be affected by the gloomy weather and are set to remain salty additions to fine dining throughout this summer. “Towards the end of June, we should start to see samphire, which is something that really stands out in Norfolk,” he adds. “For many of us, samphire was part of growing up here. We remember gathering it as children – and getting

muddy in Stiffkey as we went out to pick it.” Dishes from fine restaurants at establishments, such as Strattons and Flying Kiwi Inns, include fresh local produce. For more information on The Green Grocers visit the store at Earlham House, Earlham Road, Norwich, NR2 3PD, call 01603 250000 or visit www.the greengrocers.co.uk

Competition finalist chef Chris Tortice

The Rat’s is a pub and restaurant with character and history. Winners of the Taste of England Challenge and finalists in Chef of the Year and Customer Service Pub of the Year, its weekday lunchtimes are always popular. In the evening, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, it is renowned for its lively atmosphere and delicious food. Take a stroll through quiet Cawston, drop into the Ratcatchers Inn and discover a treasure trove of artwork. Not only is the Ratcatchers Inn (known locally as “the Rat’s”) renowned for its food and service, but it also exhibits the work of internationally acclaimed artist Phil Daniels. Here visitors can feast their eyes upon his colourful and highly detailed art, which is also displayed in collections across the globe.

Sunday lunches, with traditional roasts or the full main menu always available, are also an experience, and popular with local people and visitors alike. With its beams and horse brasses, as well as Phil’s art, the Rat’s is proud of its traditional interior, its fine dining and the warm welcome it always offers its customers. The Ratcatchers Inn is at Easton Way, Eastgate, Cawston, NR10 4HA. For more information call 01603 871430 or visit www.ratcatchers-inn.com


Photographer Harry Cory Wright is known for his love of the great outdoors and for his exploration of the landscape




From the silent, stretching saltmarshes and their reedy creeks to the wide open skies above, Harry Cory Wright can always find something new to photograph in North Norfolk.

“I’ve always loved the feeling of being wrapped up in a place - so thoroughly absorbed by it,” he says. “This has manifested itself through my photography.”

“They still use film, are nice and slow to use and are wonderful to look through. You take a picture with them and you can look at it later and see much more than you saw at the time.”

Harry, who first became interested in photography at the age of about 16 or 17, is, by his own admission, obsessed with “place.”

Indeed, today he is still known for his use of the enormous wooden Gandolfi plate camera and can often be seen exploring the marshlands and great expanses of the coast with it, looking for that one perfect shot.

Harry’s current photographic journey, following the theme of “place,” has seen him collaborate with top writers including David Almond, Adam Nicolson, Ruth Padel, Lionel Shriver and Geoff Dyer.

“People often think I use these 10 by eight inch plate cameras for nostalgic reasons – but, although one of the ones I use is 50 years old, that is not true at all,” he explains. “I use them because they are really the only tools for the job.

As well as sharing his own experiences through a series of images, he asked the authors to make their own suggestions for a location and then to complement his resulting image with a short piece of their own writing. The Place in Mind exhibition was then mounted at gallery Eleven, in London, where Harry’s work still features.

And there is nowhere he is more passionate about than the landscape in which he lives. Harry, who lives and works in Burnham Market, began taking photographs for design magazines, and focusing on still life shots. But as time went by, he became more interested in the outdoors, and when he acquired his first 10 by eight inch plate camera, in 1997, it opened his eyes to the kind of photography he really wanted to do.


“For me, this was a new take on the idea of place,” he explains. “I realised that place exists as much in the mind as it does in reality. “I started thinking about the places that people carry in their minds – not necessarily a favourite view or somewhere that has nostalgic connections – but somewhere that they engage with internally on a different level.” Harry’s own “places in mind” were also prominent in the collection. They were drawn from a variety of locations, including one in Norfolk.

“This is a picture that looks like archetypal East Anglia, in that it is very flat and very tidal – it ticks all the boxes – but it is also somewhere that could be in the imagination,” he explains. He goes on: “I was brought up between Norfolk and Surrey – and both places had a real effect on me. “In Surrey, there was the river; the idea of place with water running through it. Here, in Norfolk, we have a place that is very identifiable but at the same time there is a sense of flux - with all the sand, the lack of rock and the tide coming in and out.” Harry, who has published previous work in his Saltwater books, is continuing to pursue the theme of place, and hopes to bring out another in the large format, 16-page series before long.

“I do want to take the idea of place further – but in a much more open way,” he suggests. “It is going to be much wider, much more diverse – I think I am going to take it out into Europe.” But he adds: “Wherever I do take it, however, I will always return to Norfolk. “It is not only the sense of place here that I feel constantly drawn back to but also the fact that this is where I feel grounded, and that is something I need for my work.” Main image by Harry Cory Wright For more information visit www.harrycorywright.com or www.elevenfineart.com



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In the picture Tucked away in the heart of Medieval Norwich, Art 18/21 Gallery presents the work of a range of artists, including Norfolk’s own Alec Cumming Born and brought up in Denton, on the Norfolk and Suffolk border, artist Alec Cumming now divides his time between Norwich and New Delhi. Discovered and represented by Laura Williams, of Art 18/21, he exhibits at the Norwich gallery alongside the likes of John Hoyland, Maggi Hambling and Bruer Tidman. He has also had two solo exhibitions in Mayfair, London, as well as at the India Art Fair, where the likes of Damien Hirst and Anish Kapoor were also featured. “Alec was working from a space in Norwich called Stew when I first came across him,” says art historian Laura, who has been an art dealer for 17 years and has run 18/21 for nearly five. “The first time I saw his work I was just blown away. We then had his first show in February 2009, and it completely sold out.” Laura, who works with partner galleries in London and India, curating exhibitions featuring a range of contemporary artists, accompanied Alec to India. He fell in love with the country and is currently working on his colourful, exuberant pieces from a studio out there.

busy and sometimes chaotic, and it informs my work in a unique way. “I am the kind of person who looks beyond the obvious and sees things I can use in my painting. It is about getting some kind of essence from everything around me and being here in India is ideal for that.” Alec, 25, began sketching and painting at the age of 10. He took lessons from a local artist, took a diploma in Fine Art at Norwich City College and later studied Fine Art at the Norwich School of Art and Design. “A group of about six or seven of us then got together to set Stew up. We felt there was not enough affordable studio space for artists in Norwich and that if we were serious about what we wanted to do, we had to push forward with the project. I still have a studio there and look forward to returning to it.” Currently working on a series of large paintings in his artist’s space in New Delhi, he plans to return to Norwich towards the end of the year. “It will be interesting coming back,” he admits. “I am looking forward to seeing how my time in India is referenced in my work and whether my paintings become reflective in any way at all.” For more information on Alec Cumming or

“I discovered I had a real affinity to the place,” says Alec, from his studio in New Delhi. “There is so much here; it is so

Art 18/21 Gallery, Augustine Steward House, 14 Tombland, Norwich, NR3 1HF, call 01603 763345 or visit www.art1821.com




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Creative In Pinkfoot Gallery

In the heart of the pretty North Norfolk village of Cley, Pinkfoot Gallery represents a number of artists, including one of its owners, Rachel Lockwood. Also run by Sarah Whittley, who has a background in writing and publishing, as well as art, it promotes contemporary pieces, which have, more often than not, been inspired by nature.

Lesley Pyke

“I am into nature and birdwatching, and Cley has always been my favourite place in the world,” says Sarah. “We were looking everywhere for a gallery and did say to the former owner here that if he ever wanted to sell we would be interested. “A year later he did and we couldn’t believe it. We have been here for nearly eight years now and it is a wonderful place to work from.” In addition to Rachel, artists featured include Daniel Cole, Jane Hodgson and Jo Lawrence.

“Jo will be exhibiting here for much of August. Her paintings are inspired by the Norfolk and Suffolk coast, and the countryside.”

Photograph by Nick Read

Photograph by Nick Read

For more information on Pinkfoot Gallery visit www.pinkfootgallery.com or call 01263 740947

“Dan is a fantastic artist, who comes up here twice a year to paint with Rachel. Jane, who will have a show here during the first week of the school summer holidays, is also superb; she works outside and enjoys painting fishermen.

For more information on Lesley Pyke’s work call 01986 874634 or visit www.lesleypyke.com


raftspeople working in the area, Norfolk and North Suffolk have a vibrant arts scene

nspirations At her studio in Halesworth, Lesley Pyke takes pieces of glass and transforms them into objects of even more beauty.

It has been almost 35 years since Rick and Sheila Parks launched the Westcliffe Gallery in Sheringham.

Suad al Attar

Born and living in Zimbabwe, she first began glass engraving in 1983, and went on to teach herself how to perfect the art.

Westcliffe Gallery

Thought to be the largest gallery in Norfolk, it focuses on fine art and antiques, and includes a picture framing operation. “We have about 250 pictures over two floors,” says Rick. “We do not specialise in any one particular field but like to think there is something for everybody here.”

Lesley moved to the UK 11 years ago and today specialises in bespoke engravings for the luxury gift market. She works on high quality crystal, creating personalised pieces ranging from anniversary and wedding gifts through to trophies.

While featuring works by artists from the 18th century onwards, the gallery also promotes the talent of new and established painters. More than 30 professional contemporary artists have their work regularly on display.

Raymond Leech

“No-one else was doing it professionally there at the time so I saw the possibilities,” she says. “As soon as I started doing it people were asking me for pieces and it really took off.”

“One of the high end pieces I have been asked to create involves copying a picture of someone’s yacht across three crystal decanters,” she explains. “This is a challenge because I have to get every little detail right and sometimes it is even possible to see inside the boat.”

These include the likes of Iraqi artist Suad al Attar and Great Yarmouth-born painter Raymond Leech. “During the first week of June, we will also be continuing to exhibit recent paintings of John Bond,” he adds. Westcliffe Gallery is also the base for the Guild of Norwich Painters, whose annual exhibition is held here.

For more information on Westcliffe Gallery call 01263 824320 or visit www.westcliffegallery.com




From Salthouse to Cley – and from inside to out. Visitors to the North Norfolk Exhibition Project’s annual art event will be stepping out into the fresh air this year. Along with a change of coastal location – Salthouse 12 has become Cley 12 – the contemporary art exhibition is being displayed against a backdrop of the natural landscape, as well as within a church. Aisle and Air, curated by Isabel Vasseur, director of public art consultancy ArtOffice, explains the exhibition will be set within the architecture of St Margaret’s of Antioch, as well as the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s coastal path, running between the marshes and the sea.

“I felt the work displayed in the church should be relevant to its architecture or its history,” Isabel explains. “When it came to the outdoor space, I wanted it to be developed from the theme of the bird hide, and I invited architects to take part, as well as artists.” Thousands of visitors flock to the exhibition every year to enjoy the showcase of new contemporary art. The event offers an opportunity to experience an eclectic array of shape, form and colour in a range of mediums and settings.

Isabel, who is a pioneer of the UK public art movement, co-ordinating garden festivals in Glasgow and Gateshead, and orchestrating more than 150 commissions, says the move out on to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust land between Cley and Salthouse will give this year’s event added attraction. “All those participating are either from Norfolk or Norfolk is relevant to their lives in some way,” she says. We have a terrific variety of exhibits, some of which are very, very good and are really quite important pieces.”

This year will see pieces formed from natural materials and exhibits ranging from sculpture, ceramics and stonecarving to painting, photography, projection, sound, installation, camera obscura, textile and even community crochet.

“I thought the move from Salthouse to Cley would be a wonderful opportunity to take the work outside,” she says. “Much of it is therefore three dimensional and site specific.”

Aisle And Air

The settings have provided a rich selection of themes for artists to respond to and in total 33 pieces of work will be displayed. There will also be a programme of workshops, events, tours and talks.

This year the acclaimed Salthouse art exhibition is to be held at Cley

Abigail Saltmarsh talks to curator Isabel Vasseur


Cley 12, Aisle and Air, runs from Thursday 5 July to Sunday 5 August. It will be open daily from 10am to 5.30pm, with openings until 8.30pm on Sunday 15 July, Wednesday 18 July, Saturday 21 July, Thursday 26 July and Tuesday 31 July. The exhibition will be mounted in St Margaret’s Church, Cley, and on Norfolk Wildlife Trust land nearby. For information on the exhibition, events and workshops visit www.salthouseart.co.uk Artists featured in this year’s exhibition include: Aidan Abernethy Nick Ball Bridget Bates Margie Britz and John Cox Mary Crofts Kelly Davidson Jenske Dijkhuis Stephanie Douet Paul Ebbens and Peter Swann Antje Ernestus Karin Forman Stephanie Gilbert Miriam Grey Birkin Haward Architect Jo and Gary Hincks Tony Hoare Anthony Hudson Hudson Architects Elizabeth Humphries Graham Johnston Gillian McArthur McArthur Tring Architects Liz McGowan and Jane Frost Duncan McAfee Rob McVicar A Square Architects Sara Muzira Effie Paleologou Jessica Perry Joy Pitts Andrew Schumann Elena Thatcher Architectural Designer Louise Tiplady Jack Wheeler and Beth Groom Brian Whelan Vanessa Vargo


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Once a thriving port, Cley Next The Sea is now a haven of tranquillity, known for its reedy marshes and magnificent landscapes. Here, those passionate about walking, birdwatching and taking in the stunning scenery can stroll out from the village and absorb the unique serenity of the area.

From Pinkfoot Gallery, with its range of contemporary art that has been inspired by nature, through to shops selling fresh local produce, there are a number of outlets in which to browse and enjoy all the area has to offer.

With its landmark windmill and impressive St Margaret’s Church, the village stands out on the Norfolk coast for its architecture as well as its natural beauty.

Glen Weston is the current owner of the famous Cley Smokehouse. His business has been producing freshly smoked fish, shellfish and cured meats, as well as local delicacies, such as crab, for more than 30 years. Famous for his kippers and smoked prawns, everything is prepared on site and smoked at the back of his shop.

On its narrow main street, brick and flint cottages, and townhouses, nestle next to interesting local businesses.

“We sell a lot of produce to visitors to the area and very often they will continue to order our smoked meat and


fish via our website – they miss that taste of North Norfolk once they have returned home!” he says. Glen has recently decided to take the notion of serving freshly caught produce one step further, and has bought a boat that he keeps at Cley Beach. “My plan is to go out early in the morning – sometimes as early as 2am or 3am – to make the catch myself. I will then be smoking and selling it at Cley Smokehouse.” Victoria Pryor has run award-winning delicatessen Picnic Fayre, in the village, since 1984. From the shop in a former forge, she sells fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as groceries and

locally produced foodstuff. “We sell to people who live in the area and to visitors,” she explains. “It is all local; we like to promote Norfolk producers and to sell food, such as cakes, that we have made ourselves.” Shoppers can pick up items to take home to cook or to eat immediately. They can also ask the delicatessen to make up picnics for them to enjoy as they are out and about. One of the most popular places to visit in the area is the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes. This is the organisation’s oldest nature reserve. Here, in 2007, a new eco-friendly visitor

centre opened. This now features a café, shop and viewing areas, as well as an exhibition area. And from here, people can wander out across the marshes, look out for all sorts of wildlife and enjoy the massive Norfolk skies above them. Words by Sarah Sinclair, photography by Nick Read For more information visit www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

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It is a scene of natural beauty, a place of outdoor recreation and somewhere just to stand and breathe in the silence As summer arrives, and the natural world is in full colour, there can be nowhere more wonderful than The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. A haven to so many protected species, this is an area that is rich in wildlife, and that also encompasses so many wonderful places to visit. From the silent stretches of water to the reedy river banks and marshy flats, The Broads offers the chance to really become immersed in nature. And yet, with a wealth of restored windmills, Medieval churches and beautiful gardens as well, it also has a long history and a multitude of other attractions to explore. More than two million people visit The Broads every year, discovering it by land or water, or a combination of both. And there are many different ways to enjoy it – from sailing, motor-boating, canoeing, fishing and birdwatching to walking and cycling. Today, the area includes 43 separate lakes and six rivers (the Yare, Chet, Waveney, Ant, Bure and Thurne).

It is an expanse of 303 sq km including 200km (125 miles) of lock-free navigable rivers, shallow lakes, woodland, fens and grazing marshes. The landscape it now reveals is believed to be the result of Medieval peat diggings between the ninth and 13th centuries. This peat was used as fuel for heating and cooking. Over the centuries, as water levels rose, the diggings flooded and The Broads were formed. The waterways of The Broads then became important routes for transporting cargo, often by wherry, between Norfolk and Suffolk villages and towns. It has only been relatively recently, however - since the 1890s, when the Victorians discovered the appeal of sailing through the waterways – that The Broads has been a holiday destination. Today, the area is popular for boating and nature appreciation. It is home to some of the rarest plants and wildlife in Britain, including the colourful swallowtail butterfly and the enchanting white water lily. Photography by Nick Read For more information on The Broads and events and activities in the area visit www.broadsauthority.gov.uk or www.enjoythebroads.com






AT HOLKHAM Bringing contemporary Morocco to North Norfolk

In spring 2012, Berber Interiors, from Bayfield Brecks, near Holt, opened a new shop in the Ancient House in Holkham village. Alongside items from the collection of Moroccan rugs, mirrors, ceramics, leather and carpet bags, handwoven fabric, which can be made into curtains, cushions and throws, there is the new addition of Berber Kitchen. The flavours of North Africa are now readily available with their range of tempting pickles, sauces, bottled lemons and Berber's own recipe spice paste for the making of the traditional lamb tagine. There is also a choice of cook books with authentic recipes from Morocco to entice and inspire anyone with a love of Moroccan cuisine.

To celebrate Norfolk there are paintings, both original and prints, by local artist Rachel Lockwood. Also available is Rachel’s book North Norfolk, A Painted Landscape, a year-long record in the life of a dedicated artist and lover of the rich wildlife and landscape of Norfolk. Berber at Holkham Open every day from 10am to 5pm Ancient House, Main Road, Holkham, Norfolk, NR23 1AD Telephone 01328 711517 info@berberinteriors.com www.berberinteriors.com



Norfolk Tales With its connections to British poet and author Geoffrey Chaucer and its award-winning design, the exclusive Norfolk barn has become a leading wedding venue



An exquisite combination of flint, wood and glass, award-winning Chaucer Barn makes a bold architectural statement on the North Norfolk countryside. Inside, its grand spaces and beautifully designed interiors are equally impressive, attracting visitors to the Gresham barn from across the UK and beyond. Now the picturesque building, which won an award from the Council for the Protection of Rural England, is making a name for itself as an exclusive wedding venue.

Couples wishing to hold marriage ceremonies are able to choose between the more traditional setting of the banqueting hall, with its minstrels’ gallery, or the contrasting contemporary East Wing, with its bold colours and designer furnishings. Owner James Mermagen points out the luxury barn was recently listed sixth in The Independent’s Top 50 Wedding Venues. “Weddings have really taken off for us now,” he says. “We still have lots of people coming to stay here for breaks and holidays but the wedding side of the business has become increasingly important.”

With origins dating back to the 14th century, the barn was once part of a farm thought to have been bought by the poet Geoffrey Chaucer for his son. Today the building, which was converted by James, presents a glorious combination of the old and the new, and sits in landscaped gardens with farmland beyond. “I think parts of the main barn, as it is today, date back to the late 17th century. It was part of the potato farm my grandfather used to run and was still a farmyard when I took it on.”


Looking for somewhere to live at the time, James converted the original barn. Today this retains many of the building’s original features, including areas of exposed brick and flintwork, as well as heavy oak timbers.

The East Wing features great sofas covered in a glorious pink and orange fabric he bought in Sri Lanka as well as massive curtains with a vibrant circular pattern made by Norfolk artist Annabel Gray.

In 2005, an adjoining storage area to the main barn was also converted, adding a different dimension to the property. This time a lot more glass was brought into the building, creating a living space that was designed to open up on to the courtyard area.

With nine bedrooms and seven bathrooms, the barn can sleep up to 18 people, although dozens more can be accommodated for a wedding party, especially if a marquee is set up in the gardens, he explains.

“I wanted the windows to slide right back so that in the summer months it felt as if there was no distinction between the inside and outside areas,” he explains.

“This barn is ideal for weddings. People can choose to use the rooms in different ways, depending on the kind of wedding they plan to have.”

Recent improvements to the barn have seen five acres of farmland transformed into parkland, with an avenue of trees planted out towards a wooded area. “We have also planted a circle of trees for people who want to have woodland weddings in the future,” says James. “Once this has all fully matured, it will look wonderful; and we might even try to introduce some deer.” Words by Mary Williams, photographs courtesy of Chaucer Barn For more information on Chaucer Barn call 01263 577733 or visit www.chaucerbarn.com




Situated in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, near imposing Yaxham Mill, a new café bar and restaurant, and five holiday cottages, have recently been refurbished SAMPLE MENU T O S TA R T

Duck spring roll, served with a homemade plum and lime jam Watercress soup, with freshly made parmesan croutons MAIN COURSE

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Traditional rhubarb crumble and custard

Fresh Cromer crab cakes, chicken stuffed with ricotta and wild garlic or organically-reared, Norfolk ribeye steak – wherever possible the food served at The Mill Café Bar & Restaurant is locally sourced and seasonally inspired. The recently refurbished restaurant stands at the foot of landmark building Yaxham Mill, next to five newly renovated holiday cottages.

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Hugo and Anna Stevenson bought the restaurant building in October last year and relaunched it five weeks later as a stylish yet welcoming new operation.

“We have everything on offer here from fresh coffee and homemade cakes through to delicious snacks, traditional bar food and fine dining with an a la carte menu,” says Hugo. “We are already gaining a reputation for our food and seeing increasing numbers of visitors booking tables here.” Once the house and chapel to the thriving flour mill, the building, which is thought to date back to 1860, beautifully combines character and charm with contemporary comfort. Mill Cottages, originally home to those working at the mill, are today owned by Ann Goodfellow, who has painstakingly restored the properties to offer her guests cosy and inviting accommodation.


Also bursting with character, and boasting all mod cons, the cottages offer a wide range of accommodation to suit parties of different sizes. “I have furnished them to a high standard,” says Ann. “They are perfect for those keen to holiday here, explore Norfolk and really make the most of a break in this beautiful area.” Photography by Nick Read For more information on The Mill Café Bar & Restaurant call 01362 851182 or visit

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Established ten years ago by local landscape photographer Martin Billing, Bringing the outside in has forged a reputation as one of the ‘must see’ galleries along the North Norfolk coast. With the elements at it’s heart, Bringing the outside in, is a retail experience unlike any other where all customers are free to explore and discover everything it has to offer.

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Farms, Barns and Explore the countryside of Norfolk and Suffolk and you will find any number of beautiful, converted farm and barn buildings. While many of these are private homes, others offer rural retreats to those visiting the area With their stone walls, picture windows and timber beams, barns and former farm buildings embody the very essence of the countryside.

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Add their great spaces, vaulted ceilings and, more often than not, tranquil settings, and they also become wonderful places to spend time in. Michael McNamara, of Michael McNamara Associates, has more than 40 years experience in the conversion of barns. He is currently working on a project comprising 10 former agricultural buildings at Snettisham.

“People enjoy staying in barns for different reasons,” he says. “It is partly the space – you can breathe in a barn - but it is also the fact they are very individual. No two barns will be the same.” And he adds: “Location is also everything – so many barns are situated in beautiful countryside.” Luxury bed and breakfast Magazine Wood is set in a converted barn and a newer building created in the same style and from similar materials. Here Pip Barber has created holiday accommodation with a designer, boutique feel, all within three acres of parkland and woodland, close to Sedgeford.


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d Rural Retreats “We wanted to create something that fitted in with the rural location and that was pretty high spec. It falls between a traditional bed and breakfast and top end boutique hotel. People like coming to this location because they can really get away from it all.”

She adds: “Our barns are also in a good location for reaching places people might like to visit. We are just 10 minutes away from the beaches of North Norfolk, for example.”

Jenny Dale, one of the owners of awardwinning, five star Barsham Barns, near Walsingham, welcomes a range of guests into her luxury holiday properties. As well as for family holidays, groups book for significant birthday parties, weddings and business conferences.

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Jenny’s imposing brick and flint buildings were converted by Hudson Architects and completed in 2005. Each was given an exclusive, stylish interior and a very different feel.

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“Barns make wonderful holiday homes because many of them have a large, communal space, which is open plan and where a number of people can sit and chat, or eat together,” she says. “You also often have those lovely views and that feeling of being in the country while staying somewhere very comfortable.”


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Material World

Beach huts, sailing boats and sandy beaches – Abigail Mill’s textile work is heavily inspired by the Suffolk and Norfolk coast

She spends her summer days out on the sand, with her sketch book and camera, and her afternoons stitching and cutting. Artist Abigail Mill is known across the country and beyond for her Norfolk and Suffolk inspired textile artwork. Abigail grew up in Suffolk, near Bungay and Halesworth, going on to study design at Lowestoft Art College. “From a very early age, I was always making things,” she recalls. “After school, I went on to Cumbria College of Art and Design, in Carlisle, to specialise in textiles. “There I began to work more three dimensionally, experimenting with textures and fabrics. This included millinery, felt-making and embroidery.” After being asked to take part in the Chelsea Craft Fair and realising there

was a demand for her work, she set up her own studio, applied for a business loan through the Princes Trust and began working from Muspole Street, in Norwich. She started exhibiting at galleries and taking part in major craft fairs, and sold through shops, including Liberty and John Lewis, across the country. “Norfolk and Suffolk are wonderful places to work. One of my ranges was inspired by the colours and jars in a sweet shop window in Sheringham. “I also have other, very traditional, English scenes – bunting, seaside holidays and beach huts etc.” Abigail takes photographs of scenes she likes then returns to her studio, where she creates drawings and stitches together layer upon layer of fabric to create her image. All the fabrics she uses

are “over-dyed” to ensure unique and unusual colours. Abigail, who has recently launched her own range of embroidery kits, regularly attends events including the Royal Norfolk Show and Country Living, as well as those at Tatton Park, Hatfield House, Blickling Hall, Hampton Court and RHS Wisley. On Saturday 18 August , from 10 am to 5pm, she will be on The Green, at Burnham Market Craft Fair. “It is wonderful to be able to work like this,” she says. “I enjoy being able to get out and about over the summer months, gathering ideas and then returning to transform them into pieces of art.” For more information on Abigail Mill’s work, show dates and embroidery kits visit www.abigailmill.co.uk

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BESIDE TH Chat to any visitor on the seafront at Southwold and they will probably tell you the same thing – the coastal town’s appeal is its sense of timelessness.

That is not to say, however, that the seaside location is stuck in the past; this is somewhere you will not have trouble finding a fresh latte or a tasteful seaside postcard. The attraction of Southwold lies in its apparently natural balance of the

traditional and the trendy; the slightly frayed and the incredibly stylish.

It offers genuine seaside fun, but all at a gentle and easy pace. Shirley Foley and her husband Peter James Peacock have been holidaying in Southwold since 1996. The couple, who own a three-bedroom, self-catering apartment on Pier Avenue, which they also rent out, were living in Cambridge when they first started visiting. “We had always dreamed of having a holiday home in Southwold, as it

is a place that is unchanging,” Shirley explains. “This is a time where everything is moving so quickly and yet Southwold does not seem to.

“It feels like an island – and it is almost an island, with the sea, the river and the harbour around it, and then the fact you have to cross Buss Creek to reach it from the north.” But, continues Shirley, it is also the variety of activities on offer in Southwold. “We love the walking here, going to the estuary and crossing over to Walberswick and stopping in the local pubs,” she says. “There are interesting shops to visit that have unusual finds, as well as places to buy delicious food.




E SEA SIDE “We like going down to the places at the harbour to buy freshly caught fish then bringing it home to cook, or going on a long walk to Dunwich and sitting on the beach eating fish and chips.” With its pier, lighthouse, restaurants, pubs and shops, the town has plenty to keep people of all ages occupied, she stresses. Shirley and Peter, a professional writer whose latest novel, The Towers of London, is available on Amazon, and for the Kindle, furnished much of their recently renovated apartment with furniture and items of interest found in Southwold.

“You can find some quirky and eclectic things in the town,” she says. The couple have now moved to the Isle of Man, but still ensure they holiday in the Suffolk seaside town at least two or three times a year, and in between, they let it out to guests. Peter’s fourth novel, A Serpent in Amber, is due out later this year and is set in the Southwold.

“He was inspired by the town,” she says. “We both love it here. There is something about the air and the light, and hearing church bells in the morning that make it feel magical. “It is somewhere wonderful to escape to.” Words by Sarah Sinclair, photography by Nick Read For more information on Southwold visit www.exploresouthwold.co.uk For information on 54 Lancaster Court call 01624 863197 or visit www.exploresouthwold.co.uk/lancastercourt



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Living and working on the Suffolk and Norfolk border, cera The brightly coloured ceramics in the window of Thea Cutting’s gallery catch the eye of passers by as they make their way into the centre of Southwold. Many wander in to have a better look at her collections – and, depending on the day – they might find Thea herself sitting at a table sketching out some new designs. Gallery Thea is a quiet yet industrious operation, from which the artist dubbed “the new Emma Bridgwater” is making a name for herself. Her designs are being recognised further afield than the arts and crafts scene of Southwold and her pieces are being snapped up by customers as far away as the States.

“It is very exciting being so busy,” says Thea. “I used to do a lot more painting myself but now I tend to concentrate on the designs and other people paint in the colour – and I am continually looking for ways to add to what we do as well as to bring out new collections.” Thea’s style has an almost picture booklike quality to it. Her designs have been likened to those of well-known children’s illustrator Quentin Blake, and it is easy to see why. Many embody gentle references to her Suffolk coastal location but all have an upbeat sense of fun about them. Her pieces are eye-catching and brightly coloured, featuring bold images with a distinct hand-drawn quality. “I think I have been influenced by children’s drawings,” she says. “I would love to write and illustrate children’s books at some time in the future.


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amicist Thea Cutting draws inspiration from her surroundings “There is no doubt, as well that the seaside location has also had an influence.” Thea, who was born and went to school in Ipswich, studied Graphic Design at Suffolk College before going to York, where she focused on Sculpture and Design Craft, and then took a degree in Ceramics and Glass. After college, she began to teach painting, glass painting and mosaicmaking through workshops, and she also taught pottery in schools. “When I was doing the teaching and workshops, I would decorate a lot of the ceramics myself to put on display so people would know where they could come in,” she explains. “Before long, passers by were coming in to ask me to do something especially for them.”

The next step was to launch a website and with that came further success. Soon orders were coming in from across the UK, Europe and beyond. Eventually she took on the shop in Southwold – and since then business has been busy.

“In the future I would like to be better known and to be able to get into the design of fabrics and wallpaper,” she says. “I have got so many ideas – and my passion really is for coming up with new designs.”

Current ranges include her Seaside collection, featuring beach huts, light houses and sea gulls. Her Olive collection has a more Mediterranean style while other ranges are almost seasonal.

For more information on Gallery Thea visit the

Also popular at the moment are her plates for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The Suffolk coast will always feature in her designs, she stresses. She enjoys being based in Southwold and hopes to see her pieces being sold in seaside locations in Norfolk as well before too long.

shop on Station Road, in Southwold or go online at www.gallerythea.co.uk or call 01502 722433


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Dunwich The stunningly beautiful beach at Dunwich is bordered with sandy cliffs and lowland heath, creating a patchwork carpet of pink and purple heather and yellow gorse. It is tucked away, offering peace and tranquillity and there are many species of wildlife, from seals to woodlarks to watch and enjoy. It offers visitors scenery that is serene in places and wild in others, and they can wander freely between the heath and the beach.




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Kessingland beach offers the perfect spot to bathe in peace and quiet, while possibly playing hopscotch with the incoming tide.

Orford Ness is an internationally important site for nature conservation and features a 10-mile long, shingle spit with marshes, lagoons and waterways.

Covehithe’s deliciously deserted beach and breath-taking coastal pathway is situated about five miles north-east of Southwold and eight miles south of Lowestoft.

The beach is actually a mix of marshland, shingle and sand and stretches for miles towards Lowestoft in the north and Southwold in the south. It is undoubtedly one of those Suffolk gems that few people have discovered – and those who do know about it, prefer not to tell anyone else...

Visit the wild beach here and believe yourself to be the only person between sand and sky.

The beautiful beach is part of the Suffolk Coastal Footpath and is perfect for those who enjoy long walks.

The area is steeped in history, legend and mystery - during the 1800s, it became a haunt for smugglers. While you are here, follow the waymarked trails through a variety of environments, including saltmarshes, mud flats, lagoons and protected vegetated shingle.

It was previously known as North Hales and during the Middle Ages it prospered as a small coastal town. However, like many areas of the Suffolk coastline, by the 17th century it had fallen victim to coastal erosion, and the large church, which had been built on the back of its wealth was mostly pulled down. The path to the beach passes the impressive-looking ruins of the old church and nestled inside is its replacement, St Andrew Church, which is well worth taking a look at.

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Suffolk has an abundance of captivating areas to explore on foot, from the first light of dawn right through until dusk. The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of Britain’s finest natural environments, for example. This takes in some 150 square miles of the county and includes landscapes as diverse as the beautiful wetlands, ancient heaths and stretching shingle beaches. Those prepared to attempt a longdistance walk could try the 50-mile Suffolk Coast path, from Felixstowe to Lowestoft, while those happy to go a little further could take the 60-mile hike along the Sandlings Walk, between Ipswich and Southwold. Walkers keen to indulge in some wildlife watching, could also head to Minsmere – another glorious location from early in the morning. Here, against a backdrop of woodland, wetland or coastal scenery, they might spot a marsh harrier, otter or even perhaps a bittern.

Dunwich Heath is another beautiful area to stroll through. Here walkers will find three waymarked trails, linking the heath with the beach. This dramatic and colourful landscape is home to the likes of the Dartford warbler, nightjar and woodlark. The area between Dunwich and Walberswick also offers some magnificent coastal walking.

Those keen to follow it should start at Bigod’s Castle, in the centre of Bungay, and follow the river to Earsham, before coming up into the Bath Hills, overlooking the Waveney Valley, and joining the Angles Way. This walk is about 5.5 miles and heads back into the town at the end. Alternatively, hikers could try a Waveney Valley walk between Beccles and Geldeston.

Walkers should try starting at Walberswick, then pass through Westwood Marshes, which is part of the Walberswick National Nature Reserve.

They should start in attractive Beccles and then head off next to the river until they reach the village of Geldeston.

After reaching Dunwich, which was once the largest Medieval town in the region, they can then return along the coast.

Then they cross the marshes and return to Beccles, once again along the Angles Way.

Inland, there are plenty of walks that will take the rambler through Suffolk’s pretty villages and market towns. The Bigod Way, for example, goes along the river bank, as well as down quiet lanes, footpaths and tracks.

Words by Mary Williams, photography by Nick Read For more information on these walks try: www.rspb.org.uk www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunwich-heath www.discoversuffolk.org.uk


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AT THE PENNOYER CENTRE • The Café is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4pm • Evening Inn, a pub night with local ales and live music, is held on the first Friday of every month, 6.30pm to 11.30pm • The Farmers’ Market takes place on the third Saturday of every month, from 10am to 1pm

character Exquisitely blending stunning, contemporary architecture with the remains of a medieval chapel, one of Norfolk’s lesser known historic buildings is waiting to be discovered


From the Middle Ages through to the new millennium, The Pennoyer Centre, tucked away in tranquil Pulham St Mary, spans the centuries. The award-winning building brings the remains of a 15th century guild chapel, and its Victorian extension, together with an eye-catching, 21st century atrium. The restoration project, overseen by Norfolk architects Lucas Hickman Smith, has created a new village centre, as well as a superb exhibition space, café and backdrop for music festivals, film nights and farmers’ markets. Now glass, steel and oak contrast sharply with brick and stone, and light streams into contemporary spaces, which have been designed for practical modern day use but still evoke the fascinating history of the building. Trustee Karin Curruthers explains the centre has now been open some

18 months and is already well-used by the local Norfolk community, as well as many visitors to the area. “What we have going on here is wide and varied, and some of the events are really quite busy. We had an exhibition here over a recent weekend, which brought in more 1,000 visitors,” she says. “Our café serves good quality food, created wherever possible, with fresh, local produce. We do great lunches and delicious homemade cakes.” And she adds: “The area around Pulham St Mary is superb for walking and cycling – we are not far from The Boudicca Way – so it is the ideal place for people to stop, have a look at the fascinating building and have some refreshment.” The original flint chapel that was on the site is thought to have been built back in 1401. By the end of Henry VIII’s reign, however, guild chapels had been

dissolved and the building was being used by villagers as a manorial court. In 1670, wealthy businessman and philanthropist William Pennoyer endowed the creation of a school in his will, thereby ensuring the survival of the building. It remained a school for more than 300 years, admitting girls in the 18th century and seeing an extension some 100 years later. It closed in 1988, however, falling into a state of disrepair until restoration work began in February 2009. “It almost became dilapidated but a team of very dedicated people were determined to bring it back to life – and what a brilliant legacy it is now going to be for the people of the county and visitors to Norfolk.” Words by Abigail Saltmarsh, photography by Nick Read For more information visit www.pennoyers.org.uk





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Un i qu e ly N orw i c h

From its ancient cobbled streets and Medieval buildings to the magnificent modern architecture of The Forum and Cathedral, Norwich offers its visitors a very special experience Photograph courtesy of Visit Norwich Ltd









Uniqu e ly Norw i ch Photograph 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10 by Nick Read Photograph 2, 3, 6 and 7 courtesy of Visit Norwich Ltd

When the sun shines, the parks, steps and cafés of the city are full of people making the most of the weather and enjoying the unique experience of being in Norwich. On less clement days, there are the museums, theatres, cinemas and beautiful buildings to enjoy. Norwich has a very individual character and some exceptional qualities that make it quite unlike any other holiday destination. Yet to many, it remains undiscovered, according to Melanie Cook, marketing and pr executive for Visit Norwich. “We often have people who arrive here and are then so surprised. They admit they did not realise just what we have to

offer and it soon becomes clear they can’t do everything they want to in one visit,” she says. Perceived as a sleepy city, somewhat off the beaten track, Norwich is, they soon realise, a hidden gem, waiting to be discovered. As well as proximity to the glorious Norfolk Coast, the beautiful Broads and so many attractive country spots, it offers a wealth of cultural experiences, a vibrant arts scene and a splendid array of shops, restaurants, pubs, bars and family activities. And the numerous, less celebrated, delights range from the likes of the Henry Moore and Picasso pieces to be viewed at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts through to the preserved







remains of a Norman stone townhouse, underneath the Magistrates’ Court. Cecile Tuddenham, marketing manager of Norwich Cathedral, said many of the attractions themselves had lesser known aspects. “The Cathedral, for example, has a very high profile, with visitors coming from all parts of the UK and abroad to see it,” she says. “But while they come to see the church, they don’t always know about everything else we have here. We did a visitors’ survey last year and one of the questions we asked was: ‘Will you be coming back?’

One of the latest attractions at the Cathedral is new Refectory Restaurant, where modern architectural design sits alongside the Norman stonework of the old building. The herb garden, the art exhibitions in The Hostry, the library and the reading room, are just some of the other less familiar attractions. “Then there is also the 44-acre Close, which feels very like a village,” she adds. “This is right in the middle of the city, and is very green, and here people can walk down to the river.” For more information visit www.visitnowich.co.uk

“Most people said: ‘Yes.’ They felt they had not seen everything they wanted to see.”

Did you know? • Norwich has more than 1,500 historic buildings • It has over 30 Medieval churches – more than any other city north of the Alps • Norwich Market is 900 years old and is the largest six-day-a-week, open air market in the country • The Forum houses Europe’s biggest digital screen gallery, Fusion • More than 40 per cent of shops in Norwich are independent • The city has the largest, intact, Medieval street pattern in Europe


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This Sporting Life

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Norfolk’s own Piggy French is an international event rider. Abigail S It has been a busy time for Georgina “Piggy” French – not only has she had the usual events to prepare for but there’s also Britain’s biggest sporting occasion to consider. As the country has been gearing up for the Olympics, Piggy, 31, has been enjoying a series of successes at other events while also, along with other riders, contending with the appalling weather. “Events up and down the country have been cancelled because of the rain and the waterlogged ground, which is unfortunate but there is little we can do about it,” she says. “I should find out soon, however, whether I have been selected for the Olympic team, which is very exciting.” Piggy, who now lives in the Midlands, was brought up in the South Norfolk village of Shotesham, attending school at Saxlingham Nethergate and then Beeston Hall. Her mother and two sisters were also equestrian enthusiasts and she cannot remember a time when she did not enjoy being in the saddle.

“I was probably riding before I could walk,” she admits. “I have loved horses and ponies all my life and knew I wanted to be involved with them in one way or another but it was a long time before I thought I was good enough to make a career of it.” It was, in fact, when she was 15, that she had her first big win. This came in 1996, with her Junior horse Lloyds Gamble. “I did my GCSEs and then started at sixth form college but I would come home every weekend to spend time with horses and soon realised that I didn’t want to study, I wanted to ride. “I was very fortunate that I could begin by taking local work, riding people’s ponies for them and mucking out their stables. I was gaining experience by riding lots of different horses and before I knew it, I was competing more and more.” Her first real breakthrough came with Rebecca Finch’s Flintlock II, who took Piggy to her first Badminton in 2003. He was also her team gold medalwinning horse at the Young Rider European Championships in 2001, where they finished fourth individually.



Saltmarsh found out more about her hopes for success this summer It was from there that Piggy’s eventing career went from strength to strength, and today she is established as one of the country’s leading riders and a member of the UK’s World Class Squad. Heading her impressive string of horses are Wally French and Michael Underwood’s Jakata, who took her to the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the 2011 European Championships, and DHI Topper W on whom Piggy won the London 2012 Test Event in 2011. So far this year, Piggy has been constantly on the go, travelling the length and breadth of the country to compete and try out new horses. It has been disappointing that events such as Badminton and Chatsworth have been washed out, but there is still the highlight of the sporting world to look forward to. “I should find out soon if I have a place on the Olympic team – there will be five of us altogether, men and women,” she says.

“This is never going to happen again in my lifetime.” Piggy, who moved from Norfolk to the Midlands, as it was easier to travel to events, believes she had a good start with her riding from her Shotesham base. “My mother still lives in Norfolk, at North Elmham, so I return frequently. Norfolk is a beautiful place, a lovely part of the world. I have really enjoyed riding and spending holidays up on the coast there over the years. “I also still enjoy competing at Great Witchingham International Horse Trials and at Burnham Market,” she says. And she adds: “Horses are my passion and I do feel very lucky to be able to work with them as I do. “There is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you succeed at a competition with a horse you have trained. You just feel so proud.” Portrait by Tony Meredith, other photography by

“If I am selected, it will be everything to me. The Olympics is what I have been working towards - and the fact it is going to be held here in Britain makes it even more special.

Trevor Holt / www.kingfishermediaservices.com For more information on Piggy French visit www.piggyfrench.co.uk




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Saturday 2 June

Saturday 16 June and Sunday 17 June

Stalham with Happing Festival Stalham and Broadland Villages

Boys and Their Toys Oxburgh Hall

Folk group Stone Angel is set to mark the start of the sixth annual Stalham with Happing Festival of the Arts. The entertaining group, who will perform at 7.30pm, play Medieval instruments. This year’s festival incorporates events

at Stalham and surrounding villages, situated from The Broads to along the coast.

Celebrate Father’s Day at Oxburgh Hall at the Boys and Their Toys weekend.

They include concerts, featuring classical and jazz music, carnival parades and even an archaeological exhibition at Waxham Great Barn, where visitors can bring along their own finds.

There will be displays by a number of model clubs, including boats, which will be floated on the moat, model aircraft and even a model railway.

For more information call 01692 583099 or visit www.stalhamwithhappingfestival.co.uk

A war games society will stage an event and the Bittern Amateur Radio Club will be broadcast from the hall. The fun will run from 11am to 4pm on both days.

For more information call 01366 328258 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/oxburghhall

Friday 8 June

Kungsbacka Piano Trio Holkham Hall Classical music lovers should head to the Marble Hall at Holkham for an evening of chamber music performed by the award-winning Kungsbacka Piano Trio.

The performance starts at 7pm.

For more information call 01328 713111 or visit www.holkham.co.uk

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The trio won first prize in the prestigious Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 1999.

The Holkham programme will include Beethoven’s Kakadu Variations Op 121 and Piano Trio in E Flat Op1 No 1, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor Op 50.


Friday 20 June to Sunday 22 July

Sunday 1 July to Tuesday 31 July

Aldeburgh World Orchestra Snape Maltings

Sculpture Trails Hoveton Hall Gardens

Specially created for the London 2012 Festival, the Aldeburgh World Orchestra brings together acclaimed British conductor, Sir Mark Elder and 124 top-calibre young artists aged 18 to 29 from across the globe.

The group will perform some of the most thrilling orchestral repertoire of the last 100 years including Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, the Sinfonia da Requiem by Britten and Shostakovich’s Symphony No 5.

For more information call 01728 687100 or visit www.aldeburgh.co.uk

July sees the world of art come alive at Hoveton Hall Gardens with the introduction of new sculpture trails. Working with local artists the formal gardens, woodland and

water gardens will display a diverse range of inspirational and engaging sculpture. Children are also included with a sculpture trail specifically designed for them.

For more information call 01603 782558 or visit www.hovetonhallgardens.co.uk

Wednesday 27 June and Thursday 28 June

Wednesday 11 July to Saturday 14 July

Royal Norfolk Show Royal Norfolk Showground

Shakespeare Festival 2012 Norwich Cathedral

Head to Norfolk’s largest annual event in the last week of June.

equine classes, there is something to appeal across the ages.

The Royal Norfolk Show offers the perfect family day out.

Highlights this year include the RAF Falcons Freefall Parachute Team, the British Imperial Military Band and the Household Cavalry Musical Ride.

From spectacular displays in the Grand Ring, to traditional livestock and

For more information call 01603 748931 or visit www.royalnorfolkshow.co.uk

The atmospheric setting of the Norwich Cathedral Cloister is once again to be the venue for the Shakespeare Festival 2012. The GB Theatre Company is returning to perform The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew.

Norwich Cathedral is one of several venues the company is visiting during its 2012 tour, which is this year directed by Jenny Stephens, director of BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, and Jack Shepherd of ITV’s Wycliffe fame. Each performance will start at 7pm.

For more information call 01603 218450 or visit www.cathedral.org.uk

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Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July

Tuesday 14 August

Worstead Festival, Worstead

Wherry Albion Open Day Horning

For a weekend of traditional Norfolk fun, head to Worstead Festival.

as the local weaver’s group, heavy horses and farming machinery.

Visitors can try their hand at throwing wellies and hay bales or can enjoy other traditional attractions, such

New to this year’s line-up is a food theatre, which aims to give local chefs the chance to demonstrate their talents.

For more information call 01692 535620 or visit www.worsteadfestival.org

Visit a traditional Norfolk wherry boat, meet her modern day crew and find out how she earns a living today at a special open day in Horning, in Norfolk. Wherry Albion is a national treasure, which was built specifically as a sailing trading barge for The Broads.

There were originally about 300 of these Broadland craft, but today Albion is one of only two to have survived. Albion will soon be appearing in a new documentary for BBC2.

Wednesday 1 August and Tuesday 7 August

Outdoor Theatre, Holkham Park Take the family along to enjoy performances in the fresh air in Holkham Park. Holkham’s outdoor theatre programme for 2012 includes two wonderful productions aimed at children, but adults are guaranteed to enjoy them too.

On Wednesday 1 August, at 6.15pm, the Blunderbus Theatre Company will perform The Owl Who Was Afraid of The Dark, which is based on the classic children’s book by Jill Tomlinson. Then on Tuesday 7 August, at 6.15pm, The Pantaloons have adapted Grimm’s Fairy Tales for the stage.

For more information visit www.holkham.co.uk or call 01328 713111

For more information call 01692 630593 or visit www.wherryalbion.com

Friday 10 August to Sunday 12 August

Wednesday 22 August to Sunday 2 September

Sandringham Crafts, Arts and Sculpture Fair, Sandringham

North Norfolk Music Festival

This is one of the most prestigious craft shows in the calendar, enjoyed by crafts people and visitors alike. Skills such a wood turning, glass blowing and lace making will be demonstrated, and

there will be falconry displays, ferret races and puppet shows throughout the day. In addition, the very popular chainsaw carvers will be returning to show off their skills.

For more information call 01283 820548 or visit www.craft-show.co.uk

The North Norfolk Music Festival is now in its eighth year. This concert will be held in St Mary’s Church, East Raynham, and starts at 6pm.

It features Laura Samuel on violin and Simon RowlandJones on viola. They will perform a programme of music by Bach.

For further information call 01328 730357 or visit www.northnorfolkmusicfestival.com


Sunday 26 August and Monday 27 August

Medieval Mayhem Framlingham Castle Take a step back in time to Medieval England at magical Framlingham Castle this bank holiday weekend. Visitors will find themselves in the 15th century via an array of spectacular arena shows,

insightful historical demonstrations and plenty of opportunities for hands-on experiences. A full programme of pomp and pageantry will run from 11am to 5pm on each day.

For more information call 0870 3331181 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk




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Where to stay...

Where to eat...

Bagthorpe Hall Bed and Breakfast, at Bagthorpe, near Bircham, King’s Lynn – quiet and peaceful, surrounded by trees of up to 300 years-old, with extensive gardens and set in open countryside. Big rooms, big beds, organic and homemade breakfast. Just 10 minutes from Burnham Market. Call 01485 578528 or visit www.bagthorpehall.co.uk

Try, Butlers Restaurant, of Holt, where you can enjoy locally sourced produce at its best. Visit Appleyard, Holt, NR25 6BN, call 01263 710790 or visit www.butlersrestaurants.com

Church Farm Barns, at Wickmere, an idyllic rural getaway. Here, there are three barn cottages around a courtyard garden. The cottages sleep two to 17 people, and are ideal for exploring The Broads, coast and local National Trust properties. Call 01263 577300 or visit www.churchfarmbarnsnorfolk.co.uk Home Hall Bed and Breakfast at Great Hockham, Norfolk, between Watton and Thetford. A fantastic base to explore the Brecklands. Luxury en-suite rooms. Evening meals offered. Call 01953 498985 or visit www.homehallbedandbreakfast.com


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Caithness Crystal’s glassmaking techniques may have a long history but, when it comes to keeping up with the times, the Norfolk company sets a shining example

A Touch of Glass From gleaming paperweights to vibrant ornaments, the King’s Lynn Caithness Crystal studio is known for its colourful and eye-catching glass. Pieces made there by artisans such as Stephen “Beaver” Bone have become collectors’ items yet many are also exclusive works of art, designed in celebration of an event or occasion. Mark Sander, managing director of the company, says many of these were limited editions, in production for a short time only. “At the moment, for example, we are creating a limited edition, handengraved paperweight to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee,” he says. “It is being hand-made in our Norfolk centre by Beaver, our master glassmaker, who has more than 40 years experience.” Visitors to the centre can watch Beaver and his colleagues create a range of items. Under his watchful eye, they can also attempt glass blowing or can create their own unique paperweight, vase or even hand or foot cast. “Our glassmaking demonstrations take place all year round, from Monday to Friday. We do also have special events from time to time,” says Mark.

Also in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Caithness Crystal has commissioned Lilliput Lane to produce a model of St Mary Magdalene Church, on the Sandringham Estate. “Sandringham has been the private home to four generations of sovereigns,” he says. “The house was first opened to the public in 1977 – The Queen’s Silver Jubilee year – so it is most fitting that Caithness Crystal has decided to do this at this time.”

For more information on the celebratory items or on the Visitor Centre, Paxman Road, King’s Lynn, PE30 4NE, call 01553 765111 or visit www.caithness-crystal.co.uk




In the know Photography by Nick Read

Are you local yourself? Yes, I grew up in Hemblington, in Norfolk, before moving into central Norwich. I lived and worked in London for a while but decided to come back to settle here. Why Norwich? I have always been so proud of this area. It is such a beautiful place, with so much history, and yet you can also enjoy a wonderful, easy life here – everything you could possibly want is in this city.

Melanie Cook, marketing and pr executive for Visit Norwich

In your opinion, what makes Norwich so appealing to visitors? Unlike somewhere like Cambridge, for example, which has its university, there’s no one thing here; instead, there is an incredible mixture. We have the beautiful architecture, the fantastic shopping, which includes so many independent shops selling Norfolkmade produce, and attractions and activities that are suitable for adults, as well as children. What would you suggest people do if they were in Norwich for just one day? I would start with the heritage. The Norwich 12 buildings are wonderful and span 1,000 years of history in the city, and many of them are free. I would also suggest a blue badge guided walking tour. These are only £4 and last 90 minutes; this is a great way to see some of the hidden parts of the city and to hear about some of the very interesting buildings you might otherwise walk straight past. Tell us about some of Norwich’s hidden gems? The Plantation Garden, off Earlham Road, is one. This is also known as “the secret garden” and is the

perfect place to spend a summer’s afternoon or to have a picnic. Then there is the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, which has so much “wow factor” but does not always get the attention it deserves as it is out of the city. This has some wonderful pieces of art, as well as a new sculpture garden and café. Another place well worth a visit is Upper St Giles, with its beautiful buildings and interesting shops. Is there anything new for this summer? We have the Olympic torch relay (Wednesday 4 July and Thursday 5 July) then the Lord Mayor’s Celebrations (Thursday 5 July to Sunday 8 July), which will have an Olympic theme, and will see all sorts of exciting new events taking place right across Norwich. The Bridewell Museum will reopen this summer, which is very exciting, and the Norwich Castle Study can now be enjoyed completely free by small groups of visitors. This is an amazing resource, where you can see more than 40,000 pieces from the collections. Do you have any final suggestions for visitors? This is a city that over-delivers in terms of art and culture – we have such a rich tapestry of galleries, theatres and places like Cinema City. Then if you want to get out of the city, it is very easy to reach the beautiful coast and some wonderful countryside from here. Don’t forget that Whitlingham Country Park is the gateway to The Broads - here you can walk or go out on a boat, just a short walk from the city. For more information visit www.visitnorwich.co.uk

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