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Adventures, ramblings and photos featuring locations and events in and around Norfolk. If you know of an event happening in Norfolk, share it with us (contact info@norfolkholidaycottages.biz).

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 8 – 24 May 2015

Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2015 now on sale!

This year’s Festival sees more originally commissioned work than ever before. Our theatre highlight is Wolf’s Child: a dark fairy tale set in the woods at Felbrigg Hall created by one of the world’s leading site specific theatremakers WildWorks. The site specific theme continues with the latest creation from The Voice Project: The Observatory takes us on a cosmic choral journey around the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and UEA Broad. And we continue our unique relationship with Circa with the World Premiere of What Will Have Been, a show created especially for The Adnams Spiegeltent.

In the Festival’s opening three days you can explore three pieces from international artists: fitting sees dancers and acrobats defy gravity in the street, Dedriving Code For Beginners takes the concept of art in public space to absurd extremes and you can experience virtual reality through C.a.p.e. (Computer Automatic Personal Environment). 451 our fantastic large-scale finale this year, brings science fiction outdoors with a Festival co-commission of Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451.

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Happy New Year, 2015!

Cromer Pier fireworks, 2015

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Holt Christmas Lights 2014

Holt Christmas Lights

Holt’s Christmas lights have been switched on by Jake Humphrey (anchor man of BT Sport and well known TV presenter) and this year, are better than ever. There was entertainment throughout the town and lots of mulled wine!! The evening featured old favourites like the E.L.F. Ukulele Troubadours on stage.

Before the switch-on, Jake, who switched them on a few years ago said, “For the first time I’ll be there with my little daughter, Florence, and I can’t wait for her to see the fireworks.”

Holt Primary School children are spending their half term painting and decorating postcards which will be displayed in shop windows around the town to form the Light’s Trail. You can pick up a free Trail leaflet from Break in the centre of Holt. Complete the Trail and vote for your favourite postcard and Best Dressed Window by clicking on the ‘Competition’ tab at the top of this page.

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Houghton Revisited, Houghton Hall, Norfolk

Our visit to the famed Houghton Revisited exhibition finally arrived on Monday and we couldn’t have picked a better day. The weather was perfect; blue skies, wispy clouds and cool breeze.

Houghton Hall, Norfolk

The magnificent art collection of Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, sold to Catherine the Great to adorn the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, has been reassembled in its spectacular original setting of Houghton Hall for the first time in over 200 years.

Houghton Revisited has now been extended to run until 24 November and is a unique opportunity to view one of the most famous art collections of eighteenth-century Europe. The display includes paintings from the English, French, Italian, Flemish and Spanish schools, with masterpieces by Van Dyck, Poussin, Albani, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velazquez and Murillo.

Houghton Hall, now the family seat of Sir Robert Walpole’s direct descendant, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, is considered one of the country’s finest Palladian houses.

The Hall was designed to house Walpole’s prized collection of Old Master paintings, and the magnificent interiors and furnishings designed by William Kent are also still intact. The paintings in the Houghton Revisited exhibition are hung as close as possible to their original positions in the State Rooms, bringing them back to the splendour of more than two centuries ago.

As well as hosting the Houghton Revisited exhibition in 2013, Houghton’s unique history and interior, the award-winning five acre garden, the contemporary sculpture park, playground and restaurant, offer something of interest to everyone, and make for a great day out for all the family.

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Blakeney Quay, Norfolk

Blakeney Quay, Norfolk

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Houghton Revisited – a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Last week saw the opening of Houghton Revisited, a collection of Old Master paintings in one of the finest Palladian houses in Britain. This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the most famous art collections of the 18th century at the historic Houghton Hall between 17 May and 29 September.

PaintingThe magnificent art collection of Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, was sold to Catherine the Great in 1779 to adorn the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. Over 70 paintings from the collection, including works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Velazquez, Poussin and Murillo are now reassembled for the first time in 230 years for display in their original setting for this unmissable blockbuster exhibition.

Houghton Hall was designed to house Walpole’s prized collection of Old Masters, and the magnificent interiors and furnishings designed by William Kent are still intact. The paintings in the Houghton Revisited exhibition will be hung in their original positions in the State Rooms, bringing them back to the splendour of more than two centuries ago.

Tickets to the exhibition (which also includes entry to the public areas of the Hall, the beautiful gardens and grounds) are £18 for Adults, £10 for Children, £46 for Family (2 adults & 2 children).

NB – There are limited number of half price family tickets available for the May and August bank holidays (10 for each day).

For more information, visit www.houghtonrevisited.com.

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First snowdrops – Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich

First snowdrops of 2013 at Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich

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Snow and sunshine in Norfolk!

Snow and sunshine in north Norfolk

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Happy New Year for 2013!

Happy New Year for 2013!

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The fungi season is back!

Sunlight through the woods at Blickling whilst foraging for fungi

One of my passions is wandering around damp woods with my camera, through the falling leaves of Autumn scattered in sunshine. There’s nothing quite lie it. And hunting for fungi is the perfect excuse…

See also http://www.norfolkholidaycottages.biz/blog/2011/11/fungi-hunting-in-norfolk/

Fly agaric toadstool emerging at Blickling Park

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