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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).

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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Art Show brings the Assembly House Alive!

The Assembly House Art Show 2013: ART ALIVE! opens today in the heart of Norwich and continues until Wednesday 8th May.

Everyone is welcome to this major contemporary art exhibition which features new work by more than 120 artists from Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, including installations, textiles, sculpture, pottery, paintings, photographs and video.

Curated by Yvonne and John Millwood, ART ALIVE! is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday and entrance to the exhibition is free.

For more information on this must-see event, click here to visit the website.

The Assembly House Art Show 2013: ART ALIVE!

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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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Corpusty Bonfire Night 2012

*** This year’s Corpusty Bonfire Night is Saturday, 2 November 2013 ***

Corpusty fireworks 2012

Just a quick reminder that Corpusty Bonfire (and Fireworks) Night is on Saturday 3rd November this year (2012). Always a great night (see http://www.norfolkholidaycottages.biz/blog/2011/10/beach-to-bonfire-night/). Please donate generously! It takes a great amount of time, effort and cost to put them on every year. For more information, visit the Corpusty Bonfire Night group page at Facebook.

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