1. High tea with an author
The 2017 Bookfest season at Briarfields kicks off with crime writer Elizabeth Haynes speaking at 3pm on Sunday 12 March. Her best-selling books have been published in 30 different countries and in 20 different languages, and Elizabeth’s first novel Into the Darkest Corner was featured on Channel 4′s TV Book Club and she was selected as one of Amazon UK’s Rising Stars. Tickets are £15 per person, including Briarfields’ delicious afternoon tea.
Call 01485 210742…
Sue Penlington joined the Holkham Estate as its first education officer in 2013 and leads a team creating learning programmes and events for all ages.
Tell us about your role and how you came to work in the education department at the Estate.
I’m responsible for hosting school visits, adult education (walks and workshops), the family visitor experience including events such as Easter, Open Farm Sunday and Halloween, and I also run the Field to Fork Experience.
I came to Norfolk in…
Suzy Watson is a walker and author of Explore Norfolk UK (www.explorenorfolkuk.co.uk), an online resource to exploring the county. It also organises walking holidays.
Although you’ve lived here for 20 years, you describe yourself as a Norfolk newcomer – where are you originally from and how did you end up living in Norfolk?
I was brought up in the heart of the Essex countryside so not too far from Norfolk and I spent most of my summer holidays in Walberswick in…
1. A candlelit meal for two
Book yourself and a loved one in for a special evening of romance and delicious food at Briarfields. The restaurant’s menu is packed with delectable treats, including a chocolate dessert plate to share. Round the evening off with a stay overlooking the stunning marsh landscape of this SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) coastline. Candlelit suppers at Briarfields are available on 11 and 14 February.
Call Briarfields (briarfieldsnorfolk.co.uk) on 01485 210742 to book…
1. Heart the art of the Pacific
Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is the most comprehensive exhibition about Fiji and Fijian art ever assembled, created from exceptional collections from the UK and elsewhere, including the Fiji Museum. Among the highlights are a specially-commissioned sailing canoe and bark cloth wedding dresses.
Visit scva.ac.uk for more details.
2. Talk a winter walk
An excellent way to blow away the cobwebs and earn those hours relaxing in…
The North Norfolk Heritage Coast between Holme-next-the-Sea and Cley is appreciated by many thousands of visitors each year. Walking is the usual way to explore its secret natural treasures but for those with access to the water, visiting less accessible places by boat is a special privilege.
As a former Royal Marine and UN envoy, there isn’t a safer pair of hands to guide visitors along the North Norfolk coast and marsh creeks than Henry Chamberlain. As well as bearing…
1. Explore the great outdoors
Take a tour of Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden. Learn about the history of Fairhaven, the collection of plants introduced by the 2nd Lord Fairhaven, and the organic working methods still used today. Finish your walk with a complimentary mince pie and hot mulled wine in the cosy eco-tearoom.
Find out more at fairhavengarden.co.uk
2. Create a Christmas wreath
On 2 December between 10am-6pm, join the gardener from Oxburgh Hall to make your own beautiful woven wreath…
1. Junior naturalists
The Children’s Wildlife Watch at Hickling board on Saturday 12 November is a must for young fans of David Attenborough. Discover the way reptiles, amphibians and mammals go into dormancy and find out what makes their winter retreat perfect. Put into practise what you’ve learnt when you make a hibernaculum to take home.
Call 01603 625540 for more information.
2. Seasonal Spectacular
From Thursday 10 November – Friday 23 December, Thursford hosts its annual Christmas Spectacular. Set in the magical…
Sport fanatic and golf journalist Chris Bertram shares why – with two GB&I Top 100 courses and three in England’s Top 200 – he loves Norfolk. Here’s his pick of the best spots to play on the coast
Royal West Norfolk
The process of becoming intoxicated with the links of Royal West Norfolk begins before you step onto the 1st tee of this seaside course of character and soul. The journey between swaying reeds and twisting drive to the clubhouse begins this…
1. Apple Day
This ever-popular event is held on 16 October at one of Norfolk’s best-loved museums, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. It’s a chance to celebrate the very best of autumn with all things apples: pressing, tasting, buying and naming. Experts are on hand to name ‘mystery apples’, along with live entertainment, local craftsmen and artists..
Call 01362 860563 or visit museumsnorfolk.org.uk for details
2. Broads ramble
Discover Norfolk’s secret Broads reserve with a Ranger this month. Heigham Holmes Nature Reserve is…