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Peter Rye, great-grandson of Walter Rye, who was owner of the Maids Head Hotel from 1889-1895, visited the hotel for lunch with Christopher Kitching, author of a new biography of Walter Rye called A Passion for Records. Mr Kitching presented a copy of his biography of Walter Rye to the Maids Head in advance of its Norwich launch at Norfolk Records Office on Friday, February 9, when he will be giving a public lecture at 1pm about Walter Rye, topographer, sportsman and Norfolk’s champion.
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Fairhaven Woodland Water Garden's gardeners and volunteers have embarked on their major winter leaf collection and dyke clearance project. The gardening team collects all the autumn's fallen leaves, which are then deposited in retaining bays where they gradually rot and are recycled into nature's fertiliser – leaf soil. The leaf soil is put to work in the garden and is also sold in the plant sales area. Ian Guest, Head Gardener, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden explained: “The leaf collection is an important annual job. Fairhaven has always been managed organically and the resulting leaf soil provides a rich fertiliser for the garden.”
Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:00

Picturesque Pensthorpe

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The ever-changing kaleidoscope of light, patterns and colours waiting to be discovered at Pensthorpe Natural Park creates a rich vein of material for budding photographers. Wells photographer Julia Rafferty’s Portfolio Development Course, based at the 700-acre nature haven near Fakenham, has grown rapidly from a one-day standalone experience, to a six-week course in each academic term of the year, run in the morning for starter students and in the afternoon for the more experienced.
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For three years it provided a stunning backdrop for millions of TV viewers who watched entranced as BBC TV’s Springwatch showpiece provided a ‘through-the-keyhole’ view of nature. Now Pensthorpe Natural Park’s spectacular setting, with its glorious window onto the Wensum Valley’s wildlife wonderland,is available for hire to individuals, families, training groups or business enterprises. A two-year restoration project has transformed the former Springwatch recording studio into an intimate new venue for weddings, events, conferences, and corporate functions.
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The Grove Cromer is teaming up with The Massage Hut to offer hotel guests and visitors holistic massage therapy seven days a week, in a tranquil wooden cabin surrounded by trees and birdsong. The Massage Hut is a team of four therapists – Christy, Pat, Jason and Ashlee - who all qualified with the Massage Training Institute, a qualification that is recognised by the UK regulatory body for complementary healthcare practitioners, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). This means that as well as being able to offer relaxing pamper sessions, therapists are trained to understand and work with clients who have short and long term health issues. 
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Foresters at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden marked the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm today (October 16), by giving that great survivor, the King Oak, its annual close inspection. The King Oak is more than 900 years old and survived the Great Storm, which smashed through the garden uprooting 2000 trees. Matt Jordan, Head Forester said: “We discovered a hornet's nest during the inspection, so we were unable to give the King Oak it's 'haircut'. Tree surgery will be scheduled later in November when the hornets have disappeared. We regularly give the tree a visual inspection, looking for broken limbs and aggressive fungi, but climb the tree once a year to give it a thorough health check, looking for weakness in branch junctions and other damage.”
Sunday, 26 November 2017 00:00

Deepdale Christmas Market 2018

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Deepdale Christmas Market takes place on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December, open from 10am to 5pm each day. Deepdale Christmas Market is a wonderful celebration of the festive season on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. Dalegate Market, Deepdale Backpackers & Camping and St Mary’s Church welcome over 120 local artisans and producers to the little coastal village of Burnham Deepdale, creating one of the East of England’s largest festive markets in a tiny village of just 30 permanent residents.
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Hannah Barnes won a competition earlier this year, run in conjunction with City College Norwich Art and Design students, for an illustration of the Maids Head Hotel to be printed on new mugs, which are now in the hotel’s 84 bedrooms, as part of the tea and coffee making facility. The mugs are also on sale in hotel reception.
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Jenny Sadler and her mother Dorothy Watts and 10 other members of the Watts family and friends, joined the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor David Fullman at the Maids Head Hotel on Friday, July 14 to celebrate the £230,000 refurbishment of seven feature rooms in the hotel. The majority of the rooms are in the Palace Street wing, acquired by the hotel in the 1980s and converted into bedrooms and function rooms. The Watts family ran businesses there until the middle of the 1960s. Jenny Sadler was born in 1962 in part of what is now the Cathedral Suite, but back then it was her Mum, Dorothy and Dad, John Watts’ bedroom. 
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Nine common tern chicks, from four breeding pairs of adult birds, have hatched on the new floating breeding platform secured on Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden’s broad at South Walsham. Last year one pair bred with two chicks fledging. Trevor ‘Tabs’ Taberham, volunteer wildlife warden at Fairhaven Garden explained: “Two years ago, just after I started working her, five pairs of common terns tried to breed on the island in Fairhaven broad, but greylag geese wrecked the nests. So last year, we experimented with a single standard size pallet, attached to posts that are in middle of the broad. It attracted two pairs of common terns; one pair stayed to nest, three chicks fledged, but unfortunately one was taken by a Herring gull.”
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