The annual awards ceremony which sees Keep Britain Tidy hand out Blue Flags and Seaside Awards to local authorities will be held in Cromer in May.
Last year North Norfolk District Council had its most successful set of Blue Flag results when the district secured six flags – at East Runton, West Runton, Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Sheringham.
The awards recognise the top tier of English beaches and are given out only to those sites that have the highest quality of water, facilities, environmental education and management, with superb levels of cleanliness and safety.
TV presenter, author and naturalist, Nick Baker, is set to open The Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s* annual community event Wild About the Wensum on Saturday 12th May 2018.
Intrepid explorer and natural history expert Nick, who has famously presented Weird Creatures (C5), The Really Wild Show (BBC One) and Springwatch Unsprung (BBC Two), will officially open the event, meet members of the public and even host a bug hunt for kids!
Wild About the Wensum, now in its twelfth year, is a special one-day event held by the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust with the sole focus on encouraging people of all ages, especially families who often don’t get the chance to be outdoors, to enjoy the beautiful Wensum Valley, within which Pensthorpe Natural Park is located.
After living the high life at The Roof Gardens in Kensington, London, four flamingos have put their high society days behind them and have relocated to Norfolk.
Flamingos Bill, Ben, Splosh and Pecks, have taken up permanent residence at Pensthorpe Natural Park, a 700-acre modern nature reserve in north Norfolk, which already has a dedicated Flamingo area and is home to thousands of bird and wildlife species.
Upon arrival the birds entered a pen adjacent to Pensthorpe’s existing flock of 25 so that the two groups could get acquainted. After a few days living as neighbours the London birds were integrated with the resident flock under the careful watch of Chrissie Kelley, Head of Species Management at Pensthorpe.
Joyce Irvine proved you are never too old to keep fit as she celebrated her 90th birthday with friends at a seated exercise class held in Sheringham Library.
Joyce was surprised by her friends and fellow exercise class members who organised a celebration with chocolate cake, music and party hats, although she nearly uncovered the surprise when she arrived at the Library earlier than expected to return some books!
As a founder member of the class, Joyce has been enjoying the benefits of seated exercise since the class was set up by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) in 2015 as part of its Sports Hubs and Clubs programme. The 45-minute session is designed for those who like to keep fit and enjoy a gentle workout while sitting down, and it is regularly attended by up to 15 members.
BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow – regularly watched by six million people on Sunday evenings – will be filmed on Cromer Pier and promenade in May.
The show, one of BBC One’s most popular programmes, attracts an average of 3,000 to 4,000 visitors, spread through a full day. A day’s filming creates two shows for broadcast a few months after shooting. The show tours the country, visiting iconic houses, parks and gardens. This will be the first time the show has been filmed on a pier.
The event on May 24th will boost local business, increase footfall in the town in the week before half term and put the North Norfolk District Council owned Cromer Pier on the international television stage.
The annual Walkers are Welcome get together will be held in Cromer in 2018.
The Cromer group, part of a network of more than 110 towns and villages all over Britain, will host the event on October 12th to 14th. Invitations will be sent to representatives from all accredited towns and villages.
Group members are planning a series of talks, walks and other events around town. Among these events, a reception will be held on Cromer Pier, which is owned by North Norfolk District Council and operated by Openwide. And the Council Chamber at North Norfolk District Council will be used for the Walkers are Welcome annual meeting.
A garden attached to a historic chapel has been handed the annual Environment Award by North Norfolk District Council.
The award was won by the St Seraphim’s Quiet Garden at Walsingham.
The garden, affiliated to the Quiet Garden Movement, is next to the St Seraphim’s Orthodox Chapel and has reclaimed a long-derelict parcel of land. This land has been turned into a tranquil garden where residents and visitors can go for quiet and contemplation.
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.
A new 10 year management contract to run Cromer Pier, one of the nation’s most iconic seaside structures, has been awarded by Pier owners, North Norfolk District Council, to Openwide.
The celebrated and award winning Grade II Listed Pier which has been described as ‘fabulously English’ has become a national treasure and a ‘gem of the Norfolk coast’ since it was built in 1901.
Playing host to the world’s only remaining full season End of the Pier Show, the 495 ft long Pier has claimed its fair share of awards through the years, kick-started many entertainment careers and provided a stunning backdrop to numerous films and productions.
The Graham Allen Award is presented annually by NNDC to the project considered to make the most significant contribution to the built environment within the district.
Cllr Sue Arnold, Cabinet Member for Planning said: “The standard of entries this year has been excellent yet again.“The shortlist covers such a range of tremendously interesting design projects each with very strong specific merits. “Each one of them makes a great contribution to our built environment and to the high standard of the Graham Allen Awards.”