All Things Norfolk Directory

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All Things Days Out showcases great places to visit in Norfolk for that memorable day or night out. Whether your are looking for a Cultural day in a Museum, relaxing on the Norfolk Broads, enjoying the heritage of Steam travel through the beautiful Norfolk Countryside, an adrenalin ride in a Sports Car or seeing your favourite band, come rain or shine there is always plenty to do and see in Norfolk.

106 Lower Street
Village, Town or City: Horning
Postcode: NR12 8PF Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Contact Name: John Buchanan
Phone number: 441692631411
Mobile Number: 447767497184
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JB Boat Sales is a family run business situated on the River Bure in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, in the picturesque village of Horning.

With over 25 years experience, we offer a personalised, friendly service to all of our customers with our expert knowledge of Boating. We can offer day boat hire, holiday cruisers, holiday cottage, all marine services, annual moorings & boat sales on the Norfolk Broads. 

JB Boat Sales Incorporates Horning Marine Covers specialising In top quality canopies & upholstery. 

Facilities:
  • Parking
  • Outside Seating
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
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The Airfield
Village, Town or City: North Pickenham
Postcode: PE37 8LL Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01760 44177
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Based in the heart of Norfolk, on the outskirts of Swaffham, Anglia Karting Centre has two outdoor race tracks which can be combined to make a 1030 meter, adrenaline fuelled, day of exciting racing.  

We can cater for adults and junior racers aged 8 and above (minimum height of 4ft 4″).  And if the day isn’t long enough we can always switch on the floodlights so the fun doesn’t need to end when the sun goes down.

 

Facilities:
  • Parking
  • Groups Allowed
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The Railway Station, Station Road
Village, Town or City: Dereham
Postcode: NR19 1DF Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01362 690633
Fax Number: 01362 698487
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The Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust was established in 1995 with the aim of buying and restoring the then-disused line between the Norfolk market towns of Dereham and Wymondham. We currently own 28km (17.5 miles) of track and trackbed through central Norfolk's most attractive countryside, making us one of the largest preserved railways in the UK today.

The line is operational between Dereham and Wymondham, and we own the disused northern section from Dereham as far as County School. The line is intact (although derelict) as far as North Elmham, and a further mile of track will need to be re-laid in order to reach County School. Our long-term aim is to reach as far as Fakenham.

In addition to our passenger services to Wymondham, we also run fairly regular commercial freight trains, as well as the occasional railtour. These result in a wide variety of locomotives visiting Dereham from the main line from time to time, in addition to our fleet of heritage diesel locos.

Many people are surprised to learn that the railway is entirely volunteer-run. Our volunteers get up to a wide variety of tasks, including driving the trains, maintaining the track and lineside, getting greasy inside engines, and many other interesting jobs besides.

The rate of progress in restoring and upgrading the railway has been very rapid over the last few years, and we hope it will continue that way. Current projects are aimed at improving the railway's infrastructure, including track and signalling. In particular, we are working on building our first signal box, which will control the yard at Dereham; and we are busy restoring the line north of Dereham to operational condition.

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Aylsham Station, Norwich Road
Village, Town or City: Aylsham
Postcode: NR11 6BW Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01263 733858
Fax Number: 01263 733814
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The Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk’s longest Narrow Gauge Steam Railway and operates between the old market town of Aylsham and the bustling Broads towns of Wroxham and is within easy reach of Norwich and the coast.   It was built on the track bed of part of the former Great Eastern Railway and the nine mile line runs through a stretch of lovely, rural Norfolk, following the river Bure through meadowland and ancient pastures, stopping occasionally at small country villages.

Trains operate on a daily basis from the beginning of Easter to the end of October with special events throughout the year, including Santa and Mince Pie Specials.   The railway also offers a very popular boat train which gives the opportunity for a journey by steam followed by a cruise of the Norfolk Broads.   For those who would like to realise their childhood ambitions to be a train driver, Driver Experience Courses are available during the off-peak periods.

The railway’s facilities include an 80-seater café at Aylsham, which can provide everything from a cup of team to a full meal, a large souvenir and model railway shop.   The railway’s workshops are also based at Aylsham and often open to the public.   At Wroxham Station there is a gift shop and a large second-hand book shop with over 5,000 books run by the Friends of the Bure Valley Railway.  

All trains have special wheelchair accessible coaches and disabled toilet facilities at both Stations.  Free parking is also available at both Stations. We are also Dog Friendly.

Facilities:
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
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Raveningham
Village, Town or City: Norwich
Postcode: NR14 6NS Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Contact Name: Sonya Roebuck
Phone number: 01508 548480
Fax Number: 01508 548958
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Raveningham is a traditional rural Estate situated south of Norwich in South Norfolk. It has been home to the Bacon family since 1735.

The principal house, Raveningham Hall, was built around 1750 by an unknown architect for Sir Edmund Bacon the 8th and 9th Baronet. The Hall is Grade II* listed and home to Sir Nicholas Bacon the 14th and 15th Baronet and his family.

The Gardens are set out as the Edwardian plans with large herbaceous borders surrounding a Victorian walled kitchen garden. In the 1960s the planting was enhanced by the inspiration of Priscilla, Lady Bacon an energetic plantswoman who collected many rare species from around the world transforming the garden over 50 years. The walled kitchen garden was brought back to full working order in the last 20 years and is now producing fruit and vegetables for the House. There is a fine late 19th century Boulton and Paul range of glasshouses, stocked conservatory and melon pits, all in working order.

A Millennium project by Nicholas Bacon to build a lake on the North side of the House is now firmly established as is an Arboretum that was planted after the destruction of a wood in the 1987 gale; this gave an opportunity to plant a large variety of trees and shrubs under a plan designed by the eminent plantsman Roy Lancaster

New additions to the garden include a Herb Garden, a Stumpery and a garden designed around Francis Bacon’s essays based on the passage of time. Sculptures by Susan Bacon add to the landscape which is surrounded by an 18th century Park with grand oaks of great age.

The main specialities of the garden are snowdrops followed by bulbs in early spring, later in the season agapanthus are a main feature. Throughout the year the parkland setting provides a glorious backdrop to to the Hall and the main garden.

The gardens are mostly accessible to wheelchair/motability scooter users, except when the ground is very wet.

Main season 4 April to 31 August 2018, Wednesday to Friday, 11am to 4pm. Also open all Bank Holiday Weekend Sundays and Mondays 11am to 4pm and summer Sunday openings, 15, 22 and 29 July and 5, 12, 19 and 26 August, 11am to 4pm. Tearoom open when garden is open. www.raveningham.com

Admission charges: Adults £5, Concessions £4.50, Children (under 16) free. 
Dogs on leads are welcome. 

Become a Friend of the Gardens and enjoy unlimited admission throughout our 2018 season. £20 per person

Group Visits Welcome. Pre booked group visits welcome on weekdays throughout the main season. Special weekend and evening visits can also be arranged. Price per head: weekday £7 evening and weekends £8 (includes tea and cake). To book a group visit tel. 01508 548480 or email: sonya@raveningham.com 

Facilities:
  • Cafe
  • Parking
  • Groups Allowed
  • Pets Welcome
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River Road
Village, Town or City: Westacre
Postcode: PE32 1UA Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01760 755800
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What is Westacre?  What happens at Westacre and when?  Where is Westacre?  Well, a warm welcome awaits you at Westacre Theatre which has been offering inspiring, inclusive and creative excellence in the heart of West Norfolk for over a quarter of a century.  And Westacre Theatre is probably the only all year-round rural performance venue anywhere in East Anglia.

Why?  You find Theatres in towns and cities – where there are lots of people.  But Westacre is different.  In rolling countryside, Westacre Theatre’s scenic setting comes complete with landscaped lagoon.  In the Summer, the sheltered South-facing terrace hums with audiences eager with anticipation. 

Centrally located just 10 minutes’ drive from Swaffham, 20 minutes from King’s Lynn, and within half an hour of Downham Market, Watton, Dereham, and Fakenham it is easily accessible to most communities in West Norfolk. 

But tucked away in peace and solitude; it remains one of West Norfolk’s best kept secrets.  And once found, everyone always says how lovely it is and ‘Why didn’t we know about Westacre before?’

Westacre attracts all-comers so the volunteers, cast and crew are a happy band performing vital roles in its varied activities.  Many of the team are long-serving troopers; once at Westacre people tend to stay for the friendship and fulfilment. 

West End this is not and nor does it pretend to be.  But The Westacre Theatre Company perform regularly to great acclaim – straight plays of immense integrity and magical musicals too.  As you may expect, Westacre Theatre is more than just a stage.  You can hear every word and see every movement from any of its 80 seats.  The fully-equipped studio theatre is central to its all-inclusive ethos but there are many other parts too.  And the sum of those parts is greater than the converted Chapel where Westacre Theatre was born 25 years ago and is truly a tardis. 

Its own in-house productions are complemented by sourcing the very best Live! and Encore screenings via satellite from the likes of National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare, The Globe and Matthew Bourne.  Fans of mainstream cinema are catered for under the Wednesday Flicks banner showing a carefully selected programme of contemporary films. 

The Riverside Café-Bar serves relaxing drinks, light lunches and simple suppers.  The light and airy Foyer Gallery hosts a continuous back-to-back varied programme of exciting art exhibitions from both up-and-coming and established artists based locally and further afield.  Drama workshops are held weekly and in school holidays for young people from 6 to 18 years old.  Popular art and craft master-classes are all in the repertoire and often over-subscribed.    

There is ample free off-road parking (with surfaced spaces by the door for the less mobile).  A flat floor throughout (including for a universal access loo) goes right to your front row seat in the Studio Theatre.  Give us a look to see what we mean. 

  • W = Wednesday Flicks - The best of contemporary cinema
  • E = Education – Classes in art, crafts and play reading; Bursaries for fortunate students
  • S = Screenings – The satellite link brings world class performances to our full-size screen
  • T = Theatre – Take your pick from well-known favourites or more challenging drama
  • A = Acting – For ages 6 to 18 to create drama without a crisis in weekly drama classes, half term and summer workshops
  • C = Café-Bar – Relaxing drinks at all our performances with light lunches and pre-performance suppers at selected shows – they are very popular so advance booking is wise
  • R = Riverside Walk – A short wander from our sheltered terrace takes you to the tranquil River Nar
  • E = Exhibitions – Artists of all abilities display their latest work in the three distinct spaces open at performance times

 

Performances and activities are presented in three seasons each year so there is always something new about to take off. www.westacretheatre.com is constantly updated so a visit there will provide you with the pointers you need about what is in store.  But keep checking because fresh productions are being added all the time.  And the value-for-money ticket prices have to be seen to be believed. 

Westacre Theatre is overseen by a charitable foundation so all the support you give to Westacre (just by enjoying a cup of freshly brewed filter coffee, or acquiring that piece of art which caught the corner of your eye) will all go to the worthwhile cause of keeping Westacre Theatre sustainable and alive for the next generation.  The cast and crew is a tiny team but they certainly make it all happen.  Now they are on your radar, do different and try the Theatre that is different too.      

Facilities:
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Winebar
  • Parking
  • Outside Seating
  • Disabled facilities
  • Children Welcome
  • Groups Allowed
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