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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.

School Road
Village, Town or City: South Walsham
Postcode: NR13 6DZ Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Contact Name: Louise Rout
Phone number: 01603 270449
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Indie Voucher Details: Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden are delighted to offer 50p off garden entry for up to 6 people (normal prices, adult £6.85, concessions £6.60, child £3.95) on presentation of this Allthingsnorfolk Indie Voucher. Enjoy our wonderful spring flowers, including candelabra primulas in May or visit during the summer for wild flowers and walks. The autumn colours in late October and early November are very special as well. We are open every day (closed Christmas Day).
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DELIGHTFUL NATURAL WOODLAND AND WATER GARDEN WITH PRIVATE BROAD.

The Sensory Garden is the first thing you’ll see as you walk into Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden. It has been designed with our visually and mobility impaired customers in mind.

In spring the garden 'springs' into life again. The primroses come into flower along the Broads Walk and the woodland paths. In May the glorious sight of bluebells will delight you, and our spectacular candelabra primulas, together with azaleas and rhododendrons.

There's lots of activity among the water birds and if you are lucky you may see a flash of vivid blue as the kingfisher dives for its prey.

In Summer there are flowers and shrubs including hydrangeas – in particular along our new Hydrangea Walk – foxgloves and many other wild flowers. Several varieties of butterflies can be seen on our butterfly path.

Autumn brings its own special pleasure, the glow of the golds, reds and browns of the trees as they shed their leaves. The stark contrast of bare branches in Winter has a different kind of beauty, and withering birds come to shelter in the broads.

In December you can buy Christmas trees, wreaths and gifts and Father Christmas will visit before Christmas with gifts for children.

Fairhaven has three miles of peaceful walks. Boat trips are available on our Private Broad and the Public South Walsham Broad from Easter to the end of October, including trips to St Benet's Abbey.

There is a plant sales area which specialises in woodland and bog plants, a Gift Shop and Kingfisher Tearoom for morning coffees, lunches and afternoon teas, using the best of local produce. Free entry to tearroom, shop and plant sales.

Dogs welcome on leads (small charge for poop scoop).

2018 entry charges: adult £6.85, concessions £6.60, child £3.95 (under 5 free).  

Please note we close at 4pm in the winter.

The tearoom opens at 9.15am every day for breakfast (served until 12noon).

We open until 9pm on Wednesdays from May to the end of August.

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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
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Situated nearby to Loddon and Beccles our gardens surround Raveningham Hall, home to Sir Nicholas and Lady Bacon (and home to the Bacon family since 1735).

Enjoy the beauty of our varied and ever-changing floral seasons. 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.

The main specialities of the garden are snowdrops followed by bulbs in early spring, later in the season agapanthus are a main feature. Our Gardens are circa 10 acres all in a glorious 18th Century parkland setting with sculpture by Susan Bacon in and around the gardens. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

2019 Snowdrop Season

See drifts of snowdrops during our famous snowdrop season in February. Our Priscilla Bacon Hospice fundraising days are on February 10th and 17th where guided tours are included in the entry price at 11am & 12noon (£5, £4.50 concessions, U16’s free).

Main Season Opening Times

We are open for both individual visits and Group Tours of 10-30 people.

Our Gardens and Tea Room are open throughout February 11-4pm (closed Saturdays) and on set days April to August. Please see our website www.raveningham.com  for opening days & times.

Friends of Raveningham Gardens

Become a friend and visit throughout our opening times for just £20 per person.

Please contact sonya@raveningham.com 01508 548480 for all enquiries, individual or group.

We look forward to welcoming you to our living garden.

 

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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.      

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8 Bridge Court, Fishergate
Village, Town or City: Norwich
Postcode: NR3 1UE Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Contact Name: Paul Dickson
Phone number: 01603 666011
Fax Number: 0871 989 2094
Mobile Number: 07801103737
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Paul Dickson is an independent tour guide offering walking tours in Norwich and the Broads National Park. Book Paul direct for the following tours: 

Norwich Tours

Historic Pub Tour

River, Merchants and Markets

The Great Market

The Maids Head Hotel and Tombland

 People and Places - Colegate and Elm Hill

 Boardman and Skipper, Victorian and Edwardian architects

Norwich on the Dark Side.

In the Broads National Park groups can book Rails, Trails and Sails - a day tour combining  ‘Monks, Mayhem and Murder in Norwich with a train journey to Reedham and an exploration of the area with stories of the wherries, railways and Romans.

Paul is an official City of Norwich Tourist Guide and a Norwich Ambassador.

Paul is also an independent publisher working with Norfolk writers.

Main photograph courtesy of Daniel Wildey/English National Parks Experiences Collection.

 

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Oak Street
Village, Town or City: Norwich
Postcode: NR3 3AE Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Contact Name: Amy Fellows
Phone number: 01603 568634
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We believe in inspiring and empowering our local community through circus.Our classes are delivered by resident company Lost in Translation Circus: an active company of experienced performers and tutors. We tailor classes for all ages and abilities because you’re never too old to run away with the circus!

We teach everything from tumbling, acrobatics and object manipulation (skills such as juggling, rola bola and hula hooping) as well as daring aerial disciplines such as aerial hoop, rope, silks, Chinese pole and static trapeze. We have regular courses for adults on weekday evenings as well as Saturday and school holiday youth circus programmes for children aged 6+. We also run a popular parent and toddler class for little ones aged 3-5.

We provide corporate events, team building days, children’s parties and have a strong arm in outreach with the local community and schools. We regularly host community cabarets with performances from both our talented students and professionals.

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Low Road
Village, Town or City: Bressingham
Postcode: IP22 2AA Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Contact Name: Alastair Baker
Phone number: 01379 686900
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Bressingham Gardens 
The unique Bressingham Gardens are renowned worldwide for their horticultural excellence. With nearly 20 acres, four linking gardens and 8,000 plant species they can are a truly tranquil place, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the scenery. 

The Bressingham Collections 
Take a trip on one of the four railways at Bressingham, the collection of working locomotives will take you round our magnificent gardens and woodland, or ride on the Victorian Steam Gallopers. 

A trip to the locomotive sheds brings the power and the glory of mighty steam engineering up close. The National Dad's Army collection lets you wander through Walmington-on-Sea looking at original props and vehicles from the series, you'd be a 'stupid boy' to miss it!

Bressingham is open (with Narrow Gauge Train rides) every day from 28th March 2018 until the 28th October 2018

Mondays and Tuesdays (outside the school and public holidays) are Gardeners Days (Non Steam Days) 

Service level - One diesel hauled train and the Gallopers.

Wednesdays to Sundays are always Steam Days. Service level - At least two trains and the Gallopers will be running. On Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays we aim to operate three trains and the Gallopers.

Bressingham Steam & Gardens, reg. charity no. 266374, was founded by the late Alan Bloom in 1961. 

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