Visit East Anglia appoints Norfolk Brand Manager
(16th October 2012)
Visit East Anglia, recently contracted to deliver the strategic voice of tourism for Norfolk, today announce the appointment of a Brand Manager for the county’s Visit Norfolk brand.
Pete Waters takes up the new post at Visit Norfolk officially on November 1, after three years as editor of the Eastern Daily Press. “It’s a great honour to be able to help represent Norfolk tourism. Norfolk has the best and most diverse range of attractions of any county in the country so we have all the ingredients for a fantastic visitor experience. The challenge now is to find more and smarter ways to capitalise on that,” he said.
“There is already some great promotional activity taking place, particularly on the coast, for the Broads and in the city, but the sum of our parts across all of Norfolk is our biggest strength. We must work collectively, public and private sector together, to ensure Norfolk becomes top of mind when people are thinking where to take their holidays, short breaks and day trips,” he added.
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Norfolk at Christmas Exciting Festive Events
(21 September 2012)
Norfolk has an exciting array of special Christmas events to raise the spirits and put you in the festive mood.
The Thursford Christmas Spectacular in North Norfolk is the biggest and most exciting Christmas show in Britain and runs from November 9 to December 23, with two shows a day at 2pm and 7pm, www.thursford.com. Experience this popular blend of Christmas entertainment, with dazzling dancers, beautiful costumes, Christmas songs, carols, including outstanding music and singing from a cast of more than 100. Each show is a pageant of spectacle and colour – the music a seamless transition from an up-beat dance routine to a choral rendition of a Christmas carol – a show that would not be out of place in London’s West End.
Thursford Santa’s Magical Journey
November 17, 18, 24 & 25 and December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 to 23.
Visit Father Christmas in the magical setting of Thursford. The magical journey takes you past the penguins and polar bears to see all the giant sized teddy bears ready to load Santa’s sleigh and past the busy elves, hard at work in the toy factory taking in the wrapping machine. Meet lots of fantasy characters including the snowman family but watch out for the snowballs before you make your way though the magical forest to reach Santa’s House and meet the man himself, www.thursford.com
Sandringham Christmas Craft, Food and Gift Fair, Sandringham Park,
November 23-25, www.craft-show.co.uk
Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham to Wroxham
Santa Specials Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 to December 9 and daily December 14-24, www.bvrw.co.uk.
Fakenham Parish Church 12th Christmas Tree Festival
November 29 to December 6, daily 10am to 8pm,
Cromer Pier’s Pavilion Theatre stages its Christmas Seaside Special from December 1 to December 30, check www.cromer-pier.com for show times. Now in its 8th year, the show features Norfolk comedian Olly Day, a youth choir, the Christmas Quartet and dancers choreographed by Di Cooke.
North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham
Santa Specials, Saturdays and Sundays December 1 to December 16 and December 21-24, www.nnrailway.co.uk.
Mid Norfolk Railway, Wymondham to Dereham
Santa Specials, Saturdays and Sundays December 1 to December 16 and December 22-24, www.mnr.org.uk.
Santa Cruises Saturday and Sundays December 1 to December 23 and December 24, 11am and 1pm, www.broadstours.co.uk.
Deepdale Christmas Market, Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale
Christmas goodies on the NorthNorfolkCoast, December 1 and 2, 10am to 4pm, www.deepdalechristmasmarket.co.uk
Christmas at Holkham Hall
December 1,2 8, 9, 11am to 5pm, adult £12, child (2-16) £8, family (2+2) £36
See the Hall dressed for Christmas, meet the Victorian characters dressed in their splendid costumes filling the hall with story-telling, dancing, carol singing and tales from Christmas past. Father Christmas will welcome children to collect a gift and leave him their special Christmas wish, www.holkham.co.uk.
Dragon Hall Norwich Medieval Christmas Market
Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, www.dragonhall.org.
Dickleburgh Church, nr Diss - 50 Christmas Trees in a Church
Christmas Tree Festival - Sunday, December 2 to Sunday, December 9 www.50christmastrees.com.
Great Yarmouth Minster, Christmas Tree Festival
December 5 to 9, 10am to 4pm (open to 7.30pm on 5 and 7 December) www.sncpt.co.uk.
King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Pantomime – Aladdin
December 7 to 31 www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk (check website for times).
Gorleston Pavilion Theatre
Smile it’s Christmas, December 8, Christmas concert with Nigel Boy Syer, Country Company and Lisa Marie at 7.45pm, www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk.
Father Christmas at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham
Meet Father Christmas in his woodland yurt with his reindeer, plus children's crafts in the elves workshop, live music and mini-Christmas market. Father Christmas arrives on his lawnmower at 11am. December 9, 11am to 5pm, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk.
Meet Father Christmas at the National Trust’s Oxburgh Hall,
December 8, 9, 15 and 16, 11am to 4pm, £4 per child (includes present), www.nationaltrust.org.uk/oxburghhall.
Gorleston Pavilion Theatre
Mother Goose, December 12 to January 5, check times on website, www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk.
Pensthorpe Nature Reserve nr Fakenham
Father Christmas and floodlit feeds, booking essential, December 15-23, adult £3, child £6 (includes present) www.pensthorpe.com.
Great Yarmouth Hippodrome 11th Christmas Spectacular with its special water show and top international circus acts, runs from December 15 to January 13 (check website for times), www.hippodromecircus.co.uk. The historic hippodrome (built 1903) is Britain’s only surviving sole circus building and is one of four venues in the world that converts to stage a water spectacular.
Theatre Royal, Norwich Pantomime – Aladdin
December 18 to January 19 (no performances Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk.
The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich – The Railway Children
December 19 to, January 5 (no performances December 24, 25 and January 1), www.maddermarket.co.uk.
Click here for a full list of Christmas Events
Visit East Anglia appointed to manage Visit Norfolk
(17th September 2012)
Norfolk County Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Visit East Anglia to manage the development of tourism in Norfolk. The agreement will run until early 2015 and follows a tendering process overseen by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Norfolk County Council.
Visit East Anglia will be responsible for providing a strategic voice for Norfolk’s tourism industry, and for promoting all that the county has to offer at the local, regional and national level under the VisitNorfolk brand, with a dedicated brand manager. It will develop promotional campaigns, including some in partnership with neighboring counties.
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EDP Norfolk Tourism Awards Open for Business
(16 August 2012)
The eighth EDP Norfolk Tourism Awards, in association with Hoseasons, are open for business.
There are 12 categories plus the Outstanding Achievement Award. New this year are the Best Young Tourism Talent and Best Event of the Year categories.
Tourism businesses and EDP readers, are invited to make nominations. For a full list of categories and to enter, go to http://norfolk.tourismawards.co.uk/. The closing date for entries is 30 September.
Mark Durrant, Chairman Norfolk Tourism, commenting on the awards said: “The EDP
Tourism Awards have always proved hugely successful, showcasing the very best that Norfolk has to offer in terms of quality service and sustainability and I am delighted that Archant are supporting the awards again. Year-on-year we have seen standards improve, where tourism businesses are looking to not just meet but exceed their customers’ expectations.”
Fifty-Four Holiday Years at Searles Hunstanton - A Record?
(16 August 2012)
Searles Leisure Group http://www.searles.co.uk/ believes it may boast the country’s longest staying holiday lodge owner at its park in Hunstanton. Fred Grange had already been coming to Searles for holidays for some time before he brought his very first static caravan to the park 54 years ago.
Fred has seen many changes and developments since his original caravan, an inheritance of his wife’s, arrived on the site in the late 1950s. At that time facilities were rather limited, with entertainment provided by a black and white TV in a shed.
Fred, who hails from Wisbech St Mary in Cambridgeshire, watched all the changes, getting newer caravans as the years passed. He now has a lodge on Fairway Court, part of Searles Country Park area. “I’ve watched the Searle children grow up and take over the running of the business, and seen the facilities grow into the wonderful Park that exists today,” added Fred.
Norfolk on the Orient Express
(7 August 2012)
Norfolk Tourism combined with Visit Suffolk and Visit East Anglia to promote the region at a Visit England media event on the Orient Express on Tuesday 31 July to coincide with the Games.
More than 100 journalists were taken on a journey on the Orient Express from London Victoria. Ian Russell, Wroxham Barns, Ros Green Festivals Suffolk and Rachael Paddick from Jungle PR represented Norfolk and Suffolk on board.
Rachael (pictured) was painted by Norfolk-based body-paint artist Cat Finlayson, with iconic Norfolk and Suffolk landmarks and themes to create a visual representation of both counties.
Chocolate brownies, Norfolk honey shortbread and Norfolk lavender shortbread made by Kel Norton, pastry chef for Chris Coubrough’s Flying Kiwi Inns http://www.flyingkiwiinns.co.uk/, were enjoyed by the journalists on the train.