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The Enchanted Journey of Light comes to Thursford this November to January

23 August 2020

The annual Christmas Spectacular may not be happening this year, but Thursford has come up with a brilliant alternative, The Enchanted Journey of Light, that will allow social distancing as well as lots of festive fun.

Art Deco By The Sea at The Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts, Norwich

4 August 2020

From July 2020 until January 3 2021, the Sainsbury Centre presents Art Deco by the Sea, an exciting new exhibition examining British coastal culture between the First and Second World Wars and the Art Deco style. The exhibition will explore how Art Deco transformed the British seaside in a new age of mass tourism.

Norwich Cathedral announces new winter 2021 date for Dippy as well as a summer programme of dinosaur

20 July 2020

Norwich Cathedral is looking forward to welcoming a prehistoric guest in the New Year as Dippy, the Natural History Museum, London’s iconic dinosaur cast arrives at the historic building. Dippy had been scheduled to be on display in the Cathedral in Summer 2020 but due to the coronavirus pandemic the tour has been delayed and he will now be on display from January 2021.

Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall

14 July 2020

Seminal works by the celebrated British sculptor Anish Kapoor will go on show across the grounds and historic interiors of Houghton Hall in Norfolk for the exhibition Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall (12 July – 1 November 2020).

Something for everyone at King's Lynn Festival 2020

13 March 2020

The 70th King’s Lynn Festival, being staged on July 19-August 1, will maintain its tradition of excellence in a programme with broad appeal. There's a packed programme of 36 events featuring a host of famous names offering something for everyone. The festival attracts people from far and wide and does much to put King's Lynn on the national map, as well as enriching the lives of local people.

Film locations in Norfolk, UK

7 February 2020

Norfolk, UK, is no stranger to Hollywood. The north Norfolk coast, Holkham Hall and beach, Norwich Cathedral, Elm Hill and city centre, Blickling Hall, Heydon and King’s Lynn are among popular locations. Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love, Pierce Brosnan as 007, Keira Knightley as The Duchess, Natalie Portman, Jane Fonda, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and Julie Christie have all filmed here. In 2019 Gorleston-on-Sea beach featured in Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis' film Yesterday with Lily James and in 2020 King's Lynn featured in Armando Iannucci's The Personal Life of David Copperfield.

Great festivals throughout the year

3 January 2020

Norfolk has a huge range of festivals throughout the year, including the Norfolk & Norfolk Festival in May and Out There in September, plus arts, pirates, outdoors, literature, folk, farming and much more besides!

Norwich Cathedral prepares for a prehistoric guest in summer 2020

16 December 2019

Norwich Cathedral is preparing to host a prehistoric guest in summer 2020 when the Natural History Museum’s iconic dinosaur cast Dippy pays a four-month visit. The much-loved national treasure – who for many years took centre stage in the Natural History Museum’s Hinzte Hall before embarking on his current UK tour - will take up residence in the Nave of Norwich Cathedral from July 11 until October 31 2020.

Norfolk's top artwork

4 December 2019

Ian Collins, who curated the blockbuster show Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich in 2013, picks some of the county's best pictures and where to see them in Norfolk public collections.

12 Christmas highlights to look forward to at Norwich Cathedral

25 November 2019

From a festive fayre to concerts and special services, there are lots of different ways to enjoy the magic of Christmas at Norwich Cathedral. The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, said: “We have a wonderful programme of festive events and special services at Norwich Cathedral this Christmas and we hope people of all ages will join us in celebrating this very special time of year."

One of Europe's biggest Christmas Show returns to tiny Norfolk village this Winter

22 November 2019

The small Norfolk village of Thursford hosts one of the nation’s most lavish and highly anticipated annual Christmas events. Now in its 43rd year, Thursford Christmas Spectacular auditioned over 3000 performers this year, for one of its most ambitious and extravagant show to date. The glittering rhinestone and tinsel-packed variety show runs for seven weeks during the festive season, 6th November to 23rd December, with many performances already sold out.

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art at Time & Tide, Great Yarmouth

1 November 2019

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed at Time & Tide Museum offers a ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and private collectors. With over 400 items on display, this is the largest gathering of original tattoo artworks, photographs and historic objects ever assembled in the UK.

‘Out There’ Festival Weekend returns to Great Yarmouth for 12th year

17 July 2019

The ‘Out There’ international festival of circus and street arts is returning to the streets of Great Yarmouth for the 12th year on 14th and 15th September 2019. Known to be weird, wonderful, outrageous and outstanding, the Out There Festival will bring the people of Norfolk some of the world’s finest circus and street art performers.

Henry Moore at Houghton Hall: Nature and Inspiration

17 June 2019

In a unique collaboration with the Henry Moore Foundation, Houghton Hall in Norfolk presents a major exhibition, Henry Moore at Houghton Hall: Nature and Inspiration from 1 May – 29 September 2019. This is the first significant show of the artist’s work in East Anglia.

Literary locations in Norfolk

27 May 2019

Cameron Self of Literary Norfolk offers us ten Norfolk locations from which authors, writers and poets including Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Ransome and Henry Rider Haggard took literary inspiration...

Highlights from Viking: Rediscover the Legend at Norwich Castle

1 May 2019

The Vikings are coming to Norwich! But don't worry, this time it will be a whole lot more peaceful. Here we give you some highlights from Viking: Rediscover the Legend, a British Museum and York Museums Trust Partnership Exhibition, at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery - 9 February to 8 September 2019.

Fred Ingrams: The Edge of Landscape

12 April 2019

Norfolk resident and internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Fred Ingrams explains why he loves the Fens, East Anglia’s iconic coastal plains and how they provide the inspiration for his bold, vibrant canvases with their endless horizons and dramatic perspectives.

Hollywood comes to Holkham Hall and beach

19 March 2019

With Norwich, Holkham is unarguably Norfolk’s most significant film location. The 18th century Palladian house and its nearby beach are well used to visiting Hollywood stars, including Keira Knightley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman and Peter O’Toole.

Pirate Festival at Wells-next-the-Sea

4 March 2019

Aha, me hearties! It’s Wells Pirate Festival in September, a three day pirate party filled with buccaneers, scallywags and salty sea dogs with pirate activities and events for the whole family.

Council launches ‘Breckworld’ tourism app, featuring Stephen Fry

12 February 2019

A brand new app which is backed by Stephen Fry has been launched by a district council to help people uncover some of the best local attractions. The Breckworld app is thought to be a world first, bringing together existing and newly developed technology into a single app. It extensively features ultra-high-definition 360° videos, some of which are narrated by Stephen Fry, so people can virtually explore Breckland’s towns, attractions, free days out and independent cafes.

Olive Edis: Photographer at Ancient House, Museum of Thetford Life

17 December 2018

One of the most important photographers of the first half of the 20th century
and the first-ever accredited female war photographer, Olvie Edis: Photographer is at Ancient House, Museum of Thetford Life, from December 15 to September 14 2019.

Repton Revealed at Sheringham Park - new illuminations set to celebrate Norfolk landscape

9 November 2018

A stunning display of light is set to illuminate Humphry Repton’s vision for Sheringham Park, as the National Trust celebrates the last great landscape designer of the 18th century, in what is regarded as the best surviving example of his work in the country. For seven nights this November, spectacular light installations will highlight Repton’s views in the landscape, enabling visitors to experience Sheringham Park in an entirely new light.

The Paston Treasure at Norwich Castle

11 September 2018

The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World is a major new show at Norwich Castle, from 23 June until 23 September. The exhibition, organised in partnership with the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, brings together rare works of art featured in an enigmatic painting, which chronicles one of the greatest private art collections of seventeenth century England, amassed by generations of the Pastons, an influential, landowning Norfolk family.

Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall

12 July 2018

A series of new paintings by Damien Hirst entitled Colour Space can be seen in the State Rooms at Houghton Hall for the exhibition Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall from 25 March–15 July 2018. The exhibition includes a number of the artist’s most celebrated sculptures throughout the 18th-century house and gardens.

Literary heroes of Broadland

4 July 2018

2017 marks the Year of Literary Heroes, such as the 50th anniversary of the death of Arthur Ransome, author of the much loved Swallows & Amazons children's book series. These famous tales see his characters adventure in scenic Broadland locations such as Wroxham and Ranworth. But this is not Broadland’s only literary connection; the area has been home to famed authors and poets, as well as the inspiration for some incredible works.

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