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Hollywood comes to Holkham Hall and beach

22 June 2018

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.

Norfolk's top artwork

22 June 2018

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.

The Paston Treasure at Norwich Castle

22 June 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.

Brian Clarke: The Art of Light at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

20 June 2018

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts stages a spectacular exhibition across the building exploring the stained glass of Brian Clarke, the world's leading stained glass expert.

Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall

20 June 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.

Great festivals throughout the year

22 May 2018

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!

Film locations in Norfolk, UK

1 May 2018

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.

Literary locations in Norfolk

3 December 2017

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...

Literary heroes of Broadland

14 June 2017

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.

Pirate Festival at Wells-next-the-Sea

16 January 2017

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.

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