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

23 August 2019

Preparations are well underway in the Norfolk village of Thursford for one of the nation’s most lavish and highly anticipated annual Christmas events. Now in its 43rd year, Thursford Christmas Spectacular has already ordered in a whole new lighting experience and auditioned over 3000 performers this year, for what promises to be its most ambitious and extravagant show to date.
The glittering rhinestone and tinsel-packed variety show will run for seven weeks during the festive season, 6th November to 23rd December, with many performances already sold out.

‘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.

Film locations in Norfolk, UK

28 June 2019

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. And in 2019 Gorleston-on-Sea beach features in Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis' new film Yesterday with Lily James.

Norfolk's top artwork

19 June 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.

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.

Great festivals throughout the year

28 May 2019

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!

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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