Norfolk and Suffolk Tourist Attractions (NSTA) is publishing the Great Days Out in Norfolk & Suffolk booklet on January 23, featuring 51 quality assured attractions and two pages of discount vouchers.
The booklet offers an unrivalled menu of activities from boat trips on The Broads to family theme parks, world famous museum collections, country houses, gardens, historic sites and zoos and farm attractions, heritage railways, top draw live shows and much more.
New NSTA members in the 2017 booklet are East Anglia Transport Museum, English Heritage and Southwold Maize Maze.
Some 400,000 booklets will be distributed across the six counties of the East of England. Great Days Out in Norfolk & Suffolk can also be downloaded from www.norfolkandsuffolkattractions.co.uk.
Martin Dupée, Chairman NSTA said: “All is set for a fantastic year at Norfolk and Suffolk attractions. The Great Days Out booklet features 51 excellent reasons for day trips and short breaks in the region. It's great to see both large and smaller attractions continuing to invest in new facilities and innovative events, improving the visitor experience and giving a boost to our £4.9 billion tourism economy in Norfolk and Suffolk.”
New projects and events for 2017
Cromer Camping, the only campsite in the heart of Cromer, situated next door to Amazona Zoo is opening the last week of July and for the month of August 2017 only. The campsite is just 10 minutes walk into the seaside town. The website is under construction: www.cromercamping.com. For more details e. firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be 270 pitches, priced at £15 per pitch. The ‘back to basic’ campsite will have toilet, shower and washing up facilities.
Also next door to Amazona Zoo is new Cromer PYO, opening for the first time from mid May to September, selling PYO raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and flowers. T. 01263 510741, www.amazonazoo.co.uk
East Anglia Transport Museum
Special events include 1940s Weekend 13 and 14 May, Dad’s Day Out 18 June, Eastern Coach Works 30th Anniversary Weekend 8 and 9 July and Trolleybus Weekend in September.T. 01502 518459, www.eatransportmuseum.co.uk .
St George’s Distillery – the home of English Whisky
Work is planned for a new building at St George’s Distillery, which will house a new larger shop and an 80-seater restaurant/bistro. The distillery has good coach parking, and offers tours on the hour (lasting an hour). The new facilities should openspring 2017, t. 01953 717939, www.englishwhisky.co.uk
Great Yarmouth Racecourse
Twenty-fours days of flat racing between 25 April and 24 October. Key race meetings are as follows:
Wednesday 19 July Ladies Night with live music.
Sunday 27 August Bank Holiday Family Fun Day – an afternoon of racing and children’s entertainment
19-21 September 2017 – Eastern Festival of Racing with Ladies Day on 21 September
T. 01493 842527, www.greatyarmouth-racecourse.co.uk
Lord Cholmondeley is delighted to announce that Houghton Hall will be hosting a major exhibition by highly acclaimed British Sculptor Richard Long. The artist will create a number of site-specific works in the grounds of the house in addition to the slate work “Full Moon Circle” which was commissioned specially for Houghton in 2003. There will also be mud paintings and smaller-scale works in gallery spaces, as well as historic material relating to the artist’s career. The exhibition will be curated by Lorcan O’Neill, in association with Richard Long who won the Turner Prize in 1989.
The exhibition will open on 30 April and will run on selected days until October 26.
Open days will be Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Gates open at 11am and the house opens at 12noon. Tickets go on sale in January and cost £18 per head. There will be discounts for group bookings and early bird online bookings. For further information visit www.houghtonhall.com
The Exhibition will provide a unique experience for visitors, showing the work of a great contemporary artist in one of the UK’s pre-eminent historic settings. It is hoped that the exhibition will attract a wide audience from this country and abroad.
Stories of Lynn
King’s Lynn’s stunning new attraction, Stories of Lynn opened in April 2016. New for 2017 the ‘Stories of Lynn’ mobile App will provide visitors with added insight to the stories told at the attraction as well as providing a brand new guide to explore all the fascinating sites and buildings throughout the historic town of King’s Lynn.
The Lady Elizabeth Wing, new events space and visitor facilities: a major redevelopment project at Holkham Hall on the North Norfolk coast is now complete. The Lady Elizabeth Wing, featuring a contemporary events space and new visitor facilities is open following an 18 month, £4.5-million investment.
Situated adjacent to Holkham Hall, it was built in 1867 by the 2nd Earl of Leicester as a bowling alley for his employees. In 1951 the building was converted into a factory for Holkham Pottery, a business started by the 5th Earl’s wife, Elizabeth. The successful business, making distinctive and collectable pottery ranges, operated for more than 50 years until its closure in 2007.
Today, The Lady Elizabeth Wing offers a new elegant and contemporary events space – one of the largest and most impressive spaces of its kind available in East Anglia. The Lady Elizabeth Wing will enable Holkham to host many types of events including conferences, dinners, presentations and weddings. There is room for 250 people seated and up to 400 standing, as well as a reception area suitable for smaller events of up to 60 people. Behind the scenes are all the professional facilities that party organisers and caterers require.
The Estate worked closely with English Heritage to make sure that everything proposed for these predominantly Grade II listed buildings added to the historical importance of the site. London-based architects Hopkins have been responsible for the design and have ensured that project blends in with the existing and surrounding buildings.
What The Butler Saw
We delve into the fascinating archives at Holkham to take a look behind the scenes at the lives of the staff who have lived and worked here. Using unseen photographs and original uniforms, alongside historic documents, we will tell the personal experiences and colourful stories of the people who have helped to keep this great house running over the last 200 years to the present day.
The exhibition is available to view during normal hall opening times and is included in the admission charge.
T 01328 713111, www.holkham.co.uk