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Showcasing national and international galleries, artists and dealers, Art Fair East brings art to the Eastern region to be enjoyed by those who have a passion for art and art collectors. The beautiful Saint Andrew’s Hall, in the heart of Norwich is where the 2018 art fair will be housed. If you are looking for a unique gift, want to add to your art collection or simply want to have a browse, this large exhibition is a must.
You can’t beat a lovely warming stew on a cold winter’s day with a serving of soft Norfolk dumplings. The word ‘dumpling’ was born in Norfolk at the beginning of the 17th century, so the region has had a long relationship with this carbohydrate heavy accompaniment. The humble dumpling used to be a stomach-filling staple and was a great way to cheaply fill up hungry tummies and to distract attention from the fact that there probably wasn’t much meat in the stew, when times were hard.
Whether you live in Norfolk or are holidaying in the county, it’s important to understand the restrictions regarding dogs on the beach. With around 30 beaches in Norfolk, there are many vast expanses of sand to play fetch on, places to dig, and some great destinations for those 4-legged creatures who love a little doggy paddle or are wave chasers. Some Norfolk beaches allow dogs all year round whereas others do not permit dogs in certain areas during the summer months.
It’s a busy period for Father Christmas, there are toys to make, Christmas lists to read, elves to organise and he needs to check who’s on the naughty list. However, he always manages to make time for the children who are eager to pay him a visit. Around Norfolk there are a number of locations where Father Christmas can be seen during November and December 2018. Visit him at one of his festive grottos in the region; is there anything more exciting than meeting the big man himself? How does he manage to be at different locations at the same time? It’s Christmas magic of course!
Discover magical Christmas shows and pantomimes that Norfolk has to offer over the festive season. There is fun for all the family across the region, from smaller intimate shows to large scale spectacular productions. Enjoy a good sprinkling of magic and sparkle at the various local pantomimes; here is a look at what is on in Norfolk over the 2018 festive period and into January 2019.
Enter into the yuletide spirit by visiting one of Norfolk’s Christmas markets and enjoy the array of festive gift ideas and the aroma of mulled wine and spiced nuts. Christmas markets provide a great opportunity to pick up unique handmade gifts, local seasonal fare and decorations by the bucket load. If you are struggling for gift ideas, a Christmas market is just the place to find something a bit different and is sure to get you into the festive spirit – it is November after all!
In 2009 Norfolk LGBT+ Project was registered as a charity and is a community-based service that is run by and for the LGBT+ community. Working in partnership with organisations, schools, communities and local groups, it is influenced by the needs of its users so that it can provide the best service for the LGBT+ community in Norfolk and Waveney.
The marsh harrier is the largest of the harriers and is recognisable by its long tail and light flight with wings held in a shallow ’V’ formation. Females are larger than the males and have distinctive golden-yellow crowns and throat and chocolate-brown feathers. Males are lighter in colour and have a brown back, pale neck and head, gingery belly and long grey wings with black tips. In recent years the marsh harrier population has increased, and in Norfolk, it is not unusual to see this beautiful bird in flight.
If you are interested in greyhound racing, motor racing or are looking for a party venue, Yarmouth Stadium in Caister is where you need to head.
Thetford Forest is the UK’s largest man-made lowland forest with 18,730 hectares to explore on foot or on bike. Straddling the south of Norfolk and the north of Suffolk, this patchwork of heathland, pine trees and broad leaf trees makes the perfect destination on a dry day. High Lodge Visitor Centre, 4 miles from the Norfolk town of Thetford, offers excellent outdoor facilities, including Go Ape!, 4 walking trails, 3 cycling trails, forest Segway, picnic areas, bike hire, archery, play areas and BBQ hire. Dogs are welcome and there is a café serving hot and cold food and drink. There is a large, well signposted carpark and parking charges apply.
With its long and rugged coastline, Norfolk has always had a strong and important relationship with the sea. The lighthouses dotted along the Norfolk coast have been invaluable, warning vessels of dangerous areas and to also serve as navigational aids. These iconic historical constructions can be seen for miles and are an important part of the Norfolk landscape.
The north Norfolk coastal town of Cromer is located 23 miles north of Norwich and is a popular seaside destination, attracting a vast number of visitors from the UK and further afield each year. Renowned for its world-famous Cromer Crab, there are plenty of restaurants and fishmongers in the town where this can be sampled. Its beautiful beaches, historic pier and Seaside Special Show are just some of the reasons people visit this Norfolk town; with so many things to see and do, you may need to spend more than a day in Cromer to see all its highlights.
The Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio Machaon Britannicus is a large, strong and colourful butterfly that forms part of the Papilionidae family. The largest native UK butterfly, with a wingspan of up to 9cm, it is also one of the rarest. The Swallowtail Butterfly has very distinctive yellow and black markings and if you are lucky enough to spot one in flight, it’s a beautiful sight to behold.
If you were born and raised in Norfolk, you might know many of the following Norfolk facts. However, some are quite obscure; how many are you familiar with?
Norfolk’s largest dining event is about to begin………
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