Gardens, Galleries & stately homes
Holkham Hall and Estate was voted "the best family day out" by the Hudson Heritage Awards. The magnificent Palladian mansion estate is surrounded by acres of rolling parkland rich in wildlife. A wealth of wildlife and attractions, as well as events for all ages throughout the year at the house and on the nature reserve, and the newly added woodland adventure play area; this includes regular Sunday matches with Holkham cricket team. A recent addition is water activites on the lake, these include kayaking, boating, a cruise and water zorbing.
Cycle or walk around Holkham Park
Holkham is a large country house with extensive grounds and a deer park. You can walk or cylce around the park. Bikes can be hired from Holkham park. There is aslo an adventure playground in the park.
Blickling Hall – National Trust (35 mins/20 miles)
A National Trust Jacobean redbrick mansion with a garden, orangery, parkland and lake. Spectacular long gallery, plasterwork ceilings and fine collections of furniture, pictures and books. Walks.
Try lunch at the Buck Arms - booking recommended.
Felbrigg Hall – National Trust (40 mins/20 miles)
One of the finest country houses in Norfolk. A grand tour collection, period furniture and fine library. Walled garden, working dovecote, pottager gardens, exotic planting, extensive parkland, ancient woodland and way marked trails.
Sheringham Park – National Trust (25mins/14 miles)
Landscape park and woodland garden with miles of stunning coastal views. Famous for its vast collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, the last owner, Tom Upcher, would hold rhododendron champagne parties in the 1950s to show them off. Today, you can climb to the top of the towers to experience breathtaking views of this beautiful landscape, the North Norfolk coast and maybe a steam train passing through. Spend a day here exploring 1000 acres of varying habitat including woodland, parkland and cliff top. Look out for wildlife, 3 species of deer can be seen alongside a wide variety of birds and butterflies.
Sandringham Estate (40 mins/21 miles)
Sandringham is the Queen's much-loved country retreat and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park, open to the public free of charge every day of the year.
Houghton Hall (35 mins/17 miles)
Built in the 1720s for Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall is one of Norfolk’s most beautiful stately homes and remains one of England’s finest Palladian houses. Winner of the Christie’s Historic Houses Association ‘Garden of the Year Award’ in 2007, there is a 5 acre Walled Garden and is one of Houghton’s most popular attractions. Lord Cholmondeley has built up an impressive collection of contemporary sculpture by world renowned artists, which are displayed in the gardens and grounds at Houghton. Situated in the Stable Block is a Café offering a range of hot and cold food as well as a Pop Up Café serving hot and cold drinks including wine, beers and ice creams.
Saltmarsh and Samphire are based in the beautiful fishing town of Wells–Next–the–Sea, Norfolk. Brett has been photographing landscapes since 2004 and became a professional photographer in 2011. Brett is passionate about wildlife and is a reserve manager for a small woodland belonging to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. Diana Stickley originally trained as graphic designer and is now a seasoned visual artist and printmaker. She specialises in Linocut prints and also enjoys various crafts. ints and also enjoys various crafts.
Emma enjoys flower photography and finds great inspiration along the North Norfolk Coastline.
Light and spacious contemporary art gallery in the centre of Holt. Special exhibitions throughout the year present an exciting selection of work by some of the finest British artists and craftspeople. Browse collections of designer jewellery, original prints, studio ceramics, glass, contemporary photography and much more.
Burnham Market. Tel 01328 730125. Contemporary Art
Fairfax Gallery Burnham Market is set on The Green in the beautiful Georgian village of Burnham Market in Norfolk
The gallery exhibits both figurative and abstract work from established, award-winning & emerging talent and has developed a style that has earned it a loyal following. Whether you are interested in landscapes, figure paintings or the unexpected, we hope you will enjoy our selection.
The gallery also attends major UK & International Art Fairs Affordable Art Fair London, Hong Kong and Singapore . The gallery offers a chance to view work of a standard rarely seen outside London in relaxed and peaceful surroundings.
Warham Road, Wells. Gallery Plus is the home of Trevor Woods' Contemporary Art Studio; paintings, original prints, ceramics and jewellry by artists and makers from around the country; professional picture framing service and workshop; layout design service.
Fish-and-Ships Coastal Studio
Fish and Ships is a small working art studio in Burnham Market, producing original pen and ink drawings, coastal maps, lino-cuts, driftwood sculptures, prints, cards, gifts, funky key-rings ( wooden fish and oyster shells), and unique fish, whales, prawns and lobsters made from beach found wood and ephemera, and pieces of abandoned boats collected from North Norfolk beaches and the marsh. Studio open by appointment.