National Trust & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

National Trust & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny has been hopping through Sheringham Park and found so much to do that a choice of two trails has been provided to lead you to a yummy Cadbury Easter treat. 

The Firecrest trail is a buggy and wheelchair friendly route which leads you amongst the flowering camellias, pierses and early rhododendrons of the wild garden.

For the adventurers amongst you, the Buzzard trail will take you on undulating paths to the wilder areas of the park.

You can book HERE

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Brancaster Beach National Trust Family Fun Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Easter Holidays

Brancaster Beach National Trust Family Fun Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Easter Holidays

Join the National Trust team for a day of 50 things themed family fun on the Norfolk Coast at Brancaster Beach. Fly one of our kites, (or bring your own), try stone skimming, track a wild animal, build an epic sandcastle, or sit back and watch the birdlife or hunt for bugs. Grab your scrapbook and collect your stickers and stamps. Stay for as little or as long as you like and start ticking off your adventures.
All adults must be accompanied by a responsible child!
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Meet at Brancaster Beach (PE31 8AX - parking charge of £2 for two hours or £4 all day, not NT). Please look out for our flags and staff.
What to bring and wear
Please dress for the weather, even on summer days it can get chilly on the coast. Please wear old clothes and shoes you don't mind getting muddy. Bring a towel and spare change of clothes.

Other
These activities are designed to be self-led by you as a family but facilitated by us. We will be supplying the relevant equipment, pointing out the best places for you to do the activity and also being on hand if you need any help or advice. If you would like further information then please contact us. The road to the beach is subject to tidal flooding, do not attempt to drive through flood water on the road. The timings of our events have been adjusted to attempt to work around this.

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Chamber Music in the Marble Hall at Holkham - Daniel Kharitonov - Piano Saturday 28th April - 7pm

Chamber Music in the Marble Hall at Holkham - Daniel Kharitonov - Piano Saturday 28th April - 7pm

This concert is one of a series of chamber music concerts at Holkham Hall - absolute magic. 

Daniel Kharitonov - Piano
Saturday 28th April - 7pm

Programme:
Mozart: Fantasie No.3 in D minor K.397
Beethoven: Sonata in C sharp minor Op.27 No.2 ‘Moonlight’
Beethoven: Sonata in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’
Tchaikovsky: Pletnev: Concert Suite from ‘The Nutcracker’
Tchaikovsky: Dumka Op.59 (Scene from a Russian village)
Rachmaninov: Sonata No.2 Op.36

Daniel Kharitonov was born in 1998 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on the island of Sakhalin, over 4,000 miles from Moscow. He studied at the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory and came to the Royal College of Music in 2016.

In 2015 he was the youngest ever competitor in the 15th Tchaikovsky International Competition where he took third prize, a staggering achievement for one so young in a competition at this level. Daniel made his début at the Royal Festival Hall in November 2017 in a concert with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared with the London Chamber Orchestra in Ghent, gave an extensive recital tour in Japan, was a soloist in Bratislava with the Slovak Philharmonic and played at the Windsor Festival and in Cambridge.

This is Daniel’s first visit to north Norfolk and his generous programme combines standard classics with works from his mother country’s rich musical heritage. We eagerly anticipate this brilliant young pianist’s début at Holkham.

Tickets: £25 - Includes a glass of wine in the Saloon during the interval and an opportunity to view some of the other state rooms in the Hall.

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Sandringham Flower Show

Sandringham Flower Show

This year the Sandringham Flower Show takes place on the 25th July - as well as being a wonderful day out with show gardens, crafts, and a show ground, it is a fantastic Royal occasion attended by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge often attend with their children also. It is a real family event for the Royals and for the rest of us too.

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Open Air Cinema at Holkham - by Luna Cinema

Open Air Cinema at Holkham - by Luna Cinema

This is one of our favourite summer events - harking back to childhood days. Endless summers, romance and freedom... Come and try it for yourself.

OPEN AIR CINEMA
Friday 29th June, 9.15pm - Pretty Woman
Saturday 30th June, 9.15pm - Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Back for Summer 2018, The Luna Cinema will once again transform the beautiful grounds of the walled garden into the ultimate setting for two nights of classic cinema under the stars! Bring your blankets and chairs and sit back and relax with your favourite films.

Pretty Woman, walking down the street…Join us Friday night and watch the romance unfold for an unlikely duo. Will love conquer all as the pair try and bridge the gap between their very different worlds.

All aboard the Hogwarts Express as we join Harry, Ron and Hermoine in their very first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Will they find the Philosopher’s stone in time and defeat he-who-should-not-be-named?

Tickets: On sale from Friday 23rd March at 10am. Click here to take you to the Luna Cinema website to purchase tickets. 

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TREASURES AND TROPHIES – THE MAKING OF A GENTLEMAN AND A GREAT HOUSE

TREASURES AND TROPHIES – THE MAKING OF A GENTLEMAN AND A GREAT HOUSE

Thomas Coke is, of course, a well known historical figure. Innovative, entrepreneurial and a powerful man politically. Get to know him better through this exhibition of his life through the art he chose and loved. The Hokham Hall exhibitions are beautifully curated and well worth the trip.

Thomas Coke, creator of Holkham Hall, was, in 1712, an impressionable teenager tempted by gambling and cock fighting. Under the instruction of his guardians he was sent on one of the longest and most influential Grand Tours of the 18th century. The Grand Tour was the precursor to today’s package travel and allowed young aristocrats the chance to experience the arts, culture, society and history of parts of Europe.Over the course of six years he travelled through France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and the Low Countries.

Leaving to gunfire and fanfare from Holkham, Thomas undertook a journey which inspired him to create the house you see today. Delve into the archives and witness the arduous route he travelled, meet the entourage who accompanied him, discover how the people he met, such as William Kent, became a lifelong friends and helped shape his vision, learn about the epic collection of paintings, statues, drawings, rare books and manuscripts he amassed which now attract a worldwide audience and form his ‘temple of the arts’. Undertaking lessons in horse riding, fencing and music, Thomas Coke had language tutors who encouraged him to fully immerse himself in the culture of his surroundings, he pursued his interest in architecture and witnessed grand operas, theatre and balls of the period, turning an impressionable adolescent into a true virtuoso and architect in the making. In 1734 work began on his temple of the arts, and in 1744 became 1st Earl of Leicester of the first creation.

To bring the story and history to life there will be plenty of opportunity for visitor interaction. Adults and children can walk in the shoes of Thomas Coke, dressing up in costume, create a mini Palladian building from blocks, witness the food he ate and discover a replica studio of the Italian painter, Francesco Trevisani, where Thomas Coke, aged 20, sat for his portrait, which now hangs in the Manuscript Library of the hall.

Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays from 25th March to 31st October 2018

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Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall: Colour Space Paintings and Outdoor Sculptures

Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall: Colour Space Paintings and Outdoor Sculptures

This Damien Hirst installation at Houghton Hall, opening on 25th March and on until 25th July, is already generating a huge buzz both nationally and here in West Norfolk. It promises to be a very exciting exhibition.

A new series of paintings, Colour Space, will be installed in the State Rooms at Houghton Hall for the exhibition ‘Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall’ from 25 March – 15 July 2018. The exhibition will include a number of the artist’s most celebrated sculptures, which will be installed throughout the 18th-century house and gardens.

The Colour Space series is a development of the iconic Spot Paintings which are among the artist's most recognised works. Where the Spot Paintings of the 1980s and 90s use the logic of mechanical paint application, the Colour Space paintings are looser and more organic in appearance. Six sculptures will be installed outdoors, including ‘Virgin Mother’ (2005–2006) and ‘Charity’ (2002–2003). Three sculptures will be installed in the house: ‘Saint Bartholomew’, ‘Exquisite Pain’ (2006) in the Entrance Hall, and two smaller kinetic sculptures from the artist’s “levitation” series – featuring air blowers and table tennis balls – in the celebrated Stone Hall.

Damien Hirst said: “I originally wanted the Spots to look like they were painted by a human trying to paint like a machine. Colour Space is going back to the human element, so instead you have the fallibility of the human hand in the drips and inconsistencies. There are still no two exact colours that repeat in each painting, which is really important to me. I think of them as cells under a microscope. It felt right to show them somewhere historic rather than in a conventional gallery space and Houghton’s perfect. It feels totally right.”

The exhibition will coincide with the publication of Colour Space, published by HENI Publishing. 

‘Flesh Tint’ (2016). Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2018

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Norfolk by Design Pop up at Houghton Hall

Norfolk by Design Pop up at Houghton Hall

Hosted at Fabulous Houghton Hall, this Norfolk by Design exhibition promises to be inspirational. We love and respect the work of the artists involved and are delighted to have Norfolk by Design who discover and curate the wonderful work for this showcase.

For the second Norfolk by Design Pop-Up Shop we will have a selection of new work by 40+ of Norfolk’s finest artists and craftspeople from across the generations. This will coincide with the opening of the Damien Hirst exhibition at Houghton Hall from March 25 to July 15, 2018.
The focus this year will be on artists of differing generations with a few more mature artists from Norfolk and the wider reaches of East Anglia, including a capsule collection of work by the late Margaret Mellis. She concluded a productive artistic career based in Suffolk, where she brought order to chaos in her playful assemblages. Before her death in 2009, Damien Hirst, an early admirer of her work remarked in 2001, “Why hasn’t someone noticed Margaret Mellis’ contribution to British art?” On this evidence it is time the British art establishment addressed his challenge.
All exhibitors share a simplicity of form and intent that belies the complexity often involved in making a piece of sculpture, a painting, a photograph, a turned wooden bowl or a slate dish. As many of us have lost the knowledge it takes to actually make something of worth, these artists have opted to make their thinking and production process apparent. In their hands, highly skilled activities with hard to handle materials like seashells, porcelain, seaweed, stone or smoke seem simple to fashion into something beautiful. This simplicity is of course, deceptive. Much of what will be displayed in The Stables is labour intensive, requires a good deal of dexterity during its production and while reflecting a simpler aesthetic and straightforward approach, is in fact anything but. Some, like Margaret Mellis will be shown for the first time here, others who were with us last year, will be showing new work.

DATES AND OPENING TIMES
The exhibition will be held at Houghton Hall Stables. Follow the brown signs off the A148 Fakenham to King’s Lynn Road PE31 6TY. Public opening times will be from 11am to 5.00pm Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (including Bank Holiday Mondays) from 25 March to 31 July. The venue has been provided by kind permission of the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley.

Image: Exoplanet painting by Pandora Mond ‘A World of Seas’

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Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International Horse Trials

Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International Horse Trials

Coming to Sussex Farm 29-31 March, 2018, the horse trials are hugely exciting and as well as being a very serious competition with former and potential Olympians, has great country goods shopping and delicious food trucks.... The White House is booked out this weekend, but do pop in and say hello.

The Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International Horse Trials is based in North West Norfolk and is one of the county’s finest events where visitors can see Olympic and Championship athletes competing on home turf.
The first event ran at Sussex Farm in 1999, and over the years it has become well established within the eventing calendar. It was awarded international status in 2003 and now the event hosts a range of classes from BE100 through to CIC***.

There are two international classes, CIC** and CIC***, held over the three days. Both are classed as ‘one-day’ events, which means they perform their dressage test on either Thursday or Friday and complete the show jumping, followed by the cross country on Saturday. 

Riders who regularly compete at Burnham Market include Team GB Olympians Zara Phillips, William Fox-Pitt, Pippa Funnell and Mary King, and local girl and past European Silver Medalist, Piggy French.

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Christmas Pop Up at The White House

Christmas Pop Up at The White House

At The White House we are excited to be hosting a boutique Christmas Pop Up on the 5th December from 9am to 3pm. There will be some bubbles, tea and coffee and a raffle in aid of the local charity About with Friends.  The bedrooms will all be open, so you can have a good look around the house and the sellers include some divine local businesses all showcasing beautiful products. They include Petra Boase, Willa & the Bear, Oldfield Clothing Company, Victoria Arrowsmith Flowers, Bombay Sprout, Mini Maharajas, Wild Coast Well Being, Laura Paul Jewellery and Feast Norfolk.  It will be a beautiful and relaxed event and a great chance to see this new venue in North Norfolk too. Come for a coffee and to shop at our carefully selected fabulous stalls. 

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Big Sky Art Courses coming to The White House

Big Sky Art Courses coming to The White House

Big Sky Art Courses are 3 day/3 night residential Art holidays for painters of all standards, based at The White House. Paint at nearby locations ‘en plein air’ under the Norfolk skies, or in the ‘little barn’ on site. The courses are run by some of Britain’s top art tutors. Have a look at the Big Sky Art Courses website.

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White House and Owsley Brown Supper Club

White House and Owsley Brown Supper Club

The first White House and Owsley Brown Supper Club was last night and it was such a successful evening with the most delicious food and wine and brilliant guests, that we are planning more to come in the future. Inspired by the exciting Supper Clubs happening in London and other vibrant cities around the world, The new White House and Owsley Brown Supper Club will not only showcase beautifully prepared, local food, presented by Matthew and Caroline, but is also an opportunity to meet new people in a relaxed environment around the table, sharing the experience, as well as the food and wine. Watch this space for more... 

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Walsingham Shrine Pilgrimage - Marriage and Family week 12th - 20th August

The White house offers a peaceful, luxurious and relaxing accommodation option for your visit to the Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham. We are located only 11 miles away, tucked into a pretty valley near Brancaster Beach and Burnham Market. There are spacious grounds, a tennis court, a well stocked honesty bar and delicious breakfasts. The perfect retreat.

Visit the Richard Long EARTH SKY Exhibition at Houghton Hall

This exhibition offers a compelling reason to come to North Norfolk, as if you needed it. The show, EARTH SKY, Richard Long at Houghton is the largest show since his retrospective at the Tate in 2009, and is a unique opportunity to see new site-specific works set within the historic landscape and gardens of Houghton and inside the Hall itself. it is an extraordinary experience. On until 26th October, 2017.

Opening Soon...

Our week of soft opening is now underway and we love having guests here. B&B, but not as you know it. Luxurious as a Country House Hotel, without the fuss. You can book a room for a completely relaxed get away or book the whole house for you and your friends to have a bespoke house party. Opening on August 1st... Book Now!