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Holkham Hall interior


7 things to do this week

Get September started with a week of fun activities from taste-testing every gin at the bar to exploring the broads by canoe. 


Image: Be inspired by the stunning interiors at Holkham Hall and make your own wall art 



Sunday 10th September is your last chance of the summer to step inside the Bishop’s garden. The Bishop and his wife open their garden for the use of local charities throughout the summer, this weekend it’s in support of The Benjamin Foundation. The garden will be open from 1pm with last admission at 4.30pm. Entry is £3 per adult and free for children and wheelchair users. 



Gin Speciality Night

Is gin your drink of choice? Head up to the Rooftop Gardens on Wednesday 13th September for an evening of gin indulgence.  Bar staff will be showcasing a speciality gin menu from their vast range of premium gins.  You can enjoy a taste sensation for £7 for a double on the evening. The menu will change with each speciality night so you can return and taste something new each time! The gins are available from 5.30pm until midnight.



See an exhibition of work from the Art Society - which includes works by Prunella Clough, Graham Sutherland, Keith Vaughan and Frances Kearney - at Norwich Castle. The collection includes modern and contemporary art acquired over the last 60 years. The exhibition is open until Sunday 24th September. Entry is free with general Castle Museum admission: Adults £8.80, Conc £7.90, Child (4-16) £7.80, Family ticket (2 adults - all children) £29.90, Family ticket (1 adult - all children) £22.40.



If you want to really discover the beauty and nature in the Broads National park, there is no better way to get an up-close experience than by canoe. Free Spirit Canoe Tours leave from Fairhaven woodland and Water Garden on Sundays and Thursdays at 1.30pm and 3pm and last one hour. You don’t need any experience to join the trip and tickets are £18 adult; £12.50 child (10-16 yrs); £9.50 child (5-9 yrs). The price includes entry to the gardens. Booking is advisable, call 01603 270449. Read more about family fun at Fairhaven in our blog post.  



Visit The Raveningham Centre in South Norfolk where more than 40 artists are exhibiting sculptures and site-specific artworks in three acres of meadow and gardens. Enjoy lunch at the Ravenous Café amongst artwork by Harleston & Waveney Art Collective and visit the new Cinnamon Gallery space in the farmhouse. Open until Sunday 17th September, admission is £5 for adults, £4 for Waveney & Blyth Arts members and free for under 18s.



Three life-sized cast iron sculptures from Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Time’ series have taken up residence at the University of East Anglia until April 2022. Antony Gormley (creator of the Angel of the North) describes the works as “still moments of lived time placed in place”.  You can see the figures on the roof of the biology building, the roof of the library and in the library walkway. Read all about the artwork in our blog post. Image courtesy of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, photo by Andi Sapey



Draw inspiration from the wall coverings and tapestries at Holkham Hall and create your own section of wallpaper in an art workshop with artist David Allsop. The one-day class takes place on Sunday 10th September and will include a visit to Holkham Hall to see the patterns and designs used in the staterooms and David will share tips and techniques to help you with your design. Using a  two-colour printing process, you will then create a piece of wallpaper with a repeat pattern of your final design. Materials, a buffet lunch and car parking are included in the workshop price of £50. Booking is essential and can be done at the Holkham Hall website



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