Head out of Norwich for a day at Houghton Hall, less than an hour away. This year, the exquisite hall is host to a very special exhibition by Turner Prize-winning artist, Richard Long.
EARTH SKY sees six brand new sculptures join the existing sculpture 'Full Moon Circle', which has been at Houghton since 2003.
Richard Long is one of the best-known British land artists and is the only artist to have been short-listed four times for the Turner Prize.
The inspiration of a lot of Long's work stems from his walks in nature, and this can be seen in EARTH SKY. Many of the sculptures are made from local materials, including Carrstone from the Snettisham Quarry, only nine miles from the Houghton Estate.
The exhibition includes all of Long's work in the grounds of Houghton, plus North, South, East, West in the grand Stone Hall. Alongside the sculptures there is a series of exhibition spaces displaying ephemera from previous Long exhibitions.
Alongside this year's exhibition, there is a lot to do at Houghton, including a wonderful walled garden, a model soldier museum, fully licensed café, a collection of world-class contemporary sculpture and Houghton's interior, one of the finest Palladian houses in England. Best of all, it's all free for visitors aged 16 and under!
Visit EARTH SKY at Houghton Hall & Gardens
The hall and gardens are open to visitors until 26th October with admission on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturday, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Gates open at 11am. Tickets to see the house, gardens, grounds and Richard Long Exhibition – £18 per adult. Use Promotional Code BBBB for a 10% discount when booking online.
Getting to Houghton Hall
Houghton Hall is located half a mile off the A148 King's Lynn to Fakenham road, approximately 13 miles east of King's Lynn and 10 miles west of Fakenham. Brown tourist signs indicate the turning off the A148; the road takes you through New Houghton, the main gates to the Hall are straight ahead. Drive through the main gates and follow the drive up through the Deer Park to the car park. Post code PE31 6TY.
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