Now the nights are starting to draw in, there's an unmistakable hint of autumn in the air at Houghton. It's one of our favourite seasons, with the whole estate gently shifting into a blaze of red, orange and gold tones.
The light is different; lending a whole new perspective to Earth Sky, our Richard Long exhibition that has been running since the spring. This is Long's largest show since his retrospective at the Tate in 2009, and we're delighted to be hosting it. New sculptures are located both in and outside the House, including Houghton Cross – an exhibit made of Cornish slate located on the croquet lawn in The Walled Garden – and North South East West in The Stone Hall. We have already welcomed thousands of art enthusiasts, and there is still time for a visit with the exhibition open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 26th October.
In and around the grounds visitors will also find permanent sculptures by world-renowned artists James Turrell, Rachel Whiteread, Stephen Cox, Anya Gallaccio, Jeppe Hein, Phillip King and Zhan Wang.
Alongside international names, we love to support local artists and have been hosting Norfolk by Design, a pop-up shop in the Stables, where artists from across the county have been showcasing and selling their work. Paintings, photography, sculpture, shell work, prints, furniture, woodwork, lighting and jewellery are on display. Norfolk by Design will run until 30th September. Pop in and treat yourself!
If you venture into The Walled Gardens, you'll find the boughs of our apple trees are laden with fruit. We grow many different varieties including George Cave, Norfolk Russet, Early Victoria and of course the perennial cook's favourite - Bramley apples. Some of our apples are pressed by Andrew Jarvis Ltd to produce Houghton Apple Juice and Cider. Both are available in the gift shop. We think they are delicious, so why not try it yourself!
This is a guest post from Houghton Hall, visit the website for full details. The Hall is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until Thursday 26th October. For admission times and prices, click here.
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.
The nearest train station is King's Lynn. There is a regular service from London King's Cross via Cambridge to King's Lynn. Direct trains from London take 1 hour and 41 minutes. Taxis from King's Lynn Station to Houghton Hall take 25 minutes and cost approximately £20.
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