Great Escapes

  Norfolk Country Cottages - Norfolk Family-run Norfolk Country Cottages offers visitors to the county a wide choice of holiday homes close to Norfolk’s award-winning coast, nature reserves, footpaths and restaurants. Brand manager Lucy Downing explains this allows them to truly immerse themselves in the county and to live like a local. “We have more than 450 properties, ranging from extensive barn conversions to cosy coastal cottages for two. You can choose to stay in Norwich, the city of stories; the Broads National Park, an oasis of wildlife and fauna; on the east coast, with its deep history discoveries or on the North Norfolk …

A hotel for all seasons

The elegant grounds at Congham Hall are displaying all the colour of summer while the orchards and herb gardens abound with delicious seasonal flavours and wonderful scents. Director Nicholas Dickinson explains the Norfolk country house hotel has now completed the refurbishment of more of its 26 bedrooms and is enjoying focusing on its renowned restaurant and its summer menus. “We grow so much of our own produce, including all our herbs, here – and what we don’t have we source as locally as possible,” he explains. “We try to make use of everything so where we have an abundance of a fruit or …

In Focus

  Can you tell us a little about yourself? I was born into a gardening family in Norfolk and was surrounded by plants and gardens from an early age. After studying Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts in London and spending a few years travelling, then as an assistant studio photographer, I turned my camera to garden and botanical photography. My garden, plant and portrait photography regularly appears in Country Living, House and Garden, Gardens Illustrated, Homes and Gardens and the RHS Garden Journal among others. When did you first become interested in photography? At about 16 years of age while …

Fun and Games

  Dog-lovers, equestrian enthusiasts and those who love the thrill of a good race have plenty to look forward to at this year’s Sandringham Game and Country Fair. With five arenas of entertainment, plus the huge craft marquee, an array of exciting field sports and the usual Food, Glorious Food section, the North Norfolk fair looks set to offer an action-packed weekend for all. Mark Hulme, director of event organiser Living Heritage, puts the show’s long-running success down to its ability to appeal to a range of very different visitors and participants. “We always have such a lot to offer those who love country sports and …

A DAY IN WEST RUNTON

West Runton

Where is it? West Runton sits on the North Norfolk coast, between Cromer and East Runton. It can be reached directly via the A149 coast road or by turning off the A148. You can also travel there by train, from Norwich on the Bittern Line. Does it have much history? Yes! West Runton is known for its fossils. The cliffs of West Runton were once part of the Cromer Forest Bed formation, which is between 500,000 and 700,000 years old. The village’s most famous fossil is the West Runton mammoth. This skeleton was recovered in 1995 and is believed to have weighed about …

FRAMES OF MIND

With its long window displaying the colourful, the unusual and the tantalisingly beautiful, the Gallery Norfolk is irresistible to art-lovers, collectors and those looking for something different to give as a gift. Enjoying a prominent position on Norwich’s St Giles Street, the recently opened space brings something new and exciting to the city, with its ever-changing collection of carefully selected pieces. Owned by Polly Miller, who has run a sister establishment in Cromer for the past four years, it showcases the work of Norfolk artists and craftspeople, as well as others of national and international repute who have caught her attention. “My aim …