New faces run historic barn

A stonemason and a cabaret artist are the new faces running a historic Norfolk barn famed for being one of the longest in the country.Terry Moore and Helen Vardy have taken on the challenge of managing the visitors' experience at Waxham Barn, on the coast near Stalham.

A stonemason and a cabaret artist are the new faces running a historic Norfolk barn famed for being one of the longest in the country.

Terry Moore and Helen Vardy have taken on the challenge of managing the visitors' experience at Waxham Barn, on the coast near Stalham.

The barn, which has been open to the public for five years and dates back to the late 16th century, is regarded as one of Norfolk's finest architectural jewels.

Owned by Norfolk County Council and held on a long lease by Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust, the barn features interpretation boards, an education area, a cafe, toilets and a car park.


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Mr Moore's profession means he is particularly interested in passing on his knowledge about stonemasonry to visitors, and can give guided tours if requested.

He has introduced new displays to the barn, including some of the hand tools he uses day to day. The caf� has a new menu, which includes cakes, lunches, soups and children's meals.

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'It is a spectacular place to be, at just under 56 metres long it is quite something to see,' said Mr Moore, who lives in Hemsby.

The barn is also available for hire for events such as wedding receptions and lectures. The barn itself must be vacated by twilight, although the outside areas can continue to be used.

Waxham Barn is free to enter, has audio guides for visitors and is open seven days a week from 8.30am to 5pm.

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