North Norfolk celebrates county’s first ever Norfolk Day
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The county's first Norfolk Day is making a splash in north Norfolk.
Nearly 300 events are being held across the region to celebrate all the wonderful things about the place we call home.
Cllr John Lee, North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) leader, said: 'There is a huge amount to celebrate about Norfolk every day, but having a specific day set aside to celebrate our county means even greater recognition, which is to be welcomed.'
And here is just a selection of what people have getting up to in our part of the county.
Mannington Estate is offering half price entry to the gardens for the day and there will be various displays in the hall which is only normally open to the public by appointment. Visitors will be able to explore the Walpole's presence in Norfolk over the last seven centuries including Bishop Walpole, Saint Henry Walpole, Sir Robert Walpole, Horace Walpole, The Earls of Orford and Admiral Nelson, with the history of these characters brought to life through paintings, photographs, prints, costumes and ceramics from Lord and Lady Walpole's collections. The gardens will be open from 11am to 5pm.
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Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Aylsham is hosting exclusive raffles on July 27 and 28, with the lucky winners each taking home a Norfolk-themed prize bundle, including a Gnaw Chocolate gift pack, a set of Norfolk preserves and a Redwings cuddly toy. And from July 27 to July 29, visitors to the centre will be challenged to photograph their day out and share their favourite snaps on Redwings' Facebook at RedwingsHorseSanctuary, or Twitter @RedwingsHS) pages. The photographer behind the winning image will receive a year's free sponsorship of a horse or donkey.
The North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust is offering cruises along the county's only sailing canal with locks. The trips, from Ebridge Millpond to Spa Common, will include a commentary about the history and restoration of this unique Norfolk gem. Passengers will be able to take a short stroll to the restored Bacton Wood lock, and watch out for wildlife, including marsh harriers, little egret, water voles and damselflies. Trips will run at 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm. To book (£7.50 per person) ring 07585 160 772.
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Older people from across the county will be celebrating all things Norfolk, by visiting the stunning nature reserve at Cley, to gather inspiration for a commission based on the Norfolk landscape, run by rural arts charity Creative Arts East.
And closer to home, residents from Munhaven care home in Mundesley, North Norfolk will be joining in with Norfolk Day celebrations in the village. Residents have made a mosaic of the Mundesley village sign and a patchwork blanket with pockets to put in postcards from villages around Norfolk. Staff will be taking residents to the family fun day event celebrating Norfolk Day, which will be held at Gold Park in Mundesley between 12pm and 4pm.
Officers from Norfolk Police will be recognising Norfolk Day in north Norfolk at Worstead Festival on July 28 and 29, with PC Tina Wright and the police cadets, attending the two day event.
And NNDC will be hosting a series of events at the north Norfolk information centre. At 11am Robert Greenfield will sign his books Samphire Coast and The Cedar Cage, and at 11.30am: Emma Mortimer from Beach Hut Charm will host a jewellery demonstration. From noon:, the council will launch their 'Goats on a Slope' Bagot goat merchandise, including mugs, tea-towels, ceramic fridge magnets, mounted prints, postcards, key rings and coasters. The items all feature original artwork by Ian Richardson, an NNDC employee, who will be signing prints. And the launch of Blue Flag merchandise to recognise North Norfolk's six Blue Flag beaches at Cromer, Sheringham, Mundesley, East Runton, West Runton and Sea Palling, will be held throughout the day.
How are you celebrating Norfolk Day in north Norfolk? Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and share what you're up to on social media with the hashtag #NorfolkDay.