10 Things to do in north Norfolk this weekend
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Treat yourself a taste of all things Norfolk at the Overstand Garden Centre Summer Market on Sunday.
Attractions include live music from the Norfolk Walker Brothers, magic from Robert Rathbone, face painting and birds of prey brought along by Norfolk Wild Encounters. Gardening enthusiasts will also have a chance to browse plant displays, with other attractions on offer including locally produced foods and crafts, and home baked cakes and treats served up in the Potting Shed tearooms. Opening times are 10am-4pm and admission and parking are free. Phone 07747 161880 for more information.
See Norfolk artists and makers at work at the annual Craft Guild Exhibition at Blickling Hall until June 11. Featuring woodturning, jewellery, sculpture, paper craft, textiles and fused glass, the exhibition, which runs in the Loft Gallery, will also include daily demonstrations. Admission is free and opening times are 10am – 5.30pm.
Discover the secrets of the stitches at Sheringham Museum's second annual fishing gansey exhibition. Sixty traditional Dutch and Norfolk sweaters will be on show, with the exhibition exploring the relationship between the gansey and the fishing folk who made them. A must for knitting and history enthusiasts, the show, which runs until September 30, will also feature photographs, talks and demonstrations, as well as a 'knitting on the prom' event celebrating World Knitting Day on June 10. Opening times are Tuesday – Saturday 10am-4.30pm and Sunday midday-4pm.
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Feed a hungry crowd of cute and cuddly lambs at Wroxham Barns. The centre is running daily bottle feeding sessions on the popular junior farm, which also boasts pets ranging from guinea pigs to rabbits and farmyard animals including chickens, goats and donkeys. Other attractions at the centre include a traditional funfair, shops and the famous Bill Le Grice rose and plant centre. Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Road, Hoveton, is open daily from 10am-5pm (junior farm closes at 4pm).
Get a taste of seaside history at one of the country's smallest museums. Mundesley Maritime Museum, which sits on the clifftops overlooking the beach, was built in 1928. Exhibits include maritime and coastal history displays, with photographs, prints and information charting the local fishing trade from the 19th century. There is also memorabilia from the village railway and Mundesley minefield and well as locally-found fossils. Opening hours are Monday-Sunday 11am-4pm (closed all day Saturday and daily between 1pm and 2pm).
Get a warm welcome at the north Norfolk village of Northrepps, which is holding its bi-annual open gardens event on Sunday. Pick up a map and ticket at the village hall and follow the trail, which takes visitors on a tour of twelve local gardens, ranging from the formal to the informal and featuring ponds, plants and even a garden railway. The event raises cash for the maintenance of St Mary the Virgin Church, which will also be open on the day. Tickets are priced £4.50 (children free) and refreshments will be available.
Stroll around the gardens at Mannington Hall. Lord and Lady Walpole offer a warm welcome to the beautiful gardens surrounding the Medieval moated manor house. With water features, around 50 varieties of tree, as well as thousands of roses and other flowers and shrubs, the gardens are planted in a range of settings. Attractions include the contemporary garden, the knot garden and the sensory garden. Opening times are Wednesday – Friday 11am-5pm and Sundays 12pm-5pm. Refreshments are available in the tearooms.
See the UK's largest miniature railway at Wroxham. Miniature Worlds, at Station Business Park, promises to provide fun for all the family with vintage toys, dolls' houses, model boats, cars and vintage video games. The centre, which also has a shop and café, is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am, with last admission at 4pm.
A Calendar of Colour is the theme of this year's Cawston Flower Festival, which runs at the parish church this weekend, with a performance by Cawston Band on Saturday at 7.30pm. The village is also hosting its annual scarecrow festival this weekend. Pick up a map from the village shop, then follow the trail, spotting scarecrows created by local people on the theme of children's books. Both events are being held as part of the Aylsham Twelve Towers Festival, which runs to the end of June. The flower festival is open from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday and refreshments are available.
Take a walk among the beautiful rhododendrons and azaleas at Sheringham Park. With 1,000 acres to explore, the park offers spectacular views, with woodland, parkland and farmland and a host of wildlife, ranging from birds and butterflies, to three species of deer. There are four waymarked routes ranging in distance from one to five miles. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk.