Voewood is hosting three very special events over the August Bank Holiday
Presenting a weekend of literary conversation, live music and fantastic food in Voewood’s glorious gardens. Prepare to be educated and entertained at the Arts and Crafts house with the Rock and Roll heart!
On Saturday 25th August there’s an afternoon of lively and varied book talk in the gardens, alongside the PBFA Norfolk Summer Fair where stalls of antiquarian books, collectable art and intriguing ephemera will be open for browsing in the house.
There’s a delicious Caribbean breeze blowing into North Norfolk on Saturday night (25th August) with Tobago and d’Lime, the band from the Paddington films bringing their irresistible Calypso street sound to Voewood. Plus a gourmet Caribbean BBQ and happy hour cocktails.
On Sunday afternoon (26th August)Voewood is hosting the friendliest mini music festival of the summer in support of the Holt Youth Centre. With some local favourites, it’s a little bit leftfield and totally relaxed. We’re keeping it intimate with an afternoon of eclectic sounds - upbeat ska, sensual grooves, synth pop, bossa nova, soulful melodies, haunting folk, swinging jazz -and dancing into the night with a floor-filling headline act playing the kind of 80s stuff the cool kids put on their mix tapes.
Hidden in the woods near the wild North Norfolk coast, Voewood is one of England’s most important houses of the Arts and Crafts movement. Available to hire for weddings, parties, photo shoots, retreats and other events but rarely open to the public, this August Bank Holiday (25th & 26th August) sees Voewood throwing open the gates for the fabulous Voewood Summer Social.
Tickets and full line up available here: www.voewood.com/events
One of Norfolk’s most attractive villages, Great Massingham is located only thirteen miles east of Kings Lynn.
It has one of the most impressive greens in the country with several large ponds (home to the dabbling ducks!), which were originally fish ponds for an 11th century Augustian Abbey.
Stay at The Dabbling Duck and make sure you don’t miss the stunning nearby attractions.
Britains first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, was educated in the village before going on to build the breathtaking 18th century Palladian-style mansion, Houghton Hall nearby. It offers a wide range of museums, exhibitions and gardens to discover and is a ‘must-see’ destination for those interested in contemporary art and sculpture.
Castle Rising Castle is one of the largest, best preserved and most lavishly decorated keeps in England, surrounded by 20 acres of grounds and a mighty moat and Castle Acre boasts one of the largest and best preserved monastic sites in England dating back to 1090.
There are beautiful walks throughout the area, Sandringham is less than eight miles away, the estate stretches to over 8000 hectares and you can enjoy walks and views of the West Norfolk coastline and beyond. Then Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, a peaceful place with a rich variety of wildlife in its woodland, fen and reed be habitats. Kit yourself out at Lings Country Goods before you set off and you’ll be sure of a great adventure.
For children, a brilliant option is Snettisham Park, a working farm where a trip can involve a deer safari where you will meet their magnificent red deer herd you can bottle feed lambs, collect fresh farm eggs and ride ponies as well as taking a walk on one of the three wonderful trails.
If all that sounds too strenuous, why not spoil yourself with a treatment at Congham Hall’s Secret Garden Spa, a truly unique and remarkable setting, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind.
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