Friday, 17 October 2014

Halloween Fireworks on Great Yarmouth Seafront – Friday, October 31

Great Yarmouth Summer Fireworks
Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority is staging its first ever Halloween fireworks display on the evening of Friday, October 31.

This free event, which has been sponsored by Grosvenor Casino, will begin at 5pm in Sea Life Centre Gardens with entertainment from the East Coast Truckers Roadshow. The evening will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display, lighting up the seafront at 8pm.

Trevor Saunders, Events and Entertainments Manager, Grosvenor Casino said. “Grosvenor Casino on Marine Parade is proud to support Yarmouth Seafront by sponsoring the Halloween Fireworks Spectacular. Come and join us in our garden at Grosvenor Casino for a monster view of the fireworks!”

For more information contact Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre t. 01493 846346,

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Fairhaven Garden - October Half Term Activities - Norfolk Broads

It’s Grow Your Own Oak Tree Week at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, Norfolk Broads from Thursday 23 October to Sunday 2 November, daily 10am to 5pm. Head into the garden and forage for your own acorn, then take it away in a recycled pot filled with Fairhaven leaf soil.

On Saturday 25 October, there are two Fungi Forays from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm. Find out how to identify death caps from deceivers with fungi expert Dr Tony Leech on a foray in the woodland garden. Foray tickets are £6.10 adult, £5.60 concessions and £3.60 child. Booking is essential, sorry no dogs allowed.  Additional offer to foragers: mushroom soup, roll and a pudding for only £5 per person.

Then on, Tuesday 28 October it’s Bird Day with the RSPB, from 11am to 3pm. Prepare your garden for birds this winter by making bird feeders and bird boxes (small charge for bird box).

Normal entry charges apply for Grow Your Own Oak Tree Week and RSPB Bird Day: adult £6.10, senior citizen £5.60 and child £3.60 (under five free).

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, tel. 01603 270449,

The garden is open daily all year, 10am to 5pm  (10am to 4pm during the winter and closed Christmas Day). Free entry to tearoom, gift shop and plant sales.

There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, including a Sensory Garden. Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance, mobility scooters available. Dogs are welcome on leads; small charge to cover poop scoop.

Great Yarmouth Graveyard Walk – Heritage Walks Autumn Holiday Special – October 31

Great Yarmouth Minster
Great Yarmouth Minster and its graveyard are the setting for The Graveyard Walk at 2pm on Friday, October 31. Meet at the Fishermen’s Hospital gates at the northern end of the market to hear stories about the characters laid to rest in this large consecrated area next to the medieval town wall.

Places must be booked in advance on 01493 846346 or at Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre, Marine Parade. Prices: £6.50 adults, £4 children (7-16), under 7s free, 10 paying people minimum required for the walk to go ahead. Price includes refreshments at Great Yarmouth Minster.  Walk lasts approx. two hours.

Visit the town cemetery where sailors and merchants lie side by side next to six listed memorials. See the tomb of a sailor killed by pirates and hear a ghost story about an Egyptian princess.

Find out about James Sharman (d.1867), the first curator of the Nelson Monument. Charles Dickens based the character Peggoty in David Copperfield on Mr Sharman, who served on HMS Victory at Trafalgar as a ‘pressed man’ and claimed to have carried Nelson’s body below decks.

View the monument commemorating those who died in the suspension bridge disaster of 1845 and discover the bricked up gate where some of Nelson’s sailors took their final journey.

For more information about Great Yarmouth’s Heritage Walks see

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Fairhaven Garden’s Halloween Haunted Trail - Norfolk Broads

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham, Norfolk Broads, invites you to the spookiest Halloween party around – the 15th annual Fairhaven Halloween Haunted Trail, on Friday, October 31, from 6pm to 8pm.

Enter the creepy woodland trail where lost souls roam and skeletons juggle with fire and experience the strange world of The Time Traveller and live to tell the tale. Then delve down into the haunted hollow where the trees are alive with ‘things’ unseen and have tea with George & George, two Victorian gentlemen of the Acrobatic Society. There’s live music from El Gato’s Men, children's entertainers and lots more. Don't miss the firework finale at 7.45pm.

Tickets cost, adults £8, and children (age 3-16)  £4. Visitors can go round the trail as many times as they dare and should bring their own torch. Booking is essential, t. 01603 270449. Please note this event is not suitable for children under 3, pushchairs and dogs.

Hot soup, hot dogs and snacks will be on sale in the tearoom.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction,

The garden is open daily all year (closed Christmas Day) 10am to 5pm (closes 4pm in the winter), free entry to tearoom, gift shop and plant sales.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Memento Mori – Norfolk & Suffolk World War I Memorials’ Trails from Art Alive in Churches

East Anglian charity, Art Alive in Churches has published Memento Mori World War I Memorials in Norfolk and Suffolk. The trail leaflets focus on mainly rural memorials in 17 churches in Norfolk and 13 in Suffolk. Churches have been selected for the stories that the memorials tell.

The leaflets can be downloaded from Memento Mori in the projects section of Leaflets can also be picked up at participating churches.

Ditchingham Church Norfolk, War Memorial - photograph Mike Dixon
Jennie Hawks, Director, Art Alive in Churches said: “Art Alive aims to increase understanding and appreciation of the wealth of heritage, arts and crafts in East Anglian churches.  With this year’s 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, we decided to focus on the memorials to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the war.”

“The range of memorials is quite amazing. We have selected 17 in Norfolk, and 13 in Suffolk. I recommend exploring our trails as a way to begin to understand the impact of the war on local communities, as well as appreciating the care that went into creating these permanent memorials to the catastrophe of the Western Front, along with Gallipoli, the Middle East campaign and the war at sea.”
Norfolk churches featured are: St Clements Outwell, St Peter Upwell, St Mary Middleton, All Saints Narborough, St James the Great Castle Acre, St Andrew Great Ryburgh, St Mary Cranworth, St George Hardingham, St Peter & St Paul Forncett St Peter, St Mary Forncett St Mary, All Saints Tibenham, St Margaret Tivetshall St Margaret, All Saints Salhouse, St Andrew & St Peter Blofield, All Saints Hemblington, St Peter Lingwood and St Mary Ditchingham.

The churches are open daily with the exception of Tivetshall (open weekdays) and Upwell and Hardingham (locked with key holder living nearby).

Ufford Church Suffolk, Memorial Window - photograph: Mike Dixon
Suffolk churches featured are: St Andrew Tostock, St Nicholas Rattlesden, St Mary of Pity Burgate, St Mary the Virgin Bacton, St Andrew Cotton, St Mary Old Newton, St Mary Flixton, St Margaret of Antioch Linstead Parva, St Mary the Virgin Huntingfield, St Michael Peasenhall, St Peter Sibton, St Peter Theberton and St Mary of the Assumption Ufford.  

The churches are open every day.

Examples of Norfolk Memorials 

Ditchingham’s memorial, which was unveiled on September 27, 1920, is black marble and features a life-size bronze figure designed by Sir Francis Derwent Wood. William Carr of Ditchingham Hall, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, the author of King Solomon’s Mines and She and Dr J.F. Bright paid for the memorial, as well as relatives of those killed in the war.

The memorial features Staff Nurse Mary Rodwell who probably died when H. M. Hospital Ship Anglia was sunk by a mine in the English Channel on November 17, 1915. The majority of those commemorated died on the Somme, but a few were involved in the Middle East and Gallipoli campaigns. Source

Narborough was home to the First World War’s largest airfield in the UK. It covered some 900 acres. There are 15 graves in Narborough churchyard of Royal Flying Corps airmen who died in training at the base. There is a granite memorial at the entrance to the church and a handwritten Roll of Honour inside the church.

Salhouse: a new memorial book, A Century Has Not Aged Them, documenting the 19 men  featured on the memorial at All Saints is now on display. As well as information about those who died, the book features a description of the Salhouse that the men grew up in, along with maps to illustrate changes over the last 100 years, the history of the war memorial and photographs.

Tibenham war memorial is in the churchyard and was unveiled on 13 April 1920. Twenty-one names are recorded of those who died in the First World War. Before the war, Tibenham had six highly accomplished bell ringers who rang their last three-hour peal together on 13 May 1914. Three of the bell ringers, Clarence Gooch, George Snelling and Bertie Turner died during the war. Fredrick Manser died in 1919. Frederick Seager moved to Yorkshire in the 1920s, although he returned to Tibenham in 1930 and with John Snelling, the only original bell ringer to still live locally, helped ring the first peal since 1914.    

Examples of Suffolk Memorials 

Burgate – the memorial altar carved with the names of local men who died in the war includes furnishings made out of old shell cases.

Burgate Church Suffolk, Memorial Altar - photograph: Mike Dixon
Sibton – the names of the 11 men from Sibton who died in the war are carved on the  churchyard gate.

Theberton – the war memorial includes an additional plaque commemorating the gift of a German gun to the parish in recognition of the award of a VC to Theberton man Colonel Charles Doughty-Wylie of the Royal Welch Fusiliers for his bravery during the attack on Sedd-el-Bahr, Gallipoli on 26 April 1915. Colonel Doughty-Wylie was killed by a sniper, just as the attack achieved its objective.

There is also a separate plaque commemorating the 16 German airmen killed when Zeppelin L48 crashed just outside Theberton on 17 June 1917.

Ufford – the memorial window in the church was designed by Ninian Comper and installed in 1920. It shows Christ carrying his cross supported by a First World War soldier and sailor.

Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Community Foundation Commemorating WWI have helped fund the project.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Back the next generation of Fairhaven Garden trees - Norfolk Broads

Friends and supporters of Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham in the Norfolk Broads are being invited to back the next generation of the garden’s trees at two special planting days on Sunday, October 12 and Friday, October 24, both starting at 11am.

Molly Auld with her tree in February
John Debbage, one of the gardening team at Fairhaven, has established a nursery in the garden to propagate saplings. Oak, ash, alder and horse chestnuts have been grown from seed gathered in the garden, for planting in a copse at the end of the Ranworth Walk.

Louise Rout, Fairhaven Garden manager explained:  “We began working on the copse in February and this is our second set of planting days. We are asking our friends and supporters to donate £10 to the garden’s project fund in return for planting a tree.  Numbers of trees are limited, so please get in touch and reserve one. We will maintain a record of all donations, so that donors can keep an eye on their tree as it matures.”

To reserve a tree and make a donation, please call in at visitor reception, or  t. 01603 270449. Alternative tree planting days and times can be arranged.