Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Wymondham Abbey Norfolk Medieval Evening

Wymondham Abbey
Head to Wymondham’s historic Abbey on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, from 5pm to 8pm, for an evening of 1107-style merriment. The Medieval Evening takes place in the church and churchyard off Church Street. It will be an evening of fun for all family, costing £5 for adults, for which you receive medieval money to spend at the event. Children get in free.

Falconry at Wymondham Abbey 
Explore medieval life and meet jesters, medieval villagers and more. There’ll be a falconer demonstrating one of the oldest hunting skills and a herbalist giving advice in the use of plants found in the Abbey’s herb garden. Try your hand at archery, partake of a hearty hog roast and sup an ale, while listening to merry medieval music.

Wymondham Abbey was founded in 1107, and dissolved as an Abbey on the orders of Henry VIII in 1538. The church was spared, and continues as the town’s Parish Church. The recently completed development project has given the church new modern facilities and allowed many ancient artefacts to be displayed.

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

New at Fairhaven Garden St Benet’s Abbey Boat Trip and Tour - Norfolk Broads

St Benet's Abbey. Photograph by Stephen Mole
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in the Norfolk Broads is running a new combined boat trip and guided tour around St Benet's Abbey every Saturday until the end of September starting on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

The boat will leave Fairhaven staithe at 2.15pm, returning at approximately 4.30pm. The trip will include a 45 minute guided tour of St Benet’s Abbey, led by volunteers from the Friends of St Benet’s Abbey.

The combined trip and tour is not available to wheelchair users due to the unsuitability of the ground at the abbey.

Booking is advisable as spaces are limited. Prices, which include Fairhaven Garden entry and a donation to St Benet’s Abbey restoration fund, are £20 adult and £13  child. For Fairhaven members, the price is  £14 adult and £9.50 child. To book a place, please call 01603 270449, email

Primula one of the Fairhaven Garden boats
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham NR13 6DZ, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction. The garden is open daily all year from 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day), and on Wednesdays, until 9pm, to the end of August. Garden entry is £6.50 adult, £5.90 concessions, £3.75 child (under 5 free); free entry to tearoom, gift shop and plant sales.

There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, including a Sensory Garden and an accessible boat for trips on the broad from April to October (additional charge). Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance, mobility scooters available.

Dogs are welcome in the garden on leads; small charge to cover poop scoop.