Building Facade, Walsingham

Art & Culture

Art

There are some wonderful art and craft galleries within a few miles of Walsingham — not surprising since Norfolk has one of the highest concentrations of artists in the UK.

Walsingham Barns

Walsingham Barns

Check out some of these:

Or check out the wonders of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art on the campus of the University of East Anglia in Norwich. This beautiful building houses Robert and Lisa Sainsbury’s collection of stunning work from around the globe, spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. There is also the Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau and the university’s collection of Abstract and Constructivist Art, Architecture and Design. Check out their website for special exhibitions and regular classes and children’s club — www.scva.org.uk.

Pottery

Stephen Parry is one of the UK’s leading wood-firing potters. His Ryburgh pottery is open daily but he advises you to ring before making a special journey (01328 829543).

Norfolk Open Studios

For sixteen days every May, artists across Norfolk open their homes and studios to the public — your chance to soak up the atmosphere of the places where some of our best artists create their work. There are plenty within striking distance of Walsingham. Check out those that appeal to you at www.nnfestival.org.uk/openstudios.

Salthouse Sculpture Trail

Salthouse, Norfolk

Salthouse, Norfolk

The first pieces of sculpture, all created by local artists, were installed along the route in July 2008. Each year more are added, some permanent and some just for the summer months.

The ten-mile trail takes you on an exciting journey exploring coastal views, countryside, woodland, heathland and town. You can begin the trail at any point and follow it in any direction with waymarkers guiding your way. Explore the whole trail in one go, or in shorter sections for a more leisurely stroll.

Music

Visit us in September and you can take your pick from the best of the classical North Norfolk Music Festival, held in South Creake and Burnham Norton just four miles away — www.northnorfolkmusicfestival.com.

The Yorke Trust in South Creake offers music students and children the chance to study and perform opera and music-theatre in the idyllic atmosphere of the North Norfolk countryside, away from the competitive environment of university and school. Through the summer they stage regular public performances in their converted chapel and in nearby churches and grand houses. Or check out their Music & Dining Club for a perfect night out — www.yorketrust.org.

Theatre

Cromer Pier

Cromer Pier

These excellent theatres don’t just offer a vast range of shows to suit all tastes, many also run a rich programme of excellent workshops, courses and exhibitions.

Cinema

If you fancy a nostalgic trip to the movies, take in a first-run film at the Central Cinema in Fakenham — outing to the flicks as it used to be.

Or join us at one of our monthly movie screenings in the Parish Hall on the High Street (next to Walsingham Village Stores). Check out the Walsingham Picture Palace programme to see if it coincides with your visit and come along on the night.

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