Heritage and Culture on the North Norfolk Coast
Learn more about Norfolk’s rich sailing and fishing history at the Cromer Museum and the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum also in Cromer. From fossils found at West Runton beach to a real life replica of a traditional fishermans cottage, there is something of interest for all. If you’re looking for something unique, head to the Shell museum at Glandford, boasting an immense collection of seashells, fossils, birds' eggs and pottery all found in the local area. A recent refurbishment at Langham Dome has seen the state-of-the-art gunnery trainer, used in WW2, converted to a brand new visitor centre which is well worth a visit.
North Norfolk has some of the most impressive stately homes in the country. Felbrigg Hall, near Sheringham, is a 17th century house renowned for its delicate Georgian interior and Jacobean architecture. The famous Holkham Hall, located just next to Wells is both a lived-in family home and open to the public. Discover its unique history, the sumptuous Marble Hall and enjoy one of the many events the Estate puts on all year long, including theatre and Christmas themed candlelight tours. Just outside of Holt, hidden in the woods, lies Vowewood - an Arts & Crafts home with a Rock & Roll heart. Each room of the now private home has been decorated with a kaleidoscopic collection of art and design. Keep an eye for Voewood Socials which see the home opened to the public.
With such beautiful surroundings it is obvious why North Norfolk has such talented artists. Why not take a little bit of North Norfolk home with you by purchasing an amazing photograph, painting, pottery depicting your favourite North Norfolk view. Adrian Hill Fine Art in Holt has an amazing collection of original artworks selected by the Royal Academy and Royal Institutes. On the coast, Made in Cley offers customers one of pieces of pottery, jewellery, prints and sculptures. For works of art rarely seen out of the London galleries, head for the Fairfax Gallery in Burnham market, sister gallery to the Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells. Look out for Open Studios each May and June too - a rare chance to explore the private studios of artists throughout the county.
North Norfolk is a theatrical place indeed! Cromer Pier houses the Pavilion Theatre, that showcases the only end-of-the-pier summer show of its kind in the world. We are proud sponsors of Sheringham Little Theatre which creates fantastic pantomimes, drama and summer rep season, never ceasing to amaze audiences. If you are looking to catch a film on a rainy day, they also show new films and live theatre from the West End. In the warmer summer months, Holkham Hall hosts a wonderful array of outdoor theatre in its beautiful grounds.