A centuries-old staple for people living along the coast, in recent years its made its way onto the menus of London’s most exclusive restaurants as the capital’s bright and beautiful discover its subtle charms.

Samphire’s versatile too – try it on its own, steamed with a generous helping of butter, or as a complement to a main meal; it’s especially good with crab, salmon, or mussels.

Fancy harvesting your own samphire? Take a trip to the North Norfolk coast, one of the prime spots to discover it.

Plan your trip with Visit North Norfolk. 


Photo: Marco Schmidt
James Hollier and Ché Ballard


James Hollier and Ché Ballard have been fellow photographers since studying together at what is now the College of West Anglia – when hours were spent in the darkroom processing images from film in a magical alchemical process.

James gained inspiration for his black and white landscape photographs from his tutor, the late John Hansell and America photographer Ansell Adams, while Che is an observer of moments and emotions, whether it be at a gig, ringside at an MMA knockout or capturing closely observed insects.

In 2015, visitors to the Kings Lynn Arts Centre were able to catch a retrospective of their work at Kings Lynn Arts Centre. To find out what’s on year-round, visit Kings Lynn Arts Centre.

If you’re interested in exploring Kings Lynn and the surrounding area plan a trip with Visit West Norfolk.



Friday Afternoons was a project conceived by Aldeburgh Music as part of the Britten Centenary in 2015. Each year, teachers and choir leaders from around the world can download all the resources they need to teach new songs to their groups. These resources include scores, lyrics, audio tracks, interactive resources from Charanga Music Braille scores and signed videos.

In 2015, American composer Nico Muhly wrote eight new songs that can be sung year round, culminating with performances all over the world on the afternoon of 20th November 2015.

Performances from across the UK and Croatia were live-streamed on the Friday Afternoons website.

To find out more about the annual project, visit Friday Afternoons.

Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings have events year-round. Plan a trip, and visit the surrounding area with The Suffolk Coast.


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Back in November 2015, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein previewed their new show May Contain Food at DanceEast.

Inspired by social occasions and life at mealtimes, four dancers and four vocalists invite visitors to sit at a table, before offering them a tasting menu and serving them a show that explores our relationship with food.

All sound is performed a cappella as movement is composed and music is choreographed, creating an immersive experience of indulgence, nostalgia and mischief.

Interested in seeing something at DanceEast in the future?

Plan a trip to Suffolk’s county town at All About Ipswich.


Photo: Chris Nash
Ruth Rendell


Ruth Rendell was best known for her hugely popular crime novels, psychological thrillers and police procedurals.

Her books have been the subject of numerous adaptations, and the Inspector Wexford series was televised under the title The Ruth Rendell Mysteries and ran for 48 episodes. She also wrote under the pseudonym Barbara Vine.

She did most of her writing in a little cottage close to the Suffolk village of Polstead, and in her later years she became Baroness Rendell of Babergh of Aldeburgh in the County of Suffolk, sitting in the House of Lords for the Labour Party. Amongst her other work she introduced into the Lords the bill that would become the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

You can find out more about Rendell here, and if you fancy a trip to the Suffolk then take a look at Visit Suffolk to plan your outing.


Photo: The Guardian (Twitter)


The University of East Anglia is a hub of research, innovation and creation, and throughout the year, it hosts a series of free public lectures around a variety of research taking place at the university.

In November 2015, Professor Michael Frenneaux from Norwich Medical School discussed matters of the heart in a lecture titled ‘Cardiomyopathies’, exploring how disorders of the heart muscle may result in severe symptoms, and how, through investigating these disorders, scientists can develop effective therapies for treating problems.
November also saw the first in a series of lectures around Big Data, named Big Data Big Questions. What is it? How is it used? And what is its role in society today?

To find out more about the upcoming UEA Research Lectures, visit UEA Events.

Feeling intellectually stimulated? Visit Norwich and plan a trip to this inspiring city.


Photo: Kay Williams
Sheringham Shantymen


The East is inextricably linked with the sea, whether for food, trade, travel or leisure, so it’s no surprise that sea shanties are part of the region’s culture.

The Sheringham Shantymen officially formed in 1990 from a group of lifeboat men and their friends, who had previously enjoyed singing the sea songs informally.

They are still strongly linked with the lifeboat, and are the only non-RNLI organisation allowed to wear the RNLI badge on their uniform. Over the course of three years they raised £20,000 to buy a new D class lifeboat for the Sheringham station, who in return named it The Sheringham Shantymen.

The group have performed hundreds of times locally, and made many international appearances, including in Germany, the USA and France. They’re no strangers to television either, having sung on Children in Need, The One Show and Blue Peter.

You can find out more about them, and hear their work at

Plan a visit to North Norfolk, including Sheringham at

pebble homage


2015 saw The Lookout Gallery in Aldeburgh play host to a year-long participatory installation, Pebble Homage, which coincided with Anthony Gormley’s sculpture on Aldeburgh’s Martello Tower.

Visitors were given a marker pen and invited to choose a pebble from the beach. As they walked towards the Martello Tower and back they were challenged to think about life and to write a short thought on the pebble. These pebbles were then collected together to form an installation.

A year on from the exhibition, in 2016, the pebbles were scattered over the beach to be found by future generations.
See what’s on at the moment at the Aldeburgh Lookout.

The coast is full of fantastic art and exhibitions. Plan a trip with The Suffolk Coast.

Photo: Martin Cooper

Aldeburgh DocFest


Founded in 1994, the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival has been bringing the best documentaries from across the world to the Suffolk coast ever since.

The Aldeburgh Cinema, which screens the films, has been a continuous part of the community since it opened in 1918. A century later, and it is still at the heart of Aldeburgh and was nominated for Cinema of the Year Award in 2016.

Each year the Festival delivers a wide range of exciting films that explore a number of varied topics. Featuring work from both established and new filmmakers, the rich and diverse programme intersperses the showings with talks, conversations and masterclasses. Previous guests include Louis Theroux, Joanna Lumley and Leslie Woodhead.

You can find out more about this year’s festival at the official Documentary Festival website. And if you’re coming to Aldeburgh find out what else is going on in the region at The Suffolk Coast.

Photo: Nick Tipping Photography/Aldeburgh Documentary Festival


Nelson Monument in Great Yarmouth


When you drive into Norfolk, the road signs proudly tell you you’re entering ‘Nelson’s County’.

There are tributes across the county, including in Great Yarmouth. The column was raised in 1819, and unlike its London counterpart has Britannia standing on the top, holding a globe inscribed with the motto from Nelson’s coat of arms. At the bottom inscriptions mark Nelson’s main victories over the French and Spanish. The first custodian was James Sharman who served with Nelson on the Victory and was one of those who carried the stricken Admiral below decks. There is some confusion as to why, despite being only a few metres from the sea, the statue faces inland. One popular theory is that a thick sea fog hung in the air when it was erected and the labourers mistook nearby Breydon Water for the sea. Another is that Britannia is looking towards Nelson’s birthplace.

This is just one of the many sights and attractions you can find in Great Yarmouth – learn more about this popular seaside town here.


Photo: Paul Gravestock (Flickr)