One of the UK’s earliest cinema buildings, The Palace of Lights in Great Yarmouth first opened in 1908.

It wasn’t always a cinema though. It was first used by the showman C. B. Cochran and his live shows, the ‘Cochran Revues’.

The Palace of Lights got its name from over 1,000 lightbulbs on the exterior – quite impressive for the early 1900s.

Over the years, the building has served many other uses, and been called by many other names. It was renamed The Gem in 1910, and became a cinema. Showing films for most of its life, it did recommence staging summer shows from 1948 when it was renamed the Windmill Theatre.

If you’re interested in learning about Great Yarmouth’s fascinating history, visit the Time and Tide Museum.

Great Yarmouth also has a thriving contemporary art scene, plan a trip to immerse yourself in it with Visit Great Yarmouth.

Photo: innpictime
large interior form


Large Interior Form (1982) is a large bronze sculpture by Henry Moore. It was installed in front of Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 2011 as a celebration of Moore’s friendship with Benjamin Britten. This sculpture is Moore’s original copy, loaned to Snape Maltings by the Henry Moore Foundation, with other versions of Large Interior Form located around the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Trinity University in Texas and Schwabisch Hall in Germany.

Through his friendship with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, Henry Moore has been linked to Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings Concert Hall for forty years with a succession of his works being sited on the lawn outside the entrance to the Concert Hall, popularly referred to as the Henry Moore lawn. It’s only a few minutes from Snape Maltings’ Hepworth sculpture, Family of Man.

To see the magnificent sculpture for yourself, visit Snape Maltings.

The area is full of fantastic public art, including Maggi Hambling’s Scallop, plan a trip to explore with The Suffolk Coast.

Photo: John Lord
tilted exhibition


Remember when we featured Belonging(s) back in an earlier Culture365 post? The company behind that, Tilted Productions, also presented a series of photographic works in Ipswich Town Hall.

Von Stockert founded Tilted Productions in 2002 and has created many critically acclaimed pieces for the stage and site-specific works. For the first time, in November 2015, some stunning still moments of Tilted’s past and current works were exhibited to the public. Visitors to the Town Hall Tea Rooms in Ipswich had the chance to see the selection of captivating photographs over a period of 10 days.

Tilted Productions creates playful, yet challenging, cross art form collaborations, rooted in the world of contemporary dance. Their work is inspired by social, environmental and political observations and asks questions around our sense of place and identity.

To find out more about Maresa Van Stockert and Tilted Productions’ fantastic work, visit their website.

Ipswich is full of some of the most exciting contemporary culture, with DanceEast, Gecko, the New Wolsey Theatre and Pacitti Company (as well as Tilted) all calling the town home. Plan a trip and discover cultural Ipswich at All About Ipswich.

Photo: Beyond the 7 Seas (2002), Tilted Productions, by Merlin Hendy
Helmingham Hall Gardens


The Helmingham Hall Gardens are Grade 1 listed.

Carefully designed to complement each other, and combine to make a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts, horticulturalists will love wandering the pathways and seeing what comes next. From the walled kitchen garden to the Knot Garden and the Rose Garden Helmingham is a sight to behold, whatever the season.

Learn more about the wonderful sights on offer at Helmingham Hall here.


Photo: Esther Westerveld (Flickr)
Flixton Aviation Museum


On a small B road between Bungay to Homersfield on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, you can spot the rather incongruous sight of bombers and other planes parked between the hedgerows.

Because, tucked away in the little hamlet of Flixton, is the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum.

Opened in 1973 in a Nissan Hut behind the village Post Office, the collection has since grown to comprise 66 aircraft (including cockpits), and more than 30,000 smaller artefacts. It’s a tribute to aviation history in the area, especially the 446th Bomb Group who were stationed in Flixton during WW2.

See what’s on at the Aviation Museum.

Find out more about the area, and explore with Visit Norfolk.

Image: John Bilcliffe/Flickr
Stour and Orwell Walk


If you’re someone who likes a long distance walk through beautiful river country then you should take a close look at the Stour and Orwell Walk.

It’s a 42-mile walk that takes you from Felixstowe in south Suffolk to Cattawade and Manningtree, across the border in Essex. The walk meanders around two of the most beautiful estuaries in East Anglia, through Constable Country and one of the nicest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the country.

You can learn more about the area you’ll be walking through at Visit Suffolk.



Photo: Mike H (Flickr)
King Edmund


King Edmund ruled East Anglia in the ninth century, until his brutal death at the hands of Danish invaders.

Records say he was tied to a tree, shot with arrows and speared with javelins until he was covered with them like ‘the bristles of a hedgehog’, then finally beheaded. Once he was dead, various supernatural happenings were said to have occurred. His body didn’t decay. The head mysteriously reattached itself. A curse the king laid upon a nearby bridge caused ruin for every engaged couple who crossed it on the way to be wed. He was made Patron Saint of England by King Alfred, just twenty years later after his martyrdom. Even the Vikings who slaughtered him bought into his cult, forging coins in his honour. Despite being displaced by Turkish George as Patron Saint of England, Edmund’s legacy is still strong in the county.

And you can find out for yourself on a visit to Bury St Edmunds, check their website here.


Photo: Lawrence OP (Flickr)
fireworks in the east


Remember, remember the fifth of November…

It’s bonfire night and Suffolk and Norfolk are both full of wonderful fireworks displays in magnificent surroundings.

Each year Suffolk’s highlights include: Horringer (just outside Ickworth), The Big Night Out (at Melford Park Hall) and Bury St Edmunds Fireworks Spectacular (overlooking the town’s Abbey Gardens).

Meanwhile, in Norfolk: the Big Boom takes over Norwich City Centre, whilst Fawkes in the Walks lights up the King’s Lynn skyline.

For more information, take a look at Visit Suffolk, and Visit Norfolk.

Photo: Flickr user cornishdave


Through the reigns of nine monarchs, massive changes in the world of retail, and two World Wars, Jarrolds has played a part in the lives of generations of Norfolk families.

The Jarrolds story began back in 1770 when John Jarrold I opened a grocers and drapers in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Throughout this time, he kept a detailed notebook of activity, including local happenings and ‘Rules to Make a Good Tradesman’. His business grew until his death in 1775, it was at this point that his widow returned to her native Norwich.

John Jarrold II established his own company in Norwich, and chased the most economically advantageous business at the time, including agriculture, and printing (an offshoot of Jarrolds was a forerunner of modern-day publisher Archant). The business continued to grow, and moved into its current premises in 1909.

Today, Jarrolds is regarded as the premier independent shop in Norwich, and is hugely active in the local community.

Find out more about Jarrolds’ unique history, and see what’s on at the Jarrold website.

Find out why the Jarrolds settled in Norwich, and explore for yourself with Visit Norwich.

monica vinader


If you head to North Norfolk you’ll find a quiet jewellery revolution taking place. Monica Vinader creates custom pieces that sit between fashion and fine jewellery, with celebrity fans including Emma Watson, Olivia Palermo and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Monica Vinader launched the brand in 2008, and won Brand of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards. Since then, the company has continued to grow, with pieces sold by luxury retailers around the world (including Harrods, Liberty, and Net-A-Porter) and Monica Vinader boutiques in Chelsea, Mayfair and Hong Kong.

Monica Vinader grew up surrounded by arts and objects from her parents’ antiques business, a force that led her to create her own company. She set out creating bespoke items from her converted forge in Norfolk, with an office, showroom and workshop all under one roof.

As the business has grown, Norfolk is still integral to the design process, with the whole creative team working from there.

To find out more, visit Monica Vinader.

It’s no surprise an international jewellery brand is based in the inspirational surroundings of Holkham. Get inspired yourself, and plan a trip with Visit North Norfolk.