Framlingham Castle

FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE

“And I miss the way you make me feel and it’s real when we watched the sunset over the castle on the hill”

Now immortalised by Ed Sheerhan, Framlingham Castle has stood on that hill for over 900 years. Mary Tudor once walked the walls, and it was a symbol of wealth and power for centuries. The distinctive curtain wall still stands, as well as buildings within the walls and it has recently received a £1.2million refurb.

Discover more about what you can find at Framlingham Castle on the English Heritage website.

 

Photo: Jack Moscrop (Twitter)
Norwich Castle Projections

NORWICH CASTLE PROJECTIONS

The Norwich Castle Projections were a new feature that lit up the city for Christmas 2016.

Magical stories were shone onto the side of the iconic building, filling the huge canvas with tales that captured the attention of everyone around. Created by Double Take Productions, the projections ran for seven weeks and were covered by the BBC, ITV and the rest of the mainstream media.

You can a watch a short clip of the show here:

 

 

Photo: Norwich Film Fest (Twitter)
the fury of athamas

THE FURY OF ATHAMAS

For 200 years, the eccentric, and sometimes infamous, Hervey family built a collection of art at Ickworth, including this colossal marble sculpture, The Fury of Athamas.

The subject of the sculpture by John Flaxman isn’t the most welcoming choice for an entrance hall; a furious Athamas snatches his son from the arms of his mother and throws him against the rocks; but it proudly sits in the entrance to Ickworth, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. It was commissioned by the Earl-Bishop in 1790, but was confiscated by the French before it got to Ickworth.  Fortunately his son bought it back in the 1820s.

The grandeur of the sculpture is perfectly at home in the Georgian palace of Ickworth, where visitors can walk in the earliest Italianate garden in England and explore the intricately designed rotunda.

Explore the the palatial Ickworth.

Plan a trip to Ickworth, the nearby Bury St. Edmunds, and the rest of Suffolk at Visit Suffolk.

Photo: National Trust/Sue James
theatre royal barrel store

THE THEATRE ROYAL BARREL STORE

Now the last remaining Regency playhouse in the country, the Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds, built in 1819 by William Wilkins, had a very different purpose between 1925 and 1960.

In 1925 the theatre could not compete with two recently opened cinemas in the town, so it was closed and used as a barrel store for local brewery Greene King. After a local group raised over £37,000 the theatre was refurbished and reopened in 1965 and is currently the only theatre open to the public in the National Trust’s portfolio.

In 2015, the theatre celebrated its 50th anniversary with a programme of commerorative events, including a new musical, A Labour of Love, which told the story of the reopening.

See what’s on at the Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds.

Explore the rest of Bury St. Edmunds and its surrounding area at Visit Suffolk.

Photo: Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds

sutton hoo helmet

THE SUTTON HOO HELMET

The Sutton Hoo Helmet, made in the early 7th Century and discovered in 1939, is one of only four surviving Anglo-Saxon helmets in the world.

The original has a permanent home in the British Museum, but this replica (made with the same materials and using the same processes) is on display in the location in which it was found.

Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, is believed to be home to two Anglo-Saxon cemeteries, and is the site of one of the largest, most complete Anglo-Saxon archaeological digs. The site has been vital in understanding the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of East Anglia, their complex burial rituals, and the whole early Anglo-Saxon period.

Unearth more history at Sutton Hoo.

Plan a trip to explore the other wonders of the region at The Suffolk Coast.

Photo: National Trust/Angus Wainwright
the book hive

THE BOOK HIVE

The Book Hive, in the heart of UNESCO City of Literature Norwich’s historic Lanes area, is a hub of literary activity. The building housed a florist for over 100 years before being renovated to become The Book Hive. It has retained its old style feel and quirky design, which creates much of the atmosphere that people have come to love about the place.

Tonight it’s host to a celebration of four of Norwich’s hottest young literary talents, two of whom are exploding onto the scene at this very moment! Join Jenn Ashworth, Sarah Perry, Benjamin Johncock and Book Hive’s very own Sally Craythorne.

Find out more about The Book Hive.

Plan a trip to the UNESCO City of Literature at Visit Norwich.

Photo: Jonathan Bundock
study for a portrait of van gogh

STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT OF VAN GOGH I

Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh I, is one of Francis Bacon’s most recognised works, and exemplifies his fascination with the artists of the past.

Francis Bacon and the Masters was a groundbreaking exhibition, held at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts from April-July 2015, that celebrated the work of Bacon, placing it alongside the work of artists that inspired him, including Cézanne, Matisse and Rembrandt. The exhibition brought together masterpieces from the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, with works by Bacon from the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection and other lenders.

Explore Norwich’s art with Visit Norwich.

Photo: The Estate of Francis Bacon
cromer pier

CROMER PIER

There has been a pier in Cromer in one form or another since 1391. The current structure dates back to 1902, and over the years has undergone a number of repairs, most notably in 2012 when its main trusses and cross braces were replaced.

Today Cromer Pier is regarded as one of the finest examples of a Victorian pier, and is home to Europe’s only End-of-the-Pier Show, at the Pavillion Theatre.

Find out more about Cromer Pier and its history here.

Plan a trip to Cromer, and explore the rest of North Norfolk at Visit North Norfolk.

Photo: Flickr user SkyDivedParcel
the round of clocks

THE ROUND OF CLOCKS

Projected onto the side of King’s Lynn Minister, and inspired by the tide or Moon clock, seen on the west facing tower, The Round of Clocks by Amandine Meyer and Julia Dantonnet was one of six parts that made up the Lynn Lumiere Light Show in 2015. It focused upon human measurement of time and how the mechanisms we use to chart it reveal our vision of the world.

From July until December 2015, specially created light shows were projected onto six buildings around the historic town of King’s Lynn, inviting people to take a fresh look at the town’s built environment and aiming to inspire new appreciation of King’s Lynn’s heritage.

Discover the five other sites that were home to the light projects at Art, Cities, Landscape.

Experience Kings Lynn for yourself by planning a trip to West Norfolk.

 

Photo: Thomas Harper
landguard fort

LANDGUARD FORT

Landguard Fort, just outside Felixstowe, is the site of the last opposed seaborne invasion of England in 1667. First built to guard the entrance to Harwich in 1540, the fort has served a number of functions over time.

In the early 20th Century, the fort was used as barrack accommodation, and in 1951 a section was converted into a control room for ‘cold war’ use.

Find out more about its fascinating history and plan a trip to Landguard Fort.

Explore Felixstowe and its surrounding area via Visit Suffolk.

Photo: Chris Friese