parrot head in norwich


Bernard Reynold’s Parrot Head was commissioned for the newly created Sculpture Garden above Castle Mall Shopping Centre in Norwich by the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society in consultation with the garden’s designer Georgina Livingston.

Reynolds developed the sculpture from an earlier smaller series of Parrot Head sculptures, and the form was based on the skull of a macaw which belonged to Cedric Morris. Sir Cedric Morris (1889-1892) moved to Suffolk in 1929 and established the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing.

For more information and to discover the other sculptures in the city, visit Sculpture for Norwich.

Plan a trip to Norwich, and stop off at one of its many galleries. Visit Norwich has all the information you need.

shot of exterior of aldeburgh fish and chips


There’s nothing like fish and chips by the seaside, and Aldeburgh Fish and Chips are arguably “the best fish and chips in the world” (The Times). It’s largely due to their use of locally sourced ingredients. Fried the same way since 1967, they use fresh fish from the East Coast and delicious local potatoes to make their own chips.

It’s not just The Times that are fans. The Guardian heralds it as “the finest chippie in Suffolk, and quite possibly the universe” and the Sunday Mirror has also given it glowing reviews.

Make sure you get there early though, as there are often long queues at the weekend! Find out more information (and those all important opening times) at Aldeburgh Fish and Chips.

After you’ve feasted on the finest fish and chips in the world, why not explore The Suffolk Coast.



Barbara Hepworth’s Sea Form (Atlantic) stands in the heart of Norwich City Centre, just outside the Norwich Playhouse.

This work is characteristic of much of Hepworth’s sculpture. Hepworth has said “The forms which have had special meaning for me since childhood have been the standing form (which is the translation of my feeling towards the human being standing in landscape) and the closed form, such as the oval, spherical or pierced form (sometimes incorporating colour) which translates for me the association and meaning of gesture in landscape.”

We’ve explored Hepworth’s Family of Man which is at Snape Maltings in a previous 365 post.

Explore public sculpture across the whole eastern region at RACNS.

Feeling inspired to create a custom public sculpture trail around Norwich? Visit Norwich has all the information about where to stay, and what else to do while you’re there.

Wissett church


The small village church of Wissett, between Southwold and Halesworth in Suffolk, is probably not a place you’d expect to find a historical relic of national significance.

But cast your eyes towards the eleventh-century flint parish church that serves the village and you’ll notice the circular tower attached to the west end. Inside it has a floor that has been dated back to the 12th century, making it the oldest recorded church tower floor in the UK.

Find out more about Wissett here. And if you’re interested in exploring the rest of the beautiful Waveney Valley you can get more information on their website.


Photo: David (Flickr)
the government inspector


In April 2016, The Government Inspector paid a visit to the New Wolsey Theatre.

The Mayor is in a cold sweat. News has reached him of an imminent visit from a Government Inspector. His fear is well-founded as he has been somewhat lacking in his official duties. The hospital’s a health hazard, the school’s a war zone, the soldiers don’t have trousers to march in and he never quite got around to building that church!

Surely the only possible solution is bribery; it seems to have resolved many a sticky situation for the Mayor and his team in the past! But a simple case of mistaken identity leads matters to spiral hysterically out of control. Could it be that they have met their match in the complicated business of deception?

This new staging of Nikolai Gogol’s play was part of the New Wolsey Theatre’s Ramps on the Moon project, which aimed to put more deaf and disabled people on stages, in audiences and in cultural workforces.

For more information about the wider project, visit Ramps on the Moon.

Planning a trip to Ipswich to see something at the New Wolsey? Find out what else to do at All About Ipswich.




Visitors to Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal in April 2016 would have been able to see The Best Thing.

The Best Thing is a Swinging Sixties story of unconditional love from the UK’s leading full mask theatre company. It’s 1966. The record player’s on, her hair’s bobbed and eye-lashes curled. For seventeen-year-old Susan, life is an adventure waiting to begin. But what happens next turns everything upside down and its repercussions will last for decades to come.

Funny, heart-breaking and human, this is the latest production from the UK’s leading professional full mask theatre company. Established as an independent theatre company in 2006, Vamos Theatre has developed organically under the leadership of its Artistic Director, Rachael Savage, and tonight, the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds welcomes the company to its stage.

To see what’s on, visit the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

Plan a trip to Bury St Edmunds, and explore the surrounding area, with Visit Suffolk.




Another of Norwich’s lesser-known children, Harriet Martineau was a social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first female sociologist.

Born in 1802, Martineau wrote many books and a multitude of essays from a sociological, holistic, religious, domestic, and perhaps most controversially, feminine perspective; she also translated various works from Auguste Comte. She earned enough to be supported entirely by her writing, a rare feat for a woman in the Victorian era. A young Princess Victoria enjoyed reading Martineau’s publications. The queen invited Martineau to her coronation in 1838 —an event which Martineau described, in great and amusing detail, to her many readers.

Explore Martineau’s hometown with Visit Norwich.

norfolk mystery


The Norfolk Mystery is the first in Ian Sansom’s County Guides series, a project where Sansom attempts to write a crime novel for every county in the UK.

The Norfolk Mystery is set in 1937 and sees disillusioned Spanish Civil War veteran Stephen Sefton stony broke. So when he sees a mysterious advertisement for a job where ‘intelligence is essential’, he applies. Thus begins Sefton’s association with Professor Swanton Morley, an omnivorous intellect. Morley’s latest project is a history of traditional England, with a guide to every county.

They start in Norfolk, but when the vicar of Blakeney is found hanging from his church’s bellrope, Morley and Sefton find themselves drawn into a rather more fiendish plot. Did the Reverend really take his own life, or was it – murder?

Seen as a must-read for fans of Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this novel explores the beautiful Norfolk as a landscape for intrigue and mystery (as we discussed in a previous Culture365 post).

As we explored a few weeks ago, Norfolk is full of fantastic bookshops, where better than to buy your own copy of The Norfolk Mystery.

Spend a while in glorious Norfolk and avoid the suspense and mystery of a trip by exploring the county with Visit Norfolk.



One of Norwich’s lesser-known notable children, Luke Hansard was a writer who revolutionised the recording of Parliamentary debate.

He printed the Journals of the House of Commons from 1774 till his death. The promptitude and accuracy with which Hansard printed parliamentary papers were often of the greatest service to government, and often saw papers drafted and then presented at the Commons with a remarkably speedy turnaround.

The Hansard is still used in a largely unchanged format since its debut in 1774, though now, of course, it’s largely digitised.

For more information about Luke Hansard, and other famous Norwich writers visit 26 for Norwich.

Plan a trip to the city with Visit Norwich.



Performing at DanceEast in April 2016, Nora is the coming together of dancers Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley. Their desire to dance together, their love of choreographic structures and their critical eye has given them the impetus to invite several distinguished dance makers to create work especially for them. In this, their first collaborative endeavour, they performed an evening of new works by the indomitable Liz Aggiss, acclaimed duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, and renowned French choreographer Simon Tanguy.

DanceEast has a year round programme of events.

Plan a trip to see something, and use All About Ipswich as a guide.