Big sky, big sea, big culture
Flanked by 45-miles of some of the finest coastline in Britain, North Norfolk is also awash with eateries, shops and artisans – as well as museums, stately homes and places of cultural and historic interest.
The region is home to one of the largest artistic communities in the UK, which is reflected in the large number of independent galleries, theatres, dance facilities, concerts and festivals.
North Norfolk’s cultural highlights include the lively week-long Holt Festival, which packs the picture-postcard Georgian market town with big-name performers and thought-provoking speakers every July.
Other firm favourites on the cultural tourist trail include Holkham Hall – an 18th century Palladian-style house that has staged huge outdoor headline shows for the likes of Elton John, Tom Jones and Lionel Richie – and Houghton Hall, the stately home built for the Britain’s first prime minister which now houses one of the finest collections of contemporary sculpture in the world.
Year-round attractions in the region include Wells Maltings, a state-of-the-art heritage, arts and community centre whose commissioning work includes the Lifeboat Horse (pictured) by Norfolk artist Rachel Long; Sheringham Little Theatre, which remains one of the most important rep theatres in the country; and the Pavilion Theatre Cromer, which prides itself on producing the only end-of-the-pier show of its kind in the world.