Head East to King’s Lynn, Cromer and Great Yarmouth to EXPERIENCE a range of immersive Wonder Walks around the Norfolk Coast this winter.
Norfolk & Norwich Festival presents three brand new artist-led audio walks in towns on the coast, inspired by King’s Lynn, Cromer and Great Yarmouth. Each walk is accompanied by a specially designed, limited edition Norfolk Wonder Walk Packs containing instructions, maps and specially crafted materials to take walkers on an immersive journey around the county. The walks, part of a Norfolk County Council autumn and winter tourism initiative. Full information can be found at nnfestival.org.uk.
Accessible in print and/or digitally. Use your smartphone to view and headphones to listen to the audio. The audio can be streamed or downloaded from Spotify, iTunes or Google Podcasts.
Wonder Walk packs will be on sale until Sunday 20 February 2022 and can be used at any time.
Head East for The Sea Cure
In Cromer, explore the town’s fascinating history as a centre for sea bathing and follow in Empress Elizabeth of Austria’s 1887 footprints in The Sea Cure.
The Sea Cure is a 45-minute-long audio walk presented by artist Sarah Lowndes in partnership with Cromer Museum. Set in the English seaside town of Cromer in Norfolk the audio walk illuminates the town’s long history as a holiday destination, with archival music, field recordings and reflections on sea bathing for wellbeing through recent centuries.
The Sea Cure will guide listeners through the winding lanes and stunning promenades of Cromer, in a one-mile loop route which traces a vivid re-imagining of the 1887 visit to the town by Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Elisabeth was revered as the most beautiful woman in Europe and adhered to rigorous diets, remedies, and procedures to maintain her constitution and her looks.
In Cromer, the Empress tried to come to term with her loss of her infant daughter, a grief that had haunted her all her adult life, walking for miles along the clifftops, reading poetry and hunting for fossils on the beach and bathing in the sea. The Sea Cure invites listeners to follow in Elizabeth’s footsteps in a remarkable town where visitors still flock for restorative holidays, seeking peace, fresh air and the health-giving waters of the North Sea.
Start point venue: Cromer Museum
Age guidance: 12 +, all those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Content warning: Discussion of death and mention of eating disorders
Length of walk: 1 mile, 45 minutes
Accessibility: The route follows a mostly pedestrian-only route which is smoothly paved apart from one small section of about 3 metres when crossing the foot of The Gangway, which is cobbled. You can engage with just the audio or follow the transcript of the audio in the pack.
The Sea Cure Wonder Walk is part of Norfolk Wonder, a programme of activity as part of EXPERIENCE a Norfolk County Council initiative designed to help audience experience the magic of Norfolk in the autumn and winter.
Head East for Lull
In King’s Lynn, artists French and Mottershead explore how animals, plants, and fungi survive winter in Lull, this audio walk will help audiences prepare to do the same, delivered in partnership with Lynn Museum.
Starting from outside Lynn Museum, the town becomes a habitat for life around you that you can and cannot see. Lull is experienced through a spoken narrative streamed to listeners’ smartphones. It has been written using insights gathered from local entomologists, botanists, and ecologists, combined with site research on overwintering strategies and habitats.
Each magical Lull walk pack contains instructions to access the Lull audio, accompanied by materials that help illustrate or elaborate on data or anecdotes locating the walk in King’s Lynn. The pack includes a map of habitats, a fold-out of animal tracks and average life expectancies, day length and temperature charts for Astronomical and Meteorological Winter, an image of a Peacock Butterfly, and a Brown Long-Eared Bat for the palm of your hand. This is a story of how plants, animals and fungi bide their time, waiting for Spring.
Starting from outside Lynn Museum, the town becomes a habitat for life you can and cannot see. As you wander, you’ll find yourself thinking of absences and arrivals, abilities, and adaptations, and of your own seasonal and bodily rhythms. Until you realise you’ve arrived somewhere new.
Lull is experienced through a spoken narrative streamed to your own smartphone. It has been written using insights gathered from local entomologists, botanists, and ecologists, combined with site research on overwintering strategies and habitats.
French & Mottershead are the UK artist duo Rebecca French and Andrew Mottershead. Spanning performance, video, photography, sound and digital installation, their work makes use of detailed social and forensic research to expand the viewer’s relationship to site. Often working with experts as part of their process, they undertake rigorous investigations into the ways environments, architectures and public spaces connect with who we are, and define a particular context to examine the codes and conventions that underpin the flows of feeling within.
Start point venue: Lynn Museum
Age guidance: 10+, those under 16 must be with a parent or guardian.
Length of walk: 43 minutes
Accessibility: The start point at Lynn Museum and the beginning of the walk through the pedestrianised Vancouver Centre precinct, is level access. Thereafter, you will be free to find your own route as you wander town.
A full transcript of the audio is available via the audio webpage, a link to which is in the pack.
Lull Wonder Walk is part of Norfolk Wonder, a programme of activity as part of EXPERIENCE a Norfolk County Council initiative designed to help audience experience the magic of Norfolk in the autumn and winter.
Head East for Postcard Memories
Enjoy Postcard Memories in Great Yarmouth. Remember the magic and joy of sending and receiving postcards by creating memories of Great Yarmouth to share with your loved ones interested in igniting a connection, Ela Orleans developed Postcard Memories over the course of several visits to Great Yarmouth.
“I’ve received many postcards over the years which I’ve kept as precious tokens, regardless of changing life circumstances. Sadly, today people rarely physically contact others in this way. Instead, they get our updates about holidays and relationship status via social media. It’s convenient but stripped of reflection directed specifically at those we love.
I hope this project will inspire to reflect on the importance of friendship, love and attachment”
Original music and soundscape, interwoven with stories told by locals, will accompany you to five sites in Great Yarmouth all illustrated on a beautiful, printed map. As you visit these locations and reflect on them, you can share these thoughts with friends and family through postcards of each place you visit.
Ela Orleans is an electronic sound and visual artist, performer, cinematic composer and academic based in London, UK.
Start point venue: Time and Tide Museum
Age guidance: All those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Length of walk: 2 miles, 40 – 60 minutes
Accessibility: There are options for rest during the walk
Extras: One adult size rain poncho is included in the pack
Postcard Memories Wonder Walk is part of Norfolk Wonder, a programme of activity as part of EXPERIENCE a Norfolk County Council initiative designed to help audience experience the magic of Norfolk in the autumn and winter.
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