Norfolk Tour - May 2018

Norfolk Tour - May 2018

29 May 2018 - 17:07 BY Helen Proudley

26 members of The Arts Society Hambleton enjoyed a four day/three night tour to Norwich and Norfolk in May.
We called at Sandringham House and Gardens on the way to Norwich, and we were impressed by the relative 'homeliness' of the House, with its portraits and photographs of the Royal Family, making it more intimate than some grander royal residences.
The next morning we enjoyed a guided tour of the magnificent Norwich Cathedral (including views of the Peregrine Falcons on their nest!), followed by a stroll through the ancient streets around the Cathedral. We also admired the newly restored church of St Peter Mancroft, with its fine mediaeval stained glass.
Blickling Hall was the afternoon destination - a fine Jacobean Manor with a nationally important book collection and beautiful gardens.
Then on to Cromer, supposedly to see the Grade II listed Pier, which was sadly almost invisible in the thick sea mist in which it was enveloped! However, the fish & chip supper was excellent.
The destination the next day was Great Yarmouth, where we were given a guided tour of the Heritage Quarter, including the historic quay (once a major centre for herring fishing),and the Row Houses. We enjoyed self guided tours of the Elizabethan House Museum, Greyfriars Cloisters and the 'Lydia Eva' - a steam drifter.
The afternoon was spent in the 11th century Norwich Castle, now a Museum and Art Gallery. The latter was especially interesting as we were introduced to the Norwich School of painters from the early c19th, the leading artist from that School being John Crome. They specialised in landscapes and marine scenes.
Our final morning was spent at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on the campus of East Anglia University. This huge collection from the Sainsbury family is housed in an enormous building designed by Norman Foster. It contains a varied selection of art, from fine art (many paintings  by Francis Bacon), to sculpture (Epstein and Moore), and some very fine ethnic pieces from all over the world.
This was a fitting end to a very enjoyable and educative few days, in which the sun shone most of the time (apart from Cromer!) and the company was stimulating.


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