Visit The Ringland Swan

Ringland, Norfolk

The Ringland Swan, NorfolkThe Ringland Swan is a family friendly pub on the outskirts of Norwich, with an outdoor children’s play area making it a great place to stop for a bite to eat and drink or to take the weight off your feet on a family day out.

This wonderful pub is in the heart of the picturesque village of Ringland. With the Ringland Hills on the doorstep and the river Wensum nearby, it’s a local beauty spot, popular with walkers and fishermen.

Great facilities and good food!

The Ringland Swan, NorfolkAt The Ringland Swan it’s important that all members of the family can enjoy themselves when visiting.

They’ve recently had a fully enclosed outdoor children’s play area built in their large garden and the bar is dog friendly; allowing the whole family to enjoy themselves.

The Ringland Swan makes a perfect place to stop off and have a bite to eat. The chefs are passionate about providing excellent food for customers, providing a high-quality gastro’ style menu.

Plus there’s a separate children’s menu, perfect if you’re bringing the whole family along.


The area around Ringland in Norfolk, has many great attractions nearby, ideal for family days out that the whole family will love. The Dinosaur Adventure Park in Lenwade is just over 3 miles away from the village and is perfect for kids of all ages. This attraction has 85 acres of parkland, filled with many attractions such as, the Lost World A-Mazing Adventure Maze, indoor and outdoor go-karting tracks, splash zone, Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf, Pterodactyl’s tree house and much more.

There’s also Congo Rapids Adventure Golf which is just over 2 ½ miles away, perfect for families who are sports mad. With 18 holes to keep your day fun packed and with themed courses full of obstacles including a real plane, jeep, rafts, waterfalls, volcano, cave, streams, a caged gorilla, snakes, crocodiles, tigers and elephants, this makes a great day out.

There are many other excititng family attractions around the Ringland area. Here are a few that are within 10 miles of Ringland:

  • Bob Carter Centre – Just over 4 miles away, this indoor/outdoor sports centre includes sports like badminton, tennis, squash, table tennis, dancing classes, baton twirling and much more.
  • Namco Funscape Norwich – Just over 4 ½ miles away, this great tenpin bowling facility is ideal for kids from the ages of 4 years old.
  • Sloughbottom Park BMX Track – Only 6 miles away, this attraction caters for older children between the ages of 9-16 years. It’s a free, public BMX track that the kids will love.

If you are at any of these great family attractions or any of the others in this area, why not stop off at The Ringland Swan for a drink or meal?

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Celebrating the life of Humphry Repton

the National Trust’s Sheringham Park

The life and work of landscape gardener Humphry Repton is set to be celebrated through a photography competition, launched by the National Trust’s Sheringham Park.

As part of the build-up to 2018 and the 200 year anniversary of the death of Repton, Sheringham Park is joining forces with the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition to search for images taken at places he helped design.

Commissions across the UK

Repton was involved in more than 300 commissions across the country including several in the east of England. As well as Sheringham Park, he was involved in the design of the Holkham Estate, Catton Park and at Bracondale in Norwich. Further afield, the National Trust’s Wimpole in Cambridgeshire, Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire, Harewood House in West Yorkshire and Russell Square in London all bear the mark of Humphry Repton.

Sheringham Park, Repton’s favourite work

However it was Sheringham Park that he considered as his most favourite work, stating in the Red Book design for the park: “Sheringham possessed more natural beauty and local advantages than any place I have ever seen”.

the National Trust’s Sheringham Park

Malcolm Fisher, Visitor Services Manager at Sheringham Park is looking forward to seeing the best images from the competition on display in 2018:

I am very much aware how much the Repton views are still enjoyed today here at Sheringham Park, and it will be fascinating to see images from right across the country showing the impact he still has on the landscape 200 years on from his death.”

Tyrone McGlinchey, Managing Director of International Garden Photographer of the Year said:

Making the connection between photography and unique green spaces, whilst encouraging public engagement with the natural world is one of our main objectives. We’re really excited to launch this special award, create these connections and share the beauty of plants and gardens through the lens of a truly great landscape gardener.”

An exhibition of the images from the competition will form a part of the 2018 celebrations and it is hoped the competition will inspire many photographers right across the country to go out and enjoy the work of Humphry Repton. The competition will be launched on the anniversary of Repton’s death 24 March 2017, to enter visit the International Garden Photographer of the Year website.

There are National Trust vouchers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, plus winning images will also be published in the beautiful annual book of International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition.

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What’s on in 2017

What's on in Norfolk 2017

Since Christmas we’ve been working hard to search out the best events that Norfolk has to offer just for you!

Our ‘What’s on’ section is packed full with fun things to do throughout 2017; We have 24 fairs & festivals listed, from laid back tunes at Dereham Blues Festival to bangin’ beats at Sundown Festival (in Norwich) – and everything in between.

Arts and culture

Music in NorfolkMany festivals are proud to celebrate Norfolk’s creativity and talent. Some festivals celebrate arts and culture from further afield, such as the Norfolk and Norwich Festival  with acts from all over the world.

So get ahead of the pack and plan your summer festival fun in Norfolk, the driest county in the UK – surely they’ll be no need to pack your wellies?!?

Discover Norfolk

The vast majority of the events listed here are outdoors – they’re on the coast and in our beautiful countryside. We’ve found events ranging from an early morning walk at the glorious How Hill to the popular Blakeney Regatta which takes place on the quayside at Blakeney.

Snowdrop walks in NorfolkSnowdrop walks are the very early beginnings of Spring. We have researched as many Snowdrop walks in Norfolk as we could find and we have compiled a comprehensive list in our Discover Norfolk section of our website.

Enjoy a brisk walk along pretty woodland paths and discover the natural beauty of these delicate and angelic flowers. Many locations such as Bagthorpe Hall (near Bircham) and Walsingham Abbey are hosting Snowdrop walks on specific days for local charities.

Go to our Snowdrop walks page and follow the links to their individual website for further information.

Enjoy the great outdoors during 2017 and support events that will show you (or remind you) just how glorious our countryside is.

Charity events

We have listed 20 charity events including the EAAA Norfolk Polo Festival, the Grand Norwich Duck Race, the Hunny Bell Cross Country Race and for the challenge of a lifetime! Go to King’s Lynn and walk over hot coals for Break charity. No advance preparation is needed for the Fire Walk and full training will be given.

Grand Norwich Duck Race

Don’t miss the Grand Norwich Duck Race at the end of August 2017

There are many other events that support worthwhile causes, click on the section to see charity events that are close to your heart.

Live music

Arts events are very popular and we have an impressive 33 events to search through. Or perhaps a trip to the theatre, an art gallery or art studio is more your kind of thing? We have 24 gigs, shows and concerts listed, all planned for this coming year.

Highlights at the Theatre Royal include ‘Mama Mia’ and the compelling ‘Abigail’s Party’. Plus the enigmatic Ruby Wax comes to the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich.

The North Norfolk Forties WeekendBringing history alive!

Popular historical eras are celebrated and reenacted along the north Norfolk coast, as the towns of Sheringham and Cromer host exciting events all about the 1940s and the 1960s respectively.

Finally, plant lovers will thoroughly enjoy the Bishop’s House Open Days held at the Norwich Cathedral throughout the summer. Each week is dedicated to a local worthwhile cause. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see close up rare and beautiful plants, plus there’ll be plants for sale too.

Enjoy Norfolk

Adding these events to our What’s on section has inspired us to see and do more this year! We hope that our tantalising collection of events will inspire you too – evenings out with family, friends or on your own.

There’s so much to see and do all year round, so have fun and enjoy all that Norfolk has to offer!

Don’t forget that we’ll be adding new events all the time (as dates and details are confirmed), so please keep coming back to view more great things to see and do during 2017.

If you would like to advertise an event with us, free of charge please get in touch.

The Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth

The Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth

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Dippy coming to Norwich Cathedral in 2020

Dinosaur ‘Dippy the Diplodocus’ (Natural History Museum)

‘Dippy the Diplodocus’ (Natural History Museum)

Yesterday morning, a small group gathered in the Norwich Cathedral Hostry Visitor & Education Centre.

The air was filled with excitement as we waited to be told the big news!

Secretive planning

After almost a year of secretive planning, Norwich Cathedral, together with the help of Dr Phil Smith M.B.E of the Teacher Scientist Network has successfully bid to house the life size iconic dinosaur ‘Dippy the Diplodocus’, for 4 months from July 2020 to October 2020.

There were unsuccessful bids from two famous Norwich landmarks – The Norwich Castle and The Forum to house the life size creature.

To encourage lots of people to visit ‘Dippy’

The Very Reverend Jane Hedges explained that one vital aspect of the successful bid was that each venue hosting Dippy had to be free of charge to enter. This is to encourage as many people as possible to come and see the giant size creature.

Carefully packed away for transit

Dippy the Diplodocus is at the Natural History Museum, London but in the new year he will be carefully packed away by the museum conservators to begin his nationwide UK tour.

It will take the next twelve months to prepare the delicate plaster-of-Paris cast for its journey.

Recent images detailing a conservation inspection of the Diplodocus exhibit at the Natural History Museum, London.

Recent images detailing a conservation inspection of the Diplodocus exhibit at the Natural History Museum, London.

Dippy the Diplodocus - The Grand TourThe grand tour

The grand tour will start in 2018. Dippy will visit all four corners of the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus five regions across England.

He will start his tour on Dorset’s Jurassic coast at the Dorset County Museum, he will then travel to Birmingham Museum, Ulster Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow, Great North Museum Newcastle, National Assembly – Wales, Number One Riverside Rochdale and his tour ends in Norwich Cathedral.

Top secret!

It’s clear that the small team have worked very hard to secure this bid, the Very Reverend Jane Hedges also explained that it was incredibly difficult to keep Dippy’s arrival to the Cathedral a secret.
Laughing, she said that several members of the team at Norwich Cathedral were aware that something very exciting was about to be announced and they thought that perhaps it was a visit to the Cathedral from Pope Francis!

The Garfield Weston Foundation

The Diplodocus exhibit at the Natural History Museum, London. (photo: Carnegie Museum of Natural History)

The Diplodocus exhibit at the Natural History Museum, London. (photo: Carnegie Museum of Natural History)

‘Dippy the Diplodocus’ has delighted visitors since his arrival to London in 1905. With generous support from the Garfield Weston Foundation it is hoped that this tour will spark the imagination of the next generation of scientists and help to connect our nation with nature.

Generations of children have been awestruck by Dippy’s spectacular presence at the centre of the Natural History Museum and we hope he continues to inspire the nation to rediscover nature as he tour makes its way round the UK.” – Philippa Charles – Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Norwich Cathedral Nave - Copyright: Paul Hurst (all rights reserved)

Norwich Cathedral Nave – Copyright: Paul Hurst (all rights reserved)

Exciting workshops

The team at the Norwich Cathedral are keen to foster positive links with the scientific community. They hope to have lots of exciting workshops to help children engage with science and nature. This is especially poignant when we consider the challenges of global warming and its possible link to the extinction of the dinosaurs on earth.

Life will continue as normal at Norwich Cathedral

The Very Reverend Jane Hedges assured us that daily life in the 900 year old Norwich Cathedral will continue as normal. The 4 months from July to October are relatively quiet, therefore the church services and worship can continue without interruption.

Weddings, christenings, funerals, and harvest celebrations will take place all under the watchful eyes of ‘Dippy the Diplodocus ’!

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Crab & Lobster Festival 2016 toasts success!

The 2016 Cromer and Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival came to a close on Sunday, August 28 with the World Pier Crabbing Championships and annual auction in Cromer.

Thousands of people flock to Cromer

More than 100 dinky beach huts lined the pier forecourt, local food and craft stalls filled the promenade and lines were set ready for a fun-filled, action-packed day of competitive crabbing and bidding.

Beach huts on display (photo by Kate_Royall)

Beach huts on display (photo by Kate Royall)

And the sunny bank holiday Sunday saw thousands of people visiting the town to take part in the festivities.

Crab & Lobster Festival Auction 2016 Beach huts on display (photo by Kate_Royall)

Crab & Lobster Festival Auction 2016 Beach huts on display (photo by Kate Royall)

Prior to World Pier Crabbing Championships, scores of people queued along the pier to register before nets and lines were dropped into the sea at 10:30am.

The Richard Davies Memorial Plate

World Pier Crabbing Champions 2016: David Porter, Rachael Kirkham, 12-year-old Daisy Porter and 10-year-old Holly Porter (photo by Kate_Royall)

World Pier Crabbing Champions 2016: David Porter, Rachael Kirkham, 12-year-old Daisy Porter and 10-year-old Holly Porter (photo by Kate_Royall)

After three hours of competitive crabbing the World Pier Crabbing Champion title, (which is won by the largest number of crabs caught on a line), was awarded to team IDK from Norwich, who caught eight crabs.

The team of four – David Porter, Rachael Kirkham, 12-year-old Daisy Porter and 10-year-old Holly Porter – said: “It’s amazing, we can’t believe we won!”

They were awarded the Richard Davies Memorial Plate which is named memory of former Cromer lifeboat coxswain Richard Davies who died in 2010.

Other prizes awarded were to Emma Critchley, who caught the largest crab measuring 125mm and to Robyn Clarke who caught the most crabs in a net with a total of 35.

The Dinky Beach Hut charity auction

Under the hammer of auctioneer Tim Blythe, the 101 huts sold in just over 60 minutes to raise over £6,500.

The beach huts were part of the Festival’s art trail which ran from Easter, (including the Festival weekend) right up until the grand auction.

The Dinky Beach Hut Art Trail 2016

Over 400 individuals had a hand in decorating the huts including 10 community groups, schools, staff of local businesses and their families.

The 101 beach huts displayed together for the first time

After furious bidding, the hut that achieved the top price at auction was sponsored by The Garden House Gallery in Cromer and fetched £1,000. This was followed by the hut sponsored by Breakers Cafe in Cromer which raised £670.

Dinky Beach Hut sponsored by Sabre Tackle

Dinky Beach Hut sponsored by Sabre Tackle

Prior to the auction, more than 400 members of the public voted for their favourite hut. In first place was Sabre Tackle in Cromer, followed by Sheringham Trawler and in third place was Buoys, Toys and Models from Cromer.

“Seeing all the huts on show together for the first time was spectacular along the pier forecourt, I think it went very well and we are extremely pleased with the support the auction received and the amount raised.” – Festival chairman, Tony Shipp.

The Crab and Lobster Festival Committee wishes to thank everyone who helped, supported and bid at the event, monies raised will go directly to local community charities.

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