Norfolk day and night
PUBLISHED: 07:33 14 April 2014
One of my favourite places to visit in Norfolk is Mundesley. It has a beautiful sandy beach but has so much more, which I only discovered quite recently. The high street has some lovely shops and the people who serve you are really friendly. My ideal weekend walk is on the beach with my husband and children plus my labrador Charlie, followed by a delicious lunch at the Ship Inn on top of the cliff. There’s always a warm welcome here for people and their dogs, with a roaring fire in winter and great staff and locals who love to have a chat. Mundesley is a gem of a village and remains mercifully unspoiled. Quite close to Mundesley is East Ruston where you can find the Old Vicarage Gardens. I like to go there at least once a year and it never disappoints. The gardens are full of themed “rooms” and the planting is inspirational.
Norfolk is full of surprises and recently I had the pleasure of driving through Hingham for the first time. I wasn’t surprised to discover later that it was known as “Little London” in the 18th century and I intend to go back to have a proper look at the fabulous houses as soon as I can.
I love the cinema and I like to go as often as time allows to the Hollywood Cinema in Fakenham or the Regal in Cromer. I prefer these intimate spaces to the giant multiplexes and I have often watched a film with only two or three other people, which feels incredibly free and relaxed. For meals out there is so much choice locally, and something for every budget, but my firm favourites are A Taste of India in Holt, where I have never had anything other than a perfect curry, and my local pub The Three Horseshoes in Briston. Again, it’s the friendly welcome that makes such a difference and the food on offer is excellent.
Of course, I also love going to concerts, the theatre, and I really relish my Tuesday evening rehearsals with Fakenham Choral Society – especially at the moment, heading towards our 40th anniversary concert and gala evening. I remember that when I first moved to Norfolk someone said to me: “You could go to a different concert every single night of the year if you wanted to”. Long may it continue!
The gala concert by the almost 100-strong choir of men and women of all ages from north Norfolk takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday, 15 March, at Fakenham church, when highlights will include Zadok the Priest, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Brandenburg Concerto No 3 and extracts from Messiah and St Matthew Passion. Soloists will be soprano Wendy Goodson, alto Freya Jacklin, tenor Julian Forbes and bass Tom Appleton, with James Laird on the organ.
Tickets are £12, with under 18s free, from 01328 830639, from choir members or on the door.
The choir always welcomes new members of all voice parts - especially tenors!