South Norfolk

Properties and events in South Norfolk

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A rescued railway - Wymondham's lost rail route

Wymondham Abbey Station, Becketswell Road, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 9PH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Just what was involved in getting trains back on the abandoned railway between Wymondham and Dereham - and now, in keeping it safely operational? And where does Wymondham Abbey Station fit in?

Animals in the Church

St Mary's Church, High Road, Redenhall, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9NZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Walk around the church in search of animals. Some are in plain sight, some more hidden. From eagles to lions, from tortoise to lamb. Follow a mini safari trail and see how many you can find.

Behind the Scenes Corn Hall!

Diss Corn Hall, St. Nicholas Street, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4LB
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Join us at The Corn Hall this Heritage Open Days on a guided tour and discover its hidden heritage.

Childrens Artwork

St. John's Church, Broad Street, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9AZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Mayflower based artwork created by children from the local school will be on display throughout the town. The school choir will perform a specially arranged song and children will read specially written poetry.

Connecting with the Past

Harleston Library, Swan Lane, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9AW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Craft activities and displays focusing on history of The Mayflower, in co-operation with the American Library.

forncett industrial steam museum

Low Road, Forncett St Mary, Kingsmuir Low Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 1JJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Static opening Sunday 8th September 11AM to 4PM. Static opening Sunday 15th September. 11AM to 4PM. Free Steam Up Wednesday 11th September. 11AM to 4PM.

John Innes Centre: Let's Talk About Scent

Colney Lane, Colney, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7UH
In person
Pre-booking required

An illustrated talk by scientist Mikhaela Neequaye and tour of our rare botanical books. Discover how plants attract pollinators by altering smells. How do flowers produce different aromas and how have these adaptations evolved?

Last Orders

The Swan Hotel, 19 The Thoroughfare, IP20 9AS, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9AS
In person
Pre-booking not required

A temporary exhibition featuring historic and modern photographs of some of the largely now bygone pubs of Harleston as well as some relevant artefacts.

Mayflower Food Festival

Market Place, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9AD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Collect stamps on a Mayflower themed food trail around town for a chance to win Vouchers which can be redeemed in local shops.

Now and Then

Market Place, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9AD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Follow a trail of buildings dating back to 1600s with photos of now and then during their evolution.

Pilgrims Footsteps

Harleston Town Centre, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9BP
In person
Pre-booking required

Take a guided walk of 1600 Harleston. Discover the hidden Harleston which would have been familiar to the Fuller family who sailed to America onboard the Mayflower some 400 years ago.

Private Resistance

The Swan Hotel, 19 The Thoroughfare, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9AS
In person
Pre-booking not required

A rehearsed reading of Private Resistance. An intriguing look at an alternative history and Churchill’s secret guerilla army, ready to go underground and fight behind the lines in the event of Nazi invasion.

Quadram Institute: Hidden worlds of health, food, and microbes

Quadram Institute, Rosalind Franklin Road, Colney, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7UQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

TOURS and TALKS - Join scientists and NHS clinicians at the Quadram Institute for talks and tours, including the clinical research facility and Europe's largest endoscopy unit.

Raveningham Hall & Gardens

Raveningham Hall, Raveningham, Raveningham Farms, Estate Office, Raveningham Hall, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 6NS
In person
Pre-booking required

A short tour of the public rooms at Raveningham Hall, given by the owner Sir Nicholas Bacon.

Romans, Romans and Monks.

Caistor Roman Town, Caistor St Edmund, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 8QN
In person
Pre-booking not required

From Caistor Roman Town to Burgh Castle and on to St Benet's Abbey, 3 iconic heritage sites in Norfolk will host a geocache challenge for everyone to enjoy.

St Mary’s and the Mayflower

St Mary's Church, High Road, Redenhall, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9NZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Hear about St Mary’s Church, Redenhall and its connection to the Fuller family who sailed to America on the Mayflower, followed by organ recital.

St. Michael's Church, Langley

St. Michael's Church, The Avenues, St. Michael's Church,, Norwich, Norfolk, NR146BJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Grade I listed 14th Century medieval church having Saxon origins. Unique features include; stained glass from Langley Abbey, France and Germany; medieval and Georgian wall paintings and monuments to the Beauchamp Proctor family

Step Inside the Old House

The Old House, 1 Old Market Place, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9BE
In person
Pre-booking required

Guided tour of domestic and commercial rooms from an 18th Century drapery premises with a 16th Century core. The owners are also allowing access to the gardens to see the exterior of outhouses including the early 19th Century Fire Engine Store.

The Railway Remembered

The Swan Hotel, 19 The Thoroughfare, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9AS
In person
Pre-booking not required

A 00 gauge model railway illustrating Harleston Station as it might have been in the early 20th century with photographic exhibition and contemporary footage from the last days of the train service in the 1950s.

Travellers Tales

Town Centre, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9BP
In person
Pre-booking required

A walk and talk highlighting sites relevant to transport, travel and fairs in Harleston through the years.