Activities for the cyclist, the foodie and the culture seeker

As we move into summer, Norfolk starts to ‘fill up’. The coast, the beaches, the countryside – all very good reasons why people flock to our corner of the UK at this time of year. But, although people visit in their thousands, it rarely feels crowded. Once the roads into the county have been negotiated, there really is enough space for everyone.

And there are plenty of activities to do. Summer activities in Norfolk include shows, festivals, fairs and heaps of other things. In this article we have concentrated our efforts on highlighting three events for three very different appetites. The cycling fanatics, the culture vultures and the foodies.

The  Great British Cycling Festival comes to Norfolk for the first time.

For cycling enthusiasts, the Great British Cycling Festival is coming to Norfolk. This is a great event with a range of cycling activities to suit everyone. Let’s Ride Norwich is a day of family cycling around the streets of Norwich. The city will be closed to vehicles for the day. The streets will also be packed with stalls and stands selling cycling equipment, offering advice and generally showcasing all that is wonderful about travelling on two wheels.

Serious cyclists can enter the British Cycling Challenge 100. This attracts riders from the elite levels to those who just like the personal challenge of riding sportive distances. The ride starts and finishes in Norwich City Centre on Sunday 30 June.

Those are just two of a plethora of events taking place during this four-day festival of cycling.

Art in the garden – Henry Moore at Houghton Hall 

In collaboration with the Henry Moore Foundation, Houghton Hall in Norfolk is hosting a magnificent exhibition. The HENRY MOORE AT HOUGHTON HALL: NATURE AND INSPIRATION is the first significant show of the artist’s work in East Anglia.

The exhibition is curated by Sebastiano Barassi, the Henry Moore Foundation’s Head of Collections & Exhibitions. It includes several monumental outdoor pieces in the grounds of the house. Inside the hall a selection of smaller works, models and etchings will be shown in the ground floor gallery spaces.

There will also be sculptural interventions in the State Rooms, particularly in The Stone Hall. Highlights include many of Moore’s most celebrated works such as Large Reclining Figure 1984, The Arch 1963-69, Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae 1968-69 and Upright Motive No.8 1955-56.

Foodie heaven at the Norfolk Show

For people who love discovering new foods or who enjoy trying dishes that are seasonal and local, then a trip to the biggest annual show in Norfolk is a must.

The Royal Norfolk Show is the UK’s largest two-day show. This year it takes place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June. While the focus, as ever, is on agriculture and the countryside, regular visitors to the show know that there is so much more on offer. And that includes a dazzling array of food and drink.

The show is packed with 100 producers from across the county, the region and the country. You will be able to taste the best sizzling sausages, tempting pies, creamy cheeses and posh pop. This year alone there will be over 75 producers from the region and more than 60 from the county.

With a focus on top-quality local food and drink producers, this is foodie heaven. Visitors can indulge in mouth-watering strawberries, local liqueurs and delicious Norfolk apple juice. Feast your eyes and your taste buds on pâté, pickles, jams, breads and other temptations including fudge, seasonal fruit, seafood, frothy coffees and amazing cakes.

And as a side dish…

Away from the temptations of the food stalls, this year’s Grand Ring line up will feature the return of the hugely popular Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry. Also, for the first time, a parade of Rolls Royce’s from as far back as 1898.

The RAF Falcons parachute display team will be dropping in and there will be a pageant portraying farming’s progress since 1919.

Another highlights is the huge horticultural area with experts on hand to proffer advice. Show goers will also be able to marvel at a host of massive farming machinery and high-tech equipment. And there is always the opportunity to meet rare breeds of sheep, cattle, pigs and poultry.

For information on these events and any other activities during your stay at Rookery Farm, please contact us via hone or email.