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Columnists: What’s On: June 1

Columnists: What’s On: June

Mel Cook of VisitNorwich looks at the events and activities taking place in Norfolk in June

Each year Houghton Hall brings us magnificent exhibitions from some of the best artists around the globe and this year is no exception. The Hall has long been a favourite of mine, not just for its beautiful Palladian architecture, but also because of its permanent contemporary installations within the gardens and grounds.

This summer’s exhibition, Tony Cragg at Houghton Hall, is a triumph. Born in Britain, Mr Cragg is an award-winning sculptor who has been working and exhibiting since 1969 and received the Turner Prize in 1988 and the Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture in 2017. 

His beautiful exhibition, which he also curated, includes 11 large-scale bronze, stainless steel, fibreglass and polyester outdoor sculptures complemented by more than 20 smaller pieces in the State rooms and gallery spaces. And whilst the large sculptures in the grounds are magnificent, for me, the three sculptures in wood in the Stone Hall were what really moved me, partly because of the room they are exhibited in. Look closely at each piece for subtle human profiles, hidden in plain sight.

Tony Cragg at Houghton Hall runs until 26 September. Book early online to avoid disappointment as there are fewer tickets available due to Covid safety measures. Tickets cost £18 with free parking which also gives you access to the grounds and gardens. Children under 18 are free. Visit

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Tony Cragg at Houghton Hall Norfolk. Credit Melanie March

I am delighted to see, with a new name, the return to The Forum in Norwich of The Norfolk Makers’ Festival from June 1 to 11. It celebrates the county’s craftspeople and this year includes some of Margaret Seaman’s amazing creations. Margaret, a keen knitter, has knitted many astonishing scenes such as Great Yarmouth’s seafront and Sandringham. At this year’s festival she is displaying, for the first time in public, her Knittingale Hospital which is a recreation of a Covid-19 hospital ward which is raising funds for Norfolk’s hospitals. Visit

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Every month, a member of VisitNorwich picks their favourite Norfolk eaterie

Mel Cook, PR and marketing manager, says:
‘In my opinion, it isn’t summer without splashing out regularly on ice-cream. So my recommendation this month is authentic gelato from CafeGelato on Opie Street in Norwich Lanes. Flavours include almond and orange, rose petal and ricotta with pear and chocolate. Irresistible!

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