No Great British Prom at Blickling this summer

The Great British Prom will be taking a break this year with a view to returning to the Blickling Estate in 2020.

Lisa Ward of organisers Revival Productions said: “We have been running this type of concert for many years and experience shows us that sometimes it’s good to have a break, with a view to coming back with renewed vigour.

“The Great British weather worked against us last year, however, we know that this event has become a firm favourite in the Norfolk calendar and so we are planning to come back bigger and better in 2020!”

Jo Bosch, visitor experience nanager at Blickling said “Our summer concerts are something we look forward to all year and are a highlight of our annual programme. 

“Classic Ibiza promises to be even bigger and better this year and we really welcome the approach our partners at Revival Productions are taking in asking what their loyal supporters would like to see at the Great British Prom event at Blickling in 2020.”

Revival Productions are asking the Great British Prom audience what they’d like to see for 2020. The traditional proms event or perhaps something different? You can have your say by visiting the Great British Prom Facebook page and commenting there, or email with your thoughts.

Lisa added: “Tell us what you’d love to see! We have a year to plan something very special for our Norfolk audience.”

Classic Ibiza will be returning this year on Friday August 9. For full event details please visit or call 01283 841601.


Blickling Great British Prom 2017, Photo by Simon Finlay Photography.

Blickling Ibiza and Proms: Gallery

People from all over Norfolk partied at the weekend with the annual Classic Ibiza and Blickling Proms concerts. Here is a selection of pictures courtesy of Revival Productions. Read more about the weekend in our upcoming print issues.

Campsite plans at Blickling shelved

The National Trust has shelved plans for a campsite on farmland at Blickling Hall, following some vocal local opposition.

The Trust had been investigating the possibility of turning land at Middle Farm into a campsite as part of a plan to restore the agricultural buildings.

Around 100 residents voiced concerns at a meeting of Oulton Parish Council earlier this summer, citing worries about traffic using the narrow lanes around the site and fears that the site would affect the landscape.

Despite reassurances that the site would be sympathetically designed and would create jobs and local opportunities, one accused the National Trust of “abandoning Lord Lothian’s legacy for protecting all that is best in the Norfolk countryside” and calling it an attack on the quality of life and the landscape.”

Helen Bailey, General Manager of the Blickling Estate, said: “We were keen to hear the views of the local community and local stakeholders on our proposed scheme for a campsite at Blickling; a scheme that came about as we try to find a way to preserve the vernacular agricultural buildings at Middle Farm.

“Having listened to the feedback regarding the scale and type of development we have reviewed the project and decided not to progress with the current scheme at Middle Farm.”

But she said they were going back to the drawing board as the buildings needed to be restored.

“The buildings at Middle Farm are an integral part of the history of Blickling Estate and we will now need to find a new option for their restoration,” she said.

“We hope to continue working with the community, to come up with a new plan to safeguard these buildings that is appropriate and sympathetic to the setting and significance of Blickling.”

Blickling lead theft

Lead has been ripped off Blickling Parish Church, nextdoor to The National Trust’s Blickling Hall. Sometime on Wednesday, October 19, thieves removed lead from the south aisle roof causing thousands of pounds’ worth of damage to this architectural delight of a church.

To add insult to injury, the damage allowed rain water to flood in, damaging pews, the floor and other items including the medieval brass of Sir Nicholas Dagworth, the founder of the original Blickling Hall.

Revd Canon Andrew Beane said: “It’s a devastating blow, and the damage lead theft causes not only destroys the heritage of some of our county’s most beautiful buildings and tourist assets, but more importantly also affects those who care, love and worship in our churches.

“The damaged has exposed the inside of the church to the elements and even more damaged could be caused until repairs can be made. It’s been made even more frustrating and demoralising, as the congregation have only just celebrated, at a special Harvest Service with the Bishop of Lynn, the repairs to the another part of the roof which cost over £100,000 which was raised by donations and grants.

“We are extremely grateful to NF Coverdales local builders from Cawston who have put a temporary roof cover in place.
PC Greig Shepherd is leading the investigation and if anyone saw anything suspicious please contact the Police on 101.”

If you would like to help Blickling Church then donations towards the repairs can be made at

Andrew Beane

Andrew Beane

Issue of dogs on leads at Blickling explained

In a bid to clear up any misunderstandings about the situation with dogs on or off leads at Blickling Park, general manager Helen Bailey has sent this open letter to inform our readers of the most recent developments.

Many of you will have read in the June 6 issue of Just Aylsham the plans to set up a working party of local people to move things forward sensibly.

We held the first meeting on June 11, attended by myself, marketing and visitor manager Jo Bosch, head ranger Dave Brady and 18 members of the community who had put themselves forward at the meeting on May 20.

We reviewed all correspondence, press coverage, comments and feedback, as well as noting a summary of incidents and complaints received over the past few months.

We agreed to look again at the new signage to see if there was an area in the park where dogs being “under effective control” does not mean having to be on a lead at all times. We will be doing this sometime in July and will let people know what actions have been agreed.

The meeting was also informed that the new signage had not been put up due to change in policy but as an exercise to update scruffy, outdated signs.

We talked about the pressure of trying to meet the needs of multiple park users with the population of Aylsham continuing to grow and the increasing need for green space.

We invited the group to challenge and report people behaving irresponsibly in the park and not abiding by the bylaws – littering, allowing dogs to cause a nuisance or disturbing wildlife – so that action can be taken where appropriate.

It was also agreed that dogs would still be welcome in the back room of the Muddy Boots cafe.

-Helen Bailey


Be an ‘Eggsplorer’ at Blickling, Felbrigg and Sheringham this Easter

It’s that time of the year again when Cadbury teams up with the National Trust to offer families the ultimate day out with their popular Easter Egg Trails.

This year, the Cadbury Eggsplorers Easter Egg Trail will be inviting families to unleash their inner explorer with adventurous trails, guaranteeing a fun-filled Easter for everyone who pops down down to Blickling Hall, Sheringham Park or Felbrigg Hall.

What’s more, all Eggsplorers will receive a delicious Cadbury chocolaty treat at the end of each completed trail, and every single Cadbury Easter Egg Trail will help support special places looked after by the National Trust for future generations to explore.

Dates and Times:

Blickling Estate, near Aylsham
Dates: Sunday 5 April to Monday 6 April 2015, 10:15am to 4pm
Price: £2.00
Blickling Hall’s 55-acre gardens are a natural playground. And we make the most of them with this year’s Cadbury Easter Egg Trails. It’s our 75th birthday this year so we’ve organised a special trail, with clues that take you around the ginormous estate, lake and house. So why not join in the celebrations and claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead?

To find out more about this location and opening times outside of the Easter Weekend visit:

Felbrigg Hall, near Cromer
Dates: Friday 3 April to Monday 6 April, 11am to 3.30pm
Price: £3.00
Stroll through Felbrigg Hall’s West Garden to find the clues and solve the Eater trail. When you think you’ve got the right answer return to the marquee to claim your Cadbury Egghead prize.

To find out more about this trail and our opening times visit:

Sheringham Park
Dates: Saturday 28 March to Sunday 12 April, 10am to 4:15pm
Price: £2.30
Wander through Sheringham Park and discover a woodland garden with miles of stunning coastal views. Follow the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail amongst the early flowering rhododendrons and camellias and look for signs of spring. Once you’ve eggsplored the park and solved all the clues you can collect your yummy Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize.

To find out more about this location and opening times outside of the Easter Weekend visit:

Easter egg trail at Tyntesfield, North Somerset.

Best Bond Girl/Villain to win magnum of champagne!

Organisers of Last Night of the Blickling Proms are giving Norfolk concert-goers a license to thrill on the evening of 10th August. The best-dressed Bond Girl or Villain attending the outdoor concert which is celebrating “50 Years of Bond”, will win a magnum of champagne to be presented at the interval by conductor Roderick Dunk. Continue reading