Past Outings

Spring Outing 2018

Monday, 30th April

The 2018 Spring Outing took place in Norwich on Monday 30th April with a group of 21 members. Our morning session around the ‘French Borough’ was led by Jonathan Hooton, a Norwich blue guide and long-standing BAHS member.   This was a follow up to the informative lecture which he had presented at our 2017 AGM.

In the past, we have been fortunate with the weather but, this year, it poured with rain and, besides Jonathan’s excellent guiding, the morning was memorable for everyone ‘getting soaked’… but in good British style we took it in good heart! Our lunch break, at Loch Fyne on St Giles Street, was appreciated all the more for its warm welcome and good food.

In the afternoon we walked round the corner to Country & Eastern in the exotic Old Skating Rink on Bethel Street. This is now home to the South Asian Decorative Arts & Crafts Collection. The owners, who are members of BAHS, gave a short talk on both the Collection and the Building. We were then offered refreshments before looking round their exhibits and lots of enticing items for sale!

Spring Outing 2017

Tuesday, 23rd May

The 2017 Spring Outing took place on Tuesday, 23rd May.

The outing consisted of:

Morning: Tour of Langham Dome
Lunch: Bluebell Inn, Langham
Afternoon (Optional): Sheringham Mo Museum (closes 4.30pm)


Langham Dome was an active Airfield for 18 years and played a key role in WW2 and the Cold War. Read more…

Bluebell Inn has recently re-opened, under new management, and is a popular asset to the village. Read more…

Sheringham Mo Museum opened in 2010. Following a £1.4 million heritage lottery grant, it was extended last year. The collection includes ‘a rich variety of photographs, social history items, agricultural and fishing artefacts, as well as a spectacular fleet of boats’. Read more…

Spring Outing 2016

Monday, 18th April

An excellent day out was held on 18th April. The morning was spent exploring Ware Hall House in Wells-next-the-Sea with a talk and guided tour by Christine Adams (niece of the original owner). After a pleasant but rather slow lunch in the Globe at Wells-next-the-Sea we visited the new Agricultural exhibition at Holkham Hall where a number of us also took the opportunity to visit the walled garden which is in the process of being restored.

Further details about our visit will be found in our summer newsletter.

Ware Hall House
Agricultural Exhibition – From Field to Fork
The building of Ware Hall House has been described as “the DIY job of the (20th) century”. Every item, down to the medieval nails, was transported from Ware in Hertfordshire to Wells-next-the-Sea and then rebuilt, against all the odds.
This exhibition, which opened in March, tells the story of Holkham’s unique farming heritage. It replaces the longstanding Bygones Museum.

Spring Outing 2015

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Castle Acre Cluniac Priory

A very successful Spring Outing took place on Tuesday 14th April with 15 members. visiting Castle Acre where we visited the Cluniac Priory followed by lunch at the Ostrich pub. We then headed off to Swaffham Museum to learn about the Market which was first mentioned 800 years ago in 1215 and Howard Carter one of Swaffham’s famous sons. We enjoyed a short talk at both sites.

Click here for programme.

September Outing 2014

The Merchant houses in the heart of Blakeney High Street

Saturday afternoon, 6 September; 2.00pm till approx 5.30pm

For those attending, please meet just before 2pm by the History Centre (back of Blakeney Village Hall).

Organised by the History Centre, this afternoon ‘walk & talk’ explores the evolution of the Merchant House, once part of the Page and Turner estates, in the very heart of Blakeney High Street.

Page and Turner were business partners, the last of the shipping magnates, following in the footsteps of the Temples, Breretons, Robert Wells and Augustus Hill. At their zenith these properties extended from New Road in the west to Back Lane in the east. The walk begin with the Merchant’s House, the first Page home, exploring the property grew in size from 1769 then contracted in the 20th century, as fortuned waxed and waned.

Moving up the High Street, the ‘walk and talk’ will widen out to explore properties such as Ponds Court, the Methodist Chapel, Blakeney Neighbourhood cottages and the Nora Clogstoun/John Wallace connection before arriving at the last merchant house, Turner home, for afternoon tea.

Past Outings

May 2014

A very enjoyable outing by 16 members on Monday 12th May to Gunton Sawmill was followed by lunch at the Erpingham Arms then a talk at Erpingham Church and finally a visit to Calthorpe Church.

April 2013

The BAHS Spring Outing took place on Monday 22nd April 2013 to see medieval roodscreens in Barton Turf and Worstead Churches. A report on this trip was published in the July 2013 newsletter .

April 2012

Medieval Meander in King’s Lynn.

A report on this trip was published in the July 2012 newsletter.

May 2012

A day trip to Ryburgh for those who attended the course on the industrial archaeology of Norfolk.

A report on this trip was published in the July 2012 newsletter.

March 2011

Painted Medieval Panels at Ranworth Church.

A report on this trip was published in the July 2011 newsletter.

May 2010

Medieval frescoes at Lakenheath and Houghton-on-the-Hill

A report on this trip was published in the July 2010 newsletter.