The Norfolk Way Art Trail 2023
A series of dynamic new artworks
The Norfolk Way Art Trail is an exciting new public art trail spanning 250 miles of Norfolk, England. The Trail features multi-sensory, accessible public artworks that will engage local communities, reveal hidden stories, and inspire visitors to explore the county between October and March.
Norfolk County Council’s EXPERIENCE project has commissioned six site-specific artworks in locations in across Norfolk – King’s Lynn, Diss Mere, Honing Station, Reedham Ferry Inn, and Norwich. The Norfolk Way Art Trail is in development and due to launch in March 2023. You can explore each of the sites & artworks below.
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This initiative is funded by EXPERIENCE a €23.3 million project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme. Led by Norfolk County Council, it aims to deliver innovative and sustainable growth via a new tourism strategy. It is project-managed by Creative Giants.
Diss is a cherished market town in South Norfolk. Nestled within the beautiful Waveney Valley, Diss historically traded in the wool and linen textile industries. One area, known as the Heritage Triangle, has recently undergone a £3.4 million regeneration programme, designed to transform its commercial centre.
It is also home to one of the deepest natural inland lakes in the United Kingdom. The six-acre body of water, known as Diss Mere, has been subject to considerable speculation: according to ancient folklore, it was once considered bottomless and formed in the crater of an extinct volcano. Geology suggests, however, that its origins extend back to the Ice Age. Nobody knows for sure.
A beautiful, frequented spot at the entrance to Diss Park and mouth of the Mere invited an application for a new artwork.
Honing Station was a small railway station along the Midland and Great Northern (M&GN) Joint Railway running from Melton Constable to Great Yarmouth. The station was closed, along with the rest of the railway line in 1959 and the station was left to disappear into the undergrowth. Today, the two platforms, the waiting room and its cellar, including two fireplaces, remain. The station site is currently undergoing work by the North East Norfolk Conservation Volunteers in conjunction with Norfolk County Council to expose and preserve what remains of this historic station and reveal it’s hidden history and heritage.
Weaver’s Way is a long-distance trail which follows the route of the old railway line from the market town of Aylsham to the village of Stalham in the Broads National Park. The old Honing Station site is regularly used by walkers and cyclists, with several waymarked routes starting and ending here.
Honing Station is a much-loved hidden gem which holds the potential to engage people in a unique combination of industrial and natural heritage.
The Reedham Ferry Inn has been owned by David Archer and family since 1949. Originally a small ale house and old ferry operated by hand, the picturesque site right on the Norfolk Broads now comprises: a public house, campsite, two fishing ponds, ronds (overspill flooding areas) and England’s smallest chain ferry, running with a diesel engine. Grass snakes, Kingfishers, cattle and wildfowl frequent the area alongside families and boaters who enjoy holidaying in this idyllic spot.
Applications are invited for an artwork that has the ability to be on land and water as the tide changes, that will be situated outside the Inn and by the river. The Archers welcome a piece that will intrigue and draw more visitors to the area.