Published: Wednesday, 7th February 2018
A host of events are being planned to celebrate the bicentenary of the death of Humphry Repton, one of Britain's greatest landscape gardeners, who is buried in Aylsham.
From Repton-themed art, photography and writing sessions to wheelbarrow walks and history talks, organisers hope there is something for everyone to enjoy this spring and summer.
Repton's life and work is being celebrated up and down the country this year, coordinated by The Gardens Trust.
A programme of more than 40 events and activities in Norfolk has been brought together by organisations including Aylsham and District Team Ministry, Broadland District Council, the Norfolk Gardens Trust and the National Trust.
The national launch event will take place at Aylsham Parish Church on March 23, followed by a workshop with Dr Tom Williamson, Professor of Landscape History at UEA on March 24. And on March 25, there is a guided walk and exhibition in Hayman Lodge, Catton Park, which was Repton's first commission.
Young children and schools are also taking part in the celebrations, with a toddler activity day during National Gardening Week in May and a Repton design competition for pupils at Aylsham High School.
Cllr Karen Vincent, Broadland District Council's Member Champion for Heritage, said: "We are proud of our Repton connections, in both Catton Park and Aylsham and would encourage people to look at the fantastic programme of events in the district as part of the Repton 200 season. These have been made possible by a large number of hardworking and passionate community groups and individuals.
"Whether you are a keen gardener, have an interest in history or learning more about this important figure in our district's heritage, there really is something for everyone to enjoy."
As well as Old Catton and the Cittaslow town of Aylsham being key locations in the celebrations, Sheringham Park, Northrepps Cottage Country Hotel, Mannington Gardens, Holkham Hall and Hoveton Hall all hope to hold activities during the Repton 200 season.
Large organisations in the fields of arts, culture and education are also linking in with the festival, including; Norfolk Museums Service, Norwich Millennium Library, the Norfolk Records Office and Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts.
Many events will have limited capacity, due to the historic venues they are being hosted at, so visitors are encouraged to book as early as possible once an event has been confirmed on the website.
For more information and to book Repton 200 events in Norfolk, visit www.norfolk.humphryrepton.org.uk
You can also follow #Repton200 on Twitter
Ten things to do at Repton 200
Repton Art Exhibition - April 6 to 8, Aylsham Town Hall
The Garden Exhibition, a review of the Walpole Gardens at Mannington - May 27 to September 2 (Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays)
Repton and Catton Park: 200 years on, Hayman Lodge, Catton Park, June 17
Blickling's Repton Garden Tours, Blickling Estate, March 24 and April 21
Gardeners Delight Concert, Aylsham Parish Church, May 12
Repton Revealed: a landscape illuminated, Sheringham Park, November 2018
Heydon Open Gardens, Heydon Hall, June 17
Behind the Scenes garden-themed tour, Norfolk Record Office, May 22
The Humphry Repton Memorial Lecture, Aylsham Parish Church, May 18
Wheelbarrows of Old Catton, around Old Catton, May 7 to May 13