Experience world cultures at free Catton Park event

Heritage Open Days launch 2018

Published: Friday, 24th August 2018

Broadland District Council, in partnership with The Gardens Trust and Catton Park, is hosting a celebration of world cultures and cuisines at Humphry Repton's Catton Park on Sunday 16 September.

The family day - from 11am to 4pm - will be packed full of free activities and entertainment from around the globe, with opportunities to try your hand at everything from Chinese calligraphy to bushcraft activities to martial arts, Bollywood dancing and other forms of movement inspired by different cultures from around the world.

You will also be able to treat your taste buds and enjoy a global eating experience with food vendors serving a range of cuisines, including Caribbean dishes from Coral Bay and Portuguese fare from Lucy Tasca.

Children are invited to take part in a drawing competition of their favourite garden to feature alongside a display of gardens from around the world, which has been supported by Norfolk Gardens Trust and the Historic Gardens Foundation.

Cllr Karen Vincent, Member Champion for Heritage at Broadland District Council, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for families across Broadland to come together and enjoy a day filled with free entertainment and different experiences. With so much from around the world set to be on offer, this event will highlight cultures that local people can immerse themselves in without even leaving Norfolk.

“Additionally, by showcasing beautiful Catton Park, we’ll hopefully encourage more families to explore this historic landscape on our doorstep. This year marks the bicentenary of Humphry Repton’s death and we are lucky as a district to have links to such an important and fascinating figure.”

Linden Groves, of the Gardens Trust, added: “The Gardens Trust is passionate about sharing its love of historic parks and gardens and we are all looking forward to meeting new friends at such a fun event. Two hundred years ago, landscape designer Humphry Repton was determined that parks and gardens should be open to all, and we know that he would be thrilled that we are encouraging people to enjoy the park he designed at Catton.“

New Routes Integration, which aims to support refugees, asylum seekers, and isolated migrants and promote cross-cultural integration and community awareness, will be there on the day. Various locally based cultural and faith communities have also been invited.

A quiet space will be available at the event for prayer and reflection during the day.

This free event is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. It forms part of this year’s Heritage Open Days programme, in which many attractions around Broadland are involved in hosting free events.

Residents can travel to Catton Park on foot, by car or using bus services First 21 and Sanders 5A. 

For more information call 01603 430496.

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