Immerse yourself in a beautiful rambling outside gallery of art in all its wonderful forms.

For what was probably our last proper family ‘day out’ of the summer, we visited the Raveningham Sculpture Trail, just south of Norwich.

The Trail is presented in a gloriously natural setting of semi-wild meadows, gardens and woodland in the grounds of Castell Farm, a Tudor farmhouse on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk.

As you meander around the wonderful leafy surroundings, you’ll encounter over 50 incredible works of art, from media that ranges from crochet to laser-cut steel, as well as an inside gallery/shop and a Microkino (tiny outdoor cinema).

It’s a really great opportunity to consume lots of new art (many pieces were inspired and informed by the global situation of the past 18 months), including the short film The Owl and the Pussycat directed by Mole Hill, that won the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Short this year (2021).

Raveningham Sculpture Trail is curated by Sarah Cannell, who started the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail, now Raveningham Sculpture Trail, in 2014 with Waveney and Blyth Arts. She is an established freelance Artist and Curator, most recently running workshops for UEA students as part of their ‘Do Something Different’ festival. Sarah has curated many diverse arts exhibitions and projects around the UK including Salthouse Contemporary, Norwich Fringe Festival at the Factory 2003 – 2007 and managed one off exhibitions and commissions in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

As well as the trail, Raveningham has the on-site ‘Ravenous Café’, selling tea, coffee, light lunches and – importantly – cake (which we enjoyed). There is also ‘The Yard’, with pre-loved clothing and other ‘lovely and interesting things’ for sale. These are open all year round (as far as we can tell). There are toilets on-site and lots of free parking, making a visit to Raveningham an ideal day out in Norfolk.

The trail, has been on all summer but this is the first opportunity we’d had to visit. Sadly, it ends soon, so you might catch it if you’re quick. Otherwise, it is an annual event (pandemic permitting) that has taken place at Raveningham since 2017, so remember to look out for it next year.

Raveningham Sculpture Trail is on until 5th September 2021. Tickets must be pre-booked online. £6 per adult, Under 18yrs Free.

6am by Fern Spray. Part of the Raveningham Sculpture Trail 2021.