A Mind and Body Experience at Houghton Hall

Posted by Jac Slaney on

Looking after yourself is always on the agenda, but it doesn’t always get attention – we know first hand how hard it can be. So, we have devised a suggestion of a day trip to somewhere that will rejuvenate you. This idea does come with a serious health warning that you may leave feeling inspired, exercised, relaxed and well fed!


So to look after your body and soul we advise you to make plans to visit Houghton Hall this summer. 
Tonics include the following good health promoting attractions:
1. New installations by Richard Long
If you caught the national news last week you would have seen environmental artist and Turner prize winner Richard Long, talking about his new installations inside the historic hall and in the estate's magical parkland. Experience 'the spirit of place' for yourself by wandering around the vast estate.

  1. Top up your art-fix by visiting Norfolk By Design’s curated selling exhibition that runs all summer in the atmospheric stables. Here you'll find affordable art from the cream of the county's artists and designers. Plus you'll see our responses to the wonderful landscaped grounds in the form of two new drawings - now available as limited edition fine art prints framed and unframed. ‘Houghton Hall: West Perspective’ and ‘Houghton Hall: East Perspective’ reveal vistas where dynamic avenues of planted beech and lime punctuate the country estate. The trees act as a dramatic counterpoint to this historic hall - creating sight lines with a powerful perspective.
Above: A different perspective - Jac's new drawings especially for Houghton Hall


  1. Unwind and lose yourself in the impressive sculpture garden with pieces: 'Skyspace’ by the American artist James Turrell, Anya Gallacio, Zhan Wang, Stephen Cox, Jeppe Hein, Rachel Whiteread and Phillip King.


  1. Sharpen your eyesight with a stroll around the parkland spotting herds of deer - the unusual white deer are a particular treat.

  1. Relax in the 5 acres of the picturesque walled garden - one of the Hall's favourite places.


  1. Get inspired by one of England's finest Palladian houses - built in the 1720s for Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole.

Then take some sustenance at the Stables cafe.


If you’re not replete then pop down the road to see us at Creake Abbey for more art, food and history.



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