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Norfolk celebrates the bicentenary of the death of Humphry Repton

Humphry Repton's grave at Aylsham Church. Photo: Broadland District Council

Humphry Repton's grave at Aylsham Church. Photo: Broadland District Council

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Visitors are urged to book early for a host of events celebrating the bicentenary of the death of Humphry Repton, one of Britain’s greatest landscape gardeners, who is buried in Aylsham.

Lord and Lady Walpole with their Repton drawings. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography. Lord and Lady Walpole with their Repton drawings. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography.

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, 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, Norwich, 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.

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.”

Sheringham Park, Northrepps Cottage Country Hotel, Mannington Gardens, Holkham Hall and Hoveton Hall also 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

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