Davenport’s Magic Kingdom, North Walsham, says first season a big success

Magician Roy Davenport

Magician Roy Davenport - Credit: Archant

A new Norfolk attraction is celebrating a magical first summer.

Davenport's Magic Kingdom says it is now ranked 22nd out of 257 county attractions by the review website TripAdvisor.

A spokesman said that placed it above Norwich Castle, Bewilderwood and Thursford.

The museum of magic, which also incorporates an 80-seat theatre, shop and restaurant, opened on North Walsham's Cromer Road in May on the site of the former Crane Fruehauf trailer factory.

It represented the fulfilment of a 30-year family dream for North Walsham magician Roy Davenport and his parents.

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The Davenport family, whose magician roots stretch back more than 100 years, has amassed a large and rare collection of magical artefacts and memorabilia over the decades and the museum means that it can at last be shown in public.

Celebrity visitors to date had included magician Paul Daniels and his wife Debbie McGee, and Britain's Got Talent finalist Steve Hewlett, according to the spokesman.

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And several prestigious magicians had joined Roy Davenport in performing at the venue, including Scott Penrose, Richard Griffin and Oliver Tabor.

? More information can be found at www.davenportsmagickingdom.co.uk, Facebook and Twitter or by phoning 01692 405 254.

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