Gallery at Great Walsingham Barns now has a ‘hooge’ space

Feature on Great Walsingham Barns - Sarah Caswell. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Feature on Great Walsingham Barns - Sarah Caswell. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Sarah Caswell paints flowers so big they can fill a wall. Now she has an even bigger wall to fill with colour.

The newly-expanded gallery and interiors complex in converted barns at Great Walsingham which houses her studio boasts the biggest wall space in Norfolk.

One she describes as 'hooge' is 7m by 3m and crying out for an even bigger flower picture than usual when she gets around to it.

As well as resident artist Miss Caswell's giant flower studies, the walls of Great Walsingham Gallery and Framing are currently hung with printmaking by Robert Gillmor, Annette Rolston and Liz Armitage; landscapes by Lionel Wilde and Matt Phelps; and ceramics by Tracy Ford. The selection will change as new artists join them.

'There's always going to be something new - apart from me,' said Ms Caswell. 'What we're trying to achieve is something you're not seeing in every other place.

'What's really nice is I get to work here but people come in and chat to me. It stops you being the artist going potty in your garrett.'

As well as making pictures look their best, framer Heather Green also offers a selection of works from local designer makers and applied artists in her own gallery.

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Paul Stretton started out selling pies from a trailer at the roadside, moved on to farmer's markets and now offers fillings including chicken plough puddding, slow-cooked beef and ale and smoked haddock and salmon, with saffron and prawn, across the courtyard in the Walsingham Cafe.

'It's a pretty good location,' said Mr Stretton. 'It's a little bit out of the way, we survive on our reputation and word of mouth.' Circus Design offer paintings and painted furniture by Norfolk artist Gary Haigh Smith, along with sterling silver and semi precious gemstone jewellery by Clara du Cann, outdoor and indoor statuary, pottery, greeting cards and wood sculptures.

You might not expect to find an oriental carpet specialist in a Norfolk village, but Murray Carpets offers Afghan and Persian rugs, runners and carpets, along with tribal sumacs, carpet bags and cushions.

New brown tourist signs have been installed to help people find their way to the barns, off the Hindringham Road.

Opening times vary - most outlets are from Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4.30pm; the cafe is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Call 01328 820900.

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