Norfolk Day – sponsored by BBC Norfolk and the Eastern Daily Press – is intended to be a massive celebration of all the good things to be found in our county. The idea has been enthusiastically endorsed by the Duke of Cambridge (his country house is down the road!), backed by a host of local celebrities and the Dean of Norwich – The Very Revd Jane Hedges – is one of several ambassadors for the event.
The Shrine is planning a day of events to join in this “Pride of Norfolk” celebration and hoping to encourage both visitors and local people to find out more about Walsingham – England’s Nazareth. Throughout the day there will be guided tours around the Shrine Church, two Sprinkling services, an organ recital, a stall selling “Marian” plants together with a chance to talk to our garden designer, Tessa Hobbs. Our Schools Department will be providing Activity Bags for visiting children. The Shrine’s distinctive bell carillon will ring out from the campanile regularly and in doing so will provide a fitting welcome for a group of enthusiasts who are working on restoring the old pilgrimage route from Norwich to Walsingham. Canon Peter Doll and friends will be walking the final stretch of the route from Great Ryburgh to Walsingham – arriving in time to have a welcome talk from local historian Scilla Landale. (If you would like to join the walk from Ryburgh there is further information below.) Norton’s Café-Bar and the Refectory will be bracing itself for a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.
Friday is usually the Shrine’s busiest day of the week with pilgrim departures in the morning and arrivals in the afternoon. Hopefully all our visitors will be able to enjoy Norfolk Day and our contribution to it.
The Programme for Norfolk Day at the Shrine
9.30 am – Breakfast in Norton’s Café-Bar for our Walking Pilgrims and any others who may care to join (at your expense!)
10.00 – 1100 am – Talks and Presentations on Walsingham’s history and ‘Green Pilgrimage’.
11.45 am – Sprinkling at the Well, followed by 12 noon – the Angelus prayer
12.15 pm – an Organ Recital in the Shrine Church given by Nick Kerrison (the Shrine’s Director of Music)
2.30 pm – Sprinkling at the Well
As well as visiting the Anglican Shrine You can explore Walsingham village http://www.walsinghamvillage.org/, the Abbey Grounds http://www.walsinghamabbey.com/Home.html and the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham http://www.walsingham.org.uk/home .
The miniature train from Walsingham to Wells-next-the-Sea is another attraction http://wwlr.co.uk/
If you would like to take Pilgrimage one step further, you might like to join a group of walking pilgrims arriving here from Great Ryburgh that morning. http://www.cprenorfolk.org.uk/2018/07/3486/
If you would like to walk with them, sign up via this sign up sheet: http://www.cprenorfolk.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Separate-Booking-Form-NORFOLK-DAY-WALK.pdf