North Lodge Park - Hedge replacements

Hedge replacement

Great work from the gardening team, replacing the parts of the drive hedge that had died

Art in the Park, Cromer | Appeal to Artists

North Lodge Park in Cromer is a quintessential cliff top park, sadly neglected by the council for many years. For the past 2 years a volunteer group, the Friends of North Lodge Park have been working to bring life back into the Park, opening the Park café, restoring the Rose Garden and hosting events from out-door theatre to garden parties. The public response has been amazing with enormous support for the improvements, albeit to a small part of the Park.

Within the Rose Garden there is a plinth which used to host a bronze sun-dial now long forgotten, and where there is an empty plinth there is an opportunity. In the Spring of this year Bob Catchpole, a well known local sculptor, donated a sculpture to start a rolling programme of public art in the Rose Garden. Since it’s unveiling in April the sculpture has become a destination in the Park, and received significant publicity which has been good for the Park and the artist, even reaching the EDP’s feature of the 13 best sculptures in Norfolk.

Wildfoul ii by Bob CatchpoleBob’s work caught the spirit of the Park with his long-established interest in the Norfolk landscape, celebrating the men who worked it; his re-use of old tools in his work fits the nature of the project to bring interest to the gardens which are developed and maintained by volunteers.

Bob’s kind donation has launched the project to develop a rolling programme of sculpture on the plinth in the Rose garden, for which we are eternally grateful. We are now looking to hear from artists who would like to work with the Friends of North Lodge Park to further develop the idea of Art in the Park.

The Friends of North Lodge Park are interested in speaking to artists who would like to help with the next phase of the project, by loaning a work suitable for the plinth or with ideas about how the project could be developed within the wider Park.

Tea Cup Challenge winner

Tea Cup Challenge Winner

Tea Cup Challenge winnerMilly, age 6, is the WINNER of this summer’s Tea Cup Challenge – creating a teacup, saucer and spoon from paper. The judges were particularly impressed by the use of colour in the design, the varied styles, and the curled cup handle. Well done Milly – your prize is on it’s way.
broads in the park

Broads in the Park

Thanks to The Broads for a great afternoon and to you all for braving the chilly winds to make them so welcome. I’m sure they’ll be back.broads in the paek


Cromer Christmas Lights

Cromer Christmas Lights

Cromer Christmas LightsCromer Christmas lights is an entirely volunteer led operation – from the people who organise and hang the lights, to the funding of the lights.  They need your help:

Saturday 2nd Sept 10.30 to 12
Please pop into  Cromer church for Coffee & Cake organised by the church in aid of the Cromer Christmas Lights Volunteers group.

Ist Sept until 31st October
Cromer Christmas Lights are one of three community projects short-listed for an award of £4000, £2000 or £1000 from Tesco’s Bag Fund. The more votes then more funding!
It’s easy – simply visit the Tesco store in Sheringham as many times as possible in September and October and make ANY value purchase and receive a token per transaction and vote for LIGHTS FOR A CROMER CHRISTMAS. Please tell your friends too!

The volunteers are in their 3rd year of an essential refurbishment programme to provide the town with brighter,  better illuminations and reduce electricity costs. This year they are concentrating on the Suffield Park/schools area and minor roads such as Garden Street and others central to the Christmas celebrations in Cromer

7 September, from 7pm:  Council Offices, North Lodge Park

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a member of the Cromer Christmas Lights Volunteers? They work hard throughout the year to make Cromer look great at Christmas. However,  numbers have dwindled over the years through illness and age, and they could use some help. The tasks are varied, from making tea to directing traffic, manning stalls as well as putting up the lights and the trees. There will be something to suit you.

Let’s help the volunteers make if a brighter Christmas.

Wind in the Willows - North Lodge Park

Wind in the Willows

Many thanks to Boxtree productions for bringing Wind in the Willows to North Lodge Park; thanks to all the volunteers who worked hard all day to make the day run smoothly; and thank to you, the audience, who may the day so special.

Cromer Carnival parade

Cromer Carnival Float

It’s what the Cromer Carnival parade is all about; and FIRST PRIZE as well. What more could you ask for.

If you have any photographs of our parade float, please email to

Thanks to J Lee Crabs for generous sponsorship which made it all possible.

broads in the Park

Broads in the Park

broads in the ParkSunday 10th September
2pm – 4pm

Any mention of The Broads and you probably start to think of boating on quiet waterways east of Norwich, passing through the reed beds searching for birds and wildlife.

Well think again!

The Broads are a fun, colourful, female singing trio who are coming to North Lodge Park, Cromer beside the cafe and boating lake, on Sunday afternoon 10th September. Join us from 2pm – 4pm for a fabulous afternoon of sing-along and perhaps, perhaps, perhaps (for all you Doris Day fans) a little dancing!

With nostalgic classics from the 40’s, 50’s and more, all sung in close harmony with a vintage vibe, come and spend a relaxing afternoon in the park by the sea while listening to The Broads. The tearoom is open all day from 10am serving hot and cold drinks plus a delicious array of home made cakes and Norfolk ice cream.

We look forward to seeing you there !

Broads in the Park