Photos by Malcolm English
Tuesday, 5 February 2019 from 15:30-18:00
A Giant Dragon, floating lanterns, art activities & Chinese snacks.
Come to North Lodge Park for this free event to celebrate the Chinese New Year. See the amazing floating dragon on the boating pond; make your own Chinese themed art; enjoy delicious Chinese finger food kindly donated by the Kanton restaurant. Come along from 3.30pm, the Cafe will be open until 6pm.
IT’S BACK! With a NEW and IMPROVED skating surface!
Are you a budding Natalia or Alexei? Get your skates on and come down to North Lodge Park in Cromer. For one week only skate your way into Spring! February half-term 2019 brings you another chance to ice skate in Cromer. This year we have upgraded to the best quality synthetic surface available, from Wonder Ice – from International Ice Dancers Alexei Kislitsyn & Natalia Pestova!!
If you already love ice skating, want your children to try something new, are just looking for a fun activity for family and friends then come along to the synthetic ice rink at North Lodge Park.
The rink will be in North Lodge Park from Tuesday 19th February until Saturday 23rd open from 10am to 5pm every day (late night Friday until 8pm)
There will be 45 minute sessions which will give skaters a full 30 minutes on the rink.
Pre-booking tickets is recommended but tickets will be available on the day
Advance tickets are £6 (10% discount when booking more than 4 for the same day at the same time)
Tickets on the day will be £7.50, family ticket £25
The rink is suitable for people of all ages and is wheelchair friendly.
Children who are not confident on the ice can use ice skating penguin aids.
Make sure you take advantage of this skatetastic facility
and a chance to practise your pirouettes!
Advance tickets below.
Please note there is NO PARKING in North Lodge Park. It is a short walk from the railway station, and served by the following buses:
- Routes 5 and CH2 – stop at the main entrance to the Park
- Routes 6A, X40, and X44 – stop at the church or opposite Henry’s, depending on direction of travel
- Route CH1 – most becomes a CH2 at the bus station.
In 2018 we launched a new event to the Cromer calendar as an addition to the popular Crab and Lobster Festival: the CROMER GARDENING FESTIVAL. This festival fringe event, built on the enormous success of the Crab and Lobster Festival, providing the thousands of visitors with an extra focus during the weekend. Across the day there were numerous gardening themed events for all from experienced gardeners to young (aspiring) gardeners, with a range of gardening related stalls, including many plant specialists, selling a range of plants and other products for the garden. Several thousand people came making it a really successful launch year.
May 2019 will be the 90th anniversary of the formation of North Lodge Park and the 10th anniversary of the Crab and Lobster Festival so as well as a GARDENING FESTIVAL on Saturday May 18th 2019 there will be lots of birthday celebrations making the day a much bigger event.
If you would like to take part in this exciting festival please get in touch with your proposals for the day. We are looking for creative ideas around the gardening theme to make the day really special.
If you would like a stall to sell products, these are available under the same terms as the main Crab and Lobster festival, but with discounts for booking early:
- Standard 3m x 3m £35, book by 14 February 2019 for only £30
- Double 6m x 4m £60, book by 14 February 2019 for only £50
- Large 10m x 5m £100, book by 14 February 2019 for only £80
Please get in touch should you need more information: email@example.com
We look forward to another exciting fringe festival
The Co-op Local Community Fund helps to support local projects that Co-op members care about. Since its launch in 2017, Co-op members have raised £39 million pounds for over 12,000 local causes. We’re delighted that Friends of North Lodge Park will now be able to access this funding opportunity.
The Co-op High Street store in the centre of Cromer has a membership scheme (a modern form of co-op stamps…) which rewards you for shopping at the store. Every time a member shops at the Co-op, in addition to their personal reward, 1% of what they spend on Co-op branded products and services helps fund community projects.
Members can select a cause for their donations: for the next 12 months the Friends of North Lodge Park are one of the causes you can select. If you are already a member, log onto your account and select us as your cause (or you can do so in store). If you aren’t a member please join up – even little spends in the shop will help our charity.
New ‘playful connection’ bridge for Cromer park’s 90th birthday?
The latest proposals for a new ‘PlayBridge’ in North Lodge Park were revealed this week on Wednesday by the Friends of North Lodge Park.
And if all goes to plan, it will open next year as North Lodge Park celebrates its 90th birthday – the park opened in 1929, after the Lodge and its grounds were bought by Cromer Urban District Council the previous year.
Adjoining areas, originally fields and apple orchards, were added during the 1930s, which meant the park came together in a largely unplanned, piecemeal way.
The planned new ‘playful connection’ bridging the main part of the park and the under-used Upper Lawn has been designed by landscape architects AREA, who were commissioned by the Friends earlier this year.
The brief, approved by the Park owners, North Norfolk District Council was to link the Upper Lawn with the ‘heart of the park’ – and provide more play and leisure opportunities for everyone.
“Our community surveys showed that new play opportunities for children were one of the main things people in Cromer want to see,” says Friends of North Lodge Park chair Samantha Annison .
“The new PlayBridge will incorporate play elements including a seating net and climbing wall, while other play areas around the Upper Lawn could include rope walk, buoy swings, climbing net, climbing poles, balanced beam, sliding poles, and monkey bars.”
There will also be seating areas and a central viewing platform in the zig-zag design – inspired by Cromer’s distinctive Hotel de Paris slopes and nearby Doctor’s Steps – to sit and admire the stunning, elevated views.
Materials such as the timber boardwalk have been designed to echo Cromer Pier, while the use of colour, thick sailing rope and buoys reflect Cromer’s fishing heritage.
New planting and landscaping will also reflect the history and character of the park and its clifftop location, with new access points from the East Cliff path and Cliff Drive.
“The proposed wide, ramped crossing over the sunken path is the only way to create a step-free link with the heart of the park, and this exciting new ‘playful connection’ brings the whole area together for probably the first time, with opportunities for play or just sitting and watching the world go by,” adds Samantha.
The Friends of North Lodge Park formed in 2015 to protect, enhance and promote North Lodge Park, initially concentrating on the ‘heart of the park’, taking over the café and improving the Rose Gardens area around it.
Two years of successful open-air theatre and other events have established NLP as a regular event and entertainment arena, including ice-skating in February 2017 half-term week (to be repeated in 2019).
Surveys established community priorities, with activities for children near the top of the list, and detailed proposals were developed for a play area on the old bowling green which could not be taken forward.
Attention turned to bringing the neglected, disconnected Upper Lawn into use, ideally with play elements, and in February this year the Friends appointed landscape architects AREA to develop ideas and designs, taking into account the whole park.
North Lodge Park opened to the public in 1929 – the year of ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’, the ‘Flapper’ election and Ramsey MacDonald’s second government, and the Wall Street Crash. The Friends of North Lodge Park are looking forward to celebrating this special 90th birthday in 2019.
Developing the ideas which were well received at our March AGM, the landscape architects we are working with, AREA, have focused on the Upper Lawn. They have produced a practical plan for bringing the area into the rest of the Park with play elements – a ‘playful connection’- linking the Upper Lawn with the main area of the Park. This neatly provides a much-needed new bridge, providing play facilities, and brings the park together.
You are invited to join us in the Community Hall on Wednesday 17th October at 7.30pm to see the proposals and discuss the ideas with AREA. All being well with the design and funding, we would aim to implement the proposals next year.
This a major, positive step in what can sometimes feel a slow journey to develop the Park as people in Cromer have requested. We are pleased to have the support of North Norfolk District Council, and are proud of the proposals from AREA.
The proposals are built around a ramped crossing over the sunken path which will create step-free access between the heart of the park and the Upper Lawn, the ‘zig-zag’ design, inspired by the zig-zap slopes of Cromer, allows for seating and creation of a splendid new viewing platform out to sea as well as opportunities for play.
Our new ‘playful connection’ PlayBridge will not just replace the increasingly dilapidated, inaccessible footbridge with step-free access but also create an exciting, stylish new landmark focal point.
Please come along to this open meeting to see the proposals and the launch of this exciting project.