We want to give a huge thanks to everybody who came to our Campfire Supper launch at Top Farm on Tuesday 11th June. With over 180 people in attendance, the night was a huge success. Not only did we get the opportunity to share this wonderful location with some of the most influential individuals in Norwich but we also proved that business networking can take all shapes and forms!
This wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration, support and donations of so many Norfolk businesses. From the moment our guests arrived, they were greeted by specialised Twiggle helpers, courtesy of the quirky and unique BeWILDerwood attraction, who also helped coordinating the car park. Guests were greeted by canapés from Norwich’s newest fine dining restaurant The Madder Market Kitchen, a free tipple expertly served by Brian from local wine merchants Harper Wells or a glass of real ale provided by Woodfordes Brewery.
All based around two roaring campfires set up by Mark the Canoe Man, with a craft tent set up by Sue of The Mercerie and a relaxed stage area where guests were wooed by some fantastic music acts, from the veteran blues duoThe Arlenes, esteemed Jazz singer Malaya and the fantasticDog Days of Summer. This was all photographed and filmed by skilled photographers Boo Marshall, Phil Barnes and Todd & Moore Photography.
After serving the guests a belly full of campfire curry, Sarah of Essence Foods stole the show with her delicious desserts. Guests included our good friends from the 25am Networking group, Archant and The BBC!
All in all we would like to thank everybody who provided and everybody who came, but most of all we would like to thank our esteemed hosts Clive and Evelyn Meeks of Top Farm camping for making this all possible and wish them the very best for the success of their Shepherds Hut glamping. Call them now to make a booking! To talk about this event on Twitter or to share any pictures, make sure you use the hashtag #campfiresupper
This week we had the delight of delivering a brand new Boutique Glamper to Top Farm, one of Norfolk’s best kept secrets! This peaceful and isolated setting boasts some spectacular views and the sort of sweeping hilltop view not normally expected from Norfolk! Just a quick drive from Norwich, this place is an ideal couples retreat.
However, we didn’t want to keep this to ourselves and plan to launch this site in style with a huge glamping themed networking event! This “Campfire Supper” was brought together with the fine minds of Clive from Top Farm, Boo Marshall from Eliza Boo Photography and Libby of Libby Ferris Flowers and is a stylish vintage camping celebration with food, drink and live music.
With kind donations and collaborations from a number of local businesses (Woodfordes Brewery, Bewilderwood, Essence Foods and The Madder Market Kitchen to name but a few) and fantastic music acts such as The Dog Days of Summer, this event, planned for the 11th June promises to be an absolute stonker- guest list numbers 60 and is growing!
If you’d like to attend and feel like you could contribute to the party and networking, feel free to give Ben a call on 01603 397777 and introduce yourself! Follow the details on Twitter, @timberpad #campfiresupper
In the middle of the Norfolk Broads lies an unlikely hidden Oasis- The East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens. A 30 year project by genius gardeners and owners Alan and Graham, this botanical marvel boasts untold numbers of rare and interesting plant varieties in a stylish and tasteful setting. In preparation for their open garden show on the 8th June, we have the honour of placing our own Bantam Shepherds Hut Little Nancy in a prime location.
We managed to get unload Nancy from a trailer despite an incredibly tight squeeze and without damaging a single plant- Proof that when there’s a will, there’s a way! The weather could not have been better so an impromptu photo shoot was in order - We even managed to get a few snaps of their ingenious shrubbery porthole, glimpsing the Happisburgh Lighthouse.
After an enjoyable few weeks at this prestigious location and even a brief mention on BBC Look East, Little Nancy has now been refitted with a double bed and is available for holiday bookings at The Hollies Kessingland holiday park.
This weekend we had a debut appearance with our latest show-hut, nicknamed “Little Nancy”. We shared a pitch with our friends at Right Angle Events and set up a quaint tea party scene! The fair itself was packed with events, stalls and more including a forestry arena, horse trials and dog shows. Visitors to our new hut also had the opportunity to enter a competition to win a free night stay in one of the campsites we supply.
Little Nancy will return to the Royal Norfolk Showground in June for the Royal Norfolk Show.
Even with a tentative shift in seasons, we weren’t going to let the cold weather stop us on today’s fashion shoot at Deepdale Backpackers to showcase the new Summer festival range from Sue Maton of The Mercerie a Norwich based fashion and textiles company specialising in British Wool. Although the snow thawed around mid-morning, the three models, Helen Foan, Flora Marshall-Dutton and George Marshall-Dutton were all commendably stoic and didn’t let the chill dampen their spirits or their good looks!
We also had the pleasure of meeting Boo Marshal of Eliza Boo Photography a highly talented photographer who we’d recommend to anyone- After seeing this shoot, one of our carpenters has already booked her to photograph his wedding next month!
Finally the shoot was captured in a video starring the track “You Cannot Choose The Roads That Take You Home” played by a fantastic Norwich band The Barlights
We’ve got some gorgeous huts placed around some of the most spectacular locations in Norfolk- if you’re looking for a fabulous set for your photo shoot, get in touch!
This week we completed a delivery of two boutique glamping Shepherds Huts to Deepdale Backpacking and Leasure in North Norfolk. The well known site has a fantastic approach to 5 star camping as already seen by its range of yurts and tipis.
IMPORTANT: After an enjoyable couple of months, the Shepherds Hut Lola has now moved on and unfortunately can’t be seen at Wroxham Barns anymore! However, fear not as she has been re-fitted as a Boutique Glamper and can now be found at Whitlingham Broad Campsite in Norwich.
Following the hugely successful weekend at The Forum, we decided the best way to promote The English Shepherds Hut Company is to let people see our huts, feel the quality and really understand what makes them so special.
We are now proud to be situated at Wroxham Barns outside of Norwich which boasts tons of fun activities such as lamb feeding and a petting farm, a whole range of different food, drink and gift shops, a garden centre and a great cafe with friendly and helpful staff- it’s ideal for the whole family and you could easily spend a whole day here and still have plenty of reasons to come back!
You can’t miss our hut- It is situated on the left side of the car park, next to Le Grice Roses, so pop in when you visit, say hello and warm your hands by the fire!
This weekend The English Shepherds Hut Company had the honour of displaying a Retreat style Shepherds Hut outside The Forum in Norwich. This was for a well attended trade show with the Buy Local business group, supporting small local businesses in your community. Not only this but The Norfolk Diet was running their farmers market the day after and kindly asked us to remain, allowing us to exhibit in the centre of the city for a full weekend!
It was a fantastic PR weekend with hundreds of people popping in to admire our Shepherds Hut, drawn in by the cosy log burner, dozens of enquiries and a delicious if unconventional midday breakfast of Brays Cottages delicious pork pies!
To find out more about our events and display hut click here or to find out about using a Shepherds Hut to promote your business get in touch.
2013 brought a bold new change of direction, giving birth to The English Shepherds Hut Company following the unveiling of the first of our new range of luxury Shepherds Huts was released just in time for the snow which made for some amazing photo opportunities, courtesy of the wonderful Barney Phillips of Dynamic Print who produced this iconic image in the heavy snow of January.
This model nicknamed Mama Cass but listed here as “The Hideaway” is built in the traditional Shepherds Hut layout with a stable door and large side window giving an excellent view of the snowy meadow when sat at the fold out table inside. It also features a built in single bed with storage, shelving and electrical lighting and power. Although she’s now moved on to a new home, we can build you one in the same style or with any of the other layouts and features we can offer.
Chief Combobulator Wong. While the rest of the team gallivant and build Shepherds Huts, I sit here and combobulate.