The Creake Centre


The Creake Centre forms a flexible rural venue for the performing arts and small conferences. It is an ideal retreat for musicians who require a quiet and secluded location for study, rehearsal, composition or recording. Set in its own grounds with a small orchard, the property is surrounded by fields and wildlife. It is also an ideal centre for scenic walks, bird watching, painting and family holidays. The atmosphere is unique.

 

Situated in the attractive North Norfolk village of South Creake the Centre has been the home of the Yorke Trust since 1991. The village lies about eight miles inland from some of the most beautiful beaches and nature reserves of the North Norfolk coast.

 

There are two main buildings that comprise The Creake Centre. The Old Chapel, a Grade II listed building dating from 1738 with its former Sunday School Room, and a one-time public house, The Old Norwich Arms, that provides accommodation for up to thirteen people.

The Old Chapel is a large room that gives a flexible rehearsal and performance space, with three grand pianos, a Steinway, a Bluthner and a period Collard & Collard, all well maintained. There is also an attractive mid-nineteenth century chamber organ, recently donated to the Trust and fully restored. In addition, music stands, chairs, tables and staging are all available as required.

The venue has been used for recording purposes on a number of occasions, the nearby residential accommodation providing an ideal facility for small ensembles and soloists. Favourable rates are offered to ensembles, choirs, teachers and students who wish to hire the facility.

At present the former Sunday School Room serves as a home for the Trust’s extensive theatrical wardrobe, props, scenery and staging. However there are development plans to introduce a kitchen, toilets, and a mezzanine level to increase storage space and to give an additional rehearsal/study room.

For a comprehensive history of The Old Chapel and Sunday School Room click here.

 

 

The Old Norwich Arms dates from 1746 and is used primarily to accommodate students attending the Trust’s courses. Two upright pianos and plenty of mirrors enable the rooms to double as rehearsal spaces. In addition the cottage serves as a facility for private functions and meetings of various local organisations in the absence of a village hall. It is also available as a holiday cottage when not required by the Trust.

A large sitting room stretches from the front to the rear of the property and is divided by a wide archway. There is plenty of comfortable seating and an extensive library of music and books, most of which have been donated. The dining room has a large table that can seat all residents. In busy periods, when the well-equipped kitchen is serving upwards of sixty meals, the dining room is used as a central buffet area, with additional seating in the courtyard outside during the summer.

 

How to find The Creake Centre

 

The Centre is most easily reached by car. The nearest rail station is King’s Lynn, twenty miles away. Norwich is a little further. There are excellent links to airports, either Norwich (40 minutes) or London Stansted (2 hours, with a rail link to King’s Lynn).

 

 

 

 

Sleeping accommodation is clean and comfortable. There are four bedrooms in the cottage itself, three with single beds and one with bunks. Two bathrooms serve the cottage. In addition, two en-suite bedrooms with bunks give into the courtyard and have proved to be the most popular rooms of all. Downstairs in the cottage there are two additional toilets and a small laundry.

The property has ground floor access for the disabled. The premises are fully licensed.

 

Cars have access to the Centre from the Burnham Road and the orchard behind the property serves as a car park for visitors, and is often used for camping during the summer.

The nearest convenient shops are in Burnham Market or Fakenham, both of which are ten minutes away by car. There is an excellent vegetable stall in the village, fresh eggs are easily available, and The Ostrich provides weary travellers with all the comforts of a country inn, as does The Jolly Farmers in neighbouring North Creake.

There are many B&Bs in the area for visitors attending the Trust’s events. They also serve as a more luxurious alternative to accommodation in the Old Norwich Arms. Prices vary depending on the facility, which might be a small cottage, a farmhouse or a splendidly converted barn.

There are plans to extend The Creake Centre by acquiring an adjoining cottage. Planning permission has been obtained for two modest extensions, one to provide a cold storage area for catering, the other to give a larger laundry and space for general storage and additional toilets and showers. An excellent breakfast is guaranteed!