FAKENHAM: New base for Langham Glass
One of Norfolk’s leading glass manufacturers Langham Glass is celebrating its move into a new home in the heart of Fakenham.
Today Fakenham Mayor Janet Holdam is due to officially open the new centre in Greenway Lane and next week several special events have been lined up to welcome visitors to the business’s new premises.
The business, which used to be located at Tattersett Business Park, was established in the village of Langham in 1979 by master glassmaker Paul Miller and it is still run as a family business today.
Paul’s wife, director Sue Miller, said: “Coming to Fakenham for Paul and I is like coming a full circle in our lives. I grew up in Walsingham and Blakeney and Paul grew up in Great Massingham.
“We met as teenagers at Fakenham Young Farmers and went on to set up Langham Glass after we were married in 1979. With our sons, Jonathan and Harry and daughter-in-law Helen, we are bringing Langham Glass and our awards and trophy business together under one roof in Fakenham.”
The new premises include a working glass factory where visitors will be able to watch glass being made by a team of glassmakers using traditional techniques to produce fine crystal products for which the business has become renowned. There will be audio demonstrations showing the different processes and visitors will be able to have a go at creating their own masterpieces with the guidance of an experienced glassmaker.
All kinds of Langham Glass products, including birds, animals, vases and tableware are on sale in the visitors’ centre shop, which prides itself in selling goods that are made in the UK. There is also a trophy and engraving shop.
Other features at the centre include a museum explaining the history of glass manufacturing, a family room for craft activities and the restaurant serving hot and cold meals.`
Next week Paul and his team will be demonstrating their glassmaking skills and throughout the week balloons will be sold for a balloon race due to take place on Saturday, February 23, with all proceeds going to Cancer Research. There will be a reduced admission rate of £2, free cookies given out in the coffee shop to those who buy a hot drink and in the family room there will be colouring competitions and face painting for younger visitors.
The glasshouse is now open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm and, from Monday, March 25, it will be open seven days a week, while the visitors’ centre and factory outlet shop is open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sundays 10am to 4pm all year round.
For more information, visit the website www.langhamglass.co.uk
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