Visualisation of the butterflies fluttering across Holkham Hall

Flight for Youth – Celebrating 25 Years of the Benjamin Foundation

Can you imagine 25,000 colourful butterflies fluttering their way across two of Norfolk’s most picturesque buildings.

That is the plan to celebrate The Benjamin Foundation‘s 25th anniversary. 25,000 large ceramic butterflies will form the most amazing art installations across the fronts of both The Assembly House in Norwich and Holkham Hall in North Norfolk.

The installations will be designed by students from Norwich University of the Arts, the two winning designs will be chosen from a competition amongst the students. The ceramic butterflies are created by Craven Dunnill Jackfield Limited in Ironbridge, artisan tile makers who are currently creating the tiles for Palace of Westminster.

In their own words, The Benjamin Foundation bring hope, opportunity, stability and independence to children, young people and families experiencing challenges in Norfolk and Suffolk. The charity was started 25 years ago by two grieving parents, after the death of their son in a motorcycle crash. They wanted to put their energy into something positive and help young people. The Benjamin Foundation was born and with it thousands of young people helped.


How to Buy Butterflies

Earlier in the week our Jason headed to The Assembly House in Norwich for the launch of the Flight for Youth, and to see the first butterflies. There are 4 colours, drawn from The Benjamin Foundation logo. The butterflies are suitable to be inside or outside, so the perfect garden decoration for butterfly lovers.

You can buy butterflies too. One butterfly costs £25, 4 cost £95. You can buy them now, and you’ll receive them after they’ve formed part of the amazing art installations.

To order yours and support The Benjamin Foundation, head to the website –



Deepdale Backpackers & Camping and our friends next door at Dalegate Market are proud to be amongst a whole host of sponsors supporting this 25th Anniversary Celebration. Many other Norfolk businesses & organisations are involved, including Norwich High Prep School for Girls, East of England Coop Funeral Services, Saffron Housing Trust, Right Angle, Larking Gowen, The Smith & Pinching Charitable Trust, Naked Element, Solo Housing, Kent Carlyle, Bluespace, Root 3 Lighting, Breakwater IT, and the Eastern Daily Press.

It’s not too late to be be a sponsor, just get in touch with Colin Lang at The Benjamin Foundation on


When to see the installations

We are really looking forward to seeing the installations, and we are sure it will be well worth visiting both The Assembly House in Norwich and Holkham Hall in North Norfolk. Flight for Youth installations will be in place during July and August 2019.

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