Five Norfolk things to do in December

1. Explore the great outdoors

Take a tour of Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden. Learn about the history of Fairhaven, the collection of plants introduced by the 2nd Lord Fairhaven, and the organic working methods still used today. Finish your walk with a complimentary mince pie and hot mulled wine in the cosy eco-tearoom.

Find out more at fairhavengarden.co.uk

2. Create a Christmas wreath

On 2 December between 10am-6pm, join the gardener from Oxburgh Hall to make your own beautiful woven wreath using dogwood, willow, bird cherry and other botanical materials collected from the estate. Your festive masterpiece will be ready to adorn your front door or to use as a centrepiece for your Christmas Day table. Ticket price of £40 includes refreshments and all materials for the workshop.

Visit nationaltrust.org.uk or call 08442 491 895 for details.

3. Visit Santa at Holkham

Between 17 – 20 December, enjoy a special audience with Father Christmas as he stops off during his busy schedule at Holkham Hall. Meet him and Mother Christmas in the Saloon along with a singing, dancing band of cheeky elves. Wrap up warm and enjoy a stroll around the Estate to get into the seasonal spirit.

Call Holkham ticket office on 01328 713111 or book online at holkham.co.uk

4. Go for a swim

On Christmas morning, a band of hardy swimmers in fancy dress brave The Wash to raise money for charity – and give everyone else a huge amount of pleasure in the meantime. Registration for swimmers is at the Oasis Leisure Centre at 10.30am before they parade into the sea at 11am. Afterwards, head to The Lodge Old Hunstanton for a hot toddy to warm up, or a glass of something celebratory to toast their efforts!

5. Take a Boxing Day walk

Gather up the family and walk off Christmas dinner with The Lodge’s 9-mile circular walk which combines a stretch of the North Norfolk Coastal Path via Ringstead Downs and leads you back to a cosy fire and some well-deserved refreshment afterwards.

Find the map at http://www.thelodgehunstanton.co.uk/discover-north-norfolk/north-norfolk-coast-walk/