Five Norfolk things to do in January
1. Heart the art of the Pacific
Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is the most comprehensive exhibition about Fiji and Fijian art ever assembled, created from exceptional collections from the UK and elsewhere, including the Fiji Museum. Among the highlights are a specially-commissioned sailing canoe and bark cloth wedding dresses.
Visit scva.ac.uk for more details.
2. Talk a winter walk
An excellent way to blow away the cobwebs and earn those hours relaxing in front of a crackling open fire with afternoon tea (head to The Lodge or Briarfields for the cosiest spots). One of the best circular walks in the area combines a stretch of the North Norfolk Coastal Path with a path through Ringstead Downs, one of Norfolk’s rare areas of downland.
Find the route at thelodgehunstanton.co.uk
3. Celebrate birdlife 1: Family day
Join the RSPB at Norwich Castle Museum (Saturday 28-Sunday 29 January) to celebrate Big Garden Birdwatch. Enjoy a packed programme of activities for all the family to make a swan or kingfisher costume, follow the bird trail and gain advice on how you can help wildlife in your garden, and of course explore the iconic Norman castle keep and its exhibits.
See details at norfolk.gov.uk
4. Celebrate birdlife 2: Photographic workshop
Learn to capture the natural behaviour of wildlife on camera and how to get up close to wildlife without causing disturbance or anxiety at this non-technical workshop at the RSPB reserve, Titchwell. Also learn field craft skills during a practical session and tutorial on the reserve, perfect for anyone new to wildlife photography or brush up on existing skills.
Tickets £12 per person; call 01485 210779 for details.
5. Follow a family trail at Castle Acre Priory
Pull on a warm coat, grab a trail leaflet and explore Castle Acre Priory. Then head out into the beautiful village to discover the Bailey Gate and Castle Acre Castle, both English Heritage free sites. Castle Acre was an important medieval village and this trail helps you imagine all the different jobs performed by the inhabitants of the priory and its environs.
Visit English-heritage.org for more information.