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Five Norfolk things to do in March

1. High tea with an author The 2017 Bookfest season at Briarfields kicks off with crime writer Elizabeth Haynes speaking at 3pm on Sunday 12 March. Her best-selling books have been published in 30 different countries and in 20 different languages, and Elizabeth’s first novel Into the Darkest Corner was featured on Channel 4′s TV Book Club and she was selected as one of Amazon UK’s Rising Stars. Tickets are £15 per person, including Briarfields’ delicious afternoon tea. Call 01485 210742…

March 14, 2017 , article by

Exploring the Holkham Estate with Sue Penlington

Sue Penlington joined the Holkham Estate as its first education officer in 2013 and leads a team creating learning programmes and events for all ages. Tell us about your role and how you came to work in the education department at the Estate. I’m responsible for hosting school visits, adult education (walks and workshops), the family visitor experience including events such as Easter, Open Farm Sunday and Halloween, and I also run the Field to Fork Experience. I came to Norfolk in…

January 27, 2017 , article by

Walk this way – a guide to walking in Norfolk

Suzy Watson is a walker and author of Explore Norfolk UK (, an online resource to exploring the county. It also organises walking holidays. Although you’ve lived here for 20 years, you describe yourself as a Norfolk newcomer – where are you originally from and how did you end up living in Norfolk? I was brought up in the heart of the Essex countryside so not too far from Norfolk and I spent most of my summer holidays in Walberswick in…

January 26, 2017 , article by

Five Norfolk things to do in February

1. A candlelit meal for two Book yourself and a loved one in for a special evening of romance and delicious food at Briarfields. The restaurant’s menu is packed with delectable treats, including a chocolate dessert plate to share. Round the evening off with a stay overlooking the stunning marsh landscape of this SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) coastline. Candlelit suppers at Briarfields are available on 11 and 14 February. Call Briarfields ( on 01485 210742 to book…

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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 for more details. 2. Talk a winter walk An excellent way to blow away the cobwebs and earn those hours relaxing in…

January 23, 2017 , article by

A private charter on the Norfolk coast

The North Norfolk Heritage Coast between Holme-next-the-Sea and Cley is appreciated by many thousands of visitors each year. Walking is the usual way to explore its secret natural treasures but for those with access to the water, visiting less accessible places by boat is a special privilege. As a former Royal Marine and UN envoy, there isn’t a safer pair of hands to guide visitors along the North Norfolk coast and marsh creeks than Henry Chamberlain. As well as bearing…

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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 2. Create a Christmas wreath On 2 December between 10am-6pm, join the gardener from Oxburgh Hall to make your own beautiful woven wreath…

December 2, 2016 , article by

Five Norfolk things to do in November

1. Junior naturalists The Children’s Wildlife Watch at Hickling board on Saturday 12 November is a must for young fans of David Attenborough. Discover the way reptiles, amphibians and mammals go into dormancy and find out what makes their winter retreat perfect. Put into practise what you’ve learnt when you make a hibernaculum to take home. Call 01603 625540 for more information. 2. Seasonal Spectacular From Thursday 10 November – Friday 23 December, Thursford hosts its annual Christmas Spectacular. Set in the magical…

November 9, 2016 , article by

Five Norfolk things to do in October

1. Apple Day This ever-popular event is held on 16 October at one of Norfolk’s best-loved museums, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. It’s a chance to celebrate the very best of autumn with all things apples: pressing, tasting, buying and naming. Experts are on hand to name ‘mystery apples’, along with live entertainment, local craftsmen and artists.. Call 01362 860563 or visit for details 2. Broads ramble Discover Norfolk’s secret Broads reserve with a Ranger this month. Heigham Holmes Nature Reserve is…

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