As Easter approaches it’s a great time to dust the cobwebs off your walking boots, dig out your binoculars and get outside to explore Norfolk’s beautiful countryside!
Norwich is perfectly located to reach the Broads and the coast easily by car for day trips or even a 2 –centre stay; city and countryside. Equally, Greater Anglia trains from Norwich can take you to market towns, Broads villages and the coast as does the FIRST bus network. Norwich also has wonderful walks and cycle routes from the city into the countryside; Wherryman’s Way, Boudicca Way (see our blog post about Boudicca Way) and the Marriott’s Way.
Image: Holkham Beach
Image: Dawn at Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden
Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden has a fantastic array of events taking place over Easter which are perfect for wildlife-watching, or just for general getting-out-in-the-fresh-air fun! Join them for their fantastic Dawn Chorus; an ever-popular event where visitors can enjoy an early morning boat ride around Fairhaven’s private broad. It’s a great introduction to the garden’s wildlife, with plenty of chances to do some bird spotting, all led by Fairhaven’s warden. Enjoy croissants and tea or coffee afterwards (or if you’re feeling a bit more peckish upgrade to a full English)! Saturday 1 April, 6.30 – 9.30am. Tickets £10 per adult or £5 per child. More details here.
If early morning doesn’t appeal, how about night-time? Fairhaven’s Woodland Night Walk is a great chance to study the stars and encounter some nocturnal wildlife you wouldn’t otherwise see, on this evening walk around the garden. Saturday 8 April, 8-10pm. Suitable for ages 8+, tickets £9 per adult, £6 per child. More details here.
To not only see wildlife but learn how best to photograph them, check out their Wild Bird Photography Workshop. Along with professional photographer Peter Mallett, you’ll learn about suitable equipment and how to set up feeding stations to attract wildlife to you, using the lovely bird hide as your practise area. Bring along your own camera and enjoy this great workshop! Saturday 8 April, 9.30am – 12.30pm. Cost £45 per person, booking required in advance. More details here.
Image: Barnes Brinkcraft
Norwich is very lucky to be such a vibrant, quirky city which is surrounded so closely by beautiful Norfolk countryside which is only a short car ride away. The surrounding coastline is fantastic (and rather famous) for bird-watching, and in fact a lot of the 45-mile long North Norfolk coast is protected as a haven for wildlife – and often you can have large stretches of the beach to yourselves, even in high season. Head over to Cromer (23 miles away) or Holkham (26 miles away) and enjoy some great views; Holkham has a particularly beautiful beach, and the Holkham National Nature Reserve stretches all the way from Burnham Norton to Blakeney (all on the North Norfolk coast). There’s some amazing wildlife to spot – head to Blakeney Point, the focal point of the Nature reserve, or head east to Horsey Beach during October – February and see the seals and their pups – a sight not to be missed!
For Broads-based fun take to the water on a day boat; try Herbert Woods, Barnes Brinkcraft, Norfolk Broads Direct or Broads Tours for hire. Broads Tours are also offering very special boat trips this Easter, from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 April, with fun kids’ activities and a nature quiz! Tickets £8.50 per adult, Children £5.50, children under 5 go free – more details here.
Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.
Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.