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After two weeks of picturesque walks, exciting canoe trips and plenty of other amazing activities, we are sad to say that this week is the final week of the Broads Outdoors Festival. We have enjoyed every minute of it, and everyone who has been staying here at our self-catering and bed and breakfast holiday cottages on the Norfolk Broads hasn’t been able to stop talking about the great things they have been up to.
This final week doesn’t look set to be any less enjoyable, especially when it starts off with a Paddle and Plod event at Martham Staithe on Tuesday 13th May! You’ll get the best of both worlds with a good old ramble followed by a canoe trail, all accompanied by talks from accompanying rangers about the ecology, history and wildlife of the area.
The Spring Flowers Weeks event at Raveningham Gardens on Wednesday 14th May promises to be just as picturesque. Vibrant colours abound in the 18th Century Walled Kitchen Garden which includes beautiful glass houses, stunning views across a peaceful lake and contemporary sculptures.
Gardens like these are abundant near our holiday cottages in Norfolk, with more to be seen at Hoveton Hall Gardens. On Thursday 15th May they are hosting their Hoveton Hall Gardens Sculpture Trail, an event where families can’t just explore the everyday woodland and water gardens, but also a specially designed sculpture trail created just for your little ones! Make sure you all keep an eye out for the incredibly rare Norfolk Hawker dragonfly!
There are more opportunities to spot the local wildlife on Friday 16th May at Rockland Staithe’s Rockland Ramble. A Broads Authority Education Officer will guide you along a sedate five mile stroll that will give ample opportunity for wildlife sightings, as well as a little history lesson.
One of the events we are most excited about however is the Beginner’s Photography course at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden on Saturday 17th May. You’ll learn all about the basic camera controls on your SLR or DSLR, including ISO, exposure, shutter speeds and aperture. In such a lovely setting, you’ll also have plenty of room to practice your newfound skills!
Finally, on Sunday 18th May, why not round off your Broads Outdoors Festival experience with the Family Bushcraft event at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen? A wild outdoor adventure for the whole family, the event will teach you exciting bushcraft skills ranging from fire lighting to backwoods cooking!
We really hope you will get chance to head down to the beautiful Broads and take in some of these activities. We even have a range of self-catering accommodation on the Norfolk Broads and bed and breakfast cottages on the Norfolk Broads ready and waiting for your arrival. Perfectly located to take in the best of the Broads Outdoors Festival, they are the ideal place for you and your family to relax and unwind.