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Last week we whipped up a blog post about the launch of the brilliant Broads Outdoors Festival, a celebration of our beautiful surroundings and opportunity for visitors of all ages to get out and about among the fresh air and nature! In-fact, there are so many brilliant activities running until Sunday 18th May that we couldn’t help but put together another post highlighting our pick of this week’s events (as well as a little something independent of the wild festivities).
The Broads Outdoors Festival continues on Wednesday 7th May with Catch the Spirit – Aboard the Wherry Albion at Forsyth Wherry Yard. You’ll take a trip aboard one of the original ‘black-sailed’ trading wherries, given plenty of opportunity among the peaceful and quiet surroundings to reflect and look upon the world with fresh eyes. It certainly sounds like a day full of tranquillity, with ample opportunity for nature spotting!
On Thursday 8th May, Barton Broad will host their Paddle A Broad event, a spectacular circular canoe paddle around the fringe of the reserve. As you experience the wildlife and scenery as never before your experienced guide will fill you in on everything from the ecology and history, to the diverse flora and fauna of the area.
Those who aren’t quite confident on the water might want to wait until Friday 9th May, where they can attend the Circular Walk and Cream Tea afternoon at the Wind Energy Museum. This picturesque stroll along the riverbank will take attendees to Thurne Mill, where they can see take a peek inside while hearing all about the mills history. Afterwards you will take the footpath through Dewbeck Woods back to the Wind Energy Museum, where a restorative strawberry cream tea awaits!
There is another wonderful Walk on the Wildside to be had on Saturday 10th May too, this time at Bure Marshes National Nature Reserve. You will join the Natural England Reserves Manager for a magical wander around the reserve, taking in the unique plants and wildlife while learning more about how the biodiversity of the area is managed.
For those for which a relaxing walk just isn’t enough, you won’t want to miss The Broads Wilderness Bushcraft Camp at Hoveton Hall Gardens on Sunday 11th May! Based in the Hall’s beautiful grounds, you and the kids can learn everything from fire lighting and backwoods cookery to shelter building and woodland jewellery making, as well as take part in some good old fashioned pond dipping!
While the Broads Outdoors Festival has already proven a fantastic event for the whole family, it has also been incredibly busy! Here at our holiday cottages in Norfolk we understand that these big crowds aren’t for everyone, which is why we have also dug up an event that may be on the quieter side – the Deepdale Outdoor and Wildlife Festival at Dalegate Market. Running across the 10th and 11th of May, the festival will celebrate the beautiful countryside, fresh air, woods and fields of the beautiful Broads while playing host to plenty of stands, entertainment and activities the whole family will enjoy.
Of course, those who want to take things at an even slower pace could simply stick to the rolling countryside surrounding our self-catering and bed and breakfast holiday cottages on the Norfolk Broads! There is an array of wildlife and walking routes right on our front doorstep, so why not pick out your perfect self-catering accommodation on the Norfolk Broads or browse our bed and breakfast cottages on the Norfolk Broads today?