Double celebration on the Broads
12:46 02 May 2014
Today marks a double celebration of the Norfolk Broads, a magical waterland that’s inspired wonderful family outings as well as outstanding writing and photo-journalism. Tony Wenham reports.
Naturalist Ted Ellis described his beloved Broads with great simplicity.
“The breathing space for the cure of souls,” he wrote with the eloquence that generations of EDP readers savoured in his weekly despatches from Wheatfen Broad, Surlingham.
As a young reporter in the early eighties, I knew him a little; he would respond quickly to quote requests and I could be confident that his pronouncements on the natural world were of almost papal infallibility. (Irreverently, with his long neck and aquiline features, I always thought he rather resembled some of the creatures he introduced us to in his popular EDP column).
Ted was a champion of nature and, living on the Broads, he was in thrall to its mystic atmosphere.
So today(sat), almost 30 years after his death, he would no doubt have been delighted by a double celebration of the Broads.
At 10am, the Horning Boat Show opens the two-week Broads Outdoors Festival, comprising around 100 separate events all over the area’s 300-plus square kilometres of land and waterways.
Broads Authority chairman Dr Stephen Johnson said: “If you love the great outdoors – whether boating, walking, watching wildlife or photography, you have a two-week extravaganza to look forward to.”
At the same time, the EDP is launching its 164-page Norfolk Broads publication that tells the story of this special part of our county in fascinating features and breath-taking photography.
Focusing on the heritage and future of Britain’s “magical waterland”, the publication shows how it all began, by way of evocative archive pictures and informed journalism, through to how today’s visitors and residents can enjoy the unique wildlife and a range of family attractions and activities.
The limited edition magazine, produced in association with Richardson’s Boating Holidays, goes on sale today, available at the discounted price of £5.95 from www.buyamag.co.uk and in all good newsagents and outlets around the Broads at £7.95.
In addition, EDP publisher Archant will donate 25 pence from every sale of the publication to Love the Broads, a special campaign aimed at securing the future of this unique and magical landscape.
For up-to-the-minute information on Broads Outdoors Festival events, see www.enjoythebroads.com. To save £2 on The Norfolk Broads publication, go to www.buyamag.co.uk