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10 things to do in mid-Norfolk this half term.

PUBLISHED: 12:17 24 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:09 24 May 2018

Stalls in the high street at Reepham Food Festival. 
Photo: RICHARD COOKE

Stalls in the high street at Reepham Food Festival. Photo: RICHARD COOKE

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With events ranging from a classic car show and a food festival, to a mini-beast hunt and a boat cruise along the River Bure, there is something on offer for all tastes in mid-Norfolk this half term. Here are ten of our family-friendly top picks.

Oxburgh Hall, which is hosting a Woodland Wednesday event on May 30
Photo: IAN BURTOxburgh Hall, which is hosting a Woodland Wednesday event on May 30 Photo: IAN BURT

Young visitors to Oxburgh Hall can take part in activities including den building, bug hunting and making colour wands on May 30 from 11.30am-1.30pm, as part of the estate’s regular Woodland Wednesday events. Normal admission charges apply and children must be accompanied by an adult. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

On the hunt for mini-beasts at Pensthorpe Natural Park
Photo: STEVE ADAMSOn the hunt for mini-beasts at Pensthorpe Natural Park Photo: STEVE ADAMS

The seven acres of gardens at Warborough House, Stiffkey, will be open to the public on May 27, as part of the National Open Garden scheme. With woodland walks, formal terraces, shrub borders, a walled garden and views across the valley to the coast. Admission is £5 (children free), with proceeds from the sale of refreshments going to St John’s Church. www.ngs.org.uk

Explore the outdoors at Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham, which is hosting a series of Sprinkle of Spring days featuring activities including pond dipping, nature-inspired crafts, a red squirrel talk and a trail through the woodlands and wetlands of the reserve. Runs from from May 26-June 3. www.pensthorpe.com

Foxley Wood, which is hosting a mini-beast hunt on May 30
Photo: GRAHAM CORNEYFoxley Wood, which is hosting a mini-beast hunt on May 30 Photo: GRAHAM CORNEY

Forage among the foliage for creepy crawlies at a minibeast hunt taking place at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust beauty spot Foxley Wood, Dereham from 10.30am-12.pm on May 30. Rangers will be on hand to help visitors catch any bug or beast for closer inspection. Cost is £3.50 (£3 NWT members), booking is essential, phone 01603 625540. www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on

Soak up the atmosphere on an evening boat cruise to St Benet’s Abbey at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Gardens on May 30. Cruise along the River Bure, before returning for a hot chocolate in the tearooms.

Foxley Wood, which is hosting a mini-beast hunt on May 30
Photo: IAN BURTFoxley Wood, which is hosting a mini-beast hunt on May 30 Photo: IAN BURT

Tickets, including garden entry, are priced £16.50 (£11.50 children). www.fairhavengarden.co.uk



Wells and Walsingham Light Railway will be hosting its annual Wells at War 1940s weekend on June 2 and 3, with attractions including music from the era, re-enactors, displays and a Hurricane flypast. Free entry to the event, standard train fares apply (under 4s free). www.wwlr.co.uk

Dust off your best hat and pack the picnic and Pimms for the annual Jarrold Ladies Day at Fakenham racecourse on June 3. With competitions for best-dressed lady, best-dressed couple and best hat, the event promises to provide a day full of glamour and excitement. Gates open at 11am, entry from £13. Book online for a discount at www.fakenhamracecourse.co.uk


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