Norfolk's tulip fields drew record numbers, attracting 25,000 sightseers to the west of the county.

The colourful blooms were on display for just 10 days, with proceeds from ticket sales going to the Norfolk Hospice.

This year's event, which opened on April 10, raised £322,294 - enough to pay for more than a month of care services for people across Norfolk.

Eastern Daily Press: A visitor enjoys the tulip fieldsA visitor enjoys the tulip fields (Image: Chris Bishop)

More than six million bulbs were planted by growers Norfolk Tulips, while 200 volunteers were on hand to run the event.

Hospice chief executive Nicola Ellis said: "We were delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Norfolk Tulips to deliver this incredible event again this year and so grateful to Mark and Susanne Eves for their continued commitment to us.

"We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the visitors who came from near and far to see the magnificent sight of the tulip fields.

Eastern Daily Press: Tulips stretch across the fields near King's LynnTulips stretch across the fields near King's Lynn (Image: Chris Bishop)

“We need to raise more than £4m each year to deliver our transformational services to patients and families."

Susanne Eves, director at Norfolk Tulips, said: “We are continually amazed by the interest in our tulip crop and astounded by the amount of visitors we have received over the 10 day opening, and yet we still can't keep up with visitor demand.

"We would not be able to open the fields without the considerable efforts of the fundraising team and all the volunteers that give their time to raise funds for this cause that is very much close to our hearts."

Eastern Daily Press: A couple enjoying the sea of blooms A couple enjoying the sea of blooms (Image: Chris Bishop)

The tulips have now been harvested and the fields are closed. Bulbs will be lifted and placed in cold storage, before being tricked into sprouting later in the year to supply flowers for supermarkets.

All 25,000 tickets for the event sold out in 90 minutes. Details of next year's event will be announced in April, 2025.