Norfolk Broads festival announces over 60 nature events

Over 60 events have been lined up for the first ever Broads Outdoors Festival.

Designed to showcase the best of the Broads, the festival will run from Saturday May 7 to Sunday May 15.

The festival will be launched at Whitlingham Country Park, marking the start of over a week of walking, canoeing, cycling, geocaching, train trips, boating, art and photography.

There are a wide range of guided walks arranged - which range from one-and-a-hald to eight miles - taking people to wild parts of the Broads, and Heigham Holmes National Nature Reserve will also open on one of its rare occasions.

Other outings combine train journeys with guided walks, cycling and boat trips and include a visit to the Land of the Windmills on the River Yare arriving by train, and walking back to Reedham along the Wherryman's Way.

The festival was the brainchild of Bruce Hanson, head of tourism at the Broads Authority, who said: 'The festival will give people the chance to do things they might not otherwise do and see things they might not otherwise see.

'So many partner organisations and businesses have really pulled together to produce a fantastic programme of events and I'm amazed myself at all there is to do.'

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The festival is also linking in with some events at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival including cycling tours in Bowthorpe and the Festival Jazz Boat at Horning.

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