10 things to do in Norfolk in the Bank Holiday sunshine
The region is set to bask in a warm August bank holiday today, with temperatures tipped to reach 26C. Why not make the most of the weather by heading out to one of these great events or attractions...
• Aylsham Show, Blickling Park, Gates open at 8am, Adults £15, Children 16 and under go free
The Aylsham Show is a traditional one-day show held each year on August Bank Holiday Monday for over 70 years. Visitors will have a range of attractions to enjoy, from animal exhibitors and competitions, to classic car displays, food stalls and shops.
• Happisburgh Lighthouse Open Day, Happisburgh Lighthouse, 10.30am-4pm, Adults £3, Children 16 and under £1
Ever wanted to climb to the top of a lighthouse? Well you can at the Happisburgh Lighthouse Open Day this weekend. A minimum height restriction of 1 metre is in place for those climbing the tower but smaller visitors can enter the ground floor. Sensible footwear must be worn. There are 96 steps to the service room, then a further 12 to the lantern, all visitors must be able to climb unaided. On a day like today there will be 25 miles of stunning coastal views and a lighthouse steward will be able to give a full history of the landmark.
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• Head to one of the county's parks, gardens or nature reserves, entry prices vary
Why waste a beautiful day indoors? Pack up a picnic and head to one of the great places Norfolk has to offer, from Whitlingham Country Park to Sheringham Park, Plantation Garden, Pensthorpe Natural Park or even Eaton Park. Enjoy the visitor attractions, take a walk or simply sit and enjoy the pretty surroundings with a good book.
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• Historical Re-enactment, Castle Rising Castle, general admission prices apply
A 15th century historical re-enactment will be taking place at Castle Rising Castle today, put on by Buckingham's Retinue, a medieval re-enactment group that exists to recreate the period known as The Wars of The Roses. Visit castlerising.co.uk for more information.
• Filby Fete, Filby Playing Field, 1pm onwards, free entry
The 63rd annual Filby Fete will be taking place today, with a bar, BBQ, crafts, rides, live entertainment, and various stalls. Head on down and enjoy a whizz round on the go karts or have a go at archery in the afternoon sun.
• Great Yarmouth Treasure Hunt Trail, Hollywood Cinema, Great Yarmouth, all day, £6.99 per booklet
Why not let the kids try something a little different and take on a treasure hunt trail through Great Yarmouth. Follow the trail route, solving sneaky clues to discover the location of buried treasure. The trail starts outside the Hollywood cinema, takes you a short way along the Golden Mile before heading inland to explore the nautical and land based sights and history. The treasure hunt should take around two hours to complete and the trail is two miles long in total.
• Falcon River Trips, Museum of the Broads, Stalham Staithe, 10am-4.30pm, Adults £4.50, Children £2.50, Under 5s and dogs free
Bask on a boat in the sunshine with this unique river trip aboard a Victorian Steam boat named Falcon. Spot wildlife and revel in the sounds of steam while on the river. Call 01692 581681 to book your place. Trips last 1 hour, or short half an hour trips are available.
• Mascot Mania, New Road Sports Field, Belton, 11am-5pm, Adults £6, Children under 3 free
If you're looking for a way to treat the children this bank holiday this may be the perfect solution. All of their favourite cartoon and movie characters will be heading out to Mascot Mania, with over 30 superheroes, princesses and more available to meet and greet in the sunshine. There will also be bouncy castles, a nerf gun firing range and a mix of stalls and food and drink.
• Jazz in the Farden, Back To The Farden Farm Shop, Letheringsett, 12pm-4pm, Free entry
If you're after a more relaxed Bank Holiday Monday, why not head to Back To The Garden and sit out in the farm shop's picturesque garden, enjoying tasty food and drinks while local jazz group The Jefford Brothers perform for you.
• Build a sandcastle at a Norfolk beach
When the sun is shining you can't go wrong with a trip to the beach. Grab your bucket and spade and your swimming costume and head on down to the coast. There are a great selection of beaches to visit across the county, from Cromer to Wells-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton, Holkham and Sheringham.