Apples, fungi and the Great Storm of 87: eight outdoor events not to miss in Norfolk

All things apple related will be celebrated at Gressenhall's Apple Day. Photo: Submitted

All things apple related will be celebrated at Gressenhall's Apple Day. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Gressenhall will be celebrating the autumnal apple harvest, there are woodland walks in search of fungi and there is a look back at how the region has recovered 30 years since the Great Storm battered the region.

All things apple related will be celebrated at Gressenhall's Apple Day Photo: Sonya Duncan

All things apple related will be celebrated at Gressenhall's Apple Day Photo: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Apple Day

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Norfolk, October 15, 10am-5pm, £15 (£14.25 cons), £12 children, under-4s free, £51-38.25 family, 01362 869263, museums.norfolk.gov.uk/gressenhall-farm-and-workhouse

Celebrate the best of autumn with all things appley. Experts from the East of England Apple and Orchard Project will be on hand to help and offering tastings of some of the very best apples in Norfolk, whole or pressed as juice or even cider. There are lots of opportunities to buy direct from local producers of apple juices, ciders, cakes and autumnal preserves and chutneys. There is also live entertainment with Grayte Wyrm of Gressenhall a special performances from the Fools Puppet Theatre Companie, and klezmer music and dance by Golden Star Morris. Meet local craftsmen and artists demonstrating their skills including chainsaw carver Shaun Gilbert. A scrumptious Gressenhall tradition!


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Mammal Morning

NWT Hickling Broad, Norfolk, October 14, 10.30am, £6 per child, pre-book 01603 625540, norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

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Mammals really are marvellous. Some are adapted for life at sea, others for life on land. Some species such as otters live near riverbanks, squirrels live in trees, mice and voles live underground. Join this event aimed at children to find out who is waiting to be released from the small mammal traps.

Fascinating Fungi

Fungi specialist Dr Tony Leech will be leading walk to find the autumnal harvest. Photo: Ian Burt

Fungi specialist Dr Tony Leech will be leading walk to find the autumnal harvest. Photo: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

RSPB Lakenheath Fen, Station Road, Lakenheath, Brandon, October 14, 10.30am-12pm, £3 children, accompanying adults free, 01842 863400, lakenheath@rspb.org.uk

October tends to be the best month of the year to find some of the weird and wonderful species so no shortage of fungi events this week. At Lakenheath Fen try to identify as many species as you can and learn more about their uses. No need to book.

Autumn Fungi Stroll

RSPB Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk, October 15, 10am, £7, £3.50 children, pre-book 01603 715191, rspb.org.uk/strumpshawfen

Family-friendly walk exploring our woodlands and discover the fascinating world of fungi. How many different species will we find and identify? This is aimed at enthusiastic beginners. Not suitable for under-5s.

Storming Changes/Survivors' Surgery

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, October 15/16, both 11am, included in garden entry £6.75 (£6.15 cons), £3.85 children, under-5s free, 01603 270449, fairhavengarden.co.uk

The King's Oak at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden which has recovered at the Great Storm of 1987

The King's Oak at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden which has recovered at the Great Storm of 1987. Photo: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

It is 30 years since the Great Storm battered the region on the night of 15 October 1987. At Fairhaven Garden in Norfolk it felled 2,000 trees, including more than 100 mature oak trees planted in the 18th century. Head Gardener Ian Guest leads a guided walk looking at how the woodland has recovered (Oct 15). The King Oak, one of the oldest trees in Norfolk, survived the storm but needed surgery. See head forester Matt Jordan his team give the King Oak its annual health check and 'haircut' (Oct 16).

Funky Fungi Family Fun

Whitlingham Country Park, Trowse, Norwich, October 15, 10am-1pm, £5 per child, accompanying adults free, pre-book 01603 756094, visitthebroads.co.uk

Fantastic facts, fungi and games on a journey of discovery amongst the world of magical mushrooms and terrific toadstools in this family event. Age 6+

Apple Day

Redgrave & Lopham Fen, near Diss, October 15, 10.30am-3pm, £3, £2 children, 01379 688333, suffolkwildlifetrust.org

Apple, pear or nut identification by Suffolk Traditional Orchards Group. Free family games, trail and crafts to make. Plant and craft stalls too, plus a performance by Kenninghall Morris.

Get searching for fungi at one of the special walks taking place this week. Photo: Matthew Usher

Get searching for fungi at one of the special walks taking place this week. Photo: Matthew Usher - Credit: Matthew Usher

A Fungus Foray

Ken Hill Woods, Dunston Drove, Snettisham, October 16, 10am-12pm, free, norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

Norwich and Norfolk Naturalists Society and Norfolk's Fungi recorder, Dr Tony Leech, will guide this walk at Ken Hill Woods to search for and identify fungi. Meet on Dunston Drove (will be signed on A149 at TF 682 353 between Snettisham roundabout and row of cottages).

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