Nature, flowers and walks: great things to do outdoors in Norfolk this week
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Holkham tractor tours to rockpool rummaging, spring flowers to rambles to see historic buildings, there is something for everyone in the great outdoors.
Tractor Trailer Tour
Holkham Hall, Norfolk, April 29-May 1, £4, £2 children, 01328 713111, holkham.co.uk
Farming without having to put your wellies on! Hop aboard these family tractor trailer tours at Holkham after a visit to the Field to Fork Experience to see exactly where your food comes from. See familing methods old abnd new, conservation work and the variety of crops that are grown in Holkham park, the livestock and how these change through the seasons. Tours are at 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm.
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Thorpe Marshes, Whitlingham Lane, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, April 28, 10am-12pm, free, 01603 625540, norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk
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Thorpe Marshes is Broads on the edge of Norwich. There's a lovely mix of grazed and ungrazed marshes, ditches and the open water of St Andrew's Broad. Chris Durdin, local naturalist, leads this meander to discover the reserve's wildlife. Take binoculars and a camera. Wellies recommended.
Sheringham Park, Norfolk, April 29, 2.45pm-4.45pm, £4.90 children, £2.90 adult, 0344 2491895, nationaltrust.org.uk
Starting at Sheringham seafront explore the tidal pools and beach to find some amazing marine life. Youngsters will be digging for worms, netting for shrimps and catching crabs. Booking essential.
Lackford Lakes, near Bury St Edmunds, April 30, 10am-4pm, £20 (£17 cons), 01473 890089, suffolkwildlifetrust.org
Explore this beautiful reserve with local ornithologist Paul Holness, and learn to observe and identify the great variety of birdlife, particularly spring migrants. Suitable for beginners/less experienced.
Blickling Hall, Norfolk, April 30, 2pm, included in normal admission, 01263 738030, nationaltrust.org.uk
Discover one of the best kept secrets on Blickling estate. If you're curious to know more about this unusual feature of the estate, join the the knowledgeable National Trust volunteers on this free guided walk, including a peek inside the mausoleum itself.
The Ted Ellis Nature Reserve, Wheatfen, Surlingham, Norfolk, April 28, 7pm, £4, under-16s free, 01508 538036, wheatfen.org
Wheatfen Broad is one of the few remaining areas of the once extensive Yare Valley swamp. Now managed as a nature reserve, it consists largely of open fen, reed beds, sallow carr and the small broads Wheatfen and Deep Waters. Join Rodger Goodrick for a walk to see and hear the signs of spring
70 Years of Minsmere
RSPB Minsmere, Saxmundham, April 29-30, 9am-5pm, free event, but normal reserve entry fees apply, rspb.org.uk/Minsmere
To mark its 70th anniversary as an RSPB nature reserve, Minsmere is launching a '70 species to spot challenge' over the bank holiday weekend. The 70 species represent just a small selection of the reserve's 5,700 species, from easy to spot mallards and rabbits to the scarcer, more elusive bitterns and otters. You'll need to make several visits to see all 70 though.
Children's Treasure Trail
The Plantation Garden, Norwich, April 30, 2-4pm, £4 per child, £2 accompanying adults, plantationgarden.co.uk
Follow the treasure trail clues around this hidden Norwich garden to find the mystery word and receive chocolate treats. There will be craft activities too, and a free children's guide which comprises nearly three acres and features a Gothic fountain, flower beds, lawns, an Italianate terrace, a 'Medieval' wall, summer-house and a rustic bridge.
Spring Foraging Walk
Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, April 30, 10am-3pm, £20 (suitable for over-16s only), whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk
Enjoy a walk around Nowton Park and learn how to identify and forage for a variety of wild food. The perfect opportunity for beginners to practise identifying and picking delicious flowers, roots and seasonal greens that are abundant in spring. Collect what you find, cook over an open fire and sample as part of your lunch.
Spring Flowers Weeks
Raveningham Gardens, May 1-19, 11am to 4pm (closed Sat-Sun), £5 (£4.50 cons), under-16s free, 01508 548480, raveningham.com
Raveningham Gardens open to enjoy the spring blooms. Enjoy the array of spring flowers on the wild flower meadow and enjoy late bulbs including tulips, forsythia and pulmonaria in the garden. The 18th century Walled Kitchen Garden has large glasshouses and Raveningham's 14th century church will be open.