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Spring in Norfolk – What do during your Easter Holiday in Norwich

Spring is here! There’s a large yellow thing in clear blue skies that we haven’t had much acquaintance with these past few months. The air is humming with birdsong. Flowers are feeling the warmth and sticking their heads out. It’s Spring! And there’s no better time to visit Norfolk…

Photo from Norfolk Wildlife Trust

While there’s a little less avian action than in Winter, it’s nevertheless an ample time of year to see birdlife in Norfolk. We reckon we’re the UK’s birdwatching headquarters. Keep your eyes peeled for spectacular aerial displays of lapwings over coastal marshes, plus nesting terns and calling swifts. Birdsong is incredible at this time of year – specifically the churring nightjar.

 

 

Photo from Dreamstime

Flowers paint colour back to our scenery! First are snowdrops, especially good at Walsingham Abbey, and then we have bluebells. You’ll find Foxley Wood is carpeted with them. Spot the radiant yellow of Marsh Marigolds rising in the wetter areas and look out for purple violets, yellow primroses or the fairy-tale charm of foxgloves. Then, of course, Fairhaven Gardens, Pensthorpe and our stately houses are all suitable for Spring flowers.

Photo from Cycling Weekly

Now it’s warmer; what better moment to get out on peaceful country lanes with a bike, or put on the hiking boots, fill a rucksack, and head off on one of the county’s excellent trails.

Alternatively, get the dogs and explore our fantastic, huge beaches for a bracing stroll on the sand. There are not many constraints on dogs on our shores at this time. Go on, you’d be barking mad not to!

It’s lambing season, and youngsters adore nothing better than seeing the cute little animals frolicking on the grass. At Wroxham Barns, you can even feed them, plus they have a junior farm and play barn. In addition, other lamb feeding opportunities are available, including; Snettisham Park and Church Farm Stow Bardolph.

Photo from National Trust

We have a great time seeing the growing seal pups at Blakeney Point in north Norfolk before finding their own way in life. Aaaaaaw… they’re so adorable.

Some of our finest home-grown food is on its way! Look out for asparagus stalls on country road lay-bys and samphire sold on the coast. But, of course, there’s nowhere better than Norwich market, the biggest covered marketplace in Europe, if you’re in the city. Cromer crab (in sarnies or with a salad) is fabulous also at this time of year.

Photo from Time Out

 

 

From bringing the bike out to have a refreshing cycle to discovering wildlife and nature in the Broads and Brecks, you’ll never be short of exciting adventures in Norfolk!

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