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things to do in north norfolk in september

September is a lovely time to visit north Norfolk. The weather is still good, the sea is warm, the countryside is looking beautiful, there’s lots of wildlife to spot, everything is still open and it's much less crowded. It’s the ideal time for a short break or weekend away. Here’s a list of our favourite things to do in September in north Norfolk.

Discover hidden gems. The annual Heritage Open Days: 6-9 and 13-16 September 2018 enables you to discover some of north Norfolk’s hidden gems and historic sites and buildings celebrating of the area’s heritage. Spanning two September weekends, the Heritage Open Days festival is a fantastic and unique opportunity to explore some of north Norfolk's normally hidden sites as well as some more familiar landmarks. Some of the events include, stepping aboard a famous Norfolk Wherry and exploring a 13th century church, stately homes and museums.

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National Trust Felbrigg Hall

Journey back in time. Hop aboard and take a journey back in time at North Norfolk Railway's 1940s Weekend, 14 - 16 September; one of the biggest live events in the north Norfolk calendar! Listen to live music, enjoy re-enactments, browse stalls and try war time food. Everyone is welcome to go in uniform or 1940s civilian dress to add to the atmosphere. Don’t forget your gas mask and ration books!

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1940s Weekend

Marvellous museums. North Norfolk is home to many marvellous museums, providing a chance to explore the area’s past and get hands on with history. Head to Cromer Museum and step inside a cosy Victorian fisherman's cottage and imagine what it was like to live in Cromer at the end of the 19th Century, or visit one of England’s smallest museums, Mundesley Maritime Museum with ships' wheels, navigation lights and lifesaving paraphernalia. A great day out whatever the weather.

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HISTORY & HERITAGE

West Runton Mammoth Bones at Cromer Museum

A home away from home. North Norfolk is home to many stately homes, dotted around the countryside. Head to National Trust properties, Blickling and Felbrigg as well as Houghton Hall & Gardens with its gorgeous grounds. Visit Palladian Holkham with a superb estate just a stone’s throw from Holkham beach, and take a look round the Royal Family’s Sandringham. Many of the stately homes have exhibitions such as Field to Fork at Holkham Hall or the Soldier Museum at Houghton Hall, the largest private collection of model soldiers in the world.

STATELY HOMES

Holkham Hall

Excellent events. Although it’s less crowded in September, it doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of events! The North Norfolk Food Festival takes place this month at Holkham Hall and offers a tasty array of food and drink from local suppliers and lots of demonstrations. There is also the Game and Country Fair at Sandringham, displaying the best in exciting equine sports, country pursuits and the wonderful world of dogs; a huge steam and vintage area, have a go falconry, fishing and fieldsports.

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North Norfolk Food Festival

Go boating on the Broads. The Broads National Park is home to more than quarter of the rarest wildlife in the UK as well as 125-miles of tranquil, lock-free waterways. Hire a boat during September and take advantage of the less crowded mooring spots; hire a day boat or for a long-weekend or for a week on the water, rent out a cruiser for a few days.

THE BROADS NATIONAL PARK

BOATING BREAKS

Boating holidays on The Broads

Wonderful wildlife. September is an ideal time of year to see migrating birds starting to arrive to the area. You may be lucky enough to see arctic skuas, Leach’s storm-petrels and long-tailed skuas. Listen out in woodlands for rutting red deer stags and keep an eye out for otters on the Broads. For underwater wildlife, head to West Runton and see what you can find in the rockpools. You could see velvet swimming-crabs, long-spined sea-scorpions and beadlet anemones.

NATURE AND WILDLIFE

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NATURE RESERVES

Deer at Holkham

Amazing attractions. If you’re planning to come with little ones, north Norfolk’s attractions are still open. Choose from getting close to nature attractions such as Pensthorpe Natural Park, Amazona Zoo, Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens and Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden. Swing through the treetops at Bewilderwood, have fun at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure and have under-water capers at Sealife Hunstanton. 

ATTRACTIONS IN NORTH NORFOLK

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

Sail with the seals. A boat trip at Blakeney Point, will take you out to the largest colony of Common and Grey seals in England. Sail among the seals who bob up to see you.

NATURE AND WILDLIFE

Seals at Blakeney Point

Beautiful beaches. Explore over 45 miles of unspoilt coastline along the north Norfolk coast and discover award-winning and Blue Flag beaches. Walk along the Deep History Coast where historical discoveries such as the mammoth skeleton, have been made dating back hundreds of thousands of years. Most of the coast is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, meaning it has natural features of exceptional beauty. There are less crowds and if you go early in the morning, you may well have the beach to yourself.

THE BEACHES AND COAST OF NORTH NORFOLK

BEST BEACHES

BEACHES FOR DOG WALKING

Sheringham Beach

Stride out. The walking and cycling trails in north Norfolk take in the most stunning coastal and countryside views and the annual walking and cycling festival (in October) is a great chance to explore the area. There are plenty of trails to suit all abilities from the 63-mile Norfolk Coast Path between Hunstanton and Sea Palling, to short circular trails ideal for an afternoon stroll. And if you visit in October, there is the annual Norfolk Trails Walking and Cycling Festival to help you explore the 1,200 miles of trails around the Norfolk coast and countryside.

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Beeston Bump Coastal Path

Festival fun. Between 28 - 30 September, head to the Deepdale Festival for a weekend of fanastic food, great live music, spoken word, drum jams and street entertainment, all in a chilled atmosphere. 

DEEPDALE FESTIVAL

Deepdale Festival