Top things to do in Spring

Spring is a great time to visit north Norfolk with lighter days and signs of new life in the countryside. For family days out, there's plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. Here's our top things to do in Spring.

See spring flowers: Spring brings the first sign of colours back to the north Norfolk landscape. Snowdrops are often the first to appear. Don’t miss the shower of snowdrops at Walsingham Abbey and National Trust Sheringham Park where you’ll also see primrose, cowslips, magnolias and colourful rhododendrons and azaleas. Foxley Wood in Reepham has an amazing carpet of Bluebells. Blickling Hall’s 55 acre garden is one of the greatest in England where you'll find daffodils, bluebells, azaleas, rhododendron, wisteria and peonies.

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Snowdrops at Walsingham Abbey

See the seals: Spring (and winter) is a great time to see the growing seal pups at Blakeney Point in north Norfolk. The four-mile spit at Blakeney Point, owned by the National Trust has one of the largest colonies of grey seals in England. You can take seal-watching boat trips from Morston Quay, enabling you to get close to the seals.

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Grey Seal & Pup

Walk on a beach: Take advantage of this quiet time of year and take a bracing walk on a beach, many of which are Blue Flag beaches, to blow away the cobwebs. There’s not many restrictions on dogs on our beaches in the Spring so it’s the perfect time to get sand between the paws.

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Walking on Wells Beach
Feed lambs: Spring brings lambing season. Head to Wroxham Barns or Snettisham Park (and other places) where you can feed the lambs. Find out more about the lambs then take a turn feeding them by bottle.
Feeding Lambs

Birdwatching: Along with Winter, Spring is a perfect time of year to see birdlife in north Norfolk. The warmer climate brings the first Spring migrants such as Sand Martins, Swallows and Chiffchaffs. You may spot a Bluethroat along the Norfolk Coastal Path. No wonder Norfolk is often called the UK’s birdwatching capital! You can find out more and enjoy events at RSPB and nature reserves.

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Marsh Harrier

Go for a cycle: Take advantage of the warmer weather and quiet country lanes to explore by bike. There are many trails to choose from according to length and ability. Watch out for festivals celebrating the outdoors giving you the chance to discover a bit more about north Norfolk on bike, foot and boat. And don't worry if you don't have a bike, there are plenty of places to hire one.

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Cycling at Kelling Heath

Try local produce: North Norfolk is renowned for home-grown, locally produced food. Try the famous north Norfolk samphire and asparagus. At this time of year, Cromer crab tastes excellent either on its own, on a salad or in a sandwich.

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Samphire

Enjoy fantastic festivals: North Norfolk is famous for its festivals celebrating the history and heritage of the area. Discover more about north Norfolk's past and celebrate its heritage through the many festivals and carnivals that take place throughout the year. In Spring, you can enjoy the Viking Festival, Folk on the Pier, Spring Steam Railway Gala and the Crab & Lobster Festival.

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Crab and Lobster Festival

Explore the Broads National Park: Home to more than a quarter of the rarest plants and animals in the UK, the Broads National Park is Britain's largest protected wetland and the third largest inland waterway. Explore by foot, bike or boat stopping off at the many riverside pubs and cafés.

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Broads National Park

Beachcombing and fossil hunting: Beachcombing is great fun and more successful when there’s less crowds. Many of north Norfolk’s beaches are part of the Deep History Coast where a 600,000 year old mammoth skeleton was discovered at West Runton beach. And so beachcombing often reveals pieces of history and treasures such as amber, sea glass, shells, fossils including belemnites, sea urchins, sea sponges and mammoth teeth, and if you’re lucky fossilised hyaena dung! Please note, as long as you’re not in a protected area, you can pick up small fossils that are lying around on the ground. Please don't remove any fossils from rocks or cliffs though, and large fossils are best left for all to enjoy. If you're lucky enough to make a rare find, please report it to a museum and if you're in a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, please follow any rules they might have.

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West Runton Beach Deep History Coast

Family fun days out: North Norfolk offers fantastic family fun with attractions and places to visit. Choose from fantastic theme parks, zoos and animal centres, stately houses and museums. There are parks and treehouse playgrounds, wildlife and nature reserves, super indoor play areas, steam railways and so much more.

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