Autumn in Norfolk
Autumn is the time when the leaves turn golden brown, the hedgerows are full of free fruit, the annual bird migration begins and you can wrap up in woollens, scarves and hats to brave the world. The pace has slowed down and you can always find a solitary spot or a warm fire and a hot chocolate - it's a great time to be in Norfolk.
Our top things to do…
1 Head to the coast and it's likely to be just you, the shoreline, the sea and sky – and perhaps your partner, the kids and a dog or two! Probably a few seals as well, if you keep your eyes peeled. Take a walk along crunchy shingle at Blakeney Point, in the dunes at Winterton-on-Sea, Horsey and Sea Palling or head out onto the wide expanses of Wells, Holkham or Brancaster. Norfolk has two distinctly different coasts, the east and the north.
4 From early November you can see West End quality performers in north Norfolk, as the ever-popular Thursford Christmas Spectacular begins its new season. It's now recognised as the largest show of its kind in the country, if not Europe, and has a budget of more than £3m! You'll know why when you see the costumes.
6 Spend a day in our Fine City, just bimbling. Do a spot of shopping in two excellent malls and in more independent shops than you can shake a stick at, particularly in The Lanes; wander medieval cobbled streets; take in museums such as The Castle and Bridewell; explore The Forum, the Cathedral and its grounds, Europe's largest undercover market; sample local food in one (or two) of our fabulous restaurants and delis. Not one day... make it two!
Other castles in Norfolk
7 Explore one of Norfolk's fine stately homes – indulge in heritage and history, and then take a walk around the grounds. Just imagine you're in Downton Abbey!
9 Norfolk has a superb range of museums, spread across the county, and they're often putting on events, such as Apple Day at Gressenhall. If heritage is your thing Norfolk has the most medieval churches of any county in the country and the most Saxon round-towered churches too.