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.

Beaches in east Norfolk

Beaches in north Norfolk

HolkhamPut on your wellies and splash in the sea.

2 Now it's cooler, there's no better time to put on the hiking boots and stride out. Norfolk has many inter-connecting long distance walks – and as the county is pretty flat they're quite easy-going! Whether it's by the coast, by waterways and through beautiful unspoilt countryside, you'll find a walk you like.

Walking in NorfolkThe Autumn is a great time to pull on your walking boots.

3 We reckon Norfolk is the birdwatching capital of the UK and now's the perfect time to see thousands of birds as they migrate south from the Arctic. V-shaped squadrons of pink-footed geese from Iceland and Greenland are the things to see along the north coast at Titchwell and Cley and there are waders in The Wash at Snettisham. At Welney swans and ducks start to arrive for the winter – go along for the wild swan feeds at sunset.

Birdwatching in NorfolkBirdwatching at Salthouse in Norfolk.

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.

What's On in Norfolk

Thursford Christmas SpectacularThursford Christmas Spectacular is a must-see event in Norfolk.

5 You thought New Hampshire was famous for its Autumn colours, but what about Thetford Forest and The Brecks. Everywhere you look you'll see a fabulous canopy of oranges, golds and browns. Head out on foot or hire a bike. John Keats' To Autumn, 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness', could have been written for this...

Thetford ForestThetford Forest is all browns and oranges in the Autumn.

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

Norwich, NorfolkAn aerial shot of Fine City Norwich, showing the Norman cathedral.

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!

Norfolk's Downton Abbeys

SandringhamThe Queen's country home, Sandringham.

8 This is probably the best time of the year to eat mussels from off our north shores. The best ones come from Brancaster. Have a long, bracing walk and then hunker down in a pub with a steaming bowl of the meaty little bivalves!

Norfolk mussels

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.

What to do if it's raining in Norfolk

Norfolk has many museumsNorfolk has many great museums, often putting on events.

10 It's a good time to go crabbing or rockpooling with the sun not as strong, but the water still warm. You don't need much equipment, and there are great locations, particularly on the north Norfolk coast.

Crabbing in NorfolkGo crabbing at quays or in rock pools.
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