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Cycling in Thetofrd Forest

Warm and relaxing... visit Norfolk in September

For those without school age children, September is a great time to visit Norfolk: the weather is good, the sea is warm, everything is still open but the pace is a little less frenetic. September is a great time to relax in Norfolk.
Here’s our top 12 things to do…

Where to stay in Norfolk

We're not hibernating yet

Maritime Festival

There are still lots of events taking place! Head to Great Yarmouth for the superb Maritime Festival and also the Out There Festival of circus and street entertainment. Most of the activity is free. Also in the town is the Festival of Bowls and, at the Time & Tide Museum, there are always fascinating exhibitions.

What's On in Norfolk

And the wildlife is very much awake too!

Otter by Mark Ollett

Talking of hibernation, the wildlife hasn’t gone to sleep just yet! Migrating birds will be starting to arrive, there are spectacular deer ruts and, if you’re quiet and look carefully, you might see otters out on the Broads.

Autumn wildlife in Norfolk

Birdwatching in Norfolk

Take a boat out on the Norfolk Broads

Broads' day boat

Did we mention the Broads? Now’s a great time to take a boat out on to the unique 125 miles of lock-free waterways - it’s the best way to see them properly. Hire a day boat or a cruiser for a long weekend, mid-week break or a full week. Depending on your likes, you could head into the wild northern Broads or, in the south Broads, take in Great Yarmouth and Norwich.

Explore the Broads

Day boat hire

Boating holidays

Boat trips

Spectacular woodland colours

Autumn woods

September is also a great time to head out in the county’s woodlands, from Thetford Forest and Sheringham park to the great country estates of Felbrigg, Oxburgh, Blickling and Holkham. Have a fungi foray, see wild horses or just take in the spectacular brown and golden hues of Autumn.

Dog-friendly parks and woods

Top 10 magnificent museums

Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life

Just in case inclement weather descends from somewhere else, like Wales or Scotland, then step into one of our top 10 museums where you might find anything from the Snapdragon and a mummified cat, to the history of the herring industry and a replica of Seahenge. Find our top things to do if it rains here.

Top 10 museums

Things to do if it rains

Fab visitor attractions awaiting you...

Amazona soft ball fun

If you have pre-school children then Norfolk has SOOOO many visitor attractions to enjoy. For the wild ones, we’d recommend Pensthorpe and BeWILDerwood, but there’s fun to be had at Banham Zoo, Dinosaur Park and many more. And Norfolk also has a range of steam railways… choo choo!

Norfolk attractions

Heritage railways

Catch Nelson in Norfolk

Horatio Nelson

You’ll know that Norfolk is Nelson’s county and you can be reminded of him wherever you are in the county. Discover where he learnt to sail at Burnham Overy Staithe, just a few miles from his birthplace at Burnham Thorpe, where he and his rector father are remembered in the church. There's a statue of him in the precincts of Norwich Cathedral, close to where he went to school, and in Great Yarmouth there's the magnificent Nelson Monument.

And if you just want to raise a glass to the victor of Trafalgar there are many, many pubs named after the country's greatest naval commander.

Explore Nelson in Norfolk

Get the seal of approval

Seals at Blakeney Point in the summer

Blakeney Point is home to the largest seal colony in England during Winter, but in September it’s very much worth a boat trip from Morston Quay to see these delightful, inquisitive and friendly animals. And because of the longer days, there are two trips a day, unlike Winter.

Where to see seals in Norfolk

Enjoy our Downton Abbeys

Blickling at night

Imagine you’re starring in Downton Abbey by visiting one of the county’s many stately homes, of which we have more than you can shake a stick at. Take your pick from Blickling, Felbrigg, moated Oxburgh, Houghton, the Royal Family’s Sandringham and Palladian Holkham.

Norfolk's Downton Abbeys

Explore our Seven Natural Wonders

Grime's Graves

As the weather in September is still good, how about exploring Norfolk’s Seven Natural Wonders, including the most important chalk river in Europe, the unique Brecks and Cromer Ridge, the highest point in East Anglia.

Seven Natural Wonders

Head out to the 90 miles of coast

Holkham beach

It’s a great time to be enjoying our coast. We have brilliant beaches, our top 10 are here, and many beaches are dog-friendly. The water might be a trifle cold, but you could always kitesurf at Hunstanton or learn to paddleboard. Almost our entire 90 miles of coast have a walking path, so you can enjoy the cliffs, seashore, salt marshes and tidal creeks at your own pace. Park up, walk as far as you want and then get the Coastal Hopper bus back.

Norfolk coast & beaches

Coast and beach blogs

Walk in the footsteps of mammoths

West Runton - Deep History Coast

Did you know that Norfolk was the last part of the UK to be joined to the Continent by land? And did you know that the largest and best-preserved mammoth skeleton ever found was uncovered in Norfolk? And that the first tourists ever to come to the UK came to Norfolk? If not, it’s a great time to explore Norfolk’s Deep History Coast.

Deep History Coast

So there you have it… a dozen great reasons to visit Norfolk in September! What are you waiting for?

Family fun in Norfolk

Attractions in Norfolk