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Best things to do in the 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. Here’s our top things to do when you visit Norfolk…

1 Head to the coast and it’s likely it’ll just be you, the shoreline, the sea and sky – and perhaps your partner, the kids and a dog or two! 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 Gorleston-on-Sea (above), Great Yarmouth, Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham or Brancaster.

Explore the east coast of Norfolk

Explore the north coast of Norfolk

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!

Walking in Norfolk – the best walking routes

RSPB Snettisham The Wash

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 Norfolk

4 Get your wellies on and splash about in the puddles or kick around the leaves when you’re walking the dog.

Welly walks in Norfolk

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

5 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 £3m. You’ll know why when you see the costumes!

Best festivals in Norfolk

Thetford Forest

6 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. Other places to visit in Autumn for glorious colour are Pensthorpe, The Walks in King’s Lynn, Mousehold Heath in Norwich, Sheringham Park, and the estates of Felbrigg, Blickling, Holkham and Houghton.

7 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. Make that two days!

Take a Magical History Tour of Norwich

Oxburgh Hall

8 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!

Stately homes in Norfolk

Fallow Deer Rut at Holkham Hall, credit Darren Williams

9 Head to Holkham Hall to see a deer rut – this is the time of year when stags use their antlers to fight rival males to attract females. Did you know that red deer are our largest land mammal? Now you do. Or enjoy a leisurely meal at the Gunton Arms and watch the deer through the windows.

10 Look out for special events tied in to the time of year – Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse has a wonderful Apple Day, and the Broads Authority, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Fairhaven Gardens, Forestry Commission and others put on Fungi Forays and guided nature tours. And there’s Halloween of course, with events including PrimEvil and The Fairyland Trust’s Real Halloween and at visitor attractions including BeWILDerwood, Pensthrope, Roarr!, Thrigby Hall, Pleasure Beach and many more!

What’s On in Norfolk