From pop-up play pavilions with a family-festival feel to interactive storytelling and open-air theatre, there are lots of events and activities on offer this summer from the National Trust.
And thanks to funding from Sport England National Trust properties will be encouraging families to get active and take part in a Summer of Sport. With drop-in ‘come out and play’ sports sessions including archery and athletics, hopscotch and hockey.
Here we’ve rounded up some of the best and most exciting National Trust events and activities across Norfolk to keep the whole family busy this summer.
To start your summer adventure, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
There’s always something to spark the imagination of your little explorers at Blickling. This summer, see more of the estate on two wheels with a bike from the cycle hire. From balance to e-bikes, they offer the perfect way to explore some hidden areas while keeping active. Kick back in one of the garden deckchairs and treat yourself to an ice-cream while the rest of the family try their hands at the facilitated play activities, supported by Sport England. Get ready to free your inner Robin Hood at archery sessions on selected days throughout the summer, before picnicking under the dappled shade of Blickling’s magnificent veteran trees.
Felbrigg has so much to offer families this summer. Explore inside the Hall and imagine what it might have been like to have lived or worked there. Visit the walled garden to see fruits and vegetables growing – and don’t forget to look out for the hens! Try your hand at den building in the Great Wood and see if you can spot dragonflies around the lake.
You can become an explorer any day of the week this summer at Oxburgh as you try your hand at Orienteering and go on an adventure around the estate. Find signs of wildlife and hunt for bugs, challenge a friend to a game of pooh sticks, create some wild art or build a den in the woodland. Relive your school days in the Sports Day area or try your hand at outdoor games on the lawns, overlooking the moat. Whether you’re looking for your latest adventure, or a lazy day relaxing and enjoying a picnic by the moat, Oxburgh has plenty to help you make the most of summer with your family.
There’s plenty of space at Sheringham Park for those needing to burn off some energy. Why not become a nature detective? You can collect natural materials, use a spotter’s guide to identify wildlife or immerse yourself in the colours, noises and textures of the world around you. Can you find the new Bug Hotel? If you’re looking for a new activity to try, we’re offering guided archery sessions on selected dates throughout the summer holiday. ‘Arrows’ is a short form of archery designed to introduce children to the sport, as recommended by GB Archery. Instruction will be proved as you aim to hit the target. Keep an eye on the website for the latest information. Heartbreak Productions are also returning, this year with an outdoor performance of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie. Pack a picnic, grab a chair, and enjoy some good old family entertainment. Visit the website for full details and prices.
Explore the wildlife that the Norfolk Broads have to offer with a ‘Wildlife Bingo’ challenge at Horsey. Hunt for animal tracks around the garden and see if you can find everything on the sheet. If you spot something you’re not sure of, a giant ID guide is available in the reception area.
Another way to enjoy the gardens and walks is with sensory bingo. Search for sounds, sights, smells and textures on your journey. Perhaps you’re looking for something more active? We’ll be playing with skipping ropes and hula hoops, as well as getting competitive with ring toss, Molkky skittles and Jenga. Fun for all ages!