If you thought Norfolk was beautiful in the summer months, wait until you see it in autumn. The great thing about the variety in the Norfolk landscape is that it lends itself to activities the whole year round, which means that there's plenty to do, whenever you visit Nelson's county. Looking for inspiration on Norfolk activities as the leaves turn golden brown? Here are five things to do in Norfolk this autumn.
Explore Peddars Way
Running from Hunstanton to Knettishall Heath, the 46 mile path gives you a real taste of what the county is all about. Whether you want to cover the whole trail over a long weekend, or would prefer to wander along a new stretch of Peddars Way each time you visit, this route offers the perfect weekend activity. Prefer to travel faster? Much of Peddars Way path is bike-friendly, and there's even a special route for horse riders, so you can enjoy this stretch of Norfolk countryside no matter how you travel.
Stroll Along Holkham Beach
North Norfolk is famous for its beaches, and nothing beats a stroll along Holkham beach, no matter the time of year. Park near to Holkham Hall and venture through the trees to this vast expanse of sand. No one need feel left out, either, as you can bring your canine friend along with you.
Discover Holkham Hall
Holkham Hall is spectacular, and makes for the perfect autumn activity, whether you're exploring the immaculate grounds or marvelling at the impressive decor. Keep an eye out for the Fallow Deer that roam free in the park, and join in on a deer safari or deer walk to help you spot them. Holkham Hall is home to some exciting exhibitions throughout the year, so don't forget to check these out on your visit.
Birdwatch at Snettisham
Norfolk is a birdwatcher's paradise the whole year though, but autumn is a particularly exciting time. RSPB Snettisham Nature Reserve gives birdwatchers the chance to see some of the most beautiful birds in Britain. During the autumn months you can expect to see the pink-footed geese assemble as they fly to and from their overnight roosts. Snettisham offers a range of different walks and talks for all experiences, which makes it the perfect location whether you're a seasoned professional or a bright-eyed bird watching newcomer.
Visit a Farmers' Market
As well as the beautiful landscapes, Norfolk is renowned for its delicious produce, so visiting a farmers' market is a natural choice if you're at a loss for things to do. The weather might not be on your side, but there's nothing better than cosying up with a meal you've made from fresh Norfolk ingredients, be it Brancaster mussels for dinner, Binham Blue for dessert or local vegetables, you'll be spoilt for choice at Norfolk farmers' markets. Why not give Sandringham a try, which takes place the fourth Sunday of each month? Looking for more Norfolk food fun? Head to the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival at Holkham Hall to kick off your food-filled autumn in Norfolk. Now in its ninth year, the festival gives you the chance to sample some of the county's most delicious produce, as well as learning a thing or two in the cookery theatre.
Whatever you choose to do in Norfolk this autumn, why not make your visit extra special with a stay at Heacham Manor? Stay at Heacham Manor this autumn on a special 2 Night Bed & Breakfast with Dinner on the first night and free access to the Mulberry Spa Thermal Suite included. It's the perfect bases whatever you intend to do in Nelson's county. To book, call the hotel on 01485 536 030 or click here for more information and online booking.