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“Nature’s rolling out the red carpet this October half-term
Whether it’s the technicolour canopy of autumn colour, the rustle of leaves underfoot or the sight of toadstools among the fallen leaves, autumn is a feast for the senses.
Track down the best autumn colour you can find on a walk with your family this October. Have a family leaf hunt to find the biggest and brightest leaves, challenge your family to a game of Top Trunks, enjoy conker battles with friends or head off on a scavenger hunt to see what else you can find to create some wild art when you get home.
Discover the simple pleasures of being outdoors with the family this October half-term throughout Norfolk.
There’s nothing quite like experiencing autumn at Blickling Estate. Come and see a stunning display of colour throughout the gardens and parkland. This half term holiday, join us for our Bats and Beasties Fun Day, on Friday 28 October. Take a seasonal family nature walk through the woods to the Mausoleum where you can enjoy storytelling sessions, autumnal arts and crafts and nature talks about bats and other beasties. With a suggested donation of £3, it’s the perfect way to spend an autumnal day with all the family. Guided walks to the Mausoleum will take place at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm from the Estate Barn. No booking required but if you’d like to reserve a place, please call our Visitor Welcome team on 01263 733956.
Apples are a plenty at Blickling at this time of the year. Take part in our half term self-led apple trail in the orchard – learn the names of different apple varieties and whether they are a cooker, dessert, or dual along with other interesting facts about them. Then help yourself to samples from the baskets beside the trees for a small donation. Or join us on Friday 21 October (National Apple Day) and Tuesday 25 October for a morning walk and talk on Apples in the Walled Garden orchard. Visit the website for further details.
Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate
The woodland at Felbrigg has dazzling displays of autumn colour throughout October and into November. With golden yellows and vibrant oranges, it really is picture perfect.
Take a wander through the Hall, open between 12-4pm daily, and discover some interesting spooky stories from it’s past. Or head out into the Estate and find some fantastic fungi with our self-led autumn fungi spotter guide. Featuring 16 examples of mushrooms and fungi found in different habitats at Felbrigg, it’s a real challenge to tick them all off as you explore. Download the free guide from our website ahead of your visit. If you’d like to learn more about these fascinating species, book a place on our Family Fungi Foray on Sunday 23 October from 10.30am – 12.30pm.
On Sunday 23 October, join our Night Hike between 5.30pm – 8pm and see what is stirring as the sun sets. Going on a nature walk at night and Go stargazing are two of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾! Events can be booked on our website.
The hedgerows are full of berries, spiders are weaving their webs and the fungi is emerging. A visit to Sheringham Park at this time of year will ensure you make the most of what autumn has to offer.
Our popular pre-booked family events over half term include a Night Hike on Friday 21 October – join us to see what is stirring as darkness descends. Tawny Owls hoot, deer come out of hiding and the stars can be spectacular on a clear night. Or you can learn more about the fabulous world of fungi on our Family Fungi Foray on Tuesday 25 October. Mushrooms come in a multitude of shapes, sizes and colours and there is a fantastic display in the woods at Sheringham at this time of the year. Events can be booked on our website.
On Monday 24 and Thursday 27 October, get creative and make your own Conker Monster or Pine Cone Critter in the Bower garden. This is a free drop-in event and runs 10.30am to 3.30pm, normal parking charges apply.”