Friday, 4 February 2011

Dragons, Swans, Snowdrops – Norfolk February Half Term


Visit Norfolk in February for the action-packed Norwich Dragon Festival, the spectacular Welney winter swan feeds, carpets of snowdrops at Walsingham Abbey, the North Norfolk Railway’s full gauge steam experience, a Broad’s river cruise with Broads Tours, or enjoy BeWILDerwood’s Boggle Wish Bonfire.

Explore Norfolk’s great outdoors, for inspiration see www.visitnorfolk.co.uk/outdoors and to find a place to stay see www.visitnorfolk.co.uk/accommodation-norfolk.

Here are some activities to help you get started:


Norwich Dragon Festival www.heritagecity.org/dragonfestival runs from Saturday, February 12 to Sunday, February 27 – two weeks packed full of dragon-related activities and events taking place at more than 30 Norwich venues, linked to the symbol of the dragon and celebrating its role in the heritage and culture of Norwich. Follow the dragon trail around the city, see dragon dancing in the city centre, enjoy dragon storytelling, dragon sculptures, painting and photography, dragon puppet making, find out the science behind dragons and much more.

See the Welney winter swan feed – thousands of Whooper and Bewick’s swans, ducks and other waterbirds gather on the Ouse Washes to over-winter. Watch them being fed, from the centrally heated observatory at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Welney, daily until March 13 www.wwt.org.uk/visit/welney.

Enjoy fabulous snowdrop displays in Walsingham Abbey Grounds http://www.walsinghamabbey.com/ open daily from 10am to 4pm from February 5. Contact the Estate Office tel. 01328 820259 to check when the snowdrops are at their best.

Go for a ride on the narrow gauge Bure Valley Railway, daily February 19 to 27, a nine-mile journey from Aylsham to Wroxham and the Broads http://www.bvrw.co.uk/, or the full gauge steam experience on the North Norfolk Railway, ‘The Poppy Line’, from Sheringham to Holt, http://www.nnrailway.co.uk/ (February 19 to 27).

Visit the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich and see Basketry: Making Human Nature, featuring basketry ancient and modern from around the world (February 8 to May 22), http://www.scva.org.uk/.

See the Boggles and Twiggles at BeWILDerwood http://www.bewilderwood.co.uk/, enjoy the Boggle Wish Bonfire and go on the Wild Wish Trail (February 19 to 27).

Feed the lambs at Junior Farm Wroxham Barns, open daily 10am to 5pm from Saturday, February 19, http://www.wroxhambarns.co.uk/ and have fun on the championship mini adventure golf course.

Enjoy a river cruise on the Broads, Britain’s magical waterland with Broads Tours from Wroxham (19 to 25 February) http://www.broadstours.co.uk/.

Take the Tiger Tree Walk at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, near Great Yarmouth, open daily 10am to 5pm, http://www.thrigbyhall.co.uk/.