Norfolk in the Spring

As we finally wave farewell to a seemingly eternal Siberian winter, there are a number of spring events in Norfolk to celebrate the welcome warmth and vibrant colours of the season.


Photo: Fairhaven Woodland and Water Gardens, © Tour Norfolk

The great outdoors is one of Norfolk’s calling cards, and there can be few places as resplendent when in bloom. Fairhaven Woodland Garden provides guided early spring walks to catch the yellow flowering plants, while the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s celebrated Cley Marshes offers a self-guided spring treasure trail, as well as its regular walk with warden and birds for beginners events.

NWT Foxley Wood events ‘Carpets of Colour’ and ‘Blankets of Bluebells’evocatively capture the seasonal charm of spring events in Norfolk. With a traditional Spring Fair at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, a fun-filled Spring Fling festival at the Norfolk Showground and other temptations such as guided walks to see RSPB Titchwell’s Fabulous Wildlife and estate rambles at the grand National Trust Oxburgh Hall, seasonal opportunities to enjoy Norfolk al fresco abound.

Spring also heralds Easter and Norfolk has a wealth of events at vastly different locations, but with chocolate, of course, never too far away. The unique Norwich Puppet Theatre has a special Easter-themed workshop and fairy-tale performances, while an Easter Eggstravaganser at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve connects the natual world with Easter traditions.


Photo: RSPB Titchwell, © RSPB

Broads Tours offers a Special River Trip with a nature quiz and an egg hunt, and Easter specials are held on the many of Norfolk’s nostalgic steam train lines. Or for some top-drawer seasonal silliness, what better than the Boggle Bow Tie and Bonnet Bounce Off at the fantastical BeWILDerwood, where kids can decorate their own and compete in assault courses and spoon dash challenges?

Elsewhere, the diversity of spring events in Norfolk is showcased with, among others: the University of East Anglia’s Spring Literary Festival; a magical touring exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood on display at Norwich Castle; the ever-popular lamb feeding sessions at the award-winning Wroxham Barns; an exhibition highlighting Norfolk’s life as a celluloid backdrop; and Norwich Arts Centre’s stunning display of images of the night sky taken by local Astrophotographers.