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Celebrating the Broads

This year welcomes the 5th Broads Outdoor Festival – two packed weeks of events to celebrate the Broads National Park.

Thurne circular walk looking across the water to Thurne Mill (the white mill) and St Benet's Mill

Thurne circular walk
looking across the water to Thurne Mill (the white mill) and St Benet’s Mill

Why celebrate the Broads?

The Broads National Park is an incredibly unique protected landscape, with 26% of the rarest wildlife in the UK, 122 miles of rivers, more than 60 shallow lakes and more than 300km of footpaths ( our very own Angles WayWherryman’s Way and Weavers’ Way and associated circular walks run through the broads). It also has the largest concentration of mills in the UK with 70 drainage mills. It is this combination of beautiful countryside, wildlife and cultural heritage that makes the Broads so special –  and we are very lucky in that this looked-after landscape can be enjoyed and valued by everyone who visits and lives there.

The Festival!

With 78 events taking place, many of which are repeated over the two weeks, you can pick and mix what you do so you can almost try everything. Pop along to the website for details about booking etc or download the Full Brochure which is packed with events and special features.

To launch the festival is Horning Boat Show Saturday 2nd May, a village charity event – there’s tonnes for the whole family, as well as plenty to interest the serious boater – check it out in the brochure below.

Each weekend has a theme to inspire you to dive in…

The first weekend is music, in pubs and venues across the Broads

The second weekend is ‘try something different’ –  go on, you know you want to.

The third weekend ‘the big challenge’ – Ending the festival with a splash is the Aquathlon open water event – 800m swim in Whitlingham Broad followed by a 5km trail run – If, like me, you think that’s too much there are several guided walks to challenge you too.

Get involved with Geocaching!

Geocaching?! How do you do that? Well, Norfolk Trails are bringing you guided geocaching walks as part of the festival on the 10th May and 15th May. Find out what geocaching is and how to play while exploring the beautiful Thurne circular walk on the Weavers’ Way.

Meet at The Lion Inn, The Street, Thurne, NR29 3AP at 1pm (walk will finish around 4pm)

Email norfolktrails@norfolk.gov.uk to confirm your attendance.

Find out more about Geocaching on the Norfolk Trails

Berney Arms Mill on Weavers' Way/Wherryman's Way

Berney Arms Mill on Weavers’ Way/Wherryman’s Way

Check it out!

There’s a huge variety of events, including; guided walks, bird watching and ringing, cycling, canoeing, boating and sailing, geocaching, arts and crafts, photography, flowers, history, family fun events, photography or watercolour painting workshops.

There’s also the extra special National Mills Weekend 9th-10th May with talks and tours around several mills not usually open to the public – for the first time in over 10 years Berney Arms Mill will be open to visitors!

You can enjoy the exterior of many of these mills sitting in their fantastic broadland landscape any time of the year when exploring the Norfolk Trails – check out Weavers’ Way or Wherryman’s Way short and circular walks

For more details about the Broads Outdoor Festival you can check out the website & online calendar or view and/or print a digital version of the Full Brochure

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