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Norfolk Walking Festival – Thank you!

Photo - Eccles to Happisburgh beach

Wow, what an intense but amazing two weeks we had for our first ever Norfolk Walking Festival.

The festival started with a lovely launch at historic Waxham Barn, plus a guided tour of the atmospheric barn or a walk around beautiful Horsey (which included meeting a few of the dedicated Friends of Horsey Seals volunteers).

photo - walking festival launch event at Waxham Barn

Launch event at Waxham Barn

Then came two weeks of walks and talks, showcasing the unique and stunning area of north-east Norfolk. There was so much choice, with events ranging from short strolls to long distance jaunts and themed walks including; bird migration on the coast (particularly exciting at this time of year), a tour of Happisburgh Lighthouse with its fantastic views, foraging for beer ingredients, Battle of Agincourt theatrics at Erpingham, uncovering the lost medieval village of Eccles on Sea and discovering all about early humans in the area (including an incredible 3D print of one of the earliest human footprints found outside of Africa!).

Talks included a fascinating evening with Mark Thompson (The People’s Astronomer), an illustrated tour of the Amber Shorelands, an inspiring evening of walking-related films and a guide to all you need to know for walking the Norfolk Coast Path. We could go on, too!

photo - 3D print of 850,000 year old footprint

3D print of 850,000 year old footprint – Happisburgh

Taking place over the last two weeks of October, the festival period also included Halloween and half term, so there were lots of family-friendly events to choose from as well. Who could resist walks like the Creepy Caches Halloween Trail at West Runton or the intriguing Walk, Talk, Create theatrical experience, where families met the mysterious lighthouse keeper’s sister and created their own pieces of art?

photo from Creepy Caches Halloween Trail

Creepy Caches Halloween Trail from West Runton

See more photos from the festival in our Norfolk Walking Festival Flickr Album

So, we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped organise and lead events (and all the people who attended too) – you helped make our first ever walking festival a huge success!

Thank you especially to:

We also couldn’t have done it without the support of the Coastal Communities Fund, which funded the festival through our Explore More Coast project, This project aims to encourage more people to spend time exploring the area’s unique environmental and heritage features, benefiting local people, tourism and the economy.

image - cpastal communities fund logo

5 comments on “Norfolk Walking Festival – Thank you!

  1. Muddy mum
    December 4, 2015

    I’m putting together a post about the coastal marathon and geocaching on the way. We had a great time. 🙂

  2. James Kilpatrick
    January 28, 2016

    Are you planning another Norfolk Walking Festival in 2016? We would love to showcase events like this on our Walking Holidays page at https://www.kettcountrycottages.co.uk/your-norfolk-holiday/popular-holiday-types/norfolk-walking-holidays/ Please let me know if you have some dates for this year?

    • norfolktrails
      February 2, 2016

      Hi James, yes we’re planning another walking festival in October 2016 – details to be confirmed. It would be brilliant if you could showcase it on your website. We’ll let you know when the details are firmed up more. Many thanks.

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