Skimming stones, building sandcastles, what do you love about the coast? © NTPL

Skimming stones, building sandcastles, what do you love about the coast?

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Summer isn’t complete without a trip to the seaside, whether it’s the pebbly beach at Dunwich Heath where you can skim stones or the sandy beach at Brancaster that’s perfect for sandcastle building. And there's lots to celebrate about the coast this summer, join us for our Big Beach Picnic or one of our Coastal Bioblitz events.

  • Anyone for croquet? © Paul Watson

    Summer days out

    Why not play traditional summer games? How about a spot of croquet on the lawn at Paycocke’s or Blickling, giant chess at Oxburgh Hall, quoits at Bourne Mill, pooh sticks at Houghton Mill or making daisy chains at Melford Hall? There’s plenty of family fun to be had in Anglesey Abbey’s Wildlife Discovery Area too.

  • Anyone for croquet? © John Millar

    Perfect picnic spots

    Now is the perfect time of year to pack a picnic and spend some time catching up with friends over a sandwich and glass of lemonade. Dine to the sound of birdsong or the sound of crashing waves on the beach. Enjoy spreading out the picnic by the river or soak up a picturesque view. Here are our favourite spots to enjoy a picnic in the East of England. Where will you enjoy yours this summer?

  • Cycling around Blickling © John Millar

    Two wheel adventures

    Cycling is a great way to explore and we've lots of places that are perfect for two wheel adventures. Why not try out some of our favourite routes at Wicken Fen, Blickling, Ickworth and Wimpole? And don't worry if you haven't got a bike or want to bring one with you, you can now hire them at Blickling, Wicken Fen and Hatfield Forest.

  • Blickling Parterre with view of the fountain © Fisheye Images

    Herbaceous borders

    Often described as quintessentially English, the herbaceous borders in the gardens at Blickling, Wimpole, Anglesey, Felbrigg, Oxburgh and Peckover will be looking their best in the summer months with unmissable colour and beautiful scent. Wander around formal gardens, wild gardens, kitchen gardens and cottage gardens. Here are some of our favourite gardens in the East of England you might like to explore.

  • Blickling Parterre with view of the fountain © All Yours Photography

    Butterfly watch

    There's an abundance of wildlife to spot, with Wicken Fen, Dunstable Downs and Sheringham Park the perfect places to see butterflies and dragonflies flitting alongside you when you’re out enjoying the fresh air. We were treated to some spectacular displays last summer; we’re hoping they’ll be back in force again this year.

  • In the tent at night © Joe Cornish

    Sleep under the stars

    Why not enjoy a camping holiday this summer? Our campsites are set in the most beautiful locations, ideal for exploring the surrounding countryside. From hard standing pitches to rustic camping shelters - enjoy a night out under the stars at Wicken Fen or Houghton Mill.

  • Summer nights

    The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. This summer you can choose from a host of outdoor theatre performances, film nights and concerts. Blickling is excited to be part of the Summer Nights film festival this year and HatFilm returns to Hatfield Forest by popular demand. You can even camp out under the stars at Wicken Fen and Houghton Mill.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Enjoy the great outdoors this summer

Enjoy the great outdoors this summer

Why not get the whole family outside this summer, and enjoy wild adventures and activities in our parks as well as at the coast There's plenty of opportunities to complete some of our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ challenges. 

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