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Top 5 cycle trails

Cycling around Blickling

Are you falling back in love with the bicycle? Why not get back in the saddle this summer?

 

Bike hire

Enjoying a ride in the countryside © John Millar

Don't worry if you haven't got a bike or a helmet. At Blickling, Wicken Fen and Hatfield Forest you can hire everything you need for a day out on the trails, even those with little legs are accommodated for. Opening times and prices vary.

Cyclists welcome

Out for a ride with friends  © John Millar

If you arrive by pedal power, park up, refuel with a well earned snack in one of our cafés and feel free to fill up your water bottle. And we hope you don’t need it, but just in case, our places now have pumps and puncture repair kits to help with any running repairs.

Cycle challenge

Enjoy an evening cycle © Nicky Busby

Fancy more of a challenge? Why not take in the sights of Wimpole Estate and the surrounding countryside? Mark Aimes is a keen cyclist in his leisure time and has helped us create this new 28 mile cycle route. Enjoy.

Ride it!

Sunday 20 July
Starting at Wimpole Estate, this cycle event will have 4 different route options. As well as a great ride there will be a big screen so you can catch up on the latest Tour de France action too.

What's on

Curtain rises on outdoor theatre

Outdoor Theatre Shakespeare © National Trust

Outdoor Theatre Shakespeare

Celebrate summer with an outdoor theatre performance. Invite friends and family, pack up a picnic hamper and enjoy everything from family classics to Shakespeare plays in the grounds of a country estate as the sunsets.

50 things adventures

Find some daisies in the garden or park and make yourself a daisy chain © National Trust/John Millar

Find some daisies in the garden or park and make yourself a daisy chain

You might have heard of the '50 things to do before you're 11¾', but have you ticked all 50 off yet? Even if you have, there's lots of events planned this summer, to help you discover your wild side and get closer to nature.

75th anniversary at Sutton Hoo

Enjoy a low flying Spitfire over Sutton Hoo © National Trust

Enjoy a low flying Spitfire over Sutton Hoo

It is 75 years since the famous ship burial and its treasure was discovered at Sutton Hoo. So come along to a garden party on 26 & 27 July, and celebrate with 1930s music and entertainment, a spitfire flypast (Sat), vintage cars (Sun) and lots more.  

Rose fair

There are many varieties of roses in our rose garden © Maureen Ritson

There are many varieties of roses in our rose garden

Wisbech Rose Fair takes place from 2 - 5 July, a town wide event and the largest flower festival in the region, Peckover gardens will be open and looking beautiful with all of their roses in bloom.

Dunstable Kite Festival

The windy conditions here are ideal for kite flying and spotting gliders © National Trust

The windy conditions here are ideal for kite flying and spotting gliders

From the 26-27 July, enjoy a fantastic atmosphere as you're bedazzled by the professional kite team's show stopping displays at Dunstable Kite Festival. Discover children's activities and wonderful stalls too.

Top picnic spots

When the weather's good, there's no better way to spend the day than a picnic with your family and friends.

 

Croquet anyone?

Anyone for croquet?

With the smell of freshly cut grass in the air, why not challenge your friends to a game of croquet on the lawn? 

Summer borders

Blickling Parterre with view of the fountain

As the summer begins, enjoy the sight and scent of flowers in abundance in the summer borders.