Things to see & do
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.
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.
Summer days out
Why not play traditional summer games? How about a spot of croquet on the lawn at Paycocke’s, 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.
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 at Wicken Fen or the sound of crashing waves on Brancaster Beach. Enjoy spreading out the picnic by the river at Flatford or at the Folly at Wimpole, with views across the lake back to the Hall. Where will you enjoy yours this summer?
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.
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. Enjoy watching a play in the home of a playwright at Shaw's Corner, Last Night of the Proms is a highlight in Blickling's summer programme and HatFilm returns to Hatfield Forest by popular demand. You can even camp out under the stars at Wicken Fen and Houghton Mill.
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.