February fun at Blickling

A family enjoy cycling by Blickling's lake

We might still be in the midst of Winter, but at Blickling Estate we're all about keeping a sense of excitement for the first school holiday of 2018. Join us from Saturday 10 - Sunday 18 February for half term fun.

Bike sale

Our cycle hire is in need of a refresh. Join us every day from Monday 12 February at Estate Barn for our used bike sale. From these sales we can buy new bikes to be hired out all year long, so more visitors can enjoy exploring Blickling parkland on two wheels. This fund-raising will also go towards the vital conservation of the wider estate, for ever, for everyone. 

Wellie walks

Wrap up warm and pull on your wellington boots for a wonderful winter walk. Our multi-use trail is perfect whatever the weather, so feel free to collect a map from visitor reception or even our family parkland trail, to begin your adventure. 

Don't forget to bring your wellies
Don't forget to bring your wellies

Family parkland trail

Take part in our family nature trail and explore the parkland any day of the week. This walk around the wider estate is ideal for older children as it encourages curious minds to solve riddles and complete the puzzle to reveal a mystery word. You can take part on foot or by bike, just collect a trail sheet from visitor reception. 

The Mausoleum at Blickling close up.
A close up view of the Mausoleum at Blickling

Sow and Grow

Join us for 'Sow and Grow' in the walled kitchen garden on Tuesday 13 February from 10.30am - 12.30pm. Have fun watering flowers and planting seeds in pots. You can then take your pot home and enjoy watching it grow. If you visit on any other day than Tuesday, you will still find little wheelbarrows and watering cans for gardening fun. 

Sow and grow in the walled garden
A child and her mother planting in the walled garden

Mr Dunning's recruitment tour 

If you're up for a challenge, join Mr Dunning the Butler and Kathleen the Scullery Maid on Thursday 15 February at 2pm, for a family tour of the attics, pantry and kitchen. Find out what your duties will be, where you’ll live and how much you’ll get paid. This special tour has limited places, so early morning booking upon arrival at visitor reception is essential.

Take a tour of the attics
Mr Dunning taking a group on a tour of the attics

Cooking in the kitchen

Join us for cooking in the 1930s kitchen on Sunday 11 and Sunday 18 February from 10.30am and enjoy sampling some tasty treats. Meet Kath the mischievous scullery maid and learn how things were done in days gone by. 

Join the cooks in the kitchen
The cooks in the kitchen

See how we look after special things

Explore the house every day of the week from 10.30am - 3pm* and learn about Blickling's impressive history. See conservation work in action and talk to our enthusiastic team about how they look after the collection. 

*last entry is at 2pm. 

A family explores the secrets of the house
A family explores the secrets of the house

Wander in the winter gardens

Enjoy playing in the gardens and tick off some of your '50 things to do before you're 11¾.'. Find the secret tunnels for a game of hide and seek, make a human sundial, balance on logs and even touch a sticky tree. Beautiful scented hellebores are emerging in the Dell and Orangery garden and keep your eyes peeled for a sprinkling of snowdrops.

Blickling Estate
Two children playing amongst the clipped hedges in the grounds of Blickling Hall, Norfolk