We're reopening the places you love in Norfolk, safely and in line with government guidance. We recommend you book in advance for visits to Blickling Estate, Felbrigg Hall, Oxburgh Hall and Sheringham Park, especially at busy times such as weekends and over the festive period.
Blossom is a sure sign that spring has arrived. Nature's own confetti, nothing lifts the spirits quite like the beauty of pink or white petals adorning trees in the springtime. Here's some of the places that might be local to you, where you can witness this seasonal highlight in East Anglia.
Do you enjoy wandering around gardens, seeking inspiration for your own or perhaps they're a place to escape to if you lack your own green space? Find out what's in bloom, as well as some fascinating facts, myths and meanings behind the flowers we grow and what to look out for at this time of year.
As nature wakes up for spring, you can see people participating in #BlossomWatch with this map, which is powered by your tweets. You can also find out more about how you can spread the joy of spring on Twitter with #BlossomWatch.
Blickling Estate springs into life with the changing of the seasons. Look out for snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, magnolia and wisteria followed by one of the most breath-taking displays of bluebells in the region.
Signs of spring are everywhere at Felbrigg. Daffodils bloom around the hall and bluebells in the woodland. Camellias and rhododendrons can be found in the West Garden, and more exotic plants in the Walled Garden, including the azara, which has an amazing scent.
The wild garden at Sheringham is at its best in spring. Rhododendrons take centre stage from early March to mid-June, with giant pierises, magnolias, snowdrops, handkerchief trees and bluebells. Listen for the song of the blackcap and skylark and look out for deer, brown hares and maybe a basking adder.
Oxburgh Hall is currently undergoing an exciting restoration and it's all thanks to your support. Whilst work continues on the roof, enjoy a walk around the landscape, discovering new areas of the parkland. Check our opening times for the latest information, as to when the house is open.
Spring on the Norfolk coast brings a flurry of new sounds. At the end of March the sandwich terns return, common terns and little terns join through April, and in May, oyster catchers, avocets and ring plummers will sing, display and lay eggs. Brent geese say goodbye at the end of April, filling the sky with honking.
Between February and May look out for boxing brown hares, dancing common cranes and marsh harriers. Frogspawn will be in abundance, butterflies will appear, from rare swallowtails to daffodil yellow brimstones and the season will finish in a finale of carpets of bluebells.
Norfolk is a great place for a day out with the family. From crabbing at Blakeney, cycling at Blickling, wildlife watching at Sheringham Park, as well as plenty of space to enjoy a walk at Felbrigg and Oxburgh Hall.
Throughout Norfolk there are many trails and footpaths that will take you through stunning scenery, from the iconic coastline to the Norfolk Broads. As well as the coastal path, head off the beaten track at Sheringham Park, Felbrigg Hall and Blickling Estate.
Best breeding season for rare little terns for 25 years
One of the UK’s few remaining little tern colonies at Blakeney National Nature Reserve has had its most successful season for 25 years thanks to a lack of disturbance, few predators and a helping of luck. This year, nesting pairs of little terns fledged over 200 chicks at Blakeney Point.
Archaeologist discovers rare items under the floor of Oxburgh Hall
An archaeologist working alone through lockdown in the attic rooms of Oxburgh Hall has uncovered thousands of rare items under the floorboards. The variety, age and significance of the items found and what they reveal make it a unique discovery.
2020 was the 125th anniversary of the National Trust and although our birthday year didn't turn out quite like how we planned, we took the opportunity to look back at where it all began. Here are some of the key moments in our history of caring for special places, in the East of England.
Go behind the scenes at Sheringham Park and discover 1,000 acres of glorious parkland, woods and clifftops. Learn about the designer who sculpted the landscape, Humphry Repton, and meet the staff and volunteers who keep his vision alive today.
Follow our most ambitious restoration project to date, which will secure the future of this 500 year old building. Along the way we'll share our discoveries, life behind the scenes and opportunities to take a closer look.
Not far from Cambridge you'll find Anglesey Abbey, where the gardens boast colour throughout the year. A little further afield you'll discover Wimpole with acres of space to explore, the distinctive fenland landscape of Wicken Fen and views of one of the last working mills on the River Ouse.
With a landscape made famous by the artist John Constable to the royal burial ground at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk has a fascinating history. There's lots of variety too, from the coastline in the east to the picturesque wool towns in the west. And you won't want to miss Ickworth with its Italianate garden and parkland.
Tucked away in Essex you'll find hidden gems like Blake's Wood and Danbury Common, as well as some of our more well known places like Hatfield Forest. Over the border in Bedfordshire, enjoy the view from Dunstable Downs and in Hertfordshire, Ashridge Estate is ideal for walks with the family.