Places to find conkers in the East of England

Do you want to become a conker champion this autumn? If you do, you’ll need some winning conkers, so here are a few places in the East of England to find them.

Child playing with a conker in autumn at a National Trust site

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire 

One of the great 20th-century gardens, here you’ll find an avenue of horse chestnut trees planted by Lord Fairhaven. Stretching for just over half a mile, you won’t have to look far in your hunt for the perfect conker.

 Conkers on the ground in September at a National Trust property

Blickling, Norfolk 

There is something really special about splitting open the green shiny case of the horse chestnut fruit to reveal the shiny brown conker within. Hunt for the perfect conker on your walk around the garden at Blickling and challenge a friend or sibling to a conker fight. Who will be the champion?

" A great conker is one that has been stored in a dry place for at least a year. This matures it and makes it rock hard and therefore formidable."
- Roald Dahl
Boy putting conkers into a jar

Ickworth, Suffolk 

With 18,000 acres of parkland there are plenty of conkers for the taking at Ickworth. The avenues at Albana walk are a good place to start your hunt. Look for conkers that are un-cracked and firm, place these in water when you get home. All of those that are damaged will float to the surface, so choose those that sink to the bottom.

Children on a bench playing conkers at a National Trust property in autumn

Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

The horse chestnut, was first introduced to Britain from Turkey in the late 16th Century, so it's not always been at Sheringham Park. If you walk along the main drive, you're sure to find one of these trees. But make sure you visit in September and October, which are the best months to spot them - if nobody has got there before you that is!

Child with a handful of conkers at Castle Coole, County Fermanagh

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire 

Horse chestnut trees are not just a tree to admire in the autumn, although this is when they do look particularly stunning. You’ll notice the distinctive leaves contributing to the colour change spectacle at Wimpole. As well as collecting conkers, why not collect some of their fallen leaves too, for a spot of wild art.

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