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  • Writer's pictureGabriella Walker

Winter Wonderland: The Best Things to Do in Norfolk During the Winter

Winter in Norfolk is my absolute favourite season, but as the temperature drops and the days get shorter, it's easy to feel like hibernating until Spring. But in Norfolk, there are plenty of things to do during the winter that will help you embrace the season and make the most of the colder months. The added bonus? You’ll get to take in the beauty of Norfolk whilst also avoiding all the crowds! From festive markets to wildlife spotting, here are the best things to do in Norfolk during the winter.

Visit the Seals - Norfolk is home to one of the largest seal colonies in the UK, and the winter months are the perfect time to spot these fascinating creatures. Head to Blakeney Point, where you can take a boat trip to see the seals basking on the sandbanks. Or, visit Horsey Beach, where you can watch the seals from the comfort of the shore.

Take a Winter Walk - Norfolk is a beautiful place to explore on foot, and the winter months offer a unique perspective on the region's natural beauty. From the windswept

beaches to the rolling countryside, there are plenty of places to take a winter walk. Head to Holkham Beach, where you can stroll along the deserted sands and take in the stunning coastal scenery. Or, explore the Norfolk Broads, where you can take a boat trip and spot winter wildlife.

Visit a National Trust Property - Norfolk is home to a number of National Trust properties,

many of which are open throughout the winter months. These historic houses and gardens offer a glimpse into Norfolk's past, as well as a chance to enjoy some seasonal events. Visit Blickling Estate for a festive trail, or head to Felbrigg Hall for winter walks and seasonal activities.

Explore the Christmas Markets - Norfolk is home to a number of fantastic Christmas markets, where you can pick up unique gifts and festive treats. Head to Norwich's Christmas Market, held in the heart of the city, for handmade crafts, hot food, and live entertainment. The Sandringham Christmas Craft, Food and Gift Fair, held at the Queen's Sandringham Estate, is another popular option for holiday shopping.

Warm Up by a Log Fire - On a cold winter's day, there's nothing better than snuggling up in a cozy corner with a roaring fire and drink. Most of the holiday cottages in Norfolk have wood burners or open fires and are a perfect retreat after a long day exploring all the beauty of Norfolk . Or, head to one of Norfolk's many beautiful pubs and hotels and enjoy delicious winter comfort food with a view of the stunning Norfolk countryside. Our favourite for this is Blakeney House; tucked away perfectly off Blakeney High Street, it's the most amazing place to snuggle up by the fire after a long day (and their food will leave you with a very happy belly indeed).

Watch the Starling Murmurations - One of the most incredible sights of the winter is the starling murmurations, where thousands of birds flock together in a mesmerising dance. Norfolk is home to several locations where you can watch this natural wonder, including RSPB Titchwell Marsh and Snettisham RSPB Reserve. Wrap up warm and be prepared to be amazed.

Go Ice Skating - Ice skating is a classic winter activity, and Norfolk has several places where you can take to the ice. Head to the Norwich Ice Rink, located in the heart of the city, for a festive skating session. Or, visit the Wroxham Barns Ice Rink, where you can skate surrounded by the Norfolk countryside.

Norfolk is a fantastic place to visit during the winter, with plenty of activities to keep you entertained. Not only that, but with less rainfall than other parts of the UK and generally sunny winter days (all the pictures on this blog are taken during winter), there's so much more opportunity to actually get out and explore. From festive markets to winter walks, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So, wrap up warm and embrace the season in this stunning part of the UK.


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