Nine great family autumn experiences in the East of England
Autumn is here, and though it may be getting colder, there’s no need to hibernate indoors. Head out and experience the region in all its colourful glory. We’ve listed nine places to enjoy the season.
Mid Norfolk Railway
Why not jump on board one of the diesel engines this autumn and take in the beautiful Norfolk countryside in style? Book onto an afternoon tea steam ride, high tea or fish and chips, on board the most magnificent trains in town. Watch the world pass by as you wine, dine and sample some of Norfolk’s produce mixed with the stunning visual delights of the broads and the coast. Prices and times can be found at mnr.org.uk
The East of England is blessed with some of the most beautiful untouched National Trust sites, including Anglesey Abbey and Mill in Cambridge, Oxburgh Hall and Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk, Willington Dovecote and Stables in Bedfordshire.
The National Trust website holds all the information you need to know about these stunning sites and more. Choose from forests, woods, stately homes, castles and ruins. Pick one, pack up the car and go! More information at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/daysout/regioneastofengland/east-of-england
Sheringham Park is one of the most picturesque parks in the UK, with acres of green land, forest, paths and wild roaming deer; it really is the perfect place to go exploring amongst the autumnal leave this October. The park is dog-friendly and there’s plenty to spot on your walk round from rare butterflies to some four-legged friends. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheringham-park.
This autumn, book yourself onto a wild safari and meet over 80 species of animals from zebras and meerkats to aardvarks and lions at Africa Alive! located in Lowestoft. If you simply love animals or know someone with a special birthday coming up, then book on to one of the wild experiences to make your loved one or child’s birthday that extra bit special. Tickets are priced at £19.95 per adult and £14.50 for a child. Experiences are extra and will need to be booked in advance. www.africa-alive.co.uk
Southwold Lighthouse & Beach
Fancy a day out by the sea, stepping back in time and finding out more about the local lighthouse and how it protects the stunning Suffolk coast and its visiting ships from harm? Then head to Southwold and all will be revealed. With so much on offer including the beach, beach huts, local restaurants and the lighthouse and its information centre, you can easily spend a weekend exploring this beautiful part of the coast. Tickets cost £4 for adults and £3 for children. Find out more at www.trinityhouse.co.uk/
Adnams Gin Experience
If relaxing with a nice ale or refreshing gin is more your thing then Adnams brewery in Bury St Edmunds is hosting a number of brewery and distillery tours at its base in Suffolk. Do the names Ghost ship, Long shore and Copper House Dry Gin, ring any bells? Well this is the home where they are lovingly created.
Head online and book a tour. If you want to see the distillery or brewery working then it’s best to visit during the week. Housed in a Victorian style building, a modern treat awaits you. Book your tour at adnams.co.uk
A beach, a Quay, pubs, restaurants, cafes, a pirate ship, shops, ice cream parlours and much, much, more awaits you on this picturesque stretch of the North Norfolk coast. Take a boat trip through the marshes or opt for a sunset tour through Wells Harbour Tours (this time of year is great for pink glowing skies), or follow the coastal path from Wells to Stiffkey, stop off at The Red Lion for lunch and catch the Coasthopper back. Plan your day out at https://www.wells-guide.co.uk/.
Does one fancy a Royal visit perhaps? Sandringham Estate is the 18thcentury countryside retreat of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Often frequenting at Christmas time for gathering with all the family, the estate is free to visit all year round. Swathed in history, the house, museum, gardens and visitors centre are a must before resting your feet at the onsite café. https://www.sandringhamestate.co.uk/.
Framlingham Sausage Festival
Looking for a festival to warm up this autumn? Framlingham is your best bet where you can snuggle up with hot sausages. It all happens on Sunday 14 October from 10am when the town of Framlingham will celebrate the great British sausage producers from East Anglia. Tickets cost £6 per person or a group ticket for four people can be purchased for £20. You can even vote on your favourite sausage and if you hang around until 5.30pm, the winners will be announced at Framlingham Castle. There are three sizzling gluten free categories in this year’s festival too, so no one is left out. www.framlinghamsausagefestival.com/aboutsausagefest.