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Open gardens, rare breeds and kids fun: great outdoor things this week in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 15:59 03 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:49 03 March 2017

There will be lots of outdoor play, exploration and adventure at Wild Tots at Carlton Marshes. Picture: Zdenka Simekova

There will be lots of outdoor play, exploration and adventure at Wild Tots at Carlton Marshes. Picture: Zdenka Simekova

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Gressenhall opens its doors for spring, Raveningham Gardens open for charity and there is a special outdoor activity day for toddlers.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse re-opens to the public this Sunday. Pictured is Lynne Wright. Picture: Ian BurtGressenhall Farm and Workhouse re-opens to the public this Sunday. Pictured is Lynne Wright. Picture: Ian Burt

Spring Opening

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, March 5, 10am-5pm, £11.95 (£11.40 cons), £9.55 under-18s, under-4s free, £40.65-£30.50 family, 01362 860563, gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk

Gressenhall opens its doors for the first time in 2017 this Sunday.

The 50-acre site offers many opportunities to take in the beauty of the early spring Norfolk countryside. A country trail leads through the fields and along the River Whitewater, a tributary of the River Wensum. Stroll around the orchard. The woodland playground is a world of adventure for children. Meanwhile the museum farm is run as a traditional Norfolk farm might have been between 1900 and 1930. The rare breed farm animals are all native to the region and include Red Poll cattle, Large Black pigs, Norfolk Horn sheep and traditional chickens and turkeys.

Guided Birdwatching Walk

NWT Holme Dunes, Norfolk, March 5, 11am, places free, details 01485 525240, norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

Slow paced ramble around the Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve. At Norfolk’s northwest corner, where The Wash meets the North Sea, Holme Dunes is superbly located to attract migrating birds. Suitable for beginners and experts. It is free, just turn up at Holme Dunes Visitor Centre with your binoculars. Children are welcome if accompanied.

A pair of cranes at Lakenheath Fen, which is hosting a walk and talk about the majestic birds.Picture: Andy Hay/RSPBA pair of cranes at Lakenheath Fen, which is hosting a walk and talk about the majestic birds.Picture: Andy Hay/RSPB

Crane Talk & Walk

Lakenheath Fen, Station Road, Lakenheath, Brandon, March 5, 2pm-6pm, £10, £5 children, pre-book 01842 863400, lakenheath@rspb.org.uk

Guided walk offering a special insight into the life of the cranes that call RSPB Lakenheath Fen home. There will be a talk about this majestic bird’s status in Britain followed by a walk around the reserve to see them. Price includes a hot drink, a biscuit and car parking.

NGS Open Day

Raveningham Hall, Norfolk, March 5, 11am-4pm, £5 (£4.50 cons), under-16s free, raveningham.com

Raveningham Gardens open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. The 18th century Walled Kitchen Garden with its large glasshouses will be open and visitors will also be able to enjoy views across the new lake established at the turn of the Millennium and the contemporary sculpture in the gardens.

Walsey Wander

NWT Cley Marshes, Norfolk, March 7, 10.30am, £5, pre-book 01263 740008, norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

Discover more about the huge variety of wildlife and habitats in the Cley to Salthouse living landscape in north Norfolk. This walk will starts at the visitor centre and heads east, up and along Walsey Hills, offering spectacular views across the marshes before heading down to Babcock hide and back along the Attenborough way.

Wild Tots

Carlton Marshes Education Centre, Burnt Hill Lane, Lowestoft, March 7, 10.30am-12pm, £4 children, adults free, 01473 890089, suffolkwildlifetrust.org

Wrap up warm and get outdoors at this family session with lots of outdoor play, exploration and adventure aimed at under-5s and their carers. Whether you play outdoors regularly or have never played outside before, this is the session for you, where you can take big leaps or small steps, supported by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust Education Officer, amongst the beautiful surroundings of Carlton Marshes nature reserve.

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