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All Things Days Out showcases great places to visit in Norfolk for that memorable day or night out. Whether your are looking for a Cultural day in a Museum, relaxing on the Norfolk Broads, enjoying the heritage of Steam travel through the beautiful Norfolk Countryside, an adrenalin ride in a Sports Car or seeing your favourite band, come rain or shine there is always plenty to do and see in Norfolk.

Fleet Lane
Village, Town or City: South Walsham
Postcode: NR12 6ED Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 07515904949
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Step onboard our luxury, skippered, sports cruiser "Norfolk Time" and cruise the Norfolk Broads in style.  The only way to truly experience the beauty of the Norfolk Broads is by boat - there are so many stunning places which are only accessible by river.  Whether you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary, looking for a unique corporate venue or just an excuse to have some fun with friends and a great day out, we can offer you the most glamorous, day boat hire on the Norfolk Broads.  

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Simply choose the number of hours you want to cruise ​​and we'll supply the scenery and unlimited refreshments (tea, coffee and water) for the duration OR choose one of our ​THEMED CRUISES and join in the fun.  There's something to suit every taste and occasion including our very first wellbeing cruise, Norfolk Time Out, giving you the time to relax, recharge and re-energise or grab the girls for our Pamper Cruise where we will be joined onboard by our resident beauty therapist for manicures and pedicures afloat. For details of the selected dates for Norfolk Time Out cruises please visit https://www.broadlandcharters.com/norfolk-time-out

Pre-book our special extras and make your Broadland Charters experience extra special.  Whilst we provide unlimited Norfolk tea, coffee and water with every cruise why not check out our onboard refreshments and dining menus before you book and pre-order a bottle of wine or if you're feeling peckish choose from local, handmade chocolates, cheese board or canapes to sample whilst watching the ever changing scenery?  All our delicious onboard food is made to order and locally sourced by our expert chefs.  Whether you want to picnic by the river bank, share a jug of Pimms or need a little something to keep the kids happy whilst you relax - our special extras are just that .... extra special!​

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"Norfolk Time" is a local saying that describes the slow and relaxed pace of life experienced throughout Norfolk and the Broads so we thought it rather an apt name for our charter boat.  Why choose a self-drive day boat when you can step onboard a luxury sports boat with a fully qualified skipper and have crew to look after you for the duration? 

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River Road
Village, Town or City: Westacre
Postcode: PE32 1UA Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01760 755800
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What is Westacre?  What happens at Westacre and when?  Where is Westacre?  Well, a warm welcome awaits you at Westacre Theatre which has been offering inspiring, inclusive and creative excellence in the heart of West Norfolk for over a quarter of a century.  And Westacre Theatre is probably the only all year-round rural performance venue anywhere in East Anglia.

Why?  You find Theatres in towns and cities – where there are lots of people.  But Westacre is different.  In rolling countryside, Westacre Theatre’s scenic setting comes complete with landscaped lagoon.  In the Summer, the sheltered South-facing terrace hums with audiences eager with anticipation. 

Centrally located just 10 minutes’ drive from Swaffham, 20 minutes from King’s Lynn, and within half an hour of Downham Market, Watton, Dereham, and Fakenham it is easily accessible to most communities in West Norfolk. 

But tucked away in peace and solitude; it remains one of West Norfolk’s best kept secrets.  And once found, everyone always says how lovely it is and ‘Why didn’t we know about Westacre before?’

Westacre attracts all-comers so the volunteers, cast and crew are a happy band performing vital roles in its varied activities.  Many of the team are long-serving troopers; once at Westacre people tend to stay for the friendship and fulfilment. 

West End this is not and nor does it pretend to be.  But The Westacre Theatre Company perform regularly to great acclaim – straight plays of immense integrity and magical musicals too.  As you may expect, Westacre Theatre is more than just a stage.  You can hear every word and see every movement from any of its 80 seats.  The fully-equipped studio theatre is central to its all-inclusive ethos but there are many other parts too.  And the sum of those parts is greater than the converted Chapel where Westacre Theatre was born 25 years ago and is truly a tardis. 

Its own in-house productions are complemented by sourcing the very best Live! and Encore screenings via satellite from the likes of National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare, The Globe and Matthew Bourne.  Fans of mainstream cinema are catered for under the Wednesday Flicks banner showing a carefully selected programme of contemporary films. 

The Riverside Café-Bar serves relaxing drinks, light lunches and simple suppers.  The light and airy Foyer Gallery hosts a continuous back-to-back varied programme of exciting art exhibitions from both up-and-coming and established artists based locally and further afield.  Drama workshops are held weekly and in school holidays for young people from 6 to 18 years old.  Popular art and craft master-classes are all in the repertoire and often over-subscribed.    

There is ample free off-road parking (with surfaced spaces by the door for the less mobile).  A flat floor throughout (including for a universal access loo) goes right to your front row seat in the Studio Theatre.  Give us a look to see what we mean. 

  • W = Wednesday Flicks - The best of contemporary cinema
  • E = Education – Classes in art, crafts and play reading; Bursaries for fortunate students
  • S = Screenings – The satellite link brings world class performances to our full-size screen
  • T = Theatre – Take your pick from well-known favourites or more challenging drama
  • A = Acting – For ages 6 to 18 to create drama without a crisis in weekly drama classes, half term and summer workshops
  • C = Café-Bar – Relaxing drinks at all our performances with light lunches and pre-performance suppers at selected shows – they are very popular so advance booking is wise
  • R = Riverside Walk – A short wander from our sheltered terrace takes you to the tranquil River Nar
  • E = Exhibitions – Artists of all abilities display their latest work in the three distinct spaces open at performance times

Performances and activities are presented in three seasons each year so there is always something new about to take off. www.westacretheatre.com is constantly updated so a visit there will provide you with the pointers you need about what is in store.  But keep checking because fresh productions are being added all the time.  And the value-for-money ticket prices have to be seen to be believed. 

Westacre Theatre is overseen by a charitable foundation so all the support you give to Westacre (just by enjoying a cup of freshly brewed filter coffee, or acquiring that piece of art which caught the corner of your eye) will all go to the worthwhile cause of keeping Westacre Theatre sustainable and alive for the next generation.  The cast and crew is a tiny team but they certainly make it all happen.  Now they are on your radar, do different and try the Theatre that is different too.      

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School Road
Village, Town or City: South Walsham
Postcode: NR13 6DZ Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Contact Name: Louise Rout
Phone number: 01603 270449
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Indie Voucher Details: Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is delighted to offer 50p off a boat trip for up to 6 people on presentation of this Allthingsnorfolk Indie Voucher. Boat trips on our Broad run from April to the end of October.
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Delightful natural woodland and water garden with a private Broad. 

The Sensory Garden is the first thing you’ll see as you walk into Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden. It has been designed with our visually and mobility impaired customers in mind.

In spring the garden 'springs' into life again. The primroses come into flower along the Broads Walk and the woodland paths. In May the glorious sight of bluebells will delight you, and our spectacular candelabra primulas, together with azaleas and rhododendrons.

There's lots of activity among the water birds and if you are lucky you may see a flash of vivid blue as the kingfisher dives for its prey.

In Summer there are flowers and shrubs including hydrangeas – in particular along our Hydrangea Walk – foxgloves and many other wild flowers. Several varieties of butterflies can be seen on our butterfly path.

Autumn brings its own special pleasure, the glow of the golds, reds and browns of the trees as they shed their leaves. The stark contrast of bare branches in Winter has a different kind of beauty, and withering birds come to shelter in the broads.

In December you can buy Christmas trees, wreaths and gifts and Father Christmas will visit before Christmas with gifts for children.

Fairhaven has three miles of peaceful walks. Boat trips are available on our Private Broad and South Walsham Broad from Easter to the end of October, including trips to St Benet's Abbey.

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There is a plant sales area which specialises in woodland and bog plants, a Gift Shop, small provisions shop and the Kingfisher Tearoom for breakfast (from 9.15am) morning coffees, lunches and afternoon teas, using the best of local produce. Free entry to tearoom, shop and plant sales.

Dogs welcome on leads (small charge for poop scoop).

2020 entry charges: adult £7.50, concessions £6.95, child £3.95 (under 4 free).  

Please note we close at 4pm in the winter.

The tearoom opens at 9.15am every day for breakfast (served until 12noon).

We open until 9pm on Wednesdays from May to the end of August.

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Oak Street
Village, Town or City: Norwich
Postcode: NR3 3AE Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01603 568634
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We believe in inspiring and empowering our local community through circus.Our classes are delivered by resident company Lost in Translation Circus: an active company of experienced performers and tutors. We tailor classes for all ages and abilities because you’re never too old to run away with the circus!

We teach everything from tumbling, acrobatics and object manipulation (skills such as juggling, rola bola and hula hooping) as well as daring aerial disciplines such as aerial hoop, rope, silks, Chinese pole and static trapeze. We have regular courses for adults on weekday evenings as well as Saturday and school holiday youth circus programmes for children aged 6+. We also run a popular parent and toddler class for little ones aged 3-5.

We provide corporate events, team building days, children’s parties and have a strong arm in outreach with the local community and schools. We regularly host community cabarets with performances from both our talented students and professionals.

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Pensthorpe
Village, Town or City: Fakenham
Postcode: NR21 0LN Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01328 851465
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Did you know that Pensthorpe Natural Park is not just all about ducks? As well as appealing to nature and gardening enthusiasts, wildlife lovers and bird watchers, it also makes for a perfect day out for families and young children. 

Multiple WINNER of Norfolk's Best Large Attraction*, Pensthorpe is a modern day nature reserve with a focus on inspiring the next generation to enjoy wildlife and the great outdoors – without compromising on the tranquility and calmness that the reserve brings to so many regular visitors.

Former home of BBC Springwatch, the 700 acre reserve is a true showcase for British wildlife; beautiful gardens including one of Norfolk’s largest wildflower meadows which is home to the famous harvest mouse who starred in the recent BBC’s Planet Earth Two series and; more recently, inspiring adventure play, no matter what the weather. Encounter Flamingos, Red Squirrels, and cute ducks that will feed out of the palm of your hand; larger than life bugs on the Bug Trail; and learn more about Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s 'Actively Saving Species' projects including Operation Turtle Dove, the Great Crane Project and their Corncrake re-introduction programme.

Hop on the Pensthorpe Explorer** for a behind the scenes tour to discover the secret side of the Wensum Valley, enjoy home cooked food in the Courtyard café and shop in one of North Norfolk’s largest gift shops. Families can unwind together in WildRootz, an outdoor adventure play area and Hootz House, the award winning indoor play area, complete with soft play for the under 5s.

*EDP Norfolk Tourism Awards

**Seasonal activity with additional charge

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Aylsham Station, Norwich Road
Village, Town or City: Aylsham
Postcode: NR11 6BW Please use CAPITAL letters
County: Norfolk
Phone number: 01263 733858
Fax Number: 01263 733814
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The Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk’s longest Narrow Gauge Steam Railway and operates between the old market town of Aylsham and the bustling Broads towns of Wroxham and is within easy reach of Norwich and the coast.   It was built on the track bed of part of the former Great Eastern Railway and the nine mile line runs through a stretch of lovely, rural Norfolk, following the river Bure through meadowland and ancient pastures, stopping occasionally at small country villages.

Trains operate on a daily basis from the beginning of Easter to the end of October with special events throughout the year, including Santa and Mince Pie Specials.   The railway also offers a very popular boat train which gives the opportunity for a journey by steam followed by a cruise of the Norfolk Broads.   For those who would like to realise their childhood ambitions to be a train driver, Driver Experience Courses are available during the off-peak periods.

The railway’s facilities include an 80-seater café at Aylsham, which can provide everything from a cup of team to a full meal, a large souvenir and model railway shop.   The railway’s workshops are also based at Aylsham and often open to the public.   At Wroxham Station there is a gift shop and a large second-hand book shop with over 5,000 books run by the Friends of the Bure Valley Railway.  

All trains have special wheelchair accessible coaches and disabled toilet facilities at both Stations.  Free parking is also available at both Stations. We are also Dog Friendly.

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