Many people tend to associate boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads with the summer holidays, a bustling place of excitement filled with families enjoying their time together. Autumn however, tends to be overlooked as the time to go for a boating holiday, when in actual fact, it’s an ideal time to go.
With the leaves (and prices) falling, the Broads turns from bustling to serene. With less cruisers around, quieter mooring spots and a more relaxing environment. The weather is still generally mild and wildlife is still in abundance, with different species of birds arriving for winter. The chances of spotting an otter become more frequent during the autumn months, especially at dawn or dusk. Not forgetting of course the seals at Horsey Gap! The birthing season usually starts at the end of October and carries on through the winter, leaving plenty of time to go and visit the seal pups!
During October there are a lot of events taking place on the Norfolk Broads, especially Halloween-related ones. It’s a great time to take the kids away for a weekend or during October half term. Events include the Glowing Lantern Parade at Bewilderwood; a Halloween Horror Hunt at Salhouse Broad and a Spooktacular Halloween Trail and a Creatures of the Night event at the RSPB Strumpshaw Fen, not to mention numerous ghost walks around Norwich and haunted pubs.
Other attractions to keep the children busy include the Hillside Animal Sanctuary and Thrigby Hall and Wildlife Gardens. There are countless paths to enjoy long walks out in the countryside, nature reserves to explore and routes to cycle. Pubs and restaurants tend to be a little quieter at this time of year; meaning less waiting around and more time to sit and fully relax and enjoy a meal out together.
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