Reasons to Visit East Anglia this Winter
Starling Murmurations at Snape
One of the most awe-inspiring natural sights will be taking place in the skies this autumn. The fluid swooping movement of a starling murmuration is an astonishing sight for any witness and Snape in Suffolk is one of the best places to see this incredible display. Look towards the skies just before dusk as flocks of thousands of roosting birds come together for an astronomical aerial performance. You don’t need any special equipment just enjoy the outdoors and the natural wonders of nature.
Dog Friendly Beaches
There’s nothing better than seeing your poochie pal frolic down the beach, sand between his paws, wind through his fur. The long beaches of the East Anglian coastline are the perfect place to take your four legged friend so there’s no need to leave them at home this Autumn. With plenty of doggie welcome accommodation this has got to be one of the most pet friendly regions of England and autumn is the best time to get back out amongst the sand dunes.
Red Deer Rutting
Head to RSPB Minsmere nature reserve on the Suffolk coast for a spectacular display by Britain’s largest mammal. The Red Deer rutting season peaks in October and offers visitors the chance to see these majestic creatures as the stag battle for dominance. Hear the beasts bellowing across the landscape and watch as antlers lock in an attempt to establish power over the herd. For an up close wildlife encounter why not book a 4x4 safari guided tour by RSPB staff and volunteers!
Snuggle up next to a roaring fire and enjoy a smooth pint of local ale in a friendly pub. After a bracing autumnal walk you’ll need to warm up and rest your feet in one of East Anglia’s beautiful boozers. Whether you’re gathering with family for a Sunday roast or reclining next to an open fire with a drink and a book you can’t help but feel at home. Explore the region from pub to pub, experiencing a friendly welcome, real ale and mouth-watering food!
Adnams Brewery Tour
Southwold, on the Suffolk Coast, is not only one of the most striking coastal towns but also home to Adnams Brewery. Notorious for their delicious ales, Adnams also distil their own hand crafted spirits on a site that has been brewing beer since 1345. This is your chance to find out what goes on behind the scenes of this infamous brewery and discover what makes a great real ale. Those feeling a little more adventurous can even have a go at making their own gin!
Dawn on the Broads
Dawn is one of the best times to witness spectacular wildlife, as the days’ start drawing in, it is easier than ever to get up with the early bird! From otters to osprey, the magical waterways of the Broads National Park come to life in misty mornings and the calm of this wilderness will capture the heart of any wildlife enthusiast. Renting a boat offers a unique perspective of the natural world. But if you are looking for a real adventure, wrap up warm and hire a canoe!
If weather has taken a turn for the worse then where better to hide from a down pour than an opulent Stately Home? From the marble hall of Holkham Estate to the picturesque moat of Helmingham Hall the historic houses of East Anglia have beauty and intrigue in abundance. Visit Ickworth House and see cooks in the living kitchen create jam with ingredients harvested from the grounds or head to Sandringham Estate and visit the Queen’s private country house.