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Know Before You Go when you visit the East of England

2022 is here, lockdowns are behind us, the sensible amongst us are doubled jabbed and boosted, and you can’t wait to enjoy some fresh air and outdoor activities.

But before you make your plans to head to the coast, or a safari park or a country estate, we recommend checking out our in-depth guide below so you’re in the know before you go.

If you’ve not been to the East of England for a while, you might find things are a little different. From pre-booked time slots to one-way routes with your pooch, there might be measures in place to help you enjoy your days out to gardens, safari parks and historic castle grounds with confidence.

Plan your trip


Check out the organisations below for more detailed information on when things are open and how you can visit:

Forestry Commission

Woodland Trust

Broads Authority

National Trust

English Heritage



Natural England

North Norfolk Coast AONB

WWT Welney

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Coast AONB

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Protect the landscape by ensuring you are following the Countryside Code, which sets out how visitors to rural areas can behave safely and responsibly. Take a look at the following video with an updated Countryside Code, produced by Natural England.

  • When planning your trip, check that important facilities – like toilets and car parks – are open, before you travel so you’re not caught short.
  • If you have an attraction in mind, please check online to see if you need to pre-book a time slot.
  • Some places may be extremely popular, so get off the beaten track and discover a hidden gem that you can brag to friends about.
  • Keep one metre apart from anyone outside your household – this not only applies to walking, but running, cycling, sitting and sunbathing too.
  • Wear your face covering at all times when on public transport like buses, trains, taxis and minicabs.
  • Make sure you have a bank card; many outlets are currently only accepting cashless payments – and you don’t want to miss out on that ice cream!
  • Take hand sanitiser with you – you don’t know where will be open for you to wash your hands.
  • Leave the car behind where possible and visit nearby attractions by walking or cycling.

Ickworth children dining

And here are a few more for you to bear in mind when exploring outdoor spaces:

  • Let’s try our best to keep our outdoors looking beautiful by putting all rubbish in the nearest bins or taking it home if bins are full.
  • Whilst enjoying the great outdoors more, you’re likely to come across wildlife. Try not to disturb them, or any farm animals for that matter. Keep your four-legged friend on a lead and remember to bag and bin any mess they leave behind.
  • Don’t use disposable barbecues as they risk causing wildfires – get a takeaway burger instead.
  • Stick to designated footpaths and follow local signage for restrictions on routes.